“Eagle reported an approximate 30% increase in sales volumes when compared to the first quarter of the previous year due to our August 2015 acquisition in Twining and our January 2016 acquisition of Maple Leaf Royalties Corp.,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Clark.
Mr. Clark added, “Reductions in costs continue to lessen the impact of low commodity prices. Our 2016 capital program is ahead of schedule and, to date, we have successfully drilled both wells of our two well program at Salt Flat, with costs coming in considerably under budget. Turning to field operating costs, we reduced first quarter per barrel operating costs by 27% when compared to the first quarter of last year and are pleased to announce a reduction in our full year 2016 operating cost guidance. At the corporate level, as a result of converting to a more simple corporate structure, Eagle should ultimately be able to decrease its administrative expenses.”
“Our hedging program helped mitigate our exposure to low prices, adding $9.49 per boe to the bottom line in what could turn out to be the weakest quarter for oil prices since Eagle’s inception. For the remainder of 2016, Eagle has approximately 45% of its expected production hedged at an average WTI price of $US 52.00 per barrel of oil. For 2017, we have 750 barrels of oil per day hedged at $US 45.00.”
Mr. Clark concluded, “Regardless of the recent challenges that our industry is facing, including commodity price volatility and constraints on financial flexibility, Eagle remains dedicated to monitoring key performance metrics, exercising capital discipline, improving cost efficiency and conducting its business within cash flow; all of which will better position Eagle as oil prices improve.”
Eagle’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and related management’s discussion and analysis have been filed with the securities regulators and are available online under Eagle’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Eagle’s website at www.EagleEnergy.com.
Mr. Clark, Kelly Tomyn, Chief Financial Officer, and Wayne Wisniewski, Chief Operating Officer, will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. MDT (10:30 a.m. EDT) to discuss the results. To participate in the conference call, dial (647) 252-4453 or toll free at (877) 255-3077 approximately 10 minutes prior to the call and enter the code 84826751. To listen to the call on the web, visit http://www.gowebcasting.com/7439 at the time of the call. A question and answer period will follow the call.
Two hours after the live call, a digital recording will be available for replay until midnight on May 17, 2016. To access the recording, call 800-585-8367 and quote this conference ID: 84826751. An audio version will also be available on Eagle’s website at www.EagleEnergy.com.
2016 Annual Meeting
Eagle will hold an annual meeting of its shareholders on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (MDT) at the Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 – 5th Avenue S.W., Calgary. The record date for the meeting is April 26, 2016. Eagle is pleased to save costs by using the internet to deliver meeting materials, which can be obtained from the following websites: www.envisionreports.com/EAGLE2016AGM, www.EagleEnergy.com and under Eagle’s issuer’s profile on www.sedar.com. Paper copies can be requested by contacting Eagle toll free at (855) 531-1575 or (403) 531-1575.
This news release contains non-IFRS financial measures and statements that are forward-looking. Investors should read “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” and “Note about Forward-looking Statements” near the end of this news release. Figures within this news release are presented in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Highlights for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
- First quarter average sales volumes of 3,854 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“boe/d“).
- Closed the acquisition of Maple Leaf Royalties Corp. (“Maple Leaf“) on January 27, 2016, acquiring additional oil and gas interests in Alberta and simplifying Eagle’s structure by converting into a corporate entity.
- Successfully drilled the first well of its two well drilling program in Salt Flat, with costs coming in considerably under budget. The second well was drilled in April 2016. Both wells are expected to be on-stream late in the second quarter.
- Reduced operating costs by 27% on a per-boe basis when compared to a year ago.
On January 27, 2016, Eagle acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Maple Leaf and converted into a corporate structure. Eagle assumed the working capital and non-operated oil and gas royalty and working interests in properties in west central Alberta. Maple Leaf did not have any debt.
Under the transaction, Eagle issued 7,141,815 shares at $0.73 per share for total consideration of $5,213,525. An additional 446,444 shares with a value of $325,904 were issued as consideration for the termination of the Maple Leaf management agreement and this amount has been expensed in general and administrative costs as part of the deal transaction costs.
Acquisition highlights are:
- 0.94 million boe of proved reserves and 1.09 million boe of proved plus probable reserves (as of January 1, 2016, calculated by Eagle’s internal qualified reserves evaluator).
- Current production of approximately 240 boe/d from royalty interests (30% oil and natural gas liquids (“NGLs“), and 200 boe/d from working interests (30% oil and NGLs) in assets in west central Alberta.
- No incremental debt, capital expenditures or overhead is needed to manage the production and associated cash flow added as a result of the acquisition of Maple Leaf.
This outlook section is intended to provide shareholders with information about Eagle’s expectations for production and capital expenditures for 2016. Readers are cautioned that the information may not be appropriate for any other purpose. This information constitutes forward-looking information. Readers should note the assumptions, risks and discussions under “Note about Forward-Looking Statements” at the end of this news release.
Eagle’s 2016 capital budget, production and operating cost guidance is revised from what Eagle previously announced on February 11, 2016 as follows:
|Capital Budget||$5.0 mm||$5.0 mm||1|
|Production||3,400 to 3,800 boe/d||3,200 to 3,600 boe/d||2|
|Operating Costs per month||$2.0 to $2.4 mm||$2.2 to $2.6 mm|
- The 2016 capital budget of $CA 5.0 million consists of $US 3.0 million for Eagle’s operations in the United States and $0.8 million for Eagle’s operations in Canada. At an assumed $US 45.00 per barrel WTI oil price, Eagle’s 2016 capital budget of $5.0 million and dividend of $0.01 per common share of Eagle per month ($0.12 per share annualized) results in a corporate payout ratio of 100%.
- 2016 production is forecast to consist of 87% oil, 10% natural gas and 3% NGLs. The revised production guidance includes both working interest and royalty interest production.
Eagle’s Expected Funds Flow from Operations and Corporate Payout Ratio
As a result of the change in the above guidance, Eagle’s expected funds flow from operations and corporate payout ratio are calculated as follows:
|Funds Flow from Operations||$10.0 mm||(1)|
|Basic Payout Ratio||54%||(2)|
|Plus: Capital Expenditures||46%|
|Equals: Corporate Payout Ratio||100%||(3)|
- 2016 funds flow from operations is expected to be approximately $CA 10.0 million based on the following assumptions:
- average production of 3,600 boe/d (the mid-point of the guidance range);
- pricing at $US 45.00 per barrel WTI oil, $US 2.45 per Mcf NYMEX gas, $CA 1.50 per Mcf AECO and $US 15.75 per barrel of NGL (NGL price is calculated as 35% of the WTI price);
- differential to WTI is $US 3.10 discount per barrel in Salt Flat, $US 3.50 discount per barrel in Hardeman, $CA 16.17 discount per barrel in Dixonville and $CA 12.67 discount per barrel in Twining;
- average operating costs of $CA 2.2 million per month ($US 0.8 million per month for Eagle’s operations in the United States and $CA 1.1 million per month for Eagle’s operations in Canada), the mid-point of the guidance range;
- foreign exchange rate of $US 1.00 equal to $CA 1.26 (previously $CA 1.33); and
- field netback (excluding hedges) of $12.88 per boe.
- Eagle calculates its Basic Payout Ratio as follows:
|Shareholder Dividends||=||Basic Payout Ratio|
|Funds Flow from Operations|
- Eagle calculates its Corporate Payout Ratio as follows:
|Capital Expenditures + Shareholder Dividends||=||Corporate Payout Ratio|
|Funds Flow from Operations|
- Funds flow from operations, field netback, basic payout ratio and corporate payout ratio are non-IFRS measures. See the section titled “Non-IFRS Financial Measures”.
The following tables show the sensitivity of Eagle’s expected 2016 funds flow from operations, corporate payout ratio and debt to trailing cash flow to changes in commodity prices, exchange rates and production:
|Sensitivity to Commodity Price||2016 Average WTI
(Production 3,600 boe/d)
|$US 40 (FX 1.29)||$US 45 (FX 1.26)||$US 50 (FX 1.23)|
|Funds Flow from Operations ($CA)||$9.7||$10.0||$10.2|
|Corporate Payout Ratio||105%||100%||99%|
|Debt to Trailing Cash Flow||6.7x||6.4x||6.3x|
|Sensitivity to Production||2016 Average Production (boe/d)
(WTI $US 45, F/X 1.26)
|Funds Flow from Operations ($CA)||$9.1||$10.0||$10.9|
|Corporate Payout Ratio||111%||100%||93%|
|Debt to Trailing Cash Flow||7.1x||6.4x||5.9x|
- Annualized dividends are assumed to be $0.12 per share per year.
- Operating costs are assumed to be $2.2 million per month (mid-point of guidance range).
- Differential to WTI held constant.
- Foreign exchange rate is assumed to be $US 1.00 equal to $CA 1.26 unless otherwise indicated in the table.
Summary of Quarterly Results
|($000’s except for boe/d and per share amounts)|
|Sales volumes – boe/d||3,854||3,783||3,607||3,034||2,995||1,929||2,859||3,341|
|Revenue, net of royalties||9,099||11,603||13,428||12,884||10,206||10,238||17,143||20,821|
|Funds flow from operations||2,167||5,147||7,332||10,532||7,727||5,670||7,476||10,471|
|per share – basic||0.05||0.15||0.21||0.30||0.22||0.16||0.22||0.32|
|per share – diluted||0.05||0.15||0.21||0.30||0.22||0.15||0.16||0.28|
|per share – basic||(0.29)||(0.67)||(1.48)||(0.19)||0.16||(1.01)||0.24||(0.70)|
|per share – diluted||(0.29)||(0.67)||(1.48)||(0.19)||0.16||(1.13)||0.18||(0.70)|
|Cash dividends declared||1,584||2,614||3,143||3,130||3,153||7,159||9,036||8,775|
|per issued share||0.04||0.07||0.09||0.09||0.09||0.21||0.26||0.26|
|Total non-current liabilities||96,317||92,616||91,316||52,012||60,835||57,547||2,565||80,126|
Field netback and funds flow from operations are non-IFRS measures. See “Non-IFRS Financial Measures”.
For the three months ended March 31, 2016, sales volumes increased when compared to the previous quarter due to the Maple Leaf acquisition (refer to the “Acquisition” section of this news release).
Despite a quarter-over-quarter increase in production and lower per-barrel operating costs, funds flow from operations decreased in the first quarter of 2016 primarily due to lower realized commodity prices. During the quarter, Eagle also incurred additional costs in relation to the Maple Leaf acquisition and concurrent conversion into a corporation.
Earnings (loss) on a quarterly basis often do not move directionally or by the same amounts as funds flow from operations. This is due to items of a non-cash nature that factor into the calculation of earnings (loss), and those that are required to be fair valued at each quarter end. First quarter 2016 funds flow from operations was 58% less than the fourth quarter of 2015, yet the first quarter loss was 50% less than the fourth quarter of 2015 due mainly to a non-cash impairment of oil and gas properties that was taken in the fourth quarter of 2015.