Leucrotta Exploration Inc.
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Leucrotta Exploration Inc.

April 27, 2016 06:00 ET

Leucrotta Exploration Announces 2015 Year-End Reserves

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 27, 2016) - Leucrotta Exploration Inc. ("Leucrotta" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LXE) is pleased to announce its 2015 year-end reserves as independently evaluated by GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") effective December 31, 2015, in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 ("NI 51-101") and Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation (COGE) Handbook.

2015 Highlights

  • Increased proved plus probable reserves by 9% to 17.1 million barrels of oil equivalent ("boe") (excluding dispositions of 9.8 million boe)
  • Increased proved reserves by 11% to 8.2 million boe (excluding dispositions of 6.7 million boe)
  • Reserve replacement of 386% on a proved plus probable basis and 267% on a proved basis
  • Achieved finding and development costs including changes in FDC but excluding land and property acquisitions/dispositions on a proved plus probable basis of $6.48 per boe
  • Recycle ratio of 1.0 times on a proved plus probable basis based on Q4 2015 average netback of $10.08 per boe
  • Net asset value of $1.44 per share

Capital Expenditures

Leucrotta's capital expenditures were focused predominantly in the greater Dawson area to expand its land base, improve and expand infrastructure, and start to delineate its large Montney land base. Capital allocation by category is as follows:

Category ($000's)
Undeveloped land 15,381
Facility equipment not in use and held for sale 18,040
Property disposition (79,342 )
Sub-total acquisitions/dispositions (45,921 )
Drilling and Completion 19,460
Facilities and related infrastructure 5,643
Geological, geophysical and other 713
Sub-total capital expenditures 25,816
Total all-in capital (20,105 )

Drilling and completions capital of $19.5 million was spent in the delineation and development of its Montney projects. During 2015 Leucrotta drilled four net wells at Dawson, British Columbia, which resulted in two successful liquids-rich natural gas wells, one successful light oil well and one vertical test well awaiting results. Leucrotta will continue to spend a portion of its capital on drilling development wells and a portion of its capital on delineation of its large potential Montney resource.

Leucrotta invested $15.4 million, through both Crown land sales and private land acquisitions, to increase its Montney acreage that was adjacent to its East Doe 13-19 Montney delineation well that tested 1,290 boepd. Leucrotta's overall Montney land position strengthened to 193 gross (177 net) sections of land in the Greater Dawson-Doe area as at December 31, 2015.

During the second quarter of 2015 Leucrotta sold a property located in Dawson, BC for a cash consideration of $79.3 million. The disposed assets were producing approximately 1,300 boepd and was not integral to Leucrotta's overall development plan. Approximately half of the proceeds were used to fund the fall capital program and the purchase of the Montney acreage noted above. The remaining proceeds will be used for future capital operations.

Leucrotta also spent $18.0 million on newly fabricated gas plant equipment in 2015 that was committed to in 2014. Leucrotta had originally planned a significant expansion of its current sweet gas plant, but stopped the process when commodity prices and the business environment deteriorated. Although all components can be used for a future expansion, Leucrotta is open to selling all or a portion of such equipment and rebuilding as needed in the future.

Reserve Additions

Leucrotta continued to have positive results in its Montney delineation and development in the Dawson area of British Columbia.

The Lower Montney zone experienced positive technical revisions as wells outperformed previous reserve predictions. Well performance and new wells also had a material effect on proved reserves as 1.1 mmboes were either moved from the probable to the proved category or from un-booked directly to the lower-risk proved category.

Leucrotta has only booked reserves to a portion of 6 sections of its total 177 net sections of Montney land in the greater Dawson area. The bookings leave a material amount of land for potential future bookings and provides for a manageable amount of FDC booked ($69.0 million on a proved plus probable basis) relative to Leucrotta's current financial capabilities.

Reserves Summary

Leucrotta's December 31, 2015 reserves as prepared by GLJ and based on the GLJ (2016-01) future price forecast are as follows (1,4):

Working Interest Reserves (2)
Light/
Medium Oil (Mbbl)
Tight Oil (Mbbl) Conventional Natural Gas
(Mbbl)
Shale
Natural Gas
(Mmcf)
NGLs
(Mbbl)
Total Oil Equivalent (Mboe) (3)
Proved
Producing 80 68 167 7,418 283 1,694
Developed non-producing 0 75 0 6,230 183 1,296
Undeveloped 0 0 0 26,128 830 5,185
Total proved 80 143 167 39,776 1,296 8,176
Probable 38 44 69 44,173 1,507 8,963
Total proved & probable 118 187 235 83,950 2,803 17,139
Notes:
(1) Numbers may not add due to rounding.
(2) "Working Interest" reserves means Leucrotta's working interest (operating and non-operating) share before deduction of royalties and without including any royalty interest of Leucrotta.
(3) Oil equivalent amounts have been calculated using a conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil.
(4) See the Company's Annual Information Form ("AIF") available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com/ for the disclosure of Net reserves. "Net" reserves means Leucrotta's working interest (operated and non-operated) share after deduction of royalties, plus Leucrotta's royalty interest in reserves.

Reserves Values

The estimated future net revenues before taxes associated with Leucrotta's reserves effective December 31, 2015 and based on the GLJ (2016-01) future price forecast are summarized in the following table (1,2,3,4):

Discount factor per year
($000s) 0% 5% 10% 15% 20%
Proved
Producing 21,366 17,912 15,451 13,652 12,295
Developed Non-producing 21,208 14,315 10,160 7,484 5,650
Undeveloped 73,484 44,311 28,979 20,133 14,607
Total proved 116,059 76,538 54,591 41,268 32,552
Probable 184,525 95,758 57,992 38,916 27,938
Total proved & probable 300,584 172,296 112,583 80,184 60,490
Notes:
(1) Numbers may not add due to rounding.
(2) The estimated future net revenues are stated prior to provision for interest, debt service charges or general administrative expenses and after deduction of royalties, operating costs, estimated well abandonment and reclamation costs and estimated future capital expenditures.
(3) The estimated future net revenue contained in the table does not necessarily represent the fair market value of the reserves. There is no assurance that the forecast price and cost assumptions contained in the GLJ Report will be attained and variations could be material. The recovery and reserve estimates described herein are estimates only. Actual reserves may be greater or less than those calculated.
(4) See the Company's AIF available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com/ for the after-tax present values of future net revenue attributed to Leucrotta's reserves.

Price Forecast

The GLJ (2016-01) price forecast is as follows:


Year
WTI Oil @ Cushing
($US / Bbl)
Edmonton Light Oil
($Cdn / Bbl)
AECO Natural Gas
($Cdn / Mmbtu)
Foreign Exchange (US$/Cdn$)
2016 44.00 55.86 2.76 0.725
2017 52.00 64.00 3.27 0.750
2018 58.00 68.39 3.45 0.775
2019 64.00 73.75 3.63 0.800
2020 70.00 78.79 3.81 0.825
2021 75.00 82.35 3.90 0.850
2022 80.00 88.24 4.10 0.850
2023 85.00 94.12 4.30 0.850
2024 87.88 96.48 4.50 0.850
2025 89.63 98.41 4.60 0.850
Escalate thereafter (1) 2.0% per year 2.0% per year 2.0% per year
Note:
(1) Escalated at two per cent per year starting in 2025 in the January 1, 2016 GLJ price forecast with the exception of foreign exchange, which remains flat.

Finding and Development Costs ("F&D")

All-in F&D costs including FDC were $11.81 per boe on a proved basis and $10.13 on a proved plus probable basis. The three-year comparative which normalizes the period costs was $26.00 on a proved basis and $16.45 on a proved plus probable basis.

F&D costs were significantly affected by the large amount expended for land and gas plant equipment which was not in use and held for sale during 2014 and 2015 with no direct reserve additions during these periods for these expenditures. Certain infrastructure costs (see above) were also incurred during the period that affect all future projects as well as current projects. Long-term F&D will normalize both these cost areas but the 2014 and 2015 years were negatively affected.

F&D costs including FDC and excluding net property acquisitions/dispositions, undeveloped land acquisitions, and gas plant equipment which was not in use and held for sale were $14.29 per boe on a proved basis and $6.48 on a proved plus probable basis.

Leucrotta has presented F&D costs below both including and excluding property acquisitions/dispositions, undeveloped land acquisitions, and gas plant equipment which was not in use and held for sale.

2015 2014 3 Year Average

($000's, except where noted)

Proved
Proved &
Probable

Proved
Proved &
Probable

Proved
Proved &
Probable
F&D costs (excluding net acquisitions / dispositions)
Exploration and development expenditures 25,816 25,816 31,016 31,016 94,307 94,307
Change in FDC (1) (7,251 ) (13,642 ) 28,652 51,659 37,105 43,350
F&D costs excluding net acquisitions / dispositions (Including FDC) 18,565 12,174 59,668 82,675 131,412 137,657
All-in F&D costs (including net acquisitions / dispositions)
Exploration and development expenditures 25,816 25,816 31,016 31,016 94,307 94,307
Net acquisitions (dispositions) (45,921 ) (45,921 ) 71,851 71,851 28,308 28,308
All-in F&D costs including net acquisitions / dispositions (20,105 ) (20,105 ) 102,867 102,867 122,615 122,615
Change in FDC (43,795 ) (60,077 ) 28,652 51,659 561 (3,085 )
All-in F&D costs including net acquisitions / dispositions (Including FDC) (63,900 ) (80,182 ) 131,519 154,526 123,176 119,530
Reserve Additions (Mboe) (2)
Exploration and development 1,299 1,880 5,491 11,783 10,818 16,257
Net acquisitions / dispositions (6,708 ) (9,796 ) 627 804 (6,081 ) (8,992 )
Total Reserve Additions (5,409 ) (7,916 ) 6,118 12,587 4,737 7,265
F&D costs excluding net acquisitions / dispositions ($/boe)
Excluding FDC 19.87 13.73 5.65 2.63 8.72 5.80
Including FDC 14.29 6.48 10.87 7.02 12.15 8.47
All-in F&D costs ($/boe)
Excluding FDC 3.72 2.54 16.81 8.17 25.88 16.88
Including FDC 11.81 10.13 21.50 12.28 26.00 16.45
Notes:
(1) Future development capital ("FDC") expenditures required to recover reserves estimated by GLJ. The aggregate of the exploration and development costs incurred in the most recent financial period and the change during that period in estimated future development costs generally may not reflect total finding and development costs related to reserve additions for that period.
(2) Sum of drilling extensions, technical revisions and economic factors in the reserves reconciliation included in the Company's AIF available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com/.
(3) Leucrotta was incorporated on June 10, 2014. Leucrotta commenced active oil and natural gas operations on August 6, 2014 as a result of the closing of a plan of arrangement involving Leucrotta, Crocotta Energy Inc. ("Crocotta"), Long Run Exploration Ltd. and shareholders of Crocotta, whereby Crocotta transferred its oil and natural gas assets located in British Columbia ("BC Assets") to Leucrotta. The exploration and development expenditures, acquisitions expenditures, and reserve additions presented above include those of Leucrotta from July 10, 2014 as well as prior periods up to August 6, 2014 from the transferred BC Assets on a carve-out basis as if they had operated as a stand-alone entity subject to Crocotta's control.

Net Asset Value ("NAV")

Leucrotta's NAV as at December 31, 2015 and based on the GLJ (2016-01) future price forecast is as follows:

($000s, except per share amounts) Discounted @ 10%
Pre-tax net present value of proved & probable reserves 112,583
Undeveloped land (1) 79,225
Working capital 45,633
Net asset value 237,441
Shares outstanding (basic) 165,227
Net asset value per share $1.44
Note:
(1) Undeveloped land is included at cost of approximately $550 per acre

Reserve Life Index

Leucrotta's Reserve Life Index presented below is based on Q4 2015 average production of 1,076 boepd.

Reserve Category Reserve Life Index
Proved plus Probable Reserves 43.6
Proved 20.8

For Leucrotta's full NI51-101 disclosure related to its 2015 year-end reserves please refer to the Company's AIF available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "believe", "intends", "forecast", "plans", "guidance" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements or information.

More particularly and without limitation, this document contains forward looking statements and information relating to the Company's oil, NGLs and natural gas production and reserves and reserves values, capital programs, and oil, NGLs, and natural gas commodity prices. The forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company, including expectations and assumptions relating to prevailing commodity prices and exchange rates, applicable royalty rates and tax laws, future well production rates, the performance of existing wells, the success of drilling new wells, the availability of capital to undertake planned activities and the availability and cost of labour and services.

Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general such as 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 estimates and projections relating to production rates, costs and expenses, commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations, marketing and transportation, environmental risks, competition, the ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources and changes in tax, royalty and environmental legislation. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this document are made as of the date hereof for the purpose of providing the readers with the Company's expectations for the coming year. The forward-looking statements and information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The Company 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.

Any references in this press release to initial and/or final raw test or production rates and/or "flush" production rates are useful in confirming the presence of hydrocarbons, however, such rates are not determinative of the rates at which such wells will commence production and decline thereafter. These test results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or ultimate reserve recovery. While encouraging, readers are cautioned not to place reliance on such rates in calculating the aggregate production.

BOE Conversions

BOE's may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf: 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.

NON-GAAP Measures

Netback per barrel and its components are calculated by dividing revenue, royalties, operating and sales and transportation expenses by the gross production volume during the period. Netback per barrel is a non-GAAP measure and it is commonly used by oil and gas companies to illustrate the unit contribution of each barrel produced.

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

  • Leucrotta Exploration Inc.
    700, 639 -5th Ave SW
    Calgary, Alberta T2P 0M9
    (403) 705-4525
    (403) 705-4526 (FAX)
    www.leucrotta.ca

    Leucrotta Exploration Inc.
    Robert Zakresky
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 705-4525

    Leucrotta Exploration Inc.
    Nolan Chicoine
    Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 705-4525