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Gran Tierra Energy Inc. Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

Quarter Highlighted by the Ramiriqui Oil Discovery, Colombia

CALGARY, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Gran Tierra Energy Inc. ("Gran Tierra Energy") (NYSE Amex: GTE, TSX: GTE), a company focused on oil and gas exploration and production in South America, today announced financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.  All dollar amounts are in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Highlights for the quarter include: 

        --  Quarterly production of 16,742 barrels of oil equivalent per
            day ("BOEPD") net after royalty ("NAR"), a 15% increase in
            average daily production from the same period in 2011 of 14,546
            BOEPD NAR. Daily consolidated production in April 2012 averaged
            approximately 20,700 BOEPD NAR;
        --  Revenue and other income for the quarter of $156.0 million, a
            27% increase over the same period in 2011;
        --  Net loss of $0.3 million, compared to net income of $13.7
            million, or $0.05per share basic and diluted in the same period
            in 2011;
        --  Funds flow from operations of $78.9million compared to $66.6
            million for the same period in2011;
        --  Cash and cash equivalents were $230.1 million at March 31,
            2012, compared to $351.7 million at December 31, 2011, largely
            due to capital spending and timing differences relating to when
            Ecopetrol settles our accounts receivables;
        --  Working capital decreased to $171.5 million at March 31, 2012,
            compared to $213.1 million at December 31, 2011;
        --  Successfully drilled and tested the Ramiriqui-1 oil exploration
            well in the Llanos Basin, Colombia. The well tested at a
            restricted rate of 2,525 barrels of oil per day ("BOPD") gross
            of 26°API crude oil;
        --  Successfully drilled and tested the Proa-2 appraisal well in
            the Proa oil discovery on the Surubi Block, Argentina.  The
            well tested 6,300 BOPD of 46° API crude oil;
        --  Successfully drilled two appraisal wells on Block 155 in the
            Recôncavo Basin, Brazil;
        --  Completed the Moqueta 3D seismic program with interpretation
            ongoing to assist in full field development planning. Gran
            Tierra Energy expects to complete the field development
            planning in the fourth quarter of 2012; and
        --  Advanced location construction and rig mobilization for the La
            Vega Este-1 oil exploration well on the Azar Block in the
            Putumayo Basin of Colombia, which Gran Tierra Energy expects to
            spud in early May.

"Gran Tierra Energy's 2012 drilling program is off to a very strong start, with new oil reserves discovered with the Ramiriqui-1 new field discovery in Colombia, along with successful completion of development wells to grow production in Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.  Funds flow from operations continues to grow over the same period last year, driven by strong production growth and robust commodity prices," said Dana Coffield, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Tierra Energy.  "We are excited about the drilling program remaining in 2012, which includes additional development drilling in Colombia and Argentina, plus three additional exploration wells in Colombia, three horizontal exploration wells in Brazil, one exploration well in Peru and two exploration wells in Argentina.  Gran Tierra Energy remains financially strong and expects to fund its 2012 capital program with cash flow and cash on hand at current oil prices and production levels," concluded Coffield.


    Production Review                              

                       Three Months Ended March 31, 2012               Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

    (Barrels of  Colombia   Argentina    Brazil       Total    Colombia   Argentina      Brazil       Total
    Oil
    Equivalent)

    Gross       1,865,648     293,328    13,906   2,172,882   1,717,696     109,942               1,827,638
    Production                                                                                -

    Royalties   (485,858)    (33,721)   (1,828)   (521,407)   (483,212)    (12,777)           -   (495,989)

    Inventory   (128,630)         272       445   (127,913)    (21,660)       (817)           -    (22,477)
    Adjustment

    Production  1,251,160     259,879    12,523   1,523,562   1,212,824      96,348           -   1,309,172
    Net After
    Royalties
    (NAR)

    Barrels of     13,749       2,856       138      16,742      13,476       1,071           -      14,546
    Oil
    Equivalent
    Per Day
    (BOEPD)
    (NAR)




    Financial Review            

                                         Three Months Ended March 31,

                                       2012                 2011   % Change

    (Thousands of U.S.                                                     
    Dollars)

                                                                    

    Revenue and other  $            155,951 $            122,519         27
    income

                                                                    

    Net (loss) income  $              (313) $             13,713      (102)

                                                                           

                                                                           

    (US Dollars per                                                        
    Share)

                                                                    

    Net (loss) income  $                  - $               0.05      (100)
    per share - basic

                                                                    

    Net (loss) income  $                  - $               0.05      (100)
    per share -
    diluted



Funds flow from operations((1)) reconciled to net (loss) income is as follows:


    Funds flow From                       Three Months Ended March 31,
    Operations - Non-GAAP
    Measure

                                               2012                    2011

    (Thousands of U.S.                                                     
    Dollars)

                                                       

    Net (loss) income       $                 (313)                  13,713

    Adjustments to                                                         
    reconcile net (loss)
    income to funds flow
    from operations

                                                       

      Depletion,                             60,367                  63,357
      depreciation,
      accretion and
      impairment

                                                       

      Deferred taxes                        (5,250)                   (187)

                                                       

      Stock-based                             3,192                   3,453
      compensation

                                                       

      Gain on financial                                                (62)
      instruments                               -  

                                                       

      Unrealized foreign                     21,351                   4,458
      exchange loss

                                                       

      Settlement of asset                     (404)                       
      retirement obligation                                             (4)

                                                       

      Equity tax                                                      6,132
                                                -  

                                                       

      Gain on acquisition                                          (24,300)
                                                -  

                                                       

    Funds flows from        $                78,943 $                66,560
    operations



(1)       Funds flow from operations is a non-GAAP measure which does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Management uses this financial measure to analyze operating performance and the income generated by Gran Tierra Energy's principal business activities prior to the consideration of how non-cash items affect that income, and believes that this financial measure is also useful supplemental information for investors to analyze operating performance and Gran Tierra Energy's financial results. Investors should be cautioned that this measure should not be construed as an alternative to net income or other measures of financial performance as determined in accordance with GAAP. Gran Tierra Energy's method of calculating this measure may differ from other companies and, accordingly, it may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Funds flow from operations, as presented, is net (loss) income adjusted for depletion, depreciation, accretion and impairment ("DD&A"), deferred taxes, stock-based compensation, gain on financial instruments, unrealized foreign exchange loss, settlement of asset retirement obligation, equity tax and gain on acquisition.

First Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights: 

Revenue and other income increased by 27% to $156.0 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to $122.5 million in the first quarter of 2011 due to increased production and higher oil prices. Average realized oil prices in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 12% to $105.36 per barrel from $94.31 per barrel in 2011. The average West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") oil price for the first quarter of 2012 was $102.89 per barrel compared with $93.95 per barrel in the comparable quarter in 2011. The average Brent oil price for the first quarter of 2012 was $118.56 per barrel.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2012 amounted to $24.5 million, or $16.07 per barrel of oil equivalent ("BOE"), compared with $16.4 million or $12.52 per BOE, in the comparable quarter in 2011. The increase in operating expenses included an increase of $3.7 million in Colombia primarily due to OTA pipeline oil transportation costs now recorded as operating costs and increased production at Moqueta and Jilguero with higher per BOE operating costs, $3.8 million in Argentina primarily due to higher operating costs on the Petrolifera assets, and $0.6 million in Brazil, primarily due to new production.

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and impairment expenses for the first quarter of 2012 decreased to $60.4 million compared with $63.4 million for the comparable quarter in 2011. DD&A expenses for the first quarter of 2012 included a $20.2 million ceiling test impairment in Gran Tierra Energy's Brazil cost center. The impairment loss related to seismic and drilling costs on Block BM-CAL-10. The farm out agreement terminated for that block during the first quarter of 2012 when Gran Tierra Energy provided notice that it would not enter into the second exploration period. DD&A expenses for the comparable quarter in 2011 included a $31.9 million ceiling test impairment in Gran Tierra Energy's Peru cost center relating to seismic and drilling costs from a dry well. On a BOE basis, DD&A expenses in 2012 were $39.62 compared with $48.39 for 2011, representing an 18% decrease. Excluding the effects of impairment charges, DD&A expenses were $26.36 per BOE in the first quarter of 2012, compared with $24.02 per BOE in the comparable period in 2011.

General and administrative ("G&A") expenses of $15.9 million for the first quarter of 2012, were 17% higher than $13.6 million in the comparable quarter in 2011 primarily due to a full quarter of Petrolifera G&A expenses and increased employee related costs reflecting the expanded operations in all business segments. G&A expenses per BOE were comparable with the first quarter of 2011 at $10.44 per BOE. 

Foreign exchange loss of $24.4 million for the first quarter of 2012, of which $21.4 million was an unrealized non-cash foreign exchange loss, primarily represents a foreign exchange loss resulting from the translation of current and deferred tax liabilities in Colombia. In the first quarter of 2011, the foreign exchange loss was $5.2 million, of which $4.5 million was an unrealized non-cash foreign exchange loss. The Colombian Peso strengthened by 8% and 2% against the U.S. dollar in the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Income tax expense for the first quarter of 2012 was $31.1 million compared with $26.7 million recorded in the comparable quarter in 2011 reflecting increased taxable income from Gran Tierra Energy's Colombian operations.

Net loss was $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2012 compared with net income of $13.7 million, or $0.05 per share basic and diluted, for the comparable quarter in 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, increased oil and natural gas sales due to increased production and higher realized oil prices, reduced impairment charges and no Colombian equity tax expense were more than offset by a $24.4 million foreign exchange loss, increased operating, DD&A and G&A expenses and increased income taxes.  Net income in the comparable quarter in 2011 included a gain on the acquisition of Petrolifera of $24.3 million and the Colombian equity tax expense of $8.1 million.

Balance Sheet Highlights: 

Cash and cash equivalents was $230.1 million at March 31, 2012, compared with $351.7 million at December 31, 2011. The change in cash and cash equivalents during the first quarter of 2012 was primarily the result of an increase in net assets from operating activities of $92.4 million, $78.0 million of capital expenditures and a $31.0 million increase in restricted cash during the first quarter of 2012, partially offset by funds flow from operations of $78.9 million and proceeds from issuance of common shares of $0.9 million.

Working capital (including cash and cash equivalents) was $171.5 million at March 31, 2012, a $41.6 million decrease from December 31, 2011.  The decrease is the result of a $121.6 million decrease in cash and cash equivalents and a $24.8 million increase in taxes payable due to increased taxable income in Colombia, partially offset by a $76.2 million increase in accounts receivable due to increased sales and the timing of collection of receivables, a $7.2 million increase in inventory due to the new transportation agreement in Colombia and a $21.0 million decrease in accounts payable and accrued liabilities.

Production Highlights: 

Average daily consolidated light and medium crude oil and natural gas production for the three months ended March 31, 2012, increased 15% to 16,742 BOEPD NAR compared to 14,546 BOEPD NAR for the same period in 2011.  Approximately 96% is oil and natural gas liquids.  First quarter production and sales reflect increased production from the Petrolifera acquisition and the Moqueta, Jilguero and Melero oil discoveries.  Production during the first quarter of 2012 was affected by approximately 26 days of oil delivery restrictions due to three separate disruptions in the Ecopetrol-operated Trans-Andean oil pipeline ("the OTA pipeline"). Gran Tierra Energy continued production at a reduced rate while the OTA pipeline was down, selling a portion of its oil through trucking and storing excess oil.

Also, as a result of entering into new oil sales and transportation agreements with Ecopetrol as of February 1, 2012, which changed the sales point of produced oil from Orito to Tumaco, Gran Tierra Energy's reported oil inventory increased representing ownership of oil in the OTA pipeline and associated Ecopetrol owned facilities. This change in sales point and the increase in oil inventory had a corresponding one-time reduction in oil production, NAR and after inventory changes, of approximately 1,040 BOEPD NAR.

Average daily Colombian production of light and medium crude oil and natural gas for the three months ended March 31, 2012, increased 2% to 13,749 BOEPD NAR compared to 13,476 BOEPD NAR for the same period in 2011.  Approximately 100% of the production is oil and natural gas liquids.  The production is primarily from the Costayaco field in the Chaza Block in which Gran Tierra Energy has a 100% working interest.

Average daily Argentine production of light and medium crude oil and natural gas for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, increased 167% to 2,856 BOEPD NAR compared to 1,071 BOEPD NAR for the same period in 2011 due to the inclusion of Petrolifera production beginning March 19, 2011.  Approximately 77% of the production is oil and natural gas liquids.

Average daily Brazil production of light and medium crude oil and natural gas for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, was 138 BOPD NAR.  There was no production for the same period in 2011.

Daily consolidated production in April 2012 averaged approximately 20,700 BOEPD NAR before inventory adjustments.  This included approximately 16,600 BOEPD NAR in Colombia, approximately 4,000 BOEPD NAR in Argentina, and approximately 100 BOPD NAR in Brazil.  Approximately 97% of the production is oil and natural gas liquids.

2012 Capital Program Update:

Gran Tierra Energy's capital program outlook for 2012 has been revised to $444 million from $367 million. This includes $196 million for Colombia, an increase of $14 million due primarily to additional facilities costs on the Garibay and Chaza Blocks and testing of the successful Ramiriqui-1 oil exploration well; $122 million for Brazil, an increase of $54 million due primarily to the acquisition of the remaining 30% working interest in four onshore blocks and associated proportional increase in work program; $47 million for Argentina, a $7 million decrease primarily due to the movement of drilling in the Santa Victoria block into the first quarter of 2013; $78 million for Peru, a $16 million increase primarily due to the carry forward of 2011 Block 95 location construction costs, the higher location construction costs in Block 107, and the acquisition costs of an over-riding royalty in Block 107; and $1 million associated with Corporate activities.

The capital program includes $250 million for drilling, $43 million for acquisitions, $58 million for facilities and pipelines and $93 million for G&G expenditures. Of the $250 million allocated to drilling, approximately $132 million is for exploration drilling, and the balance is for delineation and development drilling.

The 2012 capital program is expected to be funded primarily from cash flows from operations and cash on hand, at current oil prices and production levels.

COLOMBIA  

Llanos-22 Block, Llanos Basin (CEPSA 55% WI and operator, Gran Tierra Energy 45% WI subject to Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos ("ANH") approval)

The Ramiriqui-1 oil exploration well in the Llanos-22 block, located in the Andean foothills trend of the Llanos Basin, has reached total depth at 19,519 feet measured depth ("MD") in basement.  Gran Tierra Energy, along with its operating partner Compania Espanola de Petroleos, S.A.U. ("CEPSA"), has completed initial testing on Ramiriqui-1 by collecting reservoir data and fluid samples from the Mirador formation.  The Mirador formation has 130 feet gross thickness and was perforated and tested from 17,610 feet to 17,630 feet MD in the uppermost primary reservoir interval.  The interval had natural flow rates, without pumps, of up to 2,525 BOPD gross over 32.5 hours with a 28/64 inch choke and a 0.12% watercut with 26°API gravity oil. The Ramiriqui-1 well flowed at a restricted rate due to gas flaring limitations.

The partners are currently evaluating options for testing additional reservoir intervals, drilling of an appraisal well, and implementation of an early production program. The transaction is subject to approval from Colombia's ANH.

Chaza Block, Putumayo Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 100% WI and operator)

Moqueta Field 

Planning is underway for Moqueta-7 which is expected to be drilled in the second quarter of 2012 from the Moqueta-4 surface location to further investigate the down dip limits of the oil columns encountered in the Villeta U, Villeta T and Caballos formation reservoirs.  This well is targeting additional appraisal of the down dip extent of the field approximately 850 meters southwest of the Moqueta-4 well.  Gran Tierra Energy intends to target the interpreted oil-water contact; Moqueta-7 could be used as an oil producer or water injector for pressure support depending on the well results.

Seismic acquisition over the Moqueta structure is complete and interpretation in ongoing.  Combining the results of the Moqueta-7 well with the seismic interpretation will aid in the full field development plan, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Costayaco Field 

The Costyaco-15 water injector well concluded drilling in April 2012 and is intended to assist in maintaining reservoir pressure.  Three additional development wells are expected to be drilled at the Costayaco field before the end of 2012, including one water injector and two production wells.

Azar Block, Putumayo Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 40% WI and operator, Lewis Energy 40%, Gold Oil 20%)

The La Vega Este-1 oil exploration well is expected to spud in early May and is targeting the same Cretaceous Sandstone intervals present in the Costayaco and Moqueta discoveries.  This is the second of four oil exploration wells expected to be drilled in Colombia in 2012.

BRAZIL

In August 2011, Gran Tierra Energy established an initial exploration and production position in Brazil by acquiring a 70% working interest in four blocks in the onshore Recôncavo Basin.  In January 2012, Gran Tierra Energy signed an agreement to secure the remaining 30% from Alvorada Petróleo S.A. which is subject to approval by Agência Nacional de Petróleo Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis ("ANP").

Recôncavo Basin

The 3-GTE-03D-BA and 3-GTE-4DPA-BA appraisal wells on Block REC-T-155, located 1.2 kilometers north and 0.70 kilometers south of the 1-ALV-2-BA oil discovery well, respectively, have been drilled and completed.  They are scheduled to be tested and expected to be on production in June, 2012. In addition, Gran Tierra Energy is currently preparing the necessary ANP documents for the declaration of commerciality and the plan of development for the field.

Drilling of the first horizontal sidetrack well, currently planned to be drilled from the 1-GTE-01-BA pilot hole located on Block REC-T-142, has been delayed to June 2012 due to rig availability.  This will be the first of three horizontal sidetrack wells that Gran Tierra Energy expects to drill to test the productivity of the light oil sandstone reservoir targets in the Recôncavo Basin.

PERU 

Block 95, Marañon Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 60% WI and operator; Global Energy Development 40%)

A drilling site location has been identified and civil construction initiated for the first exploration well on Block 95.  Drilling is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.  An oil field has already been discovered on Block 95, with the discovery well drilled in 1974 flowing 807 BOPD naturally without pumps.  The new exploration well will further delineate this field and will explore deeper reservoir horizons not penetrated by the discovery well.

Block 107, Marañon Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 100% WI and operator)

Permitting for drilling on Block 107 is advancing, with drilling expected to begin in 2013.   The prospects on Block 107 are on trend with the world class gas-condensate discoveries that have been made around the Camisea region in southern Peru.  Both oil and gas seeps are present on Block 107.

ARGENTINA 

Surubi Block, Noroeste Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 85% WI and operator, Recursos y Energia de Formosa S.A. 15% WI)

Gran Tierra Energy has completed drilling and testing the Proa-2 appraisal well, the second well in the Proa oil field.  The successful well encountered approximately 31 meters of net pay in two Palmar Largo intervals.  Production tests were performed on the two intervals independently, resulting in combined natural flow rates of 6,300 BOPD gross of 46° API oil with no water cut.  The well has been put on production at approximately 2,000 BOPD gross to further analyze reservoir performance while additional transportation capacity is evaluated.

Puesto Morales / Puesto Morales Este Blocks, Neuquen Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 100% WI and operator)

Gran Tierra Energy continues its workover and development activity at Puesto Morales field, which includes drilling six development wells in 2012.  In the first quarter of 2012, one development well was drilled as Gran Tierra Energy continued with the intention of improving recovery in the remaining reserves, minimizing water channeling through the use of polymer, and subsequently growing production.

Puesto Guevara Block, Neuquen Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 100% WI and operator)

Civil construction on the LI.x-1 exploration well began on April 16, 2012.  Gran Tierra Energy has secured a drilling rig with an anticipated spud date in May 2012.  The LI.x-1 exploration well is targeting the same reservoir intervals encountered in the successful RN x-1004 exploration well on Gran Tierra Energy's Rinconada Norte block.

Conference Call Information:

Gran Tierra Energy Inc. will host its first quarter 2012 results conference call on Monday, May 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time (MT).

President and Chief Executive Officer, Dana Coffield and Chief Financial Officer James Rozon will discuss Gran Tierra Energy's financial and operating results for the quarter and then take questions from securities analysts and institutional shareholders. 

Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing 1-800-638-5495 (domestic) or 1-617-614-3946 (international), pass code 71568202. The call will also be available via web cast at www.grantierra.com, www.streetevents.com, or www.fulldisclosure.com. The web cast will be available on Gran Tierra Energy's website until the next earnings call. 

For interested parties unable to participate, an audio replay of the call will be available beginning two hours after the call until 11:59 p.m. on May 21, 2012.  To access the replay dial 1-888-286-8010 (domestic) or 1-617-801-6888 (international) pass code 35730635. 

Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the webcast.

About Gran Tierra Energy Inc.

Gran Tierra Energy Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Calgary, Canada, incorporated in the United States, trading on the NYSE Amex Exchange (GTE) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (GTE), and operating in South America. Gran Tierra Energy holds interests in producing and prospective properties in Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Gran Tierra Energy has a strategy that focuses on establishing a portfolio of producing properties, plus production enhancement and exploration opportunities to provide a base for future growth. Additional information concerning Gran Tierra Energy is available at www.grantierra.com. Investor inquiries may be directed to info@grantierra.com or (403) 265-3221.

Gran Tierra Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings are available on a web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov and on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com

Forward Looking Statements:

This news release contains certain forward-looking information, forward-looking statements and forward-looking financial outlook (collectively, "forward-looking statements") under the meaning of applicable securities laws, including Canadian Securities Administrators' National Instrument 51-102 - Continuous Disclosure Obligations and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The use of the words "expect", "project", "plan", "outlook", "anticipate", "schedule", "intend", "will", "target," "could," derivations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this news release contains forward-looking statements regarding: drilling, testing and production expectations; Gran Tierra Energy's planned capital program and the allocation of capital, including under the caption "2012 Capital Program Update" expected funding of the capital program out of cash flow and cash on hand; production expectations; Gran Tierra Energy's planned operations, including as described under the captions "Colombia", "Peru", "Brazil" and "Argentina", together with all other statements regarding expected or planned development, testing, drilling, production, expenditures or exploration, or that otherwise reflect expected future results or events.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release reflect several material factors and expectations and assumptions of Gran Tierra Energy including, without limitation, assumptions relating to log evaluations, that Gran Tierra Energy will continue to conduct its operations in a manner consistent with past operations, the accuracy of testing and production results and seismic data, cost estimates, rig availability, the effects of drilling down-dip and the general continuance of current or, where applicable, assumed operational, regulatory and industry conditions. Gran Tierra Energy believes the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable at this time but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, including, among others: Gran Tierra Energy's operations are located in South America, and unexpected problems can arise due to guerilla activity, technical difficulties and operational difficulties which may impact its testing and drilling operations, and the production, transportation or sale of its products; geographic, political, regulatory and weather conditions can impact testing and drilling operations and the production, transportation or sale of its products; permits and approvals from regulatory and governmental authorities may not be received in the manner or on the timelines expected or at all; and the risk that current global economic and credit market conditions may impact oil prices and oil consumption more than Gran Tierra Energy currently predicts, which could cause Gran Tierra Energy to modify its exploration, drilling and/or construction activities. Although the current capital spending program of Gran Tierra Energy is based upon the current expectations of the management of Gran Tierra Energy, there may be circumstances in which, for unforeseen reasons, a reallocation of funds may be necessary as may be determined at the discretion of Gran Tierra Energy and there can be no assurance as at the date of this press release as to how those funds may be reallocated. Should any one of a number of issues arise, Gran Tierra Energy may find it necessary to alter its current business strategy and/or capital spending program. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained herein. Further information on potential factors that could affect Gran Tierra Energy are included in risks detailed from time to time in Gran Tierra Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, without limitation, under the caption "Risk Factors" in Gran Tierra Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 27, 2012. These filings are available on a Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and Gran Tierra Energy disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation.

BOE's may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf : 1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Basis of Presentation of Financial Results: 

Gran Tierra Energy's financial results are reported in United States dollars and prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. 

Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit) (Unaudited)
(Thousands of U.S. Dollars, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)


                                          ThreeMonths Ended March 31,

                                           2012                   2011

                                                                           

    REVENUE AND OTHER                                                      
    INCOME

      Oil and natural gas $                   155,248 $             122,296
      sales

      Interest income                             703                   223

                                              155,951               122,519

    EXPENSES                                                               

      Operating                                24,487                16,396

      Depletion,                               60,367                63,357
      depreciation,
      accretion and
      impairment

      General and                              15,899                13,638
      administrative

      Equity tax                                                           
                                                    -                 8,050

      Financial                                                           
      instruments gain                              -                 (230)

      Gain on acquisition                                                 
                                                    -              (24,300)

      Foreign exchange                         24,375                 5,199
      loss

                                              125,128                82,110

                                                                           

    INCOME BEFORE INCOME                       30,823                40,409
    TAXES

      Income tax expense                     (31,136)                     
                                                                   (26,696)

                                                       

    NET (LOSS) INCOME AND                       (313)                13,713
    COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)
    INCOME

    RETAINED EARNINGS,                        185,014                58,097
    BEGINNING OF PERIOD

    RETAINED EARNINGS,    $                   184,701 $              71,810
    END OF PERIOD

                                                                           

    NET (LOSS) INCOME PER $                    (0.00) $                0.05
    SHARE -- BASIC

    NET (LOSS) INCOME PER $                    (0.00) $                0.05
    SHARE -- DILUTED

                                                         

    WEIGHTED AVERAGE                      278,734,280           260,930,753
    SHARES OUTSTANDING -
    BASIC

                                                         

    WEIGHTED AVERAGE                      278,734,280           267,819,800
    SHARES OUTSTANDING -
    DILUTED



 

Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(Thousands of U.S. Dollars, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)


                                       March31,             December 31,

                                          2012                    2011

                                                                           

    ASSETS                                                                 

    Current Assets                                                         

                                                        

          Cash and cash $                    230,076 $                     
          equivalents                                               351,685

                                                        

          Restricted                           2,880                       
          cash                                                        1,655

                                                        

          Accounts                           145,606                       
          receivable                                                 69,362

                                                        

          Inventory                           14,339                       
                                                                      7,116

                                                        

          Taxes                               19,501                       
          receivable                                                 21,485

                                                        

          Prepaids                             4,215                       
                                                                      3,597

                                                        

          Deferred tax                         3,229                       
          assets                                                      3,029

                                                        

    Total Current                            419,846                       
    Assets                                                          457,929

                                                                           

    Oil and Gas                                                            
    Properties (using
    the full cost
    method of
    accounting)

                                                        

          Proved                             627,620                       
                                                                    618,982

                                                        

          Unproved                           433,530                       
                                                                    417,868

                                                        

    Total Oil and Gas                      1,061,150              1,036,850
    Properties

                                                        

          Other capital                        8,441                       
          assets                                                      7,992

                                                        

    Total Property,                        1,069,591              1,044,842
    Plant and Equipment

                                                                           

    Other Long-Term                                                        
    Assets

                                                        

          Restricted                          43,039                       
          cash                                                       13,227

                                                        

          Deferred tax                         6,462                       
          assets                                                      4,747

                                                        

          Other                                4,994                       
          long-term                                                   3,454
          assets

                                                        

          Goodwill                           102,581                       
                                                                    102,581

                                                        

    Total Other                              157,076                       
    Long-Term Assets                                                124,009

                                                        

    Total Assets        $                  1,646,513 $            1,626,780

                                                                           

    LIABILITIES AND                                                        
    SHAREHOLDERS'
    EQUITY

    Current Liabilities                                                    

                                                        

          Accounts      $                     37,775 $                     
          payable                                                    82,189

                                                        

          Accrued                             90,238                       
          liabilities                                                66,832

                                                        

          Taxes payable                      120,328                       
                                                                     95,482

                                                        

          Asset                                  -                         
          retirement                                                    326
          obligation

                                                        

    Total Current                            248,341                       
    Liabilities                                                     244,829

                                                                           

    Long-Term                                                              
    Liabilities

                                                        

          Deferred tax                       198,505                       
          liability                                                 186,799

                                                        

          Equity tax                           7,029                       
          payable                                                     6,484

                                                        

          Asset                               12,124                       
          retirement                                                 12,343
          obligation

                                                        

          Other                                2,187                  2,007
          long-term
          liabilities

                                                        

    Total Long-Term                          219,845                       
    Liabilities                                                     207,633

                                                                           

    Commitments and                                                        
    Contingencies

                                                                           

    Shareholders'                                                          
    Equity

                                                        

          Common shares                        7,983                       
                                                                      7,510

                                                                           
          (264,256,159
          and
          262,304,249
          common shares
          and
          14,717,917
          and
          16,323,819
          exchangeable
          shares, par
          value $0.001
          per share,
          issued and
          outstanding
          as at March
          31, 2012 and
          December 31,
          2011,
          respectively)

                                                        

          Additional                         983,919                       
          paid in                                                   980,014
          capital

                                                        

          Warrants                             1,724                       
                                                                      1,780

                                                        

          Retained                           184,701                       
          earnings                                                  185,014

                                                        

    Total Shareholders'                    1,178,327              1,174,318
    Equity

                                                        

    Total Liabilities   $                  1,646,513 $            1,626,780
    and Shareholders'
    Equity



 

Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(Thousands of U.S. Dollars)


                                          Three Months Ended March 31,

                                          2012                    2011

                                                                           

    Operating Activities                                                   

                                                     

    Net (loss) income       $                       $                13,713
                                              (313)

                                                     

    Adjustments to                                                         
    reconcile net (loss)
    income to net cash
    provided by (used in)
    operating activities:

      Depletion,                             60,367                  63,357
      depreciation,
      accretion and
      impairment

      Deferred taxes                        (5,250)                       
                                                                      (187)

      Stock-based                             3,192                   3,453
      compensation

      Gain on financial                                                   
      instruments                               -                      (62)

      Unrealized foreign                     21,351                   4,458
      exchange loss

      Settlement of asset                                                  
      retirement obligation                   (404)                     (4)

      Equity tax                                                      6,132
                                                -  

      Gain on acquisition                                          (24,300)
                                                -  

    Net change in assets                                                   
    and liabilities from
    operating activities

      Accounts receivable                  (72,865)                (83,036)

      Inventory                             (4,500)                        
                                                                        736

      Prepaids                                                            
                                              (618)                   (831)

      Accounts payable and                 (34,035)                (22,756)
      accrued and other
      liabilities

      Taxes receivable and                   19,595                   8,101
      payable

     

    Net cash used in                       (13,480)                (31,226)
    operating activities

     

    Investing Activities                                                   

      Increase in                          (31,037)                 (5,600)
      restricted cash

      Additions to                         (77,983)                (77,516)
      property, plant and
      equipment

      Proceeds from                                                   3,253
      disposition of oil                        -  
      and gas property

      Cash acquired on                                                7,747
      acquisition                               -  

      Proceeds on sale of                                            22,679
      asset-backed                              -  
      commercial paper

                                                                           

    Net cash used in                      (109,020)                (49,437)
    investing activities

     

    Financing Activities                                                   

      Settlement of bank                                           (22,853)
      debt                                      -  

      Proceeds from                                                   1,989
      issuance of common                        891
      shares

     

    Net cash provided by                                           (20,864)
    (used in) financing                         891
    activities

     

    Net decrease in cash                  (121,609)               (101,527)
    and cash equivalents

    Cash and cash                           351,685                 355,428
    equivalents, beginning
    of period

     

    Cash and cash           $               230,076 $               253,901
    equivalents, end of
    period

                                                                           

    Cash                    $               148,035 $               243,399

    Term deposits                            82,041                  10,502

    Cash and cash           $               230,076 $               253,901
    equivalents, end of
    period



 

SOURCE Gran Tierra Energy Inc.

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