Western Energy Services Corp. Announces 2008 Results


    CALGARY, April 30 /CNW/ - Western Energy Services Corp. ("Western" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce its 2008 results. Highlights for the year

    -   Annual revenues in 2008 were $12,731,894 down 16% from 2007
        reflecting the slow economic and industry conditions in 2008 and the
        Company's sale of non-core business assets.  However revenues from
        the Company's core business of production optimization were up
        slightly year over year.

    -   Income before loss on sale, amortization, interest and income taxes
        was $27,692 compared to $574,359.  This measure would have improved
        in 2008 if not for the effect of foreign exchange fluctuations over
        the two years.

    -   Operating margins were maintained despite falling revenues due to the
        industry and general economic slowdown.

    -   The remaining note payable to the Grenville Energy Partnership was
        converted into equity.  Combined with other debt repayments this
        conversion resulted in the elimination of $5.3 million of debt.

    -   General and administrative ("G&A") expenses were down 12% during

    -   The process of disposing of non-core assets and re-investing in the
        Company's fleet of production stimulation equipment was largely
        completed in 2008.

    Management's focus for the 2009 will be to grow revenues, increase
profitability and ensure the continued improvement in business operations.

    Selected Financial Information

    Year ended December 31                   2008 ($)    2007 ($)    2006 ($)
    Revenue                               12,731,894  15,201,283  14,118,622

    Income (loss) from continuing
     operations, before loss on sale,
     amortization, interest and income
     taxes                                    27,692     574,359    (533,209)

    Cash outflow from continuing
     operations                            1,583,887   1,113,645     921,005
    Loss from continuing operations        5,989,875   5,520,830   3,222,375
      - per share(1)                            0.43        0.54        0.38
    Net loss                               5,989,875   4,525,850   4,667,951
      - per share(1)                            0.43        0.44        0.55
    Total assets                          22,398,435  26,902,201  19,015,931
    Long term financial liabilities        1,306,822   1,593,660   1,973,786
    Shareholder's equity                   7,472,759   9,505,842   7,754,008

    (1) Per share amounts for all periods reflect the 1 for 12 consolidation
        of shares that occurred in September 2008

    Fourth quarter revenues in 2008 were $3,140,627, which were an
improvement over the fourth quarter of 2007 which had revenues of $3,029,342.
Annual revenues in 2008 were $12,731,894 which is down 16% from 2007, due to
the slow economic and industry conditions in 2008.
    Operating expenses were decreased to 85% of revenues in 2008 compared to
88% in 2007 as a result 2008 operating margin (revenue less operating costs)
was $1,853,372, being 98% of the 2007, operating margin of $1,897,036.
    G&A expenses continued to decrease in 2008, seeing a further drop of 12%.
The Company started an aggressive campaign to manage these costs in 2006 and
has continued to realize salary and occupancy costs savings.
    Interest expense decreased to $1,347,710 in 2008 from $1,653,077,
reflecting decreasing debt levels and lowered variable costs of borrowing.
    During the year the Note payable to Grenville Energy Partnership was
converted into approximately 18 million shares on December 29, 2008, resulting
in the elimination of approximately $3.6 million in debt and a reduction of
future annual interest costs of $288,000.
    Management will continue to focus on improving its business operations in
2009, reacting to the economic slowdown in a proactive manner that will
realize upon the Company's strength of providing services to the less cyclical
production side of the oil and gas industry. The Company expects that the
drilling aspect of the industry will continue to experience difficulties in
2009. Management believes that the Company's market direction and focus of
production optimization through stimulation services will continue to provide
a core revenue stream which the Company can further build upon.

    Western is an oil field services company trading on the TSX Venture
Exchange in Canada under the symbol "WSV". Western is active in Canada, Texas
and Latin America.

    Forward Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements and
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws
and necessarily involve risks associated with the oil and gas energy services
industry, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, environmental
risks, competition from other energy services providers, delays resulting from
or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access
sufficient capital from internal and external sources. The use of any of the
words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing",
"may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar
expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or
statements. More particularly and without limitation, this press release
contains forward-looking statements and information concerning the Loan and
transactions in connection with the Loan. The forward-looking statements and
information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by
Western, including expectations and assumptions concerning the receipt of all
necessary regulatory approvals which expectations and assumptions management
of Western believes to be reasonable at this time. Although Western believes
that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements
and information are based are reasonable at the date of this press release,
undue reliance should not be placed on the forward looking statements and
information as Western can give no assurance that they will prove to be
correct. Since forward-looking statements and information 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, including the failure to
obtain required regulatory approvals and others. Readers are cautioned that
the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. The forward-looking
statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the
date hereof and Western 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.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Additional information relating to the Company
is filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Please visit the web site: www.wesc.ca or
contact: Jim McQuarrie, President & CEO at (403) 782-0017. If you would like
to receive future information releases by email please provide your email
address to ir@wesc.ca

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