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                    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                          Washington, D.C.  20549

   ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15 (d) OF
   THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 
   For the fiscal year ended December 31, 1997

   Commission File Number  0-7246

     Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities 
     Exchange Act of 1934 for the transaction period from                 to   
            

                    PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION                     
          (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Nevada                                          95-2636730       
(State or other jurisdiction of                   (I.R.S. Employer 
incorporation or organization)                    Identification No.)

103 East Main Street, Bridgeport, West Virginia  26330 
(Address of principal executive offices)     (zip code)     

Registrant's telephone number, including area code           (304) 842-3597  
                                                           
     SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OF THE ACT:  NONE
                                     
        SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(g) OF THE ACT:

      Petroleum Development Corporation Common Stock, $.01 par value
                             (Title of class)

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 and (2) has been subject to such filing 
requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes X No   

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 
405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will be contained, to the
best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements
incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to 
this Form 10-K.  [  ]

As of March 16, 1998, 15,245,758 shares of the Registrant's Common Stock were 
issued and outstanding, and the aggregate market value of such shares held by
non-affiliates of the Registrant on such date was $75,458,012 (based on the 
last traded price of $5.875).

                    DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Document                                          Form 10-K Part III
Proxy                                             Items 11 and 12


                                 PART I
Item 1.  Business

     The Company is a regional independent energy company engaged
primarily in the development, production and marketing of natural gas. The
Company has grown primarily through increased drilling and development
activities, the acquisition and subsequent development of natural gas
producing wells and the expansion of its natural gas marketing activities.
As of December 31, 1997, the Company operated approximately 1,281 wells
located in the Appalachian and Michigan Basins, and had net proved
reserves of 57.2 Bcf of natural gas. The Company's wells currently produce
an aggregate of approximately 22,000 Mcf of natural gas per day, of which
the Company's share is approximately 5,100 Mcf.  

     The majority of the wells operated by the Company are located in the
West Virginia and Pennsylvania portions of the Appalachian Basin. The
Appalachian Basin is characterized by shallow developmental wells, which
generally have provided highly predictable drilling success rates. In
addition, because wells drilled in the Appalachian Basin are closer to the
large demand centers for natural gas in the northeastern United States,
natural gas from this area typically has commanded a price premium
relative to natural gas produced in areas such as the Gulf Coast and
Mid-Continent regions of the United States. In 1997, the Company commenced
drilling in the Antrim shale formation of the Michigan Basin, and, through
December 31, 1997, had drilled 36 wells in this location. In addition to
its drilling activities, from time to time the Company purchases natural
gas producing properties. For example, in July 1996, the Company purchased
188 wells located in West Virginia from Angerman Associates, Inc.

     In April 1996, the Company acquired Riley Natural Gas (RNG), an
Appalachian Basin natural gas marketing company, which aggregates and
resells natural gas developed by the Company and other producers. This
acquisition allowed the Company to diversify its operations beyond natural
gas drilling and production.  RNG has established relationships with many
of the small natural gas producers in the Appalachian Basin and has
significant expertise in the natural gas end-user market. In addition, RNG
has extensive experience in the use of hedging strategies, which the
Company utilizes to reduce the financial impact on the Company of changes
in the price of natural gas.

     Since 1984, the Company has sponsored limited partnerships formed to
engage in drilling operations. The Company typically retains a 20%
ownership interest in these drilling limited partnerships. In 1997, the
Company raised $35.5 million through four public drilling partnerships,
making it the sponsor of the largest public oil and gas partnership
program in the United States in that year. The drilling programs have
provided the Company with access to the capital resources necessary to
expand its drilling opportunities and to maintain the infrastructure
necessary to support such activities.

Industry Overview

     Natural gas is the second largest energy source in the United States,
after liquid petroleum. The 22.5 Tcf of natural gas consumed in 1996
represented approximately 24% of the total energy used in the United
States.  Natural gas is consumed in the United States as follows: 46% by
industrial end-users as feedstock for products such as plastic and
fertilizer or as the energy source for producing products such as glass;
24% and 15% by residential and commercial end-users, respectively, for
uses including heating, cooling and cooking; 12.5% by utilities for the
generation of electricity; and the remainder for transportation purposes.

     The Company believes that the market for natural gas will grow in the
future. The demand for natural gas has increased due to four main factors:

       Efficiency.  Relative to other energy sources, natural gas losses
        during transportation from source to destination are slight,
        averaging only about 9% of the natural gas energy.


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       Environmentally favorable.  Natural gas is the cleanest and most
        environmentally safe of the fossil fuels.

       Safety.  The delivery of natural gas is among the safest means of
        distributing energy to customers, as the natural gas transmission
        system is fixed and is located underground.

       Price.  The deregulation of the natural gas industry and a
        favorable regulatory environment have resulted in end-users'
        ability to purchase natural gas on a competitive basis from a
        greater variety of sources.

The Company believes that the foregoing factors, together with the
increased availability of natural gas as a form of energy for residential,
commercial and industrial uses, should increase the demand for natural gas
as well as create new markets for natural gas.

     As local supplies of natural gas are inadequate to meet demand, the
West Coast and the Northeast import natural gas from producing areas via
interstate natural gas pipelines. The cost of transporting natural gas
from the major producing areas to markets creates a price advantage for
production located closer to the consuming region. Appalachian Basin
natural gas production enjoys two advantageous factors affecting price.
First, the Appalachian Basin is characterized by shallow development gas
wells that generally have provided highly predictable drilling success
rates of 90% to 92%, which permits a more basic approach to drilling based
on the geology unique to the area. Also, the natural gas industry in the
Appalachian Basin benefits from its proximity to the northeastern United
States. 

     In the early 1980's, natural gas companies began exploiting the
northern portion of Michigan's lower peninsula, when certain favorable tax
credits for natural gas development were enacted. The result of such
development was new advances in drilling technology, which made natural
gas drilling in this area profitable even after the expiration of these
tax credits. In Michigan's lower peninsula, there is an abundance of
shallow Antrim gas shale, which should provide significant reserves per
well drilled. Additionally, this area is close to certain end-user
markets, which should provide favorable premiums. With a current
productive area of nearly 2.5 million acres, Michigan is one of the most
active areas for natural gas drilling in the United States.

Business Strategy

     The Company's objective is to expand its natural gas reserves,
production and revenues through a strategy that includes the following key
elements:

     Expand drilling operations.  The Company has had one of the most
active drilling programs in the Northeast in the 1990's and will seek to
continue to build on the experience developed in drilling more than 550
shallow natural gas wells since 1992.  The Company drilled 168 wells in
1997, compared to 97 for the year of 1996.  The Company believes that it
will be able to drill a substantial number of new wells on its current
undeveloped leased properties.  As of December 31, 1997, the Company had
61,850 net undeveloped acres in the Michigan Basin and 51,000 net
undeveloped acres in the Appalachian Basin. As drilling activity
increases, the Company benefits as its fixed costs may be spread over a
larger number of wells.









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     Acquire producing properties.  The Company's acquisition efforts are
focused on properties that fit well within existing operations or that
help to build critical mass in areas where the Company is establishing new
operations.  Acquisitions will likely offer economies in management and
administration, and therefore the Company believes that it will be able to
acquire more producing wells without incurring substantial increases in
its costs of operations.

     Pursue geographic expansion.  The Company has a proven ability to
drill and operate shallow natural gas wells successfully. There are a
number of areas outside the Appalachian Basin where drilling and operating
characteristics are similar to those in Appalachia. For example, in 1996,
the Company has expanded into the Michigan Basin, which permits the
Company to leverage its expertise developed in the Appalachian Basin
because of the similarities in methods of drilling, depth, equipment and
operations. Moreover, expected reserves and production levels of two to
three times that of Appalachian levels for a similar investment should
more than offset higher expected operating costs. The Company will
continue to evaluate opportunities to expand geographically on an ongoing
basis.

     Reduce risks inherent in natural gas development and marketing.  An
integral part of the Company's strategy has been and will continue to be
to concentrate on shallow development, (rather than exploratory) drilling,
and geographical diversification to reduce risk levels associated with
natural gas and oil production. Development drilling is less risky than
exploratory drilling and is likely to generate cash returns more quickly.
The focus on shallow wells builds on the Company's knowledge and
experience, and also provides greater investment diversification than an
equal investment in a smaller number of deeper and/or more expensive
wells. Geographical diversification can help to offset possible weakness
in the natural gas market or disappointing drilling results in one area.
The Company believes that, as natural gas markets are deregulated,
successful natural gas marketing is essential to profitable operations. To
further this goal, the Company acquired RNG, an experienced Appalachian
Basin natural gas marketer in 1996.  The Company intends to continue to
expand its marketing capacity to keep pace with the changing natural gas
industry.

     Expand strategic relationships.  By managing drilling programs for
itself and other investors, the Company is able to share administrative,
overhead and other costs with its partners, reducing costs for both. The
Company also is able to maintain a larger and more capable geology and
engineering staff than would be possible without partners. Other benefits
from these associations include greater buying power for drilling services
and materials, larger amounts of natural gas available to market, profits
to the Company from drilling and operating wells for partners, and greater
awareness of the Company in the investment community.

Exploration and Development Activities

     The Company's development activities focus on the identification and
drilling of new productive wells and the acquisition of existing producing
wells from other producers.

Prospect Generation

     The Company's staff of professional geologists is responsible for
identifying areas with potential for economic production of natural gas.
The Company's team of professional geologists has decades of experience
drilling successful, economically feasible natural gas wells. The
geological team utilizes results from logs and other tools to evaluate
existing wells and to predict the location of attractive new gas reserves.
To further this process, the Company has collected and continues to
collect logs, core data, production information and other raw data
available from state and private agencies, other companies and individuals


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actively drilling in the regions being evaluated. From this information
the geologists develop models of the subsurface structures and
stratigraphy that are used to predict areas with above-average prospects
for economic development. 

     On the basis of these models, the geologists instruct the Company's
land department to obtain available natural gas leaseholds in these
prospective areas. These leases are then obtained, if possible, by the
Company's land department or contract landmen under the direction of the
Company's land manager. In most cases, the Company pays a lease bonus and
annual rental payments, converting, upon initiation of production, to a
12.5% royalty on gross production revenue in return for obtaining the
leases. In some instances of particularly attractive properties,
additional overriding royalty payments may be made to third parties or
royalty owners.  As of December 31, 1997, the Company had a total
leasehold inventory of approximately 183,170 gross acres and 178,220 net
acres. See--"Properties--Natural Gas Leases."

Drilling Activities

     When prospects have been identified and leased, the Company develops
these properties by drilling wells.  In 1997, the Company drilled a total
of 168 wells, of which 10 were dry holes.  Typically, the Company will act
as driller-operator for these prospects, entering into contracts with
partnerships, including Company-sponsored partnerships, and other entities
that are interested in exploration or development of the prospects. The
Company generally retains an interest in each well it drills. See
"Financing of Drilling Activities."

     Much of the work associated with drilling, completing and connecting
wells, including drilling, fracturing, logging and pipeline construction,
is performed by subcontractors specializing in those operations, as is
common in the industry. A large part of the material and services used by
the Company in the development process is acquired through competitive
bidding by approved vendors. The Company also directly negotiates rates
and costs for services and supplies when conditions indicate that such an
approach is warranted. As the prices paid to the Company by its investor
partners for the Company's services are frequently fixed before the wells
are drilled or are determined solely on the well depth, the Company is
subject to the risk that prices of goods or services used in the
development process could increase, rendering its contracts with its
investor partners less profitable or unprofitable. In addition, problems
encountered in the process can substantially increase development costs,
sometimes without recourse for the Company to recover its costs from its
partners. To minimize these risks, the Company seeks to lock in its
development costs in advance of drilling and, when possible, at the time
of negotiation and execution of its investor partnership agreements.
 
Acquisitions of Producing Properties

     In addition to drilling new wells, the Company continues to pursue
opportunities to purchase existing producing wells from other producers
and greater ownership interests in the wells it operates. Generally,
outside interests purchased include a majority interest in the wells and
well operations.
 
     In 1994, the Company purchased approximately 53 wells from
Chesterfield Energy Corporation. The wells, located in Boone County, West
Virginia added more than two Bcf of proved producing reserves. In 1996,
the Company purchased approximately 188 producing wells from Angerman
Associates, Inc. The wells, located primarily in Gilmer County, West
Virginia, added more than four Bcf of proved producing reserves at
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Production

     The following table shows the Company's net production in Bbls of
crude oil and in Mcf of natural gas and the costs and weighted average
selling prices thereof, for the last five years.
                                                    
                             Year Ended December 31,        
                          1997    1996    1995     1994     1993 

Production(1):
 Oil(MBbls)                 9         7     11      11       10
 Natural Gas (MMcf)     1,810     1,495  1,336   1,195      965
 Equivalent MMcfs(2)    1,864     1,537  1,402   1,261    1,025
Average sales price:
 Oil (per Bbl)         $16.10    $16.35 $15.80 $14,.41   $16.62
 Natural gas (per Mcf)  $2.88     $3.04  $1.75   $2.01    $2.24
Average production cost 
  (lifting cost) per
 equivalent Mcf(3)      $0.65     $0.63  $0.53   $0.58    $0.57
- ---------- [FN] (1) Production as shown in the table is net to the Company and is determined by multiplying the gross production volume of properties in which the Company has an interest by the percentage of the leasehold or other property interest owned by the Company. (2) A ratio of energy content of natural gas and oil (six Mcf of natural gas equals one barrel of oil) was used to obtain a conversion factor to convert oil production into equivalent Mcfs of natural gas. (3) Production costs represent oil and gas operating expenses as reflected in the financial statements of the Company. Well Operations The Company currently operates approximately 1,190 natural gas wells in the Appalachian Basin and 33 natural gas wells in the Michigan Basin. The Company also operates 58 oil wells in the Appalachian Basin. The Company's ownership interest in these wells ranges from 0% to 100%, and, on average, the Company has an approximate 40% ownership interest in the wells it operates. Currently these wells produce an aggregate of about 22,000 Mcf of natural gas per day, including the Company's share of 5,100 Mcf per day. The Company is paid a monthly operating charge for each well it operates. The rate is competitive with rates charged by other operators in the area. The charge covers monthly operating and accounting costs, insurance and other recurring costs. The Company may also receive additional compensation for special non-recurring activities, such as reworks and recompletions. Transportation Natural gas wells are connected by pipelines to natural gas markets. Over the years, the Company has developed extensive gathering systems in its areas of operations. The Company also continues to construct new trunklines as necessary to provide for the marketing of natural gas being developed from new areas and to enhance or maintain its existing systems. The Company is paid a transportation fee for natural gas that is moved by other producers through these pipeline systems. In many cases the Company has been able to receive higher natural gas prices as a result of its ability to move natural gas to more attractive markets through this pipeline system, to the benefit of both the Company and its investor partners. -6- The Company has an Ohio subsidiary, Paramount Natural Gas Company ("PNG"), which commenced operations in October 1992 as a regulated Ohio distribution utility. As a utility, PNG has been able to connect new customers, and the Company is able to compete for the natural gas markets of these customers by transporting natural gas through the PNG system. The majority of PNG's throughput is attributable to natural gas transported for the Company and industrial customers for a transportation tariff, with the balance being sales to residential, commercial and industrial customers. In September 1997, the Company was notified that it had submitted a successful bid for the acquisition of Columbia Gas Transmission Company's Rimersburg natural gas gathering system, located in northern Pennsylvania. If consummated, this transaction would occur in early to mid-1998 and would add to the Company's existing natural gas gathering system 207 miles of pipeline located in an area contiguous to the Company's Pennsylvania drilling operations, at a cost to the Company of $1.4 million. The Company believes that the advantage of such acquisition would be to improve its natural gas gathering network at low cost to the Company, as current operating personnel would be used to manage the additional pipeline. The Company has conditioned the consummation of the transaction on numerous factors, including an environmental audit, resolution of any environmental problems revealed in such audit, transfer of natural gas gathering agreements from Columbia Gas Transmission Company to the Company and FERC approval. No assurance can be given that the Company will consummate this transaction. Item 2. Properties Drilling Activity The following table summarizes the Company's development drilling activity for the years ended December 31, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. There is no correlation between the number of productive wells completed during any period and the aggregate reserves attributable to those wells. The Company's exploratory wells drilled in the past five years consist of three dry holes (0.75 net) drilled in 1993. Development Wells Drilled Total Productive Gas Dry Drilled Net Drilled Net Drilled Net 1993 56 10.00 49 8.75 7 1.25 1994 75 13.76 71 13.00 4 .76 1995 72 13.40 64 11.80 8 1.60 1996 97 17.44 92 16.46 5 .98 1997 168 40.72 158 38.00 10 2.72 Total 468 95.32 434 88.01 34 7.31
Summary of Productive Wells The table below shows the number of the Company's productive gross and net wells at December 31, 1997. WELLS Gas Oil Location Gross Net Gross Net Michigan 33 14.90 - - Ohio 16 5.50 9 2.03 Pennsylvania 211 44.65 - - Tennessee 1 0.57 39 15.50 West Virginia 962 417.45 10 4.46 Total 1,223 483.07 58 21.99
-7- Reserves All of the Company's oil and natural gas reserves are located in the United States. The Company's approximate net proved reserves were estimated by Wright & Company, Inc. independent petroleum engineers ("Wright & Company"), for 1997 and 1996 and by the Company's petroleum engineers for 1995 to be 57,243,000 Mcf of natural gas and 45,000 Bbls of oil at December 31, 1997; 43,312,000 Mcf of natural gas and 81,000 Bbls of oil at December 31, 1996; and 33,829,000 Mcf of natural gas and 140,000 Bbls of oil at December 31, 1995. The Company's approximate net proved developed reserves were estimated, by Wright & Company for 1997 and 1996 and by the Company's petroleum engineers for 1995 to be 42,411,000 Mcf of natural gas and 45,000 Bbls of oil at December 31, 1997; 35,516,000 Mcf of natural gas and 81,000 Bbls of oil at December 31, 1996; and 29,326,000 Mcf of natural gas and 140,000 Bbls of oil at December 31, 1995. No major discovery or other favorable or adverse event that would cause a significant change in estimated reserves is believed by the Company to have occurred since December 31, 1997. Reserves cannot be measured exactly, as reserve estimates involve subjective judgment. The estimates must be reviewed periodically and adjusted to reflect additional information gained from reservoir performance, new geological and geophysical data and economic changes. The standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows attributable to the Company's proved oil and gas reserves, giving effect to future estimated income tax expenses, was estimated, by the Company's petroleum engineers in 1995 and by Wright & Company in 1996 and 1997, to be $27.9 million as of December 31, 1997, $34.3 million as of December 31, 1996, and $21.1 million as of December 31, 1995. These amounts are based on year-end prices at the respective dates. The values expressed are estimates only, and may not reflect realizable values or fair market values of the natural gas and oil ultimately extracted and recovered. The standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows may not accurately reflect proceeds of production to be received in the future from the sale of natural gas and oil currently owned and does not necessarily reflect the actual costs that would be incurred to acquire equivalent natural gas and oil reserves. Net Proved Natural Gas and Oil Reserves The proved reserves of natural gas and oil of the Company as estimated by Wright & Company at December 31, 1997 are set forth below. These reserves have been prepared in compliance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") based on year-end prices. An analysis of the change in estimated quantities of natural gas and oil reserves from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 1997, all of which arc located within the United States, is shown below: Natural Gas (Mcf) Proved developed and undeveloped reserves: Beginning of year (January 1, 1997) 43,312,000 Revisions of previous estimates 875,000 Beginning of year as revised 44,187,000 New discoveries and extensions 2,489,000 Dispositions - Acquisitions, net of sales to partnerships 12,377,000 Production (1,810,000) End of period (December 31, 1997) 57,243,000 Proved developed reserves: Beginning of year (January 1, 1997) 35,516,000 End of period (December 31, 1997) 42,411,000 -8- Oil (Bbls) Proved developed and undeveloped reserves: Beginning of year (January 1, 1997) 81,000 Revisions of previous estimates (27,000) Beginning of year as revised 54,000 Dispositions - Acquisitions - Production (9,000) End of period (December 31, 1997) 45,000 Proved developed reserves: Beginning of year (January 1, 1997) 81,000 End of period (December 31, 1997) 45,000
Standardized Measure of Discounted Future Net Cash Flows and Changes Therein Relating to Proved Natural Gas and Oil Reserves Summarized in the following table is information for the Company with respect to the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows relating to proved natural gas and oil reserves. Future cash inflows are computed by applying year-end prices of natural gas and oil relating to the Company's proved reserves to year-end quantities of those reserves. Future production, development, site restoration and abandonment costs are derived based on current costs, assuming continuation of existing economic conditions. Future income tax expenses are computed by applying the statutory rate in effect at December 31, 1997 to the future pretax net cash flows, less the tax basis of the properties, and gives effect to permanent differences, tax credits and allowances related to the properties. December 31, 1997 Future estimated cash flows $159,618,000 Future estimated production and development costs (69,265,000) Future estimated income tax expense (20,781,000) Future net cash flows 69,572,000 10% annual discount for estimated timing of cash flows (41,636,000) Standardized measure of discounted future estimated net cash flows $ 27,936,000
The following table summarizes the principal sources of change in the standardized measure of discounted future estimated net cash flows from January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997: Sales of oil and natural gas production, net of production costs $ (4,158,000) Net changes in prices and production costs (63,573,000) Extensions, discoveries and improved recovery, less related cost 3,705,000 Acquisitions, net of sales to partnerships 13,299,000 Development costs incurred during the period 9,863,000 Revisions of previous quantity estimates 2,332,000 Changes in estimated income taxes 12,718,000 Accretion of discount 24,597,000 Other (5,109,000) $ (6,326,000)
The foregoing data should not be viewed as representing the expected cash flow from, or current value of, existing proved reserves, as the computations are based on a large number of estimates and arbitrary assumptions. Reserve quantities cannot be measured with precision, and their estimation requires many judgmental determinations and frequent revisions. The required projection of production and related expenditures over time requires further estimates with respect to pipeline availability, rates of demand and governmental control. Actual future prices and costs are likely to be substantially different from the current -9- prices and costs utilized in the computation of reported amounts. Any analysis or evaluation of the reported amounts should give specific recognition to the computational methods and the limitations inherent therein. Substantially all of the Company's natural gas and oil reserves have been mortgaged or pledged as security for bank loans to the Company. See Note 3 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. Natural Gas Leases The following table sets forth, as of December 31, 1997, the acres of developed and undeveloped natural gas and oil properties in which the Company had an interest, listed alphabetically by state. Developed Undeveloped Acreage Acreage Gross Net Gross Net Michigan 9,700 9,400 63,700 61,850 Ohio 770 770 1,300 1,300 Pennsylvania 2,100 2,100 17,700 17,700 Tennessee 3,600 3,600 - - West Virginia50,100 49,500 34,200 32,000 Total 66,270 65,370 116,900 112,850
Title to Properties The Company believes that it holds good and indefeasible title to its properties, in accordance with standards generally accepted in the natural gas industry, subject to such exceptions stated in the opinion of counsel employed in the various areas in which the Company conducts its exploration activities, which exceptions, in the Company's judgment, do not detract substantially from the use of such property. As is customary in the natural gas industry, only a perfunctory title examination is conducted at the time the properties believed to be suitable for drilling operations are acquired by the Company. Prior to the commencement of drilling operations, an extensive title examination is conducted and curative work is performed with respect to defects which the Company deems to be significant. A title examination has been performed with respect to substantially all of the Company's producing properties. No single property owned by the Company represents a material portion of the Company's holdings. The Company's properties are subject to customary royalty interests, liens incident to operating agreements, liens for current taxes and other burdens which the Company believes do not materially interfere with the use of or affect the value of such properties. The properties owned by the Company are subject to royalty, overriding royalty and other outstanding interests customary in the industry. The properties are also subject to burdens such as liens incident to operating agreements, current taxes, development obligations under natural gas and oil leases, farm-out arrangements and other encumbrances, easements and restrictions. The Company does not believe that any of these burdens will materially interfere with the use of the properties. Natural Gas Sales Natural gas is sold by the Company under contracts with terms ranging from one month to three years. Virtually all of the Company's contract pricing provisions are tied to a market index, with certain adjustments based on, among other factors, whether a well delivers to a gathering or transmission line, quality of natural gas and prevailing supply and demand conditions, so that the price of the natural gas fluctuates to remain competitive with other available natural gas supplies. As a result, the Company's revenues from the sale of natural gas will suffer if market prices decline and benefit if they increase. The Company believes that the pricing provisions of its natural gas contracts are customary in the industry. -10- The Company sells its natural gas to industrial end-users and utilities. One customer, Hope Gas, Inc., a regulated public utility ("Hope Gas"), accounted for 26.6% of the Company's revenues from oil and gas sales (12.0% of total revenues) in 1997; 30.7% of the Company's revenues from oil and gas sales (16.1% of total revenues) in 1996 and 39.7% of the Company's revenues from oil and gas sales (7.4% of total revenues) in 1995. The Company and Hope Gas are parties to a Pipeline Purchase Agreement, which expires on May 31, 1999, pursuant to which agreement the Company must deliver to Hope Gas, upon demand, minimum quantities of natural gas (4,500 dth per day delivered directly to Hope Gas's pipelines and 11,000 dth per day for total deliveries including both direct and transferred volumes). The Company and Hope Gas are also parties to a Master Gas Purchase Agreement, which expires on May 31, 1999, pursuant to which the Company must offer to Hope Gas all volumes of natural gas available at specific points of delivery, up to the minimum delivery requirements of the Pipeline Purchase Agreement. No other single purchaser of the Company's natural gas accounted for 10% or more of the Company's total revenues during 1997, 1996 or 1995. At December 31, 1997, natural gas produced by the Company sold at prices per Mcf ranging from $1.72 to $4.42, depending upon well location, the date of the sales contract and whether the natural gas was sold in interstate or intrastate commerce. The weighted net average price of natural gas sold by the Company during 1997 was $2.88 per Mcf. In general, the Company, together with its marketing subsidiary, RNG, has been and expects to continue to be able to produce and sell natural gas from its wells without curtailment by providing natural gas to purchasers at competitive prices. Open access transportation on the country's interstate pipeline system has greatly increased the range of potential markets. Whenever feasible the Company allows for multiple market possibilities from each of its gathering systems, while seeking the best available market for its natural gas at any point in time. Natural Gas Marketing The Company's natural gas marketing activities involve the aggregation and reselling of natural gas produced by the Company and others. The Company believes that, as natural gas markets are deregulated, successful natural gas marketing is essential to profitable operations. A variety of factors affect the market for natural gas, including the availability of other domestic production, natural gas imports, the availability and price of alterative fuels, the proximity and capacity of natural gas pipelines, general fluctuations in the supply and demand for natural gas and the effects of state and federal regulations on natural gas production and sales. The natural gas industry also competes with other industries in supplying the energy and fuel requirements of industrial, commercial and individual customers. In 1996, the Company acquired RNG, an Appalachian Basin natural gas marketing company that specializes in the acquisition and aggregation of Appalachian Basin gas production. The owner/managers and employees of RNG joined the Company, and RNG's operations were relocated to the Company's headquarters. RNG markets natural gas produced by the Company and also purchases natural gas from other producers and resells to utilities, end users or other marketers. The employees of RNG have extensive knowledge of the natural gas market in the Appalachian region. Such knowledge should assist the Company in maximizing its prices as it markets natural gas from Company-operated wells. RNG and its management also bring to the Company specific knowledge and relationships with many producers in the Appalachian Basin region. Paramount Transmission Corporation ("PTC"), an -11- Ohio subsidiary of the Company, focuses its efforts on the marketing of Ohio natural gas production to commercial and industrial end-users. In West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan, the Company markets natural gas from its own wells and wells operated for its investment partnerships as a part of the services provided under the basic monthly operating charge. The gas is marketed to natural gas utilities, pipelines and industrial and commercial customers, either directly through the Company's gathering system, or utilizing transportation services provided by regulated interstate pipeline companies. Hedging Activities The Company utilizes commodity-based derivative instruments as hedges to manage a portion of its exposure to price volatility stemming from its natural gas sales and marketing activities. These instruments consist of NYMEX-traded natural gas futures contracts. The futures contracts hedge committed and anticipated natural gas purchases and sales, generally forecasted to occur within a three- to twelve-month period. Company policy prohibits the use of natural gas futures for speculative purposes and permits utilization of hedges only if there is an underlying physical position. The Company has extensive experience with the use of financial hedges to reduce the risk and impact of natural gas price changes. These hedges are used to coordinate fixed and variable priced purchases and sales and to "lock in" fixed prices from time to time for the Company's share of production. In order for future contracts to serve as effective hedges, there must be sufficient correlation to the underlying hedged transaction. While hedging can help provide price protection if spot prices drop, hedges can also limit upside potential. Despite the measures taken by the Company to attempt to control price risk, the Company remains subject to price fluctuations for natural gas sold in the spot market. The Company continues to evaluate the potential for reducing these risks by entering into hedge transactions. In addition, the Company may also close out any portion of hedges that may exist from time to time. As of December 31, 1997, there were 198 existing hedge positions. Total natural gas purchased and sold under hedging arrangements during the year ended December 31, 1997 was 4,000,000 MMbtu. Under such hedging arrangements, the Company realized a loss of $390,300 for the year ended December 31, 1997. Financing of Drilling Activities The Company conducts development drilling activities for its own account and for other investors. In 1984, the Company began sponsoring private drilling limited partnerships, and, in 1989, the Company began to register the partnership interests offered under public drilling programs with the SEC. The Company's public partnerships had $35.5 million in subscriptions in 1997. Funds received pursuant to drilling contracts were $25.5 million in 1996 and $13.6 million in 1995. The Company generally invests, as its equity contribution to each drilling partnership, an additional sum approximating 20% of the aggregate subscriptions received for that particular drilling partnership. As a result, the Company is subject to substantial cash commitments at the closing of each drilling partnership. The funds received from these programs are restricted to use in future drilling operations. While funds were received by the Company pursuant to drilling contracts in the years indicated, the Company recognizes revenues from drilling operations on the percentage of completion method as the wells are drilled, rather than when funds are received. Most of the Company's drilling and development funds now are received from partnerships in which the Company serves as managing general partner. However, because wells produce for a number of years, the Company -12- continues to serve as operator for a large number of unaffiliated parties. In addition to the partnership structure, the Company also utilizes joint venture arrangements for financing drilling activities. The financing process begins when the Company enters into a development agreement with an investor partner, pursuant to which the Company agrees to assign its rights in the property to be drilled to the partnership or other entity. The partnership or other entity thereby becomes owner of a working interest in the property. The Company's development contracts with its investor partners have historically taken many different forms. Generally the agreements can be classified as on a "footage-based" rate, whereby the Company receives drilling and completion payments based on the depth of the well; "cost-plus," in which the Company is reimbursed for its actual cost of drilling plus some additional amount for overhead and profit; or "turnkey," in which a specified amount is paid for drilling and another amount for completion. As part of the compensation for its services, the Company also has received some interest in the production from the well in the form of an overriding royalty interest, working interest or other proportionate share of revenue or profits. Often the Company's development contracts provide for a combination of several of the foregoing payment options. Basic drilling and completion operations are performed on a footage-based rate, with leases and gathering pipelines being contributed at Company cost. The Company also purchases a working interest in the subject properties. The level of the Company's drilling and development activity is dependent upon the amount of subscriptions in its public drilling partnerships and investments from other partnerships or other joint venture partners. The use of partnerships and similar financing structures enables the Company to diversify its holdings, thereby reducing the risks to its development investments. Additionally, the Company benefits through such arrangements by its receipt of fees for its management services and/or through an increased share in the revenues produced by the developed properties. The Company believes that investments in drilling activities, whether through Company-sponsored partnerships or other sources, are influenced in part by the favorable treatment that such investments enjoy under the federal income tax laws. No assurance can be given that the Company will continue to have access to funds generated through these financing vehicles. Oil Production Before 1980, the Company generated a significant portion of its revenues from oil production. However, the Company made a strategic decision to concentrate its development efforts on natural gas production and most of the Company's current oil production is associated with natural gas production. The Company does not believe its current production of oil, from wells located in Tennessee, Ohio and West Virginia, to be material, as its share of oil production has declined to about 9,000 barrels per year. The Company is currently able to sell all the oil that it can produce under existing sales contracts with petroleum refiners and marketers. The Company does not refine any of its oil production. The Company's crude oil production is sold to purchasers at or near the Company's wells under short-term purchase contracts at prices and in accordance with arrangements which are customary in the oil industry. No single purchaser of the Company's crude oil accounted for 10% or more of the Company's revenues from oil and gas sales in 1997, 1996 or 1995. At December 31, 1997, oil produced by the Company sold at prices ranging from $14.25 to $15.50 per barrel, depending upon the location and quality of oil. In 1997, the weighted net average price per barrel of oil sold by the Company was $16.10. -13- Oil production is subject to many of the same operating hazards and environmental concerns as natural gas production, but is also subject to the risk of oil spills. Federal regulations require certain owners or operators of facilities that store or otherwise handle oil, such as the Company, to procure and implement spill prevention, control, counter- measures and response plans relating to the possible discharge of oil into surface waters. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 ("OPA") subjects owners of facilities to strict joint and several liability for all containment and cleanup costs and certain other damages arising from oil spills. Noncompliance with OPA may result in varying civil and criminal penalties and liabilities. Operations of the Company are also subject to the Federal Clean Water Act and analogous state laws relating to the control of water pollution, which laws provide varying civil and criminal penalties and liabilities for release of petroleum or its derivatives into surface waters or into the ground. Governmental Regulation The Company's business and the natural gas industry in general are heavily regulated. The availability of a ready market for natural gas production depends on several factors beyond the Company's control. These factors include regulation of natural gas production, federal and state regulations governing environmental quality and pollution control, state limits on allowable rates of production, the amount of natural gas available for sale, the availability of adequate pipeline and other transportation and processing facilities and the marketing of competitive fuels. State and federal regulations generally are intended to prevent waste of natural gas, protect rights to produce natural gas between owners in a common reservoir, control the amount of natural gas produced by assigning allowable rates of production and control contamination of the environment. Pipelines are subject to the jurisdiction of various federal, state and local agencies. The Company takes the steps necessary to comply with applicable regulations both on its own behalf and as part of the services it provides to its investor partnerships. The Company believes that it is in substantial compliance with such statutes, rules, regulations and governmental orders, although there can be no assurance that this is or will remain the case. The following discussion of the regulation of the United States natural gas industry is not intended to constitute a complete discussion of the various statutes, rules, regulations and environmental orders to which the Company's operations may be subject. Regulation of Natural Gas Exploration and Production The Company's natural gas operations are subject to various types of regulation at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to commencing drilling activities for a well, the Company must procure permits and/or approvals for the various stages of the drilling process from the applicable state and local agencies in the state in which the area to be drilled is located. Such permits and approvals include those for the drilling of wells, and such regulation includes maintaining bonding requirements in order to drill or operate wells and regulating the location of wells, the method of drilling and casing wells, the surface use and restoration of properties on which wells are drilled, the plugging and abandoning of wells and the disposal of fluids used in connection with operations. The Company's operations are also subject to various conservation laws and regulations. These include the regulation of the size of drilling and spacing units or proration units and the density of wells, which may be drilled and the unitization or pooling of natural gas properties. In this regard, some states allow the forced pooling or integration of tracts to facilitate exploration while other states rely primarily or exclusively on voluntary pooling of lands and leases. In areas where pooling is voluntary, it may be more difficult to form units, and therefore, more difficult to develop a project if the operator owns less than 100% of the leasehold. In addition, state conservation laws establish maximum rates of production from natural gas wells, generally -14- prohibit the venting or flaring of natural gas and impose certain requirements regarding the ratability of production. The effect of these regulations may limit the amount of natural gas the Company can produce from its wells and may limit the number of wells or the locations at which the Company can drill. The regulatory burden on the natural gas industry increases the Company's costs of doing business and, consequently, affects its profitability. In as much as such laws and regulations are frequently expanded, amended and reinterpreted, the Company is unable to predict the future cost or impact of complying with such regulations. Regulation of Sales and Transportation of Natural Gas Historically, the transportation and sale for resale of natural gas in interstate commerce have been regulated pursuant to the Natural Gas Act of 1938, the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (the "NGPA") and the regulations promulgated thereunder by FERC. Maximum selling prices of certain categories of natural gas sold in "first sales," whether sold in interstate or intrastate commerce, were regulated pursuant to the NGPA. The Natural Gas Wellhead Decontrol Act (the "Decontrol Act") removed, as of January 1, 1993, all remaining federal price controls from natural gas sold in "first sales" on or after that date. FERC's jurisdiction over natural gas transportation was unaffected by the Decontrol Act. While sales by producers of natural gas and all sales of crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids can currently be made at market prices, Congress could reenact price controls in the future. The Company's sales of natural gas are affected by the availability, terms and cost of transportation. The price and terms for access to pipeline transportation are subject to extensive regulation. In recent years, FERC has undertaken various initiatives to increase competition within the natural gas industry. As a result of initiatives like FERC Order No.636, issued in April 1992, the interstate natural gas transportation and marketing system has been substantially restructured to remove various barriers and practices that historically limited non-pipeline natural gas sellers, including producers, from effectively competing with interstate pipelines for sales to local distribution companies and large industrial and commercial customers. The most significant provisions of Order No.636 require that interstate pipelines provide transportation separate or "unbundled" from their sales service, and require that pipelines provide firm and interruptible transportation service on an open access basis that is equal for all natural gas suppliers. In many instances, the result of Order No.636 and related initiatives have been to substantially reduce or eliminate the interstate pipelines' traditional role as wholesalers of natural gas in favor of providing only storage and transportation services. Another effect of regulatory restructuring is the greater transportation access available on interstate pipelines. In some cases, producers and marketers have benefitted from this availability. However, competition among suppliers has greatly increased and traditional long-term producer-pipeline contracts are rare. Furthermore, gathering facilities of interstate pipelines are no longer regulated by FERC, thus allowing gatherers to charge higher gathering rates. Additional proposals and proceedings that might affect the natural gas industry are pending before Congress, FERC, state commissions and the courts. The natural gas industry historically has been very heavily regulated; therefore, there is no assurance that the less stringent regulatory approach recently pursued by FERC and Congress will continue. The Company cannot determine to what extent future operations and earnings of the Company will be affected by new legislation, new regulations, or changes in existing regulation, at federal, state or local levels. -15- Environmental Regulations The Company's operations are subject to numerous laws and regulations governing the discharge of materials into the environment or otherwise relating to environmental protection. Public interest in the protection of the environment has increased dramatically in recent years. The trend of more expansive and stricter environmental legislation and regulations could continue. To the extent laws are enacted or other governmental action is taken that restricts drilling or imposes environmental protection requirements that result in increased costs to the natural gas industry in general, the business and prospects of the Company could he adversely affected. The Company generates wastes that may be subject to the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA") and comparable state statutes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") and various state agencies have limited the approved methods of disposal for certain hazardous and nonhazardous wastes. Furthermore, certain wastes generated by the Company's operations that are currently exempt from treatment as "hazardous wastes" may in the future be designated as "hazardous wastes," and therefore be subject to more rigorous and costly operating and disposal requirements. The Company currently owns or leases numerous properties that for many years have been used for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Although the Company believes that it has utilized good operating and waste disposal practices, prior owners and operators of these properties may not have utilized similar practices, and hydrocarbons or other wastes may have been disposed of or released on or under the properties owned or leased by the Company or on or under locations where such wastes have been taken for disposal. These properties and the wastes disposed thereon may be subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act ("CERCLA"), RCRA and analogous state laws as well as state laws governing the management of oil and natural gas wastes. Under such laws, the Company could be required to remove or remediate previously disposed wastes (including wastes disposed of or released by prior owners or operators) or property contamination (including groundwater contamination) or to perform remedial plugging operations to prevent future contamination. CERCLA and similar state laws impose liability, without regard to fault or the legality of the original conduct, on certain classes of persons that are considered to have contributed to the release of a "hazardous substance" into the environment. These persons include the owner or operator of the disposal site or sites where the release occurred and companies that disposed of or arranged for the disposal of the hazardous substances found at the site. Persons who are or were responsible for release of hazardous substances under CERCLA may be subject to joint and several liability for the costs of cleaning up the hazardous substances that have been released into the environment and for damages to natural resources, and it is not uncommon for neighboring landowners and other third parties to file claims for personal injury and property damage allegedly caused by the hazardous substances released into the environment. The Company's operations may be subject to the Clean Air Act ("CAA") and comparable state and local requirements. Amendments to the CAA were adopted in 1990 and contain provisions that may result in the gradual imposition of certain pollution control requirements with respect to air emissions from the operations of the Company. The EPA and states have been developing regulations to implement these requirements. The Company may be required to incur certain capital expenditures in the next several years for air pollution control equipment in connection with maintaining or obtaining operating permits and approvals addressing other air emission-related issues. -16- The Company's expenses relating to preserving the environment during 1997 were not significant in relation to operating costs and the Company expects no material change in 1998. Environmental regulations have had no materially adverse effect on the Company's operations to date, but no assurance can be given that environmental regulations will not, in the future, result in a curtailment of production or otherwise have a materially adverse effect on the Company's business, financial condition or results of operations. As a matter of corporate policy and commitment, the Company attempts to minimize the adverse environmental impact of all its operations. For example, during 1997, the Company was one of the most active drilling companies in West Virginia. Even with this level of activity, the Company was able to maintain a high level of environmental sensitivity. During the 1990's, the Company has been a four-time recipient of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's top award in recognition of the quality of the Company's environmental and reclamation work in its drilling activities. Utility Regulation PNG, which is an Ohio public utility, is subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in virtually all of its activities, including pricing and supply of services, addition of and abandonment of service to customers, design and construction of facilities, and safety issues. Operating Hazards and Insurance The Company's exploration and production operations include a variety of operating risks, including the risk of fire, explosions, blowouts, craterings, pipe failure, casing collapse, abnormally pressured formations, and environmental hazards such as gas leaks, ruptures and discharges of toxic gas, the occurrence of any of which could result in substantial losses to the Company due to injury and loss of life, severe damage to and destruction of property, natural resources and equipment, pollution and other environmental damage, clean-up responsibilities, regulatory investigation and penalties and suspension of operations. The Company's pipeline, gathering and distribution operations are subject to the many hazards inherent in the natural gas industry. These hazards include damage to wells, pipelines and other related equipment, and surrounding properties caused by hurricanes, floods, fires and other acts of God, inadvertent damage from construction equipment, leakage of natural gas and other hydrocarbons, fires and explosions and other hazards that could also result in personal injury and loss of life, pollution and suspension of operations. Any significant problems related to its facilities could adversely affect the Company's ability to conduct its operations. In accordance with customary industry practice, the Company maintains insurance against some, but not all, potential risks; however, there can be no assurance that such insurance will be adequate to cover any losses or exposure for liability. The occurrence of a significant event not fully insured against could materially adversely affect the Company's operations and financial condition. The Company cannot predict whether insurance will continue to be available at premium levels that justify its purchase or whether insurance will be available at all. -17- Competition The Company believes that its exploration, drilling and production capabilities and the experience of its management generally enable it to compete effectively. The Company encounters competition from numerous other natural gas companies, drilling and income programs and partnerships in all areas of its operations, including drilling and marketing natural gas and obtaining desirable natural gas leases. Many of these competitors possess larger staffs and greater financial resources than the Company, which may enable them to identify and acquire desirable producing properties and drilling prospects more economically. The Company's ability to explore for natural gas prospects and to acquire additional properties in the future depends upon its ability to conduct its operations, to evaluate and select suitable properties and to consummate transactions in this highly competitive environment. The Company competes with a number of other companies which offer interests in drilling partnerships with a wide range of investment objectives and program structures. Competition for investment capital for both public and private drilling programs is intense. The Company also faces intense competition in the marketing of natural gas from competitors including other producers as well as marketing companies. Also, international developments and the possible improved economics of domestic natural gas exploration may influence other oil companies to increase their domestic natural gas exploration. Furthermore, competition among natural gas companies for favorable natural gas prospects can be expected to continue, and it is anticipated that the cost of acquiring natural gas properties may increase in the future. Factors affecting competition in the natural gas industry include price, location, availability, quality and volume of natural gas. The Company believes that it can compete effectively in the natural gas industry on each of the foregoing factors, due to the location of its wells near the large demand centers for natural gas located in the northeastern United States and the price premiums generally available for Appalachian Basin natural gas, the quality and availability of the natural gas the Company produces, the proximity of its wells to transportation and the significant volume of natural gas produced by the Company on a daily basis. Nevertheless, the Company's business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected by competition. Employees As of December 31, 1997, the Company had 75 employees, including 12 in finance, seven in administration, 13 in exploration and development, 37 in production and six in natural gas marketing. The Company's engineers, supervisors and well tenders are generally responsible for the day-to-day operation of wells and pipeline systems. In addition, the Company retains subcontractors to perform drilling, fracturing, logging, and pipeline construction functions at drilling sites. The Company's employees act as supervisors of the subcontractors. The Company's employees are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. The Company considers relations with its employees to be excellent. Facilities The Company owns and occupies three buildings in Bridgeport, West Virginia, two of which serve as the Company's headquarters and one which serves as a field operating site. The Company also owns a field operating building in Gilmer County, West Virginia. The Company believes that its current facilities are sufficient for its current and anticipated operations. -18- Item 3. Legal Proceedings From time to time the Company is a party to various legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. The Company is not currently a party to any litigation that it believes would materially affect the Company's business, financial condition or results of operations. Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders No matters were submitted to a vote of security holders during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year covered by this report. PART II Item 5. Market for the Company's Common Stock and Related Security Holder Matters The common stock of the Company is traded in the over-the-counter market under the symbol PETD. The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the high and low bid quotations per share of the Company's common stock in the over-the-counter market, as reported by the National Quotation Bureau Incorporated. These quotations represent inter- dealer prices without retail markups, markdowns, commissions or other adjustments and may not represent actual transactions. High Low 1996 First Quarter 2 1/8 1 5/16 Second Quarter 2 13/16 1 7/8 Third Quarter 3 9/16 2 7/16 Fourth Quarter 6 3/16 3 3/8 1997 First Quarter 5 1/8 3 9/16 Second Quarter 5 5/16 2 7/8 Third Quarter 11 7/16 4 13/16 Fourth Quarter 10 7/16 4 3/4
As of December 31, 1997, there were approximately 1,758 record holders of the Company's common stock. The Company has not paid any dividends on its common stock and currently intends to retain earnings for use in its business. Therefore, it does not expect to declare cash dividends in the foreseeable future. Further, the Company's Credit Agreement restricts the payment of dividends. -19- Item 6. Selected Financial Data (1) Year Ended December 31, 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 Revenues Oil and gas well drilling operations $34,405,400 $18,698,200 $13,941,000 $15,190,200 $12,073,500 Oil and gas sales 33,390,200 26,051,100 4,150,600 4,361,300 4,471,200 Well operations income 4,509,300 3,928,800 3,750,900 3,730,300 3,843,100 Other income 1,573,100 935,600 504,000 524,400 97,600 Total $73,878,000 $49,613,700 $22,346,500 $23,806,200 $20,485,400 Costs and Expenses (excluding interest and depreciation, depletion and amortization) $61,219,600 $42,274,100 $18,042,300 $20,559,500 $17,116,700 Interest Expense $ 315,900 $ 380,000 $ 319,700 $ 300,200 $ 55,500 Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization $ 2,660,300 $ 2,309,600 $ 2,152,100 $ 1,848,200 $ 1,717,400 Income before extraordinary item $ 7,586,800 $ 3,549,400 $ 1,481,500 $ 921,600 $ 1,320,800 Extraordinary item net of income taxes - - - - 269,000 Net Income $ 7,586,800 $ 3,549,400 $ 1,481,500 $ 921,600 $ 1,589,800 Basic earnings per common share Income before extraordinary item $ .67 $ .34 $ .13 $ .08 $ .13 Net income $ .67 $ .34 $ .13 $ .08 $ .15 Diluted earnings per share Income before extraordinary item $ .61 $ .31 $ .13 $ .08 $ .11 Net income $ .61 $ .31 $ .13 $ .08 $ .14 Average Common and Common Equivalent Shares Outstanding During the Year 12,540,165 11,542,315 11,611,164 12,115,612 11,604,332 December 31, 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 Total Assets $98,411,600 $63,604,200 $40,620,100 $38,325,300 $36,412,900 Working Capital $16,483,200 $(2,357,200) $(1,519,700) $(1,613,700) $ 289,000 Long-Term Debt, excluding current maturities $ - $ 5,320,000 $ 2,500,000 $ 3,100,000 $ 3,167,300 Stockholders' Equity $55,766,100 $23,072,500 $19,920,900 $18,380,500 $17,235,700
(1) See Consolidated Financial Statements elsewhere herein. -20- Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Statements, other than historical facts, contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including statements of estimated oil and gas production and reserves, drilling plans, future cash flows, anticipated capital expenditures and Management's strategies, plans and objectives, are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Although the Company believes that its forward looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it cautions that such statements are subject to a wide range of risks and uncertainties incident to the exploration for, acquisition, development and marketing of oil and gas, and it can give no assurance that its estimates and expectations will be realized. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, changes in production volumes, worldwide demand, and commodity prices for petroleum natural resources; the timing and extent of the Company's success in discovering, acquiring, developing and producing oil and gas reserves; risks incident to the drilling and operation of oil and gas wells; future production and development costs; the effect of existing and future laws, governmental regulations and the political and economic climate of the United States; the effect of hedging activities; and conditions in the capital markets. Other risk factors are discussed elsewhere in this Form 10-K. Results of Operations Year Ended December 31, 1997 Compared with December 31, 1996 Revenues. Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 1997 were $73.9 million compared to $49.6 million for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $24.3 million, or 49.0%. Drilling revenues for the year ended December 31, 1997 were $34.4 million compared to $18.7 for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $15.7 million, or 84.0%. Such increase was due to an increase in drilling and completion activities, which was a direct result of an increase in drilling funds from the Company's public drilling programs. Oil and gas sales for the year ended December 31, 1997 were $33.4 million compared to $26.1 million for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $7.3 million, or 28.0%. Such increase was due primarily to the natural gas marketing activities of RNG, along with increased production from the Company's producing properties. This increase was offset in part by lower average sales prices from the Company's producing properties and decreased natural gas purchased for resale. Well operations and pipeline income for the year ended December 31, 1997 were $4.5 million compared to $3.9 million for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $600,000, or 15.4%. Such increase resulted from an increase in the number of wells operated by the Company. Other income for the year ended December 31, 1997 was $1,573,000 compared to $936,000 for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $637,000 or 68.1%. Such increase was due to management fees earned on higher volumes of drilling partnerships, interest earned on higher average cash balances along with a gain on the sale of equipment. Costs and expenses. Costs and expenses for the year ended December 31, 1997 were $64.2 million compared to $45.0 million for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $19.2 million, or 42.7%. Oil and gas well drilling operations costs for the year ended December 31, 1997 were $28.0 million compared to $15.8 million for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $12.2 million, or 77.2%. -21- Such increase resulted from additional expenses due to increased drilling activity. Oil and gas purchases and production costs for the year ended December 31, 1997 were $30.9 million compared to $24.2 million for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $6.7 million, or 27.7%. Such increase was due primarily to natural gas purchases by RNG for resale and offset partially by lower volumes of natural gas purchased for resale. Net income. Net income for the year ended December 31, 1997 was $7.6 million compared to $3.5 million for the year ended December 31, 1996, an increase of approximately $4.1 million, or 117.1%. Year Ended December 31, 1996 Compared with December 31, 1995 Revenues. Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 1996 were $49.6 million compared to $22.3 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $27.3 million, or 122.4%. Drilling revenues for the year ended December 31, 1996, were $18.7 million compared to $13.9 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $4.8 million, or 34.5%. Such increase was due to an increase in drilling and completion activities, which was a direct result of an increase in drilling funds from the Company's public drilling programs. Oil and gas sales for year ended December 31, 1996 were $26.1 million compared to $4.2 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $21.9 million, or 521.4%. Such increase was due primarily to the natural gas marketing activities of RNG, along with increased production and higher average sales prices from the Company's producing properties and increased natural gas purchased for resale. Well operations and pipeline income for the year ended December 31, 1996 were $3.9 million compared to $3.7 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $200,000, or 5.4%. Such increase resulted from an increase in the number of wells operated by the Company. Other income for the year ended December 31, 1996 was $936,000 compared to $504,000 for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $432,000, or 85.7%. Such increase was due to management fees earned on higher volumes of drilling partnerships. Costs and expenses. Costs and expenses for the year ended December 31, 1996 were $45.0 million compared to $20.5 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $24.5 million, or 119.5%. Oil and gas well drilling operations costs for the year ended December 31, 1996 were $15.8 million compared to $11.9 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $3.9 million, or 32.8%. Such increase resulted from additional expenses resulting from increased drilling activity. Oil and gas purchases and production costs for the year ended December 31, 1996 were $24.2 million compared to $4.1 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $20.1 million, or 490.2%. Such increase was due primarily to natural gas purchases by RNG for resale and to a lesser extent higher volumes of natural gas purchased for resale at higher average prices. General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 1996 were $2.3 million compared to $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $300,000, or 15.0%. Such increase was due to overall administrative costs and increased personnel costs and generally higher administrative overhead. Net income. Net income for the year ended December 31, 1996 was $3.5 million compared to $1.5 million for the year ended December 31, 1995, an increase of approximately $2.0 million, or 133.3%. Year 2000 Issue The Company has assessed the extent of the Year 2000 Issues affecting the Company. The Company believes that the new computer system including operating software currently being installed along with modifications being made by the Company's computer technicians will address the dating system -22- flaw inherent in most operating systems. The Company expects to be fully Year 2000 Compliant by the end of 1998. Management believes that cost to become Year 2000 Compliant is not material to the Company's financial position or results of operations. Liquidity and Capital Resources The Company funds its operations through a combination of cash flow from operations, capital raised through drilling partnerships, and use of the Company's credit facility. Operational cash flow is generated by sales of natural gas from the Company's well interests, well drilling and operating activities for the Company's investor partners, natural gas gathering and transportation, and natural gas marketing. Cash payments from Company-sponsored partnerships are used to drill and complete wells for the partnerships, with operating cash flow accruing to the Company to the extent payments exceed drilling costs. The Company utilizes its revolving credit arrangement to meet the cash flow requirements of its operating and investment activities. Sales volumes of natural gas have continued to increase while natural gas prices fluctuate monthly. The Company's natural gas sales prices are subject to increase and decrease based on various market-sensitive indices. A major factor in the variability of these indices is the seasonal variation of demand for the natural gas, which typically peaks during the winter months. The volumes of natural gas sales are expected to continue to increase as a result of continued drilling activities. The Company utilizes commodity-based derivative instruments (natural gas futures contracts traded on the NYMEX) as hedges to manage a portion of its exposure to this price volatility. The futures contracts hedge committed and anticipated natural gas purchases and sales, generally forecasted to occur within a three- to twelve-month period. As of December 31, 1997, the Company had futures contracts for the sale of $4.6 million of natural gas. While these contracts have nominal carrying value, their fair value, represented by the estimated amount that would be received upon termination of the contracts, based on market quotes, was a net value of $277,200 at December 31, 1997. The Company is required to maintain margin deposits ($926,100 as of December 31, 1997) with brokers for outstanding futures contracts. On March 13, 1997, the Company amended and restated its bank credit agreement with First National Bank of Chicago, which provides a borrowing base of $10.0 million, subject to adequate oil and natural gas reserves. At the request of the Company, the bank, at its sole discretion, may increase the borrowing base to $20.0 million. As of December 31, 1997, no balance is outstanding on the line of credit. Interest accrues at prime, with LIBOR (London Interbank Market Rate) alternatives available at the discretion of the Company. No principal payments are required until the credit agreement expires on December 31, 1999. The Company closed four public drilling partnerships during 1997. The total amount received during 1997 was $35.5 million compared to $24.6 million for 1996, an increase of $10.9 million or 44.3%. The Company closed a record drilling program on December 30, 1997 in the amount of $18.5 million and will drill the wells during the first quarter 1998. The Company generally invests, as its equity contribution to each drilling partnership, an additional sum approximating 20% of the aggregate subscriptions received for that particular drilling partnership. As a result, the Company is subject to substantial cash commitments at the closing of each drilling partnership. The funds received from these programs are restricted to use in future drilling operations. No assurance can be made that the Company will continue to receive this level of funding from these or future programs. -23- In September 1997, the Company consummated a private offering of Common Stock (the "Private Placement"), pursuant to which it issued and sold 500,000 shares at a price of $4.00 per share, and issued warrants for 125,000 shares of Common Stock exercisable during a two-year period ending September 15, 1999 at an exercise price of $6.00 per share, resulting in proceeds to the Company of $2.0 million. No registration rights were granted in connection with the securities issued in the Private Placement. In September 1997, the Company was notified that it had submitted a successful bid for the acquisition of Columbia Gas Transmission Company's Rimersburg natural gas gathering system, located in northern Pennsylvania. If consummated, this transaction would occur in early to mid-1998 and would add to the Company's existing natural gas gathering system 207 miles of pipeline located in an area contiguous to the Company's Pennsylvania drilling operations, at a cost to the Company of $1.4 million. In November 1997, the Company completed a public offering of 4,077,500 shares of its common stock at a price of $6.25 per share. Net proceeds to the Company of approximately $23 million from the sale of common stock will be used primarily to fund development drilling on new and existing properties, potential acquisition of producing properties and general corporate purposes, including working capital and possible acquisitions of complementary businesses. On February 19, 1998, the Company offered to purchase from the Investors their units of investment in the Company's Drilling Programs formed prior to 1993. The total of the offer if accepted by all of the approximately 3,500 investors would be approximately $9.9 million. The offer expires on March 31, 1998. The Company plans to utilize capital received from its Public Stock Offering (see Note 5) to fund this purchase obligation. The Company continues to pursue capital investment opportunities in producing natural gas properties as well as its plan to participate in its sponsored natural gas drilling partnerships, while pursuing opportunities for operating improvements and costs efficiencies. Management believes that the Company has adequate capital to meet its operating requirements. New Accounting Standards During the fourth quarter, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards ("SFAS") No. 128, Earnings per Share. SFAS No. 128 supersedes APB Opinion No. 15. Earnings per Share ("Opinion No. 15"), and requires the calculation and dual presentation of basic and diluted earnings per share ("EPS"), replacing the measures of primary and fully-diluted EPS as reported under Opinion No. 15. SFAS No. 128 is effective for financial statements issued for periods ending after December 15, 1997; earlier application was not permitted. The adoption of SFAS No. 128 did not have a material effect on the Company's EPS in 1997, 1996 or 1995. In June, 1997, SFAS No. 130, "Reporting Comprehensive Income," and SFAS No. 131, Disclosure about Segments of an Enterprise and Related Information," were issued. The Company will adopt these standards in 1998. The Company does not believe adoption will have a material effect on the Company's financial statements and related disclosures. PART III Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data: The response to this Item is set forth herein in a separate section of this Report, beginning on Page F-1. Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure. None. -24- Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers of the Company Directors and Officers of the Company The directors and officers of the Company, their principal occupations for the past five years and additional information are set forth below: Name Age Positions and Offices Held James N. Ryan 66 Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director Steven R. Williams 46 President and Director Dale G. Rettinger 53 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Director Ersel E. Morgan 54 Vice President of Production Thomas F. Riley 45 Vice President of Business Development Eric R. Stearns 39 Vice President of Exploration and Development Darwin L. Stump 42 Controller Roger J. Morgan 70 Secretary and Director Vincent F. D'Annunzio 45 Director Jeffrey C. Swoveland 42 Director James N. Ryan served as President of the Company from 1969 to 1983 and has served as director of the Company since 1969. Mr. Ryan was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in March 1983. Mr. Ryan focuses on capital formation through the Company's drilling partnerships. Steven R. Williams has served as President and director of the Company since March 1983. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Williams was employed by Exxon as an engineer from 1973 until 1979. A 1981 graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr. Williams was employed by Texas Oil and Gas Company as a financial analyst from 1981 until July 1982, when he joined Exco Enterprises as Manager of Operations, and served in that capacity until he joined the Company. Dale G. Rettinger has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Company since July 1980. Additionally, Mr. Rettinger has served as President of PDC Securities Incorporated since 1981. Mr. Rettinger was elected director in 1985 and appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 1997. Previously, Mr. Rettinger was a partner with KMG Main Hurdman, Certified Public Accountants, and served in that capacity from 1976 until he joined the Company. Ersel E. Morgan has served as Vice President of Production of the Company since 1996. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Morgan served as the Company's Manager of the Land and Operations groups from 1981 until 1993 and as Manager of Production of the Company from 1993 to 1996. Thomas E. Riley has served as Vice President of Business Development of the Company since April 1996. Mr. Riley co-founded and has served as President of RNG since its inception in 1987 until the present. See "Certain Transactions." Eric R. Stearns has served as Vice President of Exploration and Development of the Company since 1995. Mr. Stearns joined the Company in 1985 as a wellsite geologist and served as Manager of Geology from 1988 until 1995. Darwin L. Stump has served as Controller of the Company since 1980. Previously, Mr. Stump was a senior accountant with Main Hurdman, Certified Public Accountants, having served in that capacity from 1977 until he joined the Company. Roger J. Morgan, a director and Secretary of the Company since 1969, has been a member of the law firm of Young, Morgan & Cann, Clarksburg, West Virginia, for more than the past five years. Mr. Morgan is not active in the day-to-day business of the Company, but his law firm provides legal services to the Company. -25- Vincent F. D 'Annunzio, a director since February 1989, has for the past five years served as President of Beverage Distributors, Inc. located in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Mr. D'Annunzio serves as a director of Heritage Bank in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Jeffrey C. Swoveland, a director since March 1991, has been employed by Equitable Resources, an oil and gas production, marketing and distribution company, since 1994 and presently serves as Treasurer. Mr. Swoveland previously served as Vice President and a lending officer with Mellon Bank, N.A. from July 1989 until 1994. The Company's By-Laws provide that the directors of the Company shall be divided into three classes and that, at each annual meeting of stockholders of the Company, successors to the class of directors whose term expires at the annual meeting will be elected for a three-year term. The classes are staggered so that the term of one class expires each year. Mr. Ryan and Mr. D'Annunzio are members of the class whose term expires in 1998; Mr. Rettinger and Mr. Swoveland are members of the class whose term expires in 1999; and Mr Williams and Mr. Morgan are members of the class whose term expires in 2000. There is no family relationship between any director or executive officer and any other director or executive officer of the Company. There are no arrangements or understandings between any director or officer and any other person pursuant to which such person was selected as an officer. Item 11. Management Remuneration and Transactions There is incorporated by reference herein in response to this Item the material under the heading "Election of Directors - Remuneration of Directors and Officers", "Election of Directors - Stock Options" and "Election of Directors - Interest of Management in Certain Transactions" in the Company's definitive proxy statement for its 1998 annual meeting of stockholders filed or to be filed with the Commission on or before April 30, 1998. Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management There is incorporated by reference herein in response to this Item, the material under the heading "Election of Directors", in the Company's definitive proxy statement for its 1998 annual meeting of stockholders filed or to be filed with the Commission on or before April 30, 1998. Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions The response to this item is set forth herein in Note 8 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. -26- PART IV Item 14. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules and Reports on Form 8-K (a) (1) Financial Statements: See Index to Financial Statements and Schedules on page F-1. (2) Financial Statement Schedules: See Index to Financial Statements and Schedules on page F-1. Schedules and Financial Statements Omitted All other financial statement schedules are omitted because they are not required, inapplicable, or the information is included in the Financial Statements or Notes thereto. (3) Exhibits: See Exhibits Index on page E-1. (b) During the fourth quarter of 1997, the Company filed Form 8-K to report the private sale of 500,000 shares of common stock. -27- CONFORMED COPY SIGNATURES Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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. PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION By /s/ James N. Ryan James N. Ryan, Chairman March 17, 1998 Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated: Signature Title Date /s/ James N. Ryan Chairman, Chief Executive March 17, 1998 James N. Ryan Officer and Director /s/ Steven R. Williams President and Director March 17, 1998 Steven R. Williams /s/ Dale G. Rettinger Chief Financial Officer March 17, 1998 Dale G. Rettinger Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Director (principal financial and accounting officer) /s/ Roger J. Morgan Secretary and Director March 17, 1998 Roger J. Morgan -28- PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Index to Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedules 1. Financial Statements: Independent Auditors' Report F-2 Consolidated Balance Sheets - December 31, 1997 and 1996 F-3 & 4 Consolidated Statements of Income - Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996, and 1995 F-5 Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity - Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996, and 1995 F-6 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996, and 1995 F-7 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements F-8 - 23 2. Financial Statement Schedule: Schedule II - Valuation and Qualifying Accounts and Reserves F-24 F-1 Independent Auditors' Report The Stockholders and Board of Directors Petroleum Development Corporation: We have audited the consolidated financial statements of Petroleum Development Corporation and subsidiaries as listed in the accompanying index. In connection with our audits of the consolidated financial statements, we also have audited the financial statement schedule as listed in the accompanying index. These consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule based on our audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion. In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Petroleum Development Corporation and subsidiaries as of December 31, 1997 and 1996, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 1997, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. Also in our opinion, the related financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein. KPMG PEAT MARWICK LLP Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 5, 1998 F-2 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets December 31, 1997 and 1996 1997 1996 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents (includes restricted cash of $926,100 and $1,734,900, respectively) $46,561,000 20,615,400 Notes and accounts receivable 4,923,400 6,696,000 Inventories 297,900 567,200 Prepaid expenses 2,076,500 740,900 Total current assets 53,858,800 28,619,500 Properties and equipment: Oil and gas properties (successful efforts accounting method) 57,614,900 46,525,700 Pipelines 7,007,800 7,186,900 Transportation and other equipment 2,014,000 2,151,200 Land and buildings 1,155,500 1,098,200 67,792,200 56,962,000 Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization 24,222,900 22,522,300 43,569,300 34,439,700 Other assets 983,500 545,000 $98,411,600 63,604,200
(Continued) F-3 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets December 31, 1997 and 1996 1997 1996 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 9,792,300 9,703,800 Accrued taxes 367,000 506,000 Other accrued expenses 2,265,000 1,505,900 Advances for future drilling contracts 23,291,600 18,397,000 Funds held for future distribution 1,659,700 864,000 Total current liabilities 37,375,600 30,976,700 Long-term debt, excluding current maturities - 5,320,000 Other liabilities 1,684,000 1,094,200 Deferred income taxes 3,585,900 3,140,800 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Common stock, par value $.01 per share; authorized 22,250,000 shares; issued and outstanding 15,245,758 and 10,460,753 152,500 104,600 Common stock, Class A, par value $.01 per share; authorized 2,750,000 shares; issued and outstanding - none - - Additional paid-in capital 31,617,600 6,617,300 Warrants outstanding 46,300 - Retained earnings 24,014,200 16,427,400 Unamortized stock award (64,500) (76,800) Total stockholders' equity 55,766,100 23,072,500 $98,411,600 63,604,200
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements. F-4 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Income Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996 and 1995 1997 1996 1995 Revenues: Oil and gas well drilling operations $34,405,400 18,698,200 13,941,000 Oil and gas sales 33,390,200 26,051,100 4,150,600 Well operations and pipeline income 4,509,300 3,928,800 3,750,900 Other income 1,573,100 935,600 504,000 73,878,000 49,613,700 22,346,500 Costs and expenses: Cost of oil and gas well drilling operations 28,033,200 15,779,800 11,943,000 Oil and gas purchases and production cost 30,867,600 24,190,300 4,138,700 General and administrative expenses 2,318,800 2,304,000 1,960,600 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 2,660,300 2,309,600 2,152,100 Interest 315,900 380,000 319,700 64,195,800 44,963,700 20,514,100 Income before income taxes 9,682,200 4,650,000 1,832,400 Income taxes 2,095,400 1,100,600 350,900 Net income $ 7,586,800 3,549,400 1,481,500 Basic earnings per common share $.67 .34 .13 Diluted earnings per common and common equivalent share $.61 .31 .13
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements. F-5 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996 and 1995 Common stock issued Number Additional Warrants of paid-in out- Retained Unamortized shares Amount capital standing earnings stock award Total Balance, December 31, 1994 11,040,627 $110,400 6,873,600 - 11,396,500 - 18,380,500 Issuance of common stock: Exercise of employee stock options 78,000 800 45,800 - - 46,600 Stock award 90,000 900 100,400 - - (101,300) - Amortization of stock award - - - - - 12,300 12,300 Net income - - - - 1,481,500 - 1,481,500 Balance, December 31, 1995 11,208,6277 $112,100 7,019,800 - 12,878,000 (89,000) 19,920,900 Issuance of common stock: Exercise of employee stock options 230,699 2,300 166,100 - - - 168,400 Purchase of subsidiary 236,094 2,300 446,800 - - - 449,100 Amortization of stock award 12,200 12,200 Repurchase and cancellation of treasury stock (1,214,667) (12,100)(1,015,400) - - - (1,027,500) Net income - - - - 3,549,400 - 3,549,400 Balance December 31, 1996 10,460,753 $104,600 6,617,300 - 16,427,400 (76,800) 23,072,500 Issuance of common stock: Stock offerings 4,577,500 45,800 24,903,600 46,300 - - 24,995,700 Exercise of employee stock options 207,505 2,100 96,700 - - - 98,800 Amortization of stock award 12,300 12,300 Net income - - - - 7,586,800 - 7,586,800 Balance December 31, 1997 15,245,758 $152,500 31,617,600 46,300 24,014,200 (64,500) 55,766,100
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements. F-6 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996 and 1995 1997 1996 1995 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 7,586,800 3,549,400 1,481,500 Adjustment to net income to reconcile to cash provided by operating activities: Deferred income taxes 107,700 213,900 112,600 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 2,660,300 2,309,600 2,152,100 Disposition of leasehold acreage 187,200 151,700 201,300 Employee compensation paid in stock 12,300 17,900 12,300 Decrease (increase) in notes and accounts receivable 1,772,600 (1,480,600) (41,200) Decrease (increase) in inventories 269,300 (349,300) 172,300 (Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses (998,200) 203,300 10,600 (Increase) decrease in other assets (453,000) (226,400) 65,800 Increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses 1,298,400 3,938,200 42,300 Increase in advances for future drilling contracts 4,894,600 8,327,400 869,700 Increase in funds held for future distribution 795,700 160,000 337,300 Other (39,600) 90,700 (95,800) Total adjustments 10,507,300 13,356,400 3,839,300 Net cash provided by operating activities 18,094,100 16,905,800 5,320,800 Cash flows from investing activities: Capital expenditures (13,675,100) (10,415,500) (3,910,400) Proceeds from sale of leases 1,710,900 655,400 289,400 Proceeds from sale of fixed assets 87,600 10,800 36,700 Net cash acquired from purchase of subsidiary - 1,450,000 - Net cash used in investing activities (11,876,600) (8,299,300) (3,584,300) Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from debt - 4,200,000 - Proceeds from issuance of stock 25,048,100 135,300 46,600 Purchase of treasury stock - (1,000,000) - Retirement of debt (5,320,000) (1,380,000) (636,300) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 19,728,100 1,955,300 (589,700) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 25,945,600 10,561,800 1,146,800 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year 20,615,400 10,053,600 8,906,800 Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 46,561,000 20,615,400 10,053,600
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements. F-7 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996 and 1995 (1) Summary of Significant Accounting Policies Principles of Consolidation The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Petroleum Development Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All material intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The Company accounts for its investment in limited partnerships under the proportionate consolidation method. Under this method, the Company's financial statements include its prorata share of assets and liabilities and revenues and expenses, respectively, of the limited partnerships in which it participates. The Company is involved in two business segments. The different segments are oil and gas well drilling and production, and marketing and pipeline operations. The Company grants credit to purchasers of oil and gas and the owners of managed properties, substantially all of whom are located in West Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Cash Equivalents For purposes of the statement of cash flows, the Company considers all highly liquid debt instruments with original maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. Inventories Inventories of well equipment, parts and supplies are valued at the lower of average cost or market. An inventory of natural gas is recorded when gas is purchased in excess of deliveries to customers and is recorded at the lower of cost or market. Oil and Gas Properties Exploration and development costs are accounted for by the successful efforts method. The Company assesses impairment of capitalized costs of proved oil and gas properties by comparing net capitalized costs to undiscounted future net cash flows on a field-by-field basis using expected prices. Prices utilized for measurement purposes and expected costs are held constant. If net capitalized costs exceed undiscounted future net cash flow, the measurement of impairment is based on estimated fair value which would consider future discounted cash flows. Property acquisition costs are capitalized when incurred. Geological and geophysical costs and delay rentals are expensed as incurred. The costs of drilling exploratory wells are capitalized pending determination of whether the wells have discovered economically producible reserves. If reserves are not discovered, such costs are expensed as dry holes. Development costs, including equipment and intangible drilling costs related to both producing wells and developmental dry holes, are capitalized. Unproved properties are assessed on a property-by-property basis and properties considered to be impaired are charged to expense when such impairment is deemed to have occurred. (Continued) F-8 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements Costs of proved properties, including leasehold acquisition, exploration and development costs and equipment, are depreciated or depleted by the unit-of-production method based on estimated proved developed oil and gas reserves. Upon sale or retirement of complete units of depreciable or depletable property, the net cost thereof, less proceeds or salvage value, is credited or charged to income. Upon retirement of a partial unit of property, the cost thereof is charged to accumulated depreciation and depletion. Based on the Company's experience, management believes site restor- ation, dismantlement and abandonment costs net of salvage to be immaterial in relation to operating costs. These costs are being expensed when incurred. Transportation Equipment, Pipelines and Other Equipment Transportation equipment, pipelines and other equipment are carried at cost. Depreciation is provided principally on the straight-line method over useful lives of 3 to 17 years. These assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the assets may not be recoverable. An impairment loss based on estimated fair value is recorded when the review indicates that the related expected future net cash flow (undiscounted and without interest charges) is less than the carrying amount of the asset. Maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred. Major renewals and betterments are capitalized. Upon the sale or other disposition of assets, the cost and related accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization are removed from the accounts, the proceeds applied thereto and any resulting gain or loss is reflected in income. Buildings Buildings are carried at cost and depreciated on the straight-line method over estimated useful lives of 30 years. Advances for Future Drilling Contracts Represents funds received from Partnerships and other joint ventures for drilling activities which have not been completed and accordingly have not yet been recognized as income in accordance with the Company's income recognition policies. Retirement Plans The Company has a 401-K contributory retirement plan (401-K Plan) covering full-time employees. The Company provides a discretionary matching of employee contributions to the plan. The Company also has a profit sharing plan covering full-time employees. The Company's contributions to this plan are discretionary. The Company has a deferred compensation arrangement covering executive officers of the Company as a supplemental retirement benefit. (Continued) F-9 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements During 1995, the Company established split-dollar life insurance arrangements with certain executive officers. Under these arrangements, advances are made to these officers equal to the premiums due. The advances are collateralized by the cash surrender value of the policies. The Company records as other assets its share of the cash surrender value of the policies. Revenue Recognition Oil and gas wells are drilled primarily on a contract basis. The Company follows the percentage-of-completion method of income recognition for drilling operations in progress. Well operations income consists of operation charges for well upkeep, maintenance and operating lease income on tangible well equipment. Income Taxes Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. Derivatives Gains and losses related to qualifying hedges of firm commitments or anticipated transactions through the use of natural gas futures contracts are deferred and recognized in income or as adjustments of carrying amounts when the underlying hedged transaction occurs. In order for futures contracts to qualify as a hedge, there must be sufficient correlation to the underlying hedged transaction. The change in the fair value of derivative instruments which do not qualify for hedging are recognized into income currently. Stock Compensation On January 1, 1996, the Company adopted SFAS No. 123, "Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation," which permits entities to recognize as expense over the vesting period the fair value of all stock-based awards on the date of grant. Alternatively, SFAS 123 allows entities to continue to measure compensation cost for stock-based awards using the intrinsic value based method of accounting prescribed by APB Opinion No. 25, "Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees," and to provide pro forma net income and pro forma earnings per share disclosures as if the fair value based method defined in SFAS 123 had been applied. The Company has elected to continue to apply the provisions of APB 25 and provide the pro forma disclosure provisions of SFAS 123. See note 5 to the financial statements. Use of Estimates Management of the Company has made a number of estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of assets and liabilities and revenues and expenses and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities to prepare these financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Estimates which are particularly significant to the consolidated financial statements include estimates of oil and gas reserves and future cash flows from oil and gas properties. (Continued) F-10 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements New Accouting Standards During the fourth quarter, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards ("SFAS") No. 128, Earnings per Share. SFAS No. 128 supersedes APB Opinion No. 15 Earnings per Share ("Opinion No. 15"), and requires the calculation and dual presentation of basic and diluted earnings per share ("EPS"), replacing the measures of primary EPS as reported under Opinion No. 15. SFAS No. 128 is effective for financial statements issued for periods ending after December 15, 1997; earlier application was not permitted. The adoption of SFAS No. 128 did not have a material effect on the Company's EPS in 1997, 1996 or 1995. (2) Notes and Accounts Receivable Included in other assets are noncurrent notes and accounts receivable as of December 31, 1997 and 1996, in the amounts of $22,522 and $5,930 net of the allowance for doubtful accounts of $129,800 and $147,200, respectively. The allowance for doubtful current accounts receivable as of December 31, 1997 and 1996 was $145,600 and $140,600, respectively. (3) Long-Term Debt On March 13, 1997, the Company amended and restated its bank credit agreement with First National Bank of Chicago, which provides a borrowing base of $10.0 million, subject to adequate oil and natural gas reserves. At the request of the Company, the bank, at its sole discretion, may increase the borrowing base to $20.0 million. As of December 31, 1997, the balance available under the line was $10.0 million. The Company is required to pay a commitment fee of 1/8% to 1/4% on the unused portion of the credit facility. Interest accrues at prime, with LIBOR (London Interbank Market Rate) alternatives available at the discretion of the Company. No principal payments are required until the credit agreement expires on December 31, 1999. As of December 31, 1997 there was no balance outstanding. On December 31, 1996, the balance outstanding was $5,320,000. Any amounts outstanding under the credit agreement are secured by substantially all properties of the Company. The credit agreement requires, among other things, the existence of satisfactory levels of natural gas reserves, maintenance of certain working capital and tangible net worth ratios along with a restriction on the payment of dividends. (4) Income Taxes The Company's provision for income taxes consisted of the following: 1997 1996 1995 Current: Federal $1,349,600 545,600 128,400 State 638,100 341,100 109,900 Total current income taxes 1,987,700 886,700 238,300 Deferred: Federal (32,100) 165,800 87,300 State 139,800 48,100 25,300 Total deferred income taxes 107,700 213,900 112,600 Total taxes $2,095,400 1,100,600 350,900
(Continued) F-11 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements Income tax expense differed from the amounts computed by applying the U.S. federal income tax rate of 34 percent to pretax income from continuing operations as a result of the following: 1997 1996 1995 Amount Amount Amount Computed "expected" tax $3,291,900 1,581,000 623,000 State income tax 513,400 249,900 108,800 Percentage depletion (263,500) (205,800) (155,900) Nonconventional source fuel credit (846,400) (510,500) (127,300) Adjustments to valuation allowance (565,200) - (100,700) Other (34,800) (14,000) 3,000 $2,095,400 1,100,600 350,900
The tax effects of temporary differences that give rise to significant portions of the deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities at December 31, 1997 and 1996 are presented below: 1997 1996 Deferred tax assets: Drilling notes, principally due to allowance for doubtful accounts $110,800 465,800 Investment tax credit carryforwards - 45,200 Alternative minimum tax credit carryforwards (Section 29) 1,413,400 1,630,500 Other 880,600 550,800 Total gross deferred tax assets 2,404,800 2,692,300 Less valuation allowance (848,200) (1,630,500) Deferred tax assets 1,556,600 1,061,800 Less current deferred tax assets (included in prepaid expenses) (713,600) (376,100) Net non-current deferred tax assets 843,000 685,700 Deferred tax liabilities: Plant and equipment, principally due to differences in depreciation and amortization (4,428,900) (3,826,500) Total gross deferred tax liabilities (4,428,900) (3,826,500) Net deferred tax liability $(3,585,900) (3,140,800)
The Company has evaluated each deferred tax asset and has provided a valuation allowance where it is believed it is more likely than not that some portion of the asset will not be realized. The valuation allowance relates principally to the alternative minimum tax credit carryforwards (Section 29). The net changes in the total valuation allowance were for the year ended December 31, 1997 a decrease of $782,300 and a decrease of $14,700 for the year ended December 31, 1996. At December 31, 1997, the Company has alternative minimum tax credit carryforwards (Section 29) of approximately $1,413,400 which are available to reduce future federal regular income taxes over an indefinite period. (Continued) F-12 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (5) Common Stock Options Options amounting to 500,000 and 210,000 shares were granted during 1997 and 1995, respectively, to certain employees and directors under the Company's Stock Option Plans. These options were granted with an exercise price equal to market value as of the date of grant and vest over a two year period. The outstanding options expire from 2000 to 2007. The estimated fair value of the options granted during 1997 and 1995 was $3.30 and $.67 per option. The fair value was estimated using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions for the 1997 and 1995 grant, respectively: risk-free interest rate of 6.3% and 5.8%, expected dividend yield of 0%, expected volatility of 57.4% and 51% and expected life of 7 years. Average Range of Number Exercise Exercise of Shares Price Prices Outstanding December 31, 1994 1,956,000 $0.77 .38 - 1.63 Granted 210,000 $1.13 1.13 - 1.13 Exercised (78,000) $0.60 .56 - .72 Expired (235,350) $0.68 .38 - 1.63 Outstanding December 31, 1995 1,852,650 $0.91 .50 - 1.63 Granted - Exercised (230,000) $0.72 .50 - 1.125 Expired (40,000) $0.80 .50 - 1.625 Outstanding December 31, 1996 1,582,650 $0.94 .50 - 1.625 Granted 500,000 $5.13 5.13 - 5.13 Exercised (210,000) $0.58 .50 - 1.13 Expired - $ - . - . Outstanding December 31, 1997 1,872,650 $2.10 .94 - 5.13
As of December 31, 1997, there were 1,372,650 options outstanding and exercisable in the $.94 to $1.63 exercise price range which have a weighted average remaining contractual life of 4.4 years and weighted average exercise price of $.99. Also as of December 31, 1997 there were 500,000 options outstanding at a $5.13 exercise price having weighted average remaining contractual life of 9.5 years. As of December 31, 1997 none of these $5.13 options were exercisable. (Continued) F-13 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements The Company accounts for its stock-based compensation plans under APB 25. For stock options granted, the option price was not less than the market value of shares on the grant date, therefore, no compensation cost has been recognized. Had compensation cost been determined under the provisions of SFAS 123, the Company's net income and earnings per share would have been the following on a pro forma basis: 1997 1996 As Reported Pro Forma As Reported Pro Forma Net income $7,586,800 $7,163,600 $3,549,400 $3,473,250 Basic earnings per share $ .67 $ .64 $ .34 $ .33 Diluted earnings per share $ .61 $ .58 $ .31 $ .30
Stock Redemption Agreement The Company has stock redemption agreements with three officers of the Company. The agreements require the Company to maintain life insurance on each executive in the amount of $1,000,000. The agreements provide that the Company shall utilize the proceeds from such insurance to purchase from such executives' estates or heirs, at their option, shares of the Company's stock. The purchase price for the outstanding common stock is to be based upon the average closing asked price for the Company's stock as quoted by NASDAQ during a specified period. The Company is not required to purchase any shares in excess of the amount provided for by such insurance. Stock Purchase On January 31, 1996, the Company purchased 1,200,000 shares of its common stock pursuant to an option agreement. The option was obtained in connection with a debt restructuring in 1990. The company utilized its' revolving credit line to acquire the shares for $1,000,000 or $0.83 a share. The shares representing approximately 11% of the currently outstanding stock were retired by the Company. Stock Offerings In September 1997, the Company completed a private offering of Common Stock pursuant to which it issued and sold 500,000 shares at a price of $4.00 per share and issued warrants for 125,000 shares of Common Stock exercisable during a two-year period ending September 15, 1999 at an exercise price of $6.00 per share, resulting in proceeds to the Company of $2.0 million. No registration rights were granted in connection with the securities issued in this offering. In November 1997, the Company completed a public offering of 4,077,500 shares of its Common Stock at a price of $6.25 per share. Net proceeds to the Company of approximately $23 million from the sale of common stock will be used primarily to fund development drilling on new and existing properties, potential acquisition of producing properties and general corporate purposes, including working capital and possible acquisitions of complementary businesses. (Continued) F-14 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (6) Employee Benefit Plans The Company made 401-K Plan contributions of $171,300, $139,800 and $71,800 for 1997, 1996 and 1995, respectively. The Company has a profit sharing plan (the Plan) covering full-time employees. The Company contributed $15,500, $50,000 and 28,500 to the plan in cash during 1997, 1996 and 1995, respectively. During 1997 and 1996, the Company expensed and established a liability for $90,000 each year under a deferred compensation arrangement with the executive officers of the Company. In 1995, a total of 90,000 restricted shares of the Company's common stock were granted to certain employees and available to them upon retirement. The market value of shares awarded was $101,300. This amount was recorded as unamortized stock award and is shown as a separate component of stockholders' equity. The unamortized stock award is being amortized to expense over the employees' expected years to retirement and amounted to $12,300 and $12,200 in 1997 and 1996, respectively. At December 31, 1997 and 1996, the Company has recorded as other assets $192,000 and $111,800, respectively as its share of the cash surrender value of the life insurance pledged as collateral for the payment of premiums on split-dollar life insurance policies owned by certain executive officers. (7) Earnings Per Share In 1997, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards ("SFAS") No. 128, Earnings per share. All periods presented have been restated to conform to SFAS No. 128. Basic earnings per share is based on the weighted average number of common share outstanding of 11,278,800 for 1997, 10,449,137 for 1996 and 11,056,441 for 1995. Diluted earnings per share is based on the weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding of 12,540,165 for 1997, 11,542,315 for 1996 and 11,611,164 for 1995. Stock options are considered to be common stock equivalents and, to the extent appropriate, have been added to the weighted average common shares outstanding. (8) Transactions with Affiliates As part of its duties as well operator, the Company received $22,985,400 in 1997, $18,234,200 in 1996 and $11,397,000 in 1995 representing proceeds from the sale of oil and gas and made distributions to investor groups according to their working interests in the related oil and gas properties. The Company provided oil and gas well drilling services to affiliated partnerships, substantially all of the Company's oil and gas well drilling operations was for such partnerships. The Company also provided related services of operation of wells, reimbursement of syndication costs, management fees, tax return preparation and other services relating to the operation of the partnerships. The Company received $8,113,000 in 1997, $6,435,700 in 1996 and $4,003,500 in 1995 for those services. During 1997, 1996 and 1995, the Company paid $63,800, $35,400 and $38,500, respectively to the Corporate Secretary's law firm for various legal services. (Continued) F-15 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (9) Commitments and Contingencies The nature of the independent oil and gas industry involves a dependence on outside investor drilling capital and involves a concentration of gas sales to a few customers. The Company sells natural gas to various public utilities and industrial customers. One customer, Hope Gas Inc., a regulated public utility, accounted for 12.0% of total revenues in 1997. Substantially all of the Company's drilling programs contain a repurchase provision where Investors may tender their partnership units for repurchase at any time beginning with the third anniversary of the first cash distribution. The provision provides that the Company is obligated to purchase an aggregate of 10% of the initial subscriptions per calendar year (at a minimum price of three times the most recent 12 months' cash distributions), only if such units are tendered, subject to the Company's financial ability to do so. The maximum annual 10% repurchase obligation, if tendered by the investors, is currently approximately $1.0 million. The Company has adequate capital to meet this obligation. The Company is not party to any legal action that would materially affect the Company's results of operations or financial condition. (10) Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flows The Company paid $315,900, $380,000 and $319,700 for interest in 1997, 1996 and 1995, respectively. The Company paid income taxes in 1997, 1996 and 1995 in the amounts of $1,932,500, $664,300 and $0, respectively. (11) Acquisitions On April 1, 1996, the Company acquired Riley Natural Gas Company (RNG), a privately held gas marketing company in a stock for stock exchange accounted for as a purchase. The acquisition has substantially increased the Company's capabilities in the natural gas marketing area. PDC issued 236,094 shares with a market value of $449,100, for 100% of the outstanding common stock of RNG. Key employees of RNG have entered into employment contracts with PDC to assure the continuity of RNG's gas marketing operations. The following unaudited pro forma information presents the results of operations of the Company assuming the RNG acquisition occurred at the beginning of 1995: Proforma Results (unaudited) 1996 1995 Revenues $53,091,400 $35,361,800 Net income $3,592,800 $1,546,900 Basic earnings per share $ .31 $ .13
The pro forma results are presented for informational purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of results that would have occurred had the RNG acquisition been consummated at the beginning of 1995. On August 6, 1996 the Company purchased an interest in 188 oil and gas wells in West Virginia. The Company utilized its revolving credit line to finance the purchase. The purchase increased the Company's oil and gas reserves by 4.3 Bcf of natural gas and 27,000 barrels of oil, added 12,000 acres of leases to its leasehold inventory and increased the Company's gathering systems by forty-nine miles. The purchase price was $3.3 million. (Continued) F-16 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (12) Derivatives and Hedging Activities The company utilizes commodity based derivative instruments as hedges to manage a portion of its exposure to price volatility stemming from its integrated natural gas production and marketing activities. These instruments consist of natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The futures contracts hedge committed and anticipated natural gas purchases and sales, generally forecasted to occur within a 12 month period. The Company does not hold or issue derivatives for trading or speculative purposes. As of December 31, 1997 and 1996, the Company had futures contracts for the sale of $4,599,700 and $3,869,900 of natural gas, respectively. While these contracts have nominal carrying value, their fair value, represented by the estimated amount that would be received upon termination of the contracts, based on market quotes, was a net value of $277,200 at December 31, 1997 and $217,800 at December 31, 1996. The Company is required to maintain margin deposits with brokers for outstanding futures contracts. As of December 31, 1997 and 1996, cash in the amount of $926,100 and $1,734,900 was on deposit. (13) Costs Incurred in Oil and Gas Property Acquisition, Exploration and Development Activities Costs incurred by the Company in oil and gas property acquisition, exploration and development are presented below: Years Ended December 31, 1997 1996 1995 Property acquisition cost: Proved undeveloped properties $ 3,109,000 543,600 167,800 Producing properties 85,100 3,211,800 218,500 Development costs 9,863,200 5,344,900 2,977,700 $13,057,300 9,100,300 3,364,000
Property acquisition costs include costs incurred to purchase, lease or otherwise acquire a property. Development costs include costs incurred to gain access to and prepare development well locations for drilling, to drill and equip development wells and to provide facilities to extract, treat, gather and store oil and gas. (14) Oil and Gas Capitalized Costs Aggregate capitalized costs for the Company related to oil and gas exploration and production activities with applicable accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization are presented below: December 31, 1997 1996 Proved properties: Intangible drilling costs $31,820,100 19,572,400 Tangible well equipment 19,700,200 21,999,600 Well equipment leased to others 4,063,600 4,063,600 Undeveloped properties 2,031,000 890,100 57,614,900 46,525,700 Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization 17,828,500 15,837,900 $39,786,400 30,687,800
(Continued) F-17 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (15) Results of Operations for Oil and Gas Producing Activities The results of operations for oil and gas producing activities (excluding marketing) are presented below: Years Ended December 31, 1997 1996 1995 Revenue: Oil and gas sales $5,363,600 4,674,900 2,534,000 Expenses: Production costs 1,206,000 963,600 596,000 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 1,629,900 1,248,200 1,000,700 2,835,900 2,211,800 1,596,700 Results of operations for oil and gas producing activities before provision for income taxes 2,527,700 2,463,100 937,300 Provision for income taxes 567,800 519,600 137,800 Results of operations for oil and gas producing activities (excluding corporate over- head and interest costs) $1,959,900 1,943,500 799,500
Production costs include those costs incurred to operate and maintain productive wells and related equipment, including such costs as labor, repairs, maintenance, materials, supplies, fuel consumed, insurance and other production taxes. In addition, production costs include administrative expenses and depreciation applicable to support equipment associated with these activities. Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense includes those costs associated with capitalized acquisition, exploration and development costs, but does not include the depreciation applicable to support equipment. The provision for income taxes is computed at the statutory federal income tax rate and is reduced to the extent of permanent differences, such as investment tax and non-conventional source fuel tax credits and statutory depletion allowed for income tax purposes. (Continued) F-18 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (16) Net Proved Oil and Gas Reserves (Unaudited) The proved reserves of oil and gas of the Company have been estimated by an independent petroleum engineer, Wright & Company, Inc. at December 31, 1997 and 1996 and by the Company's petroleum engineers at December 31, 1995. These reserves have been prepared in compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission rules based on year end prices. An analysis of the change in estimated quantities of oil and gas reserves, all of which are located within the United States, is shown below: Oil (BBLS) 1997 1996 1995 Proved developed and undeveloped reserves: Beginning of year 81,000 140,000 79,000 Revisions of previous estimates (27,000) (30,000) 72,000 Beginning of year as revised 54,000 110,000 151,000 Dispositions - (49,000) - Acquisitions - 27,000 - Production (9,000) (7,000) (11,000) End of year 45,000 81,000 140,000 Proved developed reserves: Beginning of year 81,000 140,000 79,000 End of year 45,000 81,000 140,000 Gas (MCF) 1997 1996 1995 Proved developed and undeveloped reserves: Beginning of year 43,312,000 33,829,000 32,225,000 Revisions of previous estimates 875,000 (1,037,000) 686,000 Beginning of year as revised 44,187,000 32,792,000 32,911,000 New discoveries and extensions 2,489,000 2,613,000 2,119,000 Dispositions - (127,000) - Acquisitions, net of sales to partnerships 12,377,000 9,529,000 135,000 Production (1,810,000) (1,495,000) (1,336,000) End of year 57,243,000 43,312,000 33,829,000 Proved developed reserves: Beginning of year 35,516,000 29,326,000 27,746,000 End of year 42,411,000 35,516,000 29,326,000
(17) Standardized Measure of Discounted Future Net Cash Flows and Changes Therein Relating to Proved Oil and Gas Reserves (Unaudited) Summarized in the following table is information for the Company with respect to the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows relating to proved oil and gas reserves. Future cash inflows are computed by applying year-end prices of oil and gas relating to the Company's proved reserves to the year-end quantities of those reserves. Future production, development, site restoration and abandonment costs are derived based on current costs assuming continuation of existing economic conditions. Future income tax expenses are computed by applying the statutory rate in effect at the end of each year to the future pretax net cash flows, less the tax basis of the properties and gives effect to permanent differences, tax credits and allowances related to the properties. (Continued) F-19 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements Years Ended December 31, 1997 1996 1995 Future estimated cash flows $159,618,000 193,800,000 99,478,000 Future estimated production and development costs (69,265,000) (59,806,000) (29,288,000) Future estimated income tax expense (20,781,000) (33,499,000) (20,004,000) Future net cash flows 69,572,000 100,495,000 50,186,000 10% annual discount for estimated timing of cash flows (41,636,000) (66,233,000) (29,126,000) Standardized measure of discounted future estimated net cash flows $ 27,936,000 34,262,000 21,060,000
The following table summarizes the principal sources of change in the standardized measure of discounted future estimated net cash flows: Years Ended December 31, 1997 1996 1995 Sales of oil and gas production, net of production costs $(4,158,000) (3,711,000) (1,938,000) Net changes in prices and production costs (63,573,000) 42,384,000 17,024,000 Extensions, discoveries and improved recovery, less related cost 3,705,000 9,659,000 4,609,000 Acquisitions, net of sales to partnerships 13,299,000 17,775,000 294,000 Development costs incurred during the period 9,863,000 5,345,000 2,978,000 Revisions of previous quantity estimates 2,332,000 (2,902,000) 1,700,000 Changes in estimated income taxes 12,718,000 (13,495,000) (6,054,000) Accretion of discount 24,597,000 (37,107,000) (8,575,000) Other (5,109,000) (4,746,000) (3,423,000) $ (6,326,000) 13,202,000 6,615,000
It is necessary to emphasize that the data presented should not be viewed as representing the expected cash flow from, or current value of, existing proved reserves since the computations are based on a large number of estimates and arbitrary assumptions. Reserve quantities cannot be measured with precision and their estimation requires many judgmental determinations and frequent revisions. The required projection of production and related expenditures over time requires further estimates with respect to pipeline availability, rates of demand and governmental control. Actual future prices and costs are likely to be substantially different from the current prices and costs utilized in the computation of reported amounts. Any analysis or evaluation of the reported amounts should give specific recognition to the computational methods utilized and the limitations inherent therein. (Continued) F-20 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (18) Business Segments Information on the Company's operations by business segment are as follows for the years ended December 31,: 1997 1996 1995 Revenues: Drilling and production $44,679,600 27,940,200 20,360,100 Marketing and pipeline 27,625,300 20,737,900 1,482,400 $72,304,900 48,678,100 21,842,500 Operating Profit: Drilling and production $10,470,900 6,207,000 3,714,300 Marketing and pipeline 272,900 191,400 (105,600) 10,743,800 6,398,400 3,608,700 General and administrative expense $(2,318,800) (2,304,000) (1,960,600) Interest expense (315,900) (380,000) (319,700) Interest income and other 1,573,100 935,600 504,000 Income before income taxes $ 9,682,200 4,650,000 1,832,400 Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization: Drilling and production $ 2,516,700 2,153,900 2,008,000 Marketing and pipeline 143,600 155,700 144,100 $ 2,660,300 2,309,600 2,152,100 Identifiable Assets: Drilling and production $90,530,800 54,847,000 39,016,000 Marketing and pipeline 7,114,000 8,005,100 1,067,700 Corporate 766,800 752,100 536,400 $98,411,600 63,604,200 40,620,100 Capital Expenditures: Drilling and production $13,460,300 10,059,900 3,817,700 Marketing and pipeline 157,600 124,200 86,900 Corporate 57,200 231,400 5,800 $13,675,100 10,415,500 3,910,400
(Continued) F-21 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (19) Quarterly Financial Data (Unaudited) Summarized quarterly financial data for the years ended December 31, 1997 and 1996, are as follows: 1997 Quarter Year First(1) Second(1) Third(1) Fourth(1) Revenues $23,407,800 $14,917,400 $13,955,000 $21,597,800 $73,878,000 Cost of operations 19,490,600 12,205,000 11,409,700 18,455,800 61,561,100 Gross profit 3,917,200 2,712,400 2,545,300 3,142,000 12,316,900 General and administrative expenses 498,600 592,900 631,900 595,400 2,318,800 Interest expense 102,600 101,900 83,600 27,800 315,900 601,200 694,800 715,500 623,200 2,634,700 Income before income taxes 3,316,000 2,017,600 1,829,800 2,518,800 9,682,200 Income taxes 812,400 611,700 376,800 294,500 2,095,400 Net income $2,503,600 $ 1,405,900 $ 1,453,000 $ 2,224,300 $ 7,586,800 Basic earnings per share $ .24 $ .13 $ .14 $ .16 $ .67 Diluted earnings per share $ .21 $ .12 $ .12 $ .16 $ .61 1996 Quarter Year First Second(1) Third(1) Fourth(1) Revenues $11,441,300 $10,333,700 $11,317,000 $16,521,700 $49,613,700 Cost of operations 9,203,000 8,858,900 9,996,500 14,221,300 42,279,700 Gross profit 2,238,300 1,474,800 1,320,500 2,300,400 7,334,000 General and administrative expenses 541,800 570,100 651,000 541,100 2,304,000 Interest expense 72,100 67,300 106,400 134,200 380,000 613,900 637,400 757,400 675,300 2,684,000 Income before income taxes 1,624,400 837,400 563,100 1,625,100 4,650,000 Income taxes 344,400 177,500 152,600 426,100 1,100,600 Net income $1,280,000 $ 659,900 $ 410,500 $1,199,000 $ 3,549,400 Basic earnings per share $ .12 $ .06 $ .04 $ .12 $ .34 Diluted earnings per share $ .11 $ .06 $ .04 $ .10 $ .31
Cost of operations include cost of oil and gas well drilling operations, oil and gas purchases and production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization. (1) These quarters include the operations of Riley Natural Gas Company acquired on April 1, 1996, see footnote 11. F-22 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (20) Subsequent Event (unaudited) On February 19, 1998, the Company offered to purchase from the Investors their units of investment in the Company's Drilling Programs formed prior to 1993. The total of the offer if accepted by all of the approximately 3,500 investors would be approximately $9.9 million. The offer expires on March 31, 1998. Management does not expect the entire amount of the offer to be accepted by the investors. The Company plans to utilize capital received from its Public Stock Offering (see Note 5) to fund this purchase obligation. F-23 PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES SCHEDULE II - VALUATION AND QUALIFYING ACCOUNTS AND RESERVES Years Ended December 31, 1997, 1996 and 1995 Column A Column B Column C Column D Column E Additions, Balance at Charged to Balance Beginning Costs and at End Description of Period Expenses Deductions of Period Allowance for doubtful accounts deducted from accounts and notes receivable in the balance sheet 1997 $287,800 $ 4,200 $ 16,600 $275,400 1996 $389,000 $108,100 $209,300 $287,800 1995 $429,400 $210,000 $250,400 $389,000
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5 12-MOS DEC-31-1997 DEC-31-1997 46,561,000 0 4,923,400 287,600 297,900 53,858,800 67,792,200 24,222,900 98,411,600 37,375,600 0 0 0 152,500 55,613,600 98,411,600 33,390,200 73,878,000 30,867,600 64,195,800 0 4,200 315,900 9,682,200 2,095,400 7,586,800 0 0 0 7,586,800 .67 .61
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                                              Years Ended December 31,            
            BASIC                                                                         
                                                 1997            1996              1995  
 
Net income for basic income 
 per common share                            $ 7,586,800       3,549,400       $1,481,500 
Weighted average number of common shares 
 outstanding during the year                  11,278,800      10,449,137       11,056,441 

Basic earnings per share                     $       .67      $      .34       $      .13

            DILUTED

Net income for basic earnings per
 common share                                $ 7,586,800     $ 3,549,400      $ 1,481,500 

      Net income for diluted
       earnings per share                    $ 7,586,800     $ 3,549,400      $ 1,481,500 

      Weighted average number of shares
       used in calculating basic earnings
       per common share                       11,278,800      10,449,137       11,056,441 

  Shares issuable for diluted calculation      1,261,365       1,093,178          554,723 

      Weighted average number of shares
       used in calculation of 
       diluted earnings per share             12,540,165      11,542,315       11,611,164 

Diluted earnings per share                   $       .61     $       .31      $       .13

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