Cygam Energy Inc.
TSX VENTURE : CYG

Cygam Energy Inc.

May 21, 2013 16:00 ET

CYGAM Announces Q1 Financial Results and Quarterly Filings

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) - CYGAM Energy Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CYG) ("CYGAM", or the "Company"), an emerging oil and gas company with interests in Tunisia and Italy, has filed its Shareholder Report, Interim Financial Results and Management Discussion & Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2013 pursuant to the requirements of the applicable securities laws. These filings may be viewed on the Company's web site (www.cygamenergy.com) or at www.sedar.com.

CYGAM's Q1 results showed continuing good production volumes and revenues from the TT Field that is contained within the Bir Ben Tartar ("BBT") Concession in the Sud Remada Permit. Strong pricing, excellent netbacks and cash flow from its Brent-priced Tunisian oil production resulted in CYGAM's continued positive cash flow in the first quarter.

Under the production sharing contract established for the Sud Remada Permit with the Tunisian state oil company, Enterprise Tunisienne d'Activities Petrolieres ("ETAP"), CYGAM holds a 14 percent working interest through its wholly owned subsidiary Rigo Oil Company Tunisia Ltd., in partnership with Storm Ventures International, a subsidiary of Chinook Energy Inc. ("Chinook"), who holds the remaining 86 percent working interest and operates.

Highlights of the quarter and year to date

  • Gross production from the TT Field averaged 3,051 bopd (268 bopd CYGAM net, post ETAP) from twelve wells;

  • Oil net revenue was $1,769,392 compared to $2,084,756 in Q1/2012 however there was substantial unsold production held in inventory at the end of the quarter which was subsequently sold in April 2013;

  • Operating netbacks were $82.99 per barrel (on revenue of $111.65 per barrel with operating costs of $28.66 per barrel), consistent with netbacks in recent quarters;

  • Net loss of $119,231 compared to net income of $374,579 in Q1/2012;

  • In Italy activities on CYGAM's offshore Elsa discovery continued with the operator proceeding with seeking permit and regulatory approvals with respect to the exploratory well expected to be drilled in early 2014.

  • In early May, CYGAM executed a Revolving Promissory Note with its major shareholder and a director of the Company which provides up to $2.5 million to be drawn down as required by the Company. This source of financing strengthens the balance sheet and provides the company with sufficient near term capital resources for its ongoing investment programme at the TT Field in Tunisia.
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Three Months ended March 31,
2013 2012
Oil revenue - Tunisia $ 1,769,392 $ 2,084,756
Other income 3,419 986
1,772,811 2,085,742
Operating costs 454,190 503,344
General and administrative 610,191 465,087
Stock based compensation 30,364 26,522
Financing costs 21,955 984
Exploration expense 54,120 -
Depletion and depreciation 721,222 715,225
1,892,042 1,711,162
Net income (loss) (119,231 ) $ 374,580
per share - basic and diluted $ - $ -
Total assets $ 20,790,766 $ 17,196,338
OPERATING
Three Months ended March 31,
2013 2012
Oil revenues $ 1,769,392 $ 2,084,756
Operating costs $ (454,190 ) $ (503,344 )
Net operating income $ 1,315,201 $ 1,581,412
Depletion and depreciation $ 721,222 $ 715,225
Revenue per boe $ 111.65 $ 120.99
Operating costs per boe $ 28.66 $ 29.21
Operating income per boe $ 82.99 $ 91.78
(1) Net operating income and netback are non-IFRS measures. Net operating income and netback is defined as revenue less operating costs.
(2) Since ETAP pays all taxes and royalties from its share of production, net operating income is effectively after tax to the Company.

About CYGAM Energy Inc.

CYGAM is a Calgary based exploration company with extensive international exploration permits and producing properties in Tunisia. The main focus of the Company is the acquisition, exploration and development of international oil and gas permits, primarily in Italy, Tunisia and the Mediterranean Basin. CYGAM currently holds various interests in seven exploratory permits in Italy and three exploratory permits in Tunisia encompassing approximately 2.6 million gross acres.

Forward Looking Information

In the interest of providing shareholders and potential investors with information regarding Cygam, including management's assessment of the future plans and operations of Cygam, certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward- looking statements or information (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "project", "could", "plan", "intend", "should", "believe", "outlook", "potential", "target" and similar words suggesting future events or future performance. In particular, this news release contains, without limitation, forward-looking statements pertaining to future Tunisian operations and transactions respecting Cygam's Tunisian assets and the timing thereof.

With respect to the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, Cygam has made assumptions regarding, among other things: the ability of the operator to continue to operate in Tunisia with limited logistical security and operational issues, future capital expenditure levels, future oil and natural gas prices, future oil and natural gas production levels, ability to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out exploration and development activities, the impact of increasing competition, the ability of Cygam and its partners to add production and reserves through development and exploitation activities, certain commodity price and other cost assumptions, the continued availability of adequate financing and cash flow to fund its planned expenditures. Although Cygam believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, and the assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements included in this news release, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause Cygam's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward- looking statements.

These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: political and security risks associated with the Tunisian operations; risks associated with the operation of Cygam's assets by third parties, including the limited ability of Cygam to exercise influence over the operation of those assets or their associated costs, the timing and amount of capital expenditures, the operator's expertise and financial resources, the approval of other participants, and the selection of technology and risk management practices; risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve and resource estimates, the continued impact of shut-in production, environmental risks, competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, capital expenditure costs, including drilling, completion and facilities costs, unexpected decline rates in wells, delays in projects and/or operations resulting from surface conditions, wells not performing as expected, delays resulting from or inability to obtain the required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the forgoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Cygam's operations and financial results are included reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) and at Cygam's website (www.cygamenergy.com). Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and Cygam does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

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