Apco Reports Net Income for 2012

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. (NAS: APAGF) today announced net income attributable to Apco of $39.1 million in 2012, or $1.33 per share, compared with net income of $31.7 million, or $1.08 per share in 2011.

The increase in net income for 2012 was primarily due to the favorable impacts of higher average sales prices and increased volumes on operating income and equity income from Argentine investment. These benefits were partially offset by greater costs and operating expenses.


Initial sales revenues from Apco's Colombian operations also contributed to the increase in net income for 2012.

Total operating revenues increased by $28.5 million compared with 2011. Higher average oil and natural gas sales prices drove a $19.5 million increase due to prices in operating revenues for 2012. A 4 percent growth in sales volumes - which resulted in 2.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) for the year applicable to Apco's consolidated interests - contributed $11 million to the increase in operating revenues. A decrease in other operating revenues partially offset these favorable variances.

Total costs and operating expenses for the year increased by $23.6 million, primarily the result of higher production and lifting costs, selling and administrative expense, depreciation expense, and higher exploration expense.

Exploration expense increased by $8 million due to greater exploration activity in 2012 compared with 2011. During 2012, Apco incurred significant 3D seismic costs in its Sur Río Deseado property in Argentina and in the Llanos 40 block in Colombia.

Apco also experienced higher equity income from its 40.72 percent interest in Petrolera Entre Lomas S.A. (Petrolera). For 2012, the favorable impacts of higher average oil and natural gas sales prices and greater sales volumes contributed to an increase of $5.9 million in equity income from Argentine investment compared with 2011.

Total sales volumes applicable to Apco's equity interest in Petrolera were 2.2 million BOE in 2012 - an increase of 3 percent.

"Once again, our steady capital development program in our core properties in Argentina produced meaningful results. For the tenth consecutive year, we achieved higher sales volumes," said Ralph Hill, Apco's chief executive officer.

"Although 2012 was a challenging year in Argentina, our operations were not significantly impacted and we were able to increase earnings. We are hopeful that the business and political climate will improve to provide the conditions necessary to encourage further growth in Argentina," Hill added.

2012 and 2013 Capital Program and Operational Update

For 2012, capital expenditures of $54.4 million attributable to Apco's consolidated interests were invested primarily in development and exploration drilling in Neuquén basin properties and exploration drilling in Colombia. During 2012, Apco participated in the drilling of 37 gross wells.

Apco's 2013 oil and gas capital expenditure budget is approximately $66 million. The 2013 capital program will focus on development and exploration drilling in Neuquén basin properties, unconventional exploration drilling in the Neuquén basin, and continued exploration drilling and field development in Colombia. Apco plans to participate in the drilling of 48 gross wells in 2013.

"We are pleased to see the results of our exploration activities in Colombia with our first two wells resulting in discoveries in 2012. We hope to continue that success in 2013 and beyond to further expand our diversification into Colombia," said Thomas Bueno, Apco's chief operating officer.

"In Argentina, where progress was made in 2012 toward exploring the productive potential of the Vaca Muerta shale, our results to date have yielded positive but modest results that demonstrate this formation is capable of production.

"We plan to make further investments targeting Vaca Muerta during 2013 in our Coirón Amargo block. Understanding the potential of this resource will take persistence and perseverance by all companies currently exploring this unconventional formation," Bueno added.

Apco Oil and Gas International Inc.
Summary of Earnings
(In Thousands of Dollars Except Per Share Amounts)        
        2012   2011
Three months ended December 31            
Operating revenue       35,254   30,951
Costs and operating expenses       31,365   25,065
Investment income       4,244   7,289
Net income attributable to Apco       6,082   9,829
Per share       0.21   0.33
 
        2012   2011
Twelve months ended December 31            
Operating revenue       133,263   104,780
Costs and operating expenses       107,192   83,556
Investment income       26,108   20,626
Net income attributable to Apco       39,061   31,746
Per share       1.33   1.08
 

About Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. (Nasdaq: APAGF)

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  • Availability of supplies (including the uncertainties inherent in assessing, estimating, acquiring and developing future oil and natural gas reserves), market demand, volatility of prices, and the availability and cost of capital;
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  • Acts of terrorism; and
  • Additional risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

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In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth in this announcement. Such changes in our intentions may also cause our results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise.

Investors are urged to closely consider the disclosures and risk factors in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q available from our offices or from our website at www.apcooilandgas.com .



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