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Marquee Energy Ltd. announces 330% increase in Michichi core area reserves

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Marquee Energy Ltd. announces 330% increase in Michichi core area reserves07:00 EST Thursday, March 07, 2013CALGARY, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Marquee Energy Ltd. ("Marquee" or the "Company") (TSXV: MQL) is pleased to announce the results of its 2012 year-end oil and gas reserves evaluation.Marquee's year-end 2012 reserves were evaluated by independent reserves evaluator Sproule & Associates Consultants Ltd. ("Sproule"). The evaluation of all of Marquee's oil and gas properties was done in accordance with the definitions, standards and procedures contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGE Handbook") and National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101"). Additional reserve information as required under NI 51-101 will be included in the Company's Annual Information Form which is expected to be filed on SEDAR on March 22, 2013.Highlights of the 2012 reserve report include:Net present value of future net revenue for current reserves is $140.5 million calculated before tax and at a 10% discount rate at December 31, 2012.  Management estimates a Net Asset Value ("NAV") of $118.7 million or $1.96 per fully diluted share, calculated as set out below.Achieved finding and development costs, excluding acquisitions and dispositions, and including changes in undiscounted future development capital, of $8.82 per proved plus probable boe, and $17.92 per proved boe.Proved plus probable reserves increased at Michichi by 330% to 3,301 MBOE and over 18% to 1,965 MBOE at Lloydminster.Combined proved plus probable oil-weighted reserves at Michichi and Lloydminster now account for more than 44% of Marquee's total proved plus probable reserves.Increased proved reserves by 28% to 6.5 MMboe (61% oil and NGLs compared to 51% in 2011) and increased proved plus probable reserves by 9% to 11.9 MMboe (59% oil and NGLs compared to 47% in 2011).Increased the proved developed producing component of total proved reserves from 39% to 58% year over year. Total proved reserves now represent 54% of total proved plus probable reserves compared to 47% in the prior year.Increased proved developed producing reserves year over year by 87%.Proved reserve additions replaced 169% of production.Maintained a long reserve life index of 14.6 years for proved plus probable reserves and 7.9 years for proved reserves, based on fourth quarter 2012 average production of 2,240 BOE/d.Summary of ReservesAs at December 31, 2012(1) Gross Company ReservesDescriptionLight Oil(Mbbl)Heavy Oil(Mbbl)Gas (MMcf)NGL(Mbbl)Total(Mboe)Proved Producing1,0321,0129,1341763,744Proved non-producing65 90021236Undeveloped1,479325,3311142,513Total proved(2)2,5761,04415,3653116,493Probable1,81992214,3463215,452Total proved plus probable(2)4,3951,96629,71163211,945   (1)Based on Sproule December 31, 2012 forecast prices   (2)Gross Company reserves are the Company's total working interest share before the deduction of royalties.Summary of Before Tax Net Present ValuesAs at December 31, 2012(1) Before Tax Net Present Value of Future Revenue ($M) Discount RateDescription0%5%10%15%20%Proved Producing97,79681,11869,70961,42155,134Proved non-producing5,7975,0924,5284,0713,694Undeveloped46,93228,16416,7899,3884,336Total proved150,524114,37391,02774,88063,164Probable135,34679,24049,50731,95920,802Total proved plus probable285,870193,613140,534106,83983,966   (1)Based on Sproule December 31, 2012 forecast pricesReconciliation of Reserves2012 Reserves Reconciliation December31, 2011Acquired(Sold)ProductionAdditions,revisionsDecember31, 2012Total proved (Mboe)5,077(213)(693)2,3226,493Proved + probable (Mboe)10,913(1,645)(693)3,37011,945Marquee incurred capital expenditures of $44.6 million in 2012, of which $38.2 million was spent on exploration and development and $6.4 million was spent on land and seismic.  The following table summarizes Marquee's Finding and Development costs including changes in Future Development Costs.Finding and Development CostsIn accordance with NI 51-101  Future Development Costs("FDC")Finding and Development Costs (2)  UndiscountedDiscounted (1)UndiscountedDiscounted (1)2011Total Proved$59.5 million$49.5 million   Total Proved + Probable$122.3 million$101.50 million  2012Total Proved$58.2 million$51.0 million$17.92$19.13 Total Proved + Probable$109.1 million$95.9 million$8.82$11.23Y/Y changeTotal Proved($1.3 million)$1.5 million   Total Proved + Probable($13.2 million)($5.1 million)     (1)Discounted at 10%   (2)Including change in FDCNet Asset Value Per ShareNet Asset Value at December 31, 2012Proved plus probable NPV before income taxes @ 10% (1)$140.5 millionEstimated net debt at December 31, 2012($43.8 million)Estimated undeveloped land value (2)22.0 millionTotal$118.7 millionBasic shares outstanding54.7 millionNet Asset Value Per Basic Share$2.17Fully diluted shares outstanding60.5 millionNet Asset Value Per Fully Diluted Share$1.96   (1)As presented in the Sproule reserve report dated effective December 31, 2012   (2)Internal management estimateMarquee has a reserves committee, comprised of independent board members that review the qualifications and appointment of the independent reserve evaluators.  The committee also reviews the procedures for providing information to the evaluators.  All booked reserves are based upon annual evaluations by the independent qualified reserve evaluators conducted in accordance with the COGE (Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation) Handbook and NI 51-101.  The evaluations are conducted using all available geological and engineering data.  The reserves committee has reviewed the reserves information and approved the reserve report.Marquee expects to release year end 2012 financial information and provide an operations update following the close of market on March 21, 2013.Further Information about Marquee Energy Ltd.Marquee Energy Ltd. is a publicly traded Calgary-based growth oriented junior oil and gas company currently focused on high rate of return, oil and liquids rich gas production in Southern Alberta.  Further information about Marquee Energy Ltd. may be found in its continuous disclosure documents filed with Canadian securities regulators at the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATIONCertain statements included or incorporated by reference in this news release may constitute forward looking statements under applicable securities legislation.  Such forward looking statements or information typically contain statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose", or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook.  Forward looking statements or information in this news release may include, but are not limited to:  capital expenditures;estimated reserve quantities and the discounted present value of future net cash flows from such reserves;net asset values;petroleum and natural gas sales;exploration and development plans;operating and other expenses; androyalty and income tax rates.Such forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of assumptions all or any of which may prove to be incorrect.  In addition to any other assumptions identified in this document, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things:the ability of the Company to obtain equipment, services and supplies in a timely manner to carry out its  activities;the ability of the Company to market crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas successfully to  current and new customers;the ability to secure adequate product transportation;the timely receipt of required regulatory approvals;the ability of the Company to obtain financing on acceptable terms;interest rates; future crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas prices; andManagement's expectations relating to the timing and results of development activities.Forward-looking information is 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 information. The material risk factors affecting the Company and its business are contained in Marquee's Annual Information Form which is available under Marquee's issuer profile on SEDAR at The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws. The forward looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. BOEs are presented on the basis of one BOE for six Mcf of natural gas. Disclosure provided herein in respect of BOE 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. Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value.Estimated net present values of future net revenues do not represent a fair market value.The estimates of reserves and future net revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties, due to the effects of aggregation.SOURCE: Marquee Energy Ltd.For further information: Richard Thompson President & Chief Executive Officer (403) 384-0000 Roy Evans Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer (403) 384-0000 or visit the Company's website at