Diaz Resources Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : DZR

Diaz Resources Ltd.

April 23, 2012 09:00 ET

Diaz Announces Year End Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2012) - Diaz Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:DZR) announces that is has filed its 2011 MD&A and Financial Statements on SEDAR.

Diaz Resources reported that Q4 2011 was its best quarter in terms of revenue and average product price for the past two years, largely as the result of an increase in heavy oil production. Diaz's revenue for this quarter comprised of 80% oil production, compared with 49% oil production for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Financial

For the year ended December 31, 2011, revenue decreased to $5.6 million compared with $6.5 million for the prior year period. Cash flow from operations for the year decreased to $77,000 or nil per share compared with cashflow of $1.7 million or $0.02 per share for the prior year.

Diaz reported a loss for the year of $17.0 million or $0.19 per share versus a loss of $4.0 million or $0.05 per share in the prior year. The majority of this loss related to the write down of the carrying value of Diaz's Canadian and United States natural gas properties.

Capital expenditures for 2011 totalled $5.3 million compared with $4.4 million in the prior year. Capital expenditures for the year were financed primarily from working capital, disposition of non-core properties ($2.1 million) and the proceeds from an $8.0 million private placement financing.

Diaz exited the year with net current debt of $1.7 million compared with $6.4 million at the beginning of the year. The Company's bank line was undrawn at December 31, 2011.

Production

The Company's total production for 2011 decreased 19% to average 408 BOEd compared with the prior year average of 505 BOEd. Oil production increased 11% to average 142 bopd for the year. In Q4 2011, production increased to 431 BOEd, including 225 bopd.

2012 Business Focus

Diaz expects oil prices to hold above USD $95 per barrel in 2012, as world demand for oil continues to be strong. This should result in a realized heavy oil price of CDN $70 per barrel for the year, which would support continued development of the Company's successful heavy oil projects at Macklin, Saskatchewan, and Lloydminster, Alberta.

Summary of Operations

Three Months Ended Years Ended
($ Thousands, unless indicated) December 31 December 31
2011 2010 2011 2010
Financial
Revenue (net of royalty expense) $ 1,874 $ 1,576 $ 5,621 $ 6,508
Cash flow from (used in) operations* (39 ) 560 77 1,684
per share, diluted 0.00 0.01 0.00 0.02
Loss for the period (14,466 ) (726 ) (17,230 ) (3,974 )
per share, diluted (0.16 ) (0.01 ) (0.19 ) (0.05 )
Capital additions 1,693 757 5,334 4,357
Dispositions 357 - 2,134 396
Net capital additions 1,336 757 3,200 3,961
Net current debt (1,733 ) (6,402 ) (1,733 ) (6,402 )
Convertible debentures** (12,319 ) (6,682 ) (12,319 ) (6,682 )
Total assets 19,146 34,029 19,146 34,029
Total shares outstanding at period end (millions) 89.34 90.88 89.34 90.88
Operations
Production
Gas (MMcfd) 1.2 1.9 1.6 2.3
Oil (Bopd) 225 146 142 128
BOEd (6 Mcf = 1 Bbl) 431 466 408 505
Product Prices
Gas ($/Mcf) $ 3.57 $ 4.85 $ 4.12 $ 4.80
Heavy oil ($/bbl) $ 76.35 $ 56.97 $ 70.23 $ 59.59
$ BOE $ 50.64 $ 39.02 $ 41.13 $ 37.17
Reserves (proved plus probable, future costs and prices)
Gas (Bcf) 2.8 13.3
Oil (MBbl) 741.1 1,059.0
BOE (Millions) 1.2 3.3
Net present value of future net revenue, before tax discounted at 10% *** $ 15.9 $ 38.0
Undeveloped land holdings (net acres)
Canada 51,103 53,583
United States 281 494
Total net acreage 51,384 54,077
* Non-GAAP measure. Please see the reconciliation of "cash flow from operations" to "cash flow from operating activities" found in the MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2010.
** Convertible debentures have a face value of $7.1 million with maturity on March 27, 2014, and a face value of $8.0 million with a maturity of March 31, 2016. See Note 10, "Convertible Debentures", in the notes to the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011.
*** Net present value of future net revenue may not represent fair market value of reserves.

Further information regarding financial and operating results may be obtained at www.sedar.com, where the Company's MD&A and financial statements have been filed.

Diaz is an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Calgary, Alberta. Diaz's current focus is on oil development and exploration in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

ADVISORY: Certain information in this news release, including drilling plans and projected drilling, completion and equipping costs, and production rates from the Lloydminster and Macklin fields may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks including, without limitation, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, environmental risks, competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, capital expenditure costs, including drilling, completion and facilities costs, delays resulting from or inability to obtain 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 foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

Where amounts are expressed on a barrel of oil equivalent (boe) basis, natural gas volumes have been converted to barrels of oil at six thousand cubic feet (mcf) per barrel (bbl). Boe figures may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion of six thousand cubic feet per barrel is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. References to oil in this discussion include crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs).

The forward looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Diaz undertakes no obligations 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.

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