TRILOGY ENERGY CORP.
TSX : TET

TRILOGY ENERGY CORP.

August 07, 2012 17:18 ET

News Release: Trilogy Energy Corp. Announces Financial and Operating Results for the Three and Six Months-Ended June 30, 2012

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2012) - Trilogy Energy Corp. (TSX:TET) ("Trilogy") is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the three and six months-ended June 30, 2012.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reported sales volumes for the second quarter of 2012 averaged 34,585 Boe/d compared to 31,012 Boe/d for the previous quarter, representing a 12 percent increase over the sales volumes for the prior quarter.
  • Oil sales volumes increased 22 percent quarter-over-quarter (255 percent year-to-date 2012 over year-to-date 2011). Combined oil and natural gas liquids sales volumes increased to 40 percent of total sales volumes.
  • Oil and natural gas liquids sales represented 79 percent of total sales revenue (before hedges), up from 76 percent in the prior quarter.
  • Operating expenses on a per boe basis decreased by 10 percent quarter-over-quarter to $7.67 per boe.
  • Net capital expenditures totaled $32.9 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $180.4 million for the prior quarter. In total, 10 (6.0 net) wells were drilled in the quarter. Trilogy completed the construction of its Kaybob Montney oil infrastructure towards the end of May.
  • Dividends to Shareholders for the second quarter of 2012 were $12.2 million or 22 percent of cash flow from operations (prior quarter - 21 percent).
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS TABLE
(In thousand Canadian dollars except per share amounts and where stated otherwise)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30
June 30, 2012 Mar 31, 2012 Change % 2012 2011 Change %
FINANCIAL
Petroleum and natural gas sales 108,861 108,080 1 216,941 174,054 25
Funds flow
From operations(1) 55,303 58,933 (6 ) 114,236 97,692 17
Per share - diluted 0.46 0.49 (5 ) 0.96 0.83 15
Earnings
Earnings (loss) before tax 447 (2,601 ) 117 (2,154 ) 11,239 (119 )
Per share - diluted 0.00 (0.03 ) 108 (0.02 ) 0.10 (119 )
Earnings (loss) after tax 282 (3,003 ) 109 (2,721 ) 7,661 (136 )
Per share - diluted 0.00 (0.03 ) 108 (0.02 ) 0.07 (135 )
Dividends declared 12,242 12,215 0 24,458 24,275 1
Per share 0.105 0.105 0 0.210 0.210 0
Capital expenditures
Exploration, development, land, and facility 30,699 180,226 (83 ) 210,925 178,541 18
Acquisitions (dispositions) and other - net 2,259 188 1,101 2,447 (1,896 ) 229
Net capital expenditures 32,958 180,414 (82 ) 213,372 176,645 21
Total assets 1,355,818 1,391,120 (3 ) 1,355,818 1,118,179 21
Net debt(1) 603,276 625,796 (4 ) 603,276 406,409 48
Shareholders' equity 510,958 520,384 (2 ) 510,958 537,004 (5 )
Total shares outstanding (thousands) - As at end of period (2) 116,491 116,216 0 116,491 115,776 1
OPERATING
Production
Natural gas (MMcf/d) 125 113 11 119 123 (3 )
Oil (Bbl/d) 9,788 8,023 22 8,905 2,510 255
Natural gas liquids (Boe/d) 3,948 4,236 (7 ) 4,092 4,327 (5 )
Total production (Boe/d @ 6:1) 34,585 31,012 12 32,798 27,352 20
Average prices before financial instruments
Natural gas ($/Mcf) 1.99 2.49 (20 ) 2.23 3.98 (44 )
Crude Oil ($/Bbl) 76.87 86.15 (11 ) 81.05 92.45 (12 )
Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) 49.26 51.16 (4 ) 50.24 55.46 (9 )
Average realized price 34.59 38.30 (10 ) 36.34 35.16 3
Drilling activity (gross)
Gas 4 17 (76 ) 21 25 (16 )
Oil 6 14 (57 ) 20 5 300
Total wells 10 31 (68 ) 41 30 37

(1) Funds flow from operations and net debt are non-GAAP terms. Funds flow from operations represents cash flow from operating activities before net changes in operating working capital accounts. Net debt is equal to long-term debt plus/minus working capital. Please refer to the advisory on Non-GAAP measures below.

(2) Excluding shares held in trust for the benefit of Trilogy's officers and employees under the Company's Share Incentive Plan. Includes Common Shares and Non-voting Shares. Refer to the notes to the annual consolidated financial statements for additional information.

OUTLOOK

Since converting from a Trust in February 2010, Trilogy has grown its average daily production from 19,800 Boe/d to 34,585 Boe/d in the second quarter of 2012. During that same period, Trilogy has also responded to the low natural gas pricing environment by increasing the crude oil and natural gas liquids component of its production from 21 percent to approximately 40 percent. Inherent in this kind of growth is the potential for significant and unpredictable operational challenges such as those outlined in this review of Trilogy's second quarter of 2012. While these challenges have not impacted the wells or recoverable reserves, they have affected the timing of the recovery of certain reserves. As a result of these challenges, together with wet weather conditions and the redirection of capital away from natural gas during continued low natural gas prices, the Company is revising its 2012 annual guidance as follows:

Total Gas Oil NGL
Average production (Boe/d)(MMcf/d)(Bbl/d)(Boe/d)
H1 Actual 32,798 119 8,905 4,092
H2 Estimated 41,000 139 13,296 4,500
Annual Estimated 37,000 129 11,141 4,305
Average Operating Costs$7.50 /Boe
Capital Expenditures$300 million

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A copy of Trilogy's June 30, 2012 quarterly report to the Shareholders, including the Management's Discussion and Analysis and unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related notes can be obtained at http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/807tet_report.pdf. This report will also be made available at a later date through Trilogy's website at www.trilogyenergy.com and SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

ABOUT TRILOGY

Trilogy is a growing petroleum and natural gas-focused Canadian energy corporation that actively acquires, develops, produces and sells natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. Trilogy's geographically concentrated assets are primarily low-risk, high working interest properties that provide abundant infill drilling opportunities and good access to infrastructure and processing facilities, many of which are operated and controlled by Trilogy. Trilogy's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "TET".

NON-GAAP MEASURES

In this document, Trilogy uses the terms "funds flow from operations", "operating income", "net debt", "Finding and Development Costs", "Operating Netback" and "Payout Ratio" collectively the "Non GAAP measures", as indicators of Trilogy's financial performance. The Non-GAAP measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

"Funds flow from operations" refers to the cash flow from operating activities before net changes in operating working capital. The most directly comparable measure to "funds flow from operations" calculated in accordance with GAAP is the cash flow from operating activities. "Funds flow from operations" can be reconciled to cash flow from operating activities by adding (deducting) the net change in working capital as shown in the consolidated statements of cash flows.

"Operating income" is equal to petroleum and natural gas sales before financial instruments and bad debt expenses minus royalties, operating costs, and transportation costs. "Operating netback" refers to petroleum and natural gas sales plus realized financial instrument gains and losses and other income minus royalties, operating costs, transportation costs and actual asset retirement obligation expenditures incurred in the year. "Net debt" is calculated as current liabilities minus current assets plus long-term debt. The components described for "operating income", "operating netback" and "net debt" can be derived directly from Trilogy's consolidated financial statements.

"Finding and development costs" refers to all current year net capital expenditures, excluding property acquisitions and dispositions with associated reserves, and including changes in future development capital on a proved and proved plus probable basis. "Finding and development costs per Barrel of oil equivalent" ("F&D $/Boe") is calculated by dividing finding and development costs by the current year's reserve extensions, discoveries and revisions on a proved or proved plus probable reserve basis.

"Recycle ratio" is equal to "Operating netback" on a production barrel of oil equivalent for the year divided by "F&D $/Boe" (computed on a proved or proved plus probable reserve basis as applicable). Management believes that the Non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors as indicative measures of performance.

Investors are cautioned that the Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or construed as alternatives to their most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, as set forth above, or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Certain measures used in this document, including "funds flow from operations", "operating income", "net debt", "finding and development costs", "operating netback" and "payout ratio" collectively the "Non -GAAP measures" do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by IFRS and previous GAAP and, therefore, are considered Non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures are commonly used in the oil and gas industry and by Trilogy to provide shareholders and potential investors with additional information regarding the Company's liquidity and its ability to generate funds to finance its operations. However, given their lack of standardized meaning, such measurements are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

"Funds flow from operations" refers to the cash flow from operating activities before net changes in operating working capital. The most directly comparable measure to "funds flow from operations" calculated in accordance with IFRS is the cash flow from operating activities. "Funds flow from operations" can be reconciled to cash flow from operating activities by adding (deducting) the net change in operating working capital as shown in the consolidated statements of cash flows.

"Operating income" is equal to petroleum and natural gas sales before financial instruments and bad debt expenses minus royalties, operating costs, and transportation costs. "Operating netback" refers to operating income plus realized financial instrument gains and losses and other income minus actual decommissioning and restoration costs incurred. "Net debt" is calculated as current liabilities minus current assets plus long -term debt. The components described for "operating income", "operating netback" and "net debt" can be derived directly from Trilogy's consolidated financial statements.

"Finding and development costs" refers to all current year capital expenditures excluding property acquisitions, property dispositions and corporate office expenditures and including changes in future development capital on a proved and proved plus probable basis (as applicable). "Finding and development costs per Barrel of oil equivalent" ("F&D $/Boe") is calculated by dividing finding and development costs by the current year's reserve extensions, discoveries and revisions on a proved or proved plus probable reserve basis (as applicable).

"Recycle ratio" is equal to "Operating netback" on a production barrel of oil equivalent for the year divided by "F&D $/Boe" (computed on a proved or proved plus probable reserve basis as applicable).

Investors are cautioned that the Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or construed as alternatives to their most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with IFRS, as set forth above, or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Certain information included in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements under applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements or information typically contain statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose", "budget" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking statements or information in this news release pertain to, without limitation: expected average production, average operating costs and capital expenditures for 2012; among others. Such forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect. Such assumptions include: current commodity price forecasts for petroleum, natural gas and natural gas liquids; current reserves estimates; current production forecasts; geology applicable to Trilogy's land holdings; the extent and development potential of Trilogy's assets including, without limitation, Trilogy's Kaybob area Montney oil and gas assets, the Duvernay Shale Gas development program and the Dunvegan oil program; the natural gas liquids content of Trilogy's natural gas; continuity of the mutually beneficial NGL recovery agreement with Aux Sable Canada LP and pricing thereunder; assumptions regarding royalties and expenses and the continuity of government incentive programs and their applicability to Trilogy; operating and other costs; estimates of deferred tax amounts, tax assets and tax pools; the ability of Trilogy and its partners to achieve drilling, completion and other operational results consistent with our expectations; general business, economic, and market conditions; the ability of Trilogy to obtain equipment, services and supplies in a timely manner to carry out its activities; the ability of Trilogy to market oil and natural gas successfully to current and new customers; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion; the ability to secure adequate product processing, transmission and transportation and the timely receipt of required regulatory approvals: among others.

Although Trilogy believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because Trilogy can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements or information are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by Trilogy and described in the forward -looking statements or information. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: fluctuations of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids prices, foreign currency, exchange rates and interest rates, volatile economic and business conditions, the ability of management to execute its business plan; the risks of the oil and gas industry, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil, natural gas and associated by- products and market demand; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits; risks inherent in Trilogy's marketing operations, including credit risk; the uncertainty of reserves estimates and reserves life; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to future production, costs and expenses; uncertainty in amounts and timing of royalty payments and applicability of and change to royalty regimes and government incentive programs including, without limitation, the Natural Gas Deep Drilling Programs and the Drilling Royalty Credit Program; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the availability of financing; Trilogy's ability to secure adequate product transmission and transportation on a timely basis or at all; Trilogy's ability to enter into or renew leases; health, safety and environmental risks; the ability of Trilogy to add production and reserves through development and exploration activities; weather conditions; the possibility that government policies, regulations or laws, including without limitation those relating to the environment and taxation, may change; imprecision in estimates of product sales, tax pools, tax shelters, tax deductions available to Trilogy, changes to and the interpretation of tax legislation and regulations applicable to Trilogy, and timing and amounts of reversals of temporary differences between assets and liabilities recognized for accounting and tax purpose; the possibility that regulatory approvals may be delayed or withheld; risks associated with existing and potential future lawsuits and regulatory actions against Trilogy; uncertainty regarding aboriginal land claims and co-existing local populations; hiring/maintaining staff; the impact of market competition; and other risks and uncertainties described elsewhere in this document or in Trilogy's other filings with Canadian securities authorities.

The forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Trilogy 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.

Refer to Trilogy's Management's Discussion and Analysis for additional information on forward-looking information.

OIL AND GAS ADVISORY

This news release contains disclosure expressed as "Boe", "Boe/d", "Mcf/d", "MMcf/d", "Bbl" and "Bbl/d". All oil and natural gas equivalency volumes have been derived using the ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil. Equivalency measures may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the well head. For Q2 2012, the ratio between Trilogy's average realized oil price and the average realized natural gas price was approximately 39:1 ("Value Ratio"). The Value Ratio is obtained using the Q2 2012 average realized oil price of $76.87 (CAD$/Bbl) and the Q2 2012 average realized natural gas price of $1.99 (CAD$/mcf). This Value Ratio is significantly different from the energy equivalency ratio of 6:1 and using a 6:1 ratio would be misleading as an indication of value.

Contact Information

  • Trilogy Energy Corp.
    J.H.T. (Jim) Riddell
    Chief Executive Officer

    Trilogy Energy Corp.
    J.B. (John) Williams
    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Trilogy Energy Corp.
    M.G. (Michael) Kohut
    Chief Financial Officer

    Trilogy Energy Corp.
    1400 - 332 - 6th Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, Alberta T2P 0B2
    (403) 290-2900
    (403) 263-8915 (FAX)
    www.trilogyenergy.com