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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.20549

FORM 10-Q

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QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the Quarterly Period Ended June 30, 2012

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TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
Commission file number: 0-7914
 
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

Delaware
 
84-0592823
(State of Incorporation or Organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
633 17th Street, Suite 1900, Denver, Colorado
 
80202-3619
(Address of principal executive office)
  (Zip Code)
 
(303) 296-3076
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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Shares of common stock outstanding on August 10, 2012: 1,706,756
 


 
 

 
EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.
FORM 10-Q
INDEX

 
PARTI. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
Page
 
         
Item 1.
Financial Statements
    4  
           
 
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets:
       
 
    June 30, 2012 (Unaudited) and March 31, 2012
    4  
           
 
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations:
       
 
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011(Unaudited)
    6  
           
 
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows:
       
 
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011(Unaudited)
    7  
           
 
    Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements:
       
 
    June 30, 2012
    8  
           
Item 2.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
    11  
           
Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
    17  
           
Item 4.
Controls and Procedures
    17  
           
 
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
       
           
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings
    18  
           
Item 1A.
Risk Factors
    18  
           
Item 2.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
    18  
           
Item 3.
Defaults Upon Senior Securities
    18  
           
Item 4.
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
    18  
           
Item 5.
Other Information
    18  
           
Item 6.
Exhibits
    19  
           
 
Signatures
    20  

 
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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Current Report on Form 10-Q, including information incorporated herein by reference, contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs, assumptions and information currently available to management.  The use of any statements containing the words "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect," "predict," "plan," "should," "likely," "may," "will," "continue" or similar expressions are intended to identify such statements.  All statements other than statements of historical facts that address activities that we anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty.  Forward-looking statements relate to, among other things:

  
our strategies, either existing or anticipated;
  
our future financial position, including anticipated liquidity; 
  
our ability to satisfy obligations from cash generated from operations;
  
amounts and nature of future capital expenditures, including future share repurchases;
  
acquisitions and other business opportunities;
  
operating costs and other expenses, including asset retirement obligation expenses;
  
wells expected to be drilled, other anticipated exploration efforts and associated expenses;
  
estimates of proved oil and natural gas reserves, deferred tax assets, and depletion rates;
  
our ability to meet additional acreage, seismic and/or drilling cost requirements;
  
other estimates and assumptions we use in our accounting policies.
 
  
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, among others, such things as:

  
loss of senior management or technical personnel;
  
oil and natural gas prices and production costs;
  
our ability to replace oil and natural gas reserves, including changes in reserve estimates resulting from expected oil and gas prices, production rates, tax rates and production costs;
  
exploitation, development, production and exploration results, including mechanical failure;
  
the estimated costs of asset retirement obligations, including whether or not those retirement costs, in whole or in part, are ever actually incurred in the future;
  
the potential unavailability of drilling rigs and other field equipment and services;
  
the existence of unanticipated liabilities relating to existing properties or those acquired in the future, including environmental liabilities;
  
factors affecting the nature and timing of our capital expenditures, including the availability of service contractors and equipment;
  
the willingness and ability of third parties to honor their contractual commitments;
  
permitting issues;
  
the nature, extent and duration of workovers;
  
the impact and costs related to compliance with or changes in laws governing our operations;
  
acquisitions and other business opportunities (or the lack thereof) that may be pursued by us;
  
competition for properties and the effect of such competition on the price of those properties;
  
economic, market or business conditions, including any change in interest rates or inflation;
  
the lack of available capital and financing;
  
risk factors consistent with comparable companies within our industry, especially companies  with similar market capitalization and/or employee census; and
  
weather and other factors, many of which are beyond our control.

Furthermore, forward-looking statements are made based on our current assessment available at the time. Subsequently obtained information concerning the merits of any property, as well as changes in estimated exploration and development costs and ownership interest, may result in revisions to our expectations and intentions and, thus, we may alter our plans regarding any exploration and development activities.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, those expectations may prove to be incorrect.  As with comparable companies within our industry, there are numerous factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations.  All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us, or persons acting on our behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.  Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances.

 
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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
Earthstone Energy, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Page 1 of 2
 
   
June 30,
   
March 31,
 
   
2012
   
2012
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
             
ASSETS
           
Current assets:
           
     Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 4,586,000       6,778,000  
     Accounts receivable:
               
          Oil and gas sales
    1,974,000       2,389,000  
          Joint interest and other receivables net of allowance of (60,000) at 3-31-12 and 6-30-12
    64,000       90,000  
                 
     Other current assets
    1,176,000       749,000  
Total current assets
    7,800,000       10,006,000  
                 
Oil and gas property, full cost method:
               
     Proved property
    38,717,000       37,112,000  
     Unproved property
    5,552,000       4,409,000  
     Accumulated depletion and impairment
    (26,057,000 )     (25,778,000 )
                 
Net oil and gas property
    18,212,000       15,743,000  
                 
Support equipment and other non-current assets net of accumulated depreciation of  (398,000) and (383,000), respectively
    470,000       457,000  
                 
Total non-current assets
    18,682,000       16,200,000  
                 
Total assets
  $ 26,482,000       26,206,000  
 
See accompanying Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
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Earthstone Energy, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Page 2 of 2
 
   
June 30,
   
March 31,
 
   
2012
   
2012
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
             
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
           
Current liabilities:
           
     Accounts payable
  $ 679,000       824,000  
     Accrued liabilities
    2,732,000       2,610,000  
                 
Total current liabilities
    3,411,000       3,434,000  
                 
Long-term liabilities:
               
     Deferred tax liability
    2,727,000       2,731,000  
     Asset retirement obligation, less current portion
    1,668,000       1,693,000  
                 
Total long-term liabilities
    4,395,000       4,424,000  
                 
Total liabilities
    7,806,000       7,858,000  
                 
Shareholders’ Equity:
               
Preferred shares, $0.001 par value, 600,000 authorized and none issued or outstanding
    -       -  
Common shares, $0.001 par value, 6,400,000 shares authorized and 1,802,000 and 1,788,000 shares issued, respectively     18,000       18,000  
     Additional paid-in capital
    23,166,000       23,108,000  
     Treasury stock, at cost, 82,000 shares
    (457,000 )     (457,000 )
     Accumulated deficit
    (4,051,000 )     (4,321,000 )
                 
Total shareholders’ equity
    18,676,000       18,348,000  
                 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  $ 26,482,000       26,206,000  

See accompanying Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 
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Earthstone Energy, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
 
   
Three Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Revenues:
           
     Oil and gas sales
  $ 2,220,000     $ 2,480,000  
     Well service and water disposal revenue
    127,000       45,000  
                 
Total revenues
    2,347,000       2,525,000  
                 
Expenses:
               
     Oil and gas production
    834,000       795,000  
     Production tax
    196,000       138,000  
     Well service and water disposal
    23,000       6,000  
     Depletion and depreciation
    294,000       196,000  
     Accretion of asset retirement obligation
    43,000       41,000  
     General and administrative
    681,000       442,000  
                 
Total expenses
    2,071,000       1,618,000  
                 
Income from operations
    276,000       907,000  
                 
Other income (expense):
               
     Interest and other income
    2,000       7,000  
     Interest and other expenses
    -       (3,000 )
                 
Total other income
    2,000       4,000  
                 
Income before income tax
    278,000       911,000  
                 
Current income tax expense
    12,000       63,000  
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense
    (4,000 )     183,000  
                 
Total income tax expense
    8,000       246,000  
                 
Net income
    270,000       665,000  
                 
Per share amounts:
               
     Basic
  $ 0.16     $ 0.39  
     Diluted
  $ 0.16     $ 0.39  
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
               
     Basic
    1,720,712       1,712,744  
     Diluted
    1,720,712       1,712,744  

See accompanying Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
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Earthstone Energy, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 
   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
           
     Net income
    270,000       665,000  
     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
           Depletion and depreciation
    294,000       196,000  
           Deferred income tax (benefit) expense
    (4,000 )     183,000  
           Accretion of asset retirement obligation
    43,000       41,000  
           Share-based compensation
    60,000       22,000  
     Change in:
               
        Accounts receivable, net
    441,000       (136,000 )
        Other current assets
    (772,000 )     (526,000 )
        Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities
    (374,000 )     (96,000 )
                 
Net cash (used) provided by operating activities
    (42,000 )     349,000  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
     Oil and gas property
    (2,122,000 )     (809,000 )
     Purchases of support equipment and other non-current assets
    (28,000 )     (42,000 )
                 
Net cash used in investing activities
    (2,150,000 )     (851,000 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Net cash used in financing activities
    -       -  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents:
               
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
    (2,192,000 )     (502,000 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year
    6,778,000       4,051,000  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
    4,586,000       3,549,000  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
               
     Cash paid for interest
    -       -  
     Cash paid for income tax
    70,000       -  
Non-cash:
               
     Increase in oil and gas property due to asset retirement obligation
    14,000       -  
     Accrued capital expenditures
    267,000       439,000  
     Prepaid capital expenditures     345,000       552,000  

See accompanying Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
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Earthstone Energy, Inc.
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
30-Jun-12
 
1. Basis of Presentation
 
The accompanying interim financial statements of Earthstone Energy, Inc. (formerly Basic Earth Science Systems, Inc.) are unaudited. However, in the opinion of management, the interim data includes any applicable adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of the financial and operational results for the interim period according to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).
 
At the directive of the Securities and Exchange Commission to use “plain English” in public filings, the Company will use such terms as “we,” “our,” “us” or “the Company” in place of Earthstone Energy, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary. When such terms are used in this manner throughout the notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, they are in reference only to the corporation, Earthstone Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and are not used in reference to the Board of Directors, corporate officers, management, or any individual employee or group of employees.
 
The financial statements included herein have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Certain information and note disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations. We believe the disclosures made are adequate to make the information not misleading and suggest that these financial statements be read in conjunction with the financial statements and related notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the previous fiscal year-end.
 
Further, the results of operations for the three months covered by this report, are not necessarily indicative of the operating results that may be expected for the year.
 
Fair Value Measurements. The Company’s financial instruments consist of cash and cash equivalents, trade receivables, trade payables and accrued liabilities, all of which are considered to be representative of their fair market value, due to the short-term and highly liquid nature of these instruments.
 
Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. These estimates and assumptions concern matters that are inherently uncertain. Estimates and assumptions are revised periodically and the effects of revisions are reflected in the financial statements in the period it is determined to be necessary. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
 
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-11, Balance Sheet (Topic 210): Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities. This ASU requires the Company to disclose both net and gross information about assets and liabilities that have been offset, if any, and the related arrangements. The disclosures under this new guidance are required to be provided retrospectively for all comparative periods presented. The Company is required to implement this guidance effective for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-11 to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.
 
2. Other Assets
 
   
30-Jun-12
   
31-Mar-12
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
Drilling and completion cost prepayments
    565,000       230,000  
Lease and well equipment inventory
    412,000       412,000  
Prepaid insurance premiums
    61,000       73,000  
Prepaid income tax
    70,000       -  
Other current assets
    68,000       34,000  
                 
Total other current assets
    1,176,000       749,000  
 
 
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3. Accrued Liabilities
 
   
30-Jun-12
   
31-Mar-12
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
Accrued operations payable
    1,662,000       1,472,000  
Accrued compensation
    439,000       445,000  
Accrued income tax payable and other
    241,000       393,000  
Revenue and production taxes payable
    176,000       167,000  
Short term asset retirement obligation
    214,000       133,000  
                 
Total accrued liabilities
    2,732,000       2,610,000  

4. Income Tax
 
The provision for income tax is comprised of the following:
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
 
Current:
           
     Federal
    11,000       56,000  
     State
    1,000       7,000  
 Total current income tax
    12,000       63,000  
                 
Deferred:
               
     Federal
    (4,000 )     170,000  
     State
    -       13,000  
Total deferred income tax
    (4,000 )     183,000  
                 
Income tax expense
    8,000       246,000  

A reconciliation between the income tax provision at the statutory rate on income tax and the income tax provision for the three months ended is as follows:
 
   
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
 
Federal tax at statutory rate
    94,000       310,000  
State taxes, net of federal benefit
    -       17,000  
Excess percentage depletion
    (93,000 )     (83,000 )
Other adjustments, net
    7,000       2,000  
                 
Income tax expense
    8,000       246,000  
Effective rate expressed as a percentage
    3 %     27 %
 
The overall effective tax rate expressed as a percentage of book income before income tax for the three month period, as compared to the same period in the prior year, was lower due primarily to lower pre-tax income and increased capital expenditures compared to the comparable period.
 
 
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Net deferred tax assets and liabilities were comprised of:
 
June 30,
2012
   
March 31,
2012
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
Deferred tax assets:            
     Statutory depletion carry-forward
    1,310,000       1,232,000  
     Asset retirement obligation
    691,000       669,000  
     Other accruals
    115,000       88,000  
     Allowance for doubtful accounts
    22,000       22,000  
                 
Gross deferred tax assets
    2,138,000       2,011,000  
                 
Deferred tax liabilities:
               
     Depletion, depreciation and intangible drilling costs
    (4,865,000 )     (4,742,000 )
                 
Gross deferred tax liabilities
    (4,865,000 )     (4,742,000 )
                 
Deferred tax liabilities, net
    (2,727,000 )     (2,731,000 )
 
Projections of future income taxes and their timing require significant estimates with respect to future operating results.  Accordingly, deferred taxes may change significantly as more information and data is gathered with respect to such events as changes in commodity prices, their effect on the estimate of oil and gas reserves and the depletion of these long-lived reserves. 
 
The Company is subject to U.S. federal income tax and income tax from multiple state jurisdictions. 
 
The Company's tax returns for the prior four tax years of filings are still subject to examination by tax authorities. 

 
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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
 
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2012, as well as the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes and other information appearing in Item 1 of this report.

The preparation of the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes including matters arising during the normal course of business.  We apply our best judgment, our knowledge of existing facts and circumstances and our knowledge of actions that we may undertake in the future in determining the estimates that will affect our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.  We evaluate our estimates on an ongoing basis using our historical experience, as well as other factors we believe appropriate under the circumstances, such as current economic conditions, and adjust or revise our estimates as circumstances change.  As future events and their effects cannot be determined with precision, actual results may differ from these estimates.

As used in this report, unless the context otherwise indicates, references to “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Earthstone Energy, Inc. and its subsidiary collectively.

As an oil and natural gas producer, our revenue, cash flow from operations, other income and profitability, reserve values, access to capital and future rate of growth are influenced by the prevailing prices of crude oil and natural gas.  Changes in commodity prices affect, both positively and negatively, our financial condition, liquidity, ability to obtain financing and operating results.  Changes in commodity prices may influence, both positively and negatively, the amount of crude oil and natural gas that we choose to produce.  Prevailing prices for such commodities fluctuate in response to changes in supply and demand and a variety of additional factors beyond our control, such as global, political and economic conditions. Inherently, the prices received for crude oil and natural gas production are unpredictable, and such volatility is expected.  Most of our production is sold at market prices.  Obviously, if the commodity indexes fluctuate, the price that we receive for our production will fluctuate.  Therefore, the amount of revenue that we realize, as well as our estimates of future revenues, is to a large extent determined by factors beyond our control.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Liquidity Outlook. Our primary source of funding is the net cash flow from the sale of our oil and natural gas production. The profitability and cash flow generated by our operations in any particular accounting period will be directly related to: (a) the volume of oil and gas produced and sold, (b) the average realized prices for oil and gas sold, and (c) lifting costs.  At the current price of oil, we believe the cash generated from operations, along with existing cash balances, should enable us to meet our existing and normal recurring obligations during the next year and beyond.

Overviewof our Capital Structure. We recognize the importance of developing our capital resource base in order to pursue our objectives. However, subsequent to our last public offering in 1980, debt financing has been the sole source of external funding.  In addition to our routine production-related costs, general and administrative expenses and, when necessary, debt repayment requirements, we require capital to fund our exploratory and development drilling efforts and the acquisition of additional properties as well as the enhancement of held and newly acquired properties.

We have received numerous inquiries regarding the possibility of funding our efforts through equity contributions or debt instruments. Given strong cash flows, and the relatively modest nature of our current drilling projects, we have thus far declined these overtures.  Our primary concern in this area is the dilution of our existing shareholders. However, going forward, given that one of the key components of our growth strategy is to expand our oil and natural gas reserve base through drilling and/or acquisitions, if we were presented with a significant opportunity and available cash and bank debt financing were insufficient, it is possible we would consider alternative forms of additional financing.
 
 
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Hedging. During the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, we did not participate in any hedging activities, nor did we have any open futures or option contracts. 

Working Capital. At June 30, 2012, we had a working capital surplus of $4,389,000 (a current ratio of 2.29:1) compared to a working capital surplus at March 31, 2012 of $6,572,000 (a current ratio of 2.91:1).The decrease in current ratio is primarily a result of the use of cash for the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and gas properties.

Cash Flow. Cash used by operating activities was $42,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to cash provided by operating activities $349,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  Changes in operating cash relate primarily to the decline in net income adjusted for non-cash expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period ended June 30, 2011. The fluctuation in deferred income tax expense, the timing and payment of accounts payable and accrued liabilities, especially pertaining to capital expenditure outlays, in addition to the timing and collection of accounts receivable and the application of prepaid balances were also factors in deriving net cash flows from operations.    

Overall, net cash used in investing activities more than doubled for the three months ended June 30, 2012, at $2,150,000, from $851,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  This was the result of an increase in the number of wells drilled and completed during the period compared to the same period in the prior year, in addition to spending on the acquisitions of oil and gas property, as explained in “Capital Expenditures” below.

No cash was used for financing activities in either of the three months ended June 30, 2012 or 2011.

Capital Expenditures

The amounts presented herein are presented on an accrual basis, and as such may not be consistent with the amounts presented on the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows under investing activities for expenditures on oil and gas property, which are presented on a cash basis.

During the three months ended June 30, 2012, we spent $2,748,000 on various projects.  This compares to $1,115,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  During the three months ended June 30, 2012, capital expenditures were comprised of drilling and completions of our wells (approximately 0.15 net) producing as of period end (8%), drilling of eighteen wells (approximately 0.65 net) to be completed as of calendar year end (74%), and leasehold (7%).  The remaining 11% of costs were primarily dedicated to recompleting existing wells.  The majority (97%) of capital expenditures were spent in the Williston basin.  These projects were funded entirely with internally generated cash flow. 

We have approved spending under various Authorizations for Expenditure (“AFEs”) that, as of June 30, 2012, has not yet been incurred or accrued totaling $474,000 for our share in completion costs of new wells in which we share a working interest.  At present cash flow levels, we expect to have sufficient funds available for our share of both the outstanding AFEs and any additional acreage, seismic and/or drilling cost requirements that might arise from our existing opportunities.  We may alter or vary all or part of any planned capital expenditures for reasons including, but not limited to changes in circumstances, unforeseen opportunities, the inability to negotiate favorable acquisition, farmout, joint venture or divestiture terms, commodity prices, lack of cash flow, and lack of additional funding.

We are continually evaluating drilling and acquisition opportunities for possible participation. Typically, at any one time, several opportunities are in various stages of evaluation. Our policy is to not disclose the specifics of a project or prospect, nor to speculate on such ventures, until such time as those various opportunities are finalized and undertaken. We caution that the absence of news and/or press releases should not be interpreted as a lack of development or activity.
 
 
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Divestitures/Abandonments

We neither sold nor plugged any wells during the three months ended June 30, 2012.

Impact of Inflation and Pricing

We deal primarily in U.S. dollars.  Inflation has not had a material impact on the Company in recent years because of the relatively low rates of inflation in the United States.  However, the oil and natural gas industry can be cyclical and the demand for production places pressure on the economic stability and pricing within the industry.  Typically, as prices for oil and natural gas increase, associated costs rise.  Conversely, cost declines are likely to lag and may not adjust downward in proportionto declining prices.  Changes in prices impact our revenues, estimates of reserves, assessments of any impairment of oil and natural gas properties, as well as values of properties being acquired or sold.  Price changes have the potential to affect our ability to raise capital, borrow money, and retain personnel.  While we do not presently expect business costs to materially rise, higher prices for oil and natural gas could result in increases in the costs of materials, services and personnel.

Reserves

During the three months ended June 30, 2012, proved reserves in barrels of oil equivalent (“BOE”) decreased 1% from March 31, 2012, from 1,335,000 to 1,324,000 at June 30, 2012. The reserve balance reflects the favorable impact of newly developed reserves offset by the natural decline curve for existing wells.  Not reflected in this fluctuation in reserves are potential reserves for six wells which purportedly are on production at June 30, 2012, but for which no information is available on which to prepare reliable reserve estimates, as such production data has not yet been disclosed by the operator or the state regulatory agencies.

Other Commitments

Other than the aforementioned outstanding AFEs, we do not have any other commitments beyond our office lease and software maintenance contracts. See further detail in the notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
 
 
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Results of Operations

The following provides selected financial information and averages for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.

     
Three Months Ended
     
June 30,
     
2012
     
2011
 
Revenue
               
     Oil
 
$
2,128,000
   
$
2,187,000
 
     Gas
   
92,000
     
293,000
 
Total revenue1
   
2,220,000
     
2,480,000
 
                 
Total production expense2
   
1,030,000
     
933,000
 
                 
Gross profit
 
$
1,190,000
   
$
1,547,000
 
                 
Depletion expense
 
$
279,000
   
$
185,000
 
                 
Sales volume
               
     Oil (Bbls)
   
26,999
     
22,562
 
     Gas (Mcfs)3
   
14,566
     
31,403
 
                 
Average sales price4
               
     Oil (per Bbl)
 
$
78.82
   
$
96.93
 
     Gas (per Mcf)
 
$
6.32
   
$
9.33
 
                 
Average per BOE5
               
     Production expense3, 4
 
$
35.00
   
$
33.57
 
     Gross profit4
 
$
40.47
   
$
55.66
 
     Depletion expense4
 
$
9.48
   
$
6.66
 
 
1
 
Amount does not include water service and disposal revenue.  For the three months ended June 30, 2012, this revenue amount is net of $127,000 in well service and water disposal revenue, which would otherwise total $2,347,000 in revenue, compared to $45,000 in the respective periods ended June 30, 2011 to total $2,525,000 for the comparable three month period ended June 30, 2011.
 
2
 
Overall lifting cost (oil and gas production costs, including production taxes and the cost of workovers)
 
3
 
Estimates of volumes are inherent in reported volumes to coincide with revenue accruals as a result of the timing of sales information reporting by third party operators.
 
4
 
Averages calculated based upon non-rounded figures
 
5
 
Per equivalent barrel (6 thousand cubic feet, “Mcf”, of gas is equivalent to 1 barrel, “Bbl”, of oil)
 
 
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Overview. Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012, was $270,000 compared to net income of $665,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The decrease in net income resulted from the decline in oil prices coupled with an increase in expenses for the three month period.

Revenues. Oil sales revenue declined 3% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $2,187,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011 compared to $2,128,000 for the current period, due to a lower realized price per barrel offset by the increase inreported productionas described in “Volumes and Prices” below.

Gas sales revenue decreased $201,000 (68%) for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the three ended June 30, 2011,as a result of having divested the Company’s working and/or override interests in 38 gas wells in Weld County, Colorado in January of this year.
 
Volumes and Prices. Oil sales volumes rose by 20% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011.  The average price per barrel declined by 19% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011.  The rise in oil sales volumes for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was the result of a significant contribution from 19 new producing oil wells in North Dakota since the comparable period in the prior year.

The divestiture of the Company’s working and/or override interests in 38 wells in Weld County, Colorado since the comparable prior year period ended June 30, 2011, resulted in the decline in our reported natural gas production.  As of June 30, 2012, we hold interests in 3 gas wells.  The 32% drop in average price per Mcf for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the respective period in the prior year had only a minor impact relative to the divestiture of the aforementioned properties.

Production Expense.  Production expense is comprised of the following items:

   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
     
2012
     
2011
 
                 
Lease operating costs
 
$
658,000
   
$
496,000
 
Workover costs
   
171,000
     
230,000
 
Production taxes
   
     196,000
     
138,000
 
Transportation and other costs
   
5,000
     
69,000
 
                 
Total production expense
 
$
1,030,000
   
$
933,000
 

Oil and gas production expense increased $97,000 (10%) for the three months ended June 30, 2012, over the expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2011, largely due to the increase in number of producing wells.

Routine lease operating expense (“LOE”), consisting of field personnel, fuel/power, chemicals, disposal and other costs, per BOE was $22.53 for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $20.33 for the three months ended June 30, 2011, which reflects the industry-wide increase in vendor costs.

As a percent of oil and gas sales revenue, routine LOE was 31% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to 23% for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  This unfavorable movement in cost in proportion to revenue reflects the effect of oil and gas prices on revenues as well as the industry-wide increase in costs.

Workover operations, which generally consist of downhole repairs on a producing well, are conducted to restore or increase production and are generally random in nature.  Therefore, workovers account for unpredictable fluctuations in oil and gas expense from period to period.  The number of wells on which workover costs are expended varies as does the extent of workover operations.  Workover expenses decreased $59,000 (26%) for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the respective period ended June 30, 2011.  Consequently, workover costs in the first quarter of 2012 decreased from $8.27 per BOE in the first quarter of 2011 to $5.81 per BOE in the current quarter.

Production taxes for the three months ended June 30, 2012, increased 42% over thethree months ended June 30, 2011, primarily due to the reduction of activity in jurisdictions with lower tax rates and the upsurge in activity in jurisdictions with higher production tax rates.  The increase in production volumes also contributed to the increase in production tax expense.  As a percent of oil and gas sales revenue, production taxes rose to 9% from 6% for the respective prior year three month period.  Production taxes are primarily based on the wellhead values of production, though normal fluctuations occur in the percentage between periods based upon the timing of approval of incentive tax credits in Texas, changes in tax rates, and changes in the proportion of our production between states.  Because production tax rates vary from state to state our average production tax rate will vary depending on the quantities produced from each area and the production tax rates in effect for those jurisdictions.
 
 
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While overall lifting costs (oil and gas production costs, including production taxes as well as workovers) are spread over greater reported volumes, per BOE, for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011, the cost rose from $33.57 to $35.00, as a result of the industry-wide rise in costs.

Other Expenses.
Depletion and depreciation increased $98,000 (50%) for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011.  The increase in expense was a result of an increase in BOE production for the quarter and the addition of capital costs for newly drilled wells into the pool of depletable property costs.

General & Administrative (“G&A”) expense increased $239,000 (54%) for the three months ended June 30, 2012, over the expense for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  This rise in costs is comprised primarily of compensation-related expenses for additional employees, contact labor and consultants, which account for $193,000 of the increase. Public company expenses and state franchise taxes were up $25,000 and $21,000, respectively, for the three month period.

The escalation in G&A costs resulted in the 47% increase in expense per BOE from $15.90 for the three months ended June 30, 2011, to $23.14 for the three months ended June 30, 2012.

Income Tax. For the three months ended June 30, 2012, we recorded income tax expense of $8,000, as compared to $246,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  Our effective income tax rate was 3% for the three months ended June 30, 2012.  The overall effective tax rate expressed as a percentage of book income before income tax for the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to the same period in 2011, was lower due primarily  to lower pre-tax income and increased capital expenditures compared to the comparable period.

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have no significant off balance sheet transactions, arrangements or obligations.
 
 
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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
 
As a “smaller reporting company,” we are not required to provide this information.
 
ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Disclosure Controls and Procedures
 
As defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Exchange Act, the phrase “disclosure controls and procedures” means controls and other procedures of an issuer that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms.  Disclosure controls and procedures include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.We conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of June 30, 2012.  This evaluation was conducted under the supervision and with the participation of management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer.  Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of June 30, 2012, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during our last fiscal quarter that materially affected, or are 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

As a “smaller reporting company,” we are not required to provide this information.

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

Not applicable.

Purchases of Equity Securities
 
The following summarizes month share repurchase activity for the first quarter of the year ended March 31, 2013:
 
    Total Number
of Shares
Purchased1
     Average Price
Paid Per Share
      Number of Shares Purchased as
Part of a Publicly Announced Plan1
     
Maximum Shares that May Yet be Purchased
under the Plan1
 
                               
April 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012
  -     $ -    
$
-
   
 
103,284
 
May 1, 2012 - May 31, 2012
   -     $  -      
-
     
103,284
 
June 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012
   -     $  -      
-
     
103,284
 
                   
-
         
Total   -                          
 
  On October 22, 2008, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a share buyback program for the Company to repurchase up to 50,000 pre-split shares of its common stock for a period of up to 18 months. The program does not require the Company to repurchase any specific number of shares, and the Company may terminate the repurchase program at any time. On November 13, 2009, the Board of Directors increased the number of shares authorized for repurchase to 150,000 per-split shares. On February 10, 2010, the Board extended the termination date of the program from April 22, 2010 to October 22, 2011. On November 7, 2011, the Board further extended the termination date of the program from October 22, 2011 to October 22, 2013. During the quarter ended June 30, 2012, no shares were repurchased under the share buyback program and 103,284 shares (11,067 post-split shares) remain available for future repurchase.
 
ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

None.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
 
None.

ITEM 5.OTHER INFORMATION

None.
 
 
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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

Exhibit No.
 
Document
     
31.1
 
Certification Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Ray Singleton, President and Chief Executive Officer).
     
31.2
 
Certification Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Jim Poage, Interim Chief Financial Officer).
     
32.1
 
Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Ray Singleton, President and Chief Executive Officer).
     
32.2
 
Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Jim Poage, Interim Chief Financial Officer).
     
101
 
The following materials from the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, formatted in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language): (i) the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, (ii) the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, (iii) the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, and (iv) Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text.
 
 
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report is signed by the following authorized persons on behalf of Earthstone Energy, Inc.

EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.
   
     
By: /s/ Ray Singleton    
   
Ray Singleton 
   
President and Chief Executive Officer 
   
     
By: /s/ Jim Poage
   
Jim Poage
   
Interim Chief Financial Officer 
   
     
Date: August 10, 2012
   
 
 
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