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Bankers Petroleum Announces 2011 Third Quarter Results

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bankers Petroleum Announces 2011 Third Quarter Results00:37 EST Saturday, November 12, 2011 Record Financial and Operational Quarter  CALGARY, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Bankers Petroleum Ltd. ("Bankers" or the "Company") (TSX: BNK) (AIM: BNK) is pleased to provide its 2011 third 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$000, except as noted)(1) Three months ended September 30   Nine months ended September 30   2011   2010   Change   2011   2010   Change  Oil revenue 93,650   42,135   122%   251,570   119,431   111% Net operating income 44,898   19,646   129%   131,976   55,638   137% Net income 13,696   2,958   363%   35,715   5,895   506%   Per share - basic ($) 0.055   0.012   358%   0.145   0.025   480%     - diluted ($) 0.054   0.012   350%   0.140   0.024   483% Funds generated from operations 42,601   16,308   161%   115,773   48,063   141%   Per share - basic ($) 0.172   0.067   157%   0.469   0.205   129% Capital expenditures 65,147   27,456   137%   186,465   82,350   126% Average production (bopd) 13,667   9,826   39%   12,578   9,318   35% Average price ($/barrel) 74.48   46.61   60%   73.26   46.95   56%   Royalties 14.68   9.16   60%   13.18   9.37   41%   Operating expenses 13.78   10.40   33%   12.69   10.31   23%   Sales and transportation 10.31   5.31   94%   8.96   5.40   66% Netback ($/barrel) 35.71   21.74   64%   38.43   21.87   76%                 September 30 2011 September 30 2010 Change   December 31 2010 Change Cash and deposits 53,243 134,362 (60%)   108,119 (51%) Working capital 73,491 138,785 (47%)   130,920 (44%) Total assets 612,348 442,345 38%   465,598 32% Long-term bank loans 31,407 19,248 63%   21,815 44% Shareholders' equity 405,955 332,854 22%   346,267 17%     (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 September 30, 2011 are: Production averaged 13,667 bopd, an increase of 39% compared to the same period in 2010.  Current production is 14,750 bopd. In the third quarter of 2011, revenue increased by 10% to $93.7 million ($74.48/bbl) from $85.2 million ($77.03/bbl) in the previous quarter and by 122% from $42.1 million ($46.61/bbl) in the third quarter of 2010. Net operating income (netback) was $44.9 million ($35.71/bbl) in the third quarter of 2011, compared to $47.2 million ($42.72/bbl) during the second quarter of 2011 and $19.6 million ($21.74/bbl) in the third quarter of 2010. Funds generated from operations were $42.6 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $42.9 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $16.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. During the third quarter of 2011, capital expenditures were $65.1 million. The Company drilled sixteen (16) horizontal wells, a vertical cored delineation well, two (2) thermal horizontal wells, and two (2) water disposal wells, as well as reactivated 19 wells in addition to other related infrastructure/expansion projects.  During the same period of 2010, capital expenditures were $27.5 million. New export market agreements for 2012 have been agreed at higher average price levels than the current year crude oil contracts. ARMO, the Albanian refinery, also agreed to purchase Patos-Marinza crude in 2012 for a significant realized average price increase from the current year contract.  The 2012 pricing agreements represent an average 7% increase over the 2011 Patos-Marinza oil price. The Company continues to maintain a strong financial position with cash of $53.2 million and working capital of $73.5 million at September 30, 2011.  Working capital for December 31, 2010 and September 30, 2010 was $130.9 million and $138.8 million, respectively. Operational Update Current production at the Patos-Marinza oilfield is 14,750 bopd. This volume represents an 8% increase from third quarter production average.  Four (4) of the ten (10) wells drilled and completed in the first five weeks of the fourth quarter targeted reserves and delineation drilling outside the main field. The Driza 1 formation outpost drilling to the west of the main field continues to demonstrate excellent cold flow production in this area of the concession with the last two wells producing at a current average rate of 160 bopd. In addition, the first Gorani 4 horizontal well has been drilled and is currently producing at a rate of 230 bopd. This well is located in the southern portion of Area 1 and extends into Area 2, a part of the field that to date had limited reactivation operations. A second Gorani 4 horizontal well is currently drilling further south in Area 2. Several more wells are scheduled to be drilled in this area. Two of the existing drilling rigs recently encountered mechanical issues and have been since been repaired and put back into service after eighteen days of combined down-time, The fifth drilling rig has arrived at the Patos-Marinza field and is currently rigging up and will spud its first well in the next few days. The first Block F exploration well is now scheduled to spud in January 2012 as soon as we can free one of the current rigs focused on incremental production and reserves assessment drilling and move it to the Block F exploration area. Surface facilities construction has been completed for the thermal pilot program at the Patos-Marinza oilfield. Steam injection into the first horizontal well is projected to commence later this month in the Driza 1 sandstone. The reservoir simulation model is being updated with new core data information. The steam cycle is planned for a period of 60 days following which the well will undergo a soak period for several days before being placed on production and at that time steam injection in the second horizontal well will begin. Outlook Current year-end capital expenditures estimate remains at $215 million, net of capital inventory. The Company plans to drill an additional 18 wells before the end of this 2011, including 17 horizontal and one water disposal well. Exit production target is 16,000 bopd; while this rate represents the low case projection, it is a 33% increase from the 2010 exit rate. The Company expects to release its 2011 reserves updates in February 2012. The 2012 work program and budget is being finalized and its details will be announced in December after receiving necessary board of directors and government approvals. Bankers' continues to hold a strong financial position of $53 million in cash and minimal long-term debt of $31 million with $80 million remaining available within current credit facilities. With Patos-Marinza crude sales agreements being based on Brent crude oil pricing, the Company anticipates a strong cash flow projection for next year and will be able to deliver its most active capital program in 2012. For additional information, please see an updated version of the Company's corporate presentation on www.bankerspetroleum.com.   BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD.   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME   (Unaudited, expressed in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)       Three months ended September 30   Nine months ended September 30       2011   2010   2011   2010                     Revenues     $ 93,650   $ 42,135   $ 251,570   $ 119,431 Royalties     (18,457)   (8,284)   (45,274)   (23,841)       75,193   33,851   206,296   95,590 Unrealized gain on financial commodity contracts     4,998   -   2,982   -       80,191   33,851   209,278   95,590                     Operating expenses     17,328   9,401   43,562   26,218 Sales and transportation expenses     12,967   4,804   30,758   13,734 General and administrative expenses     3,536   2,462   9,974   7,245 Depletion and depreciation     9,591   5,415   26,983   14,968 Share-based payments     2,515   1,247   9,487   6,402       45,937   23,329   120,764   68,567       34,254   10,522   88,514   27,023                     Finance income     1,513   268   501   543 Finance expense     (1,659)   (2,349)   (4,551)   (4,240)       (146)   (2,081)   (4,050)   (3,697)                     Income before income tax     34,108   8,441   84,464   23,326 Deferred income tax expense     (20,412)   (5,483)   (48,749)   (17,431) Net income for the period     13,696   2,958   35,715   5,895                     Other comprehensive income (loss)                     Currency translation adjustment     (2,626)   1,752   (373)   2,055 Comprehensive income for the period   $ 11,070 $ 4,710 $ 35,342 $ 7,950                     Basic earnings per share   $ 0.055 $ 0.012 $ 0.145 $ 0.025 Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.054 $ 0.012 $ 0.140 $ 0.024   BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (Unaudited, expressed in thousands of US dollars)   ASSETS             September 30 2011   December 31 2010 Current assets                   Cash and cash equivalents          $ 46,743   $ 106,619   Restricted cash           6,500   1,500   Accounts receivable           55,355   29,233   Inventory           16,279   4,199   Deposits and prepaid expenses           11,909   16,624             136,786   158,175 Non-current assets                   Deferred financing costs           -   13,980   Financial commodity contracts           9,570   -   Property, plant and equipment           465,992   293,443           $ 612,348 $ 465,598 LIABILITIES Current liabilities                   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities         $ 54,354   $  23,241   Current portion of long-term debt           8,941   4,014             63,295   27,255 Non-current liabilities                   Long-term debt           20,187   21,815   Decommissioning obligation           10,523   6,622   Deferred tax liabilities           112,388   63,639             206,393   119,331 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Share capital           317,515   309,379 Warrants           1,597   1,597 Contributed surplus           44,345   28,135 Accumulated other comprehensive income           5,721   6,094 Retained earnings           36,777   1,062             405,955   346,267           $ 612,348 $ 465,598   BANKERS PETROLEUM LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited, expressed in thousands of US dollars)     Three months ended September 30   Nine months ended September 30     2011   2010   2011   2010 Cash provided by (used in):                 Operating activities                   Net income for the period $ 13,696 $ 2,958 $ 35,715 $ 5,895   Depletion and depreciation   9,591   5,415   26,983   14,968   Finance expense   1,659   2,349   4,551   4,240   Interest paid   (197)   (364)   (1,349)   (1,466)   Foreign exchange (gain) loss   (77)   (780)   1,207   593   Deferred income tax expense   20,412   5,483   48,749   17,431   Share-based payments   2,515   1,247   9,487   6,402   Unrealized gain on financial commodity contracts   (4,998)   -   (2,982)   -   Cash premiums paid for financial commodity contracts   -   -   (6,588)   -     42,601   16,308   115,773   48,063   Change in non-cash working capital   (15,854)   (2,264)   (18,517)   (4,589)     26,747   14,044   97,256   43,474 Investing activities                   Additions to property, plant and equipment   (65,147)   (27,456)   (186,465)   (82,350)   Restricted cash   -   -   (5,000)   -   Change in non-cash working capital   5,095   (435)   15,637   6,680     (60,052)   (27,891)   (175,828)   (75,670) Financing activities                   Issue of shares for cash   54   97,145   5,347   102,947   Financing costs   -   (21)   (30)   (193)   Increase (decrease) in long-term debt   6,579   (3,443)   14,519   (4,198)   Share issue costs   (167)   (4,149)   (167)   (4,307)   Note receivable   -   -   -   2,749   Short-term deposits   -   (5,000)   -   2,275   Change in non-cash working capital   -   3   -   146     6,466   84,535   19,669   99,419 Foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash and cash equivalents   (1,347)   1,256   (973)   1,144 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (28,186)   71,944   (59,876)   68,367 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   74,929   55,918   106,619   59,495 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 46,743 $ 127,862 $ 46,743 $ 127,862 Caution 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. SOURCE Bankers Petroleum Ltd.For further information: <table border="0"> <tr> <td align="left"> Abby Badwi   </td> <td align="right">   </td> <td align="left"> President and Chief Executive Officer     </td> <td align="right">   </td> <td align="right"> (403) 513-2694 </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left"> Doug Urch   </td> <td align="right">   </td> <td align="right"> Executive VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer   </td> <td align="right">   </td> <td align="right"> (403) 513-2691 </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left"> Mark Hodgson   </td> <td align="right">   </td> <td align="left"> VP, Business Development      </td> <td align="right">   </td> <td align="right"> (403) 513-2695 </td> </tr> </table> <p> Email: <a href="mailto:investorrelations@bankerspetroleum.com">investorrelations@bankerspetroleum.com</a><br/> Website: <a href="http://www.bankerspetroleum.com">www.bankerspetroleum.com</a> </p> <p> <i><b>AIM NOMAD: </b></i><br/> Canaccord Genuity Limited<br/> Ryan Gaffney/ Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor<br/> +44 20 7050 6500 </p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td> <i><b>AIM JOINT BROKERS:</b></i> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left"> Canaccord Genuity Limited<br/> Ryan Gaffney/ Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor<br/> +44 20 7050 6500        </td> <td align="right"> <br/> <br/> </td> <td align="left"> Macquarie Capital Advisors<br/> Ben Colegrave/Paul Connolly<br/> +44 20 3037 5639 </td> </tr> </table>