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RED DEER, AB, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - High Arctic Energy Services Inc.
(TSX: HWO) ("High Arctic" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce
that its Board of Directors has approved a total capital budget of $23
million for 2012, an indication of the Company's positive outlook for
growth opportunities and anticipated continued strong cash flows.
Growth capital expenditures are expected to be $16 million, and
maintenance capital expenditures are budgeted at $7 million. Capital
expenditures are anticipated to be funded from operating cash flow.
Growth capital spending is intended to be focused primarily on adding to
the Corporation's equipment rental fleet as well as the expansion of
existing service offerings. Capital spending plans may be adjusted in
accordance with changes in market conditions or on the ability to
secure contracts with acceptable returns.
High Arctic has experienced strong activity levels in its Canadian
operation in the fourth quarter. Revenue in Canada is expected to
range between $15 million and $16.0 million, or more than a 30%
increase over the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year, revenue in
Canada is anticipated to range between $46 million to $48 million. The
improvement in revenue reflects the strong demand for the Corporation's
services in the unconventional shale gas and liquid rich plays and the
benefit of improved day rates. Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter on a consolidated basis is anticipated to range
between $11 million and $12 million, which would result in total
Adjusted EBITDA(1) for 2012 of $33 million to $34 million. These results are based on
management's review of the internally prepared preliminary operating
results for the year ended 2011 and are subject to the review and
approval of the Corporation's auditor and Board of Directors. The
Corporation is expected to release its year end audited Consolidated
Financial Statements on or about March 15, 2012.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements relating to
expected future events and anticipated financial and operating results
of the Corporation, including for the fourth quarter and year ended
December 31, 2011, that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results
may differ materially from management expectations, as projected in
such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including
unanticipated adjustments to the fourth quarter and year-end operating
results which could occur as a result of the year-end audit process,
market and general economic conditions and the risks and uncertainties
detailed in both the Corporation's Management Discussion and Analysis
for the year ended December 31, 2010 and the Annual Information Form
for the year ended December 31, 2010 found on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Due to the potential impact of these factors, the Corporation
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.
(1) Readers are cautioned that Adjusted EBITDA does not have
standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA is defined
as net earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, stock
based compensation and foreign exchange gains or losses.
About High Arctic
The Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is a provider of specialized
oilfield equipment and services, including drilling, completion and
workover operations. Based in Red Deer, Alberta, High Arctic has
domestic operations throughout Western Canada and international
operations primarily in Papua New Guinea.
SOURCE High Arctic Energy Services Inc.
For further information:
Chief Financial Officer
403 340 9825