Bonavista Energy Trust
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Bonavista Energy Trust

March 15, 2007 13:16 ET

Bonavista Energy Trust Confirms Cash Distribution for April 16, 2007

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - Bonavista Energy Trust (TSX:BNP.UN) announces that the monthly cash distribution generated from March production will be $0.30 per trust unit. This monthly distribution is comprised of the regular base distribution of $0.28 per trust unit, plus a supplementary distribution of $0.02 per trust unit due to the expectation that average realized commodity prices will be in excess of budget prices. The base distribution rate assumes commodity prices of CDN $8.00 per gj at AECO for natural gas and CDN $58.00 per barrel at Edmonton for light crude (this equates to approximately US $8.40 per mmbtu for NYMEX natural gas and US $50.00 per barrel for WTI crude oil). Although natural gas prices are currently weaker than these levels, oil prices offset the majority of the shortfall in natural gas prices. In addition, average commodity prices in the futures markets currently remain above pricing thresholds for Bonavista's base distribution rate. Consequently, Bonavista has declared a distribution of $0.30 per trust unit in respect of March production, to be paid on April 16, 2007 for unitholders of record on March 31, 2007. The ex-distribution date is March 28, 2007. The combined base and supplementary distribution incorporate the withholding of sufficient funds to finance capital expenditures required to maintain or modestly grow the current production base and provide sustainable distributions into the future. Bonavista continues to monitor commodity price trends and should forward strip prices fall below our threshold, we will review the supplemental portion of the monthly distribution in an effort to remain within our long-term objective of distributing between 50% and 60% of our projected cash flow. Our distribution policy is reviewed monthly and is based upon the current and future commodity price environment, our commodity hedging program, our current operations and available investment opportunities.

Forward Looking Statements

Corporate information provided herein contains forward-looking information. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information, particularly those pertaining to cash distributions, production volumes, commodity prices, operating costs and drilling results, which are considered reasonable by Bonavista at the time of preparation, may be proven to be incorrect. Actual results achieved during the forecast period will vary from the information provided herein and the variations may be material. There is no representation by Bonavista that actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as those forecast.

Contact Information

  • Bonavista Energy Trust
    Keith A. MacPhail
    President & CEO
    (403) 213-4300
    or
    Ronald J. Poelzer
    Executive Vice President & CFO
    (403) 213-4300
    or
    700, 311 - 6th Avenue SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 3H2
    (403) 213-4300
    Website: www.bonavistaenergy.com