Petroamerica Announces the Financial and Operating Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2014

CALGARY, May 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Petroamerica Oil Corp. (TSX-V: PTA) ("Petroamerica" or the "Company"), a Canadian oil and gas company operating in Colombia, is pleased to announce the financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2014. Copies of the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis and Financial Statements have been filed with the Canadian Securities Regulatory Authorities and can be viewed or downloaded at the Company's website at or at The financial results for all periods presented are in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Quarterly highlights include:

  • Generated revenue of over $51.7 million, after royalties, leading to positive funds flow from operation of $26.6 million ($0.04 per share) with an operating netback of approximately US $64 per barrel;
  • Achieved average daily production of 6,478 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("boepd"), exiting the quarter at daily production of 6,477 boepd;
  • Closed the quarter with over $103 million in cash and short term investments, an increase of 55% from the close of 2013.

The following table presents the highlights of Petroamerica's financial and operating results.

(in $000 US except share, per share or unless otherwise noted)     Q1 2014     Q4 2013     Q1 2013
Oil revenue - net of royalties    $   51,702   $ 56,689    $   45,668
Funds flow from operations    $ 26,627    $   26,055   $ 23,249
Funds flow per share- basic    $ 0.04    $   0.04    $   0.04
Funds flow per share- diluted   $ 0.04    $   0.04    $ 0.04
Income for period   $   17,612    $   10,429    $   14,112
Total comprehensive income    $   13,430    $   6,069    $ 14,885
Income per share -  basic     $ 0.03    $   0.02    $   0.02
Income per share -  diluted    $   0.03   $   0.02    $   0.02
Total assets    $ 229,012   $ 213,171    $   165,734
Total cash   $ 100,699    $   63,737    $   53,594
Notes payable    $ 30,638    $   31,587    $   32,336
Shareholders' equity    $ 150,547    $   136,098    $   99,306
Exploration costs    $   91   $   6,704    $   326
Capital expenditures    $   11,316    $   18,277    $   12,900
Common shares outstanding     595,148,260     582,908,260     580,721,594
Weighted average shares outstanding:                  
Basic     593,538,038     583,786,521     579,909,594
Diluted     614,623,454     608,389,978     606,798,610
(in $000 US except share, per share or unless otherwise noted)     Q1 2014     Q4 2013     Q1 2013
Average production - bopd     6,478     6,341     4,375
Selling price $/bbl   $   105.76   $ 104.51    $   109.37
Royalty $/bbl    $   (19.71)    $   (8.93)    $   (9.07)
Average transportation costs $/bbl    $   (18.88)    $   (17.23)   $   (17.89)
Average production cost $/bbl    $   (3.40)    $   (3.46)    $ (2.90)
Operating netback $/bbl    $   63.77    $   74.91    $   79.51
Funds flow netback$/bbl    $   45.67    $   44.66    $   59.05
Share trading                   
High    $   0.38    $   0.36    $   0.40
Low    $   0.28    $   0.28   $   0.28
Close    $ 0.30    $   0.35   $   0.36
Trading volume     61,197,100     93,205,300     60,176,800


First Quarter Financial Summary
For the three months ended March 31, 2014, the Company reported $51.7 million in revenue, net of royalties, from the sale of 601 Mboe.  The realized sales price was $105.76 per boe generating an operating netback of approximately $64 per barrel.

For the first quarter of 2014, the Company's net income was $17.6 million ($0.03 per share diluted), due to the strong production levels through the quarter and continued strong oil prices. The Company's capital expenditures for the first quarter were $11.3 million, all invested in Colombia. These capital expenditures were funded from available cash on hand.  As at December 31, 2013, the Company held 12 Mbbls of oil in inventory.

Operations Update

Company Production
March production averaged 6,506 boepd (Company working interest) compared to average production of 6,497 boepd for the previous month, setting a Company record for average monthly production.

Rumi (Non-operated, 40% Working Interest)
The long term test facility for the Rumi-1 exploration well, which was drilled in the fourth quarter of 2013, was initiated on April 24, 2014 but was temporarily halted shortly thereafter due to problems with the electro-submersible pump. Once this pump is replaced in early June, the test is expected to recommence. Future appraisal drilling on the Rumi structure will be contingent on the production performance during the long-term test.

Curiara (Non-operated, 25% Working Interest)
The Curiara long-term test facility was commissioned and the Curiara-1 well started producing on April 5, 2014 at rates of approximately 250 bopd of 42 degree API oil. This rate is temporary and restricted by authorized flaring of 1.5 million cubic feet per day of gas, while gas dehydration and gas compressors are commissioned. The results of this long-term test will determine the forward appraisal plans for this discovery.

Exploration, Appraisal and Development Drilling in 2014

A summary of exploration, appraisal and development drilling expected to take place over the near term is provided below:

Prospect/Well   Activity Type   Block   Working
Las Maracas-15   Development   Los Ocarros   50%   Q2 2014
Las Maracas-16   Development   Los Ocarros   50%   Q3 2014
Malavar-1   Exploration   LLA-10   50%   Q3 2014
Zampoña -1   Exploration   Los Ocarros   50%   Q3 2014
Crypto-1   Exploration   El Porton   50%   Q3 2014
Langur-1   Exploration   LLA-19   50%   Q4 2014

Arrangement Agreement

On April 28, 2014 the Company entered into an arrangement agreement ("Arrangement Agreement") with Suroco Energy Inc. ("Suroco"), whereby the Company has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Suroco by way of a statutory plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) (the "Arrangement").  Under the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, holders of Suroco shares will receive 1.7627 common shares of the Company for each Suroco share held.  It is anticipated that the Company will issue approximately 237 million Company shares in connection with the Arrangement.  Completion of the Arrangement is subject to customary closing conditions, including a number of Suroco shareholder, court, government and regulatory approvals.  The Arrangement will need to be approved by not less than two-thirds of the votes cast by the Suroco shareholders as well as a majority of votes cast by Suroco shareholders after excluding votes cast by shareholders who are excluded shareholders under applicable securities requirements at the Annual and Special meeting of Suroco Shareholders to be held at the end of June, 2014. The Arrangement is expected to close at or around June 30, 2014 provided all required approvals are obtained.

Suroco currently holds interests in five blocks in the Putumayo Basin of Colombia, produced an average of 2,461 bopd (net, before royalties) of medium crude oil for March 2014 and holds approximately 3.1 million barrels of proved and probable ("2P") reserves according to the GLJ reserves report dated December 31, 2013.


On completion of Arrangement, the combined entity is expected to hold interests in eleven exploration and production contracts in the Llanos and Putumayo Basins of Colombia, covering over one million gross/500 thousand net acres, focusing on high netback light and medium oil. This portfolio will include a substantial inventory of exploration prospects and leads that will be pursued to support future production growth for the combined entity.  Furthermore, the combined entity will also have significant exposure to the prolific N Sand play in the Putumayo Basin in addition to the current production operations, discoveries and exploration opportunities in the Llanos basin, enhancing the overall portfolio and diversifying the combined company's asset base.  The combined 2P reserves, based on the reserves reports issued by both companies as at December 31, 2013, would total over 8 million boe, with a before tax net present value (discounted at 10%) of over $284 million.  This does not include unbooked reserves not factored into the 2013 year end results that could be added in the near term as a result of recent drilling.

Production guidance for the Company alone for 2014 is currently estimated to average 6,000 boepd, an increase from the 5,000 to 5,500 boepd estimate that was provided earlier this year. Going forward, the Company will continue to monitor the overall production rates, and expects to provide regular updates to the expected production rates for the remainder of the year as well as provide production guidance for the combined entity once the Arrangement is completed.

Combined, the capital program for 2014 is projected to total $85.0 million, including a projected drilling program that includes 15 wells in the current year: 8 high impact exploration wells and 7 lower risk appraisal and development wells.

On completion of the Arrangement and providing for the revised production estimates and the resulting cash flows as well as the planned combined capital spending for the year, the Company expects to be able to fully fund internally its operations, both on a stand-alone and on a combined basis, for the year through the combination of free cash flow and cash on hand.  However, the Company will continue to pursue new business opportunities to both enhance its current and projected land holdings to provide additional future growth. 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position
      As at      As at 
      March 31,     December 31,
(thousands of United States dollars)     2014     2013
Current assets            
  Cash and cash equivalents    $   100,699   $ 63,737
  Short-term investments     2,785     2,894
  Trade and other receivables     19,099     42,754
  Prepayments and deposits     1,386     508
  Crude oil inventory     484     348
      124,453     110,241
Non-current assets            
  Restricted cash      5,123     5,170
  Property, plant and equipment     73,207     72,889
  Exploration and evaluation assets     26,229     24,871
      104,559     102,930
Total assets    $   229,012   $ 213,171
Current liabilities             
  Current equity tax    $ 376   $ 377
  Current income tax     23,848     19,546
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     8,920     15,400
      33,144     35,323
Non-Current  liabilities             
  Stock appreciation rights liability     2,137     2,085
  Notes payable     30,638     31,587
  Deferred tax liability     7,226     2,818
  Decommissioning liabilities     5,320     5,260
Total liabilities      78,465     77,073
Shareholders' equity            
  Share capital     140,053     138,936
  Contributed surplus     23,981     24,079
  Translation reserve     (5,354)     (1,172)
  Deficit     (8,133)     (25,745)
      150,547     136,098
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity    $   229,012   $ 213,171


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Net Income and Comprehensive Income
    Three months ended March 31
(thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)   2014   2013
  Oil revenue - net of royalties  $   51,702  $ 45,668
    51,702   45,668
  Production   (2,044)   (1,311)
  Transportation   (11,341)   (8,089)
  Purchased oil   (1,625)   -
  Exploration and evaluation   (91)   (326)
  Depletion and depreciation   (9,533)   (7,171)
  General and administration   (2,735)   (2,402)
  Share-based payments   (199)   (252)
    (27,568)   (19,551)
  Finance and other   (1,292)   (1,272)
  Foreign exchange gain (loss)    5,692   (559)
    4,400   (1,831)
Income before income taxes   28,534   24,286
Current income tax expense   (6,514)   (8,525)
Deferred tax (expense) recovery   (4,408)   (1,649)
Net income for the year   17,612   14,112
Other comprehensive (loss) income         
Items that will be reclassified subsequently to income or (loss):        
  Reserve on translation of foreign operations    (4,182)   773
Other comprehensive (loss) income    (4,182)   773
Total comprehensive income   $ 13,430  $ 14,885
Basic income per share $ 0.03 $ 0.02
Diluted income per share  $ 0.03 $ 0.02
Weighted average number of basic         
  common shares outstanding   593,538,038   579,909,594
Weighted average number of diluted         
  common shares outstanding   614,623,454   606,798,610


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Changes in Equity
(thousands of United States dollars)     Share
    Deficit     Total equity
Balance at January 1, 2014    $   138,936   $   24,079    $   (1,172)   $   (25,745)    $    136,098
Net income for the year     -     -     -     17,612     17,612
Other comprehensive loss     -     -     (4,182)     -     (4,182)
Total comprehensive income (loss)     -     -     (4,182)     17,612     13,430
Warrants exercised     1,117     (166)     -     -     951
Share-based payments     -     68     -     -     68
Balance at March 31, 2014    $   140,053    $   23,981    $   (5,354)    $   (8,133)    $    150,547
(thousands of United States dollars)     Share
    Deficit     Total
Balance at January 1, 2013   $   136,417    $   23,630   $   3,348    $   (79,622)   $   83,773
Net income for the year     -     -     -     14,112     14,112
Other comprehensive loss     -     -     773     -     773
Total comprehensive income (loss)     -     -     773     14,112     14,885
Warrants exercised     421     (63)     -     -     358
Stock options exercised     61     (23)     -     -     38
Share-based payments     -     252     -     -     252
Balance at March 31, 2013    $   136,899    $   23,796    $   4,121    $   (65,510)    $   99,306

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows
    Three months ended March 31 
(thousands of United States dollars)     2014     2013
Operating activities             
Net income for the year   $   17,612   $   14,112
Items not involving cash:            
  Share-based payments     199     252
  Depletion and depreciation     9,533     7,171
  Unrealized foreign exchange gain     (5,408)     (223)
  Deferred tax expense     4,408     1,649
  Accretion and amortization     283     288
      26,627     23,249
  Net changes in non-cash working capital     20,679     12,906
Cash provided by operating activities     47,306     36,155
Investing activities             
Exploration and evaluation expenditures     (1,358)     (1,228)
Property, plant and equipment expenditures     (9,937)     (8,503)
Cash used in investing activities     (11,295)     (9,731)
Financing activities             
Stock options exercised     -     38
Warrants exercised     951     358
Cash provided by financing activities     951     396
Increase in cash and cash equivalents during the year     36,962     26,820
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   63,737     26,774
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year    $   100,699    $   53,594


Forward Looking Statements:

This news release includes information that constitutes "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements". More particularly, this news release contains statements concerning expectations regarding regulatory and partner approvals on the Company's development plan, drilling and operational opportunities and the timing associated therewith, test results and the timing thereof, the use of available cash on hand in addition to the potential exploration and development opportunities and expectations regarding regulatory approval and the overall strategic direction of the Company including the anticipated results from the completion of the Arrangement and the timing thereof.  The forward-looking statements contained in this document, including expectations and assumptions concerning the obtaining of the necessary regulatory approvals, including ANH approval, and the assumptions, opinions and views of the Company or cited from third party sources, are solely opinions and forecasts which are uncertain and subject to risks. A multitude of factors can cause actual events to differ significantly from any anticipated developments and although the Company believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because there can be no assurance that such expectations will be realized. Material risk factors include, but are not limited to: the inability to obtain regulatory approval, including ANH approval, for the transfer of participating interests and/or operatorship for the Company's properties, the inability to obtain shareholder approval for the Arrangement, the risks of the oil and gas industry in general, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas, market demand and unpredictable shortages of equipment and/or labour; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; fluctuations in oil and gas prices, foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates, and reliance on industry partners. 

Data obtained from the initial testing results at the referenced wells, which may include barrels of oil produced and levels of water-cut, should be considered to be preliminary until a further and detailed analysis or interpretation has been done on such data. The test results disclosed in this press release are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery. The reader is cautioned not to unduly rely on such results as such results may not be indicative of future performance of the well or of expected production results for the Company in the future.

Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries nor any of its officers, directors or employees guarantees that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does any of the foregoing accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this document or the actual occurrence of the forecasted developments.

The forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as of the date hereof and the Company 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.

'boe' may be misleading if used in isolation.  Throughout this press release the calculation of boe is at a conversion rate of 6,000 cubic feet of natural gas for one barrel of oil and is based on an energy conversion method at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalence at the wellhead.

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

SOURCE: Petroamerica Oil Corp.

For further information:

Nelson Navarrete
President and CEO

Colin Wagner

Ralph Gillcrist
COO and Executive Vice President Exploration & Business Development

Tel Bogota, Colombia: +57-1-744-0644
Tel Calgary, Canada: +1-403-237-8300
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