Meanwhile, dividend and interest income for the first nine months of 2015 was $110,788. This compares to $157,977 for the first nine months of 2014. During 2014, it is noted that one of the Company’s equity holdings declared a special dividend of $48,174 which is included in dividend and interest income for the first nine months of 2014. During the third quarter of 2015, the Company realized a cumulative gain from the sale of investment securities of $310,813 compared to a cumulative gain in the amount of $406,910 for the same period in 2014. For the first nine months of 2015, the cumulative gain from the sale of investment securities was $1,044,385 compared to $1,520,555 for the first nine months of 2014. For the first nine months of 2015 and 2014, total revenues were $636,703 and $1,071,647, respectively. For the third quarter of 2015, total revenues included a $440,169 loss emanating from the Company’s investment in B&L Exploration, LLC (B&L). This compares to a loss of $663,044 from B&L for the third quarter of 2014. Correspondingly, total revenue for the nine months ending September 30, 2015 includes a net loss of $745,370 generated by B&L compared to a net loss of $983,057 from B&L for the first nine months of 2014. As an operating oil and gas entity, B&L’s results included deductions for depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) costs relating to its ongoing drilling and production activities. BLMC’s share of these DD&A expenses was $478,715 and $671,872 for the first nine months of 2015 and 2014, respectively.
For the third quarter total expenses were $190,624 compared to $195,509 for the same period of the prior year. Total expenses for the first nine months of 2015 and 2014 were $646,122 and $652,088, respectively. The Company had a net loss of $122,769 or $.05 per share for the third quarter of 2015 compared to a net loss of $170,432 or $.07 per share in 2014. Meanwhile, for the first nine months of 2015, there was a net loss of $5,879 or $.00 per share compared to net income of $266,042 or $.10 per share for the same period of 2014.
As of September 30, 2015, the combined gross daily production rate from 8 wells operated by the Company’s mineral lessees was approximately 1.90 million cubic feet of natural gas (mmcfg) and 126 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) with net daily production accruing to the Company of approximately .31 mmcfg and 2 BOPD. Meanwhile, as of September 30, 2015, B&L’s gross daily production was approximately 29.21 mmcfg and 249 barrels of oil from 6 wells (including Highlander discovery well) with approximately 1.89 mmcfg and 31 barrels of oil per day accruing to B&L.
As previously reported, the Company has filed a claim against the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for property damage and losses caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MR-GO). We are continuing to aggressively pursue this claim and will keep our shareholders advised as things progress.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced on October 22, 2015 “In September 2015, workover operations were completed on the Highlander well, and production was re-established. Recent gross rates from the well, which are restricted because of limited production facilities, approximated 25 MMcf per day … Production testing in February 2015 indicated a flow rate of 75 MMCF per day. FM O&G expects to complete the installation of additional processing facilities to accommodate higher flow rates from the Highlander well by year-end 2015. A second well location has been identified, and future plans are being considered … FM O&G has identified multiple additional locations on the Highlander structure, which is located onshore in South Louisiana where FM O&G controls rights to more than 50,000 gross acres.”
B&L has been assigned and is contractually entitled to a 1.5% of 8/8ths overriding royalty interest (ORRI) in the Highlander discovery well and in all mineral leases obtained by FM O&G in its Highlander project area located in Iberia, St. Martin, Assumption and Iberville Parishes, Louisiana. B&L’s previously reported proved reserves have not included any estimated reserves attributable to this 1.5% ORRI.
The flow rates for B&L’s Welder No. 1 well continue at rates near the initial production rates seen in December of 2014. Meanwhile, B&L is installing flowlines and facilities and continues to anticipate that its Welder No. 3 well within its Lago Verde Project area should commence production during the fourth quarter of 2015. B&L has a 62.5% working interest in the Welder No. 3 well.
B&L was organized as a limited liability Company (LLC) under the laws of Louisiana in July of 2006. B&L’s members are BLMC and Lake Eugenie Land & Development, Inc. (LKEU), which have membership percentages of 75% and 25%, respectively.
William B. Rudolf, President and CEO, commented: “B&L’s management is pleased with the results from its Lago Verde Project and is encouraged that FM O&G successfully completed the workover of its Highlander discovery well. The Highlander well returning to production at flow rates equal to the flow rates prior to the workover is particularly encouraging. B&L is hopeful that the Highlander flow rates will be increased with the completion of modifications to production facilities and a second well spud. While development of the Company’s core minerals located beneath our fee lands continues to prove difficult, we believe the Company will be well positioned to take advantage of improvement in natural gas pricing, if and when this improvement occurs.”
The Company maintains a website, www.biloximarshlandscorp.com, and strongly recommends that all investors and interested parties visit the website to view historical press releases, historical financial statements, and other relevant information.
Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation owns approximately 90,000 acres of marsh lands located in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. As the landowner, it derives revenues from oil and gas exploration and production activities that take place on or near the Company’s fee lands and revenues from surface rentals. BLMC also owns a seventy-five percent interest in B&L Exploration, LLC which explores for and develops oil and gas primarily in Louisiana and Texas.
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding oil and gas discoveries, oil and gas exploration, development and production activities and reserves. Accuracy of the forward-looking statements depends on assumptions about events that change over time and is thus susceptible to periodic change based on actual experience and new developments. The Company cautions readers that it assumes no obligation to update or publicly release any revisions to the forward-looking statements in this report. Important factors that might cause future results to differ from these forward-looking statements include: variations in the market prices of oil and natural gas; drilling results; unanticipated fluctuations in flow rates of producing wells; oil and natural gas reserves expectations; the ability to satisfy future cash obligations and environmental costs; and general exploration and development risks and hazards. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. Each such statement speaks only as of the day it was made. The factors described above cannot be controlled by the Company. When used in this report, the words “believes”, “estimates”, “plans”, “expects”, “could”, “should”, “outlook”, and “anticipates” and similar expressions as they relate to the Company or its management are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
The following “Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity” and “Statements of Revenues and Expenses” have been derived from interim un-audited financial statements which do not include the information and footnotes that are an integral part of a complete financial statement.
Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation
Colleen Starks: 504-837-4337
BLMC Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Stockholders' Equity - September 30, 2015 and 2014
|Cash and cash equivalents||2,826,249||2,427,437
|Accrued interest receivable||19,346||20,080
|Deferred tax asset||39,173||21,265
|Federal and state income tax receivable||21,451||0|
|Total current assets||2,990,563||2,617,884|
|Investment in partnership||2,014,506||3,148,005
|Marketable debt and equity securities – at cost||7,288,762||7,754,801|
|Geological and geophysical cost - fee lands net of amortization||49,482||0|
|Levees and office furniture and equipment||314,943||315,160|
|Total other assets||9,588,765||11,139,690
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Income taxes payable||0||104,888
|Other current liabilities||0||4,608|
|Total current liabilities||22,377||117,102
|Common stock, $.001 par value. Authorized, 20,000,000 shares; issued, 2,851,196 shares; outstanding, 2,535,028 shares in 2015 and 2014, respectively||47,520||47,520
|Treasury stock - 316,168 shares in 2015 and 2014, respectively, at cost||(2,842,625)||(2,842,625)
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||12,579,328||13,757,574|
BLMC Statements of Revenues and Expenses, September 30, 2015 and 2014
|3 Months Ended||9 Months Ended|
|September 30||September 30|
|Oil and gas royalties||49,597||136,656||202,052||369,879|
|Severance taxes||(3,203)|| (7,657)||(13,859)|| (16,652)
|Oil and gas royalties, net||46,394|| 128,999||188,193|| 353,227
|Other income (loss):|
|Loss from investment in partnership||(440,169)|| (663,044)||(745,370)|| (983,057)
|Dividends and interest income||42,218|| 32,471||110,788|| 157,977
|Gain on sale of securities||310,813|| 406,910||1,044,385|| 1,520,555
|Surface Rentals||34,678|| 21,366||38,707||22,945
|Total other income||(52,460)||(202,297)||448,510|| 718,420
|Total revenues and income||(6,066)|| (73,298)||636,703|| 1,071,647
|Net income before income taxes||(196,690)||(286,807)||(9,419)||419,559
|Income tax expense||(73,921)||(98,375)||(3,540)||153,517
|Net income||$(122,769)||$(170,432)||$(5,879)|| $266,042
|Net income per share||$(0.05)|| $(0.07)||$(0.00)|| $0.10