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Bankers Petroleum Announces 2011 Second Quarter Financial and Operational Results

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bankers Petroleum Announces 2011 Second Quarter Financial and Operational Results20:00 EDT Thursday, August 11, 2011Record Quarter of Production and Financial ResultsCALGARY, Aug. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - Bankers Petroleum Ltd. ("Bankers" or the "Company") (TSX: BNK) (AIM: BNK) is pleased to provide its 2011 second quarter financial and operational results.  The complete reporting package, consisting of Management's Discussion and Analysis along with Financial Statements and Notes, is posted on the Company's website www.bankerspetroleum.com and SEDAR: www.sedar.com.Results at a Glance (US$000, except as noted)(1)Three months endedJune 30Six months endedJune 30 20112010Change20112010ChangeOil revenue85,18442,147102%157,92077,296104%Net operating income47,24420,353132%87,07835,992142%Net income10,8003,300227%22,0192,937650% Per share- basic ($)0.0440.014214%0.0890.013585% - diluted ($)0.0420.014200%0.0860.012617%Funds generated from operations42,91317,941139%73,17231,755130% Per share - basic ($)0.1740.078123%0.2960.138114%Capital expenditures69,38828,724142%121,31854,894121%Average production (bopd)12,1529,83024%12,0249,06033%Average price ($/barrel)77.0347.1263%72.5647.1454%Netback ($/barrel)42.7222.7688%40.0221.9582%      June 30 2011June 30 2010Change December 31 2010ChangeCash and deposits81,42957,41842% 108,119(25%)Working capital98,22259,41765% 130,920(25%)Total assets565,340337,00768% 465,59821%Long-term bank loans31,63022,69139% 21,81545%Shareholders' equity389,959232,73768% 346,26713%(1)Effective January 1, 2011, and retroactive to January 1, 2010, the Company adopted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  Previously, the Company prepared its Financial Statements in accordance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).   The transition has not resulted in any material variation from prior periods.  Full details on the transition adjustments are contained in the Notes to the Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.Highlights for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 are:Production averaged 12,152 bopd, an increase of 24% compared to the same period in 2010.  Production at June 30, 2011 was 13,150 bopd.Revenue increased 17% to $85.2 million ($77.03/bbl) in the second quarter of 2011 from $72.7 million ($67.95/bbl) in the first quarter of 2011 and by 102% from $42.1 million ($47.12/bbl) in the second quarter of 2010.Net operating income (netback) increased 19% to $47.2 million ($42.72/bbl) in the second quarter of 2011 from $39.8 million ($37.22/bbl) during the first quarter of 2011 and by 132% from $20.4 million ($22.76/bbl) in the second quarter of 2010.Funds generated from operations increased by 42% to $42.9 million in the second quarter of 2011 from $30.3 million over the first quarter of 2011 and by 139% from $17.9 million in the second quarter of 2010.Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2011 were $69.4 million and included drilling 18 horizontal wells and one (1) vertical water disposal well, as well as 14 reactivations and related infrastructure/expansion projects.  During the same period of 2010, capital expenditures were $28.7 million.The Company continues to maintain a strong financial position with cash of $81.4 million and working capital of $98.2 million at June 30, 2011.  Working capital for December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010 was $130.9 million and $59.4 million, respectively.Operational UpdateCurrent production at the Patos-Marinza oilfield is 13,400 bopd. Of the 1,750 bopd of reported shut-in production in early July, 800 bopd have been put back on production and the additional oil inventory available for sale at the end of the second quarter was sold during the month of July reflecting record sales of 494,000 barrels. A new service rig was delivered in early August and another is due for delivery in October.The thermal pilot program in the southwest area of the Patos-Marinza oilfield has now commenced. The vertical delineation well is drilling near total depth. Several cores have been cut and the rig will commence drilling the first of two horizontal thermal wells once casing has been set on the delineation well. The horizontal wells are targeting the thick Driza 1 sandstone where visual core inspection shows the zone to have excellent porosity and is fully saturated with oil. Steam injection is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2011 upon completion of the surface facilities construction.OutlookDespite the current equity sell off in financial markets and recent decline in oil prices, Bankers' financial position remains strong with $81 million in cash and minimal long-term debt of $31 million. In addition, Patos- Marinza crude sales agreements are based on Brent crude price which is currently at a 27% premium to WTI. Cash on hand and cash generated from operations are projected to be sufficient to fund Bankers capital program for 2011 and beyond, based on $100/bbl Brent price average for this year and $85/bbl for 2012 and beyond. The financial oil hedge agreements entered into by the Company earlier this year are an additional risk management protection strategy against declining commodity prices.For additional information, please see an updated version of the Company's corporate presentation on www.bankerspetroleum.com. BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTSOF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (Unaudited, expressed in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)  Three months endedJune 30 Six months ended June 30  2011 2010 2011 2010         Revenues  $85,184  $42,147  $157,920  $77,296Royalties (13,062) (8,367) (26,817) (15,557)  72,122 33,780 131,103 61,739         Operating expenses 14,637 8,892 26,234 16,817Sales and transportation expenses 10,241 4,535 17,791 8,930General and administrative expenses 3,580 2,327 6,438 4,783Depletion and depreciation 9,127 5,084 17,392 9,468Share-based payments 2,327 1,451 6,972 5,155Unrealized loss on financial commodity contracts 615 - 2,016 -  40,527 22,289 76,843 45,153  31,595 11,491 54,260 16,586         Finance income 98 487 405 1,214Finance expense (2,061) (1,479) (4,309) (2,915)  (1,963) (992) (3,904) (1,701)         Income before income tax  29,632 10,499 50,356 14,885Deferred income tax expense (18,832) (7,199) (28,337) (11,948)Net income for the period 10,800 3,300 22,019 2,937         Other comprehensive income (loss)           Currency translation adjustment 439 (1,141) 2,253 303Comprehensive income for the period$11,239$2,159$24,272$3,240         Basic earnings per share$0.044$0.014$0.089$0.013Diluted earnings per share$0.042$0.014$0.086$0.012         BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION(Unaudited, expressed in thousands of US dollars) ASSETS           June 302011 December 312010Current assets        Cash and cash equivalents    $74,929  $106,619 Restricted cash    6,500 1,500 Accounts receivable    44,504 29,233 Inventory    15,487 4,199 Deposits and prepaid expenses    13,553 16,624     154,973 158,175Non-current assets        Deferred financing costs    - 13,980 Financial commodity contracts    4,572 - Property, plant and equipment    405,795 293,443    $565,340$465,598LIABILITIESCurrent liabilities         Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $54,612  $ 23,241  Current portion of long-term debt    2,139 4,014     56,751 27,255Non-current liabilities        Long-term debt    18,683 21,815 Decommissioning obligation    7,971 6,622 Deferred tax liabilities    91,976 63,639     175,381 119,331SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYShare capital    317,591 309,379Warrants    1,597 1,597Contributed surplus    39,343 28,135Accumulated other comprehensive income    8,347 6,094Retained earnings    23,081 1,062     389,959 346,267    $565,340$465,598  BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD.  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  (Unaudited, expressed in thousands of US dollars)  Three months endedJune 30 Six months endedJune 30  2011 2010 2011 2010Cash provided by (used in):        Operating activities         Net income for the period$10,800$3,300$22,019$2,937 Depletion and depreciation 9,127 5,084 17,392 9,468 Finance expenses (including accretion) 2,061 1,479 4,309 2,915 Interest paid (842) (937) (1,152) (1,102) Foreign exchange (gain) loss (7) 365 (133) 434 Deferred income tax expense 18,832 7,199 28,337 11,948 Share-based payments 2,327 1,451 6,972 5,155 Unrealized loss on financial commodity contracts 615 - 2,016 - Cash premiums paid for financial commodity contracts - - (6,588) -  42,913 17,941 73,172 31,755 Change in non-cash working capital 5,349 (647) (2,663) (2,325)  48,262 17,294 70,509 29,430Investing activities         Additions to property, plant and equipment (69,388) (28,724) (121,318) (54,894) Restricted cash (5,000) - (5,000) - Change in non-cash working capital 4,554 2,093 10,542 7,115  (69,834) (26,631) (115,776) (47,779)Financing activities         Issue of shares for cash 2,163 1,386 5,293 5,802 Financing costs (4) (20) (30) (172) Increase (decrease) in long-term debt 13,353 912 7,940 (755) Share issue costs - (158) - (158) Note receivable - 2,749 - 2,749 Short-term deposits - 9,075 - 7,275 Change in non-cash working capital - 143 - 143  15,512 14,087 13,203 14,884Foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash and cash equivalents  (365) (969) 374 (112)Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (6,425) 3,781 (31,690) (3,577)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 81,354 52,137 106,619 59,495Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $74,929$55,918$74,929$55,918Caution Regarding Forward-looking Information Information in this news release respecting matters such as the expected future production levels from wells, future prices and netback, work plans, anticipated total oil recovery of the Patos-Marinza and Kuçova oilfields constitute forward-looking information. Statements containing forward-looking information express, as at the date of this news release, the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations, or beliefs as to future events or results and are believed to be reasonable based on information currently available to the Company.  Exploration for oil is a speculative business that involves a high degree of risk. The Company's expectations for its Albanian operations and plans are subject to a number of risks in addition to those inherent in oil production operations, including: that Brent oil prices could fall resulting in reduced returns and a change in the economics of the project; availability of financing; delays associated with equipment procurement, equipment failure and the lack of suitably qualified personnel; the inherent uncertainty in the estimation of reserves; exports from Albania being disrupted due to unplanned disruptions; and changes in the political or economic environment.Production and netback forecasts are based on a number of assumptions including that the rate and cost of well reactivations and well recompletions of the past will continue and success rates and production rates will be similar to those rates experienced for previous well recompletions and reactivations; continued availability of the necessary equipment, personnel and financial resources to sustain the Company's planned work program; continued political and economic stability in Albania; the existence of reserves as expected; the continued release by Albpetrol of areas and wells pursuant to the Plan of Development and Addendum; the absence of unplanned disruptions; the ability of the Company to successfully drill new wells and bring production to market; and general risks inherent in oil and gas operations. Forward-looking statements and information are based on assumptions that financing, equipment and personnel will be available when required and on reasonable terms, none of which are assured and are subject to a number of other risks and uncertainties described under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form and Management's Discussion and Analysis, which are available on SEDAR under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com.There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information and forward looking statements.About Bankers Petroleum Ltd.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. is a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration and production company focused on developing large oil and gas reserves. In Albania, Bankers operates and has the full rights to develop the Patos-Marinza heavy oilfield and has a 100% interest in the Kuçova oilfield, and a 100% interest in Exploration Block F.  Bankers' shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the AIM Market in London, England under the stock symbol BNK. For further information: Abby Badwi   President and Chief Executive Officer       (403) 513-2694 Doug Urch   Executive VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer     (403) 513-2691 Mark Hodgson   VP, Business Development        (403) 513-2695   Email: investorrelations@bankerspetroleum.com Website: www.bankerspetroleum.com   AIM NOMAD:  Canaccord Genuity Limited Ryan Gaffney/ Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor +44 20 7050 6500   AIM JOINT BROKERS: Canaccord Genuity Limited       Macquarie Capital Advisors Ryan Gaffney/ Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor     Ben Colegrave/Paul Connolly +44 20 7050 6500        +44 20 3037 5639