Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results
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CALGARY, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation ("Palliser" or
the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PXL) is pleased to announce financial and
operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013.
Certain selected financial and operational information is set out below and
should be read in conjunction with Palliser's unaudited condensed financial
statements complete with the notes to the financial statements and related
MD&A which will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and will also be posted
on the Company's website at www.palliserogc.com on November 14, 2013.
Operating & Financial Highlights - Three and Nine Months Ended September 30,
2013 and 2012 (unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30 September 30
Operating % %
2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Oil 3 6 -50% 15 12 25%
disposal 1 1 0% 2 3 -33%
Total 4 7 -43% 17 15 13%
Success (%) 100% 100% 0% 100% 93% 8%
(net acres) 36,007 29,760 21% 36,007 29,760 21%
acres) 12,885 33,522 -62% 12,885 33,522 -62%
acres) 48,892 63,282 -23% 48,892 63,282 -23%
Crude oil (bbl
per day) 2,302 2,185 5% 2,400 1,936 24%
(Mcf per day) 219 344 -36% 257 370 -31%
Barrels of oil
(boe per day,
6:1) 2,339 2,242 4% 2,443 1,998 22%
production (%) 98% 97% 1% 98% 97% 1%
Crude oil ($
per bbl) $ 86.98 $ 61.43 42% $ 69.80 $ 64.02 9%
Natural gas ($
per Mcf) $ 2.54 $ 2.16 18% $ 2.97 $ 2.03 46%
Barrels of oil
per boe, 6:1) $ 85.85 $ 60.19 43% $ 68.90 $ 62.43 10%
netback ($ per
sales $ 85.85 $ 60.19 43% $ 68.90 $ 62.43 10%
derivatives $ (11.34) $ 7.92 -243% $ (0.99) $ 3.43 -129%
Royalties $ 22.13 $ 15.32 44% $ 16.96 $ 14.73 15%
expenses $ 26.59 $ 21.45 24% $ 26.20 $ 23.07 14%
netback ((1)) $ 25.79 $ 31.34 -18% $ 24.75 $ 28.06 -12%
Financial ($000's except per
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30 September 30
2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Oil and natural
gas sales $ 18,473 $ 12,417 49% 45,942 $ 34,174 34%
Funds flow from
(2)) $ 4,090 $ 5,101 -20% $ 11,876 $ 11,468 4%
Per share -
diluted $ 0.06 $ 0.09 -33% $ 0.19 $ 0.21 -10%
income (loss) $ (1,443) $ (3,087) -53% $ (6,541) $ 2,052 -419%
Per share -
diluted $ (0.02) $ (0.06) -67% $ (0.10) $ 0.04 -350%
outstanding 63,915,979 54,708,261 17% 63,348,213 54,324,392 17%
outstanding 63,915,979 57,453,348 11% 63,915,979 57,453,348 11%
(3)) $ 6,132 $ 12,873 -52% $ 18,842 $ 28,470 -34%
(net debt) (
(4)) $ (41,581) $ (35,884) 16% $ (41,581) $ (35,884) 16%
equity $ 42,319 $ 44,945 -6% $ 42,319 $ 44,945 -6%
((1)) Operating netback is a non-GAAP measure and is the net of
petroleum and natural gas sales, realized gain or loss on
financial derivatives, royalties and production, operating and
((2)) Funds flow from operating activities is a non-GAAP measure that
represents cash flow from operations less decommissioning
expenditures and changes in non-cash working capital related to
operating activities. Funds flow per share amounts are
calculated using weighted average shares outstanding consistent
with the calculation of net income per share. Funds flow from
operating activities is a key measure as it demonstrates the
Company's ability to generate the funds necessary to achieve
future growth through capital investment.
((3)) Capital expenditures exclude decommissioning liability costs and
capitalized share-based compensation.
((4)) Working capital (net debt) is a non-GAAP measure representing
the total bank loan, accounts payable and accrued liabilities,
less accounts receivable, deposits and prepaid expenses.
Management believes these are useful supplemental measures of, firstly, the
total net position of current assets and current liabilities of the Company
and secondly, the profitability relative to commodity prices. Other entities
may calculate these figures differently than Palliser.
Third Quarter 2013 Highlights
-- Achieved production of 2,339 boe per day. Production rose 4%
compared to the third quarter of 2012;
-- Achieved production, operating, and transportation expenses of
$26.59 per boe. Production, operating and transportation
expenses increased 24% compared to the third quarter of 2012;
-- Achieved operating netback of $25.79 per boe. Operating
netbacks decreased 18% compared to the third quarter of 2012;
-- Recorded funds flow from operating activities of $4.1 million,
or $0.06 per share in the third quarter. Funds flow from
operating activities decreased 20% compared to $5.1 million in
the third quarter of 2012;
-- Executed a $6.1 million capital program in the third quarter.
The third quarter capital program included three wells
completed for heavy oil production with a 100% success rate;
-- Increased undeveloped heavy oil land position. The Company's
undeveloped heavy oil land position at September 30, 2013 was
36,007 net acres, a 3% increase from June 30, 2013;
-- Maintained a significant prospect inventory. The Company's
prospect inventory stands at 140 locations, none of which are
included in the 2012 independent reserves report; and
-- Increased rail shipments to improve operating netbacks.
Palliser increased rail shipments in the third quarter to 1,112
barrels per day, or 48% of total sales volumes for the quarter.
The third quarter of 2013 saw capital expenditures totalling $6.1 million,
representing 25% of the budgeted yearly capital program of $24 million. This
100% working interest capital program included one new drill, one re-entry and
one heavy oil reactivation. The Company also drilled a salt water disposal
well and expanded its salt water disposal infrastructure during the quarter.
Year to date, capital expenditures of $18.8 million include 15 wells completed
for heavy oil production with a 100% success rate. The Company also increased
its net undeveloped heavy oil land holdings to 36,007 net acres as at
September 30, 2013.
As anticipated and previously announced, the third quarter of 2013 saw lower
average production compared to the record production achieved in the second
quarter of 2013. A prolonged spring breakup, which continued well into the
third quarter contributed to significant downtime on several wells and delayed
budgeted capital projects until late in the quarter. As a result, production
declines outpaced additions.
Palliser continues to expand crude shipments by rail. The Company completed
construction of a clean oil treating facility in the third quarter, which is
estimated to increase capacity to ship crude by rail to 75% of total volumes,
up from the previous capacity of approximately 50%.
Production, operating and transportation expenses in the third quarter were
$26.59 per barrel, which represents a 24% increase from the third quarter of
2012 and a 16% increase from the second quarter of 2013. The transportation
component increased from $1.21 per boe in the third quarter of 2012 to $2.10
per boe in the third quarter of 2013 as the Company intentionally incurred
additional trucking costs to deliver oil to more lucrative rail contracts,
which provide significantly higher netbacks. Production, operating and
transportation costs for the nine month period ended September 30, 2013 were
$26.20 per boe. The Company remains focused on being a sustainable low
operating cost heavy oil producer.
The third quarter of 2013 saw a significant increase in West Texas
Intermediate ("WTI") crude oil pricing, which averaged $106 per barrel.
Palliser's realized crude oil sales price increased by 42% from $61 per barrel
in the third quarter of 2012 to $87 per barrel in the third quarter of 2013.
Palliser had a significant portion of volumes hedged in the current quarter at
WTI CAD pricing of $96 per barrel. As a result, the Company realized hedging
losses in the quarter that offset a portion of the increase in the realized
crude oil sales price. Operating netbacks in the third quarter were $25.79 per
boe which is an 18% reduction from the prior year comparative quarter. Funds
flow from operating activities for the quarter amounted to $4.1 million, or
$0.06 per share, compared to $5.1 million, or $0.09 per share in the third
quarter last year.
The Company's net debt at the end of the third quarter was $42 million,
relative to a current total credit facility of $52 million. A reduction of
funds flow in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, resulted in a
third quarter debt to annualized funds flow from operating activities ratio of
2.5 times, compared to 1.6 times in the second quarter. The remaining $6
million capital program budgeted for 2013 will be financed through funds flow
from operating activities and existing credit facilities with year-end net
debt forecast to be approximately $44 million.
The majority of third quarter capital projects were delayed until late in the
third quarter and early fourth quarter. As a result, production additions from
these wells will not be seen until the fourth quarter. In addition, the
Company experienced water breakthrough in a number of CHOPS wells in the
Manitou area, resulting in a loss of approximately 250 barrels per day of oil
production. The Company has been installing a new salt water disposal facility
and pipelines, and anticipates that the new facility will be operational by
the end of November. This new salt water disposal infrastructure will allow
the affected wells to be optimized using high volume lift.
The fourth quarter capital program has been very busy thus far with
approximately $5 million spent, leaving approximately $1 million of the 2013
capital budget remaining to be spent. Production additions from the third and
fourth quarter capital program are anticipated to result in production gains
through the remainder of the year.
Based on field estimates, October production averaged approximately 2,200 boe
per day, and the Company is forecasting fourth quarter production to average
between 2,400 - 2,450 boe per day. Similarly, 2013 annual production is now
forecast to average between 2,400 - 2,450 boe per day, approximately 100 boe
per day lower than previously forecast.
To reduce funds flow risk from commodity price volatility, Palliser has
significant crude oil volumes hedged. The Company currently has approximately
64% of forecasted fourth quarter 2013 production volumes hedged at an average
WTI CAD price of approximately $96 per barrel and approximately 14% of fourth
quarter 2013 volumes hedged at an average Western Canada Select (WCS) price of
approximately $72 per barrel. The Company also has significant volumes hedged
at WTI CAD fixed price swaps for calendar 2014.
Palliser is currently shipping approximately 60% of its oil production by rail
to the Gulf Coast. The Company is realizing a significant price premium on
volumes shipped by rail. The Company will look to continue to increase its oil
shipments by rail in light of the currently wide heavy oil differentials.
The Company announces the departure of Mr. Brett Frostad, Vice President
Exploration. Mr. Frostad is leaving Palliser to pursue other opportunities.
Palliser would like to thank Brett for his contributions to the Company.
Palliser also announces the appointment of Mr. Lamont Brooks as Exploration
Manager. Mr. Brooks has been a long standing employee with the Company, most
recently as Senior Explorationist.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
"Signed" Kevin J. Gibson
Chief Executive Officer
"Signed" Allan B. Carswell
President and Chief Operating Officer
November 14, 2013 Calgary, Alberta
For further information regarding Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation, the reader
is invited to visit the Company's website at www.palliserogc.com.
Palliser is a Calgary-based emerging junior oil and gas company currently
focused on high netback heavy oil production in the greater Lloydminster area
of both Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements or
information (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of
applicable securities legislation, including, but not limited to management's
assessment of future plans and operations, including: commodity focus;
drilling plans and potential locations; expected production levels; expected
transportation methods; development and acquisition plans; reserves growth;
production and operating sales and expenses; reservoir characteristics; the
results of applying certain operational development techniques; certain
economic factors; and capital expenditures. In addition, statements relating
to oil and gas reserves and resources are deemed to be forward-looking
statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates
and assumptions, that the reserves or resources described, as the case may be,
exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced
in the future. With respect to forward-looking statements herein, Palliser has
made assumptions regarding, among other things; future capital expenditure
levels; future oil and natural gas prices; "differentials" between West Texas
Intermediate and Western Canada Select benchmark pricing; future oil and
natural gas production levels; future water disposal capacity; future exchange
rates and interest rates; ability to obtain equipment and services in a timely
manner to carry out development activities; ability to market oil and natural
gas successfully to current and new customers; the ability to ship volumes by
rail; the impact of increasing competition; the ability to obtain financing on
acceptable terms; and the ability to add production and reserves through
development and exploitation activities.
Although Palliser believes that the expectations reflected in the
forward-looking statements contained herein, and the assumptions on which such
forward-looking statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance
that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on forward-looking statements included herein, as there
can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which the
forward-looking statements are based will occur. By their nature,
forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties that
contribute to the possibility that the forward-looking statements will not
occur, which may cause Palliser's actual performance and financial results in
future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections.
Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Palliser's
results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory
authorities, including the Company's Annual Information Form, and may be
accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.
The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date
hereof. Except as expressly required by applicable securities laws, Palliser
does not undertake any obligation to, nor does it intend to, publicly update
or revise any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements
contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. In
addition, readers are cautioned that historical results are not necessarily
indicative of future performance.
Barrels of Oil Equivalent Conversions
Production volumes are commonly expressed on a barrel of equivalent (boe)
basis whereby natural gas volumes are converted at a ratio of six thousand
cubic feet to one barrel of oil. The intention is to convert oil and natural
gas measurement units into one basis for improved analysis of results and
comparisons with other industry participants. The term boe may be misleading,
particularly if used in isolation. The conversion ratio is based on an energy
equivalent method and does not represent an economic value equivalency at the
The Company evaluates its performance using several criteria, including funds
flow from operating activities and funds flow from operating activities per
share. Funds flow from operating activities is a non-GAAP measure that
represents cash flow from operating activities less decommissioning
expenditures and changes in non-cash working capital related to operating
activities. Funds flow per share amounts are calculated using weighted average
shares outstanding consistent with the calculation of net income per share.
Funds flow from operating activities is a key measure as it demonstrates the
Company's ability to generate the funds necessary to achieve future growth
through capital investment.
The Company also assesses its performance utilizing operating netback.
Operating netback represents the profit margin associated with the production
and sale of petroleum and natural gas, and is calculated as petroleum and
natural gas revenue, less realized gain or loss on financial derivatives,
royalties and production, operating and transportation expenses, on a barrel
of oil equivalent basis.
Working capital (net debt) is a non-GAAP measure representing the total bank
loan, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, less accounts receivable,
deposits and prepaid expenses.
These non-GAAP measures are not standardized and therefore may not be
comparable to similar measures utilized by other entities.
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 Press release.
SOURCE Palliser Oil & Gas Corporation
Kevin J. Gibson CEO firstname.lastname@example.org (403) 209-5717
Allan B. Carswell President and COO email@example.com (403) 209-5709
Ivan J. Condic Vice President, Finance and CFO firstname.lastname@example.org (403)
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