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Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. announces 2012 year-end reserves, strong finding, development and acquisition costs and provides operational update

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. announces 2012 year-end reserves, strong finding, development and acquisition costs and provides operational update19:58 EST Tuesday, February 12, 2013CALGARY, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. ("Legacy" or the "Company") (TSX: LEG) is pleased to announce its 2012 year-end reserves and provide an operational update.The financial and operational information contained below is based on the Company's unaudited expected results for the year ended December 31, 2012.HIGHLIGHTS2012 total proved plus probable finding, development and acquisitions costs (including changes in future development costs) were $22.72 per BoeGenerated a recycle ratio of 2.0 times based on estimated 2012 average netbacks of $44.41 per BoeTotal proved plus probable reserves grew to 94.2 MMBoe (84 percent oil and NGL's) at year end 2012 from 88.0 MMBoe (84 percent oil and NGL's) at year end 2011, net of 2012 production of 6.0 MMBoeTotal proved reserves grew to 55.4 MMBoe at year end 2012 from 52.4 MMBoe at year end 20112012 production averaged 16,301 Boe per day, an increase of 29 percent over 2011 average production of 12,650 Boe per dayProduction reached Legacy's forecast 2012 exit rate of 17,900 Boe per day in November of 2012Total capital expenditures on organic opportunities for 2012 were $307.7 million (not including capitalized G&A, corporate fixed assets or net acquisitions and divestitures) compared to guidance of $305 millionProved developed producing reserves comprise 73 percent of the total proved reservesTotal proved reserves comprise 59 percent of the total plus probable reservesReplaced 205 percent of production on a total proved plus probable basisTotal proved plus probable reserve life index equates to an industry-leading 14.8 years based on fourth quarter 2012 average productionLegacy reiterates its 2013 guidance of average production of 17,900 Boe per day with associated capital expenditures of $290 millionRESERVESIn this press release, all references to reserves are to gross company reserves, meaning Legacy's working interest reserves before calculations of royalties and before consideration of Legacy's royalty interests.  The reserves were evaluated by Sproule Associates Limited ("Sproule") in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101") effective December 31, 2012.  Legacy's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2012 (the "AIF") will contain Legacy's reserves data and other oil and natural gas information as mandated by NI 51-101.  Legacy is required to file the AIF on SEDAR on or before March 31, 2013.The following tables are a summary of Legacy's petroleum and natural gas reserves as evaluated by Sproule effective December 31, 2012 using forecast prices and costs.  It is important to note that the recovery and reserves estimates provided herein are estimates only.  Actual reserves may be greater or less than the estimates provided herein.  Reserves information may not add due to rounding.Reserves Summary      Light and    Total Oil Medium Oil Natural Gas NGL's Equivalent (MBbl) (MMcf) (MBbl) (MBoe)Proved Producing 28,631.1 42,067 4,988.3 40,630.7Proved Developed Non-Producing 419.4 123 22.6 462.5Proved Undeveloped 9,628.3 17,974 1,689.9 14,313.9Total Proved 38,678.8 60,165 6,700.8 55,407.1Probable 30,638.8 27,736 3,489.6 38,751.1Total Proved plus Probable 69,317.7 87,901 10,190.4 94,158.2     Net Present Value of Future Net Revenue Before Future Income Tax Expenses and Discounted at 0% 5% 10% 15% 20%     (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$)Proved          Developed Producing1,519,576 1,122,365 904,552 768,019 673,852 Developed Non-Producing18,109 15,040 12,916 11,367 10,190 Undeveloped453,412 271,841 176,793 118,685 79,856Total Proved1,991,097 1,409,246 1,094,261 898,071 763,899Probable1,730,122 933,866 597,553 419,216 310,921Total Proved plus Probable3,721,219 2,343,112 1,691,813 1,317,287 1,074,820           After Future Income Tax Expenses and Discounted at 0% 5% 10% 15% 20%     (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$)Proved          Developed Producing1,422,495 1,078,839 882,321 755,631 666,508 Developed Non-Producing13,412 11,933 10,810 9,910 9,163 Undeveloped340,732 202,778 130,193 85,490 55,359Total Proved1,776,639 1,293,550 1,023,324 851,031 731,030Probable1,288,114 688,713 436,467 303,153 222,531Total Proved plus Probable3,064,753 1,982,262 1,459,791 1,154,184 953,560          Pricing Assumptions - Forecast Prices and CostsSproule employed the following pricing, exchange rate and inflation rate assumptions as of December 31, 2012 in estimating reserves data using forecast prices and costs. The weighted average historical prices received by Legacy for 2012 are also reflected in the table below.    YearWTICushingOklahoma40° API(US$/Bbl)EdmontonPar Price40° API($/Bbl)CromerMedium29.3º API($/Bbl)AECO - C Spot($/MMBtu)PentanesPlus($/Bbl)ExchangeRate($US/$Cdn)2012(Actual)94.1986.5380.952.43100.761.001201389.6384.5577.793.3190.531.001201489.9389.8482.663.7296.191.001201588.2988.2181.153.9194.441.001201695.5295.4388.754.70102.181.001201796.9696.8790.095.32103.711.001201898.4198.3291.445.40105.271.001201999.8999.7992.815.49106.851.0012020101.38101.2994.205.58108.451.0012021102.91102.8195.615.67110.081.0012022104.45104.3597.055.76111.731.0012023106.02105.9298.505.85113.401.001Thereafter Escalation rate of 1.5%Reconciliation of Changes in Reserves The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Legacy's gross reserves as at December 31, 2012 to the gross reserves as at December 31, 2011.  Light and Medium Crude OilNatural Gas LiquidsNatural GasTotal Oil EquivalentProved(MBbls)(MBbls)(MMcf)(MBoe) Balance at December 31, 201135,960.46,368.660,45252,404.1 Extensions and Improved Recovery2,861.745.6561.03,000.8 Technical Revisions3,249.8752.83,7124,621.3 Infill Drilling1,363.846.53981,476.6 Discoveries---- Acquisitions250.115.5123286.1 Dispositions(108.3)-(51)(116.8) Economic Factors(290.3)(29.1)(460)(396.1) Production(4,608.4)(499.1)(4,570)(5,869.2) Balance at December 31, 201238,678.86,700.860,16555,407.1        Light and Medium Crude OilNatural Gas LiquidsNatural GasTotal Oil EquivalentProbable(MBbls)(MBbls)(MMcf)(MBoe) Balance at December 31, 201128,468.12,940.625,07635,588.2 Extensions and Improved Recovery3,740.8172.41,7924,211.9 Technical Revisions(2,919.2)335.6525(2,496.1) Infill Drilling1,384.732.12321,455.5 Discoveries---- Acquisitions92.88.972113.7 Dispositions(132.2)-(30)(137.2) Economic Factors3.9-6915.4 Production---- Balance at December 31, 201230,638.83,489.627,73638,751.1        Light and Medium Crude OilNatural Gas LiquidsNatural GasTotal Oil EquivalentProved + Probable(MBbls)(MBbls)(MMcf)(MBOoe) Balance at December 31, 201164,428.59,309.285,52887,992.4 Extensions and Improved Recovery6,602.5218.02,3537,212.7 Technical Revisions330.61,088.44,2372,125.2 Infill Drilling2,748.578.66302,932.1 Discoveries---- Acquisitions342.924.4195399.8 Dispositions(240.5)-(81)(254.0) Economic Factors(286.4)(29.1)(391)(380.7) Production(4,608.4)(499.1)(4,570)(5,869.2) Balance at December 31, 201269,317.710,190.487,90194,158.2      Future Development CostsThe table below sets out the total future development costs ("FDC") deducted in the estimation by Sproule of the future net revenue attributable to proved reserves and proved plus probable reserves.  Proved Reserves Proved PlusProbable Reserves     (M$) (M$)2013 128,909 215,3622014 88,890 198,5692015 27,660 93,4132016 9,061 67,0602017 7,972 23,916Remaining Years 2,578 2,578Total Undiscounted 265,070 600,897CAPITAL EXPENDITURES AND FINDING, DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITION COSTSLegacy incurred capital expenditures of $311.1 million in 2012, of which ($0.6) million was realized on strategic net asset acquisitions and divestitures and $311.7 million on organic opportunities, including $4.1 million of capitalized general and administrative costs.The Company's total proved plus probable finding, development and acquisition costs for 2012 were $22.72 per Boe (including change in FDC), which generated a 2.0 times recycle ratio based on Legacy's 2012 estimated average operating netback of $44.41 per Boe.   2012 Capital Expenditures                                                 Total Proved plus Probable (1)Total Proved (1)Capital costs ($ thousands)    Exploration & development drilling & associated costs306,632306,632  Land & seismic5,1315,131  Net acquisitions and divestitures(619)(619)  Change in FDC (37,735)(61,207)2012 Reserve Additions (MBoe) (2)  Exploration & development11,8898,703Net acquisitions146169   Finding & Development Costs ($ per Boe) (3)  2012 excluding change in FDC26.2235.822012 including change in FDC23.0528.79   2011 excluding change in FDC25.4443.752011 including change in FDC36.6654.10   3-year weighted average cost, excluding change in FDC25.6939.393-year weighted average cost, including change in FDC31.7743.55   Finding, Development & Acquisition Costs ($ per Boe) (4)     2012 excluding change in FDC25.8535.072012 including change in FDC22.7228.17   2011 excluding change in FDC37.4362.292011 including change in FDC47.4671.25   3-year weighted average cost, excluding change in FDC25.9440.033-year weighted average cost, including change in FDC30.0943.60   (1)The aggregate of the exploration and development costs incurred in the most recent financial period and the change during that period in estimated future development costs generally will not reflect total finding and development costs related to reserve additions for that period.(2)Boes may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.  A Boe conversion ratio of 1 Boe : 6 Mcf natural gas has been used, which is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not necessarily represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.(3)  Includes revisions. Determined by dividing the sum of exploration, development, land & seismic costs and, where indicated, changes to FDC by additions to reserves.(4) Includes revisions. Determined by dividing the sum of exploration, development, land, seismic and acquisition costs and, where indicated, changes to FDC, by additions to reserves.  NET ASSET VALUE PER SHAREThe following table outlines Legacy's NAV per Basic Common Share (unaudited) using the Proved plus Probable reserve value at December 31, 2012 and forecast pricing and costs:($MM except share and per share amounts) Proved Plus Probable Reserve Value NPV10 BT (incl. future capital)$1,691.8Undeveloped Land (370,605 acres @ carrying value)$183.4Investment in LGX$10.0Estimated Net Debt (unaudited)($488)Total Net Assets (basic)$1,397.2Basic Common Shares Outstanding (MM)143.3Estimated NAV per Basic Common Share $9.75 OPERATIONAL UPDATEThe Company drilled 145 (110.4 net) wells in 2012 including 32 (24.7 net) wells in the fourth quarter of 2012, all targeting light oil, with a 100 percent success rate.  This total included 14 (10.3 net) horizontal wells in its Spearfish play at Pierson, Manitoba and Bottineau County, North Dakota in the fourth quarter of 2012.The Company met its 2012 production guidance, averaging 16,301 Boe per day, an increase of 29 percent over 2011 average production of 12,650 Boe per day.  Production reached Legacy's forecast 2012 exit rate of 17,900 Boe per day in November of 2012.  Total capital expenditures on organic opportunities for 2012 were $307.7 million (not including capitalized G&A, corporate fixed assets or net acquisitions and divestitures) compared to guidance of $305 million.SPEARFISH PLAYAt Pierson, Manitoba, the Company continues to deliver excellent production results in the Spearfish compared to the previous operator's drilling and these results have significantly influenced the type curve used in the 2012 year-end independent engineering report.  Undeveloped locations included in the 2012 independent engineering report have been assigned reserves 25 percent higher than in the 2011 independent engineering report.  Legacy has achieved these rates while constraining production to maximize ultimate recovery.  The Company believes these achievements will lead to superior long term performance, higher per well reserve bookings plus additional locations booked.Similarly, at Bottineau County, North Dakota, undeveloped locations included in the 2012 independent engineering report have been assigned reserves 25 percent higher than in the 2011 independent engineering report.  Legacy has achieved these rates while constraining production to maximize ultimate recovery.The total Spearfish play development drilling inventory of 440 net potential locations (84 percent unbooked) is based on eight wells per section.  Based on other operators' results in the play, Legacy's location count could increase by 50 percent through downspacing.  In addition, the Company is evaluating the waterflood potential in the play and anticipates recovery factors of up to 14 percent, based on analogous pools.BAKKEN PLAYAt Star Valley, Legacy has applied its leading fracture stimulation design developed in Heward to this area with good success.  Legacy brought 5 (4.0 net) wells on production since the start of the fourth quarter of 2012 and these wells have average 30 day initial rates of 200 Boe per day per well and average 60 day initial rates of 170 Boe per day.  As previously disclosed, the Company believes the Bakken play boundaries have expanded and has increased its drilling location inventory to more than 50 net wells in Star Valley.At Taylorton, the Company has continued to observe improved waterflood response in both the original and expanded pilot areas.  In the section 29 pilot, oil production has increased 2.6 times, with a corresponding increase in fluid rate, fluid level and reduction in water cut.  The pilot was expanded into section 28 in July 2012 and this area has already demonstrated a 3.7 times increase in oil production rate.  Legacy has moved forward with additional waterflood pilot expansion into the section to the south.At Heward, the pilot waterflood project initiated in December 2011 continues to demonstrate waterflood response as the oil production rate in eight offsetting wells has increased since the commencement of the pilot.  The wells seeing response have exhibited a 6.4 times increase in oil production since commencement of injection and the Company is rapidly expanding the waterflood pilot project into three additional sections in the first half of 2013.TURNER VALLEYAt Turner Valley, Legacy has continued to evolve drilling and completion practices to optimize both production rate and capital costs.  Drilling to-date has targeted infill locations testing areas of varying water cut, reservoir pressure, proximity to water injection and three different stratigraphic horizons.  As previously disclosed, horizontal wells in Turner Valley have typically come on production with a high water cut and as load fluid is recovered, the water cuts decrease and the oil rates increase.  This phenomenon has been observed in the 22 horizontal wells drilled by the previous operator and in the wells drilled by Legacy.  In turn, the Company expects the Turner Valley horizontal wells to produce at stable, low decline rates based on the production profile demonstrated by both the previously drilled and Legacy drilled wells.The Hartell #6 well, Boyd #1 well and the Herriman #5 well continue to deliver excellent performance.  Hartell #6 has produced nearly 64 MBoe in just over 14 months of production, Boyd #1 has produced nearly 60 MBoe in less than 10 months of production and Herriman #5 has produced nearly 33 MBoe in less than four months.  All wells continue to be strong producers, averaging 145 Boe per day, 235 Boe per day and 250 Boe per day, respectively.  All wells did not reach peak rates until considerably after first production date.Production has continued to trend higher on the remainder of the Turner Valley wells as artificial lift optimization has taken place, production run times have improved and recovery of load fluid has resumed.  The most recent example of this characteristic is the Howe #5 well which has seen production increase 10 fold since start-up to 155 Boe per day currently and still improving.SUMMARYOperational momentum that began in late 2011 and continued through 2012 has provided Legacy with cost effective per share growth in reserves, production and cash flow. Legacy met or exceeded its 2012 performance objectives while spending essentially within budget and demonstrating strong finding, development and acquisition costs of $22.72 per Boe and a robust recycle ratio of 2.0 times.  As a light oil weighted (89 percent oil and NGL's) company, Legacy's 2012 performance positions the Company for continued solid production growth with good capital efficiencies from its extensive inventory of 2,000 net light oil development locations and waterflood assets.CONFERENCE CALL DETAILSLegacy expects to release its 2012 year end operational and financial results Monday, March 18, 2013. Management will be holding a conference call for investors, financial analysts, media and any interested persons on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (MDT) (10:00 a.m. EDT) to discuss the 2012 year end results.The investor conference call details are as follows:Participant Dial-In Number(s):Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number:  (888) 231-8191Local Dial-In Number:  (403) 451-9838Conference ID:  99299373Note:  In order to join this conference call, you will be required to provide the Conference ID Number listed above.Reserves DataThe determination of oil and natural gas reserves involves the preparation of estimates that have an inherent degree of associated uncertainty. Categories of proved and probable reserves have been established to reflect the level of these uncertainties and to provide an indication of the probability of recovery.  The estimation and classification of reserves requires the application of professional judgment combined with geological and engineering knowledge to assess whether or not specific reserves classification criteria have been satisfied. Knowledge of concepts including uncertainty and risk, probability and statistics, and deterministic and probabilistic estimation methods is required to properly use and apply reserves definitions.The recovery and reserve estimates of oil, NGL and natural gas reserves provided herein are estimates only.  Actual reserves may be greater than or less than the estimates provided herein. The estimated future net revenue from the production of Legacy's natural gas and petroleum reserves does not represent the fair market value of Legacy's reserves.The reserve data provided in this news release presents only a portion of the disclosure required under NI 51-101.  All of the required information will be contained in Legacy's AIF, which will be filed on SEDAR on or before March 31, 2013.Caution Respecting BOEIn this press release, the abbreviation BOE means barrel of oil equivalent on the basis of 1 BOE to 6 Mcf of natural gas when converting natural gas to BOEs.  BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.  A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf to 1 BOE is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.  Given that the value ratio of oil compared to natural gas based on currently prevailing prices is significantly different than the energy equivalency conversion ratio of 6 Mcf to 1 BOE, utilizing a conversion ratio of 6 Mcf to 1 BOE may be misleading as an indication of value.Forward Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements.  More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning the anticipated average rate of production for 2013, anticipated capital expenditures in 2013, the anticipated impact of constraining production at Legacy's Spearfish properties on well performance and future reserves bookings, the potential number of drilling locations at certain of Legacy's properties and on an overall corporate basis, the waterflood potential of the Spearfish properties and the potential resulting recovery rate and the anticipated production characteristics of  wells at Turner Valley.The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Legacy, including expectations and assumptions concerning the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of existing wells, the performance of new wells, the viability of waterflood projects, the availability and cost of services and prevailing commodity prices, weather conditions and economic conditions.Although Legacy believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because Legacy can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.  Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks.  These include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general (e.g., operational risks in development, exploration and production; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, and health, safety and environmental risks), constraint in the availability of services, commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations, adverse weather conditions and uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects, waterflood projects or capital expenditures. Certain of these risks are set out in more detail herein and in Legacy's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2011 which has been filed on SEDAR and can be accessed at www.sedar.com.The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Legacy 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 so required by applicable securities laws.  SOURCE: Legacy Oil + Gas Inc.For further information: Trent J. Yanko, P.Eng. President + CEO Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. 4400 Eighth Avenue Place 525 - 8th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 1G1 Telephone: 403.441.2300 Fax: 403.441.2017Matt Janisch, P.Eng. Vice-President, Finance + CFO Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. 4400 Eighth Avenue Place 525 - 8th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 1G1 Telephone: 403.441.2300 Fax: 403.441.2017