Bankers Petroleum Announces 2013 Financial Results  $45 Million Free Cash Flow and 23% Increase in Oil Sales  CALGARY, March 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Bankers Petroleum Ltd. ("Bankers" or the "Company") (TSX: BNK) (AIM: BNK) is pleased to provide its 2013 financial results.  In 2013, Bankers attained several key accomplishments including its first year of free cash flow, record oil production and sales. The Company invested $234 million in capital expenditures during 2013. All amounts listed below are in US dollars unless otherwise stated.  Results at a Glance                                                                                                              ($000s, except as noted)              Year ended December 31                                                                     Results at a Glance                   2013       2012     2011                                                                   Financial                                                                                                                         Oil revenue                          566,386    432,138  339,918                                                                 Net operating income                 316,558    218,246  169,653                                                                 Net income                           61,743     34,413   35,996                                                                   Per share    - basic (US$)          0.24       0.14     0.15                                                                                        - diluted (US$)        0.24       0.14     0.14                                                                     Funds generated from operations      279,601    192,589  147,940                                                                  Per share    - basic (US$)          1.10       0.76     0.60                                                                    Capital expenditures                 234,243    222,663  242,754                                                                Operating                                                                                                                         Average sales (bopd)                 18,173     14,808   12,784                                                                  Average Brent oil price ($/barrel)   108.66     111.67   111.26                                                                  Average realized price ($/barrel)    85.39      79.73    72.84                                                                   Netback ($/barrel)                   47.73      40.27    36.36                                                                                                              December 31                                                                                                                         2013       2012     2011                                                                    Cash and deposits                     31,706     38,740   54,013                                                                 Working capital                       134,094    88,799   80,282                                                                 Total assets                          1,007,148  825,816  661,216                                                                Long-term debt                        98,150     97,158   46,692                                                                 Shareholders' equity                  564,675    483,032  412,679                                                                 Highlights  Bankers made several key financial and operational achievements during 2013:  Financial Highlights  - In 2013, revenue increased by 31% to $566 million ($85.39/bbl) from $432 million ($79.73/bbl) in 2012. Field price realization represented 79% of the Brent oil benchmark price ($108.66/bbl) as compared to 71% of the Brent price ($111.67/bbl) in 2012.  - Royalties to the Albanian Government and related entities were $94 million (17% of revenue) compared to $78 million (18% of revenue) for 2012.  - Funds generated from operations were $280 million, a 45% increase compared to $193 million for 2012. 2013 represents the first year that funds generated from operations exceeded annual capital expenditures of $234 million.  - The Company continues to maintain a strong financial position at December 31, 2013 with cash of $32 million and working capital of $134 million. Cash and working capital at December 31, 2012 was $39 million and $89 million, respectively.  - In May 2013, both the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved an extension of the Company's existing credit facility to September 2020. No repayments are required until September 2017, from which time the facility amount will decrease by 25% annually. Collectively, the revolving loan facilities have increased to $200 million from $100 million at year-end 2012.  - In July 2013, the Company entered into financial commodity contracts representing 6,000 bopd at a floor price of $80/bbl Brent for 2014.  Primary Drilling Program Highlights  - Average oil production from the Patos-Marinza oilfield was 18,169 barrels of oil per day (bopd) in 2013, 21% higher than the 2012 average production of 15,020 bopd. Average oil production for the first quarter of 2014 to-date is approximately 19,800 bopd.  - Oil sales averaged 18,173 bopd compared to 14,808 bopd in 2012, an increase of 23%, primarily as a result of the Company's ongoing horizontal drilling and recompletion programs, focused on bringing high productivity wells on stream.  - Capital expenditures were $234 million compared to $223 million in 2012. A total of 146 wells were drilled, including 135 horizontal production wells and 10 lateral re-drills in the Patos-Marinza field, plus one exploration well in Block "F". A total of 128 wells were drilled in 2012.  Expansion of Product Margin Highlights  - Operating and sales and transportation costs, originating from Albanian-based companies and their employees, were $156 million ($23.44/bbl) compared to $136 million for 2012 ($25.00/bbl).  - For the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company recorded net operating income (netback) of $317 million ($47.73/bbl), an increase of 45% compared to $218 million ($40.27/bbl) in 2012.  - The average realized price in 2013 for Patos-Marinza crude oil was 79% of the Brent oil benchmark, an increase of 11% over the 2012 oil price of 71% of Brent.  - The Company continued to focus on key infrastructure projects aimed at reducing cost and optimizing operations in the field, including maintenance turnaround of major treating facilities. Several cascade tank systems on individual well pads have been completed and both a new sludge handling and satellite treating facility are in the final stages of construction and will commence operation in 2014. Additional work on flow-lines, sour treatment facilities and cascade systems continue. Optimization of the treating process has significantly reduced the diluent blend and has improved the sales specification of the crude oil.  - The technical review, including route selection, surface land access and social and environmental impact assessments for the second phase of the crude oil pipeline from the Fier Hub to the export terminal at Vlore is underway. Expansion of the Petrolifera Italo Albanese (PIA) Vlore Terminal is under design for additional storage and shipping channel dredging.  Other Highlights in 2013  - In 2013, Bankers invested $6 million in environmental and social initiatives; the Company has invested over $20 million in environmental and social initiatives since 2009.  - The Oil Initially in Place (OIIP) resource assessment in Albania at year-end was 5.4 billion barrels, consistent with the OIIP at the end of 2012. Reserves on a proved basis were 147 million barrels, 5% higher than 139 million barrels at year-end 2012. On a proved plus probable basis, reserves were 232 million barrels, an increase of 3% compared to 226 million barrels at year-end 2012. The corresponding net present value (NPV) after tax (discounted at 10%) of the proved plus probable reserves increased by 20% to $2.2 billion at year-end compared to $1.9 billion in 2012.  - The Company continues Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques, monitoring and expanding on its water flood and polymer flood patterns. Initial production response in the Lower Driza (D5 reservoir sand) is expected in the first half of 2014, as the first two polymer injectors commenced in this zone early 2013. Injection performance has been maintained at target rates with no premature breakthrough of fluids to offset producers, which is indicative of good reservoir conformance. Reservoir pressure is rising and is following current projection models. During 2013, Bankers implemented three water flood injectors in the Upper Marinza and five polymer flood injectors in three separate Lower Driza reservoir sands in the core area of the Patos-Marinza field. Further plans to convert up to 14 additional wells for polymer and water injection are underway in 2014.  - Block "F" contains several seismically defined structural and amplitude anomalies prospective for oil and natural gas. The second exploration well was drilled in 2013, completing the Company's two well obligation on the block. The well reached a total depth of 2,776 meters, however petrophysical and geological information indicated that the well did not encounter any hydrocarbon bearing zones that would merit testing and was suspended. Technical evaluation of the block will continue and Bankers is reviewing several other prospects including a 3D seismic program in 2014.  Appointment of David French to the Board of Directors  Bankers is pleased to announce the appointment of David French, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bankers Petroleum, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.  Mr. French joined Bankers as President and CEO a year ago and has led the Company to reach several milestones in that time, including record production, free cash flow and operational efficiency improvements. Mr. French continues to lead the Company with a disciplined approach to delivering consistent, reliable growth to its shareholders.  Robert Cross, Chairman of the Board commented "Mr. French's wide range of international oil and gas experience and direct insight into the Company will be a valuable asset to the Board. His strong leadership skills and relationships in the investment community will continue to have a positive and driving influence on the performance of the Company for many years to come".  First Quarter Operational Update  First quarter 2014 year-to-date average production is 19,800 bopd. Bankers intends to issue the first quarter 2014 operational update and host a conference call on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  Outlook  The Company's capital program in 2014 will be $313 million, funded from projected cash flow and existing cash based on an average $100 per barrel Brent oil price. The work program and budget will include the following:  - Drilling of 150 - 170 horizontal and vertical wells with 80 - 90% of the wells focused on increasing production and 10 - 20% focused on delineation and data collection for improved development and recovery performance in the Patos-Marinza oilfield.  - Expansion of the water flood and polymer flood programs with the addition of up to 14 conversions as well as testing and evaluation of the existing patterns implemented in 2013.  - Continued focus on operational efficiencies in the field to expand product margins including gas gathering, emulsion flow-lines, satellite treating facilities, storage tanks, and field electrification.  - Continued management of offset existing wellbores for observation, water control, and suspension as well as expanding the water disposal system to manage the increased development.  - Planning and design of sales infrastructure expansion on the second phase crude oil pipeline from the Fier Hub facilities to the Vlore Port and increased storage and shipping channel dredging at the port.  - Drilling of two horizontal wells at the Kuçova oilfield and reactivation of existing vertical wells.  - Acquisition of 100 km2 of 3D seismic with 20 km2 on Block "F" to further evaluate prospects as part of the second exploration phase on the block and 80 km2 in the central and northern region of the Patos-Marinza field to further determine the deeper and extension potential of the field.  - Investment of $7 million on environmental remediation and social initiatives as part of a sustained long-term effort to improve the physical environment, along with training programs and other community initiatives for the residents near the Company's operations.  Supporting Documents  The full Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A), Financial Statements and updated March corporate presentation are available on The MD&A and Financial Statements will also be available on  BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD.                                                                                                                                       CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME                                                                                                              FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31                                                                                                                              (Expressed in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)                                                                                                                                                              2013       2012                                                                                    Revenues                                                 $ 566,386  $ 432,138                                                                                Royalties                                                  (94,294)   (78,361)                                                                                                                                                472,092    353,777                                                                                 Realized loss on financial commodity contracts             (3,898)    (6,588)                                                                                Unrealized gain (loss) on financial commodity contracts    (1,555)        556                                                                                                                                                 466,639    347,745                                                                                 Operating expenses                                         88,510     77,953                                                                                 Sales and transportation expenses                          67,024     57,578                                                                                 General and administrative expenses                        21,363     16,050                                                                                 Depletion and depreciation                                 99,554     65,937                                                                                 Share-based compensation                                   11,527     11,205                                                                                                                                                  287,978    228,723                                                                                                                                              178,661    119,022                                                                                 Net finance expense                                        18,712     19,594                                                                                 Income before income tax                                   159,949    99,428                                                                                 Deferred income tax expense                                (98,206)   (65,015)                                                                               Net income for the year                                    61,743     34,413                                                                                 Other comprehensive income (loss)                                                                                                                            Currency translation adjustment                            (1,017)    953                                                                                    Comprehensive income for the year                        $ 60,726   $ 35,366                                                                                 Basic earnings per share                                 $ 0.243    $ 0.136                                                                                  Diluted earnings per share                               $ 0.241    $ 0.136                                                                                            BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD.                                                                                                                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION                                                                                          AS AT DECEMBER 31                                                                                                                      (Expressed in thousands of US dollars)                                                                                                 ASSETS                                                                                                                                                                                     2013         2012                                                                         Current assets                                                                                                                          Cash and cash equivalents                  $ 24,597     $ 33,740                                                                       Restricted cash                              7,109        5,000                                                                        Accounts receivable                          53,981       35,603                                                                       Inventory                                    38,025       23,517                                                                       Deposits and prepaid expenses                44,956       30,265                                                                       Financial commodity contracts                734          1,550                                                                                                                           169,402      129,675                                                                      Non-current assets                                                                                                                      Long-term receivable                         7,019        11,150                                                                       Property, plant and equipment                823,908      681,399                                                                      Exploration and evaluation assets            6,819        3,592                                                                                                                         $ 1,007,148  $ 825,816                                                                      LIABILITIES                                                                                                                            Current liabilities                                                                                                                     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 33,812     $ 38,787                                                                       Current portion of long-term debt            1,496        2,089                                                                                                                           35,308       40,876                                                                       Non-current liabilities                                                                                                                 Long-term debt                               98,150       97,158                                                                       Decommissioning obligation                   22,806       16,747                                                                       Deferred tax liabilities                     286,209      188,003                                                                                                                         442,473      342,784                                                                      SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                                                                                   Share capital                                 340,305      334,764                                                                     Contributed surplus                           84,811       69,435                                                                      Currency translation reserve                  6,345        7,362                                                                       Retained earnings                             133,214      71,471                                                                                                                          564,675      483,032                                                                                                                    $ 1,007,148  $ 825,816                                                                            BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD.                                                                                                                                             CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS                                                                                                                              FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31                                                                                                                                    (Expressed in thousands of US dollars)                                                                                                                                                                                    2013         2012                                                                                          Cash provided by (used in):                                                                                                                                        Operating activities                                                                                                                                                Net income for the year                                $ 61,743     $ 34,413                                                                                       Depletion and depreciation                               99,554       65,937                                                                                       Accretion of long-term debt                              2,805        4,791                                                                                        Accretion of decommissioning obligation                  1,019        829                                                                                          Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss                  (756)        636                                                                                          Deferred income tax expense                              98,206       65,015                                                                                       Share-based compensation                                 11,527       11,205                                                                                       Discount and revaluation of long-term receivable         4,687        7,629                                                                                        Realized loss on financial commodity contracts           3,898        6,588                                                                                        Unrealized (gain) loss on financial commodity                                     contracts                                                1,555        (556)                                                                                        Cash premiums paid for financial commodity contracts     (4,637)      (3,898)                                                                                                                                              279,601      192,589                                                                                      Change in long-term receivable                           (556)        (18,779)                                                                                     Change in non-cash working capital                       (54,403)     (12,064)                                                                                                                                             224,642      161,746                                                                                     Investing activities                                                                                                                                                Additions to property, plant and equipment               (231,016)     (220,525)                                                                                    Additions to exploration and evaluation assets           (3,227)      (2,138)                                                                                      Restricted cash                                          (2,109)      -                                                                                            Change in non-cash working capital                       1,851        (2,762)                                                                                                                                            (234,501)     (225,425)                                                                                Financing activities                                                                                                                                             Issue of shares for cash                                 3,332        13,555                                                                                    Financing costs                                          (1,994)      (750)                                                                                           Change in long-term debt                                 (813)        35,537                                                                                                                                               525          48,342                                                                                      Foreign exchange gain on cash and cash equivalents        191          64                                                                                          Decrease in cash and cash equivalents                     (9,143)      (15,273)                                                                                    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year              33,740       49,013                                                                                      Cash and cash equivalents, end of year                  $ 24,597     $ 33,740                                                                                      Interest paid                                           $ 5,811      $ 4,788                                                                                       Interest received                                       $ 159        $ 438                                                                                            BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD.                                                                                                                                                                            CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY                                                                                                                                                          (Expressed in thousands of US dollars, except number of common shares)                                                                                                                                               Number of                                       Currency                                        common       Share                 Contributed  translation   Retained                         shares       capital    Warrants   surplus      reserve       earnings    Total                                                                                                 Balance at    247,697,769  $ 318,021  $ 1,540    $ 49,651     $ 6,409      $  37,058  $ 412,679   December 31,                                                                                   2011                                                                                                                                                                                                 Share-based   -              -          -          21,432       -            -       21,432    compensation                                                                                                                                                                                         Options       1,457,890      4,147      -          (1,655)      -            -       2,492     exercised                                                                                                                                                                                            Warrants      4,672,991      12,596     (1,533)    -            -            -       11,063    exercised                                                                                                                                                                                            Warrants      -              -          (7)        7            -            -       -         expired                                                                                                                                                                                              Net income    -              -          -          -            -             34,413    34,413    for the year                                                                                                                                                                                         Currency      -              -          -          -            953          -       953       translation                                                                                    adjustment                                                                                                                                                                                           Balance at    253,828,650  $ 334,764  $ -        $ 69,435     $ 7,362      $  71,471  $ 483,032   December 31,                                                                                   2012                                                                                                                                                                                                 Share-based   -              -          -          17,585       -            -       17,585    compensation                                                                                                                                                                                         Options       1,853,261      5,541      -          (2,209)      -            -       3,332     exercised                                                                                                                                                                                            Net income    -              -          -          -            -             61,743    61,743    for the year                                                                                                                                                                                         Currency      -              -          -          -            (1,017)      -       (1,017)   translation                                                                                    adjustment                                                                                                                                                                                           Balance at    255,681,911  $ 340,305  $ -        $ 84,811     $ 6,345      $  133,214 $ 564,675   December 31,                                                                                   2013                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caution Regarding Forward-looking Information  Information in this news release respecting matters such as the expected future production levels from wells, future prices and netback, work plans, anticipated total oil recovery of the Patos-Marinza and Kuçova oilfields constitute forward-looking information. Statements containing forward-looking information express, as at the date of this news release, the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations, or beliefs as to future events or results and are believed to be reasonable based on information currently available to the Company.  Exploration for oil is a speculative business that involves a high degree of risk. The Company's expectations for its Albanian operations and plans are subject to a number of risks in addition to those inherent in oil production operations, including: that Brent oil prices could fall resulting in reduced returns and a change in the economics of the project; availability of financing; delays associated with equipment procurement, equipment failure and the lack of suitably qualified personnel; the inherent uncertainty in the estimation of reserves; exports from Albania being disrupted due to unplanned disruptions; and changes in the political or economic environment.  Production and netback forecasts are based on a number of assumptions including that the rate and cost of well takeovers, well reactivations and well recompletions of the past will continue and success rates will be similar to those rates experienced for previous well recompletions/reactivations/ development; that further wells taken over and recompleted will produce at rates similar to the average rate of production achieved from wells recompletions/reactivations/development in the past; continued availability of the necessary equipment, personnel and financial resources to sustain the Company's planned work program; continued political and economic stability in Albania; the existence of reserves as expected; the continued release by Albpetrol of areas and wells pursuant to the Plan of Development and Addendum; the absence of unplanned disruptions; the ability of the Company to successfully drill new wells and bring production to market; and general risks inherent in oil and gas operations.  Forward-looking statements and information are based on assumptions that financing, equipment and personnel will be available when required and on reasonable terms, none of which are assured and are subject to a number of other risks and uncertainties described under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form and Management's Discussion and Analysis, which are available on SEDAR under the Company's profile at  There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information and forward looking statements.  About Bankers Petroleum Ltd.  Bankers Petroleum Ltd. is a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration and production company focused on developing large oil and gas reserves. In Albania, Bankers operates and has the full rights to develop the Patos-Marinza heavy oilfield, has a 100% interest in the Kuçova oilfield, and a 100%  interest in Exploration Block "F". Bankers' shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the AIM Market in London, England under the stock symbol BNK.  SOURCE: Bankers Petroleum Ltd.  For further information:  David French President and Chief Executive Officer (403) 513-6930  Doug Urch Executive VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer (403) 513-2691  Laura Bechtel Investor Relations Analyst (403) 513-3428  Email: Website:  AIM NOMAD: Canaccord Genuity Limited Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor +44 0 207 523 8000  AIM BROKER: FirstEnergy Capital LLP Hugh Sanderson / David van Erp +44 0 207 448 0200  (BNK. BNK)     END  -0- Mar/13/2014 11:00 GMT    
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