updated 2/9/2011 8:45:45 AM ET 2011-02-09T13:45:45

HONOLULU, Feb. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barnwell Industries, Inc. (NYSE Amex:BRN) today reported net earnings of $1,085,000 ($0.13 per share – diluted) for the three months ended December 31, 2010, as compared to $1,952,000 ($0.24 per share – diluted) for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

Mr. Morton H. Kinzler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barnwell, commented, "Net earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2010 decreased as last year's quarter ended December 31, 2009 included an income tax benefit of $1,252,000 due to a change in tax law. There was no such benefit in this year's quarter. Net earnings also declined due to lower natural gas prices, which declined 17%, and higher operating costs due to repairs and maintenance costs incurred at Dunvegan, our principal property, and other older properties and lower land segment receipts. The decrease in net earnings was partially offset by the fact that last year's quarter included a $572,000 non-cash write-down, net of non-controlling interest, of the carrying value of investments in residential parcels. There was no such write-down in this year's quarter. 

"In the quarter ended December 31, 2010, Kaupulehu Developments, Barnwell's 77.6% -owned land development partnership, received $2,656,000 for the last of ten scheduled option payments relating to the development rights within Hualalai Resort at Kaupulehu in the North Kona district on the island of Hawaii and $600,000 in percentage of sales payments." 

The information contained in this press release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. A forward-looking statement is one which is based on current expectations of future events or conditions and does not relate to historical or current facts. These statements include various estimates, forecasts, projections of Barnwell's future performance, statements of Barnwell's plans and objectives, and other similar statements. Forward-looking statements include phrases such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans,"  "believes,"  "predicts,"  "estimates," "assumes," "projects," "may," "will," "will be," "should," or similar expressions. Although Barnwell believes that its current expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it cannot assure that the expectations contained in such forward-looking statements will be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such statements. The risks, uncertainties and other factors that might cause actual results to differ materially from Barnwell's expectations are set forth in the "Forward-Looking Statements," "Risk Factors" and other sections of Barnwell's annual report on Form 10-K for the last fiscal year and Barnwell's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, as they speak only as of the date of this press release, and Barnwell expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein.

COMPARATIVE OPERATING RESULTS
(Unaudited)
 
  Quarter ended December 31,
  2010 2009
Revenues $ 11,319,000 $ 13,165,000
Net earnings attributable to Barnwell Industries, Inc. $ 1,085,000 $ 1,952,000
Net earnings per share - basic $ 0.13 $ 0.24
Net earnings per share - diluted $ 0.13 $ 0.24
Weighted average shares and equivalent shares outstanding:    
Basic  8,277,160  8,264,021
Diluted  8,277,160  8,267,075
CONTACT: Alexander C. Kinzler
         President and Chief Operating Officer
         Russell M. Gifford
         Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
         Tel: (808) 531-8400

         Investor  Relations: 
         Ron Como & Associates, Inc.
         Tel: 917-902-3637

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