BNK Petroleum Inc. Announces 4th Quarter and Annual 2015 Results

CAMARILLO, CA, March 10, 2016 /CNW/ -

All amounts are in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise indicated:

2015 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Average production was 1,415  barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD) for 2015, an increase of 34% compared to 2014 production of 1,053 BOEPD due to the completion of the Nickel Hill 36-3H well and the remaining portion of the Emery 17-1H well in 2015
  • General & administrative expenses decreased by 30% and operating expenses on a per barrel basis decreased by 26% in 2015 compared to 2014 due to the Company's global cost cutting efforts initiated at the beginning of 2015
  • Realized hedging gains from commodity contracts for 2015 was $4.3 million compared to $0.7 million in 2014. 
  • Revenue, net of royalties was $13.7 million for 2015 compared to $22.5 million in 2014 due to lower prices in 2015 partially offset by production increases
  • Average netbacks were $21.10 per BOE for 2015, a decrease of 59% compared to 2014 due to lower prices in 2015 partially offset by lower operating costs per barrel.  If the realized gains from the commodity contracts are included, the average netbacks for 2015 increase by more than $8/barrel to $29.43 per BOE
  • A net loss of $6.6 million was incurred in 2015 due to a $7.5 million impairment charge for the Company's European operations.  Excluding the impact of this charge, the Company would have reported net income of $1.0 million in 2015
  • Cash flow from operating activities was $5,581,000 for 2015 compared to cash flow from operating activities of $12,750,000 in 2014 due to lower prices in 2015
  • Capital expenditures decreased by 87% to $9.5 million in 2015 primarily due to the prior year drilling and completion of the Gapowo well in Poland and the prior year US drilling program in Oklahoma
  • In February 2015, the Company obtained an additional $8.5 million under the Company's $100 million credit facility to fund the drilling of Caney wells in Oklahoma.  Total borrowing under the facility is now at $24.4 million

BNK's President and Chief Executive Officer, Wolf Regener commented:

"During 2015, the Company increased production 34% to 1,415 boepd due to the fracture stimulation of the previously drilled Nickel Hill 36-3H well and the remaining stages in the Emery 17-1H well during 2015.

"Our wells continue to outperform the PDP well production forecasts generated by the Company's independent reserves evaluator.  In Q4 2015, actual production outperformed these forecasts by approximately 20%.

"We remain in a ready to drill state and our intent is to work with our lender and utilize our existing cash flow to begin drilling again when the pricing warrants. 

"Despite the significant decline in the global oil price throughout 2015 and into 2016, the Company has been able to realize a much higher price than current market levels for a portion of its oil production due to its hedging position.  The Company's commodity contract hedges generated $4.3 million in realized gains during 2015.  In the fourth quarter of 2015, about 73% of our oil production was hedged and we expect a comparable level of hedging going forward assuming no new production.  The Company's hedges are in place through 2018 at an average oil price of $66.13 for 2016, $63.14 for 2017 and $55.19 for 2018.

"Our global cost cutting efforts that were initiated at the beginning of 2015 continue to show significant cost reductions with general and administrative expenses decreasing by 30% during year compared to 2014.  In addition, the Company's per barrel operating costs for 2015 were $5.05, a 26% decrease from 2014.  The Company recently announced the shutdown of its Polish operations which will further contribute to the cost reduction effort in 2016 as these operations cost about US$1.7 million in 2015.  In addition, the Company is evaluating alternatives for its Spain operations including continuing its efforts to partner with another company or reducing or ceasing its operations there.

"These costs reductions helped the Company to maintain positive cash flow from operations of $5.6 million for 2015, despite a decrease in average prices of 53% compared to 2014.  Cash flow from operations in 2014 was $12.8 million.

"The Company would have reported net income of $1.0 million in 2015 without the impairment charges of $7.5 million on its European operations. Likewise, in 2014, the company incurred a net loss of $57.5 million due to a $57.3 million impairment on its Poland operations.

"Average netbacks for 2015 were $21.10, a decrease of 59% compared to the prior year due to lower prices.  If we include the impact of the realized gains from the commodity contracts, our average netbacks for 2015 would be $29.43, which is a decrease of 45% compared to 2014." 


Fourth Quarter


Year Ended



2015

2014

%

2015

2014

%








Net Loss:







$ Thousands

$(6,348)

$(57,628)

-

$(6,569)

$(57,478)

-

$ per common share

$(0.04)

$(0.36)

-

$(0.04)

$(0.36)

-

assuming dilution














Capital Expenditures

$52

$18,027

(100%)

$9,526

$75,773

(87%)








Average Production (Boepd)

1,367

1,280

7%

1,415

1,053

34%

Gross Revenue

3,834

6,811

(44%)

17,811

27,694

(36%)

Average Product Price per Barrel

$28.86

$57.82

(50%)

$34.09

$72.05

(53%)

Average Netback per Barrel

$17.10

$41.60

(59%)

$21.10

$51.71

(59%)

Average Price per Barrel including Commodity Contracts

$40.24

$62.42

(36%)

$42.42

$73.79

(43%)

Average Netback per Barrel including Commodity Contracts

$28.48

$46.20

(38%)

$29.43

$53.45

(45%)










December
2015


December
2014










Cash and Cash Equivalents


$1,666


$12,035



 Adjusted Working Capital (excludes debt)


$7,298


$663



Year Ended 2015 to Year Ended 2014

For 2015, oil and natural gas revenues net of royalties decreased $8,788,000 or 39% to $13,713,000.  Oil revenues before royalties decreased by 39% to $14,823,000 due to a 49% decrease in prices between years partially offset by a 19% increase in production.  Natural gas revenues before royalties declined $84,000 or 6% due to a 41% decrease in natural gas prices per mcf partially offset by a 61% increase in average production.  NGL revenue before royalties declined $426,000 or 24% due to 58% decrease in prices partially offset by a 82% increase in average production per day.

Exploration and evaluation expenses decreased $49,883,000.  The 2015 amount includes an impairment of $7,547,000 for the Company's European operations while the 2014 amount includes an impairment of $57,346,000 recorded for the Poland operations.

Depletion and depreciation expense increased $541,000 primarily due to the increased production and depletion base.

General and administrative expenses decreased $3,443,000 due to the Company's cost cutting efforts during 2015 which resulted in lower salary and benefit costs due to decreased headcount, director fees, legal and professional fees and travel costs.

Loss from investments in joint ventures was $3,933,000 in 2014 due to an impairment recorded by Saponis. 

Finance income increased $4,584,000 due to higher realized and unrealized gains on risk management contracts and a gain on settlement of asset retirement obligations (ARO) in 2015.  Finance expense increased $1,851,000 due to interest on the Company's credit facility.

Capital expenditures of $9,526,000 were incurred in 2015 for drilling and completion costs in Oklahoma earlier in the year.

FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Revenue, net of royalties, was $3.0 million for fourth quarter 2015, a decrease of 46% compared to the fourth quarter 2014 due to lower prices partially offset by increased production
  • Cash flow from operations was $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $4.6 million in prior year fourth quarter.  The fourth quarter 2015 cash flow included cash payments for ARO obligations in Poland of $0.5 million
  • Average netbacks for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $17.10, a decrease of 59% over fourth quarter 2014 due to price decreases.  If the realized gains from the commodity contracts are included, the average netbacks for the fourth quarter of 2015 increase by more than $11/barrel to $28.48 per BOE
  • Average production for the quarter was 1,367 BOEPD, an increase of 7% compared to the prior year fourth quarter due to increased production from the 2 completions in 2015
  • G&A expense decreased by $0.4 million due to the Company's global cost cutting efforts initiated at the beginning of 2015
  • A net loss of $6.3 million was incurred in the fourth quarter 2015 due primarily to a $7.5 million impairment of exploration and evaluation assets
  • Morgan Stanley reaffirmed the Company's current outstanding borrowing base of $24.4 million and the credit facility was modified to enable the Company to request a quick redetermination of the borrowing base when the price of oil improves by 10% above current levels

Fourth Quarter 2015 to Fourth Quarter 2014

Oil and gas revenues net of royalties totaled $3,008,000 in the quarter versus $5,534,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Oil revenues were $3,011,000 in the quarter versus $6,035,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014, a decrease of 50% as average oil prices decreased by 45% and oil production decreased by 9%.  Natural gas revenues decreased 35% due to the decrease in the average price per mcf of 46% partially offset by an increase in natural gas production of 21%.  NGL revenue decreased 5% to $369,000 as average NGL prices decreased by 45% partially offset by an average production increase of 71%.

Exploration and evaluation expenses decreased $49,779,000 in 2015 compared to 2014.  The 2015 amount includes an impairment of $7,547,000 for the Company's European operations while the 2014 amount includes an impairment of $57,346,000 recorded for the Poland operations.

General and administrative expenses decreased $244,000 between quarters due to the Company's cost cutting efforts during 2015 which resulted in lower salary and benefit costs due to decreased headcount, director fees, legal and professional fees and travel costs.


BNK PETROLEUM INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Unaudited, Expressed in Thousands of United States Dollars)










December 31,


December 31,




2015


2014

Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

1,666

$

12,035


Trade and other receivables



2,905


3,938


Deposits and prepaid expenses



906


1,304


Fair value of commodity contracts



4,459


2,037




9,936


19,314







Non-current assets







Fair value of commodity contracts



2,802


1,248


Property, plant and equipment



136,233


134,942


Exploration and evaluation assets



835


7,925




139,870


144,115







Total assets


$

149,806

$

163,429







Current liabilities







Trade and other payables


$

2,638

$

18,651


Loans and borrowings



-


15,401




2,638


34,052







Non-current liabilities







Loans and borrowings



23,961


-


Asset retirement obligations



788


1,355




24,749


1,355







Equity







Share capital



279,859


279,859


Contributed surplus



21,471


20,505


Deficit



(178,911)


(172,342)

Total equity



122,419


128,022







Total equity and liabilities


$

149,806

$

163,429

 

BNK PETROLEUM INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Unaudited, expressed in Thousands of  United States dollars, except per share amounts)









Three months ended

December 31


Year ended

 December 31



2015


2014


2015


2014

Revenue:









Oil and natural gas revenue, net

$

3,008

$

5,534

$

13,713

$

22,501

Other income


(20)


444


41


763



2,988


5,978


13,754


23,264

Expenses:









Exploration and evaluation


7,547


57,326


7,591


57,474

Production and operating


653


634


2,614


2,626

Depletion and depreciation


1,742


1,958


8,077


7,536

General and administrative


1,686


1,930


7,882


11,325

Share based compensation


158


480


654


1,610

Loss from investments in joint ventures


-


4,006


-


3,933



11,786


66,334


26,818


84,504



















Finance income


3,034


3,901


8,856


4,272

Finance expense


(584)


(363)


(2,361)


(510)










Net loss and comprehensive loss

$

(6,348)

$

(57,628)

$

(6,569)

$

(57,478)










Net loss per share










Basic and Diluted

$

(0.04)

$

(0.36)

$

(0.04)

$

(0.36)

 

 

BNK PETROLEUM INC.

FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR ENDED 2015

(Unaudited, expressed in Thousands of  United States dollars, except as noted)














4th Quarter


Year Ended Dec. 31






2015

2014


2015

2014

Oil revenue before royalties


$

3,011

6,035


14,823

24,398

Gas revenue before royalties



249

384


1,398

1,482

NGL revenue before royalties



369

390


1,385

1,811

Oil and Gas revenue



3,629

6,809


17,606

27,691











Cash flow used by operating activities

1,039

4,565


5,581

12,750

Additions to property, plant & equipment


(52)

(16,715)


(9,133)

(46,839)

Additions to Exploration and Evaluation






Assets

58

(1,312)


(393)

(28,934)









Statistics:












4th Quarter


Year Ended Dec. 31





2015

2014


2015

2014

Average oil production (Bopd)


832

910


879

739

Average natural gas production (mcf/d)


1,436

1,182


1,568

975

Average NGL  production (Boepd)


296

173


275

151

Average production (Boepd)



1,367

1,280


1,415

1,053

Average oil price ($/bbl)


$39.36

$72.11


$46.20

$90.42

Average natural gas price ($/mcf)


$1.89

$3.53


$2.44

$4.16

Average NGL price ($/bbl)



$13.54

$24.55


$13.79

$32.78











Average price per barrel



$28.86

$57.82


$34.09

$72.05

Royalties per barrel



6.57

10.84


7.94

13.51

Operating expenses per barrel



5.19

5.38


5.05

6.83

Netback per barrel




$17.10

$41.60


$21.10

$51.71

The information outlined above is extracted from and should be read in conjunction with the Company's audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015 and the related management's discussion and analysis thereof, copies of which are available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

Netback per barrel, net operating income and funds from operations (collectively, the "Company's Non-GAAP Measures") are not measures recognized under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP.  Management of the Company believes that such measures are relevant for evaluating returns on each of the Company's projects as well as the performance of the enterprise as a whole.  The Company's Non-GAAP Measures may differ from similar computations as reported by other similar organizations and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similar non-GAAP measures as reported by such organizations.  The Company's Non-GAAP Measures should not be construed as alternatives to net income, cash flows related to operating activities, working capital or other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP, as an indicator of the Company's performance.

The Company's Non-GAAP Measures are described and reconciled to to GAAP measures in the management's discussion and analysis which are available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS

(a)  

The Company's natural gas production is reported in thousands of cubic feet ("Mcfs"). The Company also uses references to barrels ("Bbls") and barrels of oil equivalent ("Boes") to reflect natural gas liquids and oil production and sales. Boes may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A Boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1 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. Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value.



(b)  

Discounted and undiscounted net present value of future net revenues attributable to reserves do not represent fair market value.



(c)  

Possible reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than probable reserves. There is a 10% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the sum of proved plus probable plus possible reserves.



(d)   

This news release and the Company's other disclosure may contain peak and 30-day initial production rates and other short-term production rates.  Readers are cautioned that such production rates are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.

Readers are referred to the full description of the results of the Company's December 31, 2015 independent reserves evaluation and other oil and gas information contained in its Form 51-101F1 Statement of Reserves Data and Other Oil and Gas Information for the year ended December 31, 2015, which the Company filed on SEDAR on March 10, 2016.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This release contains forward-looking information including information regarding the Company's commodity contract hedges, anticipated results from the Company's cost reduction measures, estimates of reserves and future net revenue, the proposed timing and expected results of exploratory and development work including production from the Lower Caney and upper Sycamore formations on the Company's Oklahoma acreage, the effect of design and performance improvements on future productivity, the Company's European projects, planned capital expenditure programs and cost estimates, planned use and sufficiency of cash on hand and cash flow from operations and the Company's strategy and objectives. The use of any of the words "target", "plans", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. 

Such forward-looking information is based on management's expectations and assumptions, including that the Company will achieve a comparable level of hedging going forward in respect of its existing production, that the Company will achieve the results anticipated by management from its cost reduction measures, that the Company's geologic models will be validated, that indications of early results are reasonably accurate predictors of the prospectiveness of the shale intervals, that previous exploration results are indicative of future results and success, that expected production from future wells can be achieved as modeled, declines will match the modeling, future well production rates will be improved over existing wells, that rates of return as modeled can be achieved, that recoveries are consistent with management's expectations, that additional wells are actually drilled and completed, that design and performance improvements will reduce development time and expense and improve productivity, that discoveries will prove to be economic, that anticipated results and estimated costs will be consistent with managements' expectations, that all required permits and approvals and the necessary labor and equipment will be obtained, provided or available, as applicable, on terms that are acceptable to the Company, when required, that no unforeseen delays, unexpected geological or other effects, equipment failures, permitting delays or labor or contract disputes are encountered, that the development plans of the Company and its co-venturers will not change, that the demand for oil and gas will be sustained, that the Company will continue to be able to access sufficient capital through financings, credit facilities, farm-ins or other participation arrangements to maintain its projects, that the Company will not be adversely affected by changing government policies and regulations, social instability or other political, economic or diplomatic developments in the countries in which it operates and that global economic conditions will not deteriorate in a manner that has an adverse impact on the Company's business and its ability to advance its business strategy.

Forward looking information involves significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to: any of the assumptions on which such forward looking information is based vary or prove to be invalid, including that anticipated results and estimated costs will not be consistent with managements' expectations, that the Company will not achieve a comparable level of hedging going forward in respect of its existing production, that the Company will not achieve the results anticipated by management from the Company's cost reduction measures, the risks associated with the oil and gas industry (e.g. operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration and development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve and resource estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, and health, safety and environmental risks, including flooding and extended interruptions due to inclement or hazardous weather, the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, risks and uncertainties associated with securing the necessary regulatory approvals and financing to proceed with continued development of the Tishomingo Field and other shale basins in the United States and Europe, the Company or its subsidiaries is not able for any reason to obtain and provide the information necessary to secure required approvals or that required regulatory approvals are otherwise not available when required, that unexpected geological results are encountered, that completion techniques require further optimization, that production rates do not match the Company's assumptions, that very low or no production rates are achieved, that the Company is unable to access required capital, that occurrences such as those that are assumed will not occur, do in fact occur, and those conditions that are assumed will continue or improve, do not continue or improve and the other risks identified in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form under the "Risk Factors" section and the Company's other public disclosure, available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

With respect to estimated reserves and future net revenue, the evaluation of the Company's reserves is based on a limited number of wells with limited production history and includes a number of assumptions relating to factors such as availability of capital to fund required infrastructure, commodity prices, production performance of the wells drilled, successful drilling of infill wells, the assumed effects of regulation by government agencies and future capital and operating costs. All of these estimates will vary from actual results. Estimates of the recoverable oil and natural gas reserves attributable to any particular group of properties, classifications of such reserves based on risk of recovery and estimates of future net revenues expected therefrom, may vary. The Company's actual production, revenues, taxes, development and operating expenditures with respect to its reserves will vary from such estimates, and such variances could be material.  In addition to the foregoing, other significant factors or uncertainties that may affect either the Company's reserves or the future net revenue associated with such reserves include material changes to existing taxation or royalty rates and/or regulations, and changes to environmental laws and regulations. 

Although the Company has attempted to take into account important factors that could cause actual costs or results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause actual results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The forward-looking information included in this release is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, other than as required by applicable law.

About BNK Petroleum Inc.
BNK Petroleum Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company focused on finding and exploiting large, predominately unconventional oil and gas resource plays. Through various affiliates and subsidiaries, the Company owns and operates shale gas properties and concessions in the United States and Spain. Additionally the Company is utilizing its technical and operational expertise to identify and acquire additional unconventional projects. The Company's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol BKX.

SOURCE BNK Petroleum Inc.

For further information: Wolf E. Regener, President and Chief Executive Officer, +1 (805) 484-3613, Email: investorrelations@bnkpetroleum.com, Website: www.bnkpetroleum.com


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