CALGARY, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - (TSX: PRQ) - Progress Energy Resources Corp.
("Progress" or the "Company") announces results for the third quarter of 2012
(the "Quarter"). Development of Progress' leading land base continued on
pace during the Quarter with capital investment of $73.7 million, net to
Progress, or $167.8 million, gross including the North Montney Joint Venture
("NMJV"). In the Quarter, capital expenditures were prioritized to the NMJV,
and the Company's proprietary North Montney properties in British Columbia.
Agreement for Purchase by PETRONAS
On June 27, 2012 Progress entered into an arrangement agreement with PETRONAS
International Corporation Ltd. and PETRONAS Carigali Canada Ltd. ("PETRONAS
Canada") for the purchase by PETRONAS Canada of all of Progress' outstanding
common shares and the purchase by Progress of its outstanding convertible
unsecured debentures, by way of an arrangement under the Business Corporations
Act (Alberta). The completion of the arrangement remains subject to the
satisfaction or waiver of applicable conditions with the sole remaining
condition being receipt of a notice from the Minister of Industry (the
"Minister") under the Investment Canada Act that the acquisition of Progress
by PETRONAS Canada is likely to be of net benefit to Canada. On October 19,
2012 the Minister advised PETRONAS Canada that the Minister was not satisfied
that the proposed investment was likely to be of net benefit to Canada.
PETRONAS Canada has up to 30 days, or longer as mutually agreed to, to make
any additional representations and submit any further undertakings. PETRONAS
Canada and Progress have agreed to work together to ensure that the Minister
has the necessary information to determine that the proposed acquisition of
Progress is likely to be of net benefit to Canada. On October 27, PETRONAS
Canada exercised its right under the arrangement agreement to extend the
"Outside Date" under the agreement to November 30, 2012.
-- Generated cash flow of $22.7 million in the Quarter or $0.10
per share, diluted;
-- Produced an average of 43,045 barrels of oil equivalent ("boe")
per day in the Quarter; volumes for the Quarter were impacted
by the previously announced planned shut-ins and the deferral
of tie-ins and completions representing approximately 10 to 15
percent of production;
-- Drilled a total of 11 Montney horizontal wells (6.3 net) during
-- Drilled a total of 3 Dunvegan horizontal oil wells (2.9 net)
during the Quarter;
-- Constructed the 50 million cubic feet ("mmcf") per day Altares
gas plant, set to start up in November;
North Montney Joint Venture
Progress, along with its joint venture partner PETRONAS Canada, has begun
aggressively developing the NMJV properties at Altares, Lily and Kahta.
Gross capital spending on the NMJV in the Quarter was $107.5 million ($13.4
net to Progress) comprised principally of drilling and completions and
facilities expenditures. Eight horizontal Montney wells (4.0 net) were drilled
in the Quarter, with three horizontals at Altares (two lower, one upper), two
at Lily (one lower and one upper) and three targeting the lower Montney at
Kahta. There are currently seven rigs running on the NMJV, with a new 50 mmcf
per day gas plant set to begin operation early in the fourth quarter at
As part of the total consideration of $1.07 billion that PETRONAS Canada paid
to acquire a 50 percent working interest in the Altares, Lily and Kahta
properties, $802.5 million will be paid in the form of a capital carry over
the next three to five years. At the end of the Quarter, the remaining
capital carry balance was approximately $678 million.
Cash flow for the Quarter was $22.7 million or $0.10 per share, diluted.
Capital investment was $167.8 million gross ($73.7 million net). As at
September 30, 2012, the Company had drawn $75 million on its $650 million
revolving credit facility. Debt-to-total capitalization as at September 30,
2012 was nine percent.
Progress' average realized natural gas price in the Quarter was $2.27 per
thousand cubic feet, excluding the impact of the Company's hedging program.
Royalty rates averaged 7.0 percent in the Quarter as a result of lower natural
gas prices. Progress expects royalties to average seven percent in 2012
based on current commodity prices. Operating costs averaged $6.03 per boe in
the Quarter reflecting the Company's continued focus on operational
efficiencies and maximization of volumes through existing facilities.
Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A
Consolidated Financial Statements for the Quarter and Notes to the
Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for
Progress have been filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under Progress' profile and
can also be accessed on the Company's website at www.progressenergy.com.
Progress is a Calgary based energy company primarily focused on natural gas
exploration, development and production in northeast British Columbia and
northwest Alberta. The common shares of Progress are listed on the Toronto
Stock Exchange under the symbol PRQ.
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
2012 2011 2012 2011
Income Statement ($ thousands, except per share
Petroleum and natural gas revenue 83,131 114,037 267,619 348,492
Cash flow(1) 22,721 51,563 91,808 169,503
Per share - diluted 0.10 0.22 0.39 0.74
Cash dividends declared(2) - 23,395 47,007 69,666
Per share - 0.10 0.20 0.30
Balance Sheet ($ thousands)
Working capital deficiency 45,736 (89,702) 45,736 (89,702)
Bank debt 75,000 - 75,000 -
Convertible debentures 364,926 353,100 364,926 353,100
Total debt 485,662 263,398 485,662 263,398
Capital expenditures 73,690 113,759 211,114 300,136
Property dispositions (42) (77) (13,291) (35,421)
Average Daily Production
Natural gas (mcf/d) 220,606 224,629 228,673 222,407
Crude oil (bbls/d) 2,308 2,037 2,468 2,064
Natural gas liquids (bbls/d) 3,969 3,462 4,231 3,539
Total daily production (boe/d) 43,045 42,937 44,811 42,671
Average Realized Prices
Natural gas ($/mcf) 2.27 3.73 2.25 3.83
Crude oil ($/bbl) 83.41 89.99 85.68 90.85
Natural gas liquids ($/bbl) 50.93 61.27 57.97 65.23
Wells Drilled, Net 9.2 12.0 27.5 36.5
(1) Represents cash flow from operating activities before changes in
non-cash working capital.
(2) The dividends declared include distributions and dividends that
grantees are entitled to on the vesting of the Share Unit Plan, the
Long Term Incentive Plan and the Performance Unit Incentive Plan.
Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release and financial highlights table (collectively the "press
release") contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information
within the meaning of applicable securities laws. 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. In particular, forward looking statements in this press release
include, but are not limited to, expected timing of commencement of operations
of the Altares gas plant; anticipated average royalty rates for 2012; and
statements regarding regulatory approvals and completion of the Arrangement.
The forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key
expectations and assumptions made by Progress, including, amoung other things,
expectations and assumptions concerning prevailing commodity prices and
exchange rates, applicable royalty rates and tax laws; future well production
rates; reserve and resource volumes; the performance of existing wells; the
success obtained in drilling new wells; the sufficiency of budgeted capital
expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the availability and cost of
labour and services and future operating costs; and the ability to obtain all
required regulatory approvals for the transaction, including, but not limited
regulatory approvals. Although Progress believes that the expectations and
assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are based
are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward looking
statements and information because Progress 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. These include, but are not
limited to, the risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general such
as 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 and resource estimates; the
uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to reserves, resources,
production, costs and expenses; health, safety and environmental risks;
commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations; marketing and transportation;
loss of markets; environmental risks; competition; incorrect assessment of the
value of acquisitions; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of
acquisitions; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external
sources; changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws,
royalties and environmental regulations; risk that timing of commencement of
operations of the Altares gas plant may be delayed; the risk that the
transaction may not close when planned or at all or on the terms and
conditions set forth in the arrangement agreement; and the failure to obtain
the necessary regulatory approvals required in order to proceed with the
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.
Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the
operations or financial results of Progress are included in reports on file
with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through
the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).
Management has included the above summary of assumptions and risks related to
forward-looking information provided in this press release in order to provide
securityholders with a more complete perspective on the Company's future
operations and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.
The Company's actual results, performance or achievement could differ
materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking
statements and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events
anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if
any of them do so, what benefits that the Company will derive there from.
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors are not
exhaustive. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this
press release and the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update
publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by
applicable securities laws.
Barrels of Oil Equivalent
"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. Given that the
value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas
is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a
conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value.
Greg Kist, Vice President, Marketing, Corporate and Government Relations
Progress Energy Resources Corp. 403-539-1809 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kurtis Barrett, Analyst, Investor Relations and Marketing Progress Energy
Resources Corp. 403-539-1843 (email@example.com).
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