CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Altura Energy Inc. (“Altura” or the “Corporation”) (TSXV: ATU) is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements, and related management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) will be available at www.sedar.com and www.alturaenergy.ca. Selected financial and operating information for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 appears below and should be read in conjunction with the related financial statements and MD&A.
OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL SUMMARY
|Three months ended||Nine months ended|
|Average daily production|
|Heavy oil (Bbls/d)||805||478||274||611||309|
|Medium oil (Bbls/d)||51||271||624||242||605|
|Natural gas (Mcf/d)||1,128||1,309||1,045||1,257||1,018|
|Total Boe/d per million shares – diluted||9.5||9.0||10.0||9.9||10.1|
|Average realized prices|
|Heavy oil ($/Bbl)||56.59||58.83||46.50||53.93||45.69|
|Medium oil ($/Bbl)||66.74||67.64||47.61||58.36||50.41|
|Natural gas ($/Mcf)||1.23||1.32||1.71||1.58||2.55|
|Petroleum and natural gas sales||48.29||49.87||41.38||46.30||43.54|
|General and administrative||(4.25)||(5.17)||(3.78)||(4.46)||(3.62)|
|Interest and financing expense||(0.03)||(0.88)||(0.06)||(0.46)||(0.14)|
|Adjusted funds flow per Boe(1)||30.31||25.35||21.18||24.95||23.09|
|FINANCIAL ($000, except per share amounts)|
|Petroleum and natural gas sales||4,741||4,497||4,143||13,785||13,108|
|Adjusted funds flow(1)||2,977||2,285||2,119||7,430||6,952|
|Per share – diluted(1)||0.03||0.02||0.02||0.07||0.06|
|Per share – diluted||0.01||0.02||–||0.03||0.01|
|Property acquisitions/(dispositions), net||2,637||(27,712)||–||(25,075)||(750)|
|Net debt (working capital surplus)(1)||1,887||(14,761)||2,881||1,887||2,881|
|Common shares outstanding (000)|
|End of period – basic||108,921||108,921||108,921||108,921||108,921|
|Weighted average for the period – basic||108,921||108,921||108,921||108,921||108,921|
|Weighted average for the period – diluted||112,281||110,546||108,922||110,475||109,019|
- Adjusted funds flow, net debt and operating netback are non-GAAP measures that do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to the heading entitled “Non-GAAP Measures” contained within the “Advisories” section of Altura’s MD&A.
THIRD QUARTER 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
- Third quarter production volumes averaged 1,067 Boe per day (82 percent oil and liquids), an increase of eight percent from the second quarter of 2018. Leduc-Woodbend production volumes increased 105 percent from the second quarter of 2018.
- Adjusted funds flow1 was $3.0 million ($30.31 per Boe), up 30 percent from the second quarter of 2018 and up 40 percent from the third quarter of 2017. The improvement from the second quarter of 2018 was largely from lower operating and transportation costs.
- Operating and transportation costs totaled $9.26 per Boe, down 34 percent from the second quarter of 2018 and down 27 percent from the third quarter of 2017. This decrease is largely a result of lower cost production growth into the new multi-well battery at Leduc-Woodbend.
- Operating netback1 was $34.46 per Boe, up 10 percent from the second quarter of 2018 and up 43 percent from the third quarter of 2017.
- Capital expenditures totaled $16.7 million as Altura drilled and completed six 1.5-mile extended reach horizontal (“ERH”) wells and commissioned its multi-well oil battery with a processing capacity of 3,000 to 3,500 barrels of oil per day.
- Net income was $750,000, up 133 percent from the third quarter of 2017.
- Closed an acquisition comprised of 2.6 net sections of highly prospective lands in the Upper Mannville oil pool at Leduc-Woodbend and a 40 percent working interest in a producing oil unit in the Leduc-Woodbend area of Alberta for cash consideration of $2.6 million, net of customary post-closing adjustments.
- Net debt1 at September 30, 2018 was $1.9 million or 0.2 times annualized third quarter adjusted funds flow.
- Production field estimates for the month of October averaged 2,050 Boe per day, a record for the Corporation, achieving its 2018 exit production guidance two months early.
Altura had an active third quarter, investing $16.7 million of capital, excluding acquisitions and dispositions, bringing the total invested in the nine months ended September 30, 2018 to $30.4 million. Third quarter capital activity included drilling and completing six ERH oil wells and completing the construction of a new multi-well battery at Leduc-Woodbend.
The eight well summer drilling program was completed on August 23rd, four weeks ahead of schedule, and under budget by approximately $125,000 per well. The Corporation’s 2018 capital expenditure guidance is $33 million, before acquisitions and dispositions, which is consistent with guidance provided on October 11, 2018. The capital expenditure program is expected to be funded from cash on hand, cash flow from operating activities and Altura’s $3 million credit facility.
Five wells were brought on production throughout July and August, increasing third quarter production volumes to 1,067 Boe per day compared to 521 Boe per day at Leduc-Woodbend in the second quarter. Two additional wells commenced production on October 3rd and the last well of the summer program was completed in early November and is in the clean-up phase. Altura plans to shut the last well in after post-frac clean-up and will commence equipping operations and production in January 2019.
Altura completed the construction of its multi-well oil battery at 12-14-049-26W4 on time and on budget. Since commissioning the battery on July 30th, it has processed total fluid volumes of up to 6,000 barrels per day and has enabled Altura to haul clean oil to additional sales terminals to optimize pricing and reduce operating costs.
Altura realized significant per unit cost reductions in the third quarter with operating and transportation costs decreasing 34 percent to $9.26 per Boe from $13.96 per Boe in the second quarter of 2018. The decreased per unit costs are due to the May 31, 2018 disposition of higher cost properties, coupled with Altura’s new multi-well battery and growth of lower-cost production at Leduc-Woodbend.
Altura is committed to maximizing return on capital through proven operating and capital efficiencies in the development of its focused, large-scale resource in the Upper Mannville oil pool at Leduc-Woodbend. Since acquiring its initial lands in 2015 at Leduc-Woodbend and deploying the net proceeds of $27.3 million from the disposition of assets in May 2018, the Corporation has:
- accumulated a total of 70 net sections of land within the oil pool;
- drilled, completed, equipped and tied-in a total of 13 horizontal wells, comprised of 11 ERH wells and two 1-mile long horizontal wells;
- commissioned a multi-well oil battery at 12-14-049-26W4 with a processing capacity of approximately 3,000 to 3,500 barrels of oil per day;
- increased Leduc-Woodbend production from nil to 2,050 Boe per day in October 2018;
- delineated a multi-well inventory to support future growth of the Corporation; and
- maintained a prudent debt level to protect the balance sheet of the Corporation.
The global energy industry has benefitted from increasing oil prices throughout 2018, however, in the second half of 2018 Canadian light, medium and, specifically, heavy oil prices have been negatively impacted. The lack of pipeline access to international oil markets, the temporary seasonal maintenance of oil refineries in the United States, the slowly growing crude-by-rail option to transport crude to the United States, full Canadian oil storage and the growth of Canadian oil production have contributed to a rapid and severe reduction in prices for Canadian light, medium and heavy crude oil. The Corporation believes this is temporary and expects Canadian oil differentials to improve over the coming months through the combination of US refineries coming back on line, the temporary reduction of Canadian heavy oil supply in the face of weak pricing, continued growth in crude-by-rail export volumes and the startup of the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement pipeline project scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.
The Corporation’s strategy is to proactively optimize the price received for its crude oil production and to protect itself from volatile pricing by selling production volumes into various light-sweet, light-sour and heavy streams, in addition to selling crude-by-rail. The Corporation will continue to evaluate all options to maximize economic value for its shareholders and will make strategic decisions to curtail production and defer capital spending as required to manage the current Canadian crude oil pricing challenges.
Guidance for 2018 has been updated and is included in the MD&A. Exit production in 2018 is now expected to range between 1,000ꟷ2,000 Boe per day (previously 2,000 Boe per day) as a result of apportionments and the steep decline in the WCS price over the last two months.
2019 planning is focused on growing per share production and cash flow from Leduc-Woodbend. The Corporation will manage 2019 investment levels, as required, to protect balance sheet strength. Altura plans to provide guidance on its 2019 capital program in early 2019.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Altura management team, we would like to thank our shareholders for their ongoing support.
ABOUT ALTURA ENERGY INC.
Altura is a junior oil and gas exploration, development and production company with operations in central Alberta. Altura predominantly produces from the Rex member in the Upper Mannville group and is focused on delivering per share growth and attractive shareholder returns through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
An updated corporate presentation is available on Altura’s website at www.alturaenergy.ca.