Viking Energy Group Announces Q3 Results

 Company’s Hedging Strategy Proves Sound During COVID-19 Pandemic

HOUSTON, TX, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire -- Viking Energy Group, Inc. (OTCQB: VKIN) (“Viking” or the “Company”), an independent exploration and production company, is pleased to share certain financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Key Financial Highlights for Q-3 2020 (all figures are approximate):         

  • Revenues were $10.15 million as compared to $9.00 million in Q-3 2019.
  • Net Loss was ($18.03 million) as compared to net income of $1.42 million in Q-3 2019, the majority of which loss was attributable to non-cash items, including:
    • a Change in the Fair Value of the Company’s Derivatives (i.e. hedging contracts) ($5.02 mm);
    • Amortization of Debt Discount ($3.23 mm);
    • Value of Stock issuances ($3.24 mm);
    • Depreciation, depletion and amortization ($2.57 mm); and
    • Impairment of Oil Properties due to drop in commodity prices ($2.50 mm)
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $3.97 million for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2020 as compared to $4.38 million for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the nine-month period ending Sept. 30, 2020 was $14.02 million, as compared to $14.72 million for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2019.

James Doris, Viking’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are extremely pleased with our Q3 results, especially given the unprecedented conditions during the period, namely the combined effect of the pandemic, regional weather issues, political uncertainty and general economic instability.”

About Viking Energy Group, Inc.
Viking is an independent exploration and production company focused on acquiring, enhancing and developing oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent regions. The company has assets in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Kansas.  For additional information, please visit:

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (unaudited):

     Summary Financial Results 
     For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 
     2018     2019    2020 
Total Revenue - Oil and Gas    $        6,376,501    $      27,081,506    $      31,487,202
Lease Operating Costs (LOE)              2,957,073              9,004,334            13,147,640
Revenue in excess of lease operating costs    $        3,419,428    $      18,077,172    $      18,339,562
LOE as a % of Total Revenue   46%   33%   42%
Revenue in excess of lease operating costs as a % of Total Revenue   54%   67%   58%

Note:  The figures referenced in the summaries above are approximate and in most cases have been rounded to the nearest $100,000.  For specific amounts, please refer to Viking’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 16, 2020 with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available under "Investors -- SEC Filings" at

ADJUSTED EBITDA (unaudited):

          Adjusted EBITDA
          For the Three Months Ended September 30,
          2018   2019   2020
Net Income (Loss)        $      (2,944,764)    $           1,419,130    $        (18,034,807)
 Non-Cash / Non-Operating Items                 
   Stock Based Compensation                      680,156                    402,451                 3,235,200
   Changes in Fair Value of Derivatives                      342,318                (5,539,255)                 5,018,338
   Interest expense including amortization of debt discount                   1,676,458                 5,642,912                 8,556,049
   Accretion - ARO                        40,081                      72,042                    119,659
   Income tax benefit (expense)                      (33,548)                              -                                -  
   Impairment of oil and gas properties                               -                                -                   2,500,000
   Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization                      412,669                 2,379,725                 2,573,183
 Total Non-Cash Items                   3,118,134                 2,957,875               22,002,429
 Adjusted EBITDA         $           173,370    $           4,377,005    $           3,967,622
          Adjusted EBITDA
          For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
          2018   2019   2020
Net Income (Loss)        $      (8,452,863)    $          (9,220,005)    $        (15,458,598)
 Non-Cash / Non-Operating Items                 
   Stock Based Compensation                   1,898,255                    444,533                 3,686,582
   Changes in Fair Value of Derivatives                   1,330,102                   (267,688)                (8,569,093)
   Interest expense including amortization of debt discount                   5,276,946               16,550,129               22,826,768
   Accretion - ARO                      137,858                    230,269                    360,937
   Income tax benefit (expense)                    (910,827)                              -                                -  
   Impairment of oil and gas properties                               -                                -                   2,500,000
   Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization                   1,362,306                 6,978,604                 8,671,593
 Total Non-Cash Items                   9,094,640               23,935,847               29,476,787
 Adjusted EBITDA         $           641,777    $         14,715,842    $         14,018,189

Adjusted EBITDA - Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Any statements that are not historical facts contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements", which statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "plans," "projects," "will," "may," "anticipates," "believes," "should," "intends," "estimates," and other words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, involve known and unknown risks, a reliance on third parties for information, transactions that may be cancelled, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in our industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results include risks and uncertainties related to the fluctuation of global economic conditions or economic conditions with respect to the oil and gas industry, the COVID-19 pandemic, the performance of management, actions of government regulators, vendors, and suppliers, our cash flows and ability to obtain financing, competition, general economic conditions and other factors that are detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or 10-Q/A, as applicable, for the quarters ended March 31, 2020, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020. We intend that all forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor provisions.

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