Note: All figures are quoted in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.
CALGARY, May 12, 2014 /CNW/ – Ivanhoe Energy Inc. (TSX: IE; NASDAQ: IVAN) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2014.
First Quarter Financial Summary
Ivanhoe Energy filed its quarterly financial report on Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and its interim financial statements with the Canadian Securities Administrators for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.
ended Mar. 31,
|(US$000s, except per share amounts) (unaudited)||2014||2013|
|Net loss from continuing operations||(7,880)||(11,975)|
|Net loss per share, from continuing operations*||(0.07)||(0.09)|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(8,744)||(18,586)|
|Cash and cash equivalents (end of period)||13,611||61,980|
* Basic and diluted
The Company posted a net loss from continuing operations for the period ended March 31, 2014 of $7.9 million, which is $4.1 million lower compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $12.0 million incurred in the same period of 2013. This decrease is primarily related to a $5.4 million decrease in general and administrative (G&A) expenses and a $0.7 million increase in foreign currency exchange gains.
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities
Net cash used in operating activities in the first quarter of 2014 was $8.7 million, which was $9.9 million lower compared to the net cash used in operating activities of $18.6 million in the first quarter of 2013. The decrease was primarily due to $5.1 million less in cash G&A expenses, which are explained below. The remaining variance includes $3.9 million for transaction and other closing costs that had been part of the 2013 results related to the discontinued operations in China and $0.9 million for other net changes impacting operating activities.
General and Administrative Expenses
The Company incurred G&A expenses of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2014, which was $5.4 million lower compared to the $12.7 million incurred in the same period of 2013. The decrease is primarily due to $1.2 million in savings due to no management bonuses, $1.2 million less spent on legal fees, $1.0 million less on human resource related costs and $2.0 million less on business expenses and other G&A related items. The Company continues to restructure the business to further reduce G&A spending.
At March 31, 2014, Ivanhoe Energy had approximately $13.6 million in cash and cash equivalents. The Company continues its efforts to significantly reduce G&A spending and is pursuing new funds through potential asset divestiture, strategic alliances and raising new capital.
During the first quarter of 2014 Ivanhoe Energy applied to the NASDAQ stock exchange for an additional compliance period of 180 days to regain compliance of the minimum bid price requirement. This extension was granted and will expire on September 2, 2014.
Ivanhoe Energy is confident that HTL is ready to be deployed at a commercial scale. The Company’s extensive technical and business modelling work over the last 12-18 months provides support to our current business development efforts in Colombia, Mexico, the Middle East and North America.
Tamarack – Canada
Ivanhoe suspended activity on its current Tamarack oil sands project application but is considering a few avenues to extract value from the Tamarack lease. One such avenue involves using new technologies. By working collaboratively with the Alberta Energy Regulator the Company expects to shorten the time required to receive approval for a smaller scale project.
Block 20 – Ecuador
Ivanhoe Energy continues to make progress in its discussions with the Ecuadorian Government and the potential partner. The Company remains optimistic about finalizing the new consortium contract.
Ivanhoe Energy is an independent international heavy oil exploration and development company focused on pursuing long-term growth in its reserves and production using advanced technologies, including its proprietary heavy oil upgrading process (HTL®). Core operations are in Canada, United States, and Ecuador, with business development opportunities worldwide. Ivanhoe Energy trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol IE and on the NASDAQ Capital Market with the ticker symbol IVAN. For more information about Ivanhoe Energy Inc. please visit www.ivanhoeenergy.com.
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