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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D. C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

xQuarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

¨Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the transition period from to

 

Commission File Number 001-32989

 

PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

(Exact Name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

  CALIFORNIA   94-0787340  
  (State of other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)  

 

  2008 – 21st. Street. P.O. Box 832, Bakersfield, California   93302  
  (Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)  
         
  Registrant's telephone number:   661) 325-1000  

  

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x  No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated Filer ¨  
Non-accelerated filer ¨   Smaller reporting company x

 

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

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

 

(Class) (Outstanding at May 14, 2012)
Common Stock Without Par Value   4,683,853

 

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PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

 

FORM 10-Q

March 31, 2012

 

Table of Contents

 

 

  Page

PART I

Item 1. Financial Statements  
   
 Balance Sheets - March 31, 2012 (Unaudited)  
     and December 31, 2011   3
   
 Statements of Operations -  
     Three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)   5
   
 Statements of Cash Flows -  
     Three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)   6
   
 Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)   8
   
Item 2.   Management's Discussion and Analysis of  
     Financial Condition and Results of Operations 14
   
Item 3.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures  
     about Market Risk 16
   
Item 4.   Controls and Procedures 16
   
PART II
   
Item 1.   Legal Proceedings 17
   
Item 1A. Risk Factors 17
   
Item 2.   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities  
     and Use of Proceeds 17
   
Item 3.   Defaults Upon Senior Securities 17
   
Item 4.   Mine Safety Disclosures 17
   
Item 5.   Other Information 17
   
Item 6.   Exhibits 17

 

 

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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

  

PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

 

BALANCE SHEETS

 

ASSETS

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
   (Unaudited)   (Audited) 
         
CURRENT ASSETS:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $2,740,356   $2,762,676 
Short-term investments   2,130,510    2,128,380 
Trade accounts receivable  (net of reserve for          
doubtful accounts of $4,000 in 2012 and 2011)   519,581    549,476 
Joint interest billing receivable   8,495    6,019 
Income taxes receivable   0    21,169 
Crude oil inventory   134,709    118,156 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   205,726    255,846 
Deferred Income taxes   262,500    262,500 
           
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   6,001,877    6,104,222 
           
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, at cost:          
           
Oil and gas properties and equipment (successful          
efforts method)   19,727,871    19,124,558 
Capitalized asset retirement costs   409,338    401,242 
Drilling and operating equipment   1,966,750    1,956,371 
Land, buildings and improvements   1,073,918    1,073,918 
Automotive, office and other property and equipment   1,192,118    1,192,118 
    24,369,995    23,748,207 
Less - accumulated depletion,  depreciation,          
amortization and valuation allowances   (20,272,811)   (20,091,655)
TOTAL PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT   4,097,184    3,656,552 
           
INVESTMENTS AND OTHER ASSETS          
Long-term investments   1,078,787    1,071,984 
Deferred income taxes   735,200    781,600 
Deposits   250,000    250,000 
Other assets   17,380    17,380 
    TOTAL INVESTMENTS AND OTHER ASSETS   2,081,367    2,120,964 
           
    TOTAL ASSETS  $12,180,428   $11,881,738 

  

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

 

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PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

 

BALANCE SHEETS

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
   (Unaudited)   (Audited) 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:          
Accounts payable  $126,360   $88,494 
Accrued professional fees   43,784    142,990 
Accrued taxes, other than income taxes   77,471    77,471 
Accrued payroll and related costs   59,645    51,252 
Accrued royalties payable   209,085    224,810 
Accrued insurance   45,354    82,428 
Accrued income taxes   27,231    0 
Current maturities of long-term debt   32,560    32,285 
           
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES   621,490    699,730 
           
Long-term debt, net of current maturities   5,981    22,330 
           
LIABILITY FOR ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS   1,300,072    1,278,889 
           
    TOTAL LIABILITES   1,927,543    2,000,949 
           
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 4)          
           
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:          
Preferred stock, no par value          
Authorized - 10,000,000 shares          
  Issued and outstanding - none   0    0 
Common stock, no par value (Note 6 and 9)          
  Authorized - 50,000,000 shares          
  Issued and outstanding - 4,683,853 shares   1,682,971    1,682,971 
Retained earnings   8,569,914    8,197,818 
   TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   10,252,885    9,880,789 
           
TOTAL LIABILITES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $12,180,428   $11,881,738 

 

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

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PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

 

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

    Three months ended March 31, 
    2012   2011 
REVENUES:          
Oil and gas sales  $1,369,058   $1,327,310 
           
COSTS AND EXPENSES:          
Operating expenses   429,941    413,656 
General and administrative   211,016    224,720 
Taxes, other than income          
and payroll taxes   47,421    36,855 
Provision for depletion, depreciation,          
and amortization   181,156    185,528 
Valuation allowances   0    48,533 
Accretion expense   13,087    16,335 
Other costs and expenses   29,805    25,487 
    912,426    951,114 
OPERATING INCOME   456,632    376,196 
           
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):          
Interest income   10,690    13,352 
Other income   0    500 
Interest expense   (426)   (1,506)
    10,264    12,346 
INCOME BEFORE          
INCOME TAX PROVISION   466,896    388,542 
Income tax provision          
Current   48,400    46,200 
Deferred   46,400    22,700 
    94,800    68,900 
           
NET INCOME  $372,096   $319,642 
           
BASIC INCOME  PER COMMON SHARE  $0.08   $0.07 
           
DILUTED INCOME  PER COMMON SHARE  $0.08   $0.07 
           
Weighted average number of          
common shares outstanding   4,683,853    4,679,770 
           
Diluted average number of          
common shares outstanding   4,687,033    4,687,030 

 

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

 

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PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

 

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

 

 

   Three months ended March 31, 
   2012   2011 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:          
Net income  $372,096   $319,642 
           
Adjustments to reconcile net income to          
net cash provided by operating activities:          
           
Provision for depletion, depreciation,          
and amortization   181,156    185,528 
Valuation allowances   0    48,533 
Gain on sale of property and equipment   0    (1,012)
Accretion expense   13,087    16,335 
Deferred income taxes   46,400    22,700 
           
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Decrease (increase) in trade          
accounts receivable   48,588    (313,809)
(Increase) in crude oil inventory   (16,553)   (9,375)
Decrease in prepaid expenses   50,120    36,078 
(Increase) in other assets   0    (10,000)
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable          
and accrued liabilities   (78,515)   1,144,071 
           
Net cash provided by operating activities   616,379    1,438,691 
           

 

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

 

 

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PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

 

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

 

 

 

 

    Three months ended March 31, 
    2012    2011 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:          
           
Capital expenditures  $(613,692)  $(1,193,949)
Increase in short-term investments   (8,933)   (10,742)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   0    21,000 
           
Net cash used in investing activities   (622,625)   (1,183,691)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:          
Loans to employees   0    (800)
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt   0    55,979 
Principal payments from loans to employees   0    500 
Principal payments on long-term debt   (16,074)   (4,793)
           
Net cash (used in) provided by          
financing activities   (16,074)   50,886 
           
Net (decrease) increase in          
cash and cash equivalents   (22,320)   305,886 
           
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   2,762,676    1,535,532 
           
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $2,740,356   $1,841,418 
           
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:          
           
Cash paid during the three months for interest  $426   $1,506 
           
Cash paid during the three months for income taxes  $0   $0 
           

 

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

 

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PYRAMID OIL COMPANY

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012

(UNAUDITED)

 

 

1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

The financial statements include the accounts of Pyramid Oil Company (the “Company”). Such financial statements included herein have been prepared by the Company, without an audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations, although the Company believes that the disclosures are adequate to make the information presented not misleading.

 

A summary of the Company's significant accounting policies is contained in its December 31, 2011 Form 10-K. The financial data presented herein should be read in conjunction with the Company's December 31, 2011 financial statements and notes thereto, contained in the Company's Form 10-K.

 

In the opinion of the Company, the unaudited financial statements, contained herein, include all adjustments necessary to present fairly the Company's financial position as of March 31, 2012 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the three month periods ended March 31, 2012 and 2011. The results of operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for a full year.

 

Income Taxes - When tax returns are filed, it is highly certain that some positions taken would be sustained upon examination by the taxing authorities, while others are subject to uncertainty about the merits of the position taken or the amount of the position that would be ultimately sustained. The benefit of a tax position is recognized in the financial statements in the period during which, based on all available evidence, management believes it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained upon examination, including the resolution of appeals or litigation processes, if any. Tax positions taken are not offset or aggregated with other positions. Tax positions that meet the more-likely-than-not recognition threshold are measured as the largest amount of tax benefit that is more than 50 percent likely of being realized upon settlement with the applicable taxing authority. The portion of the benefits associated with tax positions taken that exceeds the amount measured as described above is reflected as a liability for unrecognized tax benefits in the accompanying balance sheets along with any associated interest and penalties that would be payable to the taxing authorities upon examination.

 

The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction, California, Texas and New York states. With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal tax examination for the years before 2008. State jurisdictions that remain subject to examination range from 2007 to 2011. The Company does not believe there will be any material changes in its unrecognized tax positions over the next 12 months.

 

The Company policy is to recognize interest and penalties accrued on any unrecognized tax benefits as a component of income tax expense. As of the date of adoption of FASB ASC 740, the Company did not have any accrued interest or penalties associated with any unrecognized tax benefits, nor was any interest expense recognized during the quarter.

 

Interest associated with unrecognized tax benefits are classified as interest expense and penalties are classified in selling, general and administrative expenses in the statements of operations.

 

Income (Loss) per Share - Basic income (loss) per common share is computed by dividing the net income (loss) applicable to common stock by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period.

 

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Valuation Allowances - The Company has recorded valuation allowances for certain of its oil and gas properties when the undiscounted future net cash flows are less than the net capitalized costs for the property. On March 21, 2011, the Company participated in the drilling of a joint venture well in Menard County, Texas. Log analysis of this well indicated that the well would not be commercially viable, and was plugged and abandoned. The Company owns a 30% interest in the joint venture. The Company recorded a valuation allowance of $48,533 against the costs incurred during the first quarter of 2011 for the drilling of this well. There was no valuation allowance recorded in the first quarter of 2012.

 

Joint Interest Billing Receivable - The Company entered into a joint venture agreement on February 23, 2011 with Victory Oil Company for the drilling of a well on the Company’s Pike lease. The well was drilled during the first quarter of 2011. The well was completed and placed into production during April 2011. The Company’s share of the total costs for drilling and completing this well was 68% and Victory Oil’s share of costs was 32%. As of March 31, 2011, the Company’s share of costs for drilling this well was approximately $1,046,000 and Victory Oil’s share of the costs were approximately $492,000. Victory Oil, prior to March 31, 2011, had made a prepayment in the amount of $300,000 for its share of the costs of drilling this well. At March 31, 2011, the Company has a joint interest billing receivable of approximately $192,000 for its remaining share of the costs for drilling this well. At March 31, 2012, the Company had a joint interest billing receivable of $8,495 from Victory Oil Company for its share of the costs of operating this well.

 

Reclassifications - Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period financial statements to conform to the current year presentation.

  

2. Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

ASU 2011-04 - In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-04, “Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs” (ASU 2011-04) which amends ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement.  The updated guidance in ASC Topic 820 changes the wording used to describe the requirements in U.S. GAAP for measuring fair value and for disclosing information about fair value measurements.   The updated guidance in ASC Topic 820 is effective during interim and annual period beginning after December 15, 2011.  Early adoption is not permitted.  The adoption of this new guidance is not expected to have a significant impact on the Company’s fair value measurements, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

ASU 2011-05 - In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-05, “Presentation of Comprehensive Income” (ASU 2011-05) which amends ASC Topic 220, Comprehensive Income.  The updated guidance in ASC Topic 220 gives an entity the option to present the total of comprehensive income, the components of net income and the components of other comprehensive income either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements.   The updated guidance in ASC Topic 220 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011.   The adoption of this guidance did not have any impact on our results of operations or financial condition.

 

In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-08, “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350) — Testing Goodwill for Impairment”. This amendment allows an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is necessary to perform the two-step quantitative impairment test. The amendments are effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011 and early adoption is permitted. The Company decided to early adopt this guidance which did not have a significant impact on the Company's financial position or results of operations.

 

3. Dividends

 

No cash dividends were paid during the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.

 

 

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4. Commitments and Contingencies

 

In February 2002, the Company entered into an employment agreement with John H. Alexander pursuant to which Mr. Alexander agreed to serve as the Company's Vice President. On June 3, 2004, Mr. Alexander was appointed as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer. The employment agreement is for an initial term of six years, which term automatically renews annually if written notice is not tendered. The agreement was automatically renewed on June 3, 2011.

 

Pursuant to the employment agreement, the Company may terminate Mr. Alexander's employment with or without cause at any time before its term expires upon providing written notice. In the event the Company terminates Mr. Alexander's employment without cause, Mr. Alexander would be entitled to receive a severance amount equal to his annual base salary and benefits for the balance of the term of his employment agreement. In the event of termination by reason of Mr. Alexander's death or permanent disability, his legal representative will be entitled to receive his annual salary and benefits for the remaining term of his employment agreement. In the event of, or termination following, a change in control of the Company, as defined in the agreement, Mr. Alexander would be entitled to receive his annual salary and benefits for the remainder of the term of his agreement. In the event that Mr. Alexander is terminated the Company would incur approximately $600,000 in costs.

 

The Company has been notified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a final settlement offer to settle its potential liability as a generator of waste containing hazardous substances that was disposed of at a waste disposal site in Santa Barbara County. The Company has responded to the EPA by indicating that the waste contained petroleum products that fall within the exception to the definition of hazardous substances for petroleum-related substances of the pertinent EPA regulations. Management has concluded that under both Federal and State regulations no reasonable basis exists for any valid claim against the Company. As such, the likelihood of any settlement is deemed remote. There has been not further communication form the EPA on this matter since September 25, 2009.

 

 

5. Income Tax Provision

 

The Company recognized an income tax provision of $94,800 for the first quarter of 2012 compared to an income tax provision of $68,900 for the same period in 2011.

 

Income tax provision for the first quarter of 2012 was calculated as follows:

 

   Federal   State   Total 
                
Current tax provision  $41,500   $6,900   $48,400 
Deferred tax provision   36,150    10,250    46,400 
                
   $77,650   $17,150   $94,800 

 

Income tax provision for the first quarter of 2011 was calculated as follows:

 

   Federal   State   Total 
                
Current tax provision  $40,300   $5,900   $46,200 
Deferred tax provision   17,700    5,000    22,700 
                
   $58,000   $10,900   $68,900 

  

Deferred income taxes are recognized using the asset and liability method by applying income tax rates to cumulative temporary differences based on when and how they are expected to affect the tax returns. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are adjusted for income tax rate changes. Deferred income tax assets have been offset by a valuation allowance of $1,705,600 as of March 31, 2012. Management reviews deferred income taxes regularly throughout the year, and accordingly makes any necessary adjustments to properly reflect the valuation allowance based upon current financial trends and projected results.

 

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6. Incentive and Retention Plan

 

On January 9, 2007, the Company's Board of Directors adopted an Incentive and Retention Plan pursuant to which the Company's officers and other employees selected by the Company's Compensation Committee are entitled to receive payments if they are employed by the Company as of the date of a 'Corporate Transaction,' as defined in the Incentive and Retention Plan. A 'Corporate Transaction' includes certain mergers involving the Company, sales of Company assets, and other changes in the control of the Company, as specified in the Incentive and Retention Plan. In general, the amount that is payable to each plan participant will equal the number of plan units that have been granted to him or her, multiplied by the increase in the value of the Company between January 9, 2007 and the date of a Corporate Transaction. There has been no Corporate Transaction since the adoption of the Incentive and Retention Plan.

  

7. Related-party Transaction

 

Effective January 1, 1990, John H. Alexander, an officer and director of the Company participated with a group of investors that acquired the mineral and fee interest on one of the Company's oil and gas leases (Santa Fe Energy lease) in the Carneros Creek field after the Company declined to participate. The thirty-three percent interest owned by Mr. Alexander represents a minority interest in the investor group. Royalties on oil and gas production from this property paid to the investor group approximated $75,000 during the first quarter of 2012 and $54,000 during the first quarter of 2011.

 

 

8. Stock Based Compensation

 

The Company issued warrants and options to purchase common shares of the Company as compensation for consulting and Board of Director services. The value of warrants and options issued for compensation is accounted for as a non-cash expense to the Company at fair value as calculated by using Black-Scholes option-pricing model. At March 31, 2012 the Company has $0 in unamortized stock based compensation related to outstanding options and warrants.

 

The following table summarizes the warrant and option activity for the three months ended March 31, 2012:

 

   Number of     
   Warrants
and
   Weighted-Average 
(Unaudited)  Options   Exercise Price 
           
Outstanding, December 31, 2011   25,000   $4.08 
Granted   0    0 
Exercised   0    0 
Cancelled   0    0 
Outstanding, March 31, 2012   25,000   $4.08 

 

 

The following summarizes the warrants issued, outstanding and exercisable as of March 31, 2012:

 

Grant Date November, 2008
Strike Price $3.20
Expiration Date October 31, 2012
Warrants Remaining 15,000
Proceeds if Exercised $48,000
Call Feature None
   

 

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The following summarizes the options issued, outstanding and exercisable as of March 31, 2012:

 

Grant Date June 2, 2011
Strike Price $5.40
Expiration Date June 1, 2016
Warrants Remaining 10,000
Proceeds if Exercised $54,000
Call Feature None

 

9. Fair Value

 

Effective January 1, 2009, we adopted FASB ASC 820 (formerly SFAS No. 157) for our nonfinancial assets and nonfinancial liabilities measured on a non-recurring basis. We adopted the provisions of FASB ASC 820 for measuring the fair value of our financial assets and liabilities during 2008. As defined in FASB ASC 820, fair value 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. We utilize market data or assumptions that we believe market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, including assumptions about risk and the risks inherent in the inputs to the valuation technique. FASB ASC 820 establishes a three-tiered fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value as follows:

 

Level 1 - Observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets;

 

Level 2 - Inputs, other than quoted prices, that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. These include quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets and quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active; and

 

Level 3 - Unobservable inputs in which there is little or no market data, which require the reporting entity to develop its own assumptions. Included in this category is the Company's determination of the value of its asset retirement obligation liability. The obligation has increased $21,183 during the three months ended March 31, 2012 as a result of normal accretion expense and the drilling of a new well.

 

The carrying amount of our cash and cash equivalents, short term investments, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses reported in the balance sheets approximates fair value because of the short maturity of those instruments.

 

Fair Value on Nonrecurring Basis

 

Certain assets and liabilities are measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis in accordance with GAAP (for example, when there is evidence of impairment). There were no instances of impairment recorded in the quarter ending March 31, 2012.

  

10. Registration Statement on Form S-3

 

The Company filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 22, 2009, that became effective on January 14, 2010. The registration statement is designed to provide the Company the flexibility to offer and sell from time to time up to $20 million of the Company's common stock. The Company may offer and sell such securities through one or more methods of distribution, subject to market conditions and the Company's capital needs. The terms of any offering under the shelf registration statement will be established at the time of such offering and will be described in a prospectus supplement filed with the SEC prior to the completion of the offering. The Company has not filed any supplemental prospectus with the SEC or sold any common stock under this registration statement.

 

11. Asset Retirement Obligations

 

The Company recognizes a liability at discounted fair value for the future retirement of tangible long-lived assets and associated assets retirement cost associated with the petroleum and natural gas properties. The fair value of the liability is capitalized as part of the cost of the related asset and amortized to expense over its useful life. The liability accretes until the date of expected settlement of the retirement obligations. The related accretion expense is recognized in the statement of operations. The provision will be revised for the effect of any changes to timing related to cash flow or undiscounted abandonment costs. Actual expenditures incurred for the purpose of site reclamation are charged to the asset retirement obligations to the extent that the liability exists on the balance sheet. Differences between the actual costs incurred and the fair value of the liability recorded are recognized in income in the period the actual costs are incurred.

 

 

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There are no legally restricted assets for the settlement of asset retirement obligations. A reconciliation of the Company's asset retirement obligations from the periods presented, are as follows:

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2011  $1,278,889 
     Incurred during the period   0 
     Additions for new wells   8,096 
     Accretion expense   13,087 
Balance at March 31, 2012  $1,300,072 

 

 

12. Subsequent Events

 

The Company evaluated subsequent events after the balance sheet date of March 31, 2012 through the date these unaudited financial statements were issued.

 

 

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Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 

 

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

 

Looking forward into the balance of fiscal 2012, crude oil prices have decreased by $6.60 per barrel.

 

During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company drilled a development well - the Santa Fe #20 - in the Carneros Creek Field in Kern County, California. The well penetrated the intended zones and after completion operations was stimulated with a gel-fracking operation that concluded in April. After an initial production of fluids from the well, an unexplained blockage occurred, and efforts are ongoing to determine the cause and implement a procedure to correct the situation.

 

The Company hopes to drill two additional wells during 2012, subject to the availability of contract drilling rigs. We also will continue to evaluate external opportunities that could range from joint ventures to asset acquisitions.

 

Management continues to seek and evaluate opportunities within the energy sector to enhance the value of the Company. Pyramid's growth during the balance of 2012 will be highly dependant on the level of success the Company has in its operations and capital investments, including the outcome of wells that have not yet been drilled. The Company's capital investment program may be modified during the year due to exploration and development successes or failures, market conditions and other variables. The production and sales of oil and gas involves many complex processes that are subject to numerous uncertainties, including reservoir risk, mechanical failures, human error and market conditions.

 

The Company has positioned itself, over the past several years, to withstand various types of economic uncertainties, with a program of consolidating operations on certain producing properties and concentrating on properties that provide the major revenue sources. The drilling of a new well and several limited work-overs of certain wells have allowed the Company to maintain its crude oil reserves for the last three years. The Company expects to maintain its reserve base in 2012 by drilling new wells and routine maintenance of its existing wells.

 

The Company may be subject to future costs necessary for compliance with the new implementation of air and water environmental quality requirements of the various state and federal governmental agencies. The requirements and costs are unknown at this time, but management believes that costs could be significant in some cases. As the scope of the requirements become more clearly defined, management may be better equipped to determine the true costs to the Company.

 

The Company continues to absorb the costs for various state and local fees and permits under new environmental programs, the sum of which were not material during 2011. The Company retains outside consultants to assist the Company in maintaining compliance with these regulations. The Company is actively pursuing an ongoing policy of upgrading and restoring older properties to comply with current and proposed environmental regulations. The costs of upgrading and restoring older properties to comply with environmental regulations have not been determined. Management believes that these costs will not have a material adverse effect upon its financial position or results of operations.

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Portions of this Quarterly Report, including Management's Discussion and Analysis, contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested in forward-looking statements in this release. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements found herein to reflect any changes in Company expectations or results or any change in events. Factors that could cause results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices of oil, gas and electricity, environmental risk, drilling and operational costs, uncertainties about estimates of reserves and government regulations.

 

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ANALYSIS OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2012 COMPARED TO THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2011

 

REVENUES

 

The increase in oil and gas sales of $42,760 is due to higher average sales prices for the first quarter of 2012. The average sales price of the Company's oil and gas for the first quarter of 2012 increased by approximately $14.70 per equivalent barrel when compared to the same period of 2011. This was offset by lower sales volumes of 1,400 barrels for the first three months of 2012.

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

Operating expenses increased by $16,285 for the first quarter of 2012. The cost to produce an equivalent barrel of crude oil during the first quarter of 2012 was approximately $35.12 per barrel, an increase of approximately $4.83 per barrel when compared with production costs for the first quarter of 2011. The increase in lease operating expenses is caused by many factors. These include higher costs for contract operations, production equipment repairs and maintenance, equipment fuel and professional services. This was offset by lower costs for outside services, insurance and the quarterly adjustment for inventory change.

 

Contract operations increased by $17,158, due primarily to the Wyoming joint venture. The Wyoming joint venture operator is conducting a major renovation project on the joint venture properties. Production equipment repair and maintenance costs increased by $15,966 due to higher costs for outside repair services on one of its well servicing rigs. Equipment fuel costs increased by $10,856 due to an increase in the volume of fuel purchased and higher average costs for gasoline and diesel used by the Company’s vehicles and production equipment. Professional services increased by $8,388 due to a review of the Company’s Pike #1-H well that was conducted by a third-party petroleum engineering firm.

 

Outside services decreased by $8,174 due to lower demand for third-party repair and maintenance services. Insurance expense decreased by $8,151 due to lower premiums for health insurance of approximately $4,300 and lower liability insurance premiums. The remaining net favorable variance of $12,580 is attributable to many different cost categories, none of them significant in amount.

 

Inventory change decreased operating expenses by $16,553 for the first quarter of 2012 and decreased operating expenses by $9,375 for the first quarter of 2011. As a result, operating expenses decreased by $7,178 for the first quarter of 2012, when compared with the same period of 2011. Inventory change at March 31, 2012 of $16,553 is due primarily to higher average per barrel inventory valuations combined with slightly higher inventory volumes at March 31, 2012. Inventory change at March 31, 2011 of $9,375 is due primarily to higher average per barrel inventory valuations.

  

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE

 

General and administrative expenses decreased by $13,704 for the first quarter of 2012 when compared with the same period for 2011. Accounting services decreased by $9,472 due primarily to lower costs for third-party accounting services and lower costs for tax consulting services. Legal services decreased by $7,852.

 

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PROVISION FOR DEPLETION, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

 

The provision for depletion, depreciation and amortization decreased by $4,372 for the first quarter of 2012, when compared with the same period for 2011. The decrease is due to a decrease in depletion of $2,430 and a decrease in depreciation of $1,942.

  

VALUATION ALLOWANCES

 

On March 21, 2011, the Company participated in the drilling of a joint venture well in Menard County, Texas. Log analysis of this well indicated that the well would not be commercially viable, and was plugged and abandoned. The Company owns a 30% interest in the joint venture. The Company recorded a valuation allowance of $48,533 against the costs incurred during the first quarter of 2011 for the drilling of this well. There was no valuation allowance recorded in the first quarter of 2012.

  

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

 

Cash and cash equivalents decreased by $22,320 for the three months ended March 31, 2012. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, operating activities provided cash of $616,379. Cash was used for capital spending of $613,692 and principal payments on long-term debt of $16,074. See the accompanying Statements of Cash Flows for additional detailed information. The Company had available a line of credit of $500,000 and short-term investments of $3,209,297 at March 31, 2012 that provided additional liquidity during the first three months of 2012.

  

IMPACT OF CHANGING PRICES

 

The Company’s revenue is affected by crude oil prices paid by the major oil companies. Average crude oil prices for the first three months of 2012 increased by approximately $14.70 per equivalent barrel when compared with the same period of 2011. The Company cannot predict the future course of crude oil prices.

 

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

Not Applicable

  

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded, based on their evaluation as of the end of the period covered by this report, that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission's rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures.

 

There was no change in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1. - Legal Proceedings

 

None

 

Item 1A. - Risk Factors

 

See the risk factors that are included in the Company's Annual Report on

Form 10K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

 

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

 

None

 

Item 3. - Defaults Upon Senior Securities

 

None

 

Item 4. - Mine Safety Disclosures

 

None

 

Item 5. - Other Information

 

None

 

Item 6. - Exhibits

 

a. Exhibits

 

31.1Certification of the Registrant's Principal Executive Officer under Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15-d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

31.2Certification of the Registrant's Principal Financial Officer under Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15-d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

32.1Certification of the Registrant's Principal Executive Officer under 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

32.2Certification of the Registrant's Principal Financial Officer under 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

101The following information from the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (1) Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011; (2) Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011; (3) Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011; and (4) Notes to Financial Statements. *

______________________________________

*Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the information in Exhibit 101 (a) is “furnished” and is not deemed to be “filed” or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Section 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (b) is deemed not to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and (c) is not otherwise subject to liability under those sections.

 

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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.

 

 

   
  PYRAMID OIL COMPANY
   (registrant)
   
   
   
Dated:  May 14, 2012 JOHN H. ALEXANDER
  John H. Alexander
  President
   
   
Dated:  May 14, 2012 LEE G. CHRISTIANSON
  Lee G. Christianson
  Chief Financial Officer

 

 

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