Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. Announces 2010 Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter Results, Record Production Volumes and Record Reserves

WAYZATA, Minn., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

    --  2010 Reserve Replacement of 1,183%
    --  2010 Reserve Growth of 158%
    --  Quarter-Over-Quarter Production Increased 36%, Exceeding Guidance
    --  Quarter-Over-Quarter Oil and Gas Sales Increased 54%


Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NYSE/Amex: NOG) ("Northern Oil") today announced 2010 fiscal year record oil and gas sales of $59.5 million and earnings of $15.8 million, representing $0.31 per fully diluted share, excluding the impact of a mark-to-market charge from oil hedges. Including mark-to-market charges from oil hedges, Northern Oil had 2010 net earnings of $6.9 million, representing $0.14 per fully diluted share.

Oil and gas sales for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $23.9 million compared to $15.5 million for the third quarter of 2010, representing a 54% increase quarter-over-quarter.  For the fourth quarter of 2010, Northern Oil had a net profit of $7.3 million or $0.13 per fully diluted share, excluding the impact of a mark-to-market charge from oil hedges and a depletion adjustment. Including mark-to-market charges from oil hedges and a depletion adjustment, Northern Oil had a net loss of $1.75 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, representing a $0.03 loss per share.  

2010 FISCAL YEAR AND FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Northern Oil's production volumes for the 2010 fiscal year were an annual record of 888,914 barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE"), representing a 215% increase compared to the 2009 fiscal year.  

Production volumes for the fourth quarter of 2010 were a quarterly record of 341,074 BOE, representing a 36% increase compared to the third quarter of 2010.  The fourth quarter production volume growth exceeded previous guidance of 30% to 35% and represents Northern Oil's twelfth consecutive quarterly increase in production.  

Fourth quarter 2010 production consisted of approximately 95% crude oil and 5% associated natural gas and other liquids.  Northern Oil exited the fourth quarter of 2010 with production volumes of approximately 5,204 BOE per day.  Northern Oil does not include flared and unsold gas volumes in its production figures.  During the fourth quarter of 2010, production was added from an additional 5.85 net wells.  Northern Oil has maintained a 100% drilling success rate in the Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks trends since the company's inception.  

For the fiscal year 2010, Northern Oil's average realized crude oil sale price was $70.09 per barrel, after taking into account a $0.55 per barrel loss due to the settlement of crude oil derivative contracts.  This compares to an average $56.85 per barrel realized price in the 2009 fiscal year, which took into account a $3.60 per barrel loss due to the settlement of crude oil derivative contracts.  During the fourth quarter of 2010, Northern Oil's average realized price for crude oil was $70.49 per barrel, after taking into account a $4.25 per barrel loss due to the settlement of crude oil derivative contracts.  This compares to an average $69.64 per barrel realized price in the third quarter of 2010, which took into account a $3.22 per barrel gain due to the settlement of crude oil derivative contracts.

Northern Oil's reported production expenses for fiscal year 2010 were $3.3 million, or $3.68 per BOE on an accrued basis, compared to $754,976, or $2.63 per BOE, on an accrued basis for fiscal year 2009.  Production expenses for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $1.3 million, or $3.69 per BOE, on an accrued basis, compared to $1.1 million, or $4.19 per BOE, on an accrued basis for the third quarter of 2010.

Depletion expense for fiscal year 2010 was $16.9 million, or $18.99 per BOE, compared to $4.3 million, or $15.06 per BOE, for fiscal year 2009.  Depletion expense for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $8.6 million, or $25.31 per BOE, compared to $3.8 million, or $15.06 per BOE, for the third quarter of 2010.  The fourth quarter included a depletion adjustment of $3.5 million.

General and Administrative (G&A) expenses, net of share based compensation, for fiscal year 2010 were $3.6 million, compared to $2.4 million in the fiscal year 2009.  G&A expenses, net of share based compensation, for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $1.1 million, compared to $899,661 in the third quarter 2010.  

ADJUSTED EBITDA

Northern Oil's Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2010 was $47.1 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, which represents a 338% increase over Adjusted EBITDA of $10.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2009.  Northern Oil's Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $18.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, which represents a 43% increase over Adjusted EBITDA of $12.7 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010.  

Northern Oil defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before (i) interest expense, (ii) income taxes, (iii) depreciation, depletion and amortization, (iv) accretion of abandonment liability, (v) pre-tax unrealized gain and losses on commodity risk and (vii) non-cash expenses relating to share-based payments recognized under Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 718.  Net income excluding unrealized mark-to-market hedging gains or losses, net income excluding unrealized mark-to-market hedging gains or losses and depletion adjustments and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures.  A reconciliation of these measures to GAAP is included in our accompanying financial tables found later in this release.  Northern Oil's management believes the use of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors to gain an overall understanding of current financial performance.  Specifically, management believes the non-GAAP results included herein provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses and unrealized commodity gains and losses, and a depletion adjustment that management believes are not indicative of Northern Oil's core operating results.  In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are used by Northern Oil's management for budgeting and forecasting as well as subsequently measuring Northern Oil's performance, and management believes that Northern Oil is providing investors with financial measures that most closely align to its internal measurement processes.  

RESERVES

Using year-end SEC pricing parameters, Northern Oil's proved reserves were 15.7 million BOE as of December 31, 2010.  Reserves using SEC pricing parameters were calculated using constant realized net prices of $70.46 per barrel of crude oil and $5.04 per 1,000 cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas.  The 2010 proved reserves represent a 158% increase from 2009 estimated proved reserves and are comprised of approximately 14.0 million barrels of crude oil and 10.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas.  This increase in proved reserves equates to a 1,183% replacement of 2009 production.  

Approximately 41% of Northern Oil's 2010 proved reserves are categorized as either proved developed producing or proved developed non-producing, meaning behind pipe.  Approximately 59% are classified as proved undeveloped.  As a non-operator, Northern Oil accounts for a limited number of proved undeveloped locations.

Northern Oil's estimated future cash flows, discounted at an annual rate of 10% before giving effect to income taxes (commonly known as PV-10 value), for proved reserves at December 31, 2010 were $295.5 million, compared to $87.8 million at December 31, 2009, representing a 237% increase year-over-year.  

Northern Oil's independent reserve engineers also prepared a sensitivity case for Northern Oil's reserves at December 31, 2010 using February 25, 2011 pricing parameters assuming a constant realized net price of $88.91 per barrel of crude oil (which represents the February 25, 2011 closing WTI crude oil price less Northern Oil's 2010 weighted average deduction from spot price) and $5.04 per 1,000 Mcf of natural gas.  The sensitivity case calculated Northern Oil's proved reserves as of December 31, 2010 at a $418.6 million pre-tax PV10% value.

2011 DRILLING AND PRODUCTION GUIDANCE

As of March 1, 2011, Northern Oil controlled 147,407 net acres in the Williston Basin targeting the Bakken and Three Forks formations and owned working interests in 337 successful discoveries, consisting of 332 targeting the Bakken and Three Forks formations and five targeting Red River structures. Northern Oil is currently participating in 136 gross (13.32 net) Bakken or Three Forks wells drilling, awaiting completion or completing.

Northern Oil expects to spud approximately 10.6 net wells in the first quarter of 2011, and reaffirms its previous guidance of 36 net wells expected to be spud during 2011.  Northern Oil reaffirms its guidance to produce an average of 6,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("BOEPD") in 2011.

Northern Oil continues to develop its core Bakken and Three Forks acreage position at an accelerating pace.  According to the North Dakota Industrial Commission, approximately 168 rigs are currently drilling in the North Dakota Bakken and Three Forks plays, up from approximately 99 rigs drilling last year at this time.  The significant rig increase in the play continues to accelerate the development of Northern Oil's core acreage position.  

ACREAGE UPDATE

In 2010, Northern Oil acquired leasehold interests covering an aggregate of 56,858 net mineral acres for an average of $1,043 per net acre in its key prospect areas.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, Northern Oil acquired approximately 18,029 net mineral acres for an average of $954 per net acre in all of its key prospect areas in the form of both effective leases and top-leases spanning across the counties of Billings, Burke, Divide, Dunn, Golden Valley, McKenzie, Mountrail, Stark and Williams, North Dakota and Richland and Roosevelt, Montana.  

During the first quarter of 2011 through March 1, 2011, Northern Oil has acquired 7,191 net acres at an average price of $1,956 per acre.  As of March 1, 2011, Northern Oil had 23,279 net developed acres and 11,596 net acres under the bit, which represents approximately 24% of Northern Oil's total Bakken and Three Forks position.

Northern Oil's current Bakken and Three Forks prospective acreage position will allow it to drill approximately 921 net wells based on six net wells per 960-acre average spacing unit.

HEDGING ACTIVITY

As of March 1, 2011, Northern Oil has hedged 1,789,000 barrels of oil using open commodity swaps settled in NYMEX WTI pricing at a weighted average price of approximately $87.00, as well as 451,000 barrels of crude oil collared between $85.00 and $101.75.  The swaps settle between February 2011 and December 2012.  The costless collar is used to establish floor and ceiling prices on anticipated crude oil and natural gas production.  There were no net premiums paid or received by Northern Oil related to the costless collar agreement. The current commodity swap portfolio represents approximately 58% of 2011 production, and 27% of anticipated 2012 volumes.

2011 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

Northern Oil expects to drill approximately 36 net wells in 2011 with drilling capital expenditures approximating $227 million.  Northern Oil currently expects to drill wells during 2011 at an average completed cost of $6.3 million per well.  Based on current, yet, evolving conditions in the field, Northern Oil currently expects to deploy additional funds toward further strategic acreage acquisitions during 2011.  Northern Oil currently expects to fund all 2011 drilling commitments using cash-on-hand, cash flow and its currently undrawn credit facility.

RECENT COMPLETION HIGHLIGHTS

The following table illustrates recent completion highlights in which Northern Oil participated with a working interest ("WI").  




WELL NAME              OPERATOR     COUNTY/STATE   WI      IP BOEPD*

JEANIE 25-36 #2H       URSA         MCKENZIE, ND   54.58%  1,185

HOVDEN #1-20H          SINCLAIR     DUNN, ND       45.72%  1,325

MOLE #1-20H            SLAWSON      MOUNTRAIL, ND  35.27%  1,565**

SILENCER #1-29H        SLAWSON      MOUNTRAIL, ND  32.06%  1,172**

BANDIT #2-29H          SLAWSON      MOUNTRAIL, ND  26.25%  1,245

STAMPEDE #1-36-25H     SLAWSON      WILLIAMS, ND   25.00%  1,234**

LOSTWOOD #13-25H       EOG          MOUNTRAIL, ND  22.92%  811

VONA #1-13H            CONTINENTAL  DIVIDE, ND     20.31%  921

DARCY DIRKACH #14-12H  MARATHON     DUNN, ND       14.79%  695

LIBERTY #3-14H         EOG          MOUNTRAIL, ND  13.75%  741

MUSKRAT #1-28-33H      SLAWSON      MOUNTRAIL, ND  12.83%  1,453**

HOLTE #1-32H           CONTINENTAL  DIVIDE, ND     12.50%  933

ZI PAYETTE #10-15H     ZENERGY      MCKENZIE, ND   12.50%  1,323

VIXEN #1-19-30H        SLAWSON      MOUNTRAIL, ND  6.70%   2,218

ROUND PRAIRIE #2-20H   EOG          WILLIAMS, ND   5.00%   539

KOSTELECKY #31-6H      FIDELITY     STARK, ND      5.00%   1,343







* The "IP BOEPD" means the initial production ("IP") rate expressed in barrels of oil equivalent per day.  The IP rate is the 24-hour "Peak Production Rate." Peak Production Rates may be established following the initial day of production, depending on operator design or well flowback profiles.  The IP rate may be estimated based on other third party estimates or limited data available at this time.

** The IP BOEPD for this well is computed using crude oil production only, without taking into consideration any associated natural gas production.

MANAGEMENT COMMENT

Michael Reger, CEO, commented: "2010 was a transformational year for Northern Oil as a significant portion of our Bakken position turned to production. With over 24% of our Bakken and Three Forks position developed or under the bit, we believe we are moving ahead at an excellent pace.  Importantly, we continue to drive shareholder value with our non-operated franchise by acquiring acreage significantly below levels indicated in recent publicly-announced transactions conducted by other industry participants.  We believe our expertise and specialty in non-operated interests continues to yield excellent results and look forward to continuing to add to our inventory throughout 2011.  With our cash position in excess of $150 million and an undrawn $100 million revolving credit facility, we retain significant liquidity to grow and develop our substantial Bakken position.  We continue to be impressed by the extensions of the field and the down-spacing potential that is now clearly evident.  We wish to thank all the operators with which we have participated for their innovation in this premier oil resource play."

YEAR END AND FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS RELEASE TELECONFERENCE CALL

In conjunction with Northern Oil's release of its financial and operating results, investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to listen to a conference call with management on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.  Details for the conference call are as follows:


 Dial-In Number: (866) 225-2976 (US/Canada) and (703) 639-1127 (International)

 Conference ID: 1508609 - Northern Oil and Gas Year End and Fourth Quarter
 Earnings Release

 Replay Dial-In Number: (866) 837-8032 (US/Canada)

 Replay Access Code: 1508609 - Replay will be available through March 16, 2011





ABOUT NORTHERN OIL AND GAS

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is an exploration and production company based in Wayzata, Minnesota.  Northern Oil's core area of focus is the Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks trend in North Dakota and Montana.  

More information about Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. can be found at www.NorthernOil.com.

SAFE HARBOR

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and our future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act").  All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this report regarding our financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations, industry conditions, and indebtedness covenant compliance are forward-looking statements.  When used in this report, forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as "estimate," "project," "predict," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target," "plan," "intend," "seek," "goal," "will," "should," "may" or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes.  Items contemplating or making assumptions about, actual or potential future sales, market size, collaborations, and trends or operating results also constitute such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors (many of which are beyond our Company's control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements, including the following, general economic or industry conditions, nationally and/or in the communities in which our Company conducts business, changes in the interest rate environment, legislation or regulatory requirements, conditions of the securities markets, our ability to raise capital, changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, financial or political instability, acts of war or terrorism, other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technical factors affecting our Company's operations, products, services and prices.  

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events.  While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control.  


CONTACT:



Investor Relations

Erik Nerhus

952-476-9800






NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

PRELIMINARY BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

(UNAUDITED)



                                                  December 31,

                                                  2010           2009

CURRENT ASSETS

 Cash and Cash Equivalents                        $ 152,110,701  $ 6,233,372

 Trade Receivables                                22,033,647     7,025,011

 Prepaid Drilling Costs                           13,225,650     1,454,034

 Prepaid Expenses                                 345,695        143,606

 Other Current Assets                             475,967        201,314

 Short - Term Investments                         39,726,700     24,903,476

 Deferred Tax Asset                               5,100,000      2,057,000

    Total Current Assets                          233,018,360    42,017,813



PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

 Oil and Natural Gas Properties, Full Cost Method
 of Accounting

   Proved                                         158,846,475    42,939,097

   Unproved                                       136,135,163    53,862,529

 Other Property and Equipment                     2,479,199      439,656

    Total Property and Equipment                  297,460,837    97,241,282

 Less - Accumulated Depreciation and Depletion    22,152,356     5,091,198

    Total Property and Equipment, Net             275,308,481    92,150,084



DEBT ISSUANCE COSTS                               1,367,124      1,427,071

    Total Assets                                  $ 509,693,965  $ 135,594,968



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 Accounts Payable                                 $ 48,500,204   $ 6,419,534

 Line of Credit                                   -              834,492

 Accrued Expenses                                 2,829          316,977

 Derivative Liability                             11,145,319     1,320,679

 Other Liabilities                                18,574         18,574

    Total Current Liabilities                     59,666,926     8,910,256



LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

 Revolving Line of Credit                         -              -

 Derivative Liability                             5,022,657      1,459,374

 Subordinated Notes                               -              500,000

 Other Noncurrent Liabilities                     477,900        243,888

    Total Long-Term Liabilities                   5,500,557      2,203,262



DEFERRED TAX LIABILITY                            9,167,000      922,000

    Total Liabilities                             74,334,483     12,035,518



STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 Preferred Stock, Par Value $.001; 5,000,000
 Authorized,

  No Shares Outstanding                           -              -

 Common Stock, Par Value $.001; 95,000,000 Authorized,
 62,129,424

  Outstanding (2009 – 43,911,044 Shares
  Outstanding)                                    62,129         43,912

 Additional Paid-In Capital                       428,484,092    124,884,266

 Retained Earnings                                7,759,192      841,892

 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)    (945,931)      (2,210,620)

    Total Stockholders' Equity                    435,359,482    123,559,450

    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    $ 509,693,965  $ 135,594,968










NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010, 2009, AND 2008

(UNAUDITED)



                                       Year Ended December 31,

                                                                   2008

                                       2010          2009          Adjusted

REVENUES

 Oil and Gas Sales                     $ 59,488,284  $ 15,171,824  $ 3,542,994

 Gain (Loss) on Settled Derivatives    (469,607)     (624,541)     778,885

 Mark-to-Market of Derivative
 Instruments                           (14,545,477)  (363,414)     -

 Other Revenue                         85,900        37,630        -

                                       44,559,100    14,221,499    4,321,879



OPERATING EXPENSES

 Production Expenses                   3,288,482     754,976       70,954

 Production Taxes                      5,477,975     1,300,373     203,182

 General and Administrative Expense    7,204,442     3,686,330     2,091,289

 Depletion of Oil and Gas Properties   16,884,563    4,250,983     677,915

 Depreciation and Amortization         176,595       91,794        67,060

 Accretion of Discount on Asset
 Retirement Obligations                21,755        8,082         1,030

    Total Expenses                     33,053,812    10,092,538    3,111,430



INCOME FROM OPERATIONS                 11,505,288    4,128,961     1,210,449



OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                 (168,988)     135,991       383,891



INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES             11,336,300    4,264,952     1,594,340



INCOME TAX PROVISION (BENEFIT)         4,419,000     1,466,000     (830,000)



NET INCOME                             $ 6,917,300   $ 2,798,952   $ 2,424,340



Net Income Per Common Share - Basic    $ 0.14        $ 0.08        $ 0.08



Net Income Per Common Share - Diluted  $ 0.14        $ 0.08        $ 0.07



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
– Basic                              50,387,203    36,705,267    31,920,747



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding -
Diluted                                50,778,245    36,877,070    32,653,552










NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010, 2009, AND 2008

(UNAUDITED)



                                      Year Ended December 31,

                                                                   2008

                                      2010           2009          Adjusted

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 Net Income                           $ 6,917,300    $ 2,798,952   $ 2,424,340

 Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income
 to Net Cash Provided by

   Operating Activities:

  Depletion of Oil and Gas Properties 16,884,563     4,250,983     677,915

  Depreciation and Amortization       176,595        91,794        67,060

  Amortization of Debt Issuance Costs 455,302        459,343       -

  Accretion of Discount on Asset
  Retirement Obligations              21,755         8,082         1,030

  Income Tax Provision (Benefit)      4,419,000      1,466,000     (830,000)

  Issuance of Stock for Consulting
  Fees                                -              -             49,875

  Net Loss on Sale of Available for
  Sale Securities                     58,524         -             381

  Market Value adjustment of
  Derivative Instruments              14,545,477     363,414       (95,148)

  Lease Incentives Received           -              -             91,320

  Amortization of Deferred Rent       (18,573)       (18,573)      (17,026)

  Share - Based Compensation Expense  3,566,133      1,213,292     105,375

  Changes in Working Capital and
  Other Items:

    Increase in Trade Receivables     (15,008,636)   (4,996,070)   (2,028,941)

    Increase (Decrease) in Other
    Receivables                       -              874,453       (874,453)

    Increase in Prepaid Expenses      (202,089)      (72,052)      (45,874)

    Increase in Other Current Assets  (274,653)      (158,334)     -

    Increase in Accounts Payable      42,080,670     4,484,724     1,821,556

    Increase (Decrease) in Accrued
    Expenses                          (314,148)      (953,098)     1,159,082

    Net Cash Provided By Operating
    Activities                        73,307,220     9,812,910     2,506,492



CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 Purchases of Other Equipment and
 Furniture                            (2,039,543)    (31,256)      (363,631)

 Decrease (Increase) in Prepaid
 Drilling Costs                       (11,771,616)   (1,449,485)   359,741

 Proceeds from Sale of Oil and Gas
 Properties                           297,877        -             468,609

 Purchase of Available for Sale
 Securities                           (48,679,264)   (24,106,294)  (3,800,524)

 Proceeds from Sale of Available for
 Sale Securities                      34,699,651     800,000       975,000

 Purchase of Oil and Gas Properties   (180,400,555)  (47,061,666)  (37,997,157)

    Net Cash Used For Investing
    Activities                        (207,893,450)  (71,848,701)  (40,357,962)



CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 Increase in Margin Loan              -              -             1,650,720

 Payments on Line of Credit           (834,492)      (816,228)     -

 Advances on Revolving Credit
 Facility                             5,300,000      29,750,000    -

 Repayments on Revolving Credit
 Facility                             (5,300,000)    (29,750,000)  -

 Cash Paid for Listing Fee            -              -             (65,000)

 Proceeds from Derivatives            -              -             95,148

 Increase (Decrease) in Subordinated
 Notes, net                           (500,000)      500,000

 Debt Issuance Costs Paid             (395,355)      (1,190,061)   -

 Proceeds from the Issuance of Common
 Stock - Net of Issuance Costs        282,193,406    68,994,736    25,904,858

 Proceeds from Exercise of Stock
 Options                              -              -             933,800

    Net Cash Provided by Financing
    Activities                        280,463,559    67,488,447    28,519,526



NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND
CASH EQUIVALENTS                      145,877,329    5,452,656     (9,331,944)



CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS –
BEGINNING OF PERIOD                   6,233,372      780,716       10,112,660



CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS – END OF
PERIOD                                $ 152,110,701  $ 6,233,372   $ 780,716





Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow
Information

 Cash Paid During the Period for
 Interest                             $ 169,232      $ 624,717     $ -

 Cash Paid During the Period for
 Income Taxes                         $ -            $ -           $ -



 Non-Cash Financing and Investing
 Activities:

  Purchase of Oil and Gas Properties
  through Issuance of Common Stock    $ 12,679,422   $ 1,115,738   $ 2,084,372

  Payment of Consulting Fees through
  Issuance of Common Stock            $ -            $ -           $ 49,875

  Payment of Compensation through
  Issuance of Common Stock            $ 8,733,215    $ 1,213,292   $ 105,375

  Capitalized Asset Retirement
  Obligations                         $ 232,258      $ 137,222     $ 60,407.00

  Cashless Exercise of Stock Options  $ -            $ 518,000     $ -

  Fair Value of Warrants Issued for
  Debt Issuance Costs                 $ -            $ 221,153     $ -

  Payment of Debt Issuance Costs
  through Issuance of Common Stock    $ -            $ 475,200     $ -










NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010

(UNAUDITED)



                                                Three Months    Three Months

                                                Ended           Ended

                                                September 30,   December 31,

                                                2010            2010

REVENUES

 Oil and Gas Sales                              $ 15,541,520    $ 23,913,044

 Gain (Loss) on Settled Derivatives             776,010         (1,372,553)

 Mark-to-Market of Derivative Instruments       (6,449,577)     (11,356,283)

 Other Revenue                                  15,868          37,784

                                                9,883,821       11,221,992



OPERATING EXPENSES

 Production Expenses                            1,084,769       1,309,956

 Production Taxes                               1,604,608       2,203,224

 General and Administrative Expense             1,624,071       1,961,860

 Depletion of Oil and Gas Properties            3,767,712       8,632,410

 Depreciation and Amortization                  60,300          65,398

 Accretion of Discount on Asset Retirement
 Obligations                                    18,025          (9,022)

    Total Expenses                              8,159,485       14,163,826



INCOME FROM OPERATIONS                          1,724,336       (2,941,834)



OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                          (117,110)       180,412



INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES                      1,607,226       (2,761,422)



INCOME TAX PROVISION                            620,000         (1,011,000)



NET INCOME                                      $ 987,226       $ (1,750,422)



Net Income Per Common Share - Basic             $ 0.02          $ (0.03)



Net Income Per Common Share - Diluted           $ 0.02          $ (0.03)



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Basic   51,519,732      55,854,487



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted   52,145,181      56,287,837







USE OF NON GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES


Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Net Income Excluding

Unrealized Mark-to-Market Hedging Losses





                                         Year Ended December 31,

                                         2010          2009         2008

                                                                    Adjusted

Net Income                               $ 6,917,300   $ 2,798,952  $ 2,424,340



Mark-to-Market of Derivative
Instruments                              14,545,477    363,414      -



Tax Impact                               (5,649,000)   (140,000)    -



Net Income without the Effect of
Certain Items                            $ 15,813,777  $ 3,022,366  $ 2,424,340



Net Income Per Common Share - Basic      $ 0.31        $ 0.08       $ 0.08



Net Income Per Common Share - Diluted    $ 0.31        $ 0.08       $ 0.07



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding –
Basic                                    50,387,203    36,705,267   31,920,747



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding -
Diluted                                  50,778,245    36,877,070   32,653,552



Net Income Per Common Share - Basic      $ 0.14        $ 0.08       $ 0.08



Change due to Mark-to-Market of
Derivative Instruments                   0.28          -            -



Change due to Tax Impact                 ( 0.11)       -            -



Net Income without Effect of Certain
Items Per Common Share - Basic           $ 0.31        $ 0.08       $ 0.08



Net Income Per Common Share - Diluted    $ 0.14        $ 0.08       $ 0.07



Change due to Mark-to-Market of
Derivative Instruments                   0.28          -            -



Change due to Tax Impact                 (0.11)        -            -



Net Income without Effect of Certain
Items Per Common Share - Diluted         $ 0.31        $ 0.08       $ 0.07








Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Net Income Excluding

Unrealized Mark-to-Market Hedging Gain or Losses

And Depletion Adjustment



                                          Three Months Ended

                                          September 30, 2010  December 31, 2010

Net Income                                $ 987,226           $ (1,750,422)



Adjustment to Depletion Expense           -                   3,495,836



Mark-to-Market of Derivative
Instruments                               6,449,577           11,356,283



Tax Impact                                (2,475,000)         (5,792,000)



Earnings without Effect of Certain
Items                                     $ 4,961,803         $ 7,309,697



Net Income Per Common Share - Basic       $ 0.10              $ 0.13



Net Income Per Common Share - Diluted     $ 0.10              $ 0.13



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding –
Basic                                     51,519,732          55,854,487



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding -
Diluted                                   52,145,181          56,287,837



Net Income Per Common Share - Basic       $ 0.02              $ (0.03)



Change due to Adjustment of Depletion
Expense                                   -                   0.06



Change due to Mark-to-Market of
Derivative Instruments                    0.13                0.20



Change due to Tax Impact of Non-GAAP
Measurements                              (0.05)              (0.10)



Net Income without Effect of Certain
Items Per Common Share - Basic            $ 0.10              $ 0.13



Net Income Per Common Share - Diluted     $ 0.02              $ (0.03)



Change due to Adjustment of Depletion
Expense                                   -                   0.06



Change due to Mark-to-Market of
Derivative Instruments                    0.13                0.20



Change due to Tax Impact of Non-GAAP
Measurements                              (0.05)              (0.10)



Net Income without Effect of Certain
Items Per Common Share - Diluted          $ 0.10              $ 0.13








Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA



                                        Year Ended December 31,

                                        2010          2009          2008

                                                                    As Adjusted

Net Income                              $ 6,917,300   $ 2,798,952   $ 2,424,340

Add Back:

 Income Tax Provision (Benefit)         4,419,000     1,466,000     (830,000)

 Depreciation, Depletion,

 Amortization and Accretion             17,082,913    4,350,859     746,005

 Share Based Compensation               3,566,133     1,233,507     105,375

 Mark-to-Market Derivative Instruments  14,545,477    363,414       -

 Interest Expense                       583,376       535,094       28,976

 Adjusted EBITDA                        $ 47,114,199  $ 10,747,826  $ 2,474,696

Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share -
Basic                                   $ 0.94        $ 0.29        $ 0.08

Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share -
Diluted                                 $ 0.93        $ 0.29        $ 0.08

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding –
Basic                                   50,387,203    36,705,267    31,920,747

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding -
Diluted                                 50,778,245    36,877,070    32,653,552








Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share – Basic



                                             Year Ended December 31,

                                             2010    2009    2008

                                                             As Adjusted

Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share - Basic   $ 0.14  $ 0.08  $ 0.08

 (As Reported)

Add Back:

Income Tax Provision (Benefit)               0.09    0.04    (0.02)

Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization, and

Accretion                                    0.34    0.12    0.02

Share Based Compensation                     0.07    0.03    0.00

Mark-to-Market Derivative Instruments        0.29    0.01    -

Interest Expense                             0.01    0.01    0.00

Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share - Basic     $ 0.94  $ 0.29  $ 0.08

 (Adjusted for Non-GAAP Measurement)








Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share – Diluted



                                               Year Ended December 31,

                                               2010    2009    2008

                                                               As Adjusted

Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share - Diluted   $ 0.14  $ 0.08  $ 0.07

 (As Reported)

Add Back:

Income Tax Provision (Benefit)                 0.09    0.04    (0.02)

Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization, and

Accretion                                      0.34    0.12    0.02

Share Based Compensation                       0.07    0.03    0.01

Mark-to-Market Derivative Instruments          0.28    0.01    -

Interest Expense                               0.01    0.01    0.00

Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share - Diluted     $ 0.93  $ 0.29  $ 0.08

 (Adjusted for Non-GAAP Measurement)








Northern Oil & Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA



                                         Three Months Ended

                                         September 30, 2010  December 31, 2010



Net Income                               $ 987,226           $ (1,750,422)



Add Back:



 Income Tax Provision (Benefit)          620,000             (1,011,000)



 Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization,

 and Accretion                           3,846,038           8,688,785



 Share Based Compensation                724,410             835,354



 Mark-to-Market Derivative Instruments   6,449,577           11,356,283



 Interest Expense                        145,182             127,672



  Adjusted EBITDA                        $ 12,772,433        $ 18,246,672







Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share - Basic $ 0.25              $ 0.33



Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share -
Diluted                                  $ 0.24              $ 0.32



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding –
Basic                                    51,519,732          55,854,487



Weighted Average Shares Outstanding -
Diluted                                  52,145,181          56,287,837








Northern Oil & Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share – Basic



                                        Three Months Ended

                                        September 30, 2010  December 31, 2010

Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share –
Basic                                   $ 0.02              $ (0.03)

 (As Reported)



Add Back:



 Income Tax Provision (Benefit)         0.01                (0.02)



 Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization,

 and Accretion                          0.07                0.16



 Share Based Compensation               0.01                0.01



 Mark-to-Market Derivative Instruments  0.13                0.20



 Interest Expense                       0.01                0.01



Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share –
Basic                                   $ 0.25              $ 0.33

 (Adjusted for Non-GAAP Measurements)










Northern Oil & Gas, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share – Diluted



                                         Three Months Ended

                                         September 30, 2010  December 31, 2010

Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share –
Diluted                                  $ 0.02              $ (0.03)

 (As Reported)



Add Back:



 Income Tax Provision (Benefit)          0.01                (0.02)



 Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization,

 and Accretion                           0.07                0.15



 Share Based Compensation                0.01                0.01



 Mark-to-Market Derivative Instruments   0.12                0.20



 Interest Expense                        0.01                0.01



Adjusted EBITDA Per Common Share –
Diluted                                  $ 0.24              $ 0.32

 (Adjusted for Non-GAAP Measurements)







SOURCE Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.