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Freehold Royalties Ltd. Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter Results and Year-end Reserves

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Freehold Royalties Ltd. Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter Results and Year-end Reserves17:01 EST Thursday, March 07, 2013CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 7, 2013) - Freehold Royalties Ltd. (Freehold) (TSX:FRU) today announced 2012 fourth quarter results and reserves as at December 31, 2012.Results at a GlanceThree Months EndedTwelve Months EndedFINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTSDecember 31December 31($000s, except as noted)20122011Change20122011ChangeGross revenue45,79445,3041%168,134157,9106%Net income13,43116,033-16%46,32855,259-16%Per share, basic and diluted ($)0.200.26-23%0.710.92-23%Cash flow from operating activities38,18332,59517%138,132118,37017%Per share ($)0.580.547%2.131.978%Capital expenditures7,74310,910-29%36,74625,64943%Property and royalty acquisitions (net)243(195)-60,8527,467-Dividends paid in cash (1)21,06015,26238%81,43667,20421%Dividends paid in shares (DRIP) (1)6,67210,232-35%27,41433,490-18%Average DRIP participation rate (%) (2)2440-40%2533-24%Dividends declared (3)27,78725,5859%109,568100,9689%Per share ($) (4)0.420.420%1.681.680%Long-term debt, period end18,00048,000-63%18,00048,000-63%Shares outstanding, period end (000s)66,27061,1418%66,27061,1418%Average shares outstanding (000s) (5)66,09160,8119%64,88060,0228%OPERATING HIGHLIGHTSAverage daily production (boe/d) (6) (7)9,5107,77322%8,8507,47618%Average realized price ($/boe) (6)51.5561.90-17%51.0056.31-9%Operating netback ($/boe) (6) (8)44.5956.56-21%45.0951.65-13%(1)Excludes dividend declared in December and paid in January.(2)Participation in Freehold's dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) ranged between 17% and 41% in 2012 and is subject to change monthly at the participants' discretion.(3)Includes dividend declared in December and paid in January.(4)Based on the number of shares issued and outstanding at each record date.(5)Weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period, basic.(6)See Conversion of Natural Gas to Barrels of Oil Equivalent (boe).(7)Our production mix in 2012 was approximately 36% natural gas and 64% liquids (34% light and medium oil, 25% heavy oil, and 5% NGL). (8)See Non-GAAP Financial Measures.March Dividend Announcement The Board of Directors has declared the March dividend of $0.14 per share, which will be paid on April 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2013. Including the April 15 payment, our 12-month trailing cash dividends total $1.68 per share. This dividend is designated as an eligible dividend for Canadian income tax purposes. Over the past 16 years, we have paid out over $1.1 billion to our shareholders.2012 Fourth Quarter Highlights Freehold delivered strong operational results in the fourth quarter of 2012. Robust production volumes drove increases in revenue and cash flow from operating activities despite lower average realized prices. Average production for the fourth quarter was 22% higher than last year. Drilling activities, including flush production from newly completed horizontal wells, accounted for about two-thirds of the increase; prior period adjustments (650 boe per day versus 350 boe per day in fourth quarter last year) and acquisitions during 2012 accounted for the remainder. Dividends for the fourth quarter of 2012 totalled $0.42 per share, unchanged from last year. Average DRIP participation was 24% in the fourth quarter of 2012 (Q4 2011 - 40%), allowing us to retain $6.7 million (Q4 2011 - $10.2 million) in dividend payments by issuing shares from treasury. Net income of $13.4 million was 16% lower than last year, mainly as a result of increased depletion and depreciation expense, higher royalty expense, and higher operating expense due to a higher production base. Non-cash charges (excluding current income tax) included in net income amounted to $18.1 million (Q4 2011 - $22.3 million). Net capital expenditures on our working interest properties totalled $7.7 million in the fourth quarter (Q4 2011 - $10.9 million), the majority of which was incurred on horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracture well completions in southeast Saskatchewan. Long-term debt was $18.0 million at December 31, 2012, down $7.0 million from the third quarter as excess funds from operations were applied to debt repayment. 2012 Year-end Reserves and Land Highlights Freehold's reserves data is presented on a net basis (our share of working interest properties minus royalties payable to others, plus royalties receivable on our royalty lands). Freehold is unique in that the majority of our assets are royalty interests. However, under National Instrument 51-101, royalty interests cannot be included under gross reserves. This causes our gross reserves to be lower than our net reserves and makes it difficult for investors to compare our reserves to others in our industry. We believe the most appropriate measure of reserves for Freehold is net reserves. Reserve values do not include potential reserve additions that may occur as a result of future drilling on most of our royalty lands.Net proved plus probable reserves at December 31, 2012 totalled 24.4 MMboe, with reserves assigned to 22,589 wells. Net proved plus probable royalty interest reserves increased 10% year-over-year, and net proved plus probable working interest reserves increased 12%. Approximately 62% of our net reserves are in the proved category, and 93% of our net proved reserves are producing. On a boe basis, net reserves are 60% liquids (30% heavy oil, 24% light and medium oil, 6% natural gas liquids) and 40% natural gas. Net proved plus probable reserve additions totalled 5.3 MMboe (45% liquids). Drilling on our royalty lands added 1.0 MMboe (19%) of net proved plus probable reserves, development activities added 0.8 MMboe (15%), and acquisitions added 3.5 MMboe (66%). Based on this, we replaced approximately 167% of 2012 production. Freehold's finding costs are calculated based on net reserves. In 2012, finding and development costs for net proved plus probable reserves were $21.37 per boe, while acquisition costs were $17.47 per boe and the all-in finding, development and acquisition (FD&A) cost was $18.80 per boe (including changes in future development capital). Based on an operating netback of $45.09 per boe in 2012, these activities resulted in a recycle ratio of 2.4 times the capital invested, and a three-year average recycle ratio of 2.1. Our land holdings as at December 31, 2012 encompassed 3.0 million gross acres, up 9% from last year mainly as a result of acquisitions. Royalty interests comprised 94% of our acreage. Our undeveloped land was independently valued by Seaton-Jordan & Associates Ltd., at $80.2 million. Royalty Interest Activity On an equivalent net basis, 85% of the royalty wells drilled on our lands during 2012 were oil wells (2011 - 78%) due to the oil-prone nature of our lands. As well, over 66% of the equivalent net wells drilled on our royalty lands in 2012 were horizontal wells, up from 59% last year.Our royalty lands give us exposure to several of the attractive resource plays employing horizontal drilling, including Bakken and Mississippian light oil in southeast Saskatchewan, heavy oil in the Lloydminster area, and Cardium light oil in west-central Alberta. Over one quarter of the royalty wells drilled in the fourth quarter of 2012 had a Cardium target. Continued success with horizontal drilling (for both oil and liquids-rich natural gas) is positive and bodes well for improved well productivity. As at December 31, 2012, there were 99 (5.9 equivalent net) licensed drilling locations on our royalty lands, compared with 106 (5.4 equivalent net) at the same time last year. We view continued well licence activity as a positive indicator of the ongoing and future development potential on our royalty lands.ROYALTY INTEREST WELLS DRILLEDThree Months Ended December 31Twelve Months Ended December 312012201120122011GrossEquiv. Net (1)GrossEquiv. Net (1)GrossEquiv. Net (1)GrossEquiv. Net (1)Non-unitized572.61024.923111.630114.4Unitized (2)300.1600.42001.23221.3Total872.71625.343112.862315.7(1)Equivalent net wells are the aggregate of the numbers obtained by multiplying each gross well by our royalty interest percentage.(2)Unitized wells are in production units wherein we generally have small royalty interests in hundreds of wells.Working Interest Activity Our development plans are primarily oil related, and are focused almost entirely on our own mineral title lands, where we have chosen to invest our own capital on attractive, low-risk opportunities. In the fourth quarter of 2012, capital expenditures amounted to $7.7 million, the majority of which was spent to complete, equip, and tie-in wells drilled in southeast Saskatchewan during the third quarter. We participated in the drilling of seven (1.3 net) wells with a 100% success rate. In Saskatchewan, we participated in the drilling of two (0.3 net) vertical and one (0.1 net) horizontal Frobisher oil wells, as well as two (0.6 net) Bakken horizontal oil wells. In Alberta, we participated in one (0.1 net) horizontal Viking light oil well at Redwater and one (0.2 net) horizontal Cardium oil well at Minnehik Buck Lake. This drilling activity had little effect on production levels in the fourth quarter but is expected to add to our production base in 2013.WORKING INTEREST WELLS DRILLED (1)Three Months Ended December 31Twelve Months Ended December 312012201120122011GrossNetGrossNetGrossNetGrossNetOil71.393.83613.52911.1Natural gas------30.4Other--10.110.620.1Total71.3103.93714.13411.6(1)Excludes royalty interest portion on properties where Freehold has both a working interest and a royalty interest. The royalty interest portion is included in equivalent net wells in the Royalty Interest Wells Drilled table above.Operating Expense Total operating expense of $4.8 million ($5.51 per boe) was 28% higher than the fourth quarter last year (4% higher on a per boe basis). The increase correlates to the increase in working interest production volumes, as we do not incur operating expense on our royalty interest production.GROSS REVENUE BY PRODUCTThree Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31December 31($000s)20122011Change20122011ChangeRoyalty InterestOil20,50325,419-19%87,72185,2313%NGL1,5122,014-25%6,8876,4956%Natural gas3,8313,40213%10,50115,581-33%Other (1)556808-31%2,5253,206-21%Total royalty interest revenue26,40231,643-17%107,634110,513-3%Working InterestOil17,80111,84750%55,57740,78636%NGL476655-27%1,8702,100-11%Natural gas9789226%2,6403,447-23%Other (1)137237-42%4131,064-61%Total working interest revenue19,39213,66142%60,50047,39728%TotalOil38,30437,2663%143,298126,01714%NGL1,9882,669-26%8,7578,5952%Natural gas4,8094,32411%13,14119,028-31%Other (1)6931,045-34%2,9384,270-31%Total gross revenue45,79445,3041%168,134157,9106%(1)Other includes potash, sulphur, lease rentals, and other revenue for royalty interest, and processing fees, interest, and other revenue for working interest.Fourth Quarter Production Average production in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 1,737 boe per day higher than last year. Oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) production rose 22%, and natural gas production rose 26%. Royalty production volumes were 594 boe per day higher than last year, mainly as a result of royalty interests acquired during 2012 (which were 90% natural gas) and prior period adjustments due to the ongoing work of our audit team. Natural gas production was up 30%, while oil and NGL production declined 2%. Working interest production volumes were 1,143 boe per day higher than last year as a result of high activity levels in 2012 and flush production from newly completed wells in southeast Saskatchewan. Oil and NGL production was up 69% and natural gas production was up 12%. AVERAGE DAILY PRODUCTIONRoyalty InterestWorking InterestTotalThree months ended December 31201220112012201120122011Oil (bbls/d)3,1903,2622,5611,4615,7514,723NGL (bbls/d)26725288106355358Total oil and NGL (bbls/d)3,4573,5142,6491,5676,1065,081Natural gas (Mcf/d)17,10513,1983,3152,95220,42016,150Oil equivalent (boe/d)6,3085,7143,2022,0599,5107,773Commodity Prices In the fourth quarter of 2012, the benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price averaged US$88.18 per barrel, 6% lower than the prior year. Prices deteriorated during the quarter, and WTI also continues to trade at a discount to Brent crude, the global benchmark. Historically, WTI has traded at a slight premium over Brent; however during the last two years, WTI has traded consistently at a discount to Brent as a result of market access constraints. Crude oil supply in North America is growing, primarily from the Canadian oil sands and tight oil plays in western Canada, North Dakota, Montana, and Texas, and global demand remains strong. However, refinery outages and pipeline bottlenecks in the U.S. Midwest have severely reduced access to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast where there is greater refinery demand. Growing supplies of light crude oil from the United States and a lack of spare pipeline capacity has blends like Edmonton Par and Western Canadian Select (WCS) being steeply discounted against WTI. The widening differentials have been an ongoing issue for Canadian producers throughout 2012 and are expected to remain a concern in 2013. Natural gas, because it is less readily transported abroad, is subject to supply and demand factors within North America. Although the low price environment of the past three years has served to curtail dry gas drilling, horizontal well technology in shale gas plays and liquids-rich gas development led to record North American production in 2012. The average benchmark AECO natural gas price was 14% lower in the fourth quarter of 2012 versus Q4 2011. The pricing outlook is bearish in the near term due to the oversupply situation. Longer-term, we believe demand growth, driven by the phasing out of coal-fired power plants in favour of cleaner-burning natural gas, increasing transportation and industrial use, and developing offshore markets, will support stronger natural gas pricing. Our average selling prices reflect product quality and transportation differences from benchmark prices. In the fourth quarter of 2012, our average realized oil price was $72.40 (Q4 2011 - $85.78) per barrel and our average realized natural gas price was $2.56 (Q4 2011 - $2.91) per Mcf.Guidance Update The following table compares changes in our key operating assumptions during 2012 to our actual results for the year. Compared to our November guidance:Average production for the fourth quarter was 856 boe per day higher than the third quarter of 2012 and annual production came in 3% above guidance, mainly due to prior period adjustments and flush production from successful drilling in Southeast Saskatchewan. Average oil prices were slightly lower than our assumptions, while natural gas prices were slightly higher. General and administrative costs per boe were lower than forecast as a result of higher a production base. Capital expenditures were $1.7 million higher than forecast, as we completed and equipped more oil wells than anticipated in the fourth quarter. 2012 Key Operating AssumptionsPrevious GuidanceAnnual Average2012 Actual ResultsNov. 8, 2012Aug. 9, 2012May 9, 2012Mar. 14, 2012Daily productionboe/d8,8508,6008,3008,1007,600WTI oil priceUS$/bbl94.20(1)95.0093.00100.00100.00Western Canada Select (WCS)Cdn$/bbl73.08(1)75.0072.0075.0081.00AECO natural gas priceCdn$/Mcf2.39(1)2.252.252.002.50Exchange rateCdn$/US$1.001.001.001.001.00Operating costs$/boe4.824.804.804.804.60General and administrative costs (2)$/boe2.392.653.003.003.00Capital expenditures$ millions36.735303030Dividends paid in shares (DRIP)$ millions27.427272727Long-term debt at year end$ millions1818211815Cash taxes paid in 2012$ millions4.74.64.6--Weighted average shares outstandingmillions64.965656565(1)As reported by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).(2)Excludes share based and other compensation. 2013 Key Operating Assumptions (1)Guidance UpdatedAnnual AverageMarch 7, 2013November 8, 2012Daily productionboe/d8,5008,400WTI oil priceUS$/bbl95.0095.00Western Canada Select (WCS)Cdn$/bbl71.0076.00AECO natural gas priceCdn$/Mcf3.103.25Exchange rateCdn$/US$1.001.00Operating costs$/boe5.005.00General and administrative costs (2)$/boe2.602.60Capital expenditures$ millions3033Dividends paid in shares (DRIP) (3)$ millions2828Long-term debt at year end$ millions4848Cash taxes payable in 2013 for 2012 tax year (4)$ millions2325Cash taxes payable for 2013 tax year (instalments) (4)$ millions2525Weighted average shares outstandingmillions6767(1)A sensitivity analysis of the potential impact of key variables on funds from operations per share is provided in our 2012 Annual MD&A. (2)Excludes share based and other compensation. (3)Assumes average 25% participation rate in Freehold's dividend reinvestment plan, which is subject to change at the participants' discretion.(4)Corporate tax estimates will vary depending on commodity prices and other factors. As 2012 capital was ahead of guidance, we have revised our 2013 capital budget to $30 million. Our development plans are primarily oil related, focused almost entirely on our mineral title lands, and include approximately 40 gross (13 net) wells. Roughly half of our capital will be deployed in southeast Saskatchewan (light oil), with the balance allocated to our expanding mineral title opportunity base in both the Lloydminster area (heavy oil) and western Alberta (Cardium oil). Almost half of our total capital for the year will be spent in the first quarter of 2013, with area allocations similar to our annual budget. Spending may be adjusted as the year progresses, depending on the operating environment and well results. Based on this level of capital investment, anticipated drilling activity by lessees on our royalty lands, and normal production declines (and excluding any potential acquisitions), we expect 2013 production to average approximately 8,500 boe per day. On a boe basis, production volumes for 2013 are expected to be approximately 64% oil and NGL and 36% natural gas. We continue to maintain our royalty focus with royalty production accounting for 67% of forecasted 2013 production. In February 2013, we remitted $23 million for estimated 2012 corporate taxes. We expect to pay approximately $25 million for the 2013 tax year by way of monthly instalments. The large cash outlay for income taxes in 2013 is an anomaly that we have prepared for and have the financial capacity to handle. We expect our tax bill will normalize in 2014, at approximately 20% of pre-tax cash flow. As our results demonstrate, we continue to benefit from activity on our oil-weighted asset base, and from relatively strong, if somewhat volatile, crude oil pricing. Of significance, natural gas accounted for 36% of production volumes in the fourth quarter (Q4 2011 - 35%), but only 11% of gross revenue (Q4 2011 - 10%). Clearly, we would benefit from any improvement in natural gas prices. However, despite a significant decline in revenue from natural gas, we have been able to maintain a steady monthly dividend rate of $0.14 ($1.68 annually) per share since January 2010. Recognizing the cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry, we continue to closely monitor commodity prices and industry trends for signs of deteriorating market conditions. We caution that it is inherently difficult to predict activity levels on our royalty lands since we have no operational control. As well, significant changes (positive or negative) in commodity prices (including Canadian oil price differentials), foreign exchange rates, or production rates may result in adjustments to the dividend rate. In particular, our 2013 forecast for Western Canada Select pricing assumes an improvement in the second half of the year, but it is possible that the North American infrastructure constraints will become a longer-term issue for western Canadian production. Based on our current guidance and commodity price assumptions, and assuming there are no significant changes in the current business environment, we expect to maintain the current monthly dividend rate through 2013, subject to the Board's quarterly review and approval. Succession Planning After more than 16 years with Freehold and 29 years with Rife Resources Ltd. (the Manager of Freehold), Mr. William O. Ingram has announced that he plans to retire as President and CEO in May 2013. Mr. Ingram will step down as a director of Freehold but will continue to serve on the boards of Rife and Canpar Holdings Ltd. As well, Dr. P. Michael Maher, who has been a director of Freehold since 1996, will be retiring from the Board in May. The directors of Freehold thank Dr. Maher and Mr. Ingram for their many years of service to Freehold, and wish them both well in their retirement. Following the retirement of Mr. Ingram in May, the Board plans to appoint Mr. Thomas J. Mullane as President and CEO, and he will stand for election as a director of Freehold at the annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 15, 2013. Mr. Mullane joined Freehold in 2012 as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and brings a solid background of industry experience and knowledge at a senior level that will be an asset to Freehold in the years to come. Land and Reserves Freehold is unique in that the majority of our assets are royalty interests. However, under National Instrument 51-101, royalty interests cannot be included under gross reserves. This causes our gross reserves to be lower than our net reserves and makes it difficult for investors to compare our reserves and finding and development costs to others in our industry. We believe the most appropriate measure of reserves and finding and development costs for Freehold is on a net basis. As at year-end 2012, our undeveloped land was independently valued at $80.2 million by Seaton-Jordan & Associates Ltd. Our total land holdings encompass approximately three million gross acres, 94% of which are royalties. Of this, our mineral title lands (including royalty assumption lands), which we own in perpetuity, cover more than 630,000 acres; all but approximately 107,000 gross acres of which are currently leased to third parties. In addition, we have gross overriding royalty interests in nearly 2.2 million acres. These royalty interest lands are significant to Freehold. The majority of these lands are leased to third party operators. As a royalty owner, we have no operational control over the operator's future development activities. As such, the extent of drilling and development activity in future years can be difficult to predict. However, these operators have historically invested significant amounts to generate future reserve additions, and production from which Freehold receives certain royalties. Reserve values do not include potential reserve additions that may occur as a result of future drilling on most of our royalty lands. In addition, based on an internal estimate, we have estimated the net present value of the future royalty revenue from our potash reserves at $20.7 million before tax (discounted at 10%).Our oil and gas reserves were independently evaluated by Trimble Engineering Associates Ltd. (Trimble) as at December 31, 2012. The evaluation was conducted in accordance with the standards contained in the COGE Handbook and the reserve definitions contained in National Instrument 51-101. Our Reserves Committee met with Trimble to review the findings and procedures, and the reserves report has been accepted by our Board. Summary oil and gas reserves information is provided below. Complete reserves disclosure as required under National Instrument 51-101 will be included in our Annual Information Form.Summary of Oil and Gas ReservesAs of December 31, 2012Forecast Prices and Costs (1)Light and Medium OilHeavy OilTotal Crude OilGross (2)Net (3)Gross (2)Net (3)Gross (2)Net (3)Reserves Category(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)ProvedDeveloped producing1,7543,4908274,1502,5817,640Developed non-producing7364-67370Undeveloped--28232823Total proved1,8263,5548564,1782,6827,733Probable1,3462,3019163,1972,2625,498Total proved plus probable3,1735,8551,7717,3764,94413,231Natural GasNatural Gas LiquidsOil EquivalentGross (2)Net (3)Gross (2)Net (3)Gross (2)Net (3)Reserves Category(MMcf)(MMcf)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mboe)(Mboe)ProvedDeveloped producing4,02433,6281468413,39814,085Developed non-producing597947790209Undeveloped-4,314-4628788Total proved4,08338,7361548933,51615,082Probable3,04220,2121244762,8939,343Total proved plus probable7,12558,9492771,3696,40924,425(1)Numbers may not add due to rounding. (2)Gross reserves are our share of working interest properties before deduction of royalties payable to others. Gross reserves exclude royalty interests.(3)Net reserves are defined as our share of working interest properties minus royalties payable to others, plus royalties receivable on our royalty lands. The reserves data below is presented on a net basis (our share of working interest properties minus royalties payable to others, plus royalties receivable on our royalty lands). Summary of Net Present Values of Future Net RevenueAs of December 31, 2012Forecast Prices and Costs ($000s) (1)Before Income Taxes, Discounted at (% per year)0%5%10%15%20%ProvedDeveloped producing730,246537,722431,272364,055317,704Developed non-producing4,2592,7731,9861,5171,211Undeveloped23,32816,18511,8188,9586,987Total proved757,833556,679445,076374,529325,902Probable564,863295,635193,236142,680112,973Total proved plus probable1,322,696852,314638,312517,209438,875After Income Taxes, Discounted at (% per year) (2)Reserves Category0%5%10%15%20%ProvedDeveloped producing616,012453,317363,687307,156268,186Developed non-producing3,1942,0601,4581,099865Undeveloped17,43412,0708,7896,6395,158Total proved636,639467,447373,934314,894274,210Probable420,690219,454142,981105,24083,075Total proved plus probable1,057,329686,902516,915420,134357,284(1)Based on the December 31, 2012 escalated oil and gas price forecasts by an independent qualified reserves evaluator. Future net revenue values do not represent fair market value. Reserve values do not include potential reserve additions that may occur as a result of future drilling on our royalty lands. Columns may not add due to rounding.(2)The after-tax net present value calculation reflects the tax burden on the properties on a standalone basis, utilizing our tax pools to the maximum depreciation rate as currently permitted. It does not consider the corporate-level tax situation, or tax planning. It does not provide an estimate of the value at the corporate level, which may be significantly different. See our financial statements and accompanying MD&A for additional tax information. Total Future Net Revenue (Undiscounted)As of December 31, 2012 Forecast Prices and Costs ($000s) (1)Reserves CategoryProved ReservesProved Plus Probable ReservesRoyalty income660,2661,136,234Revenue from working interest properties269,358506,074Royalty expense on working interest properties(40,759)(83,190)Operating costs(121,380)(214,202)Development costs(1,441)(12,560)Well abandonment and reclamation costs(8,212)(9,661)Future net revenue before income taxes757,8331,322,696Future income taxes (2)(121,194)(265,367)Future net revenue after income taxes (2)636,6391,057,329(1)Future net revenue calculation includes future capital expenditures required to bring booked non-producing and undeveloped reserves on production. Future net revenue values do not represent fair market value. Reserve values do not include potential reserve additions that may occur as a result of future drilling on our royalty lands. Columns may not add due to rounding.(2)The after-tax net present value calculation reflects the tax burden on the properties on a standalone basis, utilizing our tax pools to the maximum depreciation rate as currently permitted. It does not consider the corporate-level tax situation, or tax planning. It does not provide an estimate of the value at the corporate level, which may be significantly different. See our financial statements and accompanying MD&A for additional tax information.Future Development Costs (Undiscounted) ($000s)Forecast Prices and Costs (1)Proved ReservesProved Plus Probable Reserves20137735,53820145196,525201529131201629117201730119Remainder61130Total1,44112,560(1)The source of funding for future development costs includes internally generated cash flow, debt or a combination of both. Disclosed reserves and future net revenue will not be materially affected by the costs of funding the future development expenditures. Columns may not add due to rounding.Reserve Life IndexAs of December 31, 2012 (1)Proved ProducingTotal ProvedProved Plus ProbableNet reserves (Mboe)14,08515,08224,425Net production (Mboe)2,5182,5462,878Reserve life index (years)5.65.98.5(1)Reflects the theoretical production life of a property if the remaining reserves were produced out at current rates. The index is calculated by dividing the reserves in the selected reserve category at a certain date by the estimated production for the first year's production period (calculated by dividing the Trimble forecast of 2013 net production into the remaining net reserves). Reconciliation of Net Reserves (1)By Principal Product TypeForecast Prices and Costs (1)Light and Medium OilHeavy OilProved PlusProved PlusProvedProbableProbableProvedProbableProbable(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)December 31, 20113,4451,8855,3304,5332,8417,373Extensions569426995324199523Improved recovery------Technical revisions319(178)142167(74)93Discoveries------Acquisitions8716525346232278Dispositions------Economic factors163195-5Production(883)-(883)(897)-(897)December 31, 20123,5542,3015,8554,1783,1977,376Natural GasNatural Gas LiquidsProved PlusProved PlusProvedProbableProbableProvedProbableProbable(MMcf)(MMcf)(MMcf)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)(Mbbls)December 31, 201132,56017,11349,6738024051,206Extensions8105231,333422769Improved recovery------Technical revisions771(1,677)(906)42(31)11Discoveries------Acquisitions11,7654,26316,02820675281Dispositions------Economic factors(21)(10)(31)---Production(7,149)-(7,149)(198)-(198)December 31, 201238,73620,21258,9498934761,369Oil EquivalentProved PlusProvedProbableProbable(Mboe)(Mboe)(Mboe)December 31, 201114,2067,98222,189Extensions1,0717381,809Improved recovery---Technical revisions657(562)95Discoveries---Acquisitions2,3001,1833,483Dispositions---Economic factors17119Production(3,169)-(3,169)December 31, 201215,0829,34324,425(1)Net reserves are our share of working interest properties minus royalties payable to others, plus royalties receivable on our royalty lands. Numbers may not add due to rounding.Finding, Development and Acquisition (FD&A) Costs (1)Net Proved Reserves201220112010Three-Year ResultsFinding and development expenditures ($000s)36,74625,64918,05480,449Change in future development capital estimates ($000s)(934)1,556(59)563Net reserve additions by development (Mboe)1,0715814652,117Finding and development costs ($/boe)33.4546.8138.6738.27Acquisition expenditures ($000s)60,8527,46738,600106,919Net reserve additions by acquisition (Mboe)2,3001038573,260Acquisition costs ($/boe)26.4672.4245.0532.80Total expenditures ($000s)97,59833,11656,654187,368Change in future development capital estimates ($000s)(934)1,556(59)563Net reserve additions (Mboe)3,3716841,3225,377Finding, development and acquisition costs ($/boe)28.6850.6742.8134.95Net Proved Plus Probable Reserves201220112010Three-Year ResultsFinding and development expenditures ($000s)36,74625,64918,05480,449Change in future development capital estimates ($000s)1,9164,959356,910Net reserve additions by development (Mboe)1,8091,0859503,845Finding and development costs ($/boe)21.3728.2019.0422.72Acquisition expenditures ($000s)60,8527,46738,600106,919Net reserve additions by acquisition (Mboe)3,4832071,3525,042Acquisition costs ($/boe)17.4736.1228.5621.21Total expenditures ($000s)97,59833,11656,654187,368Change in future development capital estimates ($000s)1,9164,959356,910Net reserve additions (Mboe)5,2921,2922,3028,886Finding, development and acquisition costs ($/boe)18.8029.4724.6321.86(1)Freehold did not incur any exploration expenditures in any of the applicable years. In calculating finding and development costs, NI 51-101 requires that the exploration and development costs incurred in the year and the change in estimated future development costs be aggregated and then divided by the applicable reserve additions. The calculation specifically excludes the effects of acquisitions on both reserves and costs. We believe that by excluding the effects of acquisitions, the provisions of NI 51-101 do not fully reflect Freehold's ongoing reserve replacement costs. Because acquisitions can have a significant impact on annual reserve replacement costs, excluding these amounts could result in an inaccurate portrayal of Freehold's cost structure. Accordingly, we also provide costs that incorporate all acquisitions during the year. 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 reserves additions for that year.Recycle Statistics, Net Proved Plus Probable Reserves($ per boe, except as noted)201220112010Three-Year ResultsOperating netback (1) (4)45.0951.6544.0846.81Finding, development and acquisition costs (2) (4)18.8029.4724.6321.86Recycle ratio (times) (3)2.41.81.82.1(1)Total revenue, less operating costs and royalty expenses.(2)Development expenditures, plus change in future capital, plus acquisition costs; divided by net reserves added through development and acquisition activities.(3)Operating netback divided by the average cost of acquiring and developing new reserves. (4)Operating netback is based on gross production, while development and acquisition costs are based on net reserves. Land Holdings As of December 31, 2012(gross acres) (1)DevelopedUndevelopedTotalMineral title lands (2)367,071168,364535,435Royalty assumption lands (3)73,94020,88294,822Total title lands (4)441,011189,246630,257Gross overriding royalty (GORR) lands (5)1,571,533603,5482,175,081Total royalty lands2,012,544792,7942,805,338Working interest properties147,78140,253188,034Total land holdings2,160,325833,0472,993,372Land Holdings by ProvinceRoyalty InterestWorking InterestTotal AcreageDevelopedUndevelopedDevelopedUndevelopedDevelopedUndevelopedGross (1)Gross (1)Gross (1)NetGross (1)NetGross (1)Gross (1)Alberta1,537,959380,780111,67216,79326,6955,4801,649,631407,475Saskatchewan294,474199,02516,7035,0627,4274,417311,177206,452Ontario88,858184,834----88,858184,834British Columbia84,99626,57119,2471,2656,131101104,24332,702Manitoba6,2571,58415937--6,4161,584Total2,012,544792,794147,78123,15740,2539,9982,160,325833,047(1)Gross acres are the total number of acres in which we have an interest.(2)The royalties received from the sale of oil, natural gas and potash produced from the leased mineral title lands are determined by the individual lease agreements. All but approximately 107,000 gross acres of our mineral title lands are currently leased to third parties.(3)Mineral title properties owned by a number of third party oil and gas companies in respect of which gross overriding royalties, varying from 4.7% to 6.5%, have been reserved to Freehold.(4)Title lands are held in perpetuity. (5)Gross overriding royalty lands consist of properties leased by a number of third party oil and gas companies in respect of which contractual royalties or net profits interests have been reserved to Freehold.Quarterly Review20122011Q4Q3Q2Q1Q4Q3Q2Q1FINANCIAL ($000s, except as noted)Revenue, net of royalty expense43,83240,29434,49843,03644,21734,61439,56035,322Dividends declared27,78727,61627,39926,76625,58525,32225,11124,950Per share ($) (1)0.420.420.420.420.420.420.420.42Net income (2)13,43111,9757,86213,06016,03311,29016,71711,219Per share, basic and diluted ($) (2)0.200.180.120.210.260.190.280.19Cash flow from operating activities38,18336,21227,40236,33532,59530,25531,42424,096Per share ($)0.580.550.420.580.540.500.530.41Funds from operations (3)31,47526,27220,52225,61338,24528,77233,89127,322Per share ($) (3)0.480.400.310.410.630.480.570.46Dividends paid in shares (DRIP)6,6727,0136,9406,78910,2328,7657,7986,695Average DRIP participation rate (%) (4)2425252640353127Property and royalty acquisitions (net)24310,789(99)49,919(195)7,29744321Capital expenditures7,7439,1606,59813,24510,9105,5374,5374,665Long-term debt18,00025,00023,00018,00048,00051,00054,00061,000Shares outstandingWeighted average, basic (000s)66,09165,67765,15962,57160,81160,19859,71659,343At quarter end (000s)66,27065,87965,44064,99361,14160,49259,95459,536OPERATING ($/boe, except as noted)Daily production (boe/d) (5)9,5108,6548,5018,7337,7737,1957,4457,490Royalty interest production (%)6668767474727776Average selling price51.5551.7145.7454.8061.9052.8057.6152.51Operating netback (3)44.5945.5940.6449.4856.5646.8653.8248.96Operating expenses5.515.023.964.685.285.434.573.44Working interest properties16.3615.4716.4717.8619.9119.4719.7314.32Net general and administrative expenses (6)2.251.882.133.312.052.162.363.75BENCHMARK PRICESWTI crude oil (US$/bbl)88.1892.2293.49102.9394.0689.75102.5694.02Exchange rate (Cdn$/US$)1.011.010.991.000.981.021.031.01Edmonton Par crude oil (Cdn$)83.9984.3383.9592.1897.3591.74103.0787.97Western Canada Select (WCS) (Cdn$/bbl)69.4369.9971.2981.6185.4870.6382.0970.19WTI/Edmonton Par differential ($/bbl)(4.19)(7.89)(9.54)(10.75)3.291.990.51(6.05)Edmonton Par/WCS differential (Cdn$/bbl)(14.56)(14.34)(12.66)(10.57)(11.87)(21.11)(20.98)(17.78)AECO natural gas (Cdn$/Mcf)3.002.191.832.523.473.723.743.77SHARE TRADING PERFORMANCEHigh ($)22.4520.3419.6721.5919.7521.5823.2822.93Low ($)19.6217.8317.2519.1614.5116.0419.3719.86Close ($)22.4019.7618.4419.5919.4116.3619.6422.75Volume (000s)7,4355,6567,4838,0767,1147,7805,3177,921(1)Based on the number of shares issued and outstanding at each record date. (2)Net income and net income per share for the three months ended March 31, 2011 have been restated for revisions made to deferred tax.(3)See Non-GAAP Financial Measures.(4)Average participation in Freehold's DRIP ranged between 24% and 40% over the past eight quarters and is subject to change at the participants' discretion.(5)Reported production for a period may include minor adjustments from previous production periods.(6)Excludes share based and other compensation.Consolidated Balance SheetsDecember 31December 31($000s) (unaudited)20122011AssetsCurrent assets:Cash$ 102$ 164Accounts receivable23,22534,76323,32734,927Deposit on acquisition-5,000Exploration and evaluation assets25,90525,045Petroleum and natural gas interests399,005363,967$ 448,237$ 428,939Liabilities and Shareholders' EquityCurrent liabilities:Dividends payable$ 9,278$ 8,560Accounts payable and accrued liabilities12,74314,883Current taxes payable23,095-Current portion of share based and other compensation payable2,1083,87647,22427,319Asset retirement obligation16,71414,282Share based and other compensation payable1,2901,289Long-term debt18,00048,000Deferred income tax liability49,19459,163Shareholders' equity:Shareholders' capital422,728323,115Contributed surplus2,0361,480Deficit(108,949)(45,709)315,815278,886$ 448,237$ 428,939Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive IncomeThree Months EndedYear ended(unaudited)December 31December 31($000s, except per share and weighted average data)2012201120122011Revenue:Royalty income and working interest sales$ 45,794$ 45,304$ 168,134$ 157,910Royalty expense(1,962)(1,087)(6,474)(4,197)43,83244,217161,660153,713Expenses:Operating4,8203,77215,59812,782General and administrative1,9721,4687,7467,029Share based and other compensation9991,2682,3712,190Interest and financing4216102,2352,907Depletion and depreciation16,37213,60364,57649,251Accretion of asset retirement obligation10783381344Management fee1,0728573,8083,40125,76321,66196,71577,904Income before taxes18,06922,55664,94575,809Income tax:Current expense5,0638027,79280Deferred expense (recovery)(425)6,443(9,175)20,4704,6386,52318,61720,550Net income and comprehensive income$ 13,431$ 16,033$ 46,328$ 55,259Net income per share, basic and diluted$ 0.20$ 0.26$ 0.71$ 0.92Weighted average number of shares:Basic66,090,96960,811,30064,880,03860,021,736Diluted66,194,50360,886,21864,979,07460,093,840Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsThree Months EndedYear endedDecember 31December 31($000s) (unaudited)2012201120122011Operating:Net income$ 13,431$ 16,033$ 46,328$ 55,259Items not involving cash:Depletion and depreciation16,37213,60364,57649,251Share based and other compensation9991,2682,3712,190Deferred income tax expense (recovery)(425)6,443(9,175)20,470Accretion of asset retirement obligation10783381344Shares issued in lieu of management fee1,0728573,8083,401Expenditures on share based and other compensation--(3,883)(2,440)Expenditures on reclamation(81)(42)(524)(245)Changes in non-cash working capital6,708(5,650)34,250(9,860)38,18332,595138,132118,370Financing:Issuance of shares, net of issue costs--67,597-Long-term debt(7,000)(3,000)(30,000)(17,000)Dividends paid(21,060)(15,262)(81,436)(67,204)(28,060)(18,262)(43,839)(84,204)Investing:Deposit on acquisition-(5,000)5,000(5,000)Property and royalty acquisitions(243)195(60,852)(7,467)Capital expenditures(7,743)(10,910)(36,746)(25,649)Change in reclamation fund---2,725Changes in non-cash working capital(2,149)1,358(1,757)980(10,135)(14,357)(94,355)(34,411)Decrease in cash(12)(24)(62)(245)Cash, beginning of period114188164409Cash, end of period$ 102$ 164$ 102$ 164Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders' EquityYear endedDecember 31($000s) (unaudited)20122011Shareholders' capital:Balance, beginning of year$ 323,115$ 286,224Shares issued for dividend reinvestment plan27,41433,490Shares issued in lieu of management fee3,8083,401Shares issued for equity offering70,725-Issue costs, net of tax effect(2,334)-Balance, end of year422,728323,115Contributed surplus:Balance, beginning of year1,4801,084Share based compensation expense556396Balance, end of year2,0361,480Deficit:Balance, beginning of year(45,709)-Net income and comprehensive income46,32855,259Dividends declared(109,568)(100,968)Balance, end of year(108,949)(45,709)Total shareholders' equity$ 315,815$ 278,886Forward-Looking Statements This news release offers our assessment of Freehold's future plans and operations as at March 7, 2013, and contains forward-looking statements that we believe allow readers to better understand our business and prospects. These forward-looking statements include our expectations for the following:our outlook for commodity prices including supply and demand factors relating to crude oil, heavy oil, and natural gas; light/heavy oil price differentials; changing economic conditions; foreign exchange rates; drilling activity during the fourth quarter of 2012 adding to our production base in 2013; industry drilling, development activity on our royalty lands, our exposure in emerging resource plays, and the potential impact of horizontal drilling on production and reserves; development of working interest properties; participation in the DRIP and our use of cash preserved through the DRIP; estimated capital budget and expenditures and the timing thereof; long-term debt at year end; average production and contribution from royalty lands; key operating assumptions; acquisition opportunities; amounts and rates of income taxes and timing of payment thereof; maintaining our monthly dividend rate through 2013 and our dividend policy; and the appointment of Thomas J. Mullane as President and CEO and his standing for election as a director of Freehold. In addition, statements relating to "reserves" and the future net revenue associated with such reserves are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future. Such statements are generally identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "project", "should", "plan", "intend", "believe", and similar expressions (including the negatives thereof). By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, lack of pipeline capacity; currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, royalties, environmental risks, taxation, regulation, changes in tax or other legislation, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility, and our ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Risks are described in more detail in our AIF. In this news release, we make references to "flush" production rates, which is the first yield from a flowing oil well during its most productive period. Such "flush" production rates are not determinative of future production rates. Additionally, such rates may also include recovered "load oil" fluids used in well completion stimulation. Readers are cautioned not to place reliance on such rates in estimating future production rates for Freehold. With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this news release, we have made assumptions regarding, among other things, future commodity prices, future capital expenditure levels, future production levels, future exchange rates, future tax rates, future participation rates in the DRIP and use of cash preserved through the DRIP, future legislation, the cost of developing and producing our assets, our ability and the ability of our lessees to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out development activities, our ability to market our oil and gas successfully to current and new customers, our expectation for the consumption of crude oil and natural gas, our expectation for industry drilling levels, our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, and our ability to add production and reserves through development and acquisition activities. The key operating assumptions with respect to the forward-looking statements referred to above are detailed in the body of this news release. You are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Our actual results, performance, or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. We can give no assurance that any of the events anticipated will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what benefits we will derive from them. The forward-looking information contained in this document is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Our policy for updating forward-looking statements is to update our key operating assumptions quarterly and, except as required by law, we do not undertake to update any other forward-looking statements. You are further cautioned that the preparation of financial statements in accordance with IFRS requires management to make certain judgments and estimates that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses. These estimates may change, having either a positive or negative effect on net income, as further information becomes available and as the economic environment changes. Conversion of Natural Gas To Barrels of Oil Equivalent (BOE) To provide a single unit of production for analytical purposes, natural gas production and reserves volumes are converted mathematically to equivalent barrels of oil (boe). We use the industry-accepted standard conversion of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil (6 Mcf = 1 bbl). The 6:1 boe ratio is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip. It does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead and is not based on either energy content or current prices. While the boe ratio is useful for comparative measures and observing trends, it does not accurately reflect individual product values and might be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. As well, given that the value ratio, based on the current price of crude oil to natural gas, is significantly different from the 6:1 energy equivalency ratio, using a 6:1 conversion ratio may be misleading as an indication of value.Non-GAAP Financial Measures Within this news release, references are made to terms commonly used as key performance indicators in the oil and gas industry, such as operating income, netback, funds from operations, funds from operations per share, finding, development and acquisition (FD&A) costs, recycle ratio, and net asset value. We believe that these measures are useful supplemental measures for management and investors to analyze operating performance, financial leverage, and liquidity, and we use these terms to facilitate the understanding and comparability of our results of operations and financial position. However, these terms do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP and therefore may not be comparable with the calculations of similar measures for other entities. Operating income, which is calculated as gross revenue less royalties and operating expenses, represents the cash margin for product sold. Operating netback, which is calculated as average unit sales price less royalties and operating expenses, represents the cash margin for product sold, calculated on a per boe basis Funds from operations is a financial term commonly used in the oil and gas industry. It is a key measure of our ability to generate cash, finance operations, and pay monthly dividends. Funds from operations as presented is not intended to represent operating cash flow or operating profits for the period nor should it be viewed as an alternative to net income or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. We define funds from operations as net income adjusted for non-cash depletion and depreciation, share based and other compensation, deferred tax expense/recovery, accretion of asset retirement obligation, and management fee, and further adjusted for expenditures on reclamation. We consider funds from operations to be a key measure of operating performance as it demonstrates Freehold's ability to generate the necessary funds to fund capital expenditures and repay debt. We believe that such a measure provides a better assessment of Freehold's operations on a continuing basis by eliminating certain non-cash charges. From a business perspective, the most directly comparable measure of funds from operations calculated in accordance with GAAP is net income. Funds from operations per share is calculated based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding consistent with the calculation of net income per share. A reconciliation of funds from operations to net income is provided below.Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds from OperationsThree Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31December 312012201120122011Net income13,43116,03346,32855,259Adjust for non-cash items:Depletion and depreciation16,37213,60364,57649,251Share based and other compensation9991,268(1,512)(250)Deferred income tax (recovery)(425)6,443(9,175)20,470Accretion of asset retirement obligation10783381344Management fee1,0728573,8083,401Adjust for cash item:Expenditures on reclamation(81)(42)(524)(245)Funds from operations31,47538,245103,882128,230Per share0.480.631.602.14In addition, we refer to various per boe figures, such as revenues and costs, operating netback, FD&A costs, and NAV, also considered non-GAAP financial measures, which provide meaningful information on our operational performance. We derive per boe figures by dividing the relevant revenue or cost figure by the total volume of oil and gas production during the period, with natural gas converted to equivalent barrels of oil as described above.Availability on SEDAR Freehold's 2012 audited financial statements and accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) are being filed today with Canadian securities regulators and will be available at www.sedar.com and on our website at www.freeholdroyalties.com. Our Annual Information Form (including reserves disclosure required under National Instrument NI 51-101) is expected to be filed next week. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Freehold Royalties Ltd.Karen TaylorManager, Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary403.221.0891 or Toll Free: 1.888.257.1873403.221.0888 (FAX)ktaylor@rife.comwww.freeholdroyalties.com