Viking Energy Group Announces Record Annual Results

Revenues of $34.6 Million Adjusted non-GAAP - EBITDA of $17.16 Million

Hedging Strategy will Supplement Revenues during COVID-19 Pandemic

Houston, TX - (NewMediaWire) - March 31, 2020 - Viking Energy Group, Inc. (OTCQB: VKIN) (“Viking” or the “Company”), an independent exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the onshore Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent regions, announced yesterday financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Key Financial Highlights for 2019 (all figures are approximate):            

  • Revenues increased 335% to $34.59 million as compared to $7.96 million in 2018. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $17.16 million in 2019, as calculated by the Company below, as compared to $(2.51) million in 2018. 
  • Revenue in excess of lease operating costs increased to $22.39 million (65% of total revenue) as compared to $4.13 million (52% of total revenue) for 2018. 
  • Lease operating costs as a percentage of total revenue were 35% in 2019, as compared to 48% in 2018.   
  • Income from operations improved to $4.88 million, as compared to a loss of ($7.17) million in 2018.  
  • The $12.9 million interest expense total includes approximately $2.3 million of accrued interest in connection with a $23.7 million promissory note executed by the Company in December 2018. As part of the acquisition completed on February 3, 2020, the promissory note was extinguished and replaced with a new note with a lower principal amount and an extended maturity date of June 1, 2021. 

James Doris, Viking’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are extremely pleased with our accomplishments during the past year and believe our track record of executing on our mandate will serve us well as we work collaboratively with stakeholders to deal with the challenges created by these unprecedented market conditions.  Previous steps taken to mitigate risk are proving to be useful, and we remain committed to up-listing to a national exchange, ideally through the previously announced proposed merger with Camber Energy, Inc., to provide an enhanced platform to facilitate our capital objectives.”

Financial Results for the Three Years Ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019:

   For the Years Ended December 31, 
   2017   2018   2019 
       
Total Revenue - Oil and Gas $1,982,018   $7,967,972   $34,592,850
Lease Operating Costs (LOE) 1,008,268   3,835,549   12,203,777 
       
Revenue in excess of lease operating costs  $973,750   $4,132,423   $22,389,073
       
LOE as a % of Oil and Gas Sales51% 46% 32%
LOE as a % of Total Revenue51% 48% 35%
Revenue in excess of lease operating costs as a % of Total Revenue 49% 52% 65%


Note: The figures referenced in the summaries above are approximate and in most cases have been rounded to the nearest $100,000.  For specific amounts, please refer to Viking’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 30, 2020 with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available under "Investors -- SEC Filings" at www.vikingenergygroup.com.

ADJUSTED EBITDA
Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization
A Non-GAAP Financial Measure to Evaluate Operational Performance 

     Adjusted EBITDA 
     For the Years Ended December 31, 
     2017 2018 2019 
           
Net Income (Loss)     $17,828,946  $(15,117,547)  $(19,390,850) 
 Non-Cash / Non-Operating Items          
  Stock Based Compensation    5,405,106   2,303,213   951,533  
  Changes in Fair Value of Derivatives    (48,875)  1,604,916   3,308,880  
  Bargain Purchase Gain    (27,021,418)  -   -  
  Interest expense     498,440   1,910,387   12,988,695  
  Amortization of debt discount    1,105,745   5,969,886   7,975,244  
  Accretion - ARO     58,075   86,023   391,482  
  Income tax benefit (expense)    910,827   (910,827)  -  
  Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization   507,145   1,644,693   10,936,446  
           
 Total Non-Cash Items     (18,584,955)  12,608,291   36,552,280  
           
 Adjusted EBITDA     $(756,009)  $(2,509,256)  $17,161,430 
           


Viking’s Hedging Contracts will Supplement Revenues During Crisis

Certain of Viking’s subsidiaries are parties to hedging contracts which will supplement the company’s revenues during this unprecedented time of uncertainty caused by the corona virus and other factors affecting the supply and demand of oil.  A summary of Viking’s hedging arrangements through BP Energy and Cargill Incorporated was provided in a press release issued by the company on March 9, 2020 (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/viking-hedging-strategy-proves-sound-123010517.html)  and certain details are set out below:  

Elysium Energy, LLC (majority-owned subsidiary of Viking):

PeriodContract TypeQuantity HedgedFloorCeiling
Oil
Feb. 2020 to Dec. 2020Costless Collar179,058 bbls$45.00$54.20
Jan. 2021 to Dec. 2021Deferred Premium (premium is $145.939,20)121,616 bbls$45.00$56.00
Jan. 2022 to July 2022Costless Collar48,536 bbls$45.00$52.70
Natural Gas
Mar. 2020 to Aug. 2022Costless Collar5,882,330 mmbtu$2.00$2.425


Ichor Energy, LLC & Petrodome Energy, LLC (wholly-owned subsidiaries of Viking):

PeriodContract TypeQuantity HedgedFloorCeiling
Oil
Ichor – Jan. 2019 to Dec. 2022Fixed Price1,180,792 bbls$50.85*$50.85*
Petrodome – Mar. 2020 to Dec. 2020Fixed Price22,700 bbls**$52.71$52.71
Petrodome – Mar. 2020 to June, 2020Costless Collar5,600 bbls**$55.00$72.00
Natural Gas
 
Ichor – Jan. 2019 to Dec. 2022Fixed Price5,589,981 mmbtu$2.715$2.715


*based on Louisiana Light Sweet Crude pricing
** remaining quantities only

About Viking Energy Group, Inc.

Viking is an independent exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company owns oil and gas leases in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Kansas.  Viking targets under-valued assets with realistic appreciation potential. 

For additional information, please visit: https://www.vikingenergygroup.com.

Adjusted EBITDA - Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains “Adjusted EBITDA”, a non-GAAP financial measure, used for managerial purposes because it allows management and external users of our financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, to compare the results of our operations from period to period without regard to our financing methods or capital structure. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), adjusted for certain non-cash and non-operating items, such as stock-based compensation, changes in the fair value of derivative instruments, asset retirement obligation accretion expense, depreciation, depletion and amortization, interest expense and income tax (benefit) provision.  We also exclude certain other non-cash items listed in the aforementioned table.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under US GAAP and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income (loss). The Company adjusts net income (loss) for these specific items to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA because they can vary substantially from company to company within its industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures and the method by which the assets were acquired.  Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss) as determined in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing a company’s financial performance, such as a company’s cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of Adjusted EBITDA. The Company’s computation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies or to such measure in our credit facility or any of our other contracts.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and any statements that are not historical facts contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”), which statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "plans," "projects," "will," "may," "anticipates," "believes," "should," "intends," "estimates," and other words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, involve known and unknown risks, a reliance on third parties for information, transactions that may be canceled, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in our industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results include risks and uncertainties related to the fluctuation of global economic conditions or economic conditions with respect to the oil and gas industry, the performance of management, actions of government regulators, vendors, and suppliers, our cash flows and ability to obtain financing, competition, general economic conditions and other factors that are detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2019, and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ending March 31, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019. We intend that all forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the PSLRA.


Contact Information
Investors and Media:
Tel. 281.404.4387 (ext.5)
IR@vikingenergygroup.com

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