Lundin Petroleum AB
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Lundin Petroleum AB

November 06, 2013 01:41 ET

Lundin Petroleum AB: Report for the Nine Months Ended 30 September 2013

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwired - Nov. 6, 2013) - Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) (TSX:LUP)(OMX:LUPE) -

Third quarter ended 30 September 2013 (30 September 2012)

  • Production of 29.4 Mboepd (36.6 Mboepd) - Reduced production due to the planned Alvheim FPSO shutdown in August and integrity issues on certain Alvheim wells.
  • Revenue of MUSD 279.8 (MUSD 343.3)
  • EBITDA of MUSD 222.1 (MUSD 273.6)
  • Operating cash flow of MUSD 267.9 (MUSD 218.4)
  • Net result of MUSD 1.7 (MUSD 44.9)
  • Non-cash impairment costs in Malaysia amounted to MUSD 39.3 after tax
  • Gohta oil discovery in the Barents Sea, Norway
  • Heads of agreement signed with Rosneft for the sale of a 51 percent interest in the Lagansky Block, Russia

Nine months ended 30 September 2013 (30 September 2012)

  • Production of 33.3 Mboepd (35.6 Mboepd)
  • Revenue of MUSD 907.6 (MUSD 1,028.9)
  • EBITDA of MUSD 742.3 (MUSD 854.3)
  • Operating cash flow of MUSD 770.8 (MUSD 594.0)
  • Net result of MUSD 49.9 (MUSD 156.6)
  • Net debt of MUSD 808 (31 Dec 2012 MUSD 335)
  • Oil discovery in Luno II, offshore Norway

Comments from C. Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO

Today our net resources have grown to over one billion barrels of recoverable oil equivalent with a particular focus on Norway. I am very pleased to report that this strategy continues to deliver positive results with this year's exploration successes at Luno II and Gohta in the Norwegian North and Barents Seas respectively.

We remain firmly on target to double our production to over 70,000 boepd by the end of 2015. My confidence in achieving this target has increased over recent weeks as a result of the excellent progress on the Edvard Grieg development project offshore Norway where we remain on schedule and within budget.

2014 will see an aggressive appraisal programme on recent exploration discoveries. Our 2014 drilling programme will include the appraisal of the Luno II, Gohta and Tembakau discoveries in Norway and Malaysia. I believe that this appraisal programme will result in all these three projects achieving commerciality and the consequent booking of reserves.

Up to the end of 2014 our exploration drilling programme includes the drilling of at least ten exploration wells in Norway and Malaysia.

We continue to generate strong cash flow, we are well funded with lots of financial flexibility, we are on track to double our production from our development project pipeline by the end of 2015, recent discoveries are being appraised and will result in further reserve increases and Johan Sverdrup is simply a once in a lifetime discovery.

Listen to President and CEO Ashley Heppenstall and CFO Geoffrey Turbott comment on the report at the live webcast presentation on Wednesday 6 November at 09.00 CET.

The presentation and slides will be available on www.lundin-petroleum.com following the presentation. Please dial in to listen to the presentation on the following telephone numbers:

Sweden: + 46 8 505 564 74, International: +44 203 364 5374, International Toll Free Number: +1 855 753 2230

To view the whole report please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/lund1106.pdf

This information has been made public in accordance with the Securities Market Act (SFS 2007:528) and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act (SFS 1991:980).

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made and information contained herein constitute "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable securities legislation). Such statements and information (together, "forward-looking statements") relate to future events, including the Company's future performance, business prospects or opportunities. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to estimates of reserves and/or resources, future production levels, future capital expenditures and their allocation to exploration and development activities, future drilling and other exploration and development activities. Ultimate recovery of reserves or resources are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.

All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Statements concerning proven and probable reserves and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements and reflect conclusions that are based on certain assumptions that the reserves and resources can be economically exploited. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe" and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be relied upon. These statements speak only as on the date of the information and the Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties relating to, among other things, operational risks (including exploration and development risks), productions costs, availability of drilling equipment, reliance on key personnel, reserve estimates, health, safety and environmental issues, legal risks and regulatory changes, competition, geopolitical risk, and financial risks. These risks and uncertainties are described in more detail under the heading "Risks and Risk Management" and elsewhere in the Company's annual report. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Reserves and Resources

Unless otherwise stated, Lundin Petroleum's reserve and resource estimates are as at 31 December 2012, and have been prepared and audited in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101") and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGE Handbook"). Unless otherwise stated, all reserves estimates contained herein are the aggregate of "Proved Reserves" and "Probable Reserves", together also known as "2P Reserves". For further information on reserve and resource classifications, see "Reserves, Resources and Production" in the Company's annual report.

Contingent Resources

Contingent Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political and regulatory matters or a lack of markets. There is no certainty that it will be commercially viable for the Company to produce any portion of the Contingent Resources.

Prospective Resources

Prospective Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects. Prospective Resources have both a chance of discovery and a chance of development. There is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the Prospective Resources. Unless otherwise stated, all Prospective Resource estimates contained herein are reflecting a P50 Prospective Resource estimate. Risked Prospective Resources reported herein are partially risked. They have been risked for chance of discovery, but have not been risked for chance of development.

BOEs

BOEs 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.

Contact Information

  • Lundin Petroleum AB
    Maria Hamilton
    Head of Corporate Communications
    +41 22 595 10 00 or +46 8 440 54 50
    Mobile: +41 79 63 53 641
    maria.hamilton@lundin.ch

    Lundin Petroleum AB
    Teitur Poulsen
    VP Corporate Planning & Investor Relations
    +41 22 595 10 00
    www.lundin-petroleum.com