March 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM EDT
Adams Resources Announces Fourth Quarter 2009 Earnings

HOUSTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Adams Resources & Energy, Inc., (NYSE Amex: AE), announced an unaudited fourth quarter 2009 net loss of $1,094,000 or $.26 per common share on revenues totaling $511,618,000.  This compares to an unaudited fourth quarter 2008 net loss of $6,332,000 or $1.50 per share on revenues of $625,010,000.  For the full year of 2009, net earnings totaled $4,149,000 or $.98 per share on revenues of $1,943,128,000.   The Company paid an annual cash dividend of $.50 per share during the fourth quarter of 2009 which was consistent with the 2008 annual cash dividend.  Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $22,285,000 for the year 2009.  The Company continues to have no bank debt or other forms of debenture obligations.  Cash balances at December 31, 2009 totaled $16,806,000.

A summary of operating results follows:



Fourth Quarter


2009

2008




Operating Earnings (Loss)



Marketing

$  1,388,000

$  (3,899,000)

Transportation

450,000

499,000

Oil and gas

(1,068,000)

(5,955,000)

Administrative expenses

(2,643,000)

(2,209,000)


(1,873,000)

(11,564,000)

Interest (expense) income, net

(15,000)

173,000

Income tax  benefit

794,000

5,059,000




Net earnings (loss)

$  (1,094,000)

$  (6,332,000)




Chairman, K. S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., attributed the 2009 comparative fourth quarter earnings improvement to the non-recurrence of certain pricing events that occurred during the fourth quarter of 2008.  In the prior fourth quarter, an approximate 50 percent decline in crude oil prices led to $12.2 million in pre-tax non-cash write downs of capitalized oil and gas property costs and crude oil inventory values.  The fourth quarter 2009 loss resulted from the cost of ongoing oil and gas exploration efforts and approximately $400,000 of bad debt charges stemming from the current downturn in the U.S. economy.  For the full year 2009, the company participated in the drilling of 35 wells of which 26 wells were successful with nine dry holes.  Oil and gas proved reserve discoveries and additions during 2009 replaced 164 percent of 2009 production on an equivalent barrel basis.

The information in this release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate. A number of factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated.  Such factors include, among others, (a) general economic conditions, (b) fluctuations in hydrocarbon prices and margins, (c) variations between commodity contract volumes and actual delivery volumes, (d) unanticipated environmental liabilities or regulatory changes, (e) counterparty credit default, (f) inability to obtain bank and/or trade credit support, (g) availability and cost of insurance, (h) changes in tax laws, (i) the availability of capital, (j) changes in regulations, (k) results of current items of litigation, (l) uninsured items of litigation or losses, (m) uncertainty in reserve estimates and cash flows, (n) ability to replace oil and gas reserves, (o) security issues related to drivers and terminal facilities, (p) commodity price volatility, (q) demand for chemical based trucking operations, (r) successful completion of drilling activity, (s) financial soundness of customers and suppliers and (t) adverse world economic conditions.  These and other risks are described in the Company's reports that are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rick Abshire

(713) 881-3609




UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)



Year Ended

Three Months Ended


December 31,

December 31,


2009

2008

2009

2008






Revenues

$  1,943,128

$  4,159,672

$  511,618

$  625,010






Costs, expenses and other

(1,936,627)

(4,170,230)

(513,506)

(636,401)

Income tax benefit (provision)

(2,352)

4,986

794

5,059






Net earnings (loss)

$  4,149

$  (5,572)

$  (1,094)

$  (6,332)






Basic and diluted net earnings (loss)





per common share

$  .98

$  (1.32)

$  (.26)

$  (1.50)






Dividends per common share

$  .50

$  .50

$  .50

$  .50





UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)





December 31,

December 31,


2009

2008

ASSETS



Cash

$  16,806

$  18,208

Other current assets

185,757

151,158

Total current assets

202,563

169,366




Net property & equipment

42,305

35,586

Deposits and other assets

4,533

5,974


$  249,401

$  210,926

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY



Total current liabilities

$  164,191

$  127,807

Long-term debt

-

-

Other long-term liabilities

1,409

1,358

Shareholders' equity

83,801

81,761


$  249,401

$  210,926




SOURCE Adams Resources & Energy, Inc.

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