CALGARY, Alberta, April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pipestone Energy Corp. (“Pipestone” or the “Company”) (PIPE – TSX) is pleased to announce an update to its shareholder return strategy.
Management and the board of directors of Pipestone have reflected on the significant volatility in capital markets and the decline in both oil and natural gas prices over the past few months. Given this uncertain environment, Pipestone has decided not to proceed with initiating the substantial issuer bid in the first quarter of 2023 as previously indicated.
Pipestone remains committed to its strategy of delivering enhanced returns to shareholders. The cornerstone of Pipestone’s shareholder return strategy is its previously announced base dividend. The Company’s declared inaugural quarterly dividend of three cents per common share (“Common Shares“) was paid on March 31, 2023 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2023.
In addition to the quarterly base dividend and continuing to target a run-rate average debt level of approximately $100 million, Pipestone expects to re-commence purchasing Common Shares for cancellation under its normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) in the second quarter of 2023. The NCIB provides a more flexible and immediate mechanism to repurchase Common Shares, allowing Pipestone to respond quickly to changing macroeconomic conditions while preserving balance sheet strength.
The NCIB allows Pipestone to purchase up to 13,936,907 Common Shares, representing approximately 5% of its outstanding Common Shares as at November 14, 2022, and is due to expire no later than November 24, 2023. Under the NCIB, Common Shares may be repurchased in open market transactions on the TSX and other alternative trading platforms in Canada and in accordance with the rules of the TSX governing normal course issuer bids. Any Common Shares that are purchased under the NCIB will be cancelled upon their purchase by the Company.
Pipestone Energy Corp.
Pipestone is an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on developing its large contiguous and condensate rich Montney asset base in the Pipestone area near Grande Prairie. Pipestone is committed to building long term value for our shareholders while maintaining the highest possible environmental and operating standards, as well as being an active and contributing member to the communities in which it operates. Pipestone has achieved certification of all its production from its Montney asset under the Equitable Origin EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development. Pipestone shares trade under the symbol PIPE on the TSX. For more information, visit www.pipestonecorp.com.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
|Dan van Kessel
VP Corporate Development
Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Information
In the interest of providing shareholders of Pipestone and potential investors information regarding Pipestone, this news release contains certain information and statements (“forward-looking statements”) that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to future results or events, are based upon internal plans, intentions, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated or suggested therein. All statements other than statements of current or historical fact constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically, but not always, identified by words such as “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “forecast”, “continue”, “propose”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “believe”, “plan”, “target”, “objective”, “project”, “potential” and similar or other expressions indicating or suggesting future results or events.
Forward-looking statements are not promises of future outcomes. There is no assurance that the results or events indicated or suggested by the forward-looking statements, or the plans, intentions, expectations or beliefs contained therein or upon which they are based, are correct or will in fact occur or be realized (or if they do, what benefits Pipestone may derive therefrom).
In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this news release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to: Pipestone’s expectation that it will commence purchasing Common Shares for cancellation under its NCIB in the second quarter of 2023; the Company’s ability to respond to macroeconomic conditions; Pipestone’s ability to preserve balance sheet strength; the Company’s dividend policy; and the Company’s shareholder return strategy.
With respect to the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, Pipestone has assessed material factors and made assumptions regarding, among other things: future commodity prices and currency exchange rates, including consistency of future oil, natural gas liquids (“NGLs“) and natural gas prices with current commodity price forecasts; Pipestone’s continued ability to obtain qualified staff and equipment in a timely and cost-efficient manner; the predictability of future results based on past and current experience; the predictability and consistency of the legislative and regulatory regime governing royalties, taxes, environmental matters and oil and gas operations, both provincially and federally; Pipestone’s ability to successfully market its production of oil, NGLs and natural gas; the timing and success of drilling and completion activities (and the extent to which the results thereof meet expectations); Pipestone’s future production levels and amount of future capital investment, and their consistency with Pipestone’s current development plans and budget; future capital expenditure requirements and the sufficiency thereof to achieve Pipestone’s objectives; the successful application of drilling and completion technology and processes; the applicability of new technologies for recovery and production of Pipestone’s reserves and other resources, and their ability to improve capital and operational efficiencies in the future; the recoverability of Pipestone ‘s reserves and other resources; Pipestone’s ability to economically produce oil and gas from its properties and the timing and cost to do so; the performance of both new and existing wells; future cash flows from production; future sources of funding for Pipestone’s capital program, and its ability to obtain external financing when required and on acceptable terms; future debt levels; geological and engineering estimates in respect of Pipestone’s reserves and other resources; the accuracy of geological and geophysical data and the interpretation thereof; the geography of the areas in which Pipestone conducts exploration and development activities; the timely receipt of required regulatory approvals; the access, economic, regulatory and physical limitations to which Pipestone may be subject from time to time; and the impact of industry competition.
The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect management of the Company’s current views, but the assessments and assumptions upon which they are based may prove to be incorrect. Although Pipestone believes that its underlying assessments and assumptions are reasonable based on currently available information, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which are inherently uncertain, depend upon the accuracy of such assessments and assumptions, and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, both general and specific, many of which are beyond Pipestone’s control, that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated or suggested in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, volatility in market prices and demand for oil, NGLs and natural gas and hedging activities related thereto; the ability to successfully manage the Company’s operations; general economic, business and industry conditions; variance of Pipestone’s actual capital costs, operating costs and economic returns from those anticipated; the ability to find, develop or acquire additional reserves and the availability of the capital or financing necessary to do so on satisfactory terms; and the availability of sufficient natural gas processing capacity; and risks related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves. Additional risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the MD&A dated March 8, 2023 and in Pipestone’s annual information form dated March 8, 2023, copies of which are available electronically on Pipestone’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Pipestone assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws. All forward-looking statements herein are expressly qualified by this advisory.