Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter & Year-End 2015 Results, 2015 Year-End Reserves and Declares Dividend

CALGARY, March 14, 2016 /CNW/ - Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. ("Northern Blizzard" or the "Company") (TSX: NBZ) announces its operating and financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015 and 2015 year-end reserves.

Northern Blizzard's financial statements, management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") and annual information form ("AIF") for the year ended December 31, 2015 are available on our website at www.northernblizzard.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS


Three months ended

Year ended


December
31, 2015

September
30, 2015

December
31, 2014

December
31, 2015

December
31, 2014

Financial  ($000s,except as otherwise noted)






Oil and natural gas sales

79,846

101,853

168,274

422,305

697,215

Funds from operations(1)

8,175

38,850

61,372

165,566

228,673


Per share – diluted

0.07

0.35

0.59

1.48

2.55

Net income (loss)

(14,105)

(55,693)

67,783

(124,171)

(2,347)


Per share – basic

(0.13)

(0.51)

0.66

(1.15)

(0.03)


Per share – diluted

(0.13)

(0.52)

0.65

(1.15)

(0.03)

Net debt(1)

400,508

372,409

405,677

400,508

405,677

Dividends declared

13,436

17,498

24,686

81,715

38,857


Per share

0.120

0.160

0.240

0.760

0.379

Capital expenditures

18,417

14,776

54,038

70,035

262,774

Weighted average shares outstanding (000s)







Basic

111,615

108,980

102,647

107,892

87,707


Diluted

115,398

110,506

104,539

111,675

89,599

Shares outstanding at period end (000s)

112,747

110,617

103,387

112,747

103,387







Operating






Average daily production







Heavy oil (bbl/d)

17,776

18,751

20,773

18,940

19,153


Light oil & NGL (bbl/d)

598

797

1,028

1,036

430


Natural gas (mcf/d)

4,148

5,384

6,043

5,447

6,846


Total (boe/d)

19,065

20,445

22,808

20,884

20,724







Average realized price







Heavy oil ($/bbl)(2)

33.15

40.99

64.68

42.52

77.29


Light oil & NGL ($/bbl)

48.55

52.88

66.18

53.06

78.35


Oil & NGL ($/bbl)

33.64

41.45

64.75

43.06

77.32


Natural gas ($/mcf)

2.27

2.96

3.50

2.66

4.47


Combined ($/boe)

32.91

40.45

62.79

41.90

74.53







Netbacks ($/boe)







Average realized price

32.91

40.45

62.79

41.90

74.53


Royalties

(3.41)

(4.50)

(7.64)

(4.62)

(10.33)


Production and operating expenses

(16.56)

(16.71)

(21.02)

(16.72)

(21.04)


Transportation expenses

(1.94)

(1.56)

(2.14)

(1.85)

(1.97)


Operating netback(1)

11.00

17.68

31.99

18.71

41.19


Realized gains (losses) on financial derivative contracts

0.27

6.86

2.78

8.82

(4.13)


General and administrative expenses

(3.03)

(2.29)

(2.60)

(2.76)

(2.88)


Cash finance costs

(4.42)

(4.07)

(3.43)

(4.17)

(4.68)


Other

0.82

1.56

0.96

0.99

0.80


Funds from operations(1)

4.64

19.74

29.70

21.59

30.30


Notes:

(1)

Funds from operations, net debt and operating netback do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards.  See "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" and "Additional IFRS Measures" in the MD&A for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

(2)

Average heavy oil prices received are net of blending expenses and include the impact of physical delivery contracts (when applicable).

 

WELL POSITIONED FOR LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY

The current low oil price environment is a challenge for the oil and gas industry. Northern Blizzard has good liquidity, a well-structured balance sheet, supportive shareholders and high quality, low decline assets that position the Company for long-term sustainability.

Northern Blizzard's strength is demonstrated by:

  • Significant financial flexibility with bank indebtedness repaid in full in 2015 and an undrawn $475.0 million credit facility.
  • Bonds that mature in 2022 of US$276.3 million with no maintenance covenants.
  • A strong hedge position that is expected to add over $100.0 million (over $15.00/boe) to estimated 2016 funds from operations. (see Guidance)
  • Rigorous cost controls that resulted in a 20% year-over-year reduction in operating costs per barrel and a reduction in drilling costs of 25 – 30%.
  • Long-life low-risk reserves and production with an estimated corporate decline rate of 15%.

 2015 IN REVIEW

  • Northern Blizzard achieved fourth quarter production of 19,065 boe/d (96% oil). Average production for the year of 20,884 boe/d was 1% higher than 2014 and 3% below guidance. Positive polymer flood response at Cactus Lake and Viking light oil development at Coleville was offset by natural declines due to lower activity levels during 2015 and lower than expected production volumes at Plover Lake SAGD.
  • Funds from operations were $8.2 million ($0.07 per common share) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $165.6 million ($1.48 per common share) for the year ended December 31, 2015.
  • Northern Blizzard realized gains on physical delivery and financial derivative contracts of $67.2 million in 2015.
  • Capital expenditures for 2015 totalled $70.0 million, which included the drilling of 48 (46.1 net) wells. Development in 2015 was focused primarily in the Cactus Lake, Thermal, Coleville and Winter areas.
  • Northern Blizzard declared dividends totalling $81.7 million ($0.76 per common share) in 2015. Shareholders elected to receive stock dividends valued at $57.0 million and cash dividends of $24.7 million.
  • Northern Blizzard's total payout ratio was 58% for 2015. Total payout ratio is calculated as total dividends paid plus capital expenditures divided by funds from operations. Assuming the dividends were paid in cash, the total payout ratio for 2015 would have been 94%.
  • Northern Blizzard ended 2015 in a strong financial position with net debt of $400.5 million and an undrawn credit facility of $475.0 million. Year-end net debt to 2015 funds from operations was 2.4x.
  • Excluding the impact of economic factors outside of the Company's control, Northern Blizzard added 14.8 MMboes of proved reserves and 11.3 MMboes of proved plus probable reserves. This represents production replacement of 194% and 149% for proved and proved plus probable reserves, respectively.
  • Proved developed producing reserves represent 67% of proved reserves and 37% of proved plus probable reserves. Proved reserves represent 56% of proved plus probable reserves.
  • Northern Blizzard's proved plus probable reserve life index remains strong at 21.9 years. In 2015, the Company's proved finding, development and acquisition ("FD&A") costs averaged $18.20/boe and proved plus probable FD&A costs averaged negative $0.55/boe (negative due to decreases in future development costs that exceeded capital expenditures).
  • Select 2015 highlights for significant areas:



Area


Annual Production


Capital Expenditures




Cactus Lake


7,500 boe/d



$29.3 million





Winter


3,450 boe/d



  $6.5 million





Coleville


1,100 boe/d



  $9.4 million





Thermal


   900 boe/d



$14.7 million


 

  • Northern Blizzard has a comprehensive hedging program in place to protect prices on crude oil volumes and maintain the stability of its cash flows. The Company has WTI hedges in place for 4.2 million barrels (11,500 bbl/d) in 2016 at an average price of C$79.50/bbl and 1.5 million barrels (4,000 bbl/d) in 2017 at an average price of C$75.10/bbl. (see Risk Management)
  • The following table summarizes the drilling program for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015:













Three months ended

December 31, 2015


Year ended

December 31, 2015




Field


Gross

Net


Gross

Net




Cactus Lake(1)


17.0

17.0


25.0

25.0




Winter(2)


7.0

5.6


13.0

11.1




Coleville


5.0

5.0


8.0

8.0




Thermal(3)


-

-


1.0

1.0




Luseland


-

-


1.0

1.0




Total


29.0

27.6


48.0

46.1








Notes:




(1)

Total wells drilled at Cactus Lake include 6 (6.0 net) service wells for the year ended December 31, 2015. There were no service wells were drilled in the fourth quarter of 2015.




(2)

Total wells drilled at Winter include 2 (1.5 net) service wells for the year ended December 31, 2015. There was 1 (1.0 net) service well drilled in the fourth quarter of 2015.




(3)

The well drilled for Thermal in 2015 was a service well.

 

RESERVES

Independent Reserves Evaluation

Northern Blizzard's reserves were independently evaluated by Ryder Scott Company-Canada ("Ryder Scott") as at December 31, 2015 in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101").  The reserves evaluation was based on forecast pricing and foreign exchange rates as outlined in the notes to the table below entitled "Forecast Prices in 2015 Reserves Report". FD&A costs are reported inclusive of future development costs. Additional reserves disclosure is included in the Company's AIF for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Highlights of the 2015 reserves report

  • In 2015, Northern Blizzard added 14.8 MMboes of proved reserves through extensions and improved recoveries, infill drilling and technical revisions. During the same period, 7.6 MMboes were produced. Further, primarily due to low oil prices, 5.5 MMboes were written down due to economic factors. Similarly, Northern Blizzard added 11.3 MMboes of proved plus probable reserves through extensions and improved recoveries, infill drilling and technical revisions and 9.4 MMboes were written down due to economic factors.
  • In the last two years, proved FD&A costs averaged $18.05/boe. Proved plus probable FD&A costs averaged negative $4.16/boe due to decreases in future development costs that exceeded capital expenditures during the same two year period. On a five year basis, proved and proved plus probable FD&A costs averaged $19.66/boe and $18.00/boe, respectively.
  • The net present value (before income taxes and discounted at 10%) of Northern Blizzard's proved plus probable reserves decreased by 28% to $1.9 billion at December 31, 2015 as compared to 2014. The decrease was largely the result of an average year-over-year 32% decline in the forecasted WCS price for the 2016 – 2018 period used in the reserve report.
  • Proved plus probable reserves are comprised of 97% crude oil and 3% natural gas.
  • Reserve highlights for significant areas:
    • Cactus Lake: Proved plus probable reserves were 52.2 MMboe at December 31, 2015. This includes 17.6 MMboe recognized for the polymer flood projects.
    • Thermal: Proved plus probable reserves were 36.0 MMboe at December 31, 2015. This includes 7.4 MMboe of proved plus probable reserves related to the Plover Lake SAGD project.
    • Winter: Proved plus probable reserves were 21.7 MMboe at December 31, 2015, which consist primarily of producing reserves and infill drilling development.
    • Coleville: Proved plus probable reserves were 5.8 MMboe at December 31, 2015. The reserves relate to the light oil Viking development where 8 wells were drilled in 2015.
  • Northern Blizzard's proved and proved plus probable reserves life indices remained strong at 12.3 years and 21.9 years, respectively.

 

Summary of Reserves as at December 31, 2015(1)(2)


Heavy Oil

Light and
Medium
Crude Oil

Total
Crude Oil

Natural
Gas

Oil
Equivalent


(Mbbl)

(Mbbl)

(Mbbl)

(MMcf)

(Mboe)

Proved







Developed producing

53,684

1,039

54,723

15,157

57,249


Developed non-producing

134

169

303

-

303


Undeveloped

25,030

2,657

27,687

4,144

28,378

Total proved

78,847

3,866

82,713

19,300

85,930

Total probable

63,615

1,475

65,091

10,132

66,779

Total proved plus probable

142,462

5,341

147,804

29,433

152,709


Notes:

(1)

Based on escalated prices and costs.

(2)

Reserves means Northern Blizzard's working interest reserves before deduction of royalties and without including any royalty interests.

(3)

Figures may not add due to rounding.

 

Reserves Reconciliation(1)(2)


Heavy Oil

Light and
Medium
Crude Oil

Total
Crude Oil

Natural
Gas

Oil
Equivalent


(Mbbl)

(Mbbl)

(Mbbl)

(MMcf)

(Mboe)







Proved






December 31, 2014

77,069

3,341

80,410

23,077

84,255







Extensions and improved recovery

8,243

-

8,243

629

8,348

Infill drilling

3,878

319

4,197

966

4,358

Technical revisions

1,741

583

2,324

(1,440)

2,083

Reserve adds

13,862

902

14,764

155

14,789







Economic factors

(5,168)

(1)

(5,169)

(1,944)

(5,493)

Production

(6,915)

(376)

(7,291)

(1,988)

(7,623)


(12,083)

(377)

(12,460)

(3,932)

(13,116)

December 31, 2015

78,847

3,866

82,713

19,300

85,930







Proved plus Probable






December 31, 2014

145,817

6,427

152,244

36,669

158,355







Extensions and improved recovery

2,343

-

2,343

29

2,347

Infill drilling

7,696

398

8,094

1,760

8,388

Technical revisions

2,497

(1,107)

1,390

(4,701)

606

Reserve adds

12,536

(709)

11,827

(2,912)

11,341







Economic factors

(8,974)

(1)

(8,975)

(2,336)

(9,365)

Production

(6,915)

(376)

(7,291)

(1,988)

(7,623)


(15,889)

(377)

(16,266)

(4,324)

(16,988)

December 31, 2015

142,462

5,341

147,804

29,433

152,709


Notes:

(1)

Based escalated prices and costs.

(2)

Reserves means Northern Blizzard's working interest reserves before deduction of royalties and without including any royalty interests.

(3)

Figures may not add due to rounding.

 

Summary of Net Present Values, Before Tax(1)



Discounted at

($ millions)


0%


5%


10%


15%


20%

Proved












Developed producing


1,534


1,108


857


696


586


Developed non-producing


9


7


6


6


5


Undeveloped


754


463


293


187


118

Total proved


2,297


1,579


1,157


889


709

Total probable


2,254


1,243


746


475


316

Total proved plus probable


4,551


2,822


1,902


1,364


1,025


Notes:

(1)

Based escalated prices and costs.

(2)

Figures may not add due to rounding.

 

Future Development Costs

($000)



Proved
Reserves


Proved plus
Probable Reserves

2016



61,587


71,477

2017



127,124


168,084

2018



101,384


303,889

2019



63,905


215,677

2020



47,379


74,265

Remainder



59,444


293,067

Total Undiscounted



460,823


1,126,460

 

Reserve Life Index(1)


(years)


2015


2014


2013


2012


2011

Proved


12.3


10.0


12.1


12.7


10.0

Proved plus probable


21.9


18.9


21.9


20.1


17.2



Note:

(1)

Reserve life index is calculated as reserves divided by annualized fourth quarter production.

 

Finding & Development Costs



2015

2014

 2 Year
Total

 5 Year
Total

Capital Expenditures ($000)(1)






Exploration and development

65,489

262,774

328,263

1,049,486


Acquisitions (net of dispositions)

4,546

-

4,546

37,845


Total

70,035

262,774

332,809

1,087,331






Change in Future Development Costs ($000)






Proved

99,153

(195,777)

(96,624)

447,855


Proved plus probable

(71,128)

(296,555)

(367,683)

901,145






Proved Reserve Additions (Mboe)






Exploration and development

9,297

3,787

13,084

n/a(2)


Acquisitions (net of dispositions)

-

-

-

n/a(2)


Total

9,297

3,787

13,084

78,085






Proved plus Probable Reserve Additions (Mboe)






Exploration and development

1,977

6,402

8,378

n/a(2)


Acquisitions (net of dispositions)

-

-

-

n/a(2)


Total

1,977

6,402

8,378

110,464






FD&A ($/boe)(3)






Proved

18.20

17.69

18.05

19.66


Proved plus probable

(0.55)

(5.28)

(4.16)

18.00






FD&A Recycle Ratio – Operating Netback(4)






Proved

1.0

2.3

1.7

1.6


Proved plus probable

nmf(6)

nmf(6)

nmf(6)

1.8






FD&A Recycle Ratio – Funds from Operations(5)






Proved

1.2

1.7

1.4

1.4


Proved plus probable

nmf(6)

nmf(6)

nmf(6)

1.5


Notes:

(1)

Capital expenditures represent cash expenditures for property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and property acquisitions.

(2)

Reserves additions for acquisitions completed in 2011 were not separately evaluated.

(3)

FD&A costs are calculated as the sum of development capital plus acquisition capital plus the change in future development costs for the period divided by the change in total reserves for the period.

(4)

Recycle ratio is calculated as operating netback divided by FD&A costs. Operating netback is calculated as revenue (excluding realized gains and losses on financial derivative contracts) minus royalties, operating expenses and transportation expenses.

(5)

Recycle ratio is calculated as funds from operations divided by FD&A costs.

(6)

Not meaningful ("nmf").

 

Forecast Prices in 2015 Reserves Report

The following table summarizes the forecast prices used by Ryder Scott in preparing Northern Blizzard's estimated reserve volumes and net present values of future net revenues in the 2015 reserves report.  Complete disclosure of forecast prices used can be found in the Company's AIF for the year ended December 31, 2015.




Oil


Natural Gas

Year

US$/

CDN$

Cost
Escalation
(%)

WTI at
Cushing
(1)

(US$/bbl)

WCS Stream at
Hardisty 20.5
API
(1)

($/bbl)

Edmonton
MSW 40°
API
(1) 

($/bbl)


Alberta AECO-
C/NIT 30 Day Spot

($/mmbtu)

Saskatchewan
Provincial
Average
(2)

($/mmbtu)

2016

0.74

0.50

43.75

43.31

54.30


2.61

2.63

2017

0.76

1.50

53.90

52.27

64.00


3.21

3.17

2018

0.79

2.19

62.10

58.01

70.62


3.54

3.45

2019

0.80

2.19

69.00

64.19

77.71


3.86

3.72

2020

0.81

1.88

73.08

67.34

81.09


4.09

3.92


Notes:

(1)

WTI, WCS and Edmonton MSW crude oil prices were based on an average of forecast prices published by Ryder Scott at December 31, 2015, Sproule Associates Limited at December 31, 2015, GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. at January 1, 2016 and McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd at January 1, 2016.

(2)

Saskatchewan provincial average gas prices were based on an average of forecast prices published by Ryder Scott at December 31, 2015, GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. at January 1, 2016 and McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd at January 1, 2016.

 

RISK MANAGEMENT

Northern Blizzard has a comprehensive hedging program in place to protect prices on crude oil volumes and maintain the stability of its cash flows.  A summary of Northern Blizzard's current hedge position is provided in the table below.

(C$)(1,2)



2016


2017







WTI







Hedged volumes (bbl/d)



11,500


4,000


Average price ($/bbl)



79.50


75.10







WTI / WCS differential







Hedged volumes (bbl/d)



11,500


2,000


Average price ($/bbl)



(19.01)


(18.37)







Notes:

(1)

Contracts denominated in US dollars have been converted to Canadian dollars at CAD/USD strip prices as of March 11, 2016.

(2)

The prices and volumes in this table represent averages for several contracts over the respective periods presented.  The average price of a group of contracts is for indicative purposes only and does not have the same settlement profile as the individual contract.

 

During the fourth quarter of 2015, Northern Blizzard realized $0.1 million in gains on physical delivery and financial derivative contracts.  The gains realized on Canadian dollar WTI contracts were due to lower than hedged oil prices, partially offset by losses on WCS differential contracts due to narrower than hedged heavy oil differentials. 

For the year ended December 31, 2015, Northern Blizzard realized gains of $67.2 million on physical delivery and financial derivative contracts.  The gains were due to the reasons discussed above.

FINANCIAL LIQUIDITY

At December 31, 2015, we had an undrawn credit facility of $475.0 million, $382.3 million of senior unsecured notes outstanding and a working capital deficiency of $18.2 million.

Northern Blizzard has a stock dividend program that enables shareholders to receive dividends in the form of common shares. The Company's significant shareholders, that hold approximately 70% of the outstanding shares, have indicated that they will continue to receive stock dividends.

Northern Blizzard's capital expenditure forecast for 2016 is $40.0 million. Northern Blizzard anticipates that funds from operations, together with the revolving credit facility, will be sufficient to finance current operations, cash dividends, planned capital expenditures and working capital requirements.

Northern Blizzard's credit facility has two financial covenants that are calculated quarterly. The calculation for each financial covenant is based on specific definitions and cannot be calculated by referring to Northern Blizzard's consolidated financial statements. At December 31, 2015, the Company was in compliance with the financial covenants.









Covenant description




Covenant



Position at
December 31, 2015

Senior debt to EBITDA ratio




Less than 3.0



-

Interest coverage ratio




Greater than 2.5



6.0

 

DIVIDEND

Northern Blizzard currently pays a monthly dividend of $0.04 per share. Northern Blizzard has a Stock Dividend Program ("SDP") and shareholders holding approximately 73% of the Company's outstanding shares currently participate in the SDP.

The SDP allows shareholders to elect to receive their dividends in the form of common shares in lieu of receiving a cash dividend on the dividend payment date. Participation in the SDP is optional; additional information can be found on Northern Blizzard's website at www.northernblizzard.com or by contacting your financial institution or investment advisor. The availability of the SDP and its terms and conditions are subject to the discretion of Northern Blizzard's Board of Directors.  

Northern Blizzard announces that the Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.04 per common share for March 2016. The dividend will be payable on April 15, 2016 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2016. This dividend has been designated as an eligible dividend under the Income Tax Act (Canada).

GUIDANCE

Guidance and assumptions are as follows:




2016 Guidance(1)

Production (boe/d)



19,000

Pricing





WTI (US$/bbl)



40.00


WTI / WCS differential (US$/bbl)



(14.25)


CAD/USD exchange rate



1.370


WCS ($/bbl)



35.28


AECO ($/mcf)



2.50

Expenses





Average royalty rate (%)



9


Operating ($/boe)



17.15


Transportation ($/boe)



2.15


Corporate costs ($/boe)



7.80

Including hedging





Funds from operations ($ millions)



120


Funds from operations per boe ($/boe)



17.35

Excluding hedging





Funds from operations ($ millions)



15


Funds from operations per boe ($/boe)



2.20

Capital expenditures ($ millions)



40

Payout ratios





Including SDP



45%


Excluding SDP



80%


Note:

(1)

2016 guidance released on February 12, 2016.

 


Conference Call Today

9:00am MT (11:00am ET)


Northern Blizzard will host a conference call today, March 14, 2016, starting at 9:00am MT (11:00am ET), to review the Company's fourth quarter and year-end 2015 results.  Participants can access the conference call by dialing (403) 532-5601 or toll-free (US & Canada) 1 (855) 353-9183 and entering the passcode 94203.

 

A recording of the conference call will be available until March 28, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing 1 (855) 201-2300 and entering the conference number 1194394 and passcode 94203.  The replay will be available approximately one hour following completion of the call.  The conference call will also be available on Northern Blizzard's website at www.northernblizzard.com.

 

 

Advisories

BOE Conversion and Other Reserve Advisories

In this news release, natural gas has been converted to boe based on a conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel (6 mcf : 1 bbl), which represents an energy equivalency conversion method applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. While it is useful for comparative measures, it may not accurately reflect individual product values and may be misleading if used in isolation.

The estimates of reserves and future net revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties, due to the effects of aggregation.

This press release contains reserve replacement ratios, recycle ratios and FD&A costs, which are all metrics commonly used in the oil and natural gas industry.  These terms do not have a standardized meaning and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies, and therefore should not be used to make such comparisons. 

Reserve replacement ratios for a given period are determined by taking the Company's proved or proved plus probable reserve additions for that period divided by the Company's production for the same period.

Recycle ratio is calculated as finding, development and acquisition costs per barrel divided by either operating netback per barrel or cash flow netback per barrel.

FD&A costs are calculated as the sum of development capital plus acquisition capital plus the change in future development costs for the period divided by the change in total reserves for the period. The aggregate of the exploration, development and acquisition costs incurred in the most recent financial year and the change during the year in estimated future development costs generally will not reflect total FD&A costs related to reserves additions for the year.

The Company uses these oil and gas metrics for its own performance measurements and to provide shareholders with measures to compare the Company's operations over time. Readers are cautioned that the information provided by these metrics, or that can be derived from the metrics presented in this press release, should not be relied upon for investment or other purposes.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively referred to as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contain words such as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "continuous", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", or similar words suggesting future outcomes.

In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to the following:

  • Business plans and strategies;
  • Capital expenditures for 2016;
  • Methods and ability to finance operations, dividends, capital expenditure programs and working capital requirements;
  • Anticipated oil and natural gas production levels in 2016;
  • Future oil and natural gas prices;
  • Additions to funds from operations arising from hedge positions;
  • Future costs including operating, transportation and administrative costs and royalty rates;
  • 2016 funds from operations; and
  • Payment of dividends.

In addition, statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which are inherently uncertain, are based on estimates and assumptions, and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties (both general and specific) that contribute to the possibility that the future events or circumstances contemplated by the forward-looking statements will not occur. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which forward-looking statements are based will be realized. Actual results will differ, and the difference may be material and adverse to the Company and its shareholders.

With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this news release, management has made assumptions regarding future production levels; future oil and natural gas prices; future operating costs; timing and amount of capital expenditures; the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms; availability of skilled labour and drilling and related equipment; general economic and financial market conditions; continuation of existing tax and regulatory regimes; and the ability to market oil and natural gas successfully to current and new customers.  Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties (both general and specific) and risks that the goals or figures contained in forward-looking statements will not be achieved. These factors include, but are not limited to, risks associated with fluctuations in market prices for crude oil, natural gas and diluent, general economic, market and business conditions, substantial capital requirements, uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of reserves and resources, extent of, and cost of compliance with, government laws and regulations and the effect of changes in such laws and regulations from time to time, the need to obtain regulatory approvals on projects before development commences, environmental risks and hazards and the cost of compliance with environmental regulations, aboriginal claims, inherent risks and hazards with operations such as fire, explosion, blowouts, mechanical or pipe failure, cratering, oil spills, vandalism and other dangerous conditions, potential cost overruns, variations in foreign exchange rates, diluent supply shortages, competition for capital,  equipment, new leases, pipeline capacity and skilled personnel, credit risks associated with counterparties, the failure of the Company or the holder of licenses, leases and permits to meet requirements of such licenses, leases and permits, reliance on third parties for pipelines and other infrastructure, changes in royalty regimes, failure to accurately estimate decommissioning costs, inaccurate estimates and assumptions by management, effectiveness of internal controls, the potential lack of available drilling equipment and other restrictions, failure to obtain or keep key personnel, title deficiencies with the Company's assets, geo-political risks, risks that the Company does not have adequate insurance coverage, risk of litigation and risks arising from future acquisition activities. Additionally, the payment of dividends is dependent on the satisfaction of the applicable liquidity and solvency tests imposed by the Business Corporations Act (Alberta). The foregoing risks and other risks are described in more detail in the Company's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2015. Readers are cautioned that these factors and risks are difficult to predict and that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonably accurate at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Accordingly, readers are cautioned that the actual results achieved may vary from the information provided herein and the variations could be material. Readers are also cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Consequently, there is no representation by the Company that actual results achieved will be the same in whole or in part as those set out in the forward-looking statements. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company does not undertake any obligation, except as required by applicable securities legislation, to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

SOURCE Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.

For further information: about Northern Blizzard Resources Inc., please visit our website at www.northernblizzard.com or contact: Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.,Telephone: 403-930-3000, John Rooney, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer; Michael Makinson, Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer

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