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    Stock Alert for Miller Energy Resources Inc. (MILL)

    Miller Energy Resources Inc. (MILL) is an oil and natural gas exploration, production and drilling company operating in multiple exploration and production basins in North America. Its focus is in Cook Inlet, Alaska and in the heart of Tennessee’s prolific and hydrocarbon-rich Appalachian Basin including the Chattanooga Shale. During the year ended April 30, 2011, MILL began completion work on three Alaska wells that were previously shut in, and it has completed work on two of these wells. The Company capitalized approximately $8.6 million of costs associated with those efforts. In addition, it plans to recomplete eight previously shut in wells in the following three to six months.  In addition to raising capital, MILL continues to focus its short-term efforts on two distinct areas: increasing its overall oil and gas production through maintenance and repairs of nonperforming or underperforming oil and gas wells, and organically growing production through drilling for its own benefit on existing leases and under license rights.

    Share Statistics (29-Aug-11) FY2009 FY2010 % Chg Q12010 Q12011 % Chg
    Symbol MILL Revenue, $Mn 1.57 5.87 273.9% 1.16 7.82 574.1%
    Current price $3.37 Gross marg. 8.9% 33.0% 270.8% -82.8% 52.8% -163.
    52wk Range: $2.02-$8.04 Oper. margin -189.4% -5.5%
    Avg Vol (3m): 924,097 Net margin 532.5% 4249.6% 698.0% 23444.0% 11.6% -100.0%
    Market Cap. 136.68M
    Shares Outstanding 40.56M EPS, $ 0.05 -1.67 3440.0% -1.23 0.02 -101.6%

    Source:, SEC Filings.

    Investment Highlights

    Shares of MILL gained 51.13% in the last five days, though the stock dropped 24.26% in the last month.  Shares are down 24.43% year-to-date.

    Shares the Tennessee-based company traded as much as 49.33% yesterday,  moving ahead of an investor conference call.

    Early this month, MILL CEO Scott Boruff issued an open letter to shareholders to address the latest report on the Company’s Form 8-K, as well as an article posted on, which raised concerns about MILL’s valuation of its Alaskan oil and gas assets.

    The Company disclosed that this year’s 10-K was filed with the SEC on July 29, 2011 prior to KPMG LLP completing its review of the annual report and issuing their independent accountants’ report on the financial statements, as well as the consent to the use of their report filed as Exhibit 23.3. A form of KPMG’s opinion dated July 29, 2011 was inadvertently included in the filing, when in fact, they had not yet released the report. Accordingly, the Form 10-K is not a complete SEC filing.

    MILL, on August 9, filed an amended 2011 10-K, which included corrections to computational errors in its consolidated statement of cash flows.

    With respect to it production and development, MILL said it is in a very strong position with approximately 1,500 BOE per day with a current net debt of approximately $17 million. The Company works very closely with its financial partners and does not expect any material issues due to the delay in its reporting of audited financials for fiscal year 2011.

    In order to provide an accurate valuation of its Alaskan subsidiary, MILL has consulted extensively with independent third parties in order to fairly and reliably value those assets. An independent appraisal was performed upon acquisition, and MILL hired third party petroleum engineers to issue its reserve reports. The independent engineer that signed off on the Company’s recently completed reserve report for fiscal year 2011 has more than 30 years of experience in valuing reserves.

    In the letter release on August 1, CEO Scott Boruff stated: “I would next like to address the implication in The Street Sweeper blog that Miller is riddled with lawsuits. Any company our size will be subject to lawsuits in the ordinary course of its business and we describe the potentially material lawsuits to which we are party in our 10-K. Miller is currently being sued by two parties and believes that both lawsuits are without merit. As to the specific allegation regarding the CNX matter that Miller failed to disclose the reversal of the trial court’s summary judgment in our favor, we did not believe it rose to an immediate materiality level of an 8-K. Furthermore, as noted in our 10-K, the CNX matter was recently dismissed on the motion of the plaintiff without prejudice.”


    Financial Summary

    MILL recorded a loss of about $3.88 million, for fiscal 2011, which compares to net income of $250.94 million for fiscal 2010. Excluding interest income and expense, income tax expense and depletion, depreciation and amortization (DD&A) from the numbers, fiscal 2011 shows adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization (EBITDA) to be a positive $3.14 million as compared to an EBITDA of $439.17 million for fiscal 2010.

    Revenues increased $16.97 million between the years while costs and expenses increased $20.74 million. Other income dropped significantly from $446.93 million in fiscal 2010 to $4.92 million in fiscal 2011 as fiscal 2010 had large one-time acquisition gains driving this total as compared to fiscal 2011.

    At April 30, 2011, the Company had a working capital deficit of $7.69 million as compared to a working capital surplus of $239,384 at April 30, 2010. This decrease in capital surplus is primarily due to an increase in trade payables of $3.92 million, an increase in accrued expenses of $3.39 million and an increase in notes payable of $2.00 million, partially offset by an increase in state tax credits receivable of $2.51 million.

    MILL’s cash decreased from $2.99 million to $1.56 million from April 30, 2010, to April 30, 2011 . This decrease was primarily due from an increase in cash used in investment activities of $11.31 million, partially offset by increases in cash provided by operations of $7.73 million and cash provided by financing activities of $2.14 million.


    Financial Strength (29-Aug-2011)




    S&P 500

    Quick Ratio (MRQ) 0.98 0.81 0.48 0.75
    Current Ratio (MRQ) 1.02 0.91 0.72 1.10
    LT Debt to Equity (MRQ) 0.82 24.55 14.53 112.42
    Total Debt to Equity (MRQ) 1.69 25.63 19.26 152.52
    Interest Coverage (TTM) 3,820.39 0.70 10.88 23.03

    Source:, SEC Filings.

    Analyst Consensus

    This is the consensus forecast among two polled investment analysts. Against the Miller Energy Resources Inc company.

    Analyst Detail






    No Opinion

    Latest 2 0 0 0 0 0
    4 weeks ago 2 0 0 0 0 0
    2 months ago 2 0 1 0 0 0
    3 months ago 2 0 1 0 0 0
    Last year 0 2 0 0 0 0


    The two analysts offering 12-month price targets for MILL have a median target of 9.25, with a high estimate of 10.00 and a low estimate of 8.50. The median estimate represents a 307.49% increase from the last price of 2.27.


    Consensus Estimates Analysis

    # of Estimates




    1 Year Ago

    SALES (in millions)
    Quarter Ending Oct-11 1 14.48 14.48 14.48 15.00
    Quarter Ending Jan-12 1 17.55 17.55 17.55 18.00
    Year Ending Apr-11 1 28.72 28.72 28.72
    Year Ending Apr-12 1 61.89 61.89 61.89 82.13
    EARNINGS (per share)
    Quarter Ending Oct-11 1 -0.04 -0.04 -0.04 0.06
    Quarter Ending Jan-12 1 -0.03 -0.03 -0.03 0.07
    Year Ending Apr-11 1 -0.08 -0.08 -0.08
    Year Ending Apr-12 1 -0.11 -0.11 -0.11 0.97

    Technical Analysis


    MILL’s recent volatility has been greater than normal. This is evidenced by the increased distance between the upper and lower Bollinger Bands. These bands measure volatility using standard deviation and a large width is due to high volatility.

    MILL’s MACD is currently indicating a weak bullish signal. Although the MACD is trending above the signal line, the indicator is still below 0, which suggests that the underlying moving averages are bearish.

    Comparative Analysis

    Company Name Ticker Price per Mrkt. Cap. P/E P/S
    Aug29-2011 symbol Share, $ $ Mn 2011 2012 2011 2012
    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. COG 72.44 7.57B n/a n/a 7.35 5.11
    EQT Corp. EQT 56.21 8.40B n/a n/a 6.09 4.64
    Tengasco Inc. TGC 0.72 43.69M n/a n/a 3.45 3.25
    CONSOL Energy Inc. CNX 44.28 10.04B n/a n/a 1.73 1.58
    Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Median       15.62 n/a 4.30 n/a
    Miller Petroleum Inc. MILL 3.24 131.41M n/a n/a 2.12 n/a

    Source: Thomson Financial

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