Fairborne Energy Trust

Fairborne Energy Trust

January 15, 2007 09:00 ET

Fairborne Energy Trust Announces Cdn $0.13 Cash Distribution for February 15, 2007 Payment Date, Exchangeable Share Ratio Increase and Updates Its 2007 Hedging Position

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 15, 2007) - Fairborne Energy Trust (TSX:FEL.UN) today confirmed a cash distribution of CDN $0.13 per trust unit for the month of January 2007. The distribution will be paid on February 15, 2007 to Unitholders of record on January 31, 2007. The ex-distribution date is January 29, 2007.

Fairborne Energy Trust today announced the increase to the Exchange Ratio of the Exchangeable Shares of Fairborne Energy Ltd. from 1.17375 to 1.18895. This increase will be effective on January 15, 2007.

The increase in the Exchange Ratio is calculated as follows:

Record Date of Fairborne Energy Trust Distribution: December 31, 2006
Opening Exchange Ratio: 1.17375
Fairborne Energy Trust Distribution per Unit: $ 0.13
Fiveday Weighted Average Trading Price of FEL.UN
(prior to the end of December): $10.04
Increase in Exchange Ratio (ii): 0.01520
Effective Date of the Increase in Exchange Ratio: January 15, 2007
Exchange Ratio as of the Effective Date: 1.18895

Fairborne is pleased to provide an update to its 2007 risk management strategy. The objective of the strategy is to assist in managing cash flows and to support capital programs and distributions. Fairborne presently has 46% of its first quarter natural gas volumes and 40% of its second quarter natural gas volumes hedged at $9.73 and $7.85/MCF CDN respectively. With respect to crude oil, 41% of first quarter volumes and 47% of second quarter volumes are hedged at $64.22 and $66.75 US/BBL respectively.

Overall for 2007 Fairborne has 27% of its natural gas volumes hedged at $8.91/MCF CDN and 34% of its crude oil hedged at $67.37 US/BBL.

The following table summarizes our natural gas and crude oil hedging for

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2007
Natural Gas 46% 40% 10% 13% 27%
CDN/MCF $ 9.73 $ 7.85 $ 8.99 $ 9.20 $ 8.91
Crude 41% 47% 24% 24% 34.1%
US/BBL $64.22 $66.75 $70.68 $70.98 $67.37

(ii) The increase in the Exchange Ratio is calculated by multiplying the
Fairborne Energy Trust Distribution per Unit by the Opening Exchange
Ratio and dividing by the Five-day Weighted Average Trading Price of

Exchangeable Shares of Fairborne Energy Ltd. trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol FXL. A holder of Fairborne Energy Ltd. Exchangeable Shares can exchange all or a portion of their holdings into trust units of Fairborne Energy Trust at any time, by giving notice to their investment advisor or Computershare Trust Company of Canada at its principal transfer office at Suite 710, 530 - 8th Ave., SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 3S8.

Certain information set forth in this document, contains forward-looking statements including management's assessment of future plans and operations of Fairborne Energy Trust ("Fairborne"), the inventory of drilling prospects and potential drilling locations, future or anticipated production levels, the risk/reward potential of the portfolio of plays, recoverable reserves and recoverable reserves per well, drilling plans and the costs thereof, expected payout ratio, expenditures pursuant to the capital program and the results therefrom, the debt to cash flow ratio, tax horizon and potential reserves and resource potential. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond these parties' control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, delays resulting from or the inability to obtain required regulatory approvals, inability to retain and delays in retaining drilling rigs and other services, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources.

Additional information on these and other risks that could affect Fairborne's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com), or at Fairborne's website (www.fairbornetrust.com). Readers 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. The actual results, performance or achievement of Fairborne could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that Fairborne will derive therefrom. Fairborne disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. BOE disclosure may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf to 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. Fairborne Energy Trust is a growth oriented, energy trust operating exclusively in western Canada. Fairborne's units are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "FEL.UN".

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