Orca Exploration announces Q3 2013 results

TSX-V: ORC.A, ORC.B

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Orca Exploration Group Inc. ("Orca" or "the Company") announces its results for the third quarter ended 30th September 2013.

Highlights

  • US$16.4 million was received from TANESCO during Q3 and a subsequent payment of US$7.2 million.

  • At 30 September 2013, TANESCO owed the Company US$53.0 million including arrears of US$44.5 million (30 June 2013: US$46.3 million, including arrears of US$39.7 million). Currently TANESCO owes US$52.8 million.

  • World Bank is working towards payment guarantees on future gas deliveries whilst TANESCO makes an application for a 68% tariff increase and the Government deals with the arrears. If successful, the Company anticipates the initiatives will arrest the payments problem and establish a foundation to moving forward.

  • With no real progress on key contractual issues, the Company initiated contractual mechanisms on the US$34 million Cost Pool dispute and the alleged US$21 million Songas tariff claim to put issues on a timeline to resolution.

  • Tanzania made real progress on the National Natural Gas Infrastructure Project with approximately 120 km of pipe laid to date and the Government maintaining its target onstream date of January 2015.

  • Plans continued for Songo Songo with the Company submitting a field development plan and engaging a multi-lateral lending agency to evaluate funding the approximate US$160 million programme whilst gas contract terms are agreed and issues are settled.

  • Negotiations on a 120 MMcfd gas sales agreement with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) in its capacity as gas aggregator continued during the quarter - pricing is the principal term yet to be agreed.

  • Production continued at full capacity averaging 98 MMcfd for the quarter with Additional Gas sales averaging 65.7 MMcfd up 14% over the prior period (Q3 2012: 57.5 MMcfd) and up 12% over Q2 2013 (58.4 MMcfd), the increase in Additional Gas sales a result of a reduction in Protected Gas off take during the quarter.

  • Industrial sales volume increased by 2% to 11.9 MMcfd from 11.7 MMcfd in Q2 2013. Power sector sales volumes during Q3 averaged 53.9 MMcfd up 15% over Q2 at 46.7 MMcfd.

  • Stronger gas sales prices and volumes, offset slightly by an 11% increase in operating and G&A costs, resulted in Q3 funds from operations before working capital changes of US$11.9 million (US$0.34 per share diluted), up 12% from Q2 2013 (US$10.5 million or US$0.30 per share diluted).

  • Average Industrial gas price for the quarter was US$8.43/mcf down 2% from Q2 2013 (US$8.60/mcf) and Power sector gas prices averaged US$4.10/mcf for the quarter up 13% over the Q2 average price of US$3.63/mcf.

  • Q3 posted income of US$1.9 million or US$0.05 per share diluted, against a US$6.8 million loss (US$0.19 per share) in Q2. The Company made an additional provision of US$2.9 million to reflect estimated cost of additional delays in payment of TANESCO arrears arising from the delay in World Bank Tranche II Government funding and provided a further US$1.2 million for doubtful accounts.

  • Working capital increased by 40% to US$31.6 million as at 30 September 2013 (US$22.5 million as at 30 June 2013) as a consequence of increased funds from operations and only US$0.7 million in capital spending during the quarter. Cash on hand at 30 September 2013 was US$30.3 million up 62% over Q2. Current cash balances are approximately US$34 million.

  • Subsequent to the end of Q3, TRA issued its formal audit report for the 2008-2010 taxation years. The report contemplates additional taxes and penalties totaling US$19.7 million that may become the subject of a revised tax assessment in the future. As at the date of this report, the Company has not received an assessment. The Company is currently reviewing the report and, as of the date of this report, believes the findings to be substantially without merit and will take appropriate action through the appeal process if, and when, an assessment is received.

  • The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Rutabanzibwa as Country Chairman, PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Limited. Retiring after a 30-year career in Government, Patrick was most recently Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements. Notably, Patrick spent over eight years in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals rising to the post of Permanent Secretary, and was the key Government official responsible for negotiating and concluding the Songo Songo Project in 2001.

Financial and Operating Highlights

  THREE MONTHS ENDED /AS AT
US$'000 except where otherwise stated 30 SEPT
2013
  30 SEPT
2012
  %  Change   30 JUN
2013
  %  Change
Revenue 14,659   22,425   (35)   11,996   22
Profit (loss) before taxation 3,876   6,310   (39)   (8,509)   146
Operating netback (US$/mcf) (1) 2.26   3.14   (28)   2.10   7
Cash and cash equivalents 30,290   23,289   30   18,752   62
Working capital (2) 31,585   37,730   (16)   22,527   40
Shareholders' equity 124,170   120,204   3   122,068   2
Total comprehensive income 1,928   1,266   52   (6,817)   128
Earnings per share - basic (US$) 0.05   0.04   50   (0.19)   129
Earnings per share - diluted (US$) 0.05   0.04   50    (0.19)   129
Funds flow from operating activities 11,851   14,379   (18)   10,546   12
Funds per share from operating activities - basic (US$) (1) 0.34   0.42   (18)   0.30   15
Funds per share from operating activities - diluted (US$) (1) 0.34   0.41   (17)   0.30   15
Net cash flows from operating activities 14,481   9,088   59   8,101   79
Net cash flows per share from operating activities - basic (US$) (1) 0.42   0.26   59   0.23   80
Net cash flows per share from operating activities - diluted (US$) (1) 0.41   0.26   60   0.23   81
Outstanding Shares ('000)
Class A shares 1,751   1,751   -   1,751   -
Class B shares 33,072   32,743       1   32,892   1
Options 1,742   2,172   (22)   1,922   (9)
Operating
Additional Gas sold (MMcf) - Industrial 1,092   1,022   7   1,067   2
Additional Gas sold (MMcf) - Power 4,953   4,270   16   4,250   17
Additional Gas sold (MMcfd) - Industrial 11.9   11.1   7   11.7   2
Additional Gas sold (MMcfd) - Power 53.8   46.4   16   46.7   15
Additional Gas sold (MMcfd) 65.7   57.5   14   58.4   12
Average price per mcf (US$) - Industrial 8.43   9.21   (8)   8.60   (2)
Average price per mcf (US$) - Power 4.10   3.55   15   3.63   13

1. Non-GAAP measure -- defined on page 7 of the Q3 2013 Interim Report.
2. Working capital as at 30 September 2013 includes a TANESCO receivable of US$16.6 million (31 December 2012: US$33.3 million) and a net Songas receivable of US$6.1 million (31 December 2012: US$5.9 million). Given the payment pattern, US$36.3 million of TANESCO receivables in excess of 60 days have been discounted by US$10.8 million and classified as long-term receivables. Total short- and long-term TANESCO receivables as at 30 September 2013 total US$53.0 million prior to discounting. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, TANESCO paid US$7.2 million; the current TANESCO balance is US$52.8 million of which arrears total US$45.7 million.




Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income (Loss) (UNAUDITED)

             
      THREE MONTHS ENDED NINE MONTHS ENDED
US$'000s except per share amounts NOTE   30 Sept
2013
30 Sept
2012
30 Sept
2013
30 Sept
2012
             
Revenue 4   14,659 22,425 39,853 56,545
Cost of sales            
Production and distribution expenses     (1,150) (1,497) (2,564) (4,624)
Depletion expense 9   (2,971) (2,324) (8,306) (6,279)
      10,538 18,604 28,983 45,642
General and administrative expenses     (3,327) (4,391) (10,287) (12,322)
Exploration asset impairment     - (7,496) - (7,496)
Net finance costs 5   (3,335) (407) (18,669) (689)
Profit before taxation     3,876 6,310 27 25,135
Taxation 6   (1,976) (5,044) (1,919) (12,310)
Profit (loss) after taxation     1,900 1,266 (1,892) 12,825
Foreign currency translation gain from foreign operations     28 - (47) -
Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period     1,928 1,266 (1,939) 12,825
             
Earnings (loss) per share            
Basic (US$) 12   0.05 0.04 (0.05) 0.37
Diluted (US$) 12   0.05 0.04 (0.05) 0.36

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements.




Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position
(UNAUDITED)  

       
    AS AT  
US$'000s NOTE 30 Sept 2013 31 Dec 2012
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents
  30,290 16,047
Trade and other receivables 7 39,618 73,495
Taxation receivable 6 15,736 14,692
Prepayments   636 246
    86,280   104,480
Non-Current Assets      
Long-term trade receivable 7 25,529                -
Exploration and evaluation assets 8 5,722 5,720
Property, plant and equipment 9 94,621 102,044
    125,872 107,764
Total Assets   212,152   212,244
       
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES      
Current Liabilities      
Trade and other payables 10 46,353 45,496
Bank loan 11 4,138 5,842
Taxation payable   4,204 6,322
    54,695   57,660
Non-Current Liabilities      
Deferred income taxes 6 14,632 20,399
Deferred additional profits tax 6 18,655 8,250
    33,287 28,649
Total Liabilities   87,982   86,309
       
Equity      
Capital stock   85,428 84,983
Contributed surplus   6,482 6,753
Accumulated other comprehensive income   42                89
Accumulated income   32,218              34,110
    124,170 125,935
Total Equity and Liabilities   212,152    212,244

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements. Future operations (Note 1)
Contractual obligations and committed capital investments (Note 14)
Contingencies (Note 15)
The consolidated condensed interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 27 November   2013. 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of   Cash Flows
(UNAUDITED)

           
    THREE MONTHS ENDED NINE MONTHS ENDED
US$'000s NOTE 30 Sept 2013 30 Sept 2012 30 Sept 2013 30 Sept 2012
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES          
Profit after taxation   1,900 1,266 (1,892) 12,825
Adjustment for:          
    Depletion and depreciation 9 3,071 2,393 8,573 6,549
    Exploration asset impairment 9 - 7,496 - 7,496
    Provision for doubtful debt 7 1,200 - 8,300 -
    Discount on long-term receivable 5,7 2,900 - 10,800 -
    Stock-based compensation 12 24 80 (289) 701
    Deferred income taxes 6 (800) 2,019 (5,767) 4,091
    Deferred additional profits tax 6 3,979 900 10,405 2,289
    Interest received   - (2) - (4)
    Unrealised (gain) loss on foreign exchange   (423) 227 889 303
Funds flow from operating activities   11,851 14,379 31,019 34,250
Decrease (increase) in trade and other receivables   5,120 (11,086) 13,789 (22,577)
Increase in taxation receivable   (1,451) (2,293) (1,044) (9,198)
(Increase) decrease in prepayments   (207) 342 (390) (197)
(Decrease) increase in trade and other payables   (3,056) 7,653 1,198 14,688
Increase (decrease) in taxation payable   774 93 (2,118) 4,464
Decrease (increase) in long-term receivable   1,450 - (25,529) -
Net cash flows from operating activities   14,481 9,088 16,925 21,430
CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES          
Exploration and evaluation expenditures   - (5,469) (2) (10,026)
Property, plant and equipment expenditures   (744) (9,564) (1,150) (42,219)
Interest received   - 2 - 4
Increase in trade and other payables   - 3,413 - 13,817
Net cash used in investing activities   (744) (11,618) (1,152) (38,424)
CASH FLOWS (USED IN) FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES          
Bank loan proceeds 11 - 5,800 4,000 5,800
Bank loan repayments 11 (2,465) - (5,704) -
Proceeds from exercise of options 12 174 - 174 -
Net cash flow from (used in) financing activities   (2,291) 5,800 (1,530) 5,800
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   11,446 3,270 14,243 (11,194)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period   18,766 20,194 16,136 34,680
Effect of change in foreign exchange on cash in hand   78 (175) (89) (197)
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period   30,290 23,289 30,290 23,289

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity
(UNAUDITED)

US$'000 Capital stock Contributed
surplus
Cumulative
Translation
adjustment
Accumulated
Income
Total
Note 12        
Balance as at 1 January 2013 84,983 6,753 89 34,110 125,935
Options exercised 445 (271)                 - - 174
Foreign currency translation adjustment on foreign operations - - (47) - (47)
Loss after tax for the period - - - (1,892) (1,892)
Balance as at 30 Sept 2013 85,428 6,482 42 32,218 124,170
           
           
US$'000 Capital stock Contributed
surplus
Cumulative
Translation
adjustment
Accumulated
Income
Total
Balance as at 1 January 2012 84,610 6,268 - 15,781 106,659
Foreign currency translation adjustment on foreign operations - - - - -
Stock based compensation - 720 - - 720
Profit after tax for the period - - - 12,825 12,825
Balance as at 30 Sept 2012 84,610 6,988 - 28,606 120,204

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Orca Exploration Group Inc.

Orca Exploration Group Inc. is an international public company engaged in natural gas exploration, development and supply in Tanzania through its wholly-owned subsidiary PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Limited, as well as oil and gas appraisal in Italy. Orca trades on the TSXV under the trading symbols ORC.B and ORC.A. The complete condensed interim consolidated financial statements and notes, and Management Discussion & Analysis may be found on the Company's website www.orcaexploration.com or on www.sedar.com .

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

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning, but not limited to, the Company's beliefs regarding its ability to collect the full TANESCO receivable; anticipated effect of payment guarantee on future gas deliveries and application by TANESCO for tariff increase on TANESCO receivable; the Government's target onstream date for the National Gas Infrastructure Project; status of execution of a full field development plan for Songo Songo, including the funding thereof; incremental gas sales volumes; status of negotiations with the TPDC regarding a sales agreement for incremental gas volumes; potential taxes and penalties payable by the Company to the TRA and the Company's beliefs regarding the findings and its plans to appeal the process if, and when, an assessment is received; and the Company's strategic plans. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement since such expectations are inherently subject to significant business, economic, operational, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause Orca's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by Orca.

These forward-looking statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Orca's control, including, but not limited to, the impact of general economic conditions in the areas in which Orca operates; civil unrest; industry conditions; changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced; increased competition; the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management; fluctuations in commodity prices; foreign exchange or interest rates; stock market volatility; competition for, among other things, capital, drilling equipment and skilled personnel;  failure to obtain required equipment for drilling; delays in drilling plans; failure to obtain expected results from drilling of wells; effect of changes to the PSA on the Company; changes in laws; imprecision in reserve estimates; the production and growth potential of the Company's assets; obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities; risks associated with negotiating with foreign governments; ability to access sufficient capital; failure to collect the full TANESCO receivable; failure to successfully negotiate agreements; failure to obtain funding for full field development plan for Songo Songo; risk that the Company will be subject to a tax assessment and be required to pay additional taxes and penalties; and risk that the Company will not be able to fulfill its obligations. In addition there are risks and uncertainties associated with oil and gas operations, therefore Orca's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking estimates and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking estimates will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that Orca will derive therefrom.

Such forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions made by Orca in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors Orca believes are appropriate in the circumstances, including, but not limited to, the ability of Orca to add production at a consistent rate; infrastructure capacity; commodity prices will not deteriorate significantly; the ability of Orca to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out exploration, development and exploitation activities; future capital expenditures; availability of skilled labour; timing and amount of capital expenditures; uninterrupted access to infrastructure; the impact of increasing competition; conditions in general economic and financial markets; effects of regulation by governmental agencies; that the Company will have sufficient cash flow, debt or equity sources or other financial resources required to fund its capital and operating expenditures and requirements as needed; that the Company will successfully negotiate agreements; that the Company will obtain funding for full field development plan for Songo Songo; current or, where applicable, proposed industry conditions, laws and regulations will continue in effect or as anticipated as described herein; and other matters.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Orca undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws. 

 

 

SOURCE: Orca Exploration Group Inc.

For further information:

W. David Lyons, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
+44-7717-100200
wdlyons@orcaexploration.com


Robert S. Wynne, Chief Financial Officer and Director
+1 (403) 399-8046
RSWynne@orcaexploration.com


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