BELLATRIX EXPLORATION REPORTS RESOURCE DRILLING DRIVES 65% GROWTH IN YEAR-END RESERVES

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CALGARY, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. ("Bellatrix" or the "Company") announces the results of its 2010 year-end reserves as evaluated by GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ"), the independent reserves evaluator, for 100% of Bellatrix's oil and gas properties prepared in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 ("NI 51-101").

As Bellatrix  plans to announce its audited 2010 financial results on or about March 10, 2011, certain financial information for the year ended December 31, 2010 disclosed herein, or used in various calculations herein, is based on unaudited information and has been utilized by Bellatrix in this release to facilitate the discussion with respect to the performance of our capital program. Readers are advised that these financial estimates are subject to audit and may be subject to change as a result, and such changes could be material.

The highlights section contains the term "funds flow from operations" which should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than cash flow from operating activities as determined in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") as an indicator of the Company's performance. Therefore reference to diluted funds flow from operations or funds flow from operations per share may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. Management uses funds flow from operations to analyze operating performance and leverage and considers funds flow from operations to be a key measure as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate the cash necessary to fund future capital investments and to repay debt. The reconciliation between cash flow from operating activities and funds flow from operations can be found in the document.  Funds flow from operations per share is calculated using the weighted average number of common shares for the period.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2010 sales volumes averaged 8,519 boe/d with an exit rate of 10,500 boe/d (weighted 42% to crude oil, condensate and NGLs).

  • Q4 2010 sales volumes averaged 10,002 boe/d up 52% from Q4 2009. For the week of February 5 to February 11, 2011 field production averaged 11,220 boe/d (weighted 43% to crude oil, condensate and NGLs).

  • As of December 31, 2010, the Company posted total company interest proved reserves of 24.93 mmboe and total company interest proved plus probable reserves of 42.56 mmboe representing a 64.5% growth year over year.

  • Excluding properties which were disposed in 2010, proved and probable company interest reserve additions in 2010 replaced 590% of production.

  • The net present value of future net revenue of reserves at 10% discount rate improved to $481.54 million up from $357.34 million posted in 2009 representing an increase of 34.8%.

  • Bellatrix's net asset value, as at December 31, 2010, based on the GLJ evaluation at a 10% discount rate, equates to $5.11 per basic share outstanding and is $5.79 per basic share outstanding at an 8% discount rate.

  • The Company's reserve life index has extended to 7.2 years for total company interest proved reserves up from 6.4 years in 2009 with total company interest proved and probable reserve life index increased to 11.2 years up from 9.4 years presented in 2009.

  • 2010 FD&A including changes to future development capital for proved reserves equated to $15.94 /boe.

  • 2010 FD&A including changes to future development capital for total proved plus probable reserves were $12.89 /boe.

  • The Company established recycle ratios, after commodity price risk management contracts and excluding future development costs of 2.52 times on a proved basis and 4.31 times on a proved and probable basis.

  • Funds flow from operations increased to $53.0 million ($0.57/share) in 2010 up from $36.0 million ($0.46/share) posted in 2009.

  • The Company's total debt including the liability component of its convertible debentures, excluding unrealized commodity contract assets and liabilities, future income taxes, asset retirement obligations and capital lease obligations, as at December 31, 2010 was $87.4 million, down from $107.3 million at the year ending 2009.

2010 Reserves     2009
Reserves
 
    Oil & Liquids   Natural Gas             Total   Total      Variance
  (mbbls) (mmcf) (mboe)   (mboe) %
             
Proved 9,547 92,298 24,930   16,573 + 50.4%
Probable 7,567 60,379 17,630   9,299 + 89.6%
Proved Plus Probable1 17,114 152,677 42,560   25,872 + 64.5%

1 based on company interest reserves

FINDING, DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITION COSTS ("FD&A")  HIGHLIGHTS

                                               
($/boe)                     2010           2009           2008-2010
Average
Proved (excluding FDC)                     8.47           $6.01           9.42
Proved (including FDC)                     15.94           $8.61           15.46
                                               
Proved Plus Probable (excluding FDC)                     4.96           $6.90           6.58
Proved Plus Probable (including FDC)                     12.89           $5.93           13.36

FIRST QUARTER DRILLING PROGRAM UPDATE

As part of the 2011 capital expenditures budget the Corporation anticipates a very active first quarter in 2011 with participation in 25 gross (12.4 net) wells weighted 2/3 oil and 1/3 liquids rich gas. To date in the first quarter of 2011, 5 gross (3.52 net)  operated wells and 2 gross (0.29 net) non-operated wells have been drilled in the Cardium. Four of these wells (2.81 net) have been completed and are on production. Two gross (0.95 net) operated wells are currently drilling to evaluate the Notikewin with an additional 3 gross (1.05 net) non operated Notikewin tests that have been drilled and are waiting on completion.

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

Exploration and development capital expenditures after drilling incentive credits but excluding corporate expenditures, property acquisitions and dispositions were $98.4 million in 2010. During the fourth quarter of 2010, Bellatrix spent $34.9 million on capital projects, excluding corporate expenditures, property acquisitions and dispositions, compared to $9.6 million in 2009. 

In 2010, the Company participated in 48 gross (28.8 net) wells resulting in 38 gross (21.5 net) oil wells, 9 gross (6.3 net) gas wells and one dry hole providing a 98% drilling success rate for 2010. Production decline was offset and production grew by over 40% from Q4 2009 sales volumes of 6,572 boe/d to an exit rate of 10,500 boe/d.

Bellatrix reports the following highlights of the Company's operations and undeveloped land at December 31, 2010 in comparison to the prior year end, including:

  • Total net proceeds from the sale of properties in 2010 were $14.6 million; the net proceeds from the dispositions were used to pay down debt.

  • The Company's total net debt including the liability component of its convertible debentures, excluding unrealized commodity contract assets and liabilities, future income taxes, asset retirement obligations and capital lease obligations, as at December 31, 2010 was $87.4 million, down from $107.3 million as at December 31, 2009 and $215.0 million as at December 31, 2008.

  • The Company's credit facility was expanded effective December 15, 2010 and consists of a $15 million demand operating facility provided by one Canadian bank and a $85 million extendible revolving term credit facility provided by one Canadian bank and one Canadian financial institution.  The next borrowing base review is scheduled for May 31, 2011. The expanded credit facilities provide the Company with the financial flexibility to fund its 2011 capital program.

  • As at December 31, 2010, Bellatrix has approximately $41 million drawn on its extendible, revolving bank credit facility leaving $59 million available to assist in managing our operations and capital program.

  • Based on the reserves information and other data as at December 31, 2010, the Company has performed ceiling test calculations in accordance with the requirements of CICA AcG 16 "Oil and Gas Accounting - Full Cost". No ceiling test impairment of oil and gas properties is anticipated for accounting purposes as at December 31, 2010.

  • The Company has approximately $450 million in tax pools available for deduction against future income.

  • Bellatrix has 211,893 net undeveloped acres in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

RESERVES

At December 31, 2010 the Company's proved and probable company interest reserves, using forecast prices and costs, were 42,560 mboe, an increase of 64.5% compared to 25,872  mboe at December 31, 2009.  Property dispositions accounted for 1,651 mboe or a 6.4% decrease in the Company's proved and probable company interest reserves. Excluding dispositions, the Company's proved and probable company interest reserves at December 31, 2010 increased by 70.9% when compared to December 31, 2009.  By commodity type, natural gas makes up 59.8%, light oil and natural gas liquids 38.6% and heavy oil 1.6% of total reserves.  At December 31, 2010, the Company's total proved company interest reserves were 24,930 mboe, an increase of 50.4% compared to 16,573 mboe at December 31, 2009; of which property dispositions accounted for 1,109 mboe or a 6.7% decrease in the Company's total proved company interest reserves. Excluding dispositions, the Company's total proved company interest reserves at December 31, 2010 increased by 57.1% when compared to December 31, 2009 (calculated increases include 2010 production of  3,110 mboe).

Bellatrix's average sales volumes for 2010 are estimated to be 8,519 boe/d. Fourth quarter 2010 sales volumes averaged 10,002 boe/d, weighted 38% towards light oil and natural gas liquids and  62% towards natural gas.  Excluding properties which were disposed in 2010, proved and probable company interest reserve additions in 2010 replaced 590% of production.

The Company has experienced several years of positive revisions to its established reserve base as reserve confidence increases with production history and expects this trend to continue.  Additionally, reserves expected from the Company's developing Cardium and Notikewin resource plays are only partially evaluated due to the early stage of development of the play and the horizontal drilling and completion technologies involved.  Specifically, the reserve evaluation includes 18.9 net undeveloped Notikewin horizontal gas locations at Ferrier and 36.2 net undeveloped Cardium horizontal oil locations at Pembina.  Focusing on the Cardium oil play, the Company is in the process of developing and proving up reserves across 144 gross (82 net) sections of land, an average 57% working interest.

PRODUCTION 

For the 2010 year, sales volumes averaged 8,519 boe/d compared to 8,426 boe/d for the same period in 2009, representing an 1% increase. Sales volumes for the three months ended December 31, 2010 averaged 10,002 boe/d, up 52% from the 6,572 boe/d sold in the fourth quarter of 2009.  The weighting toward crude oil, condensate and NGLs sales volumes averaged 38% in the 2010 fourth quarter, compared to 25% in the corresponding period in 2009.  Fourth quarter 2010 sales volumes were higher than the same period in 2009 primarily due to the success achieved from an expanded drilling program in 2010.  Sales volumes for the month of December 2010 averaged approximately 10,500 boe/d; crude oil, condensate and NGLs made up 42% of December 2010 sales volumes. For the week of February 5 to February 11, 2011 field production averaged 11,220 boe/d (weighted  43% to crude oil, condensate and NGLs).

Natural gas sales averaged 37.1 Mmcf/d during the last quarter of 2010, compared to 29.6 Mmcf/d in the fourth quarter of 2009.  The Company's natural gas sales increase was attributed to natural gas wells drilled in the third and fourth quarter of 2010.  The weighting toward natural gas sales volumes averaged 62% in the fourth quarter, compared to 75% in the corresponding period of 2009 as Bellatrix concentrates on exploiting its Cardium oil resource play.  Crude oil, condensate and NGL sales volumes averaged 3,821 bbls/d in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to 1,642 bbls/d during the same period of 2009.

As stated in the press release dated November 16, 2010 Bellatrix has announced a $85 million capital expenditures budget for 2011. In addition, the Company anticipates utilizing up to $10 million from a joint venture partner. Based on the timing of proposed expenditures, downtime for anticipated plant turnarounds and normal production declines, execution of the 2011 budget is anticipated to provide 2011 average daily production of approximately 12,000 boe/d and an exit rate of approximately 13,000 boe/d. The 2011 capital budget is expected to be directed primarily towards horizontal drilling and completions activities in the Cardium and Notikewin resource plays.

As part of the 2011 capital expenditures budget the Corporation anticipates a very active first quarter in 2011 with participation in 25 gross (12.4 net) wells weighted 2/3 oil and 1/3 liquids rich gas. Drilling expenditures in Q1 2011 should total approximately $35 million funded by the Company and an additional $5 million funded by a joint venture partner. In addition, in Q1 2011 the Company has made property acquisitions totaling $13.2 million.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

                                 
                                    Years ended December 31,
($000s)                               2010
(unaudited)
          2009
Lease acquisitions and retention                               480           649
Geological and geophysical                               737           31
Drilling and completion costs                               90,914           13,715
Facilities and equipment                               9,384           3,616
Drilling Incentive Credits                               (3,128)           (2,168)
  Exploration and development1                               98,387           15,843
Corporate                               521           644
Property acquisitions                               7,840           -
  Total capital expenditures - cash                               106,748           16,487
Property dispositions - cash                               (14,567)           (92,921)
  Total net capital expenditures - cash                               92,181           (76,434)
Other - non-cash2                               2,280           (492)
  Total capital expenditures                               94,461           (76,926)

1 Excludes capitalized costs related to asset retirement obligation expenditures incurred during the year.
2 Other includes current period's asset retirement obligations, unit based compensation capitalized and assets under capital lease. 

PROPERTY ACQUISITIONS

On December 10, 2010, Bellatrix closed the purchase of certain property interests in the Pembina area for a net purchase price of $4.5 million after adjustments. The transaction which was effective August 1, 2010, included the acquisition  of an additional 6.5 gross sections (2.5 net) of Cardium rights, for an increase of an additional 10.0 net Cardium horizontal drilling locations. The acquisition also included approximately 70 boe/d of production and associated facilities.

On January 25, 2011, Bellatrix acquired the interest in a section of Frog Lake First Nation lands from a joint venture partner for a net purchase price of $2.2 million after adjustments. The transaction has an effective date of January 1, 2011. These assets consists of approximately 130 boe/d of net production; an additional 20% interest in the Colony formation in these lands (BXE already has 13.75%WI) and an additional 50% WI in the McLaren formation in these lands (BXE already has a 50% WI) except for a ¼ section which the McLaren interests are as per the Colony. The south half of the section is undeveloped with 2 wells scheduled for drilling in Q1 2011.

On January 25, 2011, Bellatrix exercised a right of first refusal increasing its interest in a joint venture property in the Brazeau Area of West Central Alberta for approximately $1.5 million. The asset acquisition consisted of approximately 3,200 gross (1,102.8 net) acres of Cardium rights providing the Company with up to 6.3 net Cardium locations and included 15 boe/d of production.

At December 31, 2010, Bellatrix reports 211,893 net undeveloped acres (compared to 258,507 net in 2009).  The change is attributable to normal course lease expiries in non-core gas areas (~62% of the change), strategic non-core asset sales (~25% of the change), and reclassification of lands (such as drilling). In the Greater Pembina core area of Bellatrix, expiries to the undeveloped net acreage were largely offset by recent acquisitions. Of note within the Greater Pembina area respecting Cardium expiries, Bellatrix had approximately 22 net sections expire in 2010 of which 20 net sections were replaced via an agreement concluded February 1, 2011.

PROPERTY DISPOSITIONS

In 2010, Bellatrix has been working on a number of internal initiatives to streamline and optimize our ongoing operations, specifically the ability to expand and accelerate the drilling of its Cardium oil resource.

On December 22, 2010, Bellatrix completed the sale of its interest in a non-core property at Mantario, Saskatchewan for net proceeds of $13.5 million after adjustments. The effective date of the sale was December 1, 2010. The net proceeds were used to reduce the Company's bank indebtedness and ultimately will be directed towards the development of its Cardium oil resource program.

On December 30, 2010, the Company closed the Willesden Green Facilities Joint Venture raising the amount of $1.6 million and with the Company contributing the battery facilities located at 4-29-42-8W5 to the joint venture for approximately $1.6 million. This is accounted for as a capital lease transaction.

On December 31, 2010, the Company also closed another minor non-core property sale at Killam for net proceeds of $375,000 after adjustments.  The purchase and sale agreement had an effective and closing date of December 31, 2010.

COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS

Bellatrix recently added four natural gas fixed price swaps for a total of 20,000 GJ (18.2 mmcf/d) at an average price of CDN$3.78 GJ/d (CDN$4.155/mcf) for the period April 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011.  In addition, the Company has added three crude oil fixed price swaps for 500 bbl/d each at US$89.10/bbl, US$95.00/bbl and US$97.50/bbl, respectively for varying terms within 2011. The Company now has fixed price swaps in place at an annual 2011 average of 2,877 bbl/d of crude oil at an average fixed price of CDN$90.83/bbl. For the period from February 1 to December 31, 2011, the Company has fixed price swaps in place at an average of 2,958 bpd of crude oil at an average fixed price of CDN $91.07/bbl.

As at February 16, 2011, Bellatrix has entered into commodity price risk management arrangements as follows:

                                         
Type       Period       Volume       Price Floor       Price Ceiling       Index
Natural Gas fixed
Natural Gas fixed
Natural Gas fixed
Natural Gas fixed
Crude Oil fixed
Crude Oil fixed
Crude Oil fixed
Crude Oil fixed
Crude Oil fixed
      Apr. 1, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2011
Apr. 1, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2011
Apr. 1, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2011
Apr. 1, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2011
Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011
Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011
Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011
Feb. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011
Mar. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011
      5,000 GJ/day
5,000 GJ/day
5,000 GJ/day
5,000 GJ/day
1,000 bbl/d
500 bbl/d
500 bbl/d
500 bbl/d
500 bbl/d
      $3.87  CDN
$3.65  CDN
$3.805  CDN
$3.80  CDN
  $88.18 CDN
   $89.00 CDN
      $89.10 US
  $95.00 US
  $97.50 US
             $3.87  CDN
  $3.65  CDN
   $3.805  CDN
  $3.80  CDN
$88.18  CDN
$89.00  CDN
     $89.10  US
     $95.00  US
     $97.50  US
      AECO
AECO
AECO
AECO
WTI
WTI
WTI
WTI
WTI

TOTAL DEBT

Bellatrix's net debt, excluding unrealized commodity contract assets and liabilities, future income taxes and asset retirement obligations, as at December 31, 2010 was $87.4 million, representing $41.2 million outstanding on the credit facility, $47.6 million in convertible debentures (liability component) and the net balance of working capital. 

Part of Bellatrix's focus in 2010 has been directed towards improving the Company's financial flexibility and building a stronger balance sheet.

On January 28, 2010, Bellatrix closed an equity issuance of 13.64 million common shares on a bought deal basis at a price of $3.30 per share for gross proceeds of $45.0 million (net proceeds of $42.7 million after underwriter fees and before other closing costs).  The net proceeds from this financing were used to temporarily reduce outstanding indebtedness, thereby freeing up borrowing capacity that may be redrawn to fund Bellatrix's ongoing capital expenditure program and for general purposes.

On April 20, 2010, Bellatrix issued $55 million of principal amount of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (the "4.75% Debentures") on a bought deal basis.  The 4.75% Debentures have a face amount of $1,000, bear interest at the rate of 4.75% per annum payable semi-annually in arrears on the last day of April and October of each year commencing on October 31, 2010 and mature on April 30, 2015 (the "Maturity Date"). The 4.75% Debentures are convertible at the holder's option and at any time prior to the close of business on the earlier of the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the Maturity Date and the date specified by the Corporation for redemption of the 4.75% Debentures into common shares of the Corporation at a conversion price of $5.60 per common share (the "Conversion Price"), subject to adjustment in certain events. The 4.75% Debentures are not redeemable by the Corporation before April 30, 2013. On and after April 13, 2013 and prior to April 30, 2014, the 4.75% Debentures are redeemable at the Corporation's option, in whole or in part, at par plus accrued and unpaid interest if the weighted average trading price of the common shares for the specified period is not less than 125% of the Conversion Price.  On and after April 30, 2014, the 4.75% Debentures are redeemable at the Corporation's option, in whole or in part, at any time at par plus accrued and unpaid interest.  Proceeds from the issuance of the 4.75% Debentures were used by Bellatrix to partially fund the redemption of the convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due June 30, 2011 (the "7.5% Debentures") and the balance of the redemption amount was funded through bank indebtedness. 

On August 12, 2010, Bellatrix issued 4.71 million common shares on a flow through basis ("Flow Through Shares") at a price of $4.25 per Flow Through Share for aggregate gross proceeds of $20,017,500.  Proceeds of the offering were used to accelerate the Company's Cardium light oil exploration program by incurring expenditures eligible for Canadian exploration expenses that will be renounced to subscribers of the Flow Through Shares effective on or before December 31, 2010. 

Net debt and total net debt are considered non-GAAP terms. The Company's calculation of net debt includes the net working capital deficiency (excess) before short-term commodity contract assets and liabilities, current capital lease obligation and short-term future income tax assets and liabilities. Total net debt also includes the liability component of convertible debentures and excludes asset retirement obligations, long-term capital lease obligation and the future income tax assets and liabilities. A reconciliation between total liabilities under GAAP and total net debt as calculated by the Company is provided below:

Reconciliation of Total Liabilities to Total Net Debt

                                   
                  Years ended December 31,
($000s, except where noted)                 2010           2009
                  (unaudited)            
Total liabilities per internal financial statements                 164,561           159,619
    Current liabilities included within working capital calculation                 (46,864)           (24,305)
    Asset retirement obligations                 (27,483)           (25,728)
    Capital lease obligation                 (1,443)           -
                                   
Working Capital                              
    Current assets                 (44,119)           (29,036)
    Current liabilities                 46,864           24,305
    Current portion of capital lease                 (146)           -
    Net commodity contract asset (liability)                 (3,732)           3,374
    Net future income taxes - current                 (194)           (960)
                  (1,327)           (2,317)
Total net debt                 87,444           107,269

TAX POOLS

At December 31, 2010, the Company had approximately $449 million in tax pools available for deduction against future income as follows:

                                           
($000s)                 Rate %         2010             2009
                            (unaudited)              
Canadian exploration expenses                 100         44,000             43,200
Canadian development expenses                 30         286,500             210,500
Canadian oil and gas property expenses                 10         9,100             15,100
Foreign resource expenses                 10         900             1,100
Attributed Canadian Royalty Income                 (Alberta) 100         16,100             16,100
Undepreciated capital cost(1)                 6-55         89,100             100,600
Non capital losses (expire through 2027)                 100         300             13,100
Financing costs                 20 S.L         3,000             200
Total Tax Pools                           449,000             399,900

(1) Approximately $84 million of undepreciated capital cost pools are class 41, which is claimed at a 25% rate.

As a result of the issuance of the Flow-Through Shares on August 12, 2010, Bellatrix is committed to incur approximately $20 million in qualifying Exploration Expense prior to December 31, 2011.

CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES AND FUNDS FLOW FROM OPERATIONS

Funds flow from operations is a term that does not have any standardized meaning under GAAP.  Funds flow from operations is calculated as cash flow from operating activities before asset retirement costs incurred and changes in non-cash working capital incurred. The Reconciliation of Cash Flow from Operating Activities and Funds Flow from Operations is provided below:

Reconciliation of Cash Flow from Operating Activities and Funds Flow from Operations

                               
                  Years ended December 31,
                  2010           2009
($000s, except per share amounts)                 (unaudited)            
                               
Cash flow from operating activities                 44,272           30,671
                               
Realization of imputed interest costs on 7.5% Debentures                 5,050           -
                               
Asset retirement costs incurred                 1,373           1,510
                               
Change in non-cash working capital                 2,347           3,844
                               
Funds flow from operations                 53,042           36,025

Bellatrix's cash flow from operating activities of $44.3 million ($0.47 per diluted share) for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased approximately 44% from the $30.7 million ($0.39 per diluted share) generated in 2009.  Bellatrix generated funds flow from operations of $53.0 million ($0.57 per diluted share) for the year ended December 31, 2010, up 47% from $36.0 million ($0.46 per diluted share) for 2009.  The increase in cash flow from operating activities and funds flow from operations for 2010 compared to 2009 was primarily the result higher petroleum and natural gas sales, lower production, G&A and interest and financing expenses, offset by a decrease in realized gains on commodity price risk contracts and higher royalties.

Reserves, at December 31, 2010, as evaluated by GLJ, are summarized below and in the following tables.

Summary of Oil and Gas Company Interest1 Reserves2 (Gross + Royalties Receivable)
Forecast Prices and Costs

                                         
        As At December 31, 2010     As at Dec. 31, 2009
        Natural Gas3     Heavy Oil     Light and     Natural Gas     Total     Total
                    Medium Oil     Liquids            
        (mmcf)     (mbbl)     (mbbl)     (mbbl)     (mboe, 6:1)     (mboe, 6:1)
Proved                                      
  Developed producing       58,304     408     2,671     1,583     14,380     12,345
  Developed non-producing       5,877     -     52     67     1,099     1,019
  Undeveloped       28,117     61     3,742     962     9,451     3,209
Total proved       92,298     469     6,465     2,612     24,930     16,573
Probable       60,379     217     5,569     1,781     17,630     9,299
Proved plus probable, producing       77,922     533     4,034     2,112     19,666     16,399
Total proved plus probable       152,677     686     12,035     4,393     42,560     25,872

1 "Company Interest" means Bellatrix's working interest (operated or non operated) share before deduction of royalties but after including any royalty interests of Bellatrix.
2 May not add due to rounding.
3 Includes 1,632 mmcf of total proved and 1,991 Gross mmcf total proved plus probable assigned to natural gas from coal bed methane reserves.

Summary of Oil and Gas Working Interest1 Reserves2 (Gross)
Forecast Prices and Costs

                                           
        As At December 31, 2010     As at Dec. 31, 2009
        Natural Gas3     Heavy Oil     Light and     Natural Gas     Total     Total
                    Medium Oil     Liquids            
        (mmcf)     (mbbl)     (mbbl)     (mbbl)     (mboe, 6:1)     (mboe, 6:1)
Proved                                      
    Developed producing       58,017     385     2,671     1,573     14,299     12,272
    Developed non-producing       5,877     -     52     67     1,099     1,109
    Undeveloped       28,090     60     3,742     961     9,445     3,201
Total proved       91,984     445     6,465     2,601     24,842     16,492
Probable       60,291     208     5,566     1,778     17,600     9,259
Proved plus probable, producing       77,608     503     4,034     2,101     19,573     16,315
Total proved plus probable       152,275     653     12,031     4,379     42,442     25,750

1 "Working Interest" means Bellatrix's working interest (operated or non operated) share before deduction of royalties and without including any royalty interests of Bellatrix. Also referred to as "Gross" reserves under NI 51-101.
2 May not add due to rounding.
3 Includes 1,632 mmcf of total proved and 1,991 Gross mmcf total proved plus probable assigned to natural gas from coal bed methane reserves.

Summary of Oil and Gas Net Reserves1, 2 (Net)
Forecast Prices and Costs

                                       
        As At December 31, 2010     As at Dec. 31, 2009
        Natural Gas3     Heavy Oil     Light and     Natural Gas     Total     Total
                    Medium Oil     Liquids            
        (mmcf)     (mbbl)     (mbbl)     (mbbl)     (mboe, 6:1)     (mboe, 6:1)
Proved                                      
    Developed producing       47,377     342     2,152     1,017     11,408     9,958
    Developed non-producing       4,883     -     41     49     904     817
    Undeveloped       22,508     51     3,064     727     7,593     2,516
Total proved       74,768     393     5,256     1,793     19,904     13,291
Probable       48,501     169     4,372     1,212     13,836     7,263
Proved plus probable, producing       63,239     436     3,114     1,339     15,430     13,172
Total proved plus probable       123,270     562     9,628     3,005     33,740     20,555

1 "Net" means Bellatrix's working interest (operated or non operated) share after deduction of royalty obligations, plus Bellatrix's royalty interests in reserves.
2 May not add due to rounding.
3 Includes 1,632 mmcf of total proved and 1,991 Gross mmcf total proved plus probable assigned to natural gas from coal bed methane reserves.

RESERVES RECONCILIATION

COMPANY INTEREST1, 2 (Gross + Royalties Receivable)


 
  Light and
Medium
Crude Oil (mbbl)

Heavy
Crude Oil
(mbbl)

Total
Crude Oil
(mbbl)
 
NGLs
(mbbl)

Conventional
Natural Gas (mmcf)

Natural Gas
from Coal
(mmcf)

Total
Natural Gas
(mmcf)

Oil Equivalent
(mboe)

PROVED PRODUCING

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Opening Balance3

1,057

759

1,817

1,289
53,959

1,479

55,438

12,346

Discoveries
-

-

-
 
-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
1,521

126

1,647
 
492

12,149

-

12,149

4,164

Infill Drilling
479

-

479
 
54

1,355

-

1,355

759

Improved Recovery
-

-

-
 
-

161

-

161

27

Technical Revisions
29

65

94
 
76

2,993

242

3,235

708

Acquisitions
26

-

26
 
46

1,298

-

1,298

288

Dispositions
(3)

(392)

(395)
 
(6)

(334)

-

(334)

(456)

Economic Factors
(6)

-

(6)
 
(19)

(1,927)

1

(1,926)

(346)

Production
(432)

(150)

(581)
 
(350)

(12,861)

(211)

(13,072)

(3,110)

Closing Balance4

2,671

408

3,080

1,583
56,793

1,511

58,304

14,380

TOTAL PROVED

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Opening Balance3

1,848

1,378

3,226

1,610
68,907

1,518

70,425

16,573

Discoveries
-

-

-
 
-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
4,616

138

4,755
 
1,261

32,622

-

32,622

11,452

Infill Drilling
834

-

834
 
92

2,304

-

2,304

1,310

Improved Recovery
-

-

-
 
-

161

-

161

27

Technical Revisions
(418)

95

(323)
 
(9)

827

323

1,150

(139)

Acquisitions
26

-

26
 
46

1,298

-

1,298

288

Dispositions
(3)

(992)

(995)
 
(20)

(561)

-

(561)

(1,109)

Economic Factors
(6)

-

(6)
 
(18)

(2,030)

1

(2,029)

(362)

 
Production
(432)

(150)

(581)
 
(350)

(12,861)

(211)

(13,072)

(3,110)

Closing Balance4

6,465

470

6,935

2,612
90,666

1,632

92,298

24,930

PROBABLE

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Opening Balance3

794

477

1,271

1,034
41,530

432

41,961

9,299

Discoveries
-

-

-
 
-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
4,103

117

4,220
 
892

23,396

-

23,396

9,011

Infill Drilling
411

-

411
 
53

1,513

-

1,513

716

Improved Recovery
-

-

-
 
-

110

-

110

19

Technical Revisions
254

11

265
 
(168)

(5,357)

(72)

(5,429)

(807)

Acquisitions
8

-

8
 
14

397

-

397

88

Dispositions
(3)

(388)

(391)
 
(29)

(731)

-

(731)

(542)

Economic Factors
3

-

3
 
(17)

(838)

1

(838)

(154)

Production
-

-

 -
 
-

-

 -

-

-

Closing Balance4

5,569

217

5,786

1,781
60,020

360

60,379

17,630

PROVED PLUS PROBABLE

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Opening Balance3

2,642

1,855

4,497

2,644
110,437

1,950

112,386

25,872

Discoveries
-

-

-
 
-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
8,719

255

8,975
 
2,152

56,018

-

56,018

20,463

Infill Drilling
1,244

-

1,244
 
145

3,817

-

3,817

2,026

Improved Recovery
-

-

-
 
-

271

-

271

46

Technical Revisions
(164)

107

(57)
 
(177)

(4,530)

251

(4,279)

(947)

Acquisitions
33

-

33
 
60

1,695

-

1,695

376

Dispositions
(6)

(1,381)

(1,386)
 
(49)

(1,292)

-

(1,292)

(1,651)

Economic Factors
(4)

-

(4)
 
(34)

(2,868)

2

(2,867)

(515)

Production
(432)

(150)

(581)
 
(350)

(12,861)

 (211)

(13,072)

(3,110)

Closing Balance4

12,035

686

12,721

4,393
150,686

1,991

152,677

42,560

1 "Company Interest" means Bellatrix's working interest (operated or non operated) share before deduction of royalties but after including any royalty interests of  Bellatrix.
2 Based on forecast prices and costs. May not add due to rounding.
3 As at December 31, 2009.
4 As at December 31, 2010.


RESERVES RECONCILIATION

WORKING INTEREST1 (Gross)


 
 
Light and Medium
Crude Oil (mbbl)
 
Heavy
Crude Oil
(mbbl)

Total
Crude Oil
(mbbl)

NGLs
(mbbl)

Conventional
Natural Gas
(mmcf)

Natural Gas
from Coal
(mmcf)

Total
Natural Gas
(mmcf)

Oil
Equivalent
(mboe)

PROVED PRODUCING

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Balance2

1,057
 
741

1,798

1,278

53,694

1,479

55,173

12,272

Discoveries
-
 
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
1,521
 
120

1,641

492

12,149

-

12,149

4,157

Infill Drilling
479
 
-

479

54

1,355

-

1,355

759

Improved Recovery
-
 
-

-

-

161

-

161

27

Technical Revisions
27
 
66

93

72

2,831

242

3,073

677

Acquisitions
26
 
-

26

46

1,289

-

1,289

286

Dispositions
(3)
 
(392)

(395)

(6)

(322)

-

(322)

(454)

Economic Factors
(6)
 
-

(6)

(19)

(1,927)

1

(1,926)

(346)

Production
(430)
 
(149)

(578)

(345)

(12,724)

(211)

(12,934)

(3,079)

Closing Balance3

2,671
 
385

3,056

1,573

56,507

1,511

58,017

14,299

TOTAL PROVED

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Opening Balance2

1,848
 
1,358

3,206

1,597

68,613

1,518

70,131

16,492

Discoveries
-
 
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
4,616
 
132

4,748

1,261

32,622

-

32,622

11,446

Infill Drilling
834
 
-

834

92

2,304

-

2,304

1,310

Improved Recovery
-
 
-

-

-

161

-

161

27

Technical Revisions
(420)
 
96

(324)

(13)

668

323

991

(172)

Acquisitions
26
 
-

26

46

1,289

-

1,289

286

Dispositions
(3)
 
(992)

(995)

(20)

(549)

-

(549)

(1,106)

Economic Factors
(6)
 
-

(6)

(18)

(2,030)

1

(2,029)

(362)

Production
(430)
 
(149)

(578)

(345)

(12,724)

(211)

(12,934)

(3,079)

Closing Balance3

6,465
 
445

6,910

2,601

90,353

1,632

91,984

24,842

PROBABLE

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Balance2

794
 
471

1,266

1,027

41,364

432

41,795

9,258

Discoveries
-
 
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
4,100
 
113

4,213

890

23,361

-

23,361

8,997

Infill Drilling
411
 
-

411

53

1,513

-

1,513

716

Improved Recovery
-
 
-

-

-

110

-

110

19

Technical Revisions
254
 
12

266

(163)

(5,246)

(72)

(5,318)

(782)

Acquisitions
8
 
-

8

14

395

-

395

88

Dispositions
(3)
 
(388)

(391)

(29)

(728)

-

(728)

(542)

Economic Factors
3
 
-

3

(17)

(838)

1

(838)

(154)

Production
-
 
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Closing Balance3

5,566
 
208

5,774

1,778

59,931

360

60,291

17,600

PROVED PLUS PROBABLE

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Balance2

2,642
 
1,830

4,472

2,624

109,976

1,950

111,926

25,750

Discoveries
-
 
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Extensions
8,716
 
245

8,961

2,151

55,983

-

55,983

20,443

Infill Drilling
1,244
 
-

1,244

145

3,817

-

3,817

2,026

Improved Recovery
-
 
-

-

-

271

-

271

46

Technical Revisions
(166)
 
108

(58)

(175)

(4,578)

251

(4,327)

(955)

Acquisitions
33
 
-

33

60

1,684

-

1,684

374

Dispositions
(6)
 
(1,381)

(1,386)

(49)

(1,277)

-

(1,277)

(1,648)

Economic Factors
(4)
 
-

(4)

(34)

(2,868)

2

(2,867)

(515)

Production
(430)
 
(149)

(578)

(345)

(12,724)

(211)

(12,934)

(3,079)

Closing Balance3

12,031
 
653

12,684

4,379

150,284

1,991

152,275

42,442

1 "Working Interest" means Bellatrix's working interest (operated or non operated) share before deduction of royalties and without including any royalty interest of Bellatrix.   Also referred to as "Gross" reserves under NI 51-101.  May not add due to rounding.
2 As at December 31, 2009.
3 As at December 31, 2010.

NET PRESENT VALUE OF FUTURE NET REVENUE

The forecast prices used in GLJ's reserve report effective December 31, 2010 (the "GLJ Report") were an average of the forecast prices published by GLJ, Sproule Associates Limited and McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd., as at January 1, 2011 (the "Consultants' Average Forecast Prices")  and cost inflation factors as at January 1, 2011 prior to provision for interest, debt service charges and general and administrative expenses.  It should not be assumed that the net present values of future net revenues estimated by GLJ represent the fair market value of the reserves.

Estimated future net revenues are stated before deducting future estimated site restoration costs but are reduced for estimated future abandonment costs, the Saskatchewan Capital Tax and estimated capital for future development associated with the reserves.  In the GLJ Report, the net total future capital over the life of the reserves associated with the proved reserves is $157.9 million ($136.4 million discounted at 10%) and $288.8 million ($241.5 million discounted at 10%) for the total proved plus probable reserves. The change in 2010 net total future capital (excluding dispositions) over the life of the reserves associated with the proved reserves is $105.4 million ($93.55 million discounted at 10%) and $199.1 million ($169.78 million discounted at 10% due to extended future schedules for some projects) for the total proved plus probable reserves.

Summary of Net Present Values of Future Net Revenue1
Forecast Prices and Costs ($000s)
Before Income Taxes, Discounted at (%/ year)

           

As at December 31, 2010

0%

5%

10%

15%

20%

Proved

 

 

 

 

 

Developed producing
353,742

275,587

227,796

195,836

172,997

Developed non-producing
19,543

13,417

10,571

8,780

7,495

Undeveloped
218,153

129,378

81,563

52,965

34,494

Total proved

591,439

418,382

319,931

257,581

214,985

Probable

514,333

264,980

161,608

108,815

77,882

Proved Plus Probable Producing

520,973

362,568

282,911

235,263

203,444

Total proved plus probable

1,105,772

 683,361

 481,539

 366,396

 292,867

1 May not add due to rounding

 

The following table provides an estimate of the net present value of future net revenue on an after tax basis assuming that Bellatrix would be subject to corporate income tax on its income beginning in 2011.  It should be noted that this estimate does not take into account any corporate tax deductions such as interest and general and administrative expenses or for any tax pools generated by capital expenditures beyond what exists in the GLJ forecast.

Summary of Net Present Values of Future Net Revenue1
Forecast Prices and Costs ($000s)
After Income Taxes, Discounted at (%/ year)
As at December 31, 2010 0% 5% 10% 15% 20%
Proved          
  Developed producing 353,742 275,587 227,796 195,836 172,997
  Developed non-producing 19,543 13,417 10,571 8,780 7,495
  Undeveloped 178,505 110,675 71,982 47,737 31,494
Total proved 551,791 399,679 310,349 252,353 211,986
Probable 385,723 199,023 121,728 82,270 59,127
Proved Plus Probable Producing 498,903 355,626 280,436 234,297 203,039
Total proved plus probable 937,514 598,701 432,078 334,623 271,112
May not add due to rounding

The following is a summary of the Consultants' Average Forecast Prices as at January 1, 2011:

  OIL        
Year
Forecast
WTI
Cushing Oklahoma
($US/Bbl)
Edmonton Par Price
40° API ($Cdn/Bbl)
Hardisty Heavy
12° API ($Cdn/Bbl)
NATURAL GAS AECO Price ($Cdn/MMBtu) NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS at Edmonton3 ($Cdn/Bbl) INFLATION RATES1 %/Year EXCHANGE RATE2 ($US/$Cdn)
               
2011 87.13 87.83 69.98 4.15 91.35 1.8 0.9622
2012 88.61 90.51 70.70 4.77 92.82 1.8 0.9622
2013 89.76 92.05 69.50 5.23 94.11 1.8 0.9622
2014 91.43 93.77 69.91 6.08 95.84 1.8 0.9622
2015 93.90 96.28 71.80 6.42 98.42 1.8 0.9622
2016 96.17 98.63 73.56 6.69 100.80 1.8 0.9622
2017 98.20 100.71 75.11 6.92 102.94 1.8 0.9622
2018 100.16 102.71 76.61 7.11 104.97 1.8 0.9622
2019 102.20 104.83 78.21 7.27 107.12 1.8 0.9622
2020 104.12 106.79 79.66 7.41 109.14 1.8 0.9622
2021 106.02 108.73 81.11 7.52 111.10 1.8 0.9622
2022 107.98 110.76 82.61 7.68 113.19 1.8 0.9622
2023 109.96 112.77 84.13 7.81 115.23 1.8 0.9622
2024 111.99 114.84 85.67 7.97 117.37 1.8 0.9622
2025 114.08 117.00 87.25 8.09 119.56 1.8 0.9622
Thereafter + 1.8%/year + 1.8%/year + 1.8%/year + 1.8%/year + 1.8%/year 1.8 0.9622
1 Inflation rates for forecasting prices and costs
2 Exchange rates used to generate the benchmark reference prices in this table
3 Natural Gas Liquids is represented by the pentanes plus price

 

Weighted average historical prices realized by Bellatrix (before commodity price risk management contracts) for the year ended December 31, 2010, were $4.19 /Mcf for natural gas, $76.25/bbl for light, medium gravity crude oil and condensate, $60.50/bbl for heavy oil and $39.81/bbl for natural gas liquids.

NET ASSET VALUE - Proved Plus Probable

The following table of net asset value is based on the GLJ evaluation of future net revenue, which does not represent fair market value and does not take into account possible reserve additions from reinvestment of cash flow in existing properties.

 

 ($000's except acre, unit and per unit amounts)

 

PW 0%

PW 5%

PW 10%

PW 15%

PW 20%

Reserves1

1,105,772

683,361

481,539

366,396

292,867

Undeveloped Lands2

85,850 

 
85,850 

 
85,850 

 
85,850 

 
85,850 

Value of Seismic3

18,200

18,200

18,200

18,200

18,200

Net Debt4
(87,444)
(87,444)

(87,444)

(87,444)

(87,444)

Net Asset Value 6

1,122,378

699,967

498,145

383,002

309,473

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Common Share 5
- Per Basic  Outstanding

$11.52

$7.18

$5.11

$3.93

$3.18
- Per Diluted Weighted Average
$12.03

$7.50

$5.34

$4.11

$3.32

1 As evaluated by GLJ as at December 31, 2010  based on forecast prices and costs before income  tax
2  As estimated by Bellatrix as at  December 31, 2010  on  211,893  net acres of undeveloped land at an average price of  $405.16   per acre.
3 Based on 28% of $64.6 million replacement value based on seismic costs on an average of $1,500/km for 2d and $10,000/km2 to buy data.
4 Long term debt net of working capital excluding unrealized commodity contract losses as at December 31, 2010, including the liability portion of convertible debenture ($47.6  million). As at December 31, 2010, the principal amount of convertible debentures outstanding was $55.0 million.
5 Based on 97.446 million common shares outstanding as at  December 31, 2010 and diluted weighted average of 93.287 million shares.  In computing diluted weighted average number of a total of 5,823,377 share options and 9,821,429 common shares issuable on conversion of convertible debentures were excluded from the calculation as they were not dilutive.
6Certain of the information used in the foregoing calculation, including net debt and number of common shares outstanding, is based on unaudited financial information and is subject to audit and may be subject to change as a result.

FINDING, DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITION COSTS 1, 3
PROVED PLUS PROBABLE

         

 

2010

2009

2008

2008 - 2010 Avg.

Excluding Future Development Costs

 

 

 

 

FD&A Costs Proved Plus Probable ($/boe)

 

 

 

 

Exploration and development2
4.68

7.35

37.30

6.24

Acquisitions (excluding dispositions)
 20.96

 -

16.46

15.77

Total (including acquisitions)
4.96

6.90

31.46

6.58
Including Future Development Costs2
 

 

 

 

FD&A Costs - Proved Plus Probable ($/boe)

 

 

 

 

Exploration and development
12.74

6.32

39.73

13.27

Acquisitions (excluding dispositions)
20.96

-

16.46

15.77

Total (including acquisitions)
12.89

5.93

33.21

13.36

1 NI 51-101 specifies how finding and development costs should be calculated if they are reported.  Essentially NI 51-101 requires that the exploration and development costs incurred in the year along with the change in estimated future development costs be aggregated and then divided by the applicable reserve additions.  The calculation specifically excludes the effects of acquisitions and dispositions on both reserves and costs.  By excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions Bellatrix  believes that the provisions of the NI 51-101 do not fully reflect Bellatrix's ongoing reserve replacement costs.  Since acquisitions can have a significant impact on Bellatrix's annual reserve replacement costs, excluding these amounts could result in an inaccurate portrayal of Bellatrix's cost structure.  Accordingly, Bellatrix also provides finding, development and acquisition costs that incorporate all acquisitions net of any dispositions during the year.  The foregoing calculation is based on working interest reserves.

2 The aggregate of the exploration and development costs incurred in the most recent financial year and the change during that year in estimated future development costs generally will not reflect total finding and development costs related to reserve additions for that year.

3Certain of the information used in the foregoing calculation, including exploration and development expenditures and acquisition expenditures is based on unaudited financial information and is subject to audit and may be subject to change as a result..

 

FINDING, DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITION COSTS 1, 3
PROVED

         

 

2010

2009

2008

2008 - 2010 Avg.

Excluding Future Development Costs

 

 

 

 

FD&A Costs Proved ($/boe)

 

 

 

 

Exploration and development2
8.03

6.26

17.50

8.94

Acquisitions (excluding dispositions)
27.41

 -

24.15

21.66

Total (including acquisitions)
8.47

6.01

18.24

9.42

Including Future Development Costs2

 

 

 

 

FD&A Costs - Proved ($/boe)

 

 

 

 

Exploration and development
15.67

8.97

20.09

15.22

Acquisitions (excluding dispositions)
27.41

-

24.15

21.66

Total (including acquisitions)
15.94

8.61

20.54

15.46

1 NI 51-101 specifies how finding and development costs should be calculated if they are reported.  Essentially NI 51-101 requires that the exploration and development costs incurred in the year along with the change in estimated future development costs be aggregated and then divided by the applicable reserve additions.  The calculation specifically excludes the effects of acquisitions and dispositions on both reserves and costs.  By excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions Bellatrix  believes that the provisions of the NI 51-101 do not fully reflect Bellatrix's ongoing reserve replacement costs.  Since acquisitions can have a significant impact on Bellatrix's annual reserve replacement costs, excluding these amounts could result in an inaccurate portrayal of Bellatrix's cost structure.  Accordingly, Bellatrix  also provides finding, development and acquisition costs that incorporate all acquisitions net of any dispositions during the year.  The foregoing calculation is based on working interest reserves.

2 The aggregate of the exploration and development costs incurred in the most recent financial year and the change during that year in estimated future development costs generally will not reflect total finding and development costs related to reserve additions for that year.

3Certain of the information used in the foregoing calculation, including exploration and development expenditures and acquisition expenditures is based on unaudited financial information and is subject to audit and may be subject to change as a result.

 

RECYCLE RATIO (OPERATING NETBACK1/FD&A COST)


As at December 31, 2010

Proved

Proved Plus
Probable

Operating netback before commodity price risk management contracts ($/boe) 1 

$16.42

$16.42

Recycle ratio (excluding future development costs)

1.94x

3.31x

 

 

 

Operating netback after commodity price risk management contracts ($/boe) 1

$21.37

$21.37

Recycle ratio (excluding future development costs)

2.52x

4.31x

1Operating netback is calculated by deducting transportation, royalties and operating costs from revenue.

RESERVE LIFE INDEX

Bellatrix's reserve life index has been determined for proved plus probable working interest reserves using forecast prices and costs.  The reserve life index for 2010 below is calculated by dividing reserves as at the effective date of the GLJ Report, December 31, 2010, by the first year production as set forth in the GLJ Report, representing a measure of the amount of time production could be sustained at the production rates based on the reserves at the applicable point in time.

 

Reserve Life Index

           

 

  2010

  2009

  2008

  2007

  2006

Proved

7.2

6.4

6.4

5.6

4.7

Proved plus probable

11.2

9.4

10.1

7.9

6.4

 

METHOD OF PREPARATION

In this press release both "Working Interest" reserves (being working interest reserves, excluding royalty interest reserves, before deduction of royalty burdens payable) and "Net Interest" reserves (being working interest reserves and royalty interests less royalty burdens payable) are disclosed.  Working Interest reserves are also referred to as "Gross" reserves under NI 51-101.  In addition "Company Interest" reserves are disclosed (being working interest reserves and royalty interests, before deduction of royalty burdens payable).  The GLJ Report was prepared utilizing definitions as set out under NI 51-101.

LAND

As at December 31, 2010, Bellatrix had over 211,893 net undeveloped acres in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Land Statistics


 

 


2010

  2009

Average working interest

 

 

Developed
56%
  57%

Undeveloped
60%

61%

Total

58%

59%

Land Holdings1


 

 


2010

2009

 

Gross

Net

Gross

Net

Developed

 

 

British Columbia
20,558

7,527

21,265

7,740

Alberta
379,066

210,780

386,844

220,343

Saskatchewan
13,487

12,734

14,324

13,531

Total
413,111

 231,041

 422,433

 241,614

Undeveloped

 

 

British Columbia
144,632

61,195

146,612

61,987

Alberta
194,030

138,318

258,036

176,184

Saskatchewan
12,380

12,380

20,437

20,336

Total
351,042

211,893

425,085

258,507

Developed and Undeveloped

 

 

British Columbia
165,190

68,722

167,878

69,726

Alberta
573,096

349,098

644,879

396,527

Saskatchewan
25,867

25,113

34,761

33,867

Total

764,153

442,934

847,518

500,120

1 May not add due to rounding

 

 

 

 

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is a growth oriented exploration and production company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. An updated corporate presentation will be posted on www.bellatrixexploration.com.

READER ADVISORIES:

CONVERSION:  The term barrels of oil equivalent ("boe") may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil equivalent (6 mcf/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.  All boe conversions in this report are derived from converting gas to oil in the ratio of six thousand cubic feet of gas to one barrel of oil.

NON-GAAP MEASURES:  This document contains the term "funds flow from operations" which should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than "cash flow from operating activities" as determined in accordance with Canadian GAAP as an indicator of the Company's performance. Therefore reference to funds flow from operations or funds flow from operations per share may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. Management uses funds flow from operations to analyze operating performance and leverage and considers funds flow from operations to be a key measure as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate the cash necessary to fund future capital investments and to repay debt.  The reconciliation between cash flow from operating activities and funds flow from operations can be found in the document.  Funds flow from operations per share is calculated using the weighted average number of shares for the period.

This document  also contains other terms such as total net debt and operating netbacks, which are not recognized measures under Canadian GAAP.  Total net debt is calculated as long-term debt plus the liability component of the convertible debentures and the net working capital deficiency (excess) before short-term commodity contract assets and liabilities and short-term future income tax assets and liabilities.  Operating netbacks are calculated by subtracting royalties, transportation, and operating expenses from revenues before other income.  Management believes these measures are useful supplemental measures of firstly, the total amount of current and long-term debt and secondly, the amount of revenues received after transportation, royalties and operating expenses.  Readers are cautioned, however, that these measures should not be construed as an alternative to other terms such as current and long-term debt or net income determined in accordance with GAAP as measures of performance. Bellatrix's method of calculating these measures may differ from other entities, and accordingly, may not be comparable to measures used by other trusts or companies.

 

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS  Statements in this document may contain forward-looking information including management's assessment of future plans and operations, drilling plans, reserve estimates, capital expenditures, the nature of the expenditures, the method of funding thereof, timing of renunciation of flow-through expenditures, expected increases to reserves and the timing thereof and the total future capital associated with development of reserves, forecast reductions in operating expenses, 2011 average production and exit rate estimates. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to: the risks associated with the oil and gas industry; commodity prices, and; exchange rate changes. Industry related risks could include, but are not limited to: operational risks in exploration; development and production; delays or changes in plans; risks associated to the uncertainty of reserve estimates; health and safety risks, and; the uncertainty of estimates and projections of production, costs and expenses. The recovery and reserve estimates of Bellatrix's reserves provided herein are estimates only and there is not guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. In addition, forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of factors and assumptions which have been used to develop such statements and information but which may prove to be incorrect. Although the Company  believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because the Company  can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified herein, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: the impact of increasing competition; the general stability of the economic and political environment in which the Company  operates; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the ability of the Company  to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; drilling results; the ability of the operator of the projects which the Company  has an interest in to operate the field in a safe, efficient and effective manner; the ability of the Company  to obtain financing on acceptable terms; field production rates and decline rates; the ability to replace and expand oil and natural gas reserves through acquisition, development of exploration; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of the Company  to secure adequate product transportation; future commodity prices; currency, exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and environmental matters in the jurisdictions in which the Company  operates; and the ability of the Company  to successfully market its oil and natural gas products. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors and assumptions are not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could effect the Company's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com), at the Company's website (www.bellatrixexploration.com). Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.


SOURCE Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.

For further information:

BELLATRIX EXPLORATION LTD.

Raymond G. Smith 
President & CEO 
(403) 750-2420 
          Edward Brown 
Vice President, Finance & CFO 
(403) 750-2655 
      Troy Winsor
Investor Relations
(800) 663-8072


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