UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONWASHINGTON, D.C. 20549FORM 10-K [ X ] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1998OR [ ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM ________ TO ________COMMISSION FILE NO. 333-46843MEWBOURNE ENERGY PARTNERS 98-A, L.P.
(State or other jurisdiction of (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization) Identification Number)
3901 SOUTH BROADWAY, TYLER, TEXAS75701
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (903) 561-2900
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: NONE
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the act:
LIMITED AND GENERAL PARTNERSHIP INTEREST $1,000 PER INTEREST
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports
required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the
registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such
filing requirements for the past 90 days. [X] Yes [ ] No
No market currently exists for the limited and general partnership interest of
the registrant. Based on original purchase price the aggregate market value of
limited and general partnership interest owned by non-affiliates of the
registrant is $3,698,000.00.
The following documents are incorporated by reference into the indicated parts
of this Annual Report on Form 10-K: Part of the information called for by Part
IV of the Annual Report on Form 10-K is incorporated by reference from the
Registrant's Registration Statement on Form S-1, File No. 333-46843.
PART IITEM 1. BUSINESS
Mewbourne Energy Partners 98-A, L.P. (the "Registrant") is a limited
partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1998. Its
managing general partner is Mewbourne Development Corporation, a Delaware
A Registration Statement filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, registering limited partnership interests aggregating $2,000,000 and
$8,000,000 in general partnership interests in a series of Delaware limited
partnerships formed under Mewbourne Energy 98 Drilling Program, was declared
effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 8, 1998. On November20, 1998, the offering of limited and general partnership interests in the
Registrant, was closed, with interests aggregating $3,698,000 being sold to 159
subscribers of which $3,529,000 were sold to 147 subscribers as general partner
interests and $169,000 were sold to 12 subscribers as limited partner
The Registrant engages primarily in oil and gas development and production and
is not involved in any other industry segment. See the selected financial data
in Item 6 and the financial statements in Item 8 of this report for a summary
of the Registrant's revenue, income and identifiable assets.
The Registrant has acquired interests in oil and gas prospects for the purpose
of development drilling. At December 31, 1998, five wells had been drilled and
were productive and one well was drilled and abandoned. The following table
summarizes the Registrant's drilling activity from inception through December31, 1998:
Dry Productive Dry Productive
--- ---------- --- ----------
Development wells 1 5 .2 1.2
The sale of crude oil and natural gas produced by the Registrant will be
affected by a number of factors which are beyond the Registrant's control.
These factors include the price of crude oil and natural gas, the fluctuating
supply of and demand for these products, competitive fuels, refining,
transportation, extensive federal and state regulations governing the
production and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and other competitive
conditions. It is impossible to predict with any certainty the future effect of
these factors on the Registrant.
The Registrant does not have long-term contracts with purchasers of its crude
oil or natural gas. The market for crude oil is such that the Registrant
anticipates it will be able to sell all the crude oil it can produce. Natural
gas will be sold to local
distribution companies, gas marketers and end users on the spot market. The
spot market reflects immediate sales of natural gas without long-term
contractual commitments. The future market condition for natural gas cannot be
predicted with any certainty, and the Registrant may experience delays in
marketing natural gas production and fluctuations in natural gas prices.
Many aspects of the Registrant's activities are highly competitive including,
but not limited to, the acquisition of suitable drilling prospects and the
procurement of drilling and related oil field equipment, and are subject to
governmental regulation, both at Federal and state levels. The Registrant's
ability to compete depends on its financial resources and on the managing
general partner's staff and facilities, none of which are significant in
comparison with those of the oil and gas exploration, development and
production industry as a whole. Federal and state regulation of oil and gas
operations generally includes drilling and spacing of wells on producing
acreage, the imposition of maximum allowable production rates, the taxation of
income and other items, and the protection of the environment.
The Registrant does not have any employees of its own. MD is responsible for
all management functions. Mewbourne Oil Company ("MOC"), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Mewbourne Holdings, Inc., which is also the parent of the
Registrant's managing general partner, has been appointed Program Manager and
is responsible for activities in accordance with a Drilling Program Agreement
entered into by the Registrant, MD and MOC. At March 19, 1999, MOC employed 96
persons, many of whom dedicated a part of their time to the conduct of the
Registrant's business during the period for which this report is filed.
The production of oil and gas is not considered subject to seasonal factors
although the Registrant's natural gas sales will tend to increase during the
winter months. Order backlog is not pertinent to the Registrant's business.
ITEM 2. PROPERTIESThe Registrant's properties consist primarily of leasehold interests in
properties on which oil and gas wells-in-progress are located. Such property
interests are often subject to landowner royalties, overriding royalties and
other oil and gas leasehold interests.
Fractional working interests in developmental oil and gas prospects located
primarily in the Anadarko Basin of Western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, and
the Permian Basin of New Mexico and West Texas, were acquired by the Registrant,
resulting in the Registrant's participation, in the drilling of six oil and gas
wells. At December 31, 1998, five wells had been drilled and were productive and
one well was drilled and abandoned.
ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGSThe Registrant is not aware of any pending legal proceedings to which it is a
The Registrant is aware of a potential loss contingency resulting from
litigation involving MOC, Program Manager, and a third party. The litigation
stems from a contractual dispute concerning ownership of certain oil and gas
leases in which the registrant has been assigned an interest. MOC believes that
the claims are without merit and plans to vigorously defend against them. In
the unlikely event that all claims are upheld, the total loss contingency is
calculated at less than 5% of the registrants assets.
ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS
No matter was submitted to a vote of security holders during the fourth quarter
of the year ended December 31, 1998 covered by this report.
PART II ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS
At March 19, 1999, the Registrant had 3,698 outstanding limited and general
partnership interests held of record by 159 subscribers. There is no
established public or organized trading market for the limited and general
Revenues which, in the sole judgement of the managing general partner, are not
required to meet the Registrant's obligations will be distributed to the
partners at least quarterly in accordance with the Registrant's Partnership
Agreement. During the period from inception through December 31, 1998, no
distributions had been made to the limited and general partners.
ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
The following table sets forth selected financial data for the period from
January 27, 1998 (date of inception) through December 31, 1998:
Oil and gas sales $ 7,388
Net loss $ (72,942)
Allocation of net loss:
Managing general partner $ (729)
Limited and general partners $ (72,213)
Net loss per limited and general
partner interest $ (19.72)
Limited and general partners'
cash distributions per interest $ 0.00
At year end:
Cash $ 2,289,141
Non-Cash assets 1,421,699
Total Assets $ 3,710,840
Note payable, affiliate $ 349,610
ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Mewbourne Energy Partners 98-A, L.P. (the "Registrant") was organized as a
Delaware limited partnership on January 27, 1998. The offering of limited and
general partner interests began May 8, 1998 as part of an offering registered
under the name Mewbourne Energy 98 Drilling Program. The offering of limited
and general partner interests in the Registrant concluded November 20, 1998,
with total investor partner contributions of $3,698,000. The Managing General
Partner made a contribution to the capital of the Registrant at the conclusion
of the offering period in an amount equal to 1% of its net capital
contributions. The Managing General Partner contribution was $37,354.
The Registrant was formed to engage primarily in the business of drilling
development wells, to produce and market crude oil and natural gas produced
from such properties, to distribute any net proceeds from operations to the
general and limited partners and to the extent necessary, acquire leases which
contain drilling prospects. The economic life of the Registrant depends on the
period over which the Registrant's oil and gas reserves are economically
Results of Operations
Because the Registrant was formed during the period covered by this report, no
trend analysis based on yearly changes in liquidity, capital resources or
results of operations is available.
Revenues during the period from January 27, 1998 (date of inception) through
December 31, 1998 totaled $19,674, and consisted of $7,388 in oil and gas sales
and $12,286 in interest income. Expenses totaling $92,616, consisting primarily
of a ceiling cost write-down, resulted in a net loss for the period of $72,942.
At December 31, 1998, five wells had been drilled and were productive and one
well had been drilled and abandoned. The Registrant's oil and gas revenues
should increase during 1999 as additional wells are completed and oil and gas
production is sold. Interest income should decrease in 1999 as the remaining
wells are drilled and the available cash is utilized for the equipping of such
wells. The Registrant expects that drilling and completion costs will increase
during 1999 and that production cost and depletion provisions will increase as
Liquidity and capital resources
Net cash and cash equivalents increased by $2,289,141 during the period from
January 27, 1998 (date of inception) through December 31, 1998. Approximately
$1,469,000 of the net initial partners' capital of $3,735,354 was used for
drilling and completion costs and for lease acquisition costs. Capital
requirements in the future are expected to be paid with the initial partner's
capital. Management believes that funds are sufficient to complete the five
wells for which funds have been committed. Under certain circumstances, as
provided in the Registrant's Partnership Agreement, the Registrant may use
revenues and/or borrow monies to fund additional capital requirements.
Year 2000 Issue
The Year 2000 issue is the result of computer software programs being coded to
use two digits to define the applicable year. Programs that utilize date
sensitive software may recognize "00" as Year 1900 rather than Year 2000. This
could result in a system failure or miscalculations causing disruptions of
operations including among other things, a temporary inability to process
transactions, send invoices or engage in normal business activities.
Due to the fact that the partnership has no accounting systems of its own, it
is not directly impacted by any potential Year 2000 issue. Substantially all of
the partnership's financial results, however, are derived from the accounting
systems of MOC. MOC has made an assessment of the impact of the Year 2000 on
its financial and operational systems and is engaged in the process of
identifying, assessing and upgrading its systems to those which are Year 2000
MOC has identified three major Year 2000 issues which are: (1) Software,
including accounting software and PC driven application software; (2) Hardware
components, equipment and machinery that may contain date sensitive software;
(3) Third party suppliers and service providers.
The accounting software was upgraded to be Year 2000 compliant(as certified by
the software vendor) in June of 1998. This software has been tested is
currently running effectively. MOC has completed its review of application
software and all is Year 2000 compliant. MOC is approximately 90% complete in
converting all company owned PC's to a Year 2000 compliant operating system.
The remaining 10% will be converted by August 1999.
MOC has completed its analysis of hardware components, equipment and machinery
that may contain date sensitive software. All affected equipment has either
been upgraded or equipped with manual over-rides.
MOC is currently assessing its risk associated with third party suppliers and
service providers. The company is currently in the process of submitting and
evaluating questionnaires issued to major third party supplier and service
providers. It is difficult to predict the Year 2000 compliance of these third
parties, however MOC is looking into ways to minimize these risks.
The cost associated with Year 2000 issues, including upgrades, which are
estimated to be completed by August 1999, are not expected to be materially
different from the cost of normal upgrades under the software maintenance
contracts MOC has with its software vendors.
Impact of Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
On April 3, 1998, the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts ("AICPA")
issued Statement of Position ("SOP") 98-5, "Reporting on the Cost of Start-Up
Activities", effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 1998. This
SOP provides guidance on the financial reporting of start-up cost and
organization cost. It requires cost of start-up activities and organization
costs to be expensed as incurred. Initial application of this SOP will be
reported as a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle. The
partnership will adopt the SOP in 1999. Upon adoption, the partnership will
record a cumulative effect charge equal to the amount of the unamortized
organization cost reflected in its balance sheet.
ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
The required financial statements of the Registrant are contained in a separate
section of this report beginning with page 14 following the signature
attestation. See "Item 14. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules and Reports
on Form 8-K".
ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE
PART IIIITEM 10. DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANTThe Registrant does not have any officers or directors. Under the Registrant's
Partnership Agreement, the Registrant's managing general partner, MD, is
granted the exclusive right and full authority to manage, control and
administer the Registrant's business. MD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Set forth below are the names, ages and positions of the directors and
executive officers of MD, the Registrant's managing general partner. Directors
of MD are elected to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders or
until their successors are elected and qualified.
Age as of
Name 1998 Position
---- ---- --------
Curtis W. Mewbourne 63 President and Director
J. Roe Buckley 36 Treasurer and Chief
Michael F. Shepard 52 Secretary and General
Dorothy M. Cuenod 38 Assistant Secretary
Ruth M. Buckley 37 Assistant Secretary
Julie M. Greene 35 Assistant Secretary
CURTIS W. MEWBOURNE, age 63, formed Mewbourne Holdings in 1965 and
serves as Chairman of the Board and President of Mewbourne Holdings, MOC and
MD. He has operated as an independent oil and gas producer for the past 33
years. Mr. Mewbourne received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum
Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1957. Mr. Mewbourne is the
father of Dorothy M. Cuenod, Ruth M. Buckley, and Julie M. Greene and the
father-in-law of J. Roe Buckley.
J. ROE BUCKLEY, age 36, joined Mewbourne Holdings in July, 1990 and
serves a Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of both MD and MOC. Mr. Buckley
was employed by MBank Dallas from 1985-1990 where he served as a commercial
loan officer. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Sewanee in 1984.
Mr. Buckley is the son-in-law of Curtis W. Mewbourne and is married to Ruth M.
Buckley. He is also the brother-in-law of Dorothy M. Cuenod and Julie M.
MICHAEL F. SHEPARD, age 52, joined MOC in 1986 and serves as Secretary
and General Counsel of MD. He has practiced law exclusively in the oil and gas
industry since 1979 and formerly was counsel with Parker Drilling Company and
its Perry Gas subsidiary for seven years. Mr. Shepard holds the Juris Doctor
degree from the University of Tulsa where he received the National Energy Law
and Policy Institute award as the outstanding graduate in the Energy Law
curriculum. He received the B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University
of Massachusetts in 1976. Mr. Shepard is a member of the bar in Texas and
DOROTHY MEWBOURNE CUENOD, age 38, received a B.A. Degree in Art
History from The University of Texas and a Masters of Business Administration
Degree from Southern Methodist University. Since 1984 she has served as a
Director and Assistant Secretary of both MD and MOC. Ms. Cuenod is the daughter
of Curtis W. Mewbourne and is the sister of Ruth M. Buckley and Julie M.
Greene. She is also the sister-in-law of J. Roe Buckley.
RUTH MEWBOURNE BUCKLEY, age 37, received a Bachelor of Science Degrees
in both Engineering and Geology from Vanderbilt University. Since 1987 she has
served as a Director and Assistant Secretary of both MD and MOC. Ms. Buckley is
the daughter of Curtis W. Mewbourne and is the sister of Dorothy M. Cuenod and
Julie M. Greene. She is also the wife of J. Roe Buckley.
JULIE MEWBOURNE GREENE, age 35, received a B.A. in Business
Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Since 1988 she has served as a
Director and Assistant Secretary of both MD and MOC. Prior to that time she was
employed by Rauscher, Pierce, Refsnes, Inc. Ms. Greene is the daughter of
Curtis W. Mewbourne and is the sister of Dorothy M. Cuenod and Ruth M. Buckley.
She is also the sister-in-law of J. Roe Buckley.
ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATIONThe Registrant does not have any directors or officers. Management of the
Registrant is vested in the managing general partner. None of the officers or
directors of MD or MOC will receive remuneration directly from the Registrant,
but will continue to be compensated by their present employers. The Registrant
will reimburse MD and MOC and affiliates thereof for certain costs of overhead
falling within the definition of Administrative Costs, including without
limitation, salaries of the officers and employees of MD and MOC; provided that
no portion of the salaries of the directors or of the executive officer of MOC
or MD may be reimbursed as Administrative Costs.
ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
(a) Beneficial owners of more than five percent
Name of Amount & Nature Percent
Beneficial of Beneficial of
Title of Class Owner Owner Class
-------------- ---------- --------------- -----
Limited and Donald J. Dorr 200 General 5.35%
General Unit #601 Partnership
Partnership 15011 Punta Rassa Dr. Interests
Interests Fort Myers, FL33908
The owner listed above is an unaffiliated investor with full voting rights.
(b) Security ownership of management
The Registrant does not have any officers or directors. The managing general
partner of the Registrant, MD, has the exclusive right and full authority to
manage, control and administer the Registrant's business. Under the
Registrant's Partnership Agreement, limited and general partners holding a
majority of the outstanding limited and general partnership interests have the
right to take certain actions, including the removal of the managing general
partner. The Registrant is not aware of any current arrangement or activity
which may lead to such removal.
ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS
Transactions with MD and its affiliates
Pursuant to the Registrant's Partnership Agreement, the Registrant had the
following related party transactions with MD and its affiliates during the
period January 27, 1998 (date of inception) through December 31, 1998:
Payment of well charges
and supervision charges in
accordance with standard
industry operating agreements $ 17,132
In 1998, the Registrant was charged by MD for reimbursement of organization
cost of equal to 1% of initial partnership contributions.
Under the Registrant's Partnership Agreement, MD pays 1% of Registrant's
acquisition, drilling and completion costs and 1% of its operating and general
and administrative expenses. In return, it is allocated 1% of the Registrant's
The Registrant participates in oil and gas activities through a drilling
program created by the Drilling Program Agreement (the "Program"). Pursuant to
the Program, MD pays approximately 2% of the Program's acquisition, drilling
and completion costs and approximately 12% of its operating and general and
administrative expenses. The Registrant pays the remainder of the costs and
expenses of the Program. In return, MD is allocated approximately 12% of the
PART IV ITEM 14. EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES AND REPORTS ON FORM 8-K.
(a) 1. Financial statements
The following are filed as part of this annual report:
Report of Independent Accountants
Balance sheet as of December 31, 1998
Statement of loss for the period from January 27,1998 (date of inception) through December 31, 1998
Statement of changes in partners' capital for the
period from January 27, 1998 (date of inception)
through December 31, 1998
Statement of cash flows for the period from January27, 1998 (date of inception) through December 31,1998
Notes to financial statements
2. Financial statement schedules
All required information is in the financial statements or
the notes thereto, or is not applicable or required.
The exhibits listed on the accompanying index are filed or
incorporated by reference as part of this annual report.
(b) Reports on Form 8-K
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS
To the Partners of
Mewbourne Energy Partners 98-A, L.P.
and to the Board of Directors of
Mewbourne Development Corporation:
We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of Mewbourne Energy Partners
98-A, L.P. as of December 31, 1998, and the related statements of loss, changes
in partners' capital and cash flows for the period from January 27, 1998 (date
of inception) through December 31, 1998. These financial statements are the
responsibility of management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on
these financial statements based on our audit.
We conducted our audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing
standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain
reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of
material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit
also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant
estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial
statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis
for our opinion.
In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in
all material respects, the financial position of Mewbourne Energy Partners
98-A, L.P. as of December 31, 1998, and the results of its operations and its
cash flows for the period from January 27, 1998 (date of inception) through
December 31, 1998, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.
/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
March 5, 1999
MEWBOURNE ENERGY PARTNERS 98-A, L.P.BALANCE SHEET DECEMBER 31, 1998ASSETS
Accounts receivable, affiliate 1,455
Oil and gas properties at cost -- full cost method 1,468,720
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization (84,840)
Organization costs, net 36,364
Total Assets $3,710,840
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL
Accounts payable, affiliate $ 11,448
Note payable, affiliate 349,610
Limited and general partners 3,316,283
Managing general partner 33,499
Total partners' capital 3,349,782
Total liabilities and partners' capital $3,710,840
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements.
MEWBOURNE ENERGY PARTNERS 98-A, L.P.STATEMENT OF LOSS FOR THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 27, 1998 (DATEOF INCEPTION) THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1998
Oil and gas sales $ 7,388
Interest income 12,286
Lease operating and production tax 1,236
Administrative and general expense 2,203
Interest expense 3,721
Amortization expense 616
Ceiling cost write-down 84,840
Net loss $(72,942)
Allocation of net loss:
Managing general partner $ (729)
Limited and general partners $(72,213)
Basic and diluted net loss per limited and general partner
interest (3,698 outstanding) $ (19.72)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements.
MEWBOURNE ENERGY PARTNERS 98-A, L.P.STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN PARTNERS' CAPITAL FOR THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 27, 1998 (DATEOF INCEPTION) THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1998
Partners Partner Total
-------- ------- -----
Partners' capital, beginning of period $ -- $ -- $ --
Capital contributions 3,698,000 37,354 3,735,354
Offering costs (309,504) (3,126) (312,630)
Net loss (72,213) (729) (72,942)
----------- ----------- -----------
Partners' capital, end of period $ 3,316,283 $ 33,499 $ 3,349,782
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The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements.
MEWBOURNE ENERGY PARTNERS 98-A, L.P.STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 27, 1998 (DATEOF INCEPTION) THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1998
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (72,942)
Adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Amortization expense 616
Cost ceiling write-down 84,840
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Increase in organization costs (36,980)
Increase in accounts receivable, affiliate (1,455)
Increase in accounts payable, affiliate 11,448
Net cash used in operating activities (14,473)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of oil and gas properties (1,468,720)
Net cash used in investing activities (1,468,720)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Capital contribution from partners 3,735,354
Proceeds from issuance of note payable, affiliate 349,610
Offering costs (312,630)
Net cash provided by financing activities 3,772,334
Net increase in cash 2,289,141
Cash at beginning of period 0
Cash at end of period $ 2,289,141
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements.
MEWBOURNE ENERGY PARTNERS 98-A, L.P.NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 1. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES: ACCOUNTING FOR OIL AND GAS PRODUCING ACTIVITIES
Mewbourne Energy Partners 98-A, L.P., (the partnership), a
Delaware limited partnership engaged primarily in oil and gas
development and production in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, was
organized on January 27, 1998. The offering of limited and general
partnership interests began May 8, 1998 as a part of an offering
registered under the name Mewbourne Energy 98 Drilling Program and
concluded November 20, 1998, with total investor contributions of
The partnership follows the full-cost method of accounting
for its oil and gas activities. Under the full-cost method, all
productive and nonproductive costs incurred in the acquisition,
exploration and development of oil and gas properties are capitalized.
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of oil and gas properties
subject to amortization is computed on the units-of- production method
based on the proved reserves underlying the oil and gas properties. At
December 31, 1998, no capitalized costs were subject to amortization.
Gains and losses on the sale or other disposition of properties are
not recognized unless such adjustments would significantly alter the
relationship between capitalized costs and the proved oil and gas
reserves. Capitalized costs are subject to an annual ceiling test that
limits such costs to the aggregate of the present value of future net
cash flows of proved reserves and the lower of cost or fair value of
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with
generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make
estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets
and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at
the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of
revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results
could differ from those estimates.
Organization costs are capitalized and amortized on the
straight-line method over 60 months.
The partnership maintains all its cash in one financial
The partnership is treated as a partnership for income tax
purposes, and as a result, income of the partnership is reported on
the tax returns of the partners and no recognition is given to income
taxes in the financial statements.
2. ORGANIZATION AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS:
The partnership was organized on January 27, 1998. Mewbourne
Development Corporation (MD) is managing general partner and Mewbourne
Oil Company (MOC) is operator of oil and gas properties owned by the
partnership. Substantially all transactions are with MD and MOC.
MD pays 1% of all costs of the partnership and receives 1% of
all revenues. The limited and general partners pay all other costs and
receive all other revenues.
Reimbursement to MOC for supervision and other operating
charges totaled $17,132 for the period January 27, 1998 (date of
inception) through December 31, 1998. Services and operator charges
are billed in accordance with the program and partnership agreements.
MD, on behalf of the partnership, incurred organization and
offering costs of $36,980 and $312,630, respectively. As of December31, 1998 these amounts had been reimbursed to MD with proceeds of
$349,610 from a note payable to Mewbourne Financial Corporation (MFC),
an affiliate of MD. The note payable bears interest at NationsBank
prime (7.75% at December 31, 1998) plus 1% and is payable in twenty
equal quarterly installments of principal and interest commencing
February 7, 1999. As the note agreement prohibits the use of
individual partners' contributions for principal and interest
payments, no payments had been made as of March 5, 1999. The
partnership has incurred no penalties as a result and can make
payments at any time when there are sufficient distributable earnings
In addition, MD can charge the partnership up to 5.5% of
initial partners' capital in management fees. In accordance with the
partnership agreement, management fees can only be reimbursed to MD
with funds which would otherwise be available for distribution. There
had been no reimbursements for management fees as of December 31,1998.
In general, during any particular calendar year the total
amount of administrative expenses allocated to the partnership shall
not exceed the greater of (a) 3.5% of the partnership's gross revenue
from the sale of oil and natural gas production during each year
(calculated without any deduction for operating costs or other costs
and expenses) or (b) the sum of $50,000 plus .25% of the capital
contributions of limited and general partners.
The partnership participates in oil and gas activities
through an income tax partnership (the Program). The partnership and
MD are parties to the Program agreement. The costs and revenues of the
Program are allocated to MD and the partnership as follows:
2. ORGANIZATION AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS CONTINUED:
Proceeds from disposition of depreciable and
depletable properties 12.121213% 87.878787%
All other revenues 12.121213% 87.878787%
Costs and expenses:
Lease acquisition costs and drilling and
completion costs 2.020202% 97.979798%
Operating costs, reporting and legal
expenses, general and administrative
expenses and all other costs 12.121213% 87.878787%
(1) Excludes MD's one percent (1%) general partner ownership which is
allocated at the partnership level.
The partnership's financial statements reflect its respective proportionate
interest in the Program.
3. RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS PER STATEMENT OF LOSS WITH NET LOSS PER FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN:
The following is a reconciliation of net loss per statement
of loss with the net loss per federal income tax return for the period
from January 27, 1998 (date of inception) through December 31, 1998:
Net loss per statement of loss $ (72,942)
Intangible development costs capitalized for financial reporting
purposes and expensed for tax reporting purposes (1,070,781)
Cost-ceiling write down for financial reporting purposes 84,840
Net loss per federal income tax return before tentative tax depletion $(1,058,883)
The partnership's financial reporting bases of its net assets
exceeded the tax bases of its net assets by $985,941 at December 31,1998.
4. IMPACT OF RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS:
On April 3, 1998, the American Institute of Certified Public
Accounts ("AICPA") issued Statement of Position ("SOP") 98-5,
"Reporting on the Cost of Start-Up Activities", effective for fiscal
years beginning after December 15, 1998. This SOP provides guidance on
the financial reporting of start-up cost and organization cost. It
requires cost of start-up activities and organization costs to be
expensed as incurred. The partnership will adopt the SOP in 1999. Upon
adoption, the partnership will record a cumulative effect charge equal
to the amount of the unamortized organization cost reflected in its
5. PRELIMINARY OIL AND GAS INFORMATION (UNAUDITED):
A majority of the wells drilled, or to be drilled, by the
partnership have been, or will be, completed subsequent to December31, 1998. Sufficient information is not yet available from well tests
or from initial production to accurately present numerical unaudited