Bellamont Exploration Ltd.
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Bellamont Exploration Ltd.

August 27, 2009 08:37 ET

Bellamont Exploration Ltd. Announces Second Quarter 2009 Results; a $6.2 Million Bought Deal Financing; and an Increase to Its Capital Budget and Production Guidance

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2009) -

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Bellamont Exploration Ltd. (the "Corporation" or "Bellamont") (TSX VENTURE:BMX.A) (TSX VENTURE:BMX.B) is pleased to provide a summary of its 2009 second quarter results, together with the announcement of a $6.2 million bought deal financing and increase to its capital budget and production guidance.

SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:

- Increased average production for the 10th consecutive quarter to 867 Boe/d an increase of 21% from Q1 2009 and 133% from Q2 2008;

- Funds generated from operations before the bad debts provision of $520,000 was $914,000;

- Reduced operating expenses on a per Boe basis by 10.8% from Q1 2009 and 19.1% from the 2008 full year average;

- Incurred capital expenditures of $1.7 million;

- Purchase 6 sections of land in the Valhalla area;

- Conducted 3 (3 net) workovers and tie-in of 1 (1 net) natural gas well that was recompleted in Q1 2009;

- Exited the quarter with $847,000 working capital surplus.

BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING

The Corporation is pleased to announce that it has entered into a bought deal financing agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by FirstEnergy Capital Corp. and including GMP Securities L.P., RBC Capital Markets and National Bank Financial (collectively, the "Underwriters") to issue 10,000,000 Class A shares at a price of $0.62 per share for gross proceeds of $6,200,000 (the "Offering"). In addition, the Underwriters have been granted an over-allotment option (which may be exercised prior to the closing of the Offering or for 30 days thereafter) to purchase an additional 1,500,000 Class A Shares at a price of $0.62 per Class A share for further gross proceeds of $930,000, which if fully exercised, would increase the gross proceeds from the Offering to $7,130,000.

The Class A Shares shall be offered in all provinces of Canada (other than Quebec) by way of short form prospectus, and in the U.S. on a private placement basis pursuant to exemptions from registration requirements. The closing of the offering is expected to occur on September 24, 2009, and is subject to certain conditions including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.

INCREASE TO CAPITAL BUDGET AND PRODUCTION GUIDANCE

As a result of the bought deal financing, the Corporation's Board of Directors has approved a $7.1 million increase to the capital budget to a total of $14.1 million. The Corporation expects to fund the expanded capital program out of the proceeds from the financing and cash flow. If necessary, the Corporation can also draw from its unutilized $7.25 million line of credit. The increased capital will be directed to:

- 5 re-entry completions and 1 horizontal drill targeting Falher natural gas in the Valhalla area;

- 2 horizontal wells targeting Montney oil offsetting the Corporation's recent successful horizontal well in the Grimshaw area.

As a result of the capital budget, Bellamont has increased its production guidance by 300 Boe/d to 1200 Boe/d (25% oil). The Corporation expects to exit the year with 1100 Boe/d and add another 100 Boe/d in the first quarter of 2010.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The Corporation will file its unaudited financial statements and related management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009, with Canadian securities regulatory authorities on the SEDAR. Copies of these documents may be accessed electronically on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or at www.bellamont.com. Certain selected financial and operational information for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 comparatives are set out below and should be read in conjunction with Bellamont's financial statements and MD&A.



Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30 June 30
2009 2008 2009 2008
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Financial ($)
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Petroleum and natural gas
sales 2,365,257 2,783,742 4,616,287 4,748,969
Funds generated from
operations (1) (3) 394,245 1,250,866 753,408 2,028,939
Per share basic and diluted 0.01 0.03 0.01 0.05
Cash flow from operating
activities 1,191,360 1,769,899 1,304,846 2,477,456
Per share basic and diluted 0.02 0.04 0.02 0.06
Net income and
comprehensive income (loss)
(3) (1,546,125) 119,841 (2,929,337) (165,763)
Per share basic and diluted (0.03) - (0.05) -
Capital expenditures 1,702,000 6,630,000 4,493,000 11,507,000
Net working capital surplus 847,227 4,563,738 847,227 4,563,738
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Operating
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Production
Crude oil (Bbls per day) 174 117 187 109
Natural gas (Mcf per day) 4,058 1,484 3,551 1,434
Natural gas liquids (Bbls per
day) 16 8 13 9
Barrels of oil equivalent
(Boe per day, 6:1) 867 372 792 357
Average realized price
Crude oil ($ per Bbl) 61.09 120.00 52.88 107.60
Natural gas ($ per Mcf) 3.56 10.56 4.19 9.39
Natural gas liquids ($ per
Bbl) 56.74 114.76 53.10 103.10
Barrels of oil equivalent ($
per Boe, 6:1) 29.99 82.21 32.19 73.14
Netback per Boe (6:1) ($)
Petroleum and natural gas
sales 29.99 82.21 32.19 73.14
Royalties (0.70) (11.70) (3.77) (10.87)
Operating expenses (12.04) (15.89) (12.70) (16.28)
Transportation expenses (1.27) (2.11) (1.42) (2.44)
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Operating Netback 15.98 52.51 14.30 43.55
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Undeveloped land holdings
Gross acres 65,878 45,978
Net acres 40,903 28,323
Average working interest 62.0% 61.0%

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Common Shares
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Shares outstanding, end of
period
Class A Shares 44,649,115 44,637,449 44,649,115 44,637,449
Class B Shares 1,012,000 1,012,000 1,012,000 1,012,000
Weighted average shares
Basic Shares Outstanding (2) 54,769,115 42,808,603 54,769,115 41,330,746
Diluted Shares Outstanding
(2) 54,769,115 43,561,043 54,769,115 41,330,746
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(1) Management uses funds generated from operations to analyze operating
performance and leverage. Funds generated from operations as presented
do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP and
therefore it may not be comparable with the calculation of similar
measures for other entities.
(2) For the period ended June 30, 2009 the Class B shares are converted
at the minimum Class A share price of $1.00 and added to the Class A
shares to calculate basic shares and the diluted shares outstanding.
(3) The Company has increased its bad debts provision by $520,000 related
to the CCAA filing of SEM Canada Crude and SEM Canada Energy, which has
negatively impacted funds generated from operations and increased the
net loss in the quarter.


OUTLOOK

Bellamont's strategy is to build a low risk reserve, production and cash flow base through acquiring, developing and exploring primarily in the Peace River Arch area of Alberta. Bellamont has a strong, technically focused management team that internally generates and develops high quality, large resource based prospects. Specific to the Peace River Arch area, the Corporation has compiled an undeveloped land inventory of 45,116 gross acres (29,743 net).

Bellamont has successfully built significant land positions around discoveries in three areas in the Peace River Arch - Grimshaw (Montney oil), Rycroft (Montney oil) and Valhalla (Falher natural gas). These areas provide a solid platform for future production and reserves growth.

The Corporation's balance sheet remains strong with an estimated $0.85 million of positive working capital as of June 30, 2009 and a $7.25 million unutilized line of credit that has recently been renewed with Bellamont's lender.

The Corporation intends to maintain its discipline and concentrate on strategic acquisition opportunities that are accretive on cash flow, production and reserves on a per share basis, while maintaining a strong balance sheet. The Corporation currently has no flow-though obligations.

Readers are encouraged to visit the Corporation's web page at www.bellamont.com to view the current corporate presentation.

Bellamont is an emerging oil and gas company focused on the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in western Canada and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbols "BMX.A" and "BMX.B". The Corporation now has 44,780,781 Class A shares and 1,012,000 Class B shares outstanding.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements including expectations of future production, cash flow and earnings. More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning Bellamont's future production estimates, expansion of oil and gas property interests, exploration and development drilling, capital expenditures and number and drilling locations to be drilled in 2009. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Bellamont, including expectations with respect to the anticipated closing date of the proposed financing and assumptions concerning the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of existing wells, the performance of new wells and prevailing commodity prices. Although Bellamont 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 Bellamont 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, which could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to: the risks associated with the oil and gas industry (e.g. operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, and health, safety and environmental risks), commodity price, price and exchange rate fluctuation, uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures, and failure to obtain necessary approvals for or otherwise satisfy conditions to completion of the proposed financing. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Bellamont's operations or financial results are included in Bellamont's reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Bellamont 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

Oil and Gas Advisory

This press release contains disclosure expressed as "Boe/d". All oil and natural gas equivalency volumes have been derived using the ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil. Equivalency measures may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the well head.

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Neither 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.

Contact Information

  • Bellamont Exploration Ltd.
    Steve Moran
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 802-1355
    Email: info@bellamont.com
    Website: www.bellamont.com
    or
    Bellamont Exploration Ltd.
    200, 1324-17th Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, Alberta T2T 5S8