Iona Energy Inc. Announces 2014 First Quarter Financial Results

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FOR: Iona Energy Inc. 
TSX VENTURE SYMBOL:  INA 
MAY 21, 2014 
Iona Energy Inc. Announces 2014 First Quarter Financial Results 
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 21, 2014) -  
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UNITED STATES 
Iona Energy Inc. ("Iona" or the "Company") (TSX
VENTURE:INA) announces its financial results for the three months ended March
31, 2014.  
FINANCIAL & OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS  
(in United States dollars (tabular amounts in thousands) except as otherwise
noted) 
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Three months ended March 31,                 
2014           2013        Change  
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Financial                                                                   
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Crude oil and natural gas                                                   
 revenues                            $ 35,648        $ 1,858         1,819% 
Cost of sales                          (6,508)          (796)         (718%)
Depletion, Depreciation &                                                   
 Amortization                         (18,928)          (966)       (1,859%)
Gross Profit                           10,212             96        10,538%  
Gross Profit before DD&A               29,140          1,062         2,641%  
Income (loss) Before Tax                  717        (22,163)          103%  
Income (loss) After Tax                  (338)       (11,945)           97% 
  Per share - basic ($)                 (0.00)         (0.03)               
  Per share - diluted ($)               (0.00)         (0.03)                
Funds Flow(1)                          27,088         (9,664)          381% 
  Per share - basic ($)                  0.07          (0.03)               
  Per share - diluted ($)                0.07          (0.03)                
Adjusted EBITDA(1)                     27,143          3,281           790% 
  Per share - basic ($)                  0.07           0.01                
  Per share - diluted ($)                0.07           0.01                 
March 31,   December 31,  
2014           2013 
Cash and cash equivalents                           $ 34,713       $ 19,808 
Restricted cash                                       81,997         85,114 
Working capital surplus(1)                            88,776         79,075 
Secured bonds                                        263,629      $ 262,450  
Common shares, end of period                         366,831        366,831 
Fully diluted, end of period(1)                      366,831        369,225 
Weighted average common shares - basic               366,831        360,849 
Weighted average common shares-fully diluted         366,831        363,078  
Three months   Three months                 
ended          ended                 
March 31,   December 31,                 
2014           2013        Change  
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Operational                                                                 
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Crude oil and natural gas                                                   
 production (boepd)(2)                                                      
  Crude oil                             3,475          2,585            34% 
  Natural Gas                             680            765           (11%)
  Total                                 4,155          3,350            24%  
Realized sales prices                                                       
  Crude oil ($/boe)                    107.87         112.15            (4)%
  Natural Gas ($/mmcf)(3)               12.04          12.88            (7)%
  Average ($/boe)                      101.59         103.84            (2)% 
Operating costs(1)(4) ($/boe)         $ 20.01        $ 24.94           (20)%
Netback(1) ($/boe)                    $ 81.58        $ 78.90             3%  
1.  Non-GAAP measure - see "non-IFRS Measures" section within MD&A. 
2.  Based on 17.55% economic interest of volumes from Huntington. 
3.  $916,000 of Q3 revenue, which had been understated in Q3, has been 
included in the Company's Q4 revenue. Realized sales prices have been 
normalized. Revenue numbers for Q3 2013 have not been restated. 
4.  $2.1 million of operating costs, which had been understated in Q3, has 
been included in the Company's Q4 operating costs. Realized operating 
costs have been normalized. Operating costs for Q3 have not been 
restated. 
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FINANCIAL 
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--  Iona reached a new corporate quarterly average production record of 
4,155 boepd across Q1 2014, as Huntington produced at 3,896 boepd. 
--  The Company realized record quarterly revenue of $35.6 million (Q1 2013 
- $1.9 million) (Q4 2013 - $33.8 million) for the three month period 
ended March 31, 2014.  
--  Revenues of $35.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 
consisted of $28.9 million (Dec 31, 2013 - $25.2 million) from oil 
production, $4.3 million (March 31, 2013 - $1.9 million) (Dec 31, 2013 - 
$5.5 million) from gas production and $2.4 million (Dec 31, 2013 - $3.1 
million) from the Company's royalty interest at Huntington. 
--  The average realized oil price for the three month period ended March 
31, 2014 was $107.87 per barrel and the average realized gas price for 
the three month period ended March 31, 2014 was $12.04 per mcf. 
--  Record netbacks of $81.58/boe for the first quarter ended March 31, 
2014. 
--  First quarter 2014 funds flow of $27.1 million. 
--  The Company has corporate tax pools of approximately $331 million and 
does not expect to pay UK taxes until 2017 or later. 
--  The Company's current production is not subject to any crown or third 
party royalties on any revenues, now or in the foreseeable future. 
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CORPORATE 
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--  The TSX Venture Exchange approved Iona's application to graduate to Tier 
1 of the TSX Venture Exchange and Iona commenced trading as a Tier 1 
issuer on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. 
--  Iona was included in the 2014 TSX Venture 50(R), a ranking reserved for 
the strong performing companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. 
--  On March 21, 2014 the Company's Bonds commenced trading on the Nordic 
ABM under the ticker IEC01 PRO. 
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KEY PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS 
Huntington (17.55% Economic Interest) 
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--  Iona's Q1 2014 average production including royalties at Huntington 
increased 30% over Q4 2013, from 2,998 boepd to 3,896 boepd, as 
operational and weather-related downtime at the field continued to 
improve. Further, cargo schedule optimization has increased oil 
liftings, taking advantage of good weather windows as and when 
available. Huntington production for February and March was relatively 
unfettered with only minor interruptions due to weather and a planned 
maintenance related two-day shutdown of CATS.  
--  On March 1, 2014, the Voyageur FPSO passed its Performance & Reliability 
Test and as of March 31, 2014, the field had produced 4.5 million 
barrels of oil equivalent, with Iona's net share of production totalling 
0.7 million barrels of oil equivalent.  
--  On April 12, 2014, Huntington production was suspended as work commenced 
to replace a number of straub couplings that are part of the inert gas 
system on the floating production, storage and offloading ("FPSO") 
facility. On April 24, 2014, the Operator, E.ON E&P UK Ltd, informed the 
partners that the replacement work had been completed ahead of schedule 
and that production restart had commenced. However, on April 26, 2014 
the Huntington partnership was advised that due to an unplanned shutdown 
issue involving the Central Area Transmission System ("CATS") riser 
system, multiple fields producing through the system were shut in until 
May 10, 2014. 
--  As of May 9, 2014, Huntington has offloaded 24 cargos and produced 5.6 
million barrels of oil equivalent with Iona's net share of production 
being above 1.0 million barrels of oil equivalent. The Huntington 
partnership continues to realize Brent prices, with an average price to 
date of USD$108/bbl, and gas prices, which remain robust in the UK, 
above USD$10.00/mcf. 
--  Since May 11, 2014, the FPSO and the Huntington reservoir have been 
producing, hitting gross production of 30,000 boe/d on May 14, 2014. 
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Trent & Tyne (20% Working Interest) 
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--  The net average daily production rate from Trent & Tyne to Iona during 
the three months ended March 31, 2014 was 1.6 MMcf/d compared to 2.1 
MMcf/d average during the three months ended December 31, 2013. Trent & 
Tyne production continues to be severely reduced due to the intermittent 
performance of the fresh water maker at Tyne. On April 16, 2014 the Tyne 
44/18-T6 ("T6") well resumed production at 13 MMcf/d. The well has been 
subsequently choked back to 3 MMscfpd in order to manage salt 
deposition. Iona is currently investigating mitigation measures. 
--  In the operating envelope of the Tyne field, and in particular the T6 
well, salt deposition in the wellbore tubulars is a significant risk to 
production. As super-saline formation water enters the wellbore tubulars 
it experiences a drop in both temperature and pressure. This causes salt 
to drop out of solution and deposit in the well. It is a well-known 
issue in the gas fields of the UK Southern Gas Basin and elsewhere with 
highly saline formation waters. Standard industry practice is to install 
a water washing system to the wells. Fresh water is pumped down the 
wells and this washes salt deposits to surface. A water maker takes 
seawater and, by reverse osmosis, generates fresh water for the water 
washing system. Salt build-up is sufficiently quick to preclude 
producing wells such as T6 without continual water washing. It is 
routine procedure to suspend production while the water maker is out of 
commission. Operational improvements to enhance the performance and 
reliability of the Tyne water maker are being implemented and should be 
rectified during the second half of 2014.  
--  Subsequent to the quarter end the Company, through its wholly owned UK 
subsidiary, Iona UK Developments Co Limited, entered into a Sale and 
Purchase Agreement ("SPA") with Perenco UK Limited ("Perenco"), to 
purchase Perenco's remaining 80% working interest, rights, and 
obligations in the Trent & Tyne fields (including the Trent East 
Discovery Area).  
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Orlando (75% Working Interest) 
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--  Subsequent to March 31, 2014, the Company has determined that some items 
required to deliver Orlando first oil in 2015 will not be completed 
during 2014 and 2015, and Iona now aims to achieve first oil from 
Orlando as early as possible in 2016. Iona continues to be in discussion 
with the Operator of the Ninian Central Platform and DECC regarding 
specific timing of infrastructure access which drives the timing of 
first oil delivery. 
--  The manufacture of line pipe and Xmas trees is substantially complete. 
The copper cores for the umbilical are also complete and delivered to 
the umbilical assembly plant. Manufacture of the control system is 
ongoing and contractual arrangements for the balance of the project 
supply chain are in the process of being finalized. Additionally, piping 
tie-ins to the NCP have now been completed.  
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Highlights Subsequent to the Quarter End 
Subsequent to the quarter end the Company, through its wholly owned UK
subsidiary, Iona UK Developments Co Limited, entered into a Sale and Purchase
Agreement ("SPA") with Perenco UK Limited ("Perenco"), to
purchase Perenco's remaining 80% working interest, rights, and obligations
in the Trent & Tyne fields (including the Trent East Discovery Area).  
Upon satisfaction of certain conditions as set out in the SPA, the Company
shall pay to Perenco the sum of $20,000,000, as adjusted pursuant to any
adjustments as per the SPA and assume all decommissioning liabilities in
relation to Licenses being purchased. Payment shall be made no later than six
(6) calendar months after the date of the SPA or on such later date as agreed
in writing. For further information please see the Company's April 29,
2014 news release, available on the Company's website and SEDAR. 
On April 29, 2014, Iona appointed Mr. Richard Ames as the Company's
Executive Vice President. 
On May 6, 2014 the bondholders voted in favour of amending the bond agreement
to include restricted cash within the definition of cash and cash equivalents.
The amendment is applied retroactively from the date of issue so that the
amendment applies to the covenant calculation as at March 31, 2014 and December
31, 2013.  
CHANGE IN PRESENTATION CURRENCY 
This press release is presented in United States dollars ("US
dollars"). In 2013, the Company changed its presentation currency from the
Canadian dollars ("CAD") to the US dollar. The change in presentation
currency is to better reflect the Company's business activities and to
improve investors' ability to compare the Company's financial results
with other publicly traded businesses in the oil and gas industry. In making
this change to the US dollar presentation currency, the Company followed the
guidance in IAS 21 The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates and have
applied the change retrospectively as if the new presentation currency had
always been the Company's presentation currency. In accordance with IAS
21, the financial statements for all years and periods presented have been
translated to the new US dollar presentation currency. For the 2013 comparative
balances, assets and liabilities have been translated into the presentation
currency (US dollars) at the rate of exchange prevailing at the reporting date.
Items impacting income (loss) or comprehensive income (loss) were translated at
the average exchange rates for the reporting period, or at the exchange rates
prevailing at the date of transactions.  
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES 
Throughout this press release, the Company uses the terms "funds
flow", "funds flow per share - basic". "funds flow per
share - diluted", "Adjusted EBITDA", "Adjusted EBITDA per
share - basic", "Adjusted EBITDA per share - diluted",
"working capital" and "operating netback". These terms do
not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by IFRS and, therefore, may not
be comparable with the calculation of similar measures presented by other
issuers. Management uses working capital and operating netback measures.
Working capital is calculated as current assets less current liabilities, and
is used to evaluate the Corporation's financial leverage. Operating
netback is a benchmark common in the oil and gas industry and is calculated as
total petroleum and natural gas sales, less production and transportation
expenses, calculated on a per barrel equivalent ("boe") basis of
sales volumes using a conversion. Operating netback is an important measure in
evaluating operational performance as it demonstrates field level profitability
relative to current commodity prices. Working capital and operating netback as
presented do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore
may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other
entities.  
Funds flow is calculated based on cash flow from operating activities before
changes in non-cash working capital. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net
income before finance costs, derivative gains and losses, taxes, depletion,
depreciation and amortization. Funds flow or Adjusted EBITDA per share - basic
and funds flow or Adjusted EBITDA per share - diluted are calculated as funds
flow or Adjusted EBITDA divided by the number of weighted average basic and
diluted shares outstanding, respectively. Management utilizes funds flow and
Adjusted EBITDA as key measures to assess the ability of the Company to finance
dividends, operating activities, capital expenditures and debt repayments.
Funds flow and Adjusted EBITDA as presented are not intended to represent cash
flow from operating activities, net earnings or other measures of financial
performance calculated in accordance with IFRS. 
Notes:  
Further details on the above are provided in the Consolidated Financial
Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended
March 31, 2014 and the year and quarter ended December 31, 2013, which have
been filed with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. These documents
are available on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval
(SEDAR) at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website: www.ionaenergy.com. 
Iona is an oil and natural gas acquisition, appraisal, and development
corporation active through its 100% wholly owned United Kingdom subsidiary,
Iona Energy Company (UK) Ltd. in the United Kingdom's Continental Shelf
("UKCS"). 
Forward-looking statements 
Some of the statements in this announcement are forward-looking, including
statements regarding Iona's plans for the development of its properties,
statements regarding acquisitions, estimated production levels, anticipated
effects of the UK small field allowance, and estimates of the net present value
of future net revenue of proved and probable reserves from Iona's
properties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the intent,
belief and current expectations of Iona Energy Inc. or its officers with
respect to various matters, including assumptions regarding Huntington
production rates. When used in this announcement, the words
"expects," "believes," "anticipate,"
"plans," "may," "will," "should",
"scheduled", "targeted", "estimated" and similar
expressions, and the negatives thereof, whether used in connection with
estimated production levels and future activity or otherwise, are intended to
identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are not promises or
guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
outcome to differ materially from those suggested by any such statements,
including without limitation, the risk that Iona's development plans
change as a result of new information or events or the risk that proposed
transactions are not completed. These forward-looking statements speak only as
of the date of this announcement. Iona Energy Inc. expressly disclaims any
obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any
forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in its
expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or
circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based except as
required by applicable securities laws. 
Note: "Boe" means barrel of oil equivalent on the basis of 6 mcf of
natural gas to 1 bbl of oil. Boes may be misleading, particularly if used in
isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 mcf: 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.  
It should not be assumed that the present worth of estimated future net revenue
represents the fair market value of the reserves disclosed in this press
release. The reserve and related revenue estimates set forth in this press
release are estimates only and the actual reserves and realized revenue may be
greater or less than those calculated. The estimates of reserves and future net
revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as
estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties, due to the
effects of aggregation. As used in this press release, "possible
reserves" are those additional reserves that are less certain to be
recovered than probable reserves. There is a 10% probability that the
quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the sum of proved plus
probable plus possible reserves. 
Additionally, this press release uses certain abbreviations as follows: 
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Oil and Natural Gas Liquids         Natural Gas                             
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bbls      barrels                   mcf       thousand cubic feet           
Mbbls     thousand barrels          mcf/d     thousand cubic feet per day   
MMbbls    million barrels           MMcf      millions of cubic feet        
bbls/d    barrels per day           MMcf/d    millions of cubic feet per day
bopd      barrels of oil per day    Bcf       billion cubic feet            
NGLs      natural gas liquids                                                
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Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: 
Iona Energy Inc.
Neill A. Carson
Chief Executive Officer
+011 (44) 1224 228400
or
Iona Energy Inc.
Graham Heath
Interim Chief Financial Officer
+1 (403) 605-6726
or
Iona Energy Inc.
Dave Ricciardi
Investor Relations
+1 (403) 978 4894
info@ionaenergy.com 
INDUSTRY:  Energy and Utilities - Oil and Gas  
SUBJECT:  ERN 
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