Breaker Energy Ltd. announces year end results and successful winter drilling program



    CALGARY, March 26 /CNW/ - Breaker Energy Ltd. ("Breaker" or "Company")
(TSX: WAV.A and WAV.B) is pleased to announce its financial and operating
results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.

    
    Financial and Operating Summary

                            Year ended               Quarter ended
                  December  December  % Change  December  December  % Change
                       31,       31,                 31,       31,
                      2007      2006                2007      2006
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    Financial ($000s
     except per
     share amounts)
    Petroleum sales 48,949    26,010        88    13,968     8,472        65
    Natural gas
     sales          36,623    25,913        41     8,966     9,496        (6)
    Processing
     sales           1,061       376       182       306       295         4
    Total petroleum
     and natural
     gas revenue    86,633    52,299        66    23,240    18,263        27


    Funds from
     operations(1)  41,384    26,761        55     9,833     9,132         8
      Per share
       basic ($)      1.13      0.91        24      0.27      0.25         8
      Per share
       diluted ($)    1.11      0.89        25      0.26      0.25         4
    Net earnings     3,999     2,083        92     2,057     1,077        91
      Per share
       basic ($)      0.11      0.07        57      0.06      0.03       100
      Per share
       diluted ($)    0.11      0.07        57      0.06      0.03       100
    Capital
     expend-
     itures(2)      61,954   142,584       (57)   19,258    18,283         5
    Net debt
     (end of
     period)        51,155    35,421        44    51,155    35,421        44
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    Operating
     Highlights
    Production:
      Crude oil
       (bbls per
        day)         1,833     1,039        76     1,845     1,472        25
      Natural gas
       (mcf per
       day)         15,444    10,809        43    16,066    15,205         6
      Total (boe
       per day)
       (6:1)         4,407     2,840        55     4,523     4,006        13
    Average
     realized price:
      Crude oil
      ($ per bbl)    73.17     68.62         7     82.29     62.56        32
      Natural gas
       ($ per mcf)    6.50      6.57        (1)     6.07      6.79       (11)
      Hedging
       ($ per boe)   (0.34)    (0.05)      580         -     (0.13)        -
      Combined
       average
       ($ per boe)   53.52     50.40         6     55.85     49.42        13
    Netback
     ($ per boe)
    Petroleum and
     natural gas
     sales           53.52     50.40         6     55.85     49.42        13
    Royalties        (9.64)    (7.64)       26     (9.25)    (7.83)       18
    Operating
     expenses       (11.52)   (10.56)        9    (14.14)    (9.19)       54
    Transportation
     expenses        (1.87)    (1.55)       21     (2.31)    (1.56)       48
    Operating
     netback         30.49     30.65        (1)    30.15     30.84        (2)
    G&A expenses     (2.99)    (2.97)        1     (3.36)    (3.39)       (1)
    Interest
     expense         (1.41)    (0.85)       66     (1.56)    (0.94)       66
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    Corporate
     netback         26.09     26.83        (3)    25.23     26.51        (5)
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    Common
     Shares (000s)
    Shares
     outstanding,
     end of period  37,114    35,745         4    37,114    35,745         4
    Weighted average
     Class A
     shares         35,192    27,889        26    35,529    34,845         2
    Weighted average
     Class B
     shares            900       900         -       900       900         -
    Conversion of
     Class B shares
     - weighted
     average(3)      1,500     1,544        (3)    1,500     1,544        (3)
    Weighted average
     basic shares
     outstanding(3) 36,692    29,433        25    37,029    36,389         2
    Stock option
     dilution
     (treasury
     method)           469       703       (33)      351       700       (50)
    Weighted
     average diluted
     shares
     outstanding(3) 37,161    30,136        23    37,380    37,089         1
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    (1) Management uses funds from operations (before changes in non-cash
        working capital) to analyze operating performance and leverage. Funds
        from operations as presented does not have any standardized meaning
        prescribed by Canadian GAAP and, therefore, may not be comparable
        with the calculation of similar measures for other entities.

    (2) Capital expenditures includes cash additions for the period,
        acquisition additions net of dispositions, and capitalized general
        and administrative expense.

    (3) For the periods ended December 31, 2007 the Class B shares are
        converted at the quarter-end Class A share price of $6.00 and added
        to the Class A shares to calculate basic shares outstanding. For the
        periods ended December 31, 2006 the conversion price was $5.83.


    Overview and Highlights

    With its strong team and philosophy of maintaining financial and
operational flexibility while acquiring and developing dominant land positions
in high working interest, operated assets, Breaker Energy has grown production
from zero in late October 2004 to over 5,000 boe per day in early 2008 with
growth forecast to continue into the future. Breaker Energy is proud to have
continued its consistent track record of rapidly building shareholder value.
In 2007 production, reserves and funds from operations all increased.

    -   Production grew by more than 55 percent to an average of 4,407 boe
        per day from the 2006 average of 2,840 boe per day. Production per
        share grew by 24 percent.

    -   Funds from operations grew by 55 percent to $41.4 million in 2007
        from $26.8 million in 2006. Funds from operations per share grew by
        24 percent.

    -   Net income increased 92 percent to $4.0 million in 2007 from
        $2.1 million in 2006. On a per share basis net income increased
        57 percent to $0.11 per basic share in 2007 compared to $0.07 per
        basic share in 2006.

    -   Achieved a gross drilling success rate of 92 percent, drilling 37
        gross (32.2 net) wells.

    -   Light oil reserves (proved plus probable) more than doubled per fully
        diluted share, increasing by 112%.

    -   Proved plus probable reserves grew by 46 percent, from 12.3 million
        boe entering the year to 18.0 million boe at year-end. Proved plus
        probable reserves per share grew by 41 percent.

    -   Breaker's proved plus probable finding, development and acquisition
        (FD&A) costs before change in future development capital for 2007
        were $8.49 per boe. Including the change in future development
        capital estimated at $43.9 million, Breaker's FD&A costs were $14.51
        per boe in 2007. Breaker's capital program for 2007 totalled
        $62.0 million and the Company added 7.3 million boe of proved plus
        probable reserves in 2007.

    -   Based on fourth quarter 2007 average production of 4,523 boe per day
        and proved plus probable reserves of 18.0 million boe, Breaker's
        reserve-life-index was 10.9 years at year-end 2007.

    -   Breaker's oil weighting has moved from 30 percent in the first
        quarter of 2006 to a forecast of 51 percent in 2008.

    -   Breaker's focus on high quality assets with the flexibility to switch
        between oil and gas results in one of the highest netbacks in its
        peer group. In 2007 the Company's average operating netback (defined
        as revenue net of commodity derivatives per boe, less royalties per
        boe, operating costs per boe and transportation costs per boe) was
        $30.49 per boe.

    -   Breaker's recycle ratio (defined as the average operating netback
        divided by FD&A costs) in 2007 was 3.6 times excluding future
        development capital and 2.1 times including future development
        capital.

    -   Breaker maintained one of the best balance sheets of its peer group
        with a conservative level of leverage at year-end and a debt to
        annualized fourth quarter 2007 funds from operations ratio of 1.3.

    -   Breaker completed one flow-through equity issue in 2007 for total
        gross proceeds of $5.5 million.

    -   Breaker increased its bank line from $74 million to $95 million in
        2007. With net debt of $51.2 million Breaker had $43.8 million of
        borrowing capacity at year-end.
    

    The Company is excited as it looks forward to 2008. In the first quarter
Breaker has continued to focus its drilling on high netback light oil projects
at Irricana, Girouxville, and East Prairie. The company has also commenced its
3-D seismic program at its high impact exploration program in British
Columbia.

    Operations Update

    Irricana

    Breaker capitalized on early success in the large light oil pool at
Irricana by drilling six more wells since mid December 2007, all of which will
be on production by the end of the first quarter or early in the second
quarter of 2008. The first two wells were completed in late January and
brought onstream in February at rates exceeding 350 and 250 boe per day post
clean-up of load fluid. The next two wells were completed in late February and
early March, one of which has cleaned up and is producing over 250 boe per
day, the fourth is still recovering load fluid. The fifth well has cleaned up
very quickly and is currently flowing unassisted up casing at estimated rates
of approximately 600 boe per day, as of March 26th. The sixth well should be
completed within a week. Overall the new drills have performed above
expectations due to the successful application of multiple fracture treatments
along the long reach horizontal wellbores. Furthermore, operational
efficiencies have been realized through more experience and service cost
reductions, resulting in savings of approximately $1.0 million per well as
compared to the initial wells drilled less than one year ago.
    Breaker is currently surveying and licensing a number of future wells in
excess of current budget plans, to provide flexibility should the company wish
to more aggressively develop the pool. A waterflood study and initial design
is underway, and a pilot injection scheme is expected to commence later in
2008 which could significantly increase light oil recovery in this large pool.

    Girouxville

    At Girouxville, Breaker's high netback exploratory oil property, the
company has recently demonstrated a 100 percent success rate at discovering
high rate light oil pools. The 100 percent working interest 1-21 offset to the
nearby Breaker 13-15 well, which has produced in excess of 275,000 bbls,
discovered a new light oil Granite Wash pool and is currently producing under
Good Production Practice (GPP) at rates of 280 bopd. The company drilled a
direct offset to the 1-21 discovery at 3-21 (50 percent interest), and is
producing 75 bopd net from a separate new pool. All of these wells along with
the second quarter 2007 discovery at 14-19 have been tied in to Breaker's
100 percent working interest battery. These new pipelines will result in 2008
operating cost savings of approximately $2 million net through the elimination
of costly trucking.
    Breaker drilled the first well on recently acquired undeveloped lands
several miles east of its 2006/2007 farmin discoveries. The well discovered a
new Granite Wash light oil pool that swab tested at rates in excess of
250 bopd (112 bopd net). This well will be placed on production before the end
of first quarter 2008. Breaker also recently drilled two 50 percent working
interest discoveries in new Granite Wash pools, which are currently producing
at combined rates of 90 bopd net of 43degrees API oil.
    All of the recent wells drilled in Girouxville should qualify for new
pool royalty holidays. Armed with an inventory of 19 drilling prospects,
Breaker is well positioned to continue growing this high netback property.
Plans are in place to aggressively develop these opportunities immediately
after breakup to take advantage of the current royalty structure.

    East Prairie

    At East Prairie, the company successfully drilled three Viking oil wells
in December, extending its significant light oil discovery. This was followed
with the recent drilling of a further two wells targeting the Viking oil pool
and one 100 percent working interest Viking gas well north of the East Prairie
Métis Settlement.
    Five of the six new wells are expected to contribute an additional 250
boe per day net of predominantly light oil to Breaker near the end of the
first quarter 2008. One of the six wells was drilled with the intention of
converting it to a water injector upon receiving ERCB approval of the Enhanced
Recovery Scheme application submitted in January 2008. Implementation of the
waterflood is planned for the fall of 2008, pending ERCB approval. Additional
exploration initiatives are underway along this trend.

    Provost

    At Provost three gas wells were completed and placed on stream by mid
March. The wells are producing at a restricted combined rate of 500 mcf/d. A
medium gravity oil well was swab tested at rates exceeding 40 bopd and will be
placed on production before the end of March. Breaker has recently commenced
waterflood injection at its sizeable medium gravity oil pool, and will shortly
begin injection at its innovative enhanced recovery scheme on its large heavy
oil pool.

    Monias, British Columbia

    The company commenced its 3-D seismic program in early March. The program
is advancing on schedule and is expected to be completed before April. Monias
is a high impact exploration project targeting a 100 percent working interest
Leduc reef prospect that has an unrisked potential target size of 1 TCF.

    Outlook and 2008 Guidance

    Breaker's prospects for continued per share growth in reserves,
production and cash flow are excellent. The Company is well positioned with a
base of operated, long-life natural gas and light oil reserves and production.

    
    -   High quality assets strategically focused in 2 core areas, with
        operatorship (more than 95 percent) and high working interests (an
        average of approximately 90 percent).

    -   Access to more than 300,000 net acres of land to fuel future growth.

    -   Drilling inventory of more than 300 net drilling locations.

    -   Forecast capital expenditures of $70 million to drill 41 gross
        (37.7 net) wells in 2008.

    -   Forecast production to average 5,900 boed in 2008.

    -   Forecast production for 2008 balanced approximately 51 percent to oil
        and 49 percent to natural gas.

    -   An excellent balance sheet with a conservative debt to cash flow
        ratio.
    

    Breaker has had an excellent start to 2008 with the operations it
performed in the first quarter and is well positioned to meet its production
targets.

    Financial Statements, Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual
    Information Form

    Breaker has filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities its
audited financial statements for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2007
and the accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis. The Company has
also filed its Annual Information Form ("AIF") in respect of fiscal year 2007,
which includes its reserves data and other oil and gas information for the
period ended December 31, 2007, as mandated by National Instrument 51-101
Standards of Disclosure of Oil and Gas Activities. These filings are available
for review at www.sedar.com.
    Breaker Energy Ltd. is a junior oil and gas company focused on creating
shareholder value by growing per share production and reserves through
acquisitions and a focused exploration, development and exploitation plan.
    Breaker has 36,269,504 Class A shares and 900,000 Class B shares
outstanding as at March 26, 2008.
    Breaker Energy trades on the TSX under the symbols WAV.A and WAV.B.

    Forward-looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements including
management's assessment of future plans and operations, expectations of future
production, cash flow and earnings. These statements are based on current
expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could
cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These risks
include, but are not limited to: 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 or development projects
or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty
of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses and
health, safety and environmental risks), acquisitions, commodity price and
exchange rate fluctuation and uncertainties resulting from competition from
other producers and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and
external sources. Additional information on these and other factors that could
affect Breaker's operations and/or financial results are included in Breaker's
reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The
forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the
date hereof and Breaker 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.

    Note: Boe means barrel of oil equivalent on the basis of 1 boe to 6,000
cubic feet of natural gas. Boe's may be misleading, particularly if used in
isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 1 boe for 6,000 cubic feet of natural gas
is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at
the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.
Boe/d means barrel of oil per day.
    In this press release: (i) mmboe means million boe; (ii) boe/d means boe
per day; (iii) bbls/d means barrels per day; (iv) mcf means thousand cubic
feet; (v) mmcf means million cubic feet; (vi) mcf/d means thousand cubic feet
per day; and (vii) mmcf/d means million cubic feet per day.

    The TSX does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of
    this release.

    %SEDAR: 00021180E




For further information:

For further information: Dan O'Neil, President & Chief Executive
Officer, (403) 215-5264, or Max Lof, Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial
Officer, (403) 215-5264, info@breakerenergy.com, www.breakerenergy.com

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