Breaker Energy Ltd. announces record production and funds from operations, appointment of new Vice-President and conversion of Class B Shares

    CALGARY, July 31 /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 ended June 30, 2008.

    Financial and Operating Summary

                                  3 Months Ended          6 Months Ended
                                June    June      %     June    June      %
                                  30,     30, Change      30,     30, Change
                                2008    2007            2008    2007
     ($000s except per share
    Petroleum sales           35,398  11,383     211  57,242  21,034     172
    Natural gas sales         15,320  10,396      47  26,341  20,302      30
    Processing sales             611     233     162     854     431      98
    Total petroleum and
     natural gas revenue      51,329  22,011     133  84,437  41,767     102
    Funds from operations(1)  31,072  11,757     164  50,355  20,967     140
      Per share basic           0.84    0.32     163    1.36    0.57     139
      Per share diluted         0.82    0.32     156    1.34    0.57     135
    Net earnings              14,223   1,523     834  20,767   1,336    1454
      Per share basic           0.38    0.04     850    0.56    0.04    1300
      Per share diluted         0.37    0.04     825    0.55    0.04    1275
    Capital expenditures(2)   18,623   7,087     163  49,526  27,025      83
    Net debt                  55,921  41,904      33  55,921  41,904      33
    Operating, General and
     Administrative (G&A)
     Crude oil
     (bbls per day)            3,167   1,806      75   2,826   1,745      62
     Natural gas
     (mcf per day)            16,530  15,881       4  15,994  15,317       4
     Total (boe per day)       5,922   4,453      33   5,491   4,298      28
    Average realized price:
      Crude oil ($ per bbl)   122.83   69.26      77  111.31   66.60      67
      Natural gas ($ per mcf)  10.19    7.19      42    9.05    7.32      24
      Combined average
      (incl. processing
       revenue) ($ per boe,)   95.25   54.32      75   84.49   53.70      57
    Netback ($ per boe)
    Petroleum and natural
     gas sales                 95.25   54.32      75   84.49   53.70      57
    Royalties                 (19.90)  (8.92)    123  (17.18) (10.17)     69
    Operating expenses        (10.48)  (9.91)      6   (9.97)  (9.98)      -
    Transportation expenses    (3.24)  (1.77)     83   (2.95)  (1.77)     67
    Operating netback          61.63   33.72      83   54.39   31.78      71
    G&A expenses               (2.76)  (2.96)     (7)  (2.66)  (2.86)     (7)
    Interest expense           (1.13)  (1.33)    (15)  (1.14)  (1.36)    (16)
    Corporate netback          57.74   29.43      96   50.59   27.56      84
    Common Shares (000s)
    Class A Shares
     outstanding, end of
     period                   36,416  35,124       4  36,416  35,124       4
    Weighted average
     Class A shares           36,364  35,124       4  36,309  35,054       4
    Weighted average
     Class B shares              900     900       -     900     900       -
    Conversion of Class B
     shares - weighted
      average(3)                 717   1,449     (51)    717   1,449     (51)
    Weighted average basic
     shares outstanding(3)    37,081  36,573       1  37,026  36,503       1
    Stock option dilution
     (treasury method)         1,014     489     107     585     467      25
    Weighted average diluted
     shares outstanding(3)    38,095  37,062       3  37,611  36,970       2

    (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
    (2)  Capital expenditures includes cash additions for the period,
         acquisition additions, dispositions, and capitalized general and
         administrative expense.
    (3)  For the period ended June 30, 2008 the Class B shares are converted
         at the quarter-end Class A share price of $12.55 and added to the
         Class A shares to calculate basic shares outstanding. For the period
         ended June 30, 2007 the Class B shares are converted at the
         quarter-end Class A share price of $6.21.

    Overview and Highlights

    The second quarter of 2008 was Breaker's most successful in its history,
achieving record production, funds from operations and net income. At Irricana
2 gross (2.0 net) horizontal wells were drilled and completed with the Packers
Plus multi-frac technology. As of July 31, 2008 Breaker has drilled 14
horizontal wells with multi-frac completions. Breaker continued development in
the Medicine Hat area drilling 4 gross (4.0 net) wells and exploring at
Girouxville where 1 gross (0.5 net) well was drilled.

      -   Breaker achieved record production of 5,922 boed in the second
          quarter, a 33 percent increase over the second quarter of 2007
          production rate of 4,453 boed and a 17 percent increase over the
          first quarter 2008 average of 5,060 boe per day. The Company
          expects to average more than 6,800 boe per day in the third quarter
          and reiterates its guidance of average production of 6,375 boe per
          day for 2008.

      -   Oil and natural gas liquids production increased entirely through
          the drill bit by 75 percent, increasing from 1,806 bbls/d in the
          second quarter of 2007 to 3,167 bbls/d in the second quarter of

      -   Breaker's oil and natural gas liquids weighting based on production
          has increased from 30 percent in the first quarter of 2006 to a 53
          percent weighting in the second quarter of 2008 with 69 percent of
          revenue in the second quarter of 2008 resulting from the sale of
          oil and natural gas liquids. Breaker forecasts an average
          production weighting to oil and natural gas liquids of 51 percent
          for 2008.

      -   Breaker achieved record funds from operations per basic share of
          $0.84 in the second quarter, an increase of 163 percent from $0.32
          in the same period of 2007. Funds from operations grew by 164
          percent in the second quarter of 2008 to $31.1 million from $11.8
          million in the first quarter of 2007.

      -   Net earnings per basic share increased by more than 800 percent to
          $0.38 from $0.04 in the same period of 2007. Net earnings for the
          second quarter of 2008 were $14.2 million, driven by increases in
          production and revenue per boe in the second quarter of 2008 as
          compared to the same period of 2007.

      -   Breaker's operations in the second quarter of 2008 resulted in a
          very strong average operating netback (defined as revenue; less
          royalties, operating and transportation expenses on a per boe
          basis) of $61.63 per boe and a corporate netback (defined as
          operating netback per boe less G&A and interest expense per boe) of
          $57.74 per boe.

      -   On June 23, 2008, the Corporation entered into an agreement to
          acquire the Fireweed petroleum and natural gas property in
          north-east British Columbia for cash of $63.75 million, subject to
          final adjustments, with a deposit of $6.375 million paid to the
          vendor on that same date. The acquisition closed on July 15, 2008.
          This property is Breaker's third multi-frac horizontal resource
          play property, in addition to its ongoing light oil success at
          Irricana and the Company's large tight gas resource play at
          Provost. The first multi-frac horizontal wells at both Provost and
          Fireweed are planned for the second half of 2008.

      -   Concurrent with the acquisition Breaker announced the issuance of
          3,000,000 subscription receipts for Class A Shares on a bought
          deal, private placement basis at an issue price of $11.50 per
          Subscription Receipt to raise gross proceeds of $34.5 million. The
          financing closed on July 15, 2008.

      -   Breaker's bank line was increased to $125 million early in the
          third quarter and management forecasts a conservative level of
          leverage at year-end with a debt to annualized fourth quarter 2008
          funds from operations ratio of 0.7. At the end of the second
          quarter, Breaker's debt to annualized second quarter 2008 funds
          from operations ratio was 0.5.

    Dan O'Neil, President & CEO, stated that "the Company is excited as it
looks forward to continued drilling activity weighted to high rate light oil

    Operations Update


    Breaker has continued to realize significant light oil production gains
from its horizontal multi-frac drilling development. Due to the usual break up
period in the second quarter, two new wells were drilled and completed as
compared to the six new wells in the first quarter. However, average
production for the second quarter exceeded 2,900 BOE/d, an increase of 30%
over the first quarter average due to the prolonged strong performance of the
first quarter drills, and the success of the two new completions.
    The results from the two new wells support the high quality and potential
of the Swalwell pool. The first well completed encountered some mechanical
difficulties in placing the multi-frac liner, resulting in the ability to
place only half of the planned frac intervals. However, initial produced
volumes were comparable to some of the best clean-up rates achieved to date,
at over 800 boe/d. The second well is located in an area where historically
poor (unfracced) production performance was observed, but initial rates are
also analogous to the top quartile of producers in the pool. These results
continue to support the likelihood the multi-frac technology is accessing
previously untapped hydrocarbons from this very large original-oil and
solution gas-in-place reservoir.
    There are currently two rigs drilling in the field. Additionally, an
innovative development in packer technology was tested mid-July in a
restimulation of an existing producer.
    Twenty one locations remain in inventory at 400 metre inter-well spacing,
with an additional 57 possible at 200 metre inter-well spacing. A waterflood
study and design is ongoing, and pilot injection is planned for later in 2008
which could significantly increase light oil recovery in this large pool.
    Breaker also maintains a diverse portfolio of gas prospects in Irricana,
one of which was tested in early July. An uphole horizon was successfully
fracture stimulated in a bypassed pay interval of an existing well, the
results of which are currently being evaluated along with potential follow up
    Due to high rate wells outperforming expectations, some minor facility
upgrades will be addressed throughout 2008 to ensure future production growth
can continue to come on-stream in a timely fashion.


    At Girouxville, Breaker is capitalizing on its recent 100 percent success
rate and large inventory of deep light oil exploratory prospects that qualify
for the $1 million maximum royalty holiday. The 7-3-76-22W5, drilled during
the second quarter, has initial production rates of 375 bbls/d  (170 bbls/d
net) of light sweet oil with netbacks near $120/bbl based on  mid-July oil
prices. A four gross (2 net) well program with multi-zone targets supported by
joint proprietary 3D seismic was kicked off early in the third quarter. The
first well in this program was completed in the Granite Wash formation, with
Beaverhill Lake sand still behind pipe, and tested at rates over 500 bbls/d
(250 bbls/d net) light, sweet oil. Additional operated wells at varying
working interests and increased seismic acquisitions are also planned.

    East Prairie

    At East Prairie, performance of the wells drilled during the winter
program has remained strong. Production from the property over the 2nd quarter
has averaged above 1,200 boe/d net to the Company, of which 325 boe/d is light
sweet oil. On May 2nd Breaker received ERCB approval for an Enhanced Recovery
Scheme for the Viking Oil Pool. The ERCB also granted a Holding disposition on
May 23rd which allows for 2 wells per quarter section to be drilled on the
lands encompassing the waterflood area of the Viking light oil pool. Progress
on this waterflood project has accelerated with full operation now expected by
the end of September 2008. Independent reserve evaluators estimate that oil
recoveries will double with the implementation of a waterflood.
    As a result of the down spacing approval and strong performance of the
Viking oil producers, Breaker has initiated a 3 gross (2.25 net) well program
which will be completed during the 3rd quarter 2008. The first well in this
program has been drilled and encountered 2.5m of pay in the Viking light oil
sand. The Company is well positioned for further infill drilling immediately
after the shooting and interpretation of a 3D seismic program, planned for the
winter of 2008/2009.

    Southeast Alberta

    At Medicine Hat Breaker drilled four wells, two of which confirmed
extension to the North of the previously defined regionally extensive gas
charged sand. Both wells will be brought on production in the third quarter,
bringing Breaker's total number of producing wells in this sand to 11.
    At Provost, injection commenced at Breaker's sizeable water flood of a
medium gravity oil pool. Injection for the innovative enhanced recovery scheme
on its large heavy oil pool is expected to commence in the third quarter,
pending receipt of final ERCB approval.
    Breaker has commenced a sizeable third quarter drilling program
consisting of 14 wells, with encouraging results to date. One well encountered
7 potentially productive zones, with two zones having been completed and
tested. The zones tested a combined 450 mcf/d at high flowing pressures,
indicating strong initial deliverability. A 3D seismic program is planned for
the fall to further identify follow up drilling locations in this
unconventional Viking resource play. Late in the quarter, Breaker will drill
its first horizontal well using multiple fracturing technology into the Viking
sand. The technology is being applied successfully in similar zones in
Saskatchewan, and Breaker anticipates success on this well will significantly
increase the profitability of future drilling in the area. In addition to the
drilling, four wells will be re-completed and three standing wells will be
tied in.

    Monias, British Columbia

    Breaker's 100% working interest deep Devonian reef play is progressing
with the 3D seismic program now complete and interpreted. A re-entry of the
existing deep well is planned for the 4th quarter pending rig availability.

    Fireweed, British Columbia

    Breaker has closed the acquisition of the Fireweed property currently
producing approximately 850 boe/day of natural gas and natural gas liquids in
British Columbia. The current production consists of vertical wells producing
from an extensive tight gas sand, with up to 55 meters of gross pay in the
Triassic Doig formation. The company plans to drill the property using
multi-frac horizontal wells, similar to developments elsewhere in the
Montney/Doig formations of British Columbia. This is Breaker's third
multi-frac horizontal resource play property, in addition to ongoing light oil
success at Irricana and the large tight gas resource play at Provost.
    3D seismic and other technical data were evaluated and the first
horizontal well location is now expected to spud in the 4th quarter. Based on
500 meter inter-well spacing, a 16 well program is contemplated for the
substantially undrained portion of this resource play.

    Appointment of New Vice President, Business Development

    Breaker is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Seams to the
position of Vice President, Business Development. Doug is a registered
Professional Engineer in Alberta and Texas with 22 years of varied oil and gas
activities and is the author of 6 patents. Prior to joining Breaker, Doug was
President of CDX Gas Canada. He has worked in both the United States and
Canada and has extensive experience in economics, large scale project
management, and unconventional gas. Doug is a petroleum engineering graduate
of Texas A&M University.

    Conversion of the Class B Shares to Class A Shares

    Breaker has elected to convert all of its outstanding Class B Shares to
Class A Shares effective August 13, 2008. Upon conversion, each Class B Share
will be exchanged for 0.8675 of a Class A Share. The conversion ratio was
arrived at by dividing $10.00 by $11.5272, being the weighted average trading
price of the Class A Shares on the TSX for the thirty day period beginning on
June 18, 2008. Registered holders of Class B Shares will be mailed
certificates for Class A Shares following the conversion date and do not need
to submit their certificates for Class B Shares to Breaker. A notice of
conversion will be mailed to all of the registered holders of Class B Shares.
    The conversion of the Class B shares will result in the issuance of
780,749 Class A shares. Breaker estimates that it will have approximately
40,201,486 Class A shares outstanding following the conversion of the Class B


    Breaker had an excellent first half of 2008 achieving a 90 percent
success rate drilling 20 gross (18.0 net) wells and has great prospects for
continued per share growth in reserves, production and cash flow. The Company
is well positioned with a base of operated, long-life natural gas and light
oil reserves and production, a drilling inventory of more than 400 locations
and a strong balance sheet.
    Breaker is well positioned to meet or exceed its 2008 guidance.
    The guidance below assumes US$105.00/Bbl WTI, CDN$9.50/mcf AECO and
US$/CDN$1.00 for 2008.

    Average Production Rate                    6,375 boe/d
    Exit Production Rate                       7,700 boe/d
    Cash flow                                  $104 million
    Cash flow per basic share                  $2.70
    Capital Program                            $174 million
    Year-End Debt                              $89 million
    Authorized Bank Line                       $125 million
    Unused Bank Line Capacity                  $36 million
    Q4 Annualized Debt to Cash Flow            0.7 times

    Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis

    Breaker has filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities its
unaudited financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 and the
accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis. These filings are available
for review at

    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 Energy trades on the TSX under the symbols WAV.A and WAV.B.
    Breaker has 39,420,737 Class A shares and 900,000 Class B shares
outstanding as at July 31, 2008.

    Forward-looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. More
particularly, this press release contains statements concerning anticipated:
(i) average oil and gas production for the third quarter of 2008 and for the
full year 2008, (ii) weighting of oil and natural gas production, (iii) year
end exit rate of production, (iv) cash flow for 2008, (v) capital expenditures
for 2008, (vi) year end debt, (vii) annualized Q4 debt to cash flow and (viii)
exploration and development activities.
    The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and
assumptions made by Breaker, including expectations and assumptions concerning
the performance of existing wells and success obtained in drilling new wells,
anticipated expenses, cash flow and capital expenditures and the application
of regulatory and royalty regimes.
    Although Breaker believes that the expectations and assumptions on which
the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should
not be placed on the forward-looking statements because Breaker can give no
assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements
address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve
inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from
those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These
include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas
industry in general (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),
commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations and uncertainties resulting
from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or
development projects or capital expenditures. Certain of these risks are set
out in more detail in Breaker's Annual Information Form which has been filed
on SEDAR and can be accessed at
    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 equivalent 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.

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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,,

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