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CALGARY, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - (TSX:PMT) - Perpetual Energy Inc. ("Perpetual" or the "Corporation") is pleased to
release its financial and operating results for the three and nine
months ended September 30, 2012. A copy of Perpetual's unaudited
interim consolidated financial statements and related notes and
management's discussion and analysis for the three and nine months
ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 can be obtained through the
Corporation's website at www.perpetualenergyinc.com and SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
THIRD QUARTER SUMMARY
Perpetual continued to execute effectively on its top priorities for
2012, which include:
Profitable capital investment in two chosen proven diversifying growth
strategies to increase oil and natural gas liquids ("NGL") production;
Advancing the assessment and value of high impact, longer term resource
opportunities with risk-managed investment; and
Managing downside risks related to commodity price volatility.
The Corporation executed a $17.9 million capital program focused
primarily on heavy oil exploration and development in the Mannville
area of eastern Alberta. Operational results continue to be positive,
and development activity in this area will continue in the fourth
quarter and throughout 2013.
In the Mannville area, Perpetual drilled 12 (11.3 net) horizontal oil
wells, 10 of which are currently on production. Two wells penetrated
new heavy oil pools which are still being evaluated.
The capital program included $2.5 million to complete two (2.0 net)
Wilrich natural gas wells (1 vertical and 1 horizontal) drilled in late
2011 and the first quarter of 2012.
Fourth quarter capital spending will be focused on continued development
at Edson and West Edson, with plans to drill up to four (2.5 net)
Wilrich gas wells and the tie-in of the horizontal well completed in
the third quarter.
Perpetual has a 50 percent working interest in 78 sections of Montney
liquids-rich natural gas-prone lands at Elmworth in west central
Alberta. During the third quarter Perpetual participated in the
drilling of one vertical well (0.5 net). The drilling operation was
finished in October 2012 at a total cost of $1.8 million net to
Acquisitions and Dispositions
Net cash proceeds from dispositions increased to $16.2 million from $7.0
million for the third quarter in 2011. Dispositions included non-core
natural gas assets in northeast Alberta, shut-in gas over bitumen
reserves, and the strategic sale of a portion of a heavy oil pool in
the Mannville area to help advance the development of an enhanced oil
recovery scheme. Total gains on sale of $7.3 million were recorded in
earnings for these dispositions.
Perpetual further enhanced financial flexibility with the disposition of
non-core oil and gas properties for $16.2 million during the period,
reducing net debt by $7.0 million for the quarter. Net debt decreased
by $132.0 million in the first nine months of the year to $394.9
million at September 30, 2012.
Production and Pricing
The positive effects of Perpetual's commodity diversification strategy
are evident as oil and NGL production represented 17.6 percent of total
actual production in the third quarter of 2012 (16.4 percent for the
first nine months) as compared to 8.8 percent and 7.6 percent for the
respective periods in 2011.
Oil and NGL production volumes increased 67 percent from the third
quarter of 2011, and 90 percent on a nine-month basis, due primarily to
ongoing development of the Corporation's heavy oil pools at Mannville,
partially offset by the reduction in oil production linked to the heavy
oil pool strategic partnership, and reduced NGL volumes related to
property dispositions in the West Central district in the first quarter
and a facility turnaround at Edson. Heavy oil production in the
Mannville area has been maintained at over 2,600 bbl/d for two
consecutive quarters, despite the sale of 150 bbl/d of production
effective July 1, 2012.
Natural gas production volumes decreased 24 percent to 93.7 MMcf/d from
123.5 MMcf/d for the third quarter of 2011 and decreased 21 percent for
the nine month period, primarily due to property dispositions combined
with the preferential allocation of capital to heavy oil production
over the past year, which led to a decline in natural gas production in
favor of bringing higher priced heavy oil onstream. Approximately 4.2
MMcfe/d of oil and natural gas production was lost during the quarter
due to voluntary shut-ins at higher operating cost fields and a
facility turnaround at Edson in west central Alberta.
Total actual and deemed production decreased 15 percent to 139.7 MMcfe/d
from 165.3 MMcfe/d for the comparative quarter in 2011, as reduced
natural gas production from property dispositions combined with natural
declines were partially offset by increasing oil and NGL production.
For the nine month period actual and deemed production decreased 10
percent compared to 2011. The properties disposed of in the first nine
months of 2012 were producing approximately 10.9 MMcf/d of natural gas
and 735 bbl/d of oil and NGL (15.3 MMcfe/d) at the dates of
Total production and operating costs decreased to $20.7 million for the
third quarter of 2012 from $22.5 million for the same period in 2011,
due primarily to reduced labour costs and dispositions, including the
disposition of 90 percent of Perpetual's gas storage business, Warwick
Gas Storage LP ("WGS LP"), effective April 25, 2012, partially offset
by higher well suspension costs. Unit operating costs increased to
$1.98 per Mcfe and $1.83 per Mcfe for the three and nine months ended
September 30, 2012 from $1.81 per Mcfe and $1.65 per Mcfe for
comparative periods in 2011. Operating costs were higher on a
unit-of-production basis as fixed operating costs for natural gas
operations were higher relative to reduced natural gas production
volumes, and operating costs associated with increasing heavy oil
production in the Eastern district were higher relative to gas
Perpetual's realized gas prices decreased to $3.44 per Mcf and $3.28 per
Mcf, respectively for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012
(2011 - $3.75 per Mcf and $3.98 per Mcf) due to lower AECO prices which
averaged $2.19 per Mcf and $2.18 per Mcf for the three and nine month
periods respectively (2011 - $3.72 per Mcf and $3.74 per Mcf). The
impact of lower gas prices was largely offset by realized gains on
derivatives of $9.4 million and $27.0 million respectively.
Perpetual's realized oil and NGL price decreased 15 percent to $59.63
per bbl from the third quarter 2011 as a result of wider heavy oil
differentials, lower NGL prices and losses of $1.4 million on financial
Perpetual realized a modest increase in commodity prices on a natural
gas equivalent basis to $4.58 per Mcfe for the third quarter of 2012 as
compared to $4.46 per Mcfe in the same period in 2011. This
demonstrates that the Corporation's risk management and commodity
diversification strategies are partially mitigating the negative
impacts of reduced commodity prices as the percentage of higher priced
oil and NGL production in Perpetual's production mix has grown.
Funds flow netbacks decreased 35 percent to $1.01 per Mcfe in the third
quarter of 2012 from $1.56 per Mcfe in the comparable period for 2011,
driven primarily by lower gas prices and production, partially offset
by higher realized gains on derivatives, lower cash costs and a 67
percent increase in oil and NGL production.
Funds flow declined to $10.8 million ($0.07 per common share) from $19.3
million ($0.13 per common share) for the third quarter of 2011. Funds
flow for the nine month period totaled $37.9 million ($0.26 per common
share) as compared to $61.1 million ($0.41 per common share) for the
first nine months of 2011. The decrease was caused primarily by lower
natural gas revenues, partially offset by higher oil and NGL
production, realized gains on derivatives, and a decrease in royalties
and general and administrative expenses.
The Corporation reported a net loss of $6.2 million ($0.04 per basic and
diluted common share) for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as
compared to a net loss of $24.3 million ($0.17 per basic and diluted
common share) for the 2011 period. The lower net loss was primarily a
result of the reclassification of $28.5 million in gas over bitumen
royalty adjustments to revenue in the quarter and gains on property
dispositions of $7.3 million, partially offset by an unrealized loss on
derivatives of $21.0 million.
Net earnings for the first nine months of 2012 increased to $6.7 million
($0.05 per basic and diluted common share) from a loss of $57.2 million
($0.39 per basic and diluted common share) in 2011 as a result of the
gain on WGS LP of $40.8 million and the reclassification of gas over
bitumen adjustments to revenue.
Net debt decreased 25 percent or $132.0 million over the first nine
months of 2012, as a result of continued success on Perpetual's asset
disposition program. Net debt to trailing four quarters' funds flow
increased to 8.0 times for the three months ended September 30, 2012
compared to 7.2 times for the quarter ended December 31, 2011,
primarily due a decrease in funds flows for the trailing four quarters
driven by lower natural gas prices.
Subsequent to the reporting date, the Corporation entered into contracts
to offset 64,250 GJ/d of fixed price sales contracts for November and
December 2012 with purchases at an average price of $3.24 per GJ,
crystallizing a gain of $0.6 million.
Outlook and Sensitivities
The Board of Directors has approved a $10 million expansion to the
capital spending budget for the fourth quarter of 2012 to $16.4
million, bringing total capital spending to $75 million for 2012.
Spending will be focused primarily on Wilrich drilling in the Edson
area, where operations are underway to drill up to four (2.5 net)
liquids-rich natural gas wells to further delineate the West Edson and
Edson South Wilrich trends.
The Corporation has risk management contracts in place for approximately
40 percent of estimated actual plus deemed natural gas production for
the fourth quarter of 2012 at an average price of $2.96 per GJ and 11
percent of projected 2013 actual plus deemed natural gas production at
an average price of $3.74 per GJ. Oil price management contracts are
also in place to protect average WTI floor prices of $US84.25 for the
fourth quarter of 2012 and $US88.00 for 2013 on 2,000 bbl/d of
The following sensitivity table reflects Perpetual's projected funds
flow for the fourth quarter of 2012 at various commodity price levels.
These sensitivities incorporate average daily production of 3,300 bbl/d
of oil & NGL, 92 MMcf/d of natural gas, operating costs of $20 million,
cash general and administrative expenses of $7 million and an interest
rate on bank debt of 5.4 percent.
Projected funds flow, fourth quarter of 2012(2) ($millions)
AECO Gas Price (1) ($/GJ)
WTI oil price
The current settled and forward average AECO and WTI prices for October
2012 as of November 9, 2012 were $2.85 per GJ and $US87.23 per bbl,
These are non-GAAP measures; see "Other non-GAAP measures" in
discussion and analysis.
For 2013 Perpetual's Board of Directors has approved a capital spending
plan of up to $75 million which will be highly focused on continued
development of heavy oil in the Mannville area of eastern Alberta and
liquids-rich natural gas at Edson. The program incorporates a two rig
development drilling program for Mannville heavy oil in the first
quarter, but allows flexibility to manage spending in the second half
of the year, to be focused either on Mannville heavy oil or at Edson
depending on commodity prices.
The following table reflects Perpetual's projected funds flow for 2013
at various commodity price levels. These sensitivities incorporate
monthly settlement of existing derivatives, average daily production of
4,100 bbl/d of oil and NGL, 82 MMcf/d of natural gas, operating costs
of $86 million, cash general and administrative expenses of $24 million
and an interest rate on bank debt of 5.4 percent.
Projected funds flow for 2013(2) ($ millions)
AECO Gas Price (1) ($/GJ)
WTI oil price (1)
The current forward average AECO and WTI prices for 2013 as of November
2012 were $3.19 per GJ and $US 88.98 per bbl, respectively.
These are non-GAAP measures; see "Other non-GAAP measures" in
management's discussion and analysis.
Further to the above forecasts, Perpetual will continue to pursue
additional dispositions in 2013, including the potential divestiture of
its Elmworth Montney assets, and anticipates consummating additional
disposition transactions in the first quarter of 2013. Proceeds from
the potential divestitures would be utilized to strengthen the balance
sheet and to enhance the Corporation's ability to pursue further
investment opportunities, depending upon the outlook for commodity
prices at that time.
FirstEnergy/Societe Generale Energy Growth Conference
Perpetual also advises that management will be presenting at the
FirstEnergy/Societe Generale Energy Growth Conference at the Ritz
Carlton Hotel in Toronto at 8:40 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday,
November 14, 2012. A copy of the presentation will be posted to
Perpetual's website, www.perpetualenergyinc.com, shortly before the presentation and the webcast archive will also be
accessible through the website following the presentation.
Certain information regarding Perpetual Energy in this news release
including management's assessment of future plans and operations and
including the information contained under the heading "Outlook and
Sensitivities" above may constitute forward-looking statements under
applicable securities laws. The forward-looking information includes,
without limitation, statements regarding expected access to capital
markets; prospective drilling activities; forecast production,
production type, operations, funds flows, and timing thereof; forecast
and realized commodity prices; expected funding, allocation and timing
of capital expenditures; projected use of funds flow; planned drilling
and development and the results thereof; expected dispositions and the
use of proceeds therefrom; commodity prices; and estimated funds flow
sensitivity. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions
or making the forecasts and projections contained in the
forward-looking information contained in this press release, which
assumptions are based on management analysis of historical trends,
experience, current conditions, and expected future developments
pertaining to Perpetual and the industry in which it operates as well
as certain assumptions regarding the matters outlined above.
Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates
and projections that involve a number of risks, which could cause
actual results to vary and in some instances to differ materially from
those anticipated by Perpetual and described in the forward looking
information contained in this press release. Undue reliance should not
be placed on forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of
performance and is subject to a number of risks or uncertainties,
including without limitation those described under "Risk Factors" in
Perpetual's MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2011 and those
included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory
authorities which may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com and at Perpetual's website www.perpetualenergyinc.com). Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risk factors is not
exhaustive. Forward-looking information is based on the estimates and
opinions of Perpetual's management at the time the information is
released and Perpetual disclaims any intent or obligation to update
publicly any such forward-looking information, whether as a result of
new information, future events or otherwise, other than as expressly
required by applicable securities laws.
This news release contains financial measures that may not be calculated
in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in Canada
("GAAP"). Readers are referred to advisories and further discussion on
non-GAAP measures contained in the "Significant Accounting Policies and
non-GAAP Measures" section of management's discussion and analysis.
Perpetual Energy Inc. is a natural gas-focused Canadian energy company
with a growing base of oil and NGL assets. Perpetual's shares and
convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol "PMT", "PMT.DB.D" and "PMT.DB.E", respectively. Further
information with respect to Perpetual can be found at its website at www.perpetualenergyinc.com.
The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the
information contained herein.
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
Three Months Ended September 30
Nine Months Ended September 30
($Cdn thousands except volume and per share amounts)
Funds flow (2)
Per share (3)
Net earnings (loss)
Per share - basic (3)
Per share - diluted (3)
Net bank debt outstanding (2)
Senior notes, at principal amount
Convertible debentures, at principal amount
Total net debt (2)
Exploration, development and gas storage
Acquisitions, net of dispositions
Net capital expenditures
Common Shares outstanding (thousands)
End of period
Shares outstanding at November 12, 2012
Daily average production
Natural gas (MMcf/d) (5)
Oil and NGL (bbl/d) (5)
Total (MMcfe/d) (5)
Gas over bitumen deemed production (MMcf/d) (4)
Average daily (actual and deemed - MMcfe/d) (4,5)
Per common share (cubic feet equivalent/d/Share) (3)
Natural gas, before derivatives ($/Mcf)
Natural gas, including derivatives ($/Mcf)
Oil and NGL, before derivatives ($/bbl)
Oil and NGL, including derivatives ($/bbl)
Natural gas equivalent, including derivatives ($/Mcfe)
Land (thousands of net acres)
Undeveloped land holdings
Drilling (wells drilled gross/net)
Oil sands evaluation
Success rate (%)
Revenue includes realized gains (losses) on derivatives.
These are non-GAAP measures. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Measures"
included in management's discussion and analysis.
Based on weighted average basic or diluted Common Shares outstanding for
The deemed production volume describes all gas shut-in or denied
production pursuant to a decision report, corresponding order or
general bulletin of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board ("AEUB"), or
through correspondence in relation to an AEUB ID 99-1 application.
This deemed production volume is not actual gas sales but represents
shut-in gas that is the basis of the gas over bitumen financial
solution which is received monthly from the Alberta Crown as a reduction against
other royalties payable.
Production amounts are based on the Corporation's interest before