Santonia Announces 2013 Fourth Quarter Summary and Year End Results

Santonia Announces 2013 Fourth Quarter Summary and Year End Results  CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/12/14 --   Santonia (TSX: STE) is pleased to provide this summary of its financial and operating results for the 2013 year. A complete copy of the Company's consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, along with management's discussion and analysis in respect thereof will be filed on SEDAR and is available on the Company's website at www.santoniaenergy.com.        HIGHLIGHTS                                                                                                                           2013           2012  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Financial ($thousands, except per share                                       amounts)                                                                    Petroleum and natural gas revenue                     54,958        110,530  Funds generated from operations (1)                   19,694         45,442    Per share - basic                              $      0.19    $      0.44    Per share - diluted                            $      0.19    $      0.44  Loss (2)                                             (25,790)      (185,116)   Per share - basic                              $     (0.25)   $     (1.80)   Per share - diluted                            $     (0.25)   $     (1.80) Exploration and development expenditures              45,320         63,843  Proceeds from the sale of petroleum and                                       natural gas properties                               17,242        272,201  Working capital deficit                                1,751          6,885  Bank indebtedness                                     23,454         10,103  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operations                                                                   Average production                                                             Natural gas (Mcf per day)                           19,344         58,987    Crude oil (bbls per day)                               714          1,243    Natural gas liquids (bbls per day)                     313            776    Sulphur (tonnes per day) (3)                            42             30  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------   Total (BOE per day)                                  4,293         11,880  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Proved and probable reserves                                                   Natural gas (Bcf)                                    117.1          110.0    Crude oil (Mbbls)                                      160          2,153    Natural gas liquids (Mbbls)                          4,532          4,790  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------   BOE (MBOE)                                          24,212         25,269  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Netback per BOE ($ per BOE)                                                    Petroleum and natural gas sales  (4)                 35.07          25.43    Royalties                                            (4.89)         (2.16)   Operating expenses                                  (11.11)         (7.69)   Transportation                                       (1.12)         (1.03) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------   Operating netback                                    17.95          14.55  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wells drilled (gross)                                      7             15  Undeveloped land (net acres)                          96,868        132,056  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) The calculation of funds generated from operations for the year ended        December 31, 2013 excludes $1.3 million (2012 - $8.1 million) of             interest expense which is classified as finance expense.                 (2) Included in the loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 is an after        tax impairment loss of $153.2 million.                                   (3) A BOE conversion ratio has been calculated using a conversion rate of        one tonne of sulphur to one barrel.                                      (4) Excludes the change in fair value of derivatives.                          2013 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS                                        --  Santonia's reorganization continued in 2013 with the successful     disposition of the Company's Clive property as well as other non-core     property dispositions which generated proceeds of $17.2 million;    --  Capital expenditures of $45.3 million were concentrated on the Harlech     property, including drilling seven (5.7 net) natural gas wells and     acquiring additional undeveloped acreage;    --  Average 2013 production of 4,293 BOE per day (2012 - 11,880 BOE per day)     reflected property dispositions completed over the past two years offset     by incremental production from new wells on the Company's core Harlech     property;    --  Funds generated from operations for the year were $19.7 million ($0.19     per share) before interest ($18.4 million after deducting $1.3 million     of interest expense);    --  Operating netbacks of $17.95 per BOE were 23% higher than the prior     year, reflecting stronger natural gas prices;    --  Net debt of $25.2 million was outstanding at December 31, 2013 (2012 -     $17.0 million) on an available credit facility of $80 million.    2013 FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS                                                 --  Average fourth quarter production of 3,948 BOE per day, (17% Oil and     NGL's);    --  Operating costs of $9.51 per BOE were 14% lower than the preceding third     quarter;    --  Funds generated from operations of $3.0 million,($2.8 million after     deducting interest expense) resulting in an operating netback of $13.94     per BOE;    --  Net capital expenditures totaled $4.4 million which focused on the     completion and tie in of two (1.3 net) wells on the Company's Harlech     core property.    2013 YEAR END RESERVES                                                         --  Proved producing reserves at December 31, 2013 were 10.0 MMBOE; total     proved reserves were 16.3 MMBOE and proved plus probable reserves     totaled 24.2 MMBOE;    --  Proved developed producing reserves represent 62% of proved reserves on     a volume basis;    --  Reserve additions for continuing properties were 2.5 MMBOE on a proved     basis and 2.7 MMBOE on a proved plus probable basis;    --  Santonia replaced 170% of production from continuing properties on a     proved basis and 187% of production on a proved plus probable basis;    --  On a continuing property basis, proved producing reserves decreased     2.4%, while total proved reserves increased 6.7% and proven plus     probable reserves increased 5.6%;    --  Reserve life index of 7.0 years on a proved producing basis, 11.3 years     on a total proved basis and 16.8 years on a proved plus probable basis     (based on fourth quarter of 2013 average production of 3,948 BOE per     day).   The following tables summarize Santonia's year end 2013 reserves as evaluated by GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") in accordance with the definitions set out under National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI51-101").        Summary of Oil and Gas Reserves - Working Interest (1) Reserves (Forecast    Prices)                                                                                                      Crude      Natural      Natural          Oil                                   Oil          Gas  Gas Liquids   Equivalent                               (Mbbls)       (MMcf)      (Mbbls)       (MBOE) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Proved reserves                                                                Developed producing             104       49,702        1,654       10,042   Developed non-producing           3        1,299          100          319   Undeveloped                       -       28,306        1,242        5,960 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Proved                      107       79,307        2,996       16,321   Probable                         54       37,812        1,535        7,891 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Proved plus                                                             Probable                         160      117,119        4,532       24,212 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------        NOTE: May not add due to rounding.                                           (1) "Working interest" reserves means "gross" reserves or Santonia's working     interest (operating and non-operating) share before deduction of             royalties payable to others and without including any royalty interest       of Santonia.                                                               Net Present Value of Future Net Revenue, before income taxes (4) at December 31, 2013 (1)(2)(3)                                                                                                                Discounted at:          (thousands)                    Undiscounted         5%        10%        15% ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Proved reserves                                                                Developed producing           $   224,706  $ 165,020  $ 131,479  $ 110,077   Developed non-producing             9,945      7,673      6,236      5,263   Undeveloped                        92,264     47,026     23,258      9,384 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Proved                    $   326,916  $ 219,718  $ 160,973  $ 124,723   Probable                          183,327     96,134     57,672     37,489 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Proved plus Probable      $   510,242  $ 315,853  $ 218,646  $ 162,212 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------   Note: May not add due to rounding.                                           (1) Based on forecast prices and costs utilizing the GLJ January 1, 2014         price forecast.                                                          (2) As required by NI 51-101, undiscounted well abandonment costs of $4.3        million for total proved reserves and $5.5 million for total proved plus     probable reserves are included in the Net Present Value determination.   (3) Prior to provision of income taxes, interest, debt service charges and       general and administrative expenses. Net present value of future net         revenue does not represent the fair market value of the reserves.        (4) Net present value after income taxes for total proved reserves is $160.9     million and for total proved plus probable reserves is $209.8 million        based on a discount factor of 10%.                                        Additional information relating to the Company's year-end reserve evaluation will be available in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2013 which will be filed on SEDAR on or before March 31, 2014.  PROPOSED TRANSACTION  On March 4, 2014 the Company announced it entered into an arrangement agreement ("Arrangement Agreement") with Tourmaline Oil Corp ("Tourmaline") pursuant to which Tourmaline, has agreed to acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of Santonia on the basis of 0.03012 of a Tourmaline common share for each outstanding common share of Santonia. The transaction is to be completed by way of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta). The Arrangement is subject to customary conditions for a transaction of this nature, which include court and regulatory approvals (including the TSX), the approval of 66 2/3% of the votes cast by Santonia shareholders represented in person or by proxy at a meeting of Santonia shareholders to be called to consider the Arrangement. An information circular regarding the Arrangement is expected to be mailed to shareholders of Santonia in late March 2014 for a special meeting of the holders of common shares scheduled to take place in April 2014. Closing of the Arrangement is expected to occur shortly thereafter.  Santonia is a crude oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Santonia's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "STE".  FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS  Certain information set forth in this press release, contain forward-looking statements including management's assessment of future plans and operations, drilling plans, expected activity levels, timing of mailing of the information circular, shareholder meetings and closing of the proposed transaction, and timing of filing of the Annual Information Form. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Santonia's control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, delays resulting from or the inability to obtain required regulatory approvals, inability to retain and delays in retaining drilling rigs and other services, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility, incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. The foregoing list is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other risks that could affect Santonia's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com), or at Santonia's website (www.santoniaenergy.com). Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. The actual results, performance or achievement of Santonia 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 Santonia will derive therefrom. Santonia disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.  BARRELS OF OIL EQUIVALENCY  Natural gas volumes are converted to barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) on the basis of 6,000 cubic feet (Mcf) of gas for 1 barrel (Bbl) of oil. The term "barrels of oil equivalent" may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf to 1 Bbl 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.  NON-GAAP AND ADDITIONAL GAAP MEASURES:  This document contains funds generated from operations which is an additional GAAP measure presented in the consolidated financial statements. The Company uses funds generated from operations as a key measure to demonstrate the Company's ability to generate funds to repay debt and fund future capital investment. This document contains the terms "funds generated from operations per share", "cash flow from operations per share", "net debt" and "netbacks" which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company uses these measures to help evaluate its performance. These non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. The Company uses net debt (bank indebtedness plus negative working capital or less positive working capital, excluding convertible debentures) as an alternative measure of outstanding debt. The Company considers corporate netbacks a key measure as it demonstrates its profitability relative to current commodity prices. Netbacks which have no GAAP equivalent are calculated on a BOE basis by deducting royalties, operating costs, and transportation from petroleum and natural gas sales. Santonia also presents funds generated from operations per share and cash flow from operations per share and such per share amounts are calculated using weighted average shares outstanding consistent with the calculation of profit (loss) per share.  Contacts: Santonia Energy Ltd. Steven R. VanSickle President and Chief Executive Officer (403) 290-7759 (403) 290-7724 (FAX) svansickle@santoniaenergy.com www.santoniaenergy.com  Santonia Energy Ltd. Aaron G. Grandberg Chief Financial Officer (403) 290-3217 (403) 290-7724 (FAX) agrandberg@santoniaenergy.com www.santoniaenergy.com    
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