Surge Energy Inc. Announces Record First Quarter 2012 Results; Doubling of
Funds Flow per Share; Reiterates 2012 Production Guidance
CALGARY, May 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Surge Energy Inc. ("Surge" or the "Company")
(TSX:SGY) is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the
three month period ended March 31, 2012 and to reiterate its 2012 production
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING SUMMARY:
($000s except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2012 2011 % change
Oil and NGL sales 47,366 21,650 119%
Natural gas sales 3,678 4,157 (12%)
Other revenue 16 65 (75%)
Total oil, natural gas, and NGL
revenue 51,060 25,872 97%
Funds from Operations(1) 24,007 9,772 146%
Per share basic ($) 0.34 0.17 100%
Per share diluted ($) 0.33 0.17 94%
Net income (loss) 2,657 (502) nm
Per share basic ($) 0.04 (0.01) nm
Per share diluted ($) 0.04 (0.01) nm
Capital expenditures - petroleum &
natural gas properties(2) 54,898 35,538 54%
Capital expenditures - acquisitions &
dispositions(2) 104,398 9,462 1,003%
Total capital expenditures(2) 159,296 45,000 254%
Net debt at end of period(3) 158,769 81,445 95%
Oil and NGL (bbls per day) 6,110 3,090 98%
Natural gas (mcf per day) 17,398 11,915 46%
Total (boe per day) (6:1) 9,009 5,076 77%
Average realized price (excluding
Oil and NGL ($ per bbl) 85.19 77.86 9%
Natural gas ($ per mcf) 2.32 3.88 (40%)
Realized loss on financial contracts
($ per boe) (0.94) (1.62) (42%)
Net back (excluding hedges) ($ per
Oil, natural gas and NGL sales 62.28 56.64 10%
Royalties (12.22) (8.02) 52%
Operating expenses (11.66) (16.73) (30%)
Transportation expenses (1.78) (2.54) (30%)
Operating netback 36.62 29.35 25%
G&A expenses (3.63) (4.76) (24%)
Interest expense (1.75) (0.98) 79%
Corporate netback 31.24 23.61 32%
Common shares (000s)
Common shares outstanding, end of
period 71,033 56,097 27%
Weighted average basic shares
outstanding 70,474 56,095 26%
Stock option dilution (treasury
method) 1,711 - nm
Weighted average diluted shares
outstanding 72,185 56,095 29%
(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
IFRS and therefore, may not be comparable with the calculation of similar
measures for other entities.
(2) Please see capital expenditures note.
(3) The Corporation defines net debt as outstanding bank debt plus or minus
working capital excluding the fair value of financial contracts.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
-- Funds from operations increased 146 percent to $24.0 million
during the first quarter of 2012 from $9.8 million during the
same period of 2011.
-- Funds from operations per share doubled to $0.34 during the
first quarter of 2012 from $0.17 during the same period of
-- Increased production by 77 percent to 9,009 boe per day during
the first quarter of 2012 from an average of 5,076 boe per day
during the first quarter of 2011.
-- Increased production per basic share by over 40 percent during
the first quarter of 2012 as compared to the first quarter of
-- Subsequent to the first quarter, Surge's bank line increased
from $175 million to $250 million, providing Surge considerable
financial flexibility to execute its 2012 capital program.
With net debt of $158.8 million at the end of the first
quarter, Surge now has $91.2 million of borrowing capacity
remaining. Surge forecasts a year end debt to cash flow ratio
of approximately 1.1.
-- Reduced both operating costs and transportation costs per boe
by 30 percent in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to the
first quarter of 2011 with combined operating and
transportation costs decreasing from $19.27 per boe in the
first quarter of 2011 to $13.44 per boe in the first quarter of
-- Increased Surge's operating netback by 25 percent to $36.62 per
boe for the first quarter of 2012 as compared to $29.35 in the
first quarter of 2011.
-- Increased Surge's total oil drilling inventory to more than 570
gross (435 net) locations and its internally estimated DPIIP(4)
("Discovered Petroleum Initially In Place") to 550 million
barrels of oil.
-- Achieved a 100 percent success rate drilling 18 gross (13.9
net) wells in the first quarter of 2012. Only 14 of the 18
wells drilled in the first quarter were producing at quarter
end, with the remainder to be completed and brought on
production during the second quarter of 2012.
-- The combination of drilling in early 2012 and closing of the
light oil acquisition in January 2012 drove the increase in
Surge's oil and natural gas liquids production weighting to 68
percent in the first quarter.
-- Approximately 93 percent of Surge's revenue resulted from oil
and natural gas liquids production, with less than seven
percent derived from natural gas production.
-- During the first quarter of 2012, Surge closed the accretive
acquisition of a private company with 1,200 barrels per day of
light oil production in the Nipisi/Gift area of Western
Alberta, targeting the Slave Point/Gilwood Formations.
(4) "Discovered Resources" or "Discovered Petroleum Initially-In-Place"
("DPIIP"), are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to
be contained in known accumulations prior to production. The recoverable
portion of discovered petroleum initially-in-place includes production,
reserves and contingent resources; the remainder is unrecoverable. "Contingent
resources" are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to
be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established
technology or technology under development, but which are not currently
considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies.
Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental,
political, and regulatory matters, or a lack of markets. It is also
appropriate to classify as Contingent Resources the estimated discovered
recoverable quantities associated with a project in the early evaluation
stage.There is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce
any portion of the Contingent Resources. A recovery project cannot be defined
for this volume of DPIIP at this time, and as such it cannot be further
Surge was active in each of its three core areas during the first quarter of
2012. The Corporation achieved a 100 percent success rate, with 18 gross
(13.9 net) wells drilled, averaging just over 9,000 boe per day in the quarter.
Through a combination of encouraging well results, extensive technical review,
increasing land position and increasing working interest, Surge has expanded
its oil drilling inventory from 490 gross (350 net) locations to 570 gross
(435 net) locations and its internally estimated DPIIP from greater than 440
gross million barrels of oil to 550 gross million barrels of oil. Surge will
focus its capital program, in the short-term, on drilling at each of its high
netback, 100 percent oil properties.
Nipisi/Gift (Slave Point/Gilwood), Western Alberta:
During the first quarter of 2012, Surge drilled its first two horizontal
multi-frac wells into the Slave Point Formation and completed its first two
directional wells into the Gilwood Formation. The two Slave Point wells were
completed and on production early in the second quarter and are currently
recovering very encouraging light oil volumes and minor remaining frac-fluid
volumes. Surge expects these two wells to exceed its well type curve
expectations of best month production rates of approximately 310 barrels per
day of light oil, estimated ultimate recovery of approximately 240 mbbls per
well, with an all-in capital cost of $4.2 million per well.
Surge is pleased to announce that it has increased its working interest from
approximately 88 percent to 100 percent on its existing lands at Nipisi
through two asset acquisitions. After completing an extensive technical
review of these lands, Surge is increasing its internal DPIIP estimate from 65
million barrels to 85 million barrels of light oil in the Slave Point
Formation with a cumulative oil recovery of less than one percent of DPIIP
recovered to date.
Surge also recently expanded its land position in the Slave Point trend, two
miles south of the Company's existing Slave Point pool by purchasing four net
sections of land. These lands have existing vertical well control with
historical production profiles and an internally estimated DPIIP of
approximately 30 million barrels.
Surge has significantly increased its drilling inventory in the Slave Point
Formation from 16 gross (15.7 net) to 44 gross (43.5 net) horizontal
multi-frac wells. Of these 44 gross (43.5 net) locations, 24 gross (23.5
net) are unbooked on a combined internal DPIIP estimate of approximately 115
million barrels. The well type curve of approximately 310 barrels per day of
light oil and estimated ultimate reserves of approximately 240 mbbls for the
area represents an average of the total identified locations.
Surge continues to make progress on the Nipisi Slave Point waterflood pilot.
The Company anticipates submitting a waterflood application during the third
quarter of 2012 with the first injection potentially by the end of 2012,
pending regulatory approvals. Based on successful waterflood implementation,
Surge anticipates that it will ultimately recover up to 20 percent of the 115
million barrels of DPIIP.
Sounding Lake and Silver Lake (Cretaceous Sands), South East Alberta:
During the first quarter, Surge drilled, completed and brought on production
three gross/net horizontal wells and evaluated the application of horizontal
technology in some of these new oil fairways. The Company has also been
actively executing tuck-in acquisitions in specific play fairways over the
past year and a half, which has added to its land position and drilling
inventory in the area.
Based on encouraging results from these wells, coupled with results from
similar drill results in the second half of 2011, Surge is pleased to announce
a new horizontal drilling location inventory of 78 gross (78 net) wells.
Only three gross (three net) wells have booked reserves. These 27-29 degree
API oil wells have robust economics, including best month forecasted
production rates of 110 barrels of oil per day, estimated ultimate recovery of
100 mbbls and an all-in cost of $1.4 million per well.
The Company also initiated a waterflood facility expansion at Silver Lake.
The scope of the expansion includes two new water injection wells, one well
conversion and facility expansion to handle an additional 12,000 barrels of
water per day. The expansion project is expected to be completed during the
third quarter of 2012.
Valhalla South (Doig), Western Alberta:
The Company drilled two gross (1.44 net) horizontal multi-frac wells in the
first quarter of 2012. The first well (102/10-07-074-08W6; 100 percent
working interest) was brought on production during the first quarter and the
second well (100/05-30-074-08W6, 44 percent working interest) was brought on
production during the second quarter. During the first quarter of 2012, the
Company continued drilling its third budgeted well (100/05-31-074-08W6, 44
percent working interest), with completion expected to occur in May.
Surge's 10-7 well is the Company's best performing well to date. The well
came on production February 21, 2012 and flowed back at an average rate 2,300
boe per day (81 percent light oil and NGLs) over a seven day period. After
73 days of being on production, the well is producing at an average rate of
1,070 boe per day (59 percent light oil and NGLs). The well was completed
with 12 frac stages over the 1,070 meter horizontal section.
As at December 31, 2011, Surge had 32 gross (23.9 net) horizontal multi-frac
wells remaining in inventory, of which 19 gross (14.3 net) wells were unbooked.
Williston Basin (Spearfish), Manitoba and North Dakota:
At Waskada, Surge drilled, completed and brought on production, three
gross/net horizontal multi-frac Spearfish light oil wells during the first
quarter. Including these three wells, Surge has a total of 21 gross/net
Spearfish oil wells producing to the Company's recently completed 16-3
battery. Based on the results of these most recent wells, as well as
historical production, Surge has adjusted its well type curve at Waskada to
reflect 100 barrels per day best month average production with recoverable
reserves of 70 mbbls and all-in costs of $1.3 million, generating an IRR
greater than 60 percent. Surge plans to implement a waterflood at Waskada
during the first quarter of 2013, pending waterflood study results and
In North Dakota, Surge participated in the drilling and completion of seven
gross (2.5 net) non-operated horizontal multi-frac wells with two of its
working interest partners. Surge maintained a working interest of 40 percent
in six of the wells drilled and 15 percent in one of the wells drilled. Four
of the 40 percent working interest wells are now on production. Initial
results are very encouraging and they appear that they will exceed the
Company's best month average production well type curve of 125 barrels of oil
per day. All wells drilled are expected to be on production during the
second quarter of 2012.
As at December 31, 2011, Surge had 334 gross (212.6 net) horizontal multi-frac
Spearfish wells remaining in inventory, of which 297 gross (186.2 net) wells
The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has approved the waterflood
pilot at Windfall. The original horizontal multi-frac well (9-9-59-15W5, 100
percent working interest) has now been converted for water injection, the
water source application has been submitted and all major equipment for the
injection facility has been ordered. Surge expects to commence injection
during the third quarter, pending all regulatory approvals.
As at December 31, 2011, Surge had 38 gross (38 net) horizontal multi-frac
Bluesky wells remaining in inventory, of which 31 gross (31 net) wells were
Goose River (Nordegg/Duvernay):
Surge has now completed its evaluation of the horizontal multi-frac Nordegg
well (100/14-11-69-19W5M). The horizontal leg encountered better than
anticipated reservoir quality in two different Nordegg zones in the 1,080
meter lateral and the well was stimulated with 14 frac stages that averaged
approximately ten tons per stage. Approximately 50 barrels of 18-21 degree
API oil was recovered and the well has subsequently been suspended. With only
one hz well drilled on the 131 sections (83,840 acres) of land at Goose River,
Surge remains encouraged about the potential of the Nordegg and is currently
evaluating new completion techniques to allow for the production of the lower
API oil and plans to explore for potential lighter oil (higher API gravity) on
its lands. As the area is mostly winter only access, Surge continues to
formulate plans for late Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.
The recent industry announcement of a successful Duvernay well at Kaybob that
produced 650 boe per day (60 percent light oil) after a 16 day test period, 20
miles south of Surge's Goose River lands, continues to provide optimism that
significant Duvernay oil potential exists on the Company's lands. Surge
believes that its lands at Goose River are located in the oil generation
window for the Duvernay and is finalizing a strategy to evaluate the Duvernay
potential on its lands.
For further details on updated well economics discussed throughout this press
release, please see Surge's corporate presentation available on its website at
OUTLOOK - POSITIONED FOR CONTINUED LIGHT OIL GROWTH
In just more than two years, Surge has positioned itself in three core areas,
assembled more than 570 gross (435 net) oil drilling locations and gained
exposure to an internally estimated DPIIP of more than 550 gross million
barrels of oil. Surge continues to add light oil resource to its portfolio
as shown with the accretive acquisition of a private company ("the Pradera
Acquisition") in January 2012. Through the acquisition, Surge acquired 1,200
barrels per day of high quality, high netback, focused Slave Point/Gilwood
light oil assets in the early stages of primary development in the Nipisi/Gift
area of Western Alberta. Surge now estimates there to be 115 million barrels
of DPIIP in the Slave Point pools with less than one percent of the oil
recovered to date. Surge believes there is potential to grow production to
2,500 barrels per day of oil over the next two years under primary development
and to more than 4,000 barrels per day of oil over the next few years with the
implementation of a successful waterflood program.
Pro-forma the Pradera Acquisition that closed in early January, Surge has more
than 36.7 million boe of proved plus probable reserves, of which, more than 23
million barrels are crude oil and NGLs. Additionally, the Corporation has
the potential to recover more than 82 million barrels of light oil through its
unbooked drilling inventory and the successful implementation of waterflood
programs at Valhalla South, Windfall, Nipisi/Gift, Williston Basin and South
In 2012, Surge will continue to grow organically by drilling in each of its
core areas and will continue to make accretive acquisitions that fit its
business plan. Surge is committed to delivering top quartile corporate
performance and creating value for shareholders by growing reserves, cash flow
and production on a per share basis.
As a result of our successful development drilling results and strategic
acquisitions, Surge is well positioned to meet or exceed its 2012 guidance.
| |2012 Guidance(5) |
|Average Production: |9,750 boe/d (~72% oil & NGLs) |
|Exit Production: |11,000 boe/d (~77% oil & NGLs)|
|Capital Expenditures Including |$270 million |
|Acquisitions: | |
|Capital Expenditures Excluding |$155 million |
|Acquisitions: | |
|Funds from Operations ("FFO"): |$120 million |
|FFO per basic share: |$1.69 |
|Annualized Exit FFO: |$155 million |
|Annualized Exit FFO per basic share:|$2.19 |
|Bank Line: |$250 million |
|Year End Net Debt: |$175 million |
(5) Based on US$104.50/bbl WTI, Edm Par C$94.68, $1.98/GJ AECO, US$/CDN$
exchange rate of $0.9989.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS:
Surge has filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities its unaudited
financial statements for the three month period ended March 31, 2012 and the
accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"). These filings
are available for review at www.sedar.com or www.surgeenergy.ca.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Surge's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 3:00pm Mountain Standard Time
(MST) on Thursday May 10, 2012 at the Petroleum Club in the Devonian Room,
located at 319 - 5(th) Avenue SW, Calgary AB.
Surge is an oil focused oil and gas company with operations throughout Alberta
and in the Williston Basin. Surge's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the symbol SGY. On May 8, 2012 Surge had 71.1 million basic
shares and 78.1 million fully diluted shares outstanding.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:
This press release contains forward-looking statements. More particularly,
this press release contains statements concerning anticipated: (i) capital
expenditures for 2012, (ii) exploration, development, drilling,
constructionand acquisition activities, (iii) average and exit oil & natural
gas production during 2012, (iv) funds from operations, (v) debt and bank
facilities (vi) primary and secondary recovery potentials and implementation
thereof, (vii) regulatory applications and the expected success thereof, and
(viii) realization of anticipated benefits of acquisitions.
The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and
assumptions made by Surge, 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 Surge 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 Surge 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 Surge's Annual Information Form which has been filed on
SEDAR and can be accessed at www.sedar.com.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of
the date hereof and Surge 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
Note: Boe means barrel of oil equivalent on the basis of 1 boe to 6,000 cubic
feet of natural gas. Boe 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) mcf means thousand cubic feet; (ii) mcf/d means
thousand cubic feet per day (iii) mmcf means million cubic feet; (iv) mmcf/d
means million cubic feet per day; (v) bbls means barrels; (vi) mbbls means
thousand barrels; (vii) mmbbls means million barrels; (viii) bbls/d means
barrels per day; (ix) bcf means billion cubic feet; * mboe means thousand
barrels of oil equivalent; and (xi) mmboe means million barrels of oil
Dan O'Neil, President and CEO Surge Energy Inc. Phone: (403)
930-1020 Fax: (403) 930-1011 Email:email@example.com
Max Lof, CFO Surge Energy Inc. Phone: (403) 930-1021 Fax: (403) 930-1011
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