Eagle Rock Exploration Reports 2008 Financial Results and files 2008 Annual Information Form



    TSXV: ERX

    CALGARY, April 23 /CNW/ - Eagle Rock Exploration Ltd. ("Eagle Rock" or
the "Company", TSXV: ERX) announces that it filed its audited financial
statements and related management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for the
year ended December 31, 2008. Certain selected financial and operational
information for the year ended December 31, 2008 and the year ended December
31, 2007 is set out below and should be read in conjunction with Eagle Rock's
audited financial statements and related MD&A. In addition Eagle Rock has
filed its Annual Information Form which contains Eagle Rock's reserves data
and other oil and gas information for the year ended December 31, 2008 as
mandated by National Instrument 51-101 Standards for Disclosure for Oil and
Gas Activities of the Canadian Securities Administrators (NI "51-101"). These
filings will be available in their entirety at www.eaglerockexploration.com
and www.sedar.com.
    Selected financial and operational results for the year are summarized in
the following table:

    
                                         3 months ended     12 months ended
    $000's except production and          December 31         December 31
     per share amounts                    2008      2007      2008      2007
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Average daily production - boe/d       523       489       487       546
    Petroleum and Natural Gas Revenue    2,512     2,942    15,210    11,936
    Operating netback per boe            27.86     39.59     57.14     34.72
    Cash flow from operating activities  1,988     1,797     8,492     5,265
    Net Profit (Loss)                      354      (174)    2,073    (1,587)
    Profit (Loss) per basic and
     diluted share                        0.01     (0.00)     0.04     (0.04)
    Capital expenditures                 8,730     4,299    23,322    13,113
    Total assets                                            55,078    38,211
    Net debt                                               (20,854)   (9,970)
    Shareholder's equity                                    25,426    24,415
    Common shares outstanding - basic                       54,543    54,001

    Note:  Six mcf of natural gas is considered equivalent to 1 barrel of oil
           (boe). See "Forward-looking Information" below.

    2008 Highlights

    -   Earned a net profit of $2.1 million for the 12 months ended
        December 31, 2008 compared to a loss of $1.6 million for the
        12 months ended December 31, 2007.
    -   Reported a gain of $1.8 million (before income tax) on hedges, a
        major contributor to the Company's profit for the year.
    -   Produced 487 boe/d in 2008, an 11% decrease from the 2007 average of
        546 boe/d. The sale of the Antelope Lake property for $6.9 million
        was effective April 1, 2008 and accounts for the decrease.
    -   Generated gross revenue of $15.2 million in 2008, an increase of 27%
        over 2007 gross revenues of $11.9 million. The increase is
        attributable to higher oil prices as the Company averaged $85.33 per
        boe in 2008 compared to $59.90 in 2007.
    -   Generated cash from operating activities of $8.5 million, a 61%
        increase over 2007 cash flow of $5.3 million, again attributable to
        higher oil prices.
    -   Acquired three private companies in December 2008, adding a battery
        facility in Saskatchewan, production of approximately 90 boe/d and
        338 mboe of reserves (Proved + Probable - as described in Eagle
        Rock's reserves data and other oil and gas information for the year
        ended December 31, 2008, dated March 20, 2009, prepared by GLJ
        Petroleum Consultants in accordance with NI 51-101, utilizing GLJ's
        January 1, 2009 price forecast and cost assumptions, as summarized in
        Eagle Rock's Annual Information Form available on SEDAR).
    -   Incurred capital expenditures of $23.3 million, which includes the
        cost of drilling 14 wells of which 9 are producing.
    -   Accepted terms of forbearance proposed by the local office of the
        Company's Bank, which are now subject to approval by the Bank's
        credit committee. The forbearance agreement was the result of a
        breach of the working capital covenant (failed to maintain the
        required working capital ratio of 1:1) in the credit facility
        agreement with the Bank.

    Q4 2008 Highlights

    -   Earned operating netbacks of $27.86 per boe in Q4 2008 compared to
        $39.59 in Q4 2007. The decrease is a result of lower oil prices and
        higher operating costs.
    -   Increased average daily production to 523 boe/d in Q4 2008
        representing a 7% increase over Q4, 2007, which averaged 489 boe/d.
    -   Incurred capital expenditures of $8.7 million in this quarter which
        was higher than expected due to cost over runs on wells spudded in
        the quarter.
    

    As of March 2009 the Company has suspended its capital program and will
apply its available cash flow (after royalties, operating expenses and general
and administrative expenses) from approximately 600 boe/d to debt reduction.
General and administrative expenses have been reduced primarily by way of
employee reductions. It has also placed three Alberta properties (Coutts,
Enchant and Conrad) for sale through an agent, Sayer Energy Advisors, with the
proceeds to be applied to debt reduction and to meet the proposed terms of
forbearance with the Bank.
    Under the terms of the proposed forbearance, the Bank will not enforce
its rights in respect of Eagle Rock's indebtedness under its credit facilities
until August 31, 2009. The Bank will consolidate the revolver loan and
development loan facilities into one credit facility having the maximum
availability of $18.2 million. Eagle Rock is to make monthly principal
payments of $175,000 and remedy the working capital ratio on its June 30, 2009
financial statements as submitted to the Bank by August 29, 2009.
    Eagle Rock's current indebtedness to the Bank under the credit facilities
is approximately $18 million.

    Annual Meeting

    Eagle Rock's annual shareholder meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on June
5, 2009 in the Company's Boardroom at 300, 340 12th Avenue S.W., Calgary,
Alberta.

    About Eagle Rock

    Eagle Rock Exploration Ltd. is a publicly traded energy company involved
in the exploration and development of low to medium risk oil and gas
properties in Western Canada. Eagle Rock Exploration Ltd. trades on the TSX
Venture Exchange under the symbol ERX.
    For more information please visit us at www.eaglerockexploration.com

    Forward-looking information

    Certain information contained in this news release constitutes
forward-looking information or statements including, without limitation,
information and statements respecting its credit facility with the Bank, as
proposed to be amended by the terms of forbearance, anticipated capital
expenditures, production forecasts, production and reserves additions from
Eagle Rock's historical and future capital programs or acquisitions, operating
expenses, G&A, royalties, expected timing of the tie-in of wells, expected
timing of the receipt of regulatory approvals and expected timing of the
completion of facilities projects.
    Statements relating to "reserves" and "resources" are forward-looking
information as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates
and assumptions that the reserves and resources described exist in the
quantities predicted or estimated and can profitably be produced in the
future.
    Forward-looking information and statements are often, but not always,
identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "seek", "believe",
"expect", "hope", "plan", "intend", "forecast", "target", "project",
"guidance", "may", "might", "will", "should", "could", "estimate", "predict"
or similar words or expressions suggesting future outcomes or language
suggesting an outlook. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject
to numerous risks and uncertainties that can significantly affect future
results. Actual future results may differ materially from those assumed or
described in such forward-looking statements as a result of the impact of
issues, risks and uncertainties whether described herein or not, which Eagle
Rock may not be able to control. By their very nature, forward-looking
statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and
specific, and risks that forward looking statements will not be achieved.
These factors may be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in Eagle Rock's
Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2008. The reader is
therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are
made as of the date hereof and Eagle Rock undertakes no obligation to update
publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable
securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release
are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
    In addition, the term boe or boe's may be misleading, particularly if
used in isolation. In accordance with NI 51-101, a boe (barrel of oil
equivalent) conversion ratio of 6 Mcf per one (1) boe is based on an energy
equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does
not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

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





For further information:

For further information: Jim Silye, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Steven J. Glover, Vice-President, Finance, and Chief Financial
Officer, TEL: (403) 269-4040, FAX: (403) 261-1978, Email: Jim Silye
(jsilye@eagler.ca) OR Steven J. Glover (sglover@eagler.ca)

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