Adams Resources Announces Fourth Quarter 2006 Earnings

HOUSTON, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Adams Resources & Energy, Inc., (AMEX:AE), announced unaudited fourth quarter 2006 net earnings of $1,124,000 or $.27 per common share on revenues totaling $538,577,000. This compares to unaudited fourth quarter 2005 net earnings of $7,607,000 or $1.80 per share on revenues of $657,988,000. Net earnings for 2006 totaled $10,483,000 or $2.49 per share on revenues totaling $2,246,603,000.

     A summary of operating results follows:

                                                       Fourth Quarter
                                                   2006              2005
    Operating earnings
     Marketing                                  $3,742,000        $10,462,000
     Transportation                                701,000          1,489,000
     Oil and gas                                  (751,000)         2,174,000
    General & administrative                    (2,306,000)         (3,174,00)
    Interest, net                                  431,000             24,000
    Income tax (provision)                        (693,000)        (3,961,000)

    Earnings from continuing operations          1,124,000          7,014,000

    Income from discontinued operations                 --            593,000

      Net earnings                              $1,124,000         $7,607,000

Chairman K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., attributed a substantial portion of the fourth quarter 2006 earnings decrease to certain non-recurring items that affected only 2005 results. During the fourth quarter of 2005, the Company's marketing segment benefited from approximately $5.2 million of reduced expenses following the final "true up" of certain previous accrual items and the collection of cash on certain previously disputed and fully reserved items. In 2005, the Company also recognized and included as discontinued operations a net after tax gain of $601,000 following the sale of certain oil and gas properties. Mr. Adams added that fourth quarter 2006 oil and gas segment earnings were adversely impacted by an additional $1,017,000 of dry hole cost and other exploration expenses when compared to the fourth quarter of 2005. Further, during this year's fourth quarter, the Company incurred a $321,000 charge for an impairment in the valuation of producing oil and gas properties following a precipitous decline in natural gas prices.

The Company also announced that during 2006, it participated in the drilling of 37 wells of which 32 wells were successful with only 5 dry holes. Oil and gas reserve addition for 2006 replaced production by 168% on an equivalent barrel basis. In a further announcement, the Company has been awarded exploration licenses in the United Kingdom's North Sea Blocks 21-1b, 21-2b and 21-3d. The Company has two years to confirm an exploration prospect and identify a partner to finance, on a promoted basis, the drilling of the first well on these North Sea blocks. Previously, the Company held an interest in Block 21-1b but the original license period expired before the Company was able to complete its geologic evaluation work. Mr. Adams said the Company was excited about the opportunity to complete its study in this area and potentially identify prospects for initial drilling. The Company holds a 30% interest in these blocks located in the Central Sector of the North Sea.

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 crude oil and natural gas 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, and (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 and (q) successful completion of drilling activity. These and other risks are described in the Company's reports that are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                    (In thousands, except per share data)

                                         Year Ended        Three Months Ended
                                         December 31,         December 31,
                                      2006        2005       2006      2005

    Revenues                       $2,246,603  $2,364,833  $538,577  $657,988

    Costs, expenses and other      (2,230,830) (2,339,481) (536,760) (647,013)
    Income tax (provision)             (5,290)     (8,583)     (693)   (3,961)
    Earnings from continuing
     operations                        10,483      16,769     1,124     7,014
    Income (loss) from discontinued
     operations, net of tax                --         872        --       593

    Net earnings                      $10,483     $17,641    $1,124    $7,607

    Earnings (loss) per share
     From continuing operations         $2.49       $3.97      $.27     $1.66
     From discontinued operations          --         .21        --       .14

     Basic and diluted net earnings
      per Common share                  $2.49       $4.18      $.27     $1.80

    Dividends per common share           $.42        $.37      $.42      $.37

                                (In thousands)

                                           December 31,      December 31,
                                              2006              2005
     Cash                                    $20,668           $18,817
     Other current assets                    221,122           251,633
      Total current assets                   241,790           270,450

     Net property & equipment                 43,316            39,896
     Other assets                              4,181             2,316
                                            $289,287          $312,662
     Total current liabilities              $206,582          $231,129
     Long-term debt                            3,000            11,475
     Deferred taxes and other                  5,337             4,402
     Shareholders' equity                     74,368            65,656
                                            $289,287          $312,662

    Rick Abshire
    (713) 881-3609

Source: Adams Resources & Energy, Inc.

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