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LINN Energy Announces Preliminary Third Quarter 2015 Results

HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LINN Energy, LLC (LINE) (“LINN” or the “Company”) and LinnCo, LLC (LNCO) (“LinnCo”) announced today preliminary third quarter 2015 results, interim estimated proved reserves and other financial information.

Preliminary Third Quarter 2015 Results

The following table presents LINN’s preliminary production and expense information as compared to the guidance ranges issued on July 30, 2015.

Average Daily Production:Q3 2015
Preliminary
Q3 2015E
As of July 30, 2015
Natural gas (MMcf/d)644610-660
Oil (Bbls/d)63,12460,000-63,000
NGL (Bbls/d)29,21327,000-30,000
Total (MMcfe/d)1,1981,130-1,220
Other revenues, net (in thousands)(1)$12,671$12,000-$13,000
Costs (in thousands):
Lease operating expenses(2)$152,918$170,000-$190,000
Transportation expenses54,91557,000-63,000
Taxes, other than income taxes46,23849,000-54,000
Total operating expenses$254,071$276,000$307,000
General and administrative expenses(2)$47,073$48,000-$54,000
Depreciation, depletion and amortization$207,218$229,000-$253,000
$2,000,000
Impairment of long-lived assets$ 2,500,000$$

(1) Includes other revenues and margin on marketing activities.
(2) As included in operating cash flow.

Interim Estimated Proved Reserves Update

The following provides a summary of the Company’s estimated proved reserves and PV-10 (see Schedule 1) as of October 8, 2015. The estimated proved reserves have not been prepared by an independent engineering firm, or in accordance with SEC regulations, which require they be estimated using the average price during the 12-month period, determined as an unweighted average of the first-day-of-the-month price for each month, excluding escalations based upon future conditions. The use of these prices is for illustration purposes only, and does not represent a forecast or estimate of the actual proved reserves, which will be prepared as of December 31, 2015.

LINNTotal (Bcfe)(1)PV-10(1)(2)
($ millions)
Proved developed4,227$3,860
Proved undeveloped697495
Total4,9244,355
Estimated hedge valueNA1,646
Total including hedges4,924$6,001
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC (“Berry”)Total (Bcfe)(1)PV-10(1)(2)
($ millions)
Proved developed1,183$1,691
Proved undeveloped232405
Total1,4152,096
Estimated hedge valueNA15
Total including hedges1,415$2,111
ConsolidatedTotal (Bcfe)(1)PV-10(1)(2)
($ millions)
Proved developed5,410$5,551
Proved undeveloped929900
Total6,3396,451
Estimated hedge valueNA1,661
Total including hedges6,339$8,112

(1) Based on internal estimates. Prepared using strip prices as of October 8, 2015 (approximately $50-$60 per Bbl and approximately $2.60-$4.35 per MMBtu).
(2) PV-10 is a non-GAAP measure. Please see the reconciliation to standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows provided on Schedule 1.

Other Financial Information

The following provides a summary of the Company’s adjusted EBITDA (see Schedule 2) for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015.

($ in millions)LINNBerryConsolidated
Adjusted EBITDA(1)$1,569$437$2,006

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. Please see the reconciliation to net loss provided on Schedule 2.

The Company is disclosing the information in this press release pursuant to its obligations under confidentiality agreements with certain holders of its unsecured notes (“Noteholders”). The Company is continuing discussions with Noteholders concerning a potential transaction but cautions investors that such transaction may not be completed. The information disclosed herein does not constitute an offer to buy, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, notes or any other security of the Company.

ABOUT LINN ENERGY

LINN Energy’s mission is to acquire, develop and maximize cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets. More information about LINN Energy is available at www.linnenergy.com.

ABOUT LINNCO

LinnCo was created to enhance LINN Energy’s ability to raise additional equity capital to execute on its acquisition and growth strategy. LinnCo is a Delaware limited liability company that has elected to be taxed as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, and accordingly its shareholders will...


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