Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation reports second quarter 2013 results, record funds flow from operating activities

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CALGARY, Aug. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation ("Palliser" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PXL) is pleased to announce financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013. Certain selected financial and operational information is set out below and should be read in conjunction with Palliser's unaudited condensed financial statements complete with the notes to the financial statements and related MD&A which will be available at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at www.palliserogc.com.




Operating & Financial Highlights - Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 (unaudited)

             
      Three months ended      Six months ended 
      June 30          June 30 
              2013   2012 % Change     2013   2012 % Change
Operating                              
Wells drilled, re-entered or reactivated (gross and net)                        
Oil           2   4 -50%     12   6 100%
Salt water disposal           -   1 -100%     1   2 -50%
Total           2   5 -60%     13   8 63%
Success (%)           100%   100% 0%     100%   88% 14%
Undeveloped land Greater Lloydminster (net acres)       34,922    23,617 48%       34,922    23,617 48%
Undeveloped land Medicine Hat (net acres)         24,410    29,042 -16%       24,410    29,042 -16%
Total undeveloped land (net acres)       59,332    52,659 13%       59,332    52,659 13%
Average daily production                          
Crude oil (bbl per day)       2,730   1,877 45%     2,449   1,810 35%
Natural gas (Mcf per day)         257   390 -34%     276   383 -28%
Barrels of oil equivalent (boe per day, 6:1)     2,773   1,942 43%     2,495   1,874 33%
Crude oil production (%)       98%   97% 1%     98%   97% 1%
Average sales prices                            
Crude oil ($ per bbl)   $ 69.30  $ 60.67 14%    $ 61.59  $ 65.50 -6%
Natural gas ($ per Mcf)   $ 3.43  $   1.80 91%    $ 3.16  $   1.97 60%
Barrels of oil equivalent ($ per boe, 6:1)   $ 68.54  $ 59.00 16%    $ 60.82  $ 63.79 -5%
Operating netback ($ per boe)                          
Petroleum and natural gas sales   $ 68.54  $ 59.00 16%    $ 60.82  $ 63.79 -5%
Realized gain (loss) on financial derivatives   $ 2.20  $   3.53 -38%    $ 3.93  $   0.72 446%
Royalties   $ 16.88  $ 12.69 33%    $ 14.50  $ 14.37 1%
Production, operating & transportation expenses   $ 22.95  $ 21.75 6%    $ 26.02  $ 24.05 8%
Operating netback (1)    $ 30.91  $ 28.09 10%    $ 24.23  $ 26.09 -7%

 



Financial ($000's except per share amounts)

                         
    Three months ended   Six months ended
    June 30   June 30
        2013   2012 % Change     2013   2012 % Change
                           
Oil and natural gas sales    $ 17,294  $ 10,428 66%    $ 27,470  $ 21,756 26%
                           
Funds flow from                        
  operating activities (2)    $ 6,103  $ 3,666 66%    $ 7,785  $ 6,366 22%
Per share - basic and diluted    $ 0.10  $ 0.07 43%    $ 0.12  $ 0.12 0%
                           
Net income (loss) and                         
  comprehensive income (loss)    $ (610)  $ 4,538 -    $ (5,097)  $ 5,139 -
Per share - basic and diluted    $ (0.01)  $ 0.08 -    $ (0.08)  $ 0.09 -
                           
Weighted average                        
  shares outstanding      63,915,979    54,130,348 18%      63,059,625    54,130,348 16%
Shares outstanding      63,915,979    54,130,348 18%      63,915,979    54,130,348 18%
                           
Capital expenditures (3)    $ 3,987  $ 6,491 -39%    $ 12,711  $ 15,597 -19%
Working capital (net debt) (4)    $ (39,539)  $ (30,098) 31%    $ (39,539)  $ (30,098) 31%
Shareholders' equity    $ 43,602  $ 45,698 -5%    $ 43,602  $ 45,698 -5%

 

(1)  Operating netback is a non-GAAP measure and is the net of petroleum and natural gas sales, realized gain or loss on financial derivatives, royalties and production, operating and transportation expenses.
(2)  Funds flow from operating activities is a non-GAAP measure that represents cash flow from operations less decommissioning expenditures and changes in non-cash working capital related to operating activities. Funds flow per share amounts are calculated using weighted average shares outstanding consistent with the calculation of net income per share. Funds flow from operating activities is a key measure as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate the funds necessary to achieve future growth through capital investment.
(3)  Capital expenditures exclude decommissioning liability costs and capitalized share-based compensation.
(4)  Working capital (net debt) is a non-GAAP measure representing the total bank loan, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, less accounts receivable, deposits and prepaid expenses.

Management believes these are useful supplemental measures of, firstly, the total net position of current assets and current liabilities of the Company and secondly, the profitability relative to commodity prices.  Other entities may calculate these figures differently than Palliser.

Second Quarter 2013 Highlights

  • Achieved record production of 2,773 boe/d. Production increased 25% compared to the first quarter of 2013 and increased 43% compared to the second quarter of 2012;
  • Achieved production, operating, and transportation expenses of $22.95 per boe.  Production, operating and transportation expenses decreased 23% compared to the first quarter of 2013 and increased 6% compared to the prior year comparative quarter.  The Company remains focused on being a low operating cost producer;
  • Achieved operating netback of $30.91 per boe.  Operating netbacks improved 96% compared to the first quarter of 2013 and 10% compared to the second quarter of 2012;
  • Record funds flow from operating activities of $6.1 million, or $0.10 per share in the second quarter.  Funds flow from operating activities increased 263% compared to $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2013 and increased 66% compared to $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2012;
  • Executed a $4.0 million capital program in the second quarter. The capital program included two wells completed for heavy oil production with a 100% success rate. Year to date capital expenditures of $12.7 million include 12 wells completed for heavy oil production with a 100% success rate;
  • Increased undeveloped heavy oil land position. The Company's undeveloped heavy oil land position at June 30, 2013 was 34,922 net acres, a 3% increase from March 31, 2013;
  • Maintained a significant prospect inventory. The Company's prospect inventory stands at 140 locations, none of which are included in the 2012 independent reserves report; and
  • Increased rail shipments to improve operating netbacks. Palliser increased rail shipments in the second quarter to 1,101 boe/d, or 40% of the Company's production.

Operations

The second quarter of 2013 was a relatively quiet quarter for Palliser with capital expenditures totalling $4.0 million, representing 17% of the budgeted yearly capital program of $24 million. Activity levels were lower than the first quarter primarily due to spring breakup conditions. This 100% working interest capital program included reactivating two heavy oil wells, as well as upgrades and expansions to salt water disposal "SWD" facilities at Edam, Lloydminster and Manitou. The Company also expanded its net undeveloped heavy oil land holdings to 34,922 net acres as at June 30, 2013.

Second quarter production exceeded budgeted levels due primarily to production from 10 new wells drilled during the first quarter but not brought on stream until late in that quarter. These higher production volumes resulted in production, operating and transportation expenses of $22.95 per barrel in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a 23% reduction from the first quarter of 2013 and a 6% increase from the second quarter of 2012. The transportation component increased from $1.01 in the second quarter of 2012 to $2.01 per boe in the second quarter of 2013 as the Company intentionally incurred additional trucking costs to deliver oil to more lucrative rail contracts, which provide significantly higher netbacks per boe.

Financial

Differentials improved dramatically in the second quarter of 2013, with a narrowing of heavy oil differentials between West Texas Intermediate "WTI" and Western Canadian Select "WCS" pricing relative to the first quarter. This resulted in a 34% increase in net sales price from the first quarter of 2013 and a 16% increase in net sales price from the second quarter of the previous year.  Operating netbacks were $30.91 per boe which is a 96% increase over the first quarter of 2013 and 10% higher than the second quarter of 2012.

The Company's net debt at the end of the second quarter was $39.5 million, relative to a current total credit facility of $52 million. The significant improvement in funds flow in the second quarter, relative to the first quarter, resulted in a second quarter debt to annualized funds flow ratio of 1.6 times. The remaining $11.3 million capital program budgeted for 2013 will be financed through funds flow and existing credit facilities with year-end net debt budgeted to be approximately $39 million.

Outlook

The second quarter of 2013 represented a strong quarter for Palliser, on the heels of an active first quarter capital program. Production ramped up through the second quarter from ten new wells brought on stream late in the first quarter. A prolonged spring breakup along with wet weather late in the second quarter, which extended into the third quarter, caused some production downtime in the field and the delay of numerous capital projects further into the third quarter. As a result, current production levels are approximately 2,500 boe/d, based on field estimates.

The third quarter drilling program commenced in August with two new heavy oil wells and one salt water disposal well for a 100% success rate to date. Production additions from the ongoing capital program, as well as improved run time on existing production with improved weather conditions, should result in production growth through the remainder of the third and fourth quarters.

With approximately 40% of budgeted capital expenditures remaining to be spent, the Company is on track to achieve its 2013 production guidance of 2,700 - 2,800 boe/d. Production, operating and transportation costs returned to the $23 per boe level in the second quarter and the Company remains on track to be a sustainable low operating cost heavy oil producer.

Heavy oil differentials, narrowed favorably during the second quarter, returning to more historic averages at or below the $20 per barrel level. Funds flow from operating activities in the second quarter exceeded $6 million due to improved heavy oil pricing, growing production, and a return to lower operating expenses. Palliser is on track to achieve its 2013 budget: funds flow from operating activities of approximately $20 million, operating netbacks of $26 per boe, and year-end net debt of $39 million.

To reduce funds flow risk from commodity price volatility, Palliser has recently added to its hedge positions. The Company currently has approximately 40% of budgeted second half 2013 production volumes hedged at an average WTI CAD price of approximately $96 per barrel and approximately 20% of budgeted second half 2013 volumes hedged at an average WCS price of approximately $75 per barrel. The Company has also entered into WTI CAD fixed price swaps for calendar 2014. This should provide the Company with greater price certainty and funds flow support.

Palliser is currently shipping approximately 45% of its oil production by rail to the Gulf Coast. The Company is realizing a significant price premium on volumes shipped by rail. By year end, we will have the ability to increase our rail shipments to in excess of 50% of production, if market conditions are favourable, with minimal incremental capital expenditure required.

Our original $24 million capital budget for 2013 assumed US$93 WTI per barrel and CAD$63 WCS per barrel pricing. Our internally driven capital program is to be funded by cash flow and credit facilities. With pricing in the second half of the year forecast to be higher than budgeted, the Company will be well positioned with flexibility to deploy any excess funds flow to the most prudent use of funds.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

"Signed"
Kevin J. Gibson 
Chief Executive Officer

"Signed"
Allan B. Carswell 
President and Chief Operating Officer

August 21, 2013
Calgary, Alberta

For further information regarding Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation, the reader is invited to visit the Company's website at www.palliserogc.com.

Palliser is a Calgary-based emerging junior oil and gas company currently focused on high netback heavy oil production in the greater Lloydminster area of both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements or information (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including, but not limited to management's assessment of future plans and operations, including: commodity focus; drilling plans and potential locations; expected production levels; expected transportation methods; development and acquisition plans; reserves growth; production and operating sales and expenses; reservoir characteristics; the results of applying certain operational development techniques; certain economic factors; and capital expenditures.  Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "project" and similar words suggesting future events or performance or may be identified by reference to a future date. In addition, statements relating to oil and gas reserves and resources are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves or resources described, as the case may be, exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future.  With respect to forward-looking statements herein, Palliser has made assumptions regarding, among other things; future capital expenditure levels; future oil and natural gas prices; "differentials" between West Texas Intermediate and Western Canadian Select benchmark pricing; future oil and natural gas production levels; future water disposal capacity; future exchange rates and interest rates; ability to obtain equipment and services in a timely manner to carry out development activities; ability to market oil and natural gas successfully to current and new customers; the ability to ship volumes by rail; the impact of increasing competition; the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms; and the ability to add production and reserves through development and exploitation activities. Although Palliser believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained herein, and the assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements included herein, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause Palliser's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections.  Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Palliser's results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, including the Company's Annual Information Form, and may be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof. Except as expressly required by applicable securities laws, Palliser does not undertake any obligation to, nor does it intend to, publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.  In addition, readers are cautioned that historical results are not necessarily indicative of future performance.

Production volumes are commonly expressed on a barrel of equivalent ("BOE") basis whereby natural gas volumes are converted at a ratio of six thousand cubic feet to one barrel of oil.  The intention is to convert oil and natural gas measurement units into one basis for improved analysis of results and comparisons with other industry participants. The term BOE may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.  The conversion ratio is based on an energy equivalent method and does not represent an economic value equivalency at the wellhead.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this Press release.

 

SOURCE Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation

For further information:

Kevin J. Gibson
CEO
kgibson@palliserogc.com
(403) 209-5717

or

Allan B. Carswell
President and COO
acarswell@palliserogc.com
(403) 209-5709

or

Ivan J. Condic
Vice President, Finance and CFO
icondic@palliserogc.com
(403) 209-5718