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Cequence Energy Ltd. Announces Over 36 % Growth in Reserves and Reserve Value and Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Results

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Cequence Energy Ltd. Announces Over 36 % Growth in Reserves and Reserve Value and Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Results23:19 EST Thursday, March 08, 2012CALGARY, March 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Cequence Energy Ltd. ("Cequence" or the "Company") (TSX: "CQE") is pleased to announce its 2011 year end reserves and its operating and financial results for the three months and the year ended December 31, 2011.Reserves HighlightsIncreased proved plus probable reserves by 38 percent from the prior year to 67.4 MMBOE, comprised of 350.7 MMcf of natural gas and 9.0 MMBOE of oil and NGLs;Increased the net present value of the future net revenue from the Company's proved plus probable reserves by 36 percent from the prior year to $715.8 million (using a discount rate of 10%);Increased proved reserves by 28 percent from the prior year to 35.1 MMBOE, comprised of 182.6 MMcf of natural gas and 4.7 MMBOE of oil and NGLs ;Increased proved developed producing reserves by 13 percent from the prior year to 14.7 MMBOE and increased the net present value of the future net revenue from proved developed producing reserves by 12 percent from the prior year to $202.9 million (using a discount rate of 10%);Achieved a net asset value at December 31, 2011 of $715.2 million or $4.42 per share, based on the net present value of the future net revenue from the Company's proved plus probable reserves;Realized a net asset value of $450.3 million or $2.78 per share, based on the net present value of the future net revenue from the Company's proved plus probable reserves with benchmark future pricing used in the Company's reserve report at December 31, 2011 adjusted to March 5, 2012 escalated strip prices;Achieved finding, development and acquisition costs including changes to future development capital of $13.42 per boe on a proved plus probable basis and $19.26 per boe on a proved basis;Total proved plus probable reserves at Simonette increased by 99 percent to 252.6 MMcf of natural gas and 7.1 MMBOE of oil and NGLs from 132.1 MMcf of natural gas and 2.7 MMBOE of oil and NGLs in 2010, representing 73 percent of the Company's total proved plus probable reserves at December 31, 2011;The 2011 independent reserves evaluation includes 38 net future horizontal drilling locations inthe Montney at Simonette;Replaced 665 percent of 2011 annual production on a proved plus probable basis and 336 percent on a proved basis, including revisions; andBased on 2011 annual production of 9,010 boepd, Cequence has a reserve life index of 10.7 years on a proved basis and 20.5 years on a proved plus probable basis.Fourth Quarter Financial HighlightsIncreased average production to 8,879 boepd for the quarter (47.2 MMcf/d of natural gas plus 1,012 bbls/d of oil and NGL's), a 19 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2010;Increased funds flow from operations by 31 percent to $10.0 million or $0.06 per share from $7.6 million or $0.06 per share in the fourth quarter of 2010;Reduced operating costs per boe to $8.60, an improvement of 16 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010;Reduced general and administrative expenses by 37 percent to $2.04 per boe from $3.23 per boe in the fourth quarter of 2010; andIncreased netbacks before hedging by 1 percent to $13.98 per boe from $13.86 per boe in the fourth quarter of 2010, as the 6 percent decline in realized sales price before hedging was more than offset by the cost reductions discussed above.FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTSFinancial Highlights(000's except per shareamounts)Three months endedDecember 31Year Ended December 31  2011 2010 %Change 2011 2010 %ChangeFinancial ($)            Production revenue (1)$23,527$22,352 5$101,996$54,570 87Comprehensive loss (2) (15,598) (23,206) (33) (20,158) (52,349) (61)Per share, basic and diluted (0.10) (0.18) (44) (0.14) (0.75) (81)Funds flow from operations (2) (3) 10,002 7,629 31 42,262 15,997 164Per share, basic and diluted 0.06 0.06 - 0.29 0.23 26Production volumes             Natural gas (Mcf/d) 47,203 8,702 22 47,825 22,956 108Crude oil (bbls/d) 503 478 5 575 333 73Natural gas liquids (bbls/d) 509 557 (9) 464 292 59Total (boe/d) 8,879 7,485 19 9,010 4,451 102Sales prices            Natural gas, including realized hedges ($/Mcf)$ 3.59$4.40 (18)$4.03$ 4.63 (13)Crude oil ($/bbl) 97.15 77.24 26 92.60 74.12 25Natural gas liquids ($/bbl) 73.19 64.13 14 71.99 63.88 13Total ($/boe)$28.80$ 32.46 (11)$31.02$ 33.59 (8)Operating Netbacks ($/boe)            Price$28.80$ 32.46 (11)$31.02$ 33.59 (8)Royalties (3.75) (3.80) (1) (4.18) (3.55) 18Transportation (1.93) (2.25) (14) (2.18) (2.68) (19)Operating costs (8.60) (10.20) (16) (9.02) (10.90) (17)Operating netback$14.52$ 16.21 (10)$15.64$16.46 (5)Capital expenditures$56,335$24,392 131$149,601 64,120 133Corporate acquisitions (2) - - - - 155,602 (100)Property acquisitions (net) (2) - (4,707) (100) (23,023) 43,157 N/ATotal capital expenditures$56,335$19,685 186$126,578$262,879 (52)Net debt and working capital (deficiency) (4) (51,442) (72,739) (29) (51,442) (72,739) (29)Weighted average shares outstanding    (basic and diluted) 161,818 127,258 27 147,558 69,713 112Undeveloped land (net acres) 254,400 293,800  (13) 254,400 293,800 (13)(1)Production revenue is presented gross of royalties and includes realized gain on commodity contracts.(2)2010 figures have been restated from previously reported amounts resulting from the application of IFRS. See 'Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards' in the MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2011.(3)Funds flow from operations is calculated as cash flow from operating activities before adjustments for decommissioning liability expenditures, proceeds from the sale of commodity contracts and net changes in non-cash working capital.(4)Net debt and working capital (deficiency) is calculated as cash and net working capital less commodity contract asset and demand credit facilities and excluding other liabilities.Fourth Quarter Financial HighlightsFor the quarter ended December 31, 2011, Cequence reported funds flow from operations of $10.0 million compared to $7.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in funds flow from operations is a result of increased production volumes and lower operating, transportation and general and administrative costs from the corresponding period in 2010. Sales prices including hedging decreased 11 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 due to lower natural gas prices and lower hedging revenues. Cequence recorded a comprehensive loss of $15.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to a comprehensive loss of $23.2 million in the same period in 2010 primarily due to lower depletion and impairment charges in the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared to 2010. Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter of 2011 totalled $56.3 million and were focused on drilling, completion and facilities expenditures at Simonette.Year End Financial HighlightsFor the year ended December 31, 2011, Cequence recorded significant increases in revenue, funds flow from operations and capital expenditures from the prior year. During 2010, Cequence completed a series of acquisitions and dispositions for total deemed consideration of $198.8 million that significantly increased the size of the Company. The majority of these acquisitions occurred late in 2010, and thus resulted in the increases described above in 2011 as compared to 2010.For the year ended December 31, 2011 Cequence reported a comprehensive loss of $20.2 million compared to a comprehensive loss of $52.3 million in 2010 primarily due to lower depletion and impairment charges in 2011 as compared to 2010. Funds flow from operations for the year ended December 31, 2011 increased to $42.3 million from $16.0 million in the prior year due to higher production volumes and lower operating, general and administrative and transportation costs, on a per boe basis.The Company exited 2011 with net debt of $51.4 million on bank lines totalling $110 million.Cequence provided 2012 capital budget guidance on February 14, 2012.The Company's financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the periods ended December 31, 2011 and the annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2011, which includes information concerning the reserves and other oil and gas information in the form required by National Instrument 51-101 ("NI 51-101"), are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Operating Highlights and Recent DevelopmentsFurther rationalized the Company's asset base with the disposition of non-core assets for proceeds of $45.2 million in 2011, allowing Cequence to focus on its core asset base at Simonette;Drilled and completed a total of 6 gross (4.5net) horizontal wells in the Montney gas/condensate fairway at Simonette in 2011 and during the first quarter of 2012. 3 wells are currently on production at an average 30-day IP rate of 4.6 MMcf/d and 3 wells have tested, based on a minimum 4 day test period, at an average rate of 7.7MMcf/d (as compared to the Company's model IP rate of 4.5 MMcf/d). An additional 2 gross (1.5 net) Montney horizontal wells are scheduled for completion prior to spring break-up;De-risked approximately 36 net sections of land at Simonette for Montney liquids-rich gas development, with an additional 34 net sections at Simonette considered highly prospective for the Montney;Completed and expanded a gas compression and dehydration facility and gathering system at Simonette in 2011, allowing for an additional 35 MMcf/d of processing capacity and resulting in total capacity of 57 MMcf/d of raw gas at Simonette; andScheduled to complete infrastructure spending related to the previously announced Aux Sable project in the first quarter of 2012, which will expand the Company's gathering system at Simonette and is expected to reduce operating costs at Simonette to approximately $4 per boe or $0.67 per mcfe. This system will provide Cequence with access to up to 120 MMcf/d of capacity through the Alliance pipeline.Recent TransactionsOn March 1, 2012, the Company closed the previously announced sale of non-producing properties in Northwest Alberta for proceeds of $13.2 million, subject to adjustments.On March 2, 2012, the Company announced that it had amended the terms of the 2012 Warrants (see the 2011 Annual Financial Statements). Following the amendment, the 2012 Warrants were issuable at $1.80 per share, based on the 10 day volume weighted average trading price of the Company's shares on the TSX for the period February 6, 2012 to February 17, 2012 and were to expire March 21, 2012. On March 8, 2012, the Company and the holder of the 2012 Warrants irrevocably agreed to cancel the 2012 Warrants at no cost to the Company and no redress to the holder of the 2012 Warrants.OutlookThe balance of Cequence's 2012 budgeted capital spending will target the Company's highest liquids-weighted prospects. The Company considers approximately 65 percent of its remaining 2012 budget to be discretionary. The majority of the 2012 budget is directed towards drilling in the Montney at Simonette, which has anticipated liquids yields ranging from 25 to 60 bbls/MMcf. The Company also plans to target the Dunvegan at Simonette, which has anticipated liquids yields of up to 75 bbls/MMcf and to test a new zone in the Falher at Simonette. The Company closely monitors fluctuations in natural gas prices and will adjust the 2012 budget if facts and circumstances require, in order to maintain the strength of the Company's balance sheet.ReservesIn accordance with NI 51‐101, GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") prepared a reserve report, effective as at December 31, 2011 for the oil, natural gas liquids ("NGL") and natural gas reserves attributable to the properties of Cequence (the "GLJ Report").The tables below are a summary of the oil, NGL and natural gas reserves attributable to the properties of Cequence and the net present value of future net revenue attributable to such reserves as evaluated in the GLJ Report based on forecast price and cost assumptions. It should not be assumed that the estimates of future net revenues presented in the tables below represent the fair market value of the reserves. There is no assurance that the forecast prices and cost assumptions will be attained and variances could be material. The recovery and reserves estimates of Cequence's crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas reserves provided herein are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. Actual crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids reserves may be greater than or less than the estimates provided herein.Summary of Oil and Gas Reserves  Light and MediumCrude Oil NGL Natural Gas   Total Oil Equivalent  Gross Net Gross Net Gross Net Gross NetReserves Category  (Mbbl) (Mbbl) (Mbbl) (Mbbl) (MMcf) (MMcf) (MBOE) (MBOE)Proved                 Developed Producing 791 623 923 727 77,765 69,021 14,675 12,854 Developed Non-Producing 152 121 121 102 8,617 7,946 1,709 1,548 Undeveloped  1,567 1,159 1,096 1,008 96,185 85,767 18,694 16,461Total Proved 2,510 1,903 2,140 1,837 182,568 162,734 35,077 30,862Probable 2,302 1,606 2,034 1,760 168,178 148,137 32,366 28,056Total Proved plus Probable 4,811 3,509 4,174 3,597 350,745 310,872 67,443 58,918Notes:    (1)Columns may not add during rounding. (2)"Gross" reserves means the Company's working interest (operated and non‐operated) share before deduction of royalties payable to others and without including any royalty interests of the Company. (3)"Net" reserves means the Company's working interest (operated and non‐operated) share after deduction of royalty obligations plus the Company's royalty interests in reserves.Summary of Net Present Value of Future Net RevenueReserves Category Before Future Income Tax Expenses Discounted at (%/year) 0 5 10 15 20 (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$)Proved           Developed Producing 304,347 243,162 202,850 174,549 153,683 Developed Non-Producing 34,342 26,367 21,513 18,175 15,710 Undeveloped  381,239 244,937 165,083 114,349 80,103Total Proved 719,928 514,466 389,446 307,074 249,495Probable 866,274 499,645 326,304 230,130 170,500Total Proved plus Probable 1,586,203 1,014,111 715,750 537,204 419,995Reserves Category After Future Income Tax Expenses Discounted at (%/year) 0 5 10 15 20 (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$)Proved           Developed Producing 304,347 243,162 202,850 174,549 153,683 Developed Non-Producing 34,342 26,367 21,513 18,175 15,710 Undeveloped  346,603 227,583 155,851 109,186 77,091Total Proved 685,293 497,112 380,214 301,911 246,483Probable 650,902 375,922 246,381 174,563 129,959Total Proved plus Probable 1,336,194 873,034 626,595 476,474 376,443Notes:  (1)Columns may not add due to rounding. (2)It should not be assumed that the undiscounted and discounted future net revenues estimated by GLJ represent the fair market value of the reserves.GLJ employed the following pricing, exchange rate and inflation rate assumptions as of January 1, 2012 in the GLJ Report in estimating Cequence's reserves data using forecast prices and costs:Year Natural Gas Light Crude Oil Pentanes Plus Inflation Rates Exchange Rate Henry Hub AECO GasPrice WTI Edmonton Edmonton ($US/MMBtu) ($Cdn/MMBtu) ($US/bbl) ($Cdn/bbl) ($Cdn/bbl) %/year ($US/$Cdn)Forecast              2012 3.80 3.49 97.00 97.96 107.76 2.0 0.9802013 4.50 4.13 100.00 101.02 108.09 2.0 0.9802014 5.00 4.59 100.00 101.02 105.06 2.0 0.9802015 5.50 5.05 100.00 101.02 105.06 2.0 0.9802016 6.00 5.51 100.00 101.02 105.06 2.0 0.9802017 6.50 5.97 100.00 101.02 105.06 2.0 0.9802018 6.76 6.21 101.35 102.40 106.49 2.0 0.9802019 6.89 6.33 103.38 104.47 108.65 2.0 0.9802020 7.03 6.46 105.45 106.58 110.84 2.0 0.9802021 7.17 6.58 107.56 108.73 113.08 2.0 0.980Thereafter escalation rate of 2%Finding, development and acquisition costs ("FD&A") and finding and development costs ("F&D") both including and excluding future development capital ("FDC") have been calculated in accordance with NI 51-101. Cequence's finding, development and acquisition costs are as follows:     Proved Proved PlusProbableFD&A Including Change in FDC     2011 FD&A Costs ($000s) 117,868 117,868 2011 Change in FDC ($000s) 94,689 175,653 2011 Capital Expenditures including change in FDC ($000s) 212,557 293,521 2011 Reserve Additions (MBOE) 11,035 21,870 2011 FD&A Including Change in FDC ($/BOE) 19.26 13.42 3 year average FD&A Including Change in FDC ($/BOE) 18.67 13.01F&D Including Change in FDC     2011 F&D Costs ($000s) 149,601 149,601 2011 Change in FDC ($000s) 105,810 200,032 2011 Capital Expenditures including change in FDC ($000s) 255,411 349,633 2011 Reserve Additions (MBOE) 12,091 25,106 2011 F&D Including Change in FDC ($/BOE) 21.12 13.93 3 year average F&D Including Change in FDC ($/BOE) 26.98 17.40     FDC - December 31, 2011 ($000s) 236,399 426,484FDC - December 31, 2010 ($000s) 141,710 250,8312011 Change in FDC ($000s) 94,689 175,653FDC Related to 2011 Net Acquisitions (Dispositions) ($000s) (11,121) (24,379)2011 Change in FDC Excluding FDC on Net Acquisitions (Dispositions) ($000s) 105,810 200,032Notes:  (1)FD&A including change in FDC in respect of 2010 proved, 2010 proved plus probable, 2009 proved and 2009 proved plus probable reserves is included in the Company's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2010 dated March 10, 2011 (the "2010 AIF") which is available at www.sedar.com. (2)F&D including change in FDC in respect of 2010 proved, 2010 proved plus probable, 2009 proved and 2009 proved plus probable reserves is included in the 2010 AIF. (3)The aggregate of the exploration and development costs incurred in the most recent financial year and the change during that year in estimated future development costs generally will not reflect total finding and development costs related to reserve additions for that year. (4) In addition to F&D costs, Cequence also calculates FD&A costs which incorporate both the costs and associated reserve additions related to acquisitions net of any dispositions during the year. Since acquisitions can have a significant impact on Cequence's annual reserve replacement costs, the Company believes that FD&A costs provide a more meaningful portrayal of Cequence's cost structure.Substantially all of the Company's drilling expenditures during the year were on assets located in the Simonette area. The GLJ Report classifies all reserve changes due to discoveries, extensions, improved recoveries, technical revisions, acquisitions and economic factors on properties acquired or disposed of during the 2010 year as "Acquisitions" or "Dispositions". This definition includes the results of drilling operations before or after an acquisition or disposition is closed. The result is the F&D calculation for the 2010 fiscal year included in the 3 year average figure in the table above is based on the information contained in the GLJ reserve reconciliation.About CequenceCequence is a publicly traded Canadian energy company involved in the acquisition, exploitation, exploration, development and production of natural gas and crude oil in western Canada. Further information about Cequence may be found in its continuous disclosure documents filed with Canadian securities regulators at www.sedar.com.Forward looking Statements or InformationCertain statements included in this press release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements or information are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes, such as making investment decisions. Forward-looking statements or information typically contain statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose", "project" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking statements or information in this press release may include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to its guidance and forecasts: business strategy and objectives; development, exploration, acquisition and disposition plans and the timing thereof; reserve quantities and the discounted present value of future net cash flows from such reserves; future production levels. Forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of factors and assumptions which have been used to develop such statements and information but which may prove to be incorrect. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, however, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified in this press release, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: the impact of increasing competition; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the ability of the Company to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; the ability of the operator of the projects which the Company has an interest in to operate the field in a safe, efficient and effective manner; the ability of the Company to obtain financing on acceptable terms; field production rates and decline rates; the ability to replace and expand oil and natural gas reserves through acquisition, development of exploration; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of the Company to secure adequate product transportation; future oil and natural gas prices; currency, exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and environmental matters; and the ability of the Company to successfully market its oil and natural gas products. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which have been used.Forward-looking statements or information are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company and described in the forward-looking statements or information. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements or information. The material risk factors affecting the Company and its business are contained in the Company's Annual Information Form which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.The forward-looking statements or information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities laws. The forward looking statements or information contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.Additional Advisories The press release contains references to terms commonly used in the oil and gas industry.  Netback is not defined by IFRS in Canada and is referred to as a non-GAAP measure.  Netbacks equal total revenue less royalties, operating costs and transportation costs.  Management utilizes this measure to analyze operating performance.  Funds flow from operations is a non-GAAP term that represents cash flow from operating activities before adjustments for decommissioning liability expenditures, proceeds from the sale of commodity contracts and changes in non-cash working capital. The Company evaluates its performance based on earnings and funds flow from operations. The Company considers funds flow from operations to be a key measure as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate the cash flow necessary to fund future growth through capital investment and to repay debt. The Company's calculation of funds flow from operations may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Funds flow from operations per share is calculated using the same weighted average number of shares outstanding used in the calculation of income (loss) per share.Non-GAAP measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.BOEs are presented on the basis of one BOE for six Mcf of natural gas. Disclosure provided herein in respect of BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1 Bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.For fiscal 2011, the ratio between the average price of West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") crude oil at Cushing and NYMEX natural gas was approximately 24:1 ("Value Ratio").  The Value Ratio is obtained using the 2011 WTI average price of $95.11 (US$/Bbl) for crude oil and the 2011 NYMEX average price of $4.03 (US$/MMbtu) for natural gas.  This Value Ratio is significantly different from the energy equivalency ratio of 6:1 and using a 6:1 ratio would be misleading as an indication of value.The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release.  For further information: Paul Wanklyn, Chief Executive Officer, (403) 218-8850, pwanklyn@cequence-energy.com David Gillis, Chief Financial Officer, (403) 806-4041, dgillis@cequence-energy.com