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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

x

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2009

 

OR

 

o

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from       to       

 

Commission File No. 000-33275

 

WARREN RESOURCES, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter.)

 

Maryland
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

11-3024080
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

 

 

 

1114 Avenue of the Americas,

New York, NY
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

10036
(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(212) 697-9660

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 and 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes x  No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every

Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the

preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes o  No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

 

Large accelerated filer x

 

Accelerated filer o

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer o

 

Smaller reporting company o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes o  No x

 

The aggregate number of Registrant’s outstanding shares on November 4, 2009 was 70,651,160 shares of Common Stock, $0.0001 par value.

 

 

 



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WARREN RESOURCES, INC.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I—

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

 

 

Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008

 

 

 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations

 

 

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

 

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

 

 PART II—

OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

 

 

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

 

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

 

 

Item 3. Defaults upon Senior Securities

 

 

 

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

 

 

 

Item 5. Other Information

 

 

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

 

 

Signatures

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 

Warren Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

September 30,
2009
(Unaudited)

 

December 31,
2008

 

 

 

(in thousands, except share
and per share data)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

8,736

 

$

29,688

 

Accounts receivable – trade

 

9,745

 

9,680

 

Restricted investments in U.S. Treasury Bonds—available for sale, at fair value

 

103

 

109

 

Inventory

 

2,019

 

 

Other current assets

 

737

 

734

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

21,340

 

40,211

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas properties—at cost, based on full cost method of accounting, net of accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization (includes unproved properties excluded from amortization of $26,353 and $27,116 as of September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008)

 

226,018

 

239,438

 

Property and equipment—at cost, net

 

1,534

 

2,011

 

Restricted investments in U.S. Treasury Bonds—available for sale, at fair value

 

929

 

985

 

Other assets

 

4,137

 

3,988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other assets

 

232,618

 

246,422

 

 

 

$

253,958

 

$

286,633

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Current maturities of debentures and other long-term liabilities

 

$

413

 

$

315

 

Accounts payable and accruals

 

17,863

 

49,616

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

1,754

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

20,030

 

49,931

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-Term Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Debentures, less current portion

 

1,508

 

1,508

 

Other long-term liabilities, less current portion

 

10,390

 

10,769

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

7,211

 

 

Line of credit

 

115,000

 

112,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

134,109

 

124,677

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

8% convertible preferred stock, par value $.0001; authorized 10,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding, 98,112 shares in 2009 and 2008, respectively (aggregate liquidation preference $1,178 in 2009 and $1,177 in 2008)

 

1,179

 

1,177

 

Common stock - $.0001 par value; authorized, 100,000,000 shares; issued 58,876,160 shares in 2009 and 58,825,881 shares in 2008

 

6

 

6

 

Additional paid-in-capital

 

431,626

 

430,243

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(332,412

)

(318,881

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of applicable income taxes of $74 in 2009 and $137 in 2008

 

148

 

208

 

 

 

100,547

 

112,753

 

Less common stock in Treasury—at cost; 632,250 shares in 2009 and 2008

 

728

 

728

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

99,819

 

112,025

 

 

 

$

253,958

 

$

286,633

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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Warren Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 30, (Unaudited)

 

September 30, (Unaudited)

 

 

 

(in thousands, except share

 

(in thousands, except share

 

 

 

and per share data)

 

and per share data)

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Operating revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas sales

 

$

16,439

 

$

33,926

 

$

43,204

 

$

91,646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating expense and taxes

 

5,771

 

8,304

 

19,975

 

20,687

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

5,253

 

5,175

 

15,760

 

13,601

 

General and administrative

 

2,502

 

3,640

 

8,582

 

11,438

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

13,526

 

17,119

 

44,317

 

45,726

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

2,913

 

16,807

 

(1,113

)

45,920

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and other income

 

22

 

297

 

143

 

866

 

Interest expense

 

(1,658

)

(1,283

)

(4,690

)

(3,856

)

Gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments

 

898

 

 

(7,832

)

 

Net gain on investments

 

 

 

 

93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other income (expense)

 

(738

)

(986

)

(12,379

)

(2,897

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before taxes

 

2,175

 

15,821

 

(13,492

)

43,023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred income tax expense (benefit)

 

(18

)

(2

)

39

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

2,193

 

15,823

 

(13,531

)

42,989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less dividends and accretion on preferred shares

 

24

 

23

 

72

 

77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders

 

$

2,169

 

$

15,800

 

$

(13,603

)

$

42,912

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share – Basic

 

$

0.04

 

$

0.27

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.74

 

Earnings (loss) per share – Diluted

 

0.04

 

0.27

 

(0.23

)

0.73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding – Basic

 

58,243,910

 

58,832,654

 

58,231,570

 

57,935,207

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding – Diluted

 

59,372,684

 

59,359,482

 

58,231,570

 

58,660,202

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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Warren Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

For the nine months ended
September 30, (Unaudited)

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

(13,531

)

$

42,989

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accretion of discount on available-for-sale debt securities

 

(36

)

(40

)

Amortization and write-off of deferred bond offering costs

 

153

 

122

 

Gain on sale of US treasury bonds — available for sale

 

 

(93

)

Depreciation, depletion and amortization and impairment

 

15,760

 

13,601

 

Loss on derivative financial instruments

 

8,965

 

 

Stock option expense

 

1,455

 

1,724

 

Deferred tax expense

 

39

 

34

 

Change in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in accounts receivable—trade

 

(64

)

(6,193

)

Decrease (Increase) in other assets

 

(5

)

1,142

 

Decrease in accounts payable and accruals

 

1,803

 

2,221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

14,539

 

55,507

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase, exploration and development of oil and gas properties

 

(37,705

)

(85,375

)

Purchase of property and equipment

 

 

(246

)

Proceeds from U.S. Treasury Bonds—available-for-sale

 

 

426

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(37,705

)

(85,195

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from line of credit

 

7,050

 

51,248

 

Payments on debt and debentures

 

(4,836

)

(853

)

Issuance of common stock, net

 

 

2,942

 

Proceeds from short swing sale of stock

 

 

92

 

Repurchase of preferred stock, net

 

 

(2,025

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

2,214

 

51,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(20,952

)

21,716

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

29,688

 

12,815

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

8,736

 

$

34,531

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest

 

$

4,697

 

$

3,192

 

Noncash investing and financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued preferred stock dividend

 

71

 

73

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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WARREN RESOURCES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

 

NOTE A—ORGANIZATION

 

Warren Resources, Inc. (the “Company” or “Warren”), was originally formed on June 12, 1990 for the purpose of acquiring and developing oil and gas properties. The Company is incorporated under the laws of the state of Maryland. The Company’s properties are primarily located in Wyoming, California and New Mexico.

 

The accompanying unaudited financial statements and related notes present the Company’s consolidated financial position as of September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, the consolidated results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 and consolidated cash flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008. The unaudited financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and with the instructions of Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2009. The accounting policies followed by the Company are set forth in Note A to the Company’s financial statements included in Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008. These interim financial statements and notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements presented in the Company’s 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

NOTE B — LIQUIDITY AND MANAGEMENT’S PLANS

 

At September 30, 2009, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $8.7 million, a working capital surplus of $1.3 million (including a net unrealized loss in current liabilities of $1.5 million related to the derivative financial instruments) and had earnings of $2.2 million (including a unrealized gain of $1.4 million related to the mark-to-market of derivative financial instruments) for the three months ended September 30, 2009.  In order to improve its liquidity position, on October 23, 2009, the Company sold 11.8 million shares of common stock at $2.60 per share.  The Company received net proceeds of $28.9 million.  Warren used $7.6 million of the proceeds to pay down debt under its Credit Facility which will subsequently be drawn in order to finance existing development activities and general corporate purposes.  The Company depends on its Credit Facility, as described in Note F, for a portion of its operating and capital needs.  Currently the Company has $107.4 million outstanding under the Credit Facility which matures in November 2012 and has a borrowing base of $120 million. The borrowing base was re-determined during the fourth quarter of 2009.  If the borrowing base is reduced to a level below the current outstanding balance, the Company would be obligated to reduce the deficiency by 25% within 90 days and has an additional 90 days to cure the remaining deficiency.

 

Management has taken several actions to ensure that the Company will have sufficient liquidity to meet its obligations through December 31, 2009, including selling common shares and receiving net proceeds of $28.9 million during October 2009, reducing its 2009 capital expenditure budget to $9 million, entering into price swap agreements for a portion of its 2009 production to reduce price volatility, temporarily shutting-in three pilot areas in the Atlantic Rim that are uneconomic at current prices to reduce lease operating expenses, reducing its employee workforce and reducing in discretionary expenditures, including elimination of year-end bonuses and implementation of a salary freeze in 2009. The Company is also evaluating other measures to further improve its liquidity, including volumetric production payments, additional commodity price hedging and other monetization of assets strategies. Management believes that these actions will enable the Company to meet its liquidity requirements through the next twelve months.

 

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NOTE CSTOCK BASED COMPENSATION
 

Stock Options

 

Compensation expense related to stock options and restricted stock awards recognized in operating results (general and administrative expenses) was approximately $0.5 and $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008, respectively, and $1.5 million and $1.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008, respectively.

 

The following assumptions were used to value stock options calculated using the Black-Scholes options pricing model:

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Dividend yield

 

0

%

0

%

Expected volatility

 

69.59

%

48.22

%

Risk-free interest rate

 

1.54

%

2.06

%

Fair value of options

 

$

0.28

 

$

4.20

 

Expected life

 

3.5 years

 

3.5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

Average

 

Aggregate

 

 

 

Number

 

Exercise

 

Remaining

 

Intrinsic Value

 

 

 

of Options

 

Price

 

Term (in years)

 

(in thousands)

 

Outstanding at December 31, 2008

 

2,477,715

 

$

10.15

 

 

 

 

 

Granted

 

1,619,874

 

0.56

 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited or expired

 

(678,549

)

8.06

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding at September 30, 2009

 

3,419,040

 

$

6.02

 

3.02

 

$

3,888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable at September 30, 2009

 

1,417,330

 

$

10.85

 

1.39

 

$

 

 

The total intrinsic value of options exercised during the nine months ended September 30, 2008 was $5.2 million. There were no options exercised in the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

 

As of September 30, 2009, total unrecognized stock-based compensation expense related to non-vested stock options was $1.6 million, which we expect to recognize over a weighted average period of 1.4 years.

 

Restricted Shares

 

Restricted share activity as of September 30, 2009 was as follows:

 

 

 

Shares

 

Weighted
Average
Fair Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding at December 31, 2008

 

131,392

 

$

10.96

 

Granted

 

 

 

Vested

 

(50,279

)

10.90

 

Forfeited

 

 

 

Outstanding at September 30, 2009

 

81,113

 

$

11.00

 

 

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Restricted stock awards for executive officers and employees vest ratably over three years. Fair value of our restricted shares is based on our closing stock price on the date of grant.  As of September 30, 2009, total unrecognized stock-based compensation expense related to non-vested restricted shares was $0.7 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of approximately 1.3 years.

 

NOTE DCHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

The preferred stock pays an 8% cumulative dividend which is treated as a deduction of additional paid in capital, due to insufficient retained earnings. The holders of the preferred stock are not entitled to vote except as defined by the agreement or as provided by applicable law.  The preferred stock may be voluntarily converted, at the election of the holder, into common stock of the Company based on a conversion rate of one share of preferred stock for 0.50 shares of common stock. The accrual of the dividend is deducted from earnings in the calculation of earnings attributable to common stockholders.

 

Additionally, commencing October 1, 2009, holders of the preferred stock can elect to require the Company to redeem their preferred stock at a redemption price equal to the liquidation value of $12.00 per share, plus accrued but unpaid dividends, if any, (“Redemption Price”).  Upon the receipt of a redemption election, the Company, at its option, shall either: (1) pay the holder cash in the amount equal to the Redemption Price or (2) issue to the holder shares of common stock in an amount equal to 125% of the redemption price and any accrued and unpaid dividends, based on the weighted average closing “bid” price of the Company’s common stock for the thirty trading days immediately preceding the date of the written redemption election by the holder up to a maximum of 1.5 shares of common stock for each one share of preferred stock redeemed. The Company is accreting the carrying value of its preferred stock to its redemption price using the effective interest method with changes recorded to additional paid in capital. The accretion of preferred stock results in a reduction of earnings applicable to common stockholders.

 

Notwithstanding the forgoing, if the closing “bid” price of the Company’s publicly traded common stock as reported by the NASDAQ stock market, or any exchange on which the shares of common stock are traded, exceeds 133% of the conversion price then in effect for the convertible preferred shares for at least 10 days during any 30-day trading period, the Company has the right to redeem in whole or in part the convertible preferred stock at a redemption price of $12 per share (plus any accrued unpaid dividends) or convert the convertible preferred shares (plus any accrued unpaid dividends) into common stock at the then applicable conversion rate.

 

NOTE E—EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share is computed by dividing net earnings (loss) applicable to common stockholders by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings (loss) per share is based on the assumption that stock options and warrants are converted into common shares using the treasury stock method and convertible bonds and preferred stock are converted using the if-converted method. Conversion is not assumed if the results are anti-dilutive.  Potential common shares for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008 of  96,941 and 48,743 respectively, relating to convertible bonds and preferred stock, were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings (loss) per share because they are anti-dilutive. Potential common shares of  3,552,191 and 2,875,526 respectively, relating to stock options, warrants and restricted stock were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings (loss) per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively, because they are anti-dilutive. Stock options have a weighted average exercise price of $6.02 and $10.20 at September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008, respectively. At September 30, 2009, the convertible bonds may be converted from the date of issuance until maturity at 100% of principal amount into common stock of the Company at a price of $35 to $50.  The preferred stock may be converted at the discretion of the holder or upon meeting certain conditions at the discretion of the Company (see Note D).

 

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Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share are computed based on the following information:

 

 

 

Three Months
Ended

September 30,
2009

 

Three Months
Ended

September 30, 2008

 

Nine Months
Ended

September 30,
2009

 

Nine Months
Ended

September 30,
2008

 

 

 

(in thousands, except for per
share data)

 

(in thousands, except for per
share data)

 

Net earnings (loss) available to common shareholders

 

$

2,169

 

$

15,800

 

$

(13,603

)

$

42,912

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

 

58,243,910

 

58,832,654

 

58,231,570

 

57,935,207

 

Effect of dilutive securities – stock options

 

1,128,774

 

312,834

 

 

389,673

 

Effect of dilutive securities – preferred stock

 

 

50,763

 

 

50,763

 

Effect of dilutive securities – warrants

 

 

163,231

 

 

284,559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

 

59,372,684

 

59,359,482

 

58,231,570

 

58,660,202

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic net earnings (loss) per share

 

$

0.04

 

$

0.27

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.74

 

Diluted net earnings (loss) per share

 

$

0.04

 

$

0.27

 

$

(0.23

)

$

0.73

 

 

NOTE F—LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

 

Long-term liabilities, excluding derivative financial instruments (see Note J), consisted of the following for the balance sheets dated:

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line of Credit

 

$

115,000

 

$

112,400

 

Convertible debentures

 

1,676

 

1,676

 

Debt collateralized by treasury stock

 

404

 

489

 

Asset retirement obligations

 

8,408

 

8,604

 

Litigation allowance

 

1,823

 

1,823

 

 

 

127,311

 

124,992

 

Less current portion

 

413

 

315

 

Long-term portion

 

$

126,898

 

$

124,677

 

 

On November 19, 2007, the Company entered into a five year, $250 million credit agreement with Merrill Lynch Capital (now owned by GE Business Financial Services, Inc.) The Credit Facility provides for a revolving credit line up to the lesser of (i) the borrowing base, (ii) $250 million or (iii) the draw limit requested by the Company. The Credit Facility matures on November 19, 2012. It is secured by substantially all of our assets. The borrowing base will be determined by the lenders at least semi-annually on each April 1 and October 1 and is based in part on the proved reserves of the Company. The current borrowing base is $120 million. Interest payments are made quarterly in arrears. During the first quarter of 2009 the Company drew down approximately $7.35 million under this facility. During April 2009 and October 2009, the Company repaid $4.75 million and $7.6 million respectively, of the borrowings, leaving $12.6 million of currently available credit. Credit line interest of approximately $0.4 million was accrued as of September 30, 2009. Currently the Company has $107.4 million outstanding on its borrowing base.

 

The Company is subject to certain covenants under the terms of the Credit Facility which include, but are not limited to, the maintenance of the following financial ratios (1) minimum current ratio of current assets (including unused borrowing base in current assets) to current liabilities of 1.0 to 1.0 and (2) a minimum annualized consolidated EBITDAX (as defined by

 

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the Credit Facility) to net interest expense to of 2.5 to 1.0.  As of September 30, 2009, the Company has borrowed $115 million under the Credit Facility and was in compliance with all covenants.

 

Depending on the current level of borrowing base usage, the annual interest rate on each base rate borrowing under the Credit Facility will be at our option either: (a) the higher of (i) the Agent’s prime rate of interest announced from time to time, or (ii) the Federal Funds rate most recently determined by the Agent, plus 0.5% per annum, plus an applicable margin that ranges from 0.25% to 1.0%, or (b) Eurodollar Loan rate plus an applicable margin that ranges from 1.25% to 2.0%.

 

The convertible bonds may be converted from the date of issuance until maturity at 100% of principal amount into common stock of the Company at prices ranging from $35 to $50. Each year the holders of the convertible bonds may tender to the Company up to 10% of the aggregate bonds issued and outstanding. During the nine months ended September 30, 2009, there were no Bond Redemptions.

 

NOTE G—CONTINGENCIES

 

In January 2008, the Los Angeles city attorney filed a complaint against Warren E&P, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company (“Warren E&P”), and six of its individual employees and independent contractors in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (State of California v. Warren E&P, Inc., et al.).  The complaint alleged eight misdemeanor violations concerning four alleged events in Wilmington, California during 2007. The complaint asserts one count of failing to report the discharge or threatened discharge of oil into marine waters for an event occurring on or about March 7, 2007; one count of failing to prepare and implement an oil spill contingency plan; four counts of violating the California Fish and Game Code by placing petroleum or its by-products in or at a place where they can pass into waters of the state; and two similar violations of the California Clean Water Act. The complaint alleges all eight counts against Warren E&P, Inc. and one to four counts against each of the individuals. Warren E&P has been discussing and negotiating a resolution of this case with the City Attorney’s office, and has reached a tentative, oral agreement with the City Attorney’s office to settle this case. The oral agreement must be documented in writing, but generally provides that the criminal case will be dismissed against all defendants, and Warren will be required to enter into a Consent Decree and Civil Compromise Agreement, which will require it to pay certain costs and civil penalties and fines in the approximate amount of $100,000. Warren E&P and its counsel are currently working with the City Attorney’s office on the specific terms of the Consent Decree and Civil Compromise Agreement, and both anticipate this case will be resolved and ultimately settled in the fourth quarter of 2009.

 

In 2005, Warren recorded a provision for $1.8 million relating to a contingent liability that the Company may face as a result of a lawsuit originally filed in 1998 by Gotham Insurance Company in the 81st Judicial District Court of Frio County, Texas (Gotham Insurance Company v. Pedeco, Inc., et al.,) seeking a refund of approximately $1.8 million paid by Gotham and other insurers under an insurance policy issued for a well blow-out that occurred in 1997. After several appeals to the Texas Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court, the case has been remanded to the trial court for further proceedings. Both parties have filed Motions for Summary Judgment before the trial court that are expected to be heard in the fourth quarter of 2009.

 

Except for the foregoing, the Company is not a party to any material pending legal or governmental proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to our business. While the ultimate outcome and impact of any proceeding cannot be predicted with certainty, our management believes that the resolution of any proceeding will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations.

 

NOTE H—COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

Other comprehensive income consists primarily of net unrealized investment gains and losses, net of income tax effect. Total comprehensive income for the periods is as follow:

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Nine Months ending September 30,

 

$

(13,591

)

$

42,938

 

Three Months ending September 30,

 

$

2,220

 

$

15,828

 

 

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NOTE I - FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

 

The estimated fair values of financial instruments recognized in the Consolidated Balance Sheets or disclosed within these Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements have been determined using available market information, information from unrelated third party financial institutions and appropriate valuation methodologies, primarily discounted projected cash flows. However, considerable judgment is required when interpreting market information and other data to develop estimates of fair value.

 

Short-term Assets and Liabilities. The fair values of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses and other current liabilities approximate their carrying values because of their short-term nature.

 

U.S. Treasury Bonds - Trading and Available-For-Sale Securities.  The fair values are based upon quoted market prices for those or similar investments and are reported on the Consolidated Balance Sheets at fair value.

 

Collateral Security Agreement Account (included in other non-current assets). The balance sheet carrying amount approximates fair value, as it earns a market rate.

 

Convertible Debentures: Fair values of fixed rate convertible debentures were calculated using interest rates in effect as of year end for similar instruments with the other terms unchanged.

 

Other Long-Term Liabilities.  The carrying amount approximates fair value due the current rates offered to the Company for long-term liabilities of the same remaining maturities.

 

Line of Credit. The carrying amount approximates fair value due the current rates offered to the Company for lines of credit.

 

 

 

September 30, 2009

 

December 31, 2008

 

 

 

Fair

 

Carrying

 

Fair

 

Carrying

 

 

 

value

 

amount

 

value

 

amount

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Treasury Bonds

 

$

1,031

 

$

1,031

 

$

1,094

 

$

1,094

 

Collateral security account

 

3,157

 

3,157

 

3,154

 

3,154

 

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed rate debentures

 

$

1,876

 

$

1,676

 

$

2,543

 

$

1,676

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

404

 

404

 

489

 

489

 

Derivatives

 

8,965

 

8,965

 

 

 

Line of credit

 

115,000

 

115,000

 

112,400

 

112,400

 

 

FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS:

 

Fair value as defined by authoritative literature is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date and establishes a three level hierarchy for measuring fair value. The statement requires fair value measurements be classified and disclosed in one of the following categories:

 

Level 1:   Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets and liabilities that we have the ability to access at the measurement date.

 

Level 2:  Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are either directly or indirectly observable for the asset or liability, including quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets, inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability,

 

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and inputs that are derived from observable market data by correlation or other means. Instruments categorized in Level 2 include non-exchange traded derivatives such as over-the-counter forwards and swaps.

 

Level 3:  Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability, including situations where there is little, if any, market activity for the asset or liability.

 

The valuation assumptions utilized to measure the fair value of the Company’s commodity derivatives were observable inputs based on market data obtained from independent sources and are considered Level 2 inputs (quoted prices for similar assets, liabilities (adjusted) and market-corroborated inputs).

 

The following tables present for each hierarchy level our assets and liabilities, including both current and non-current portions, measured at fair value on a recurring basis.

 

September 30, 2009

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted investments in US Treasury Bonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– available for sale, at fair value

 

$

1,031

 

$

 

$

 

$

1,031

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative liability

 

$

280

 

$

8,685

 

$

 

$

8,965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2008

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted investments in US Treasury Bonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– available for sale, at fair value

 

$

1,094

 

$

 

$

 

$

1,094

 

 

NOTE J — DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

 

To minimize the effect of a downturn in oil and gas prices and protect our profitability and the economics of our development plans, we enter into crude oil and natural gas hedge contracts. The terms of contracts depend on various factors, including management’s view of future crude oil and natural gas prices. This price hedging program is designed to moderate the effects of a crude oil and natural gas price downturn while allowing us to participate in some commodity price increases. Management regularly monitors the crude oil and natural gas markets and our financial commitments to determine if, when, and at what level some form of crude oil and/or natural gas hedging and/or basis adjustments or other price protection is appropriate. Currently, our derivatives are in the form of swaps.  However, we may use a variety of derivative instruments in the future to hedge. The Company has not designated these derivatives as hedges.

 

The following table summarizes the open financial derivative positions as of September 30, 2009 related to oil and gas production. The Company will receive prices as noted in the table below and will pay a counterparty market price based on the NYMEX (for natural gas production) or WTI (for oil production) index price, settled monthly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price per

 

Product

 

Type

 

Contract Period

 

Volume

 

Mcf or Bbl

 

Gas

 

Swap

 

02/01/09-12/31/10

 

3,000 Mcf/d

 

$

6.88

 

Gas

 

Swap

 

03/01/09-02/28/11

 

3,000 Mcf/d

 

$

6.02

 

Oil

 

Swap

 

04/01/09-12/31/09

 

1,325 Bbld

 

$

49.70

 

Oil

 

Swap

 

01/01/11-12/31/11

 

1,225 Bbld

 

$

61.80

 

 

The tables below summarize the amount of gain (loss) recognized in income from derivative instruments.

 

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Derivatives not designated as Hedging

 

Amount of Gain (Loss)
Recognized in Income for
Derivatives not designated as
Hedging Instruments under
authoritative guidance

 

Amount of Gain (Loss)
Recognized in Income for
Derivatives not designated as
Hedging Instruments under
authoritative guidance

 

Instrument under authoritative
guidance

 

Three months ended September
30, 2009 (in thousands)

 

Nine months ended September
30, 2009 (in thousands)

 

Realized cash settlements on hedges

 

$

(539

)

$

853

 

Unrealized gain (loss) on hedges

 

1,437

 

(8,685

)

Total

 

$

898

 

$

(7,832

)

 

We present our derivative assets and liabilities in our Condensed Balance Sheets on a net basis. All derivatives are held with one counter party and gains and losses are offset in the Balance Sheet presentation. The table below reflects the line item in our Condensed Balance Sheet where the fair value of our net derivatives, are included.

 

 

 

Derivative Liabilities

 

(in thousands)

 

Balance Sheet Location

 

Fair Value

 

Commodity – Natural Gas

 

current

 

$

1,635

 

Commodity – Natural Gas

 

Non-current

 

(393

)

Commodity – Oil

 

current

 

(3,389

)

Commodity – Oil

 

Non-current

 

(6,818

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total derivatives not designated as hedging instruments under Statement 133

 

 

 

$

(8,965

)

 

NOTE K — RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

 

In June 2009, the FASB issued guidance on the FASB Accounting Standards Codification and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. This guidance establishes the Codification as the authoritative source of generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Rules and interpretive releases of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under federal securities laws are also sources of authoritative GAAP for SEC registrants. The codification changes the referencing and organization on financial standards and is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods ending after September 15, 2009. As codification is not intended to change the existing accounting guidance, its adoptions did not have an impact on our financial statements.

 

In April 2009, the FASB issued guidance on Interim Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments.  This guidance requires that interim disclosures on the fair value of financial instruments be reported in interim reporting as well as in annual financial statements.  The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our financial statements.

 

In April 2009, the FASB issued guidance on Subsequent Events. This guidance establishes general standards of accounting for and disclosure of events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued or available to be issued. We adopted this guidance beginning in the second quarter of 2009, in accordance with the effective date. The Company has evaluated subsequent events through November 4, 2009, which is the date these financial statements were issued.

 

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In December 2007, the FASB issued guidance on Business Combinations which established principles and requirements on how the acquirer recognizes and measures in its financial statements the assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree and the goodwill acquired. This statement applies prospectively and was effective for the Company beginning January 1, 2009 but will only impact the Company if and when the Company becomes party to a business combination.

 

In March 2008, the FASB issued guidance on disclosures about derivative instruments and hedging activities. This guidance is intended to improve financial reporting about derivative instruments and hedging activities by requiring companies to enhance disclosure about how these instruments and activities affect their financial position, performance and cash flows. It seeks to achieve these improvements by requiring disclosure of the fair values of derivative instruments and their gains and losses in a tabular format. It also seeks to improve the transparency of the location and amounts of derivative instruments in a company’s financial statements and how they are accounted for. This guidance was effective for the Company beginning January 1, 2009.

 

On December 31, 2008, the SEC published a final rule to revise its oil and gas reserves estimation and disclosure requirements. The primary objectives of the revisions are to increase the transparency and information value of reserve disclosures and improve comparability among oil and gas companies. The rule is effective for annual reports on Form 10-K for fiscal years ending on or after December 31, 2009. The new disclosure requirements include: consideration of new technologies in evaluating oil and natural gas reserves; disclosure of probable and possible oil and natural gas reserves; use of an average price based on the prior twelve month period rather than year-end prices, and revisions of the oil and natural gas disclosure requirements for operations. The Company anticipates that the implementation of the new rule will provide a more meaningful and comprehensive understanding of oil and gas reserves. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the new reporting requirements will have on the financial statements.

 

NOTE L — NATURAL GAS AND OIL RESERVES

 

The following table presents our estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves and the PV-10 value of our interests in net reserves in producing properties as of December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006 based on reserve reports prepared by Williamson Petroleum Consultants, Inc. The PV-10 values shown in the table are not intended to represent the current market value of the estimated natural gas and oil reserves we own.

 

For 2006, a portion of our proved developed reserves had been accumulated through our interests in drilling programs for which we served as managing general partner. These estimates of future net cash flows and their present values, based on period end prices, were based upon certain assumptions that the drilling programs in which we owned interests would achieve payout status in the future. During 2007, we acquired all oil and gas properties and associated reserves from the drilling partnerships.

 

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Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

Estimated Proved Natural Gas and Oil Reserves:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net natural gas reserves (MMcf):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proved developed

 

52,762

 

21,852

 

9,264

 

Proved undeveloped

 

20,063

 

15,916

 

15,561

 

Total

 

72,825

 

37,768

 

24,825

 

Net oil reserves (MBbls):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proved developed

 

6,498

 

11,202

 

9,583

 

Proved undeveloped

 

2,916

 

41,908

 

44,494

 

Total(1)

 

9,414

 

53,110

 

54,077

 

Estimated Present Value of Net Proved Reserves:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV-10 Value (in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proved developed

 

$

157,855

 

$

464,331

 

$

205,683

 

Proved undeveloped

 

36,133

 

583,637

 

403,201

 

Total(2)

 

193,988

 

1,047,968

 

608,884

 

Less: future income taxes, discounted at 10%

 

 

228,817

 

196,308

 

Standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows (in thousands)(3)

 

$

193,988

 

$

819,151

 

$

412,576

 

Prices Used in Calculating Reserves:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Gas (per Mcf)

 

$

4.80

 

$

5.02

 

$

4.35

 

Oil (per Bbl)

 

$

32.92

 

$

86.21

 

$

50.60

 

Proved Developed Reserves (MMcfe)

 

91,749

 

89,062

 

66,763

 

 

Summary of Changes in Proved Reserves

 

 

 

Year ended December 31,

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

 

 

MBbls

 

Mmcf

 

MBbls

 

Mmcf

 

MBbls

 

Mmcf

 

Proved reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning of year

 

53,110

 

37,768

 

54,077

 

24,825

 

50,415

 

24,353

 

Purchase of reserves in place

 

 

 

62

 

10,936

 

164

 

814

 

Discoveries and extensions

 

 

40,265

 

2,583

 

8,608

 

4,421

 

7,202

 

Revisions of previous estimates

 

(42,685

)(1)

(2,278

)

(2,787

)

(5,346

)

(467

)

(6,492

)

Production

 

(1,011

)

(2,930

)

(825

)

(1,255

)

(456

)

(1,052

)

End of year

 

9,414

 

72,825

 

53,110

 

37,768

 

54,077

 

24,825

 

Proved developed reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning of year

 

11,202

 

21,852

 

9,583

 

9,264

 

2,939

 

10,829

 

End of year

 

6,498

 

52,763

 

11,202

 

21,852

 

9,583

 

9,264

 

 


(1)                                  At year-end 2008, we revised our proved oil reserves downward by a total of 42,685 MBbls as follows: Due to a significant decrease in realized oil prices from $86.21 per barrel at December 31, 2007 to $32.92 per barrel at

 

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December 31, 2008, 20,210 MBbls of proved undeveloped oil reserves in the WTU property and 18,360 MBbls of proved undeveloped oil reserves in the NWU property were deemed non-economic and revised downward at year-end 2008. Also, due to lower realized oil prices, 755 MBbls of proved developed producing oil reserves in the NWU were revised downward at year-end 2008. As a result of these revisions, all of the proved oil reserves in the NWU were eliminated at year-end 2008. In addition, 3,360 MBbls of proved developed producing oil reserves in the WTU were revised downward primarily due to the decrease in realized oil prices, and, to a lesser extent, due to downward revisions to estimated oil recoveries in the WTU Upper Terminal and Ranger waterflood projects. Lower prices decrease the economic lives of the underlying oil and natural gas properties and thereby decrease the estimated future reserves.

 

(2)                                  The PV-10 Value represents the discounted future net cash flows attributable to our proved oil and gas reserves before income tax, discounted at 10% per annum. Although it is a non-GAAP measure, we believe that the presentation of the PV-10 Value is relevant and useful to our investors because it presents the discounted future net cash flows attributable to our proved reserves prior to taking into account corporate future income taxes and our current tax structure. We use this measure when assessing the potential return on investment related to our oil and gas properties. Our reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure is shown in the table as the PV-10, less future income taxes, discounted at 10% per annum, resulting in the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows. The standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows represents the present value of future cash flows attributable to our proved oil and natural gas reserves after income tax, discounted at 10%. In accordance with SEC requirements, our reserves and the future net revenues were determined using realized prices for natural gas and oil at each of December 31, 2008, 2007, and 2006. These prices reflect adjustments by lease for quality, transportation fees and regional price differences.

 

(3)                                  Standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows differs from PV-10 value because it includes the effect of future income taxes.

 

The data in the above natural gas and oil reserves table represents estimates only. Oil and natural gas reserve engineering is inherently a subjective process of estimating underground accumulations of oil and natural gas that cannot be measured exactly. The accuracy of any reserve estimate is a function of the quality of available data and engineering and geological interpretation and judgment.

 

Accordingly, reserve estimates may vary from the quantities of oil and natural gas that are ultimately recovered. See “Risk Factors”.

 

PV-10 is equal to the future net cash flows from our proved reserves at December 31, 2008, excluding any future income taxes, discounted at 10% per annum (“PV-10”). Proved developed reserves are reserves that can be expected to be recovered through existing wells with existing equipment and operating methods. Proved undeveloped reserves are proved reserves that are expected to be recovered from new wells drilled to known reservoirs on undrilled acreage for which the existence and recoverability of such reserves can be estimated with reasonable certainty, or from existing wells on which a relatively major expenditure is required to establish production. PV-10 may be considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K and is derived from the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows which is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. PV-10 is a computation of the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows on a pre-tax basis. We believe that the presentation of the PV-10 is relevant and useful to investors because it presents the discounted future net cash flows attributable to our proved reserves prior to taking into account corporate future income taxes and it is a useful measure for evaluating the relative monetary significance of our oil and natural gas properties. Further, investors may utilize the measure as a basis for comparison of the relative size and value of our reserves to other companies. We use this measure when assessing the potential return on investment related to our oil and natural gas properties. However, PV-10 is not a substitute for the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows.

 

Due to the volatility of commodity prices, the oil and gas prices on the last day of the period significantly impact the calculation of the PV-10 and the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows. The present value of future net cash flows does not purport to be an estimate of the fair market value of the Company’s proved reserves. An estimate of fair value would also take into account, among other things, anticipated changes in future prices and costs, the expected recovery of reserves in excess of proved reserves and a discount factor more representative of the time value of money and the risks inherent in producing oil and gas. Future prices received for production and costs may vary, perhaps significantly,

 

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from the prices and costs assumed for purposes of these estimates. The 10% discount factor used to calculate present value, which is required by Financial Accounting Standard Board pronouncements, may not necessarily be the most appropriate discount rate. The present value, no matter what discount rate is used, is materially affected by assumptions as to timing of future production, which may prove to be inaccurate.

 

There are numerous uncertainties in estimating quantities of proved reserves and in projecting future rates of production and the timing of development expenditures, including many factors beyond our control. The reserve data set forth in this annual report are only estimates. Although we believe these estimates to be reasonable, reserve estimates are imprecise and may be expected to change as additional information becomes available. Estimates of natural gas and oil reserves, of necessity, are projections based on engineering data and there are uncertainties inherent in the interpretation of this data, as well as the projection of future rates of production and the timing of development expenditures. Reservoir engineering is a subjective process of estimating underground accumulations of natural gas and oil that cannot be exactly measured. Therefore, estimates of the economically recoverable quantities of natural gas and oil attributable to any particular group of properties, classifications of the reserves based on risk of recovery and the estimates are a function of the quality of available data and of engineering and geological interpretation and judgment and the future net cash flows expected there from, prepared by different engineers or by the same engineers at different times, may vary substantially. There also can be no assurance that the reserves set forth herein will ultimately be produced or that the proved undeveloped reserves will be developed within the periods anticipated. Actual production, revenues and expenditures with respect to our reserves will likely vary from estimates, and such variances may be material. In addition, the estimates of future net revenues from our proved reserves and the present value thereof are based upon certain assumptions about future production levels, prices and costs that may not be correct.

 

With respect to the estimates prepared by Williamson Petroleum Consultants, Inc., PV-10 value should not be construed as representative of the fair market value of our proved natural gas and oil properties since discounted future net cash flows are based upon projected cash flows which do not provide for changes in natural gas and oil prices or for the escalation of expenses and capital costs. The meaningfulness of such estimates is highly dependent upon the accuracy of the assumptions upon which they are based. Actual future prices and costs may differ materially from those estimated. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the reserve data included in this annual report. Under SEC guidelines, estimates of the PV-10 value of proved reserves must be made using oil and gas sales prices at the date for the valuation, which prices are held constant throughout the life of the properties.

 

NOTE M — SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

On October 23, 2009, we completed the sale of 11,775,000 shares of our common stock through an underwritten offering at a share price of $2.60 per share ($2.46 net to us). This sale resulted in the Company receiving net proceeds of approximately $28.9 million after underwriting discounts and commissions but before offering expenses.  On October 28, 2009, the Company paid down $7.6 million of its credit line.

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

The Company has made in this report, and may from time to time otherwise make in other public filings, press releases and discussions with Company management, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 concerning the Company’s operations, economic performance and financial condition. These forward-looking statements include information concerning future production and reserves, schedules, plans, timing of development, contributions from oil and gas properties, and those statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “target,” “goal,” “plans,” “objective,” “should” or similar expressions or variations on such expressions. For such statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such

 

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forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations include, but are not limited to, the Company’s assumptions about energy markets, production levels, reserve levels, operating results, competitive conditions, technology, the availability of capital resources, capital expenditures and other contractual obligations, the supply and demand for and the price of oil, natural gas and other products or services, the weather, inflation, the availability of goods and services, drilling risks, future processing volumes and pipeline throughput, general economic conditions, either internationally or nationally or in the jurisdictions in which the Company or its subsidiaries are doing business, legislative or regulatory changes, including changes in environmental regulation, environmental risks and liability under federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, potential environmental obligations, the securities or capital markets, our ability to repay debt and other factors discussed in “Risk Factors” and in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in the Company’s 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K, this Form 10-Q and in the Company’s other public filings, press releases and discussions with Company management. Warren undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.

 

Overview

 

We are an independent energy company engaged in the exploration and development of domestic onshore oil and natural gas reserves. We focus our efforts primarily on our waterflood oil recovery programs and horizontal drilling in the Wilmington field within the Los Angeles Basin of California and on the exploration and development of coalbed methane (“CBM”) properties located in the Rocky Mountain region. As of September 30, 2009, we owned natural gas and oil leasehold interests in approximately 160,450 gross, 85,730 net acres, approximately 80% of which are undeveloped. Substantially all our undeveloped acreage is located in the Rocky Mountains.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

On October 23, 2009, the Company sold 11.8 million shares of common stock at $2.60 per share.  The Company received net proceeds of $28.9 million after deducting $1.8 million of issuance costs.  Warren used $7.6 million of the proceeds to pay down debt under our Credit Facility (discussed in more detail below) which can subsequently be drawn in order to finance existing development activities and general corporate purposes.

 

Our cash and cash equivalents decreased $20.9 million during the nine months of 2009 to $8.7 million at September 30, 2009. This resulted from cash used in investing activities of $37.7 million.  This was partially offset by cash provided by operating activities of $14.5 million and cash provided by financing activities of $2.2 million.

 

Cash used in investing activities was primarily spent on oil and gas properties and equipment.  Cash provided by operating activities was primarily generated by oil and gas operations.  Cash provided by financing activities primarily represents net proceeds received under our Credit Facility (as discussed in more detail below).

 

The Company recorded an impairment expense of $272.3 million at December 31, 2008 relating to its ceiling test on the carrying costs of its oil and gas properties and goodwill impairments.  This resulted primarily from realized oil prices decreasing 62% from $86.21 at December 31, 2007 to $32.92 at December 31, 2008.  As a result of oil price declines, many of our proved undeveloped reserves were removed from the proved category.  Additionally, the Company wrote off approximately $3.4 million of goodwill at December 31, 2008.  The Company had no impairment charges during the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

 

On November 19, 2007, Warren entered into a five year, $250 million credit agreement with Merrill Lynch Capital (subsequently sold to GE Business Financial Services, Inc.) on behalf of itself and a syndicate of five participating banks (the “Credit Facility”).   The Credit Facility provides for a revolving loan up to the lesser of (i) the borrowing base (ii) $250 million or (iii) the draw limit requested by the Company.  The Credit Facility matures on November 19, 2012.  It is secured by substantially all of our assets.  The borrowing base will be determined by the lenders at least semi-annually on April 1 and October 1 of each year, and is based in part on the proved reserves of the Company. The current borrowing base is $120 million, representing an immediate availability of $5 million as of September 30, 2009. On October 28, 2009, the Company paid down $7.6 million of the credit line, leaving a credit line balance outstanding as of that date of $107.4 million. The Company is subject to certain covenants required by the Credit Facility which include, but are not limited to the maintenance of the following financial ratios (1) a minimum current ratio (including the unused borrowing base and excluding unrealized gains and losses on derivative financial instruments) of not less than 1.0 to 1.0 and (2) a minimum

 

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annualized consolidated EBITDAX (as defined by the Credit Facility) to net interest expense of not less than to of 2.5 to 1.0.  As of September 30, 2009, the Company had borrowed $115 million under the Credit Facility and was in compliance with all covenants.  If the Company fails to satisfy its Credit Facility covenants, it would be an event of default.  Under such event of default and upon notice, all borrowings would become immediately due and payable to the lending banks.

 

On May 12, 2009, Warren and its lenders amended the Credit Facility (the “First Amendment”) to (i) increase the margins on LIBOR based borrowings from a range of 1.25% to 2.0% to a range of 2.75% to 3.50% (depending on the then-current borrowing base usage), (ii) increase the margins on Base Rate borrowings from a range of 0% to 0.75% to a range of 1.50% to 2.25% (depending on the then-current borrowing base usage), (iii) add a floor to the margin rate of all LIBOR based loans to 3.50% for the next six months, and (iv) increase the unused commitment fee rate from a range of 0.20% to 0.50% to a flat rate of 0.50%. The First Amendment also gives Warren the right through November 12, 2009, if it so chooses, to obtain up to a $30 million financing secured by a second mortgage lien on its assets on terms acceptable to each of the Credit Facility lenders.  The Company does not intend to exercise this right.

 

During the third quarter of 2009, the Company incurred $1.7 million of interest expense under the Credit Facility of which approximately $0.4 million was accrued as of September 30, 2009. The weighted average interest rate as of September 30, 2009, was 4.81%.

 

The availability of funds under our Credit Facility is critical to our Company.  The borrowing base will be re-determined during the fourth quarter of 2009.  If the Credit Facility’s borrowing base is reduced to a level below current borrowings, the Company would be obligated to begin reducing the deficiency by 25% within 90 days after the deficiency occurs and the remaining 75% within 180 days after the deficiency occurs.

 

The continuing crisis in the U.S. and world financial and securities markets could have a material adverse effect on our business and operations.  Additionally, low commodity prices may restrict our ability to meet our current obligations.  As a result, Management has taken several actions to ensure that the Company will have sufficient liquidity to meet its obligations through September 30, 2010, including selling common shares and receiving net proceeds of $28.9 million as referred to above, a reduction in its 2009 capital expenditure budget to $9 million, entered into price swap agreements for a portion of its 2009 production to reduce price volatility, temporarily shut-in three pilot areas in the Atlantic Rim that are uneconomic at current prices to reduce lease operating expenses, headcount reductions and reductions in discretionary expenditures, including elimination of year-end bonuses. The Company is also evaluating other measures to further improve its liquidity, including, the sale of certain assets, entering into joint ventures with third parties, volumetric production payments, additional commodity price hedging and other monetization of assets strategies. Management believes that these actions will enable the Company to meet its liquidity requirements through September 30, 2010. The Company has hired outside consultants to assist us in these endeavors.

 

In addition to exploring ways to raise capital, as mentioned above, the Company has reduced and will continue to reduce its general and administrative expenses by reducing employees and consultants, where necessary.  In addition, the Company has waived the March 2009 annual bonuses and currently has a salary freeze in effect.

 

During the first nine months of 2009, operating results declined significantly compared to 2008.  Primarily, this resulted from the significant decline in oil and gas commodity prices.  Additionally during the first nine months of 2009, the Company incurred a net loss of $13.6 million (including $8.7 million in unrealized losses relating to the mark-to-market of derivative financial instruments) as compared to net income of $42.9 million for the comparable period of 2008.  At September 30, 2009, current assets were approximately $1.3 million more than current liabilities (including $1.4 million in unrealized losses in current liabilities relating to derivative financial instruments).   As mentioned previously, the unused availability under the Credit Facility is added to current assets when calculating the current ratio covenant.  Additionally, current assets and current liabilities relating to unrealized gains and losses from derivative financial instruments are excluded from this calculation.

 

In the future, if natural gas inventories rise to levels such that no natural gas storage capacity exists, certain U.S. natural gas production will need to be reduced or shut in.  Additionally, if commodity prices decline to levels that make it uneconomic to produce oil and natural gas, the Company or its partners may elect to shut in or reduce production.  As a result, some or all of the Company’s oil and natural gas production may be shut in or curtailed during the next 12 months, which would have a material adverse effect on operations.

 

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The Company’s proved reserves declined significantly compared to prior years and may decline in future years.  Due to current commodity prices, compared to the cost of developing our undeveloped oil reserves and our estimated lease operating expenses, a significant portion of our future projects are or may be uneconomic at this time.  As a result, a significant portion of our proved undeveloped reserves are no longer in the proved category.  The Company’s projects have material lease operating expenses.  Our oil operations include a secondary recovery waterflood with significant fixed costs.  During the third quarter of 2009, our oil lease operating expenses were $14.95 per barrel of oil produced. Our natural gas operations include reinjecting the produced water into deep formations and compressing and transporting the gas with significant fixed costs. During the third quarter of 2009, our natural gas lease operating expenses were $2.35 per mcf of gas produced. The Company’s proved reserves are based on assumptions that may prove to be inaccurate.

 

At September 30, 2009, we had approximately 1.4 million vested outstanding stock options issued under our stock based equity compensation plans. Of the total 1.4 million outstanding vested options, all had exercise prices above the closing market price $2.96 of our common stock on September 30, 2009.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

The contractual obligations table below assumes the maximum amount is tendered each year. The table does not give effect to the conversion of any bonds to common stock which would reduce payments due. All bonds are secured at maturity by zero coupon U.S. treasury bonds deposited into an escrow account equaling the par value of the bonds maturing on or before the maturity of the bonds. Such U.S. treasury bonds had a fair market value of $1.0 million at September 30, 2009.  The table below does not reflect the release of escrowed U.S. treasury bonds to us upon redemption.

 

 

 

Payments due by period*

 

Contractual Obligations
As of September 30, 2009

 

Total

 

Less Than
1 Year

 

1-3
Years

 

3-5
Years

 

More Than
5 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

Line of credit

 

$

115,000

 

$

 

$

 

$

115,000

 

$

 

Bonds

 

1,676

 

167

 

287

 

232

 

990

 

Leases

 

2,619

 

644

 

1,260

 

593

 

122

 

Total

 

$

119,295

 

$

811

 

$

1,547

 

$

115,825

 

$

1,112

 

 


*

Does not include estimated interest of $5,805,000 less than one year, $11,626,000 1-3 years, $1,170,000 3-5 years and $1,434,000 thereafter.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS:

 

Three months Ended September 30, 2009 Compared to Three Months Ended September 30, 2008

 

Oil and gas sales. Revenue from oil and gas sales decreased $17.5 million in the third quarter of 2009 to $16.4 million, a 52% decrease compared to the same quarter in 2008.  This decrease resulted from a decrease in realized energy prices.  The average realized price per barrel of oil for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was $60.51 and $106.82, respectively.  Additionally, the average realized price per Mcf of gas for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was $2.71 and $6.42, respectively.  Net oil production for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was 226 Mbbls and 263 Mbbls, respectively.  Net gas production for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was 1.0 Bcf and 0.9 Bcf, respectively.

 

Lease operating expense. Lease operating expense for the third quarter of 2009 decreased 30% to $5.8 million ($2.43 per Mcfe) compared to $8.3 million ($3.34 per Mcfe) in the comparable period of 2008. Primarily, this decrease resulted from reduced lease operating expenses in our Atlantic Rim Project resulted from shutting in uneconomic wells and reduced workovers on wells.  Additionally, this decrease resulted from reduced field expenses in our California oil properties.

 

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Depreciation, depletion and amortization .Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense increased $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2009 to $5.3 million, a 1% increase compared to the corresponding quarter last year. This increase reflects an increase in the depletion rate resulting from a decrease in proved reserves compared to the same quarter in 2008.

 

General and administrative expenses. General and administrative expenses decreased $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2009 to $2.5 million, a 31% decrease compared to the corresponding quarter last year.  This reflects a decrease in personnel as a result of cost cutting activities.

 

Interest expense. Interest expense increased $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2009 to $1.7 million compared to the same quarter last year.  The increase results from interest expense relating to the drawdown under our Credit Facility.

 

Interest and other income. Interest and other income decreased $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2009 to $22 thousand, a 92% decrease compared to the same quarter in 2008. This represents a decrease in interest earned due to lower cash and cash equivalents balances and lower interest rates as compared to the corresponding quarter last year.

 

Gain (Loss) on derivative financial instruments. Derivative gains of $0.9 million were recorded in the third quarter of 2009. This amount reflects $1.4 million of unrealized gains, resulting from mark to market accounting of our oil and gas swaps and is partially offset by $0.5 million of realized losses in the quarter from our oil and gas swap positions.

 

Nine months Ended September 30, 2009 Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2008

 

Oil and gas sales. Revenue from oil and gas sales decreased $48.4 million during the first nine months of 2009 to $43.2 million, a 53% decrease compared to the same period in 2008.  This decrease resulted from a decrease in realized energy prices.  The average realized price per barrel of oil for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was $49.67 and $101.68, respectively.  Additionally, the average realized price per Mcf of gas for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was $2.75 and $7.38, respectively.  Net oil production for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was 716 Mbbls and 759 Mbbls, respectively.  Net gas production for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was 2.9 Bcf and 2.0 Bcf, respectively.

 

Lease operating expense. Lease operating expense for the first nine months of 2009 decreased 3% to $20.0 million ($2.78 per Mcfe) compared to $20.7 million ($3.17 per Mcfe) in the comparable period of 2008.  Primarily, this decrease resulted from reduced lease operating expenses in our Atlantic Rim Project resulted from shutting in uneconomic wells and reduced workovers on wells.  Additionally, this decrease resulted from reduced field expenses in our California oil properties.

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization .Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense increased $2.2 million for the first nine months of 2009 to $15.8 million, a 16% increase compared to the corresponding period last year. This increase reflects an increase in production and an increase in the depletion rate resulting from a decrease in proved reserves compared to the same period in 2008. Production increased 10% during this period.

 

General and administrative expenses. General and administrative expenses decreased $2.9 million in the first nine months of 2009 to $8.6 million, a 25% decrease compared to the corresponding period last year.  This reflects a decrease in personnel as a result of cost cutting activities.

 

Interest expense. Interest expense increased $0.8 million in the first nine months of 2009 to $4.7 million compared to the same period last year.  The increase results from interest expense relating to the drawdown under our Credit Facility.

 

Interest and other income. Interest and other income decreased $0.7 million in the first nine months of 2009 to $0.1 million, an 83% decrease compared to the same period in 2008. This represents a decrease in interest earned due to lower cash and cash equivalents balances and lower interest rates as compared to the corresponding period last year.

 

Loss on derivative financial instruments. Derivative losses of $7.8 million were recorded in the first nine months of 2009. This amount reflects $8.7 million of unrealized losses resulting from mark to market accounting of our oil and gas swaps positions and is partially offset by $0.9 million of realized gains from our natural gas swap positions.

 

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CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based on consolidated financial statements that have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses. We believe that certain accounting policies affect our more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements. Our 2008 Form 10-K includes a discussion of our critical accounting policies.

 

Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

Energy Price Risk

 

The Company’s most significant market risk is the pricing for natural gas and crude oil. Management expects energy prices to remain volatile and unpredictable. If energy prices decline significantly, revenues and cash flow would significantly decline. Below is a sensitivity analysis of the Company’s commodity price related derivative instruments.

 

Commodity Risk

 

Our primary market risk exposure is in the price we receive for our natural gas and oil production. Realized pricing is primarily driven by the prevailing worldwide price for crude oil and spot regional market prices applicable to our U.S. natural gas production. Pricing for natural gas and oil production has been volatile and unpredictable for several years, and we expect this volatility to continue in the future. The prices we receive for production depend on many factors outside of our control, including volatility in the differences between product prices at sales points and the applicable index price.

 

In 2009 we entered into several financial derivative swap contracts to hedge our exposure to commodity price risk associated with anticipated future oil and gas production. Through a price swap, we have fixed the price we will receive on a portion of our natural gas and oil production. In a swap transaction, the counterparty is required to make a payment to us for the difference between the fixed price and the settlement price if the settlement price is below the fixed price. We are required to make a payment to the counterparty for the difference between the fixed price and the settlement price if the fixed price is below the settlement price. We believe we will have more predictability of our crude oil and gas revenues as a result of these financial derivative contracts.

 

The following table summarizes our open financial derivative positions as of November 4, 2009 related to oil and gas production. The Company will receive prices as noted in the table below and will pay a counterparty market price based on the NYMEX (for natural gas production) or WTI (for oil production) index price, settled monthly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price per

 

Product

 

Type

 

Contract Period

 

Volume

 

Mcf or Bbl

 

Gas

 

Swap

 

02/01/09-12/31/10

 

3,000 Mcf/d

 

$

6.88

 

Gas

 

Swap

 

03/01/09-02/28/11

 

3,000 Mcf/d

 

$

6.02

 

Oil

 

Swap

 

04/01/09-12/31/09

 

1,325 Bbld

 

$

49.70

 

Oil

 

Swap

 

01/01/11-12/31/11

 

1,225 Bbld

 

$

61.80

 

 

Interest Rate Risk

 

We hold investments in U.S. treasury bonds available for sale, which represents securities held in escrow accounts on behalf of certain debentures. Additionally, we hold U.S. treasury bonds trading securities, which predominantly represent U.S. treasury bonds released from escrow accounts. The fair market value of these securities will generally increase if the federal discount rate decreases and decrease if the federal discount rate increases. All of our convertible debt has fixed interest rates, so consequently we are not exposed to cash flow or fair value risk from market interest rate changes on this debt.

 

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At September 30, 2009, we had debt outstanding under our Credit Facility of $115 million.  On May 12, 2009, Warren and its lenders amended the Credit Facility (the “First Amendment”) to (i) increase the margins on LIBOR based borrowings from a range of 1.25% to 2.0% to a range of 2.75% to 3.50% (depending on the then-current borrowing base usage), (ii) increase the margins on Base Rate borrowings from a range of 0% to 0.75% to a range of 1.50% to 2.25% (depending on the then-current borrowing base usage), (iii) add a floor to the margin rate of all LIBOR based loans to 3.50% for the next six months, and (iv) increase the unused commitment fee rate from a range of 0.20% to 0.50% to a flat rate of 0.50%.

 

Financial Instruments

 

Our financial instruments consist of the following, cash and cash equivalents, U.S. treasury bonds, collateral security accounts, line of credit and other long-term liabilities. The carrying amounts of these instruments approximate fair market value due to the highly liquid nature of these short-term instruments or they are reported at fair value.

 

Inflation and Changes in Prices

 

The general level of inflation affects our costs. Salaries and other general and administrative expenses are impacted by inflationary trends and the supply and demand of qualified professionals and professional services. Inflation and price fluctuations affect the costs associated with exploring for and producing natural gas and oil, which have a material impact on our financial performance.

 

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk

 

Certain statements in this report, including statements of the future plans, objectives, and expected performance of the company, are forward-looking statements that are dependent upon certain events, risks and uncertainties that may be outside the company’s control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Some of these include, but are not limited to, the market prices of oil and gas, economic and competitive conditions, exploration risks such as drilling unsuccessful wells, higher-than-expected costs, potential liability for remedial actions under existing or future environmental regulations and litigation, potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation,  environmental and regulatory uncertainties that could delay or prevent drilling, and not successfully completing, or any material delay of, any development of new or existing fields, expansion, or capital expenditure, legislative and regulatory changes, financial market conditions, political and economic uncertainties of foreign governments, future business decisions, and other uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by words such as “estimate”, “project”, “predict”, “will”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “intend”, “believe”, “expect” or similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. Unless legally required, Warren does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Certain risks that may affect Warren’s results of operations and financial position appear in Part 1, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of Warren’s 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

There are numerous uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of proved oil and gas reserves and in projecting future rates of production and the timing of development expenditures. The total amount or timing of actual future production may vary significantly from reserves and production estimates. The drilling of exploratory wells can involve significant risks, including those related to timing, success rates and cost overruns. Lease and rig availability, complex geology and other factors can affect these risks. Fluctuations in oil and natural gas prices or a prolonged continuation of low prices may adversely affect the company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Item 4.  Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Our management, under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), has evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) as of the end of the period covered by this

 

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report.  Based upon that evaluation, management  has concluded that our  disclosure  controls  and  procedures  are  effective to ensure  that information  we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act is communicated to management, including the CEO and CFO, as appropriate to allow timely decisions  regarding required disclosure and is  recorded,  processed,  summarized  and  reported  within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There have been no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting or in other factors during the quarter ended September 30, 2009, that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II—OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

 

See Note G — Contingencies of the Notes to Financial Statements (Part I, Item 1) for information regarding the legal proceedings in which we are involved.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

Our business has many risks. In addition to the other information set forth in this report and our press releases and other reports and materials that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, you should carefully consider the factors discussed in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and in our Registration Statement on Form S-3, and the prospectus supplement thereto, in connection with our public offering on October 23, 2009, which could materially affect our business, financial condition, operating results or liquidity and the trading price of our common stock.  Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and/or operating results.

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

a.    Not applicable

 

b.    Not applicable

 

c.    Not applicable

 

Item 3. Defaults upon Senior Securities

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

 

None held in the third quarter of 2009.

 

Item 5. Other Information

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

a)

Exhibits

 

 

 

Exhibits not incorporated by reference to a prior filing are designated by an (*) and are filed herewith; all exhibits not so designated are incorporated herein by reference to a prior filing as indicated.

 

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Exhibit

 

 

Number

 

Description

 

 

 

31.1*

 

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-15(e)/15d-15(e)

31.2*

 

Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-15(e)/15d-15(e)

32.1*

 

Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

32.2*

 

Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 


*

 

Filed herewith.

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

WARREN RESOURCES, INC.
(Registrant)

 

 

 

Date: November 4, 2009

 

/s/ Timothy A. Larkin

 

 

 

 

By:

Timothy A. Larkin

 

 

Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and
Principal Accounting Officer

 

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