Serinus Energy Inc.
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Serinus Energy Inc.

November 12, 2014 18:15 ET

Serinus Q3 2014 Financial and Operating Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2014) - Serinus Energy Inc. (TSX:SEN)(WARSAW:SEN) ("Serinus", "SEN" or the "Company"), is pleased to report its financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Total working interest production (consisting of the Company's production in Tunisia plus its 70% interest in Ukraine) in the third quarter was 5,640 boe/d, up 15% vs. Q3 2013, and 14% higher than the 4,965 boe/d in Q2 2014. The Company's Ukraine production (net to SEN WI) for the quarter rose 34% to 4,470 boe/d (26.8 MMcfe/d) vs. the same period in 2013, and 22% up from Q2 2014.
  • Gross revenues for the quarter reached $46.4 million, up 2% over Q3 2013. The portion allocable to SEN shareholders was $35.6 million vs. $36.4 million last year. The balance is attributable to the owner of the remaining 30% of KUBGAS Holdings Limited not held by Serinus (see About Serinus below).
  • Netbacks in Ukraine fell from $41.76/boe ($6.96/Mcfe) in Q2, to $30.91/boe ($5.15/Mcfe) in Q3 due substantially to the increase in royalties effective August 1, 2014. Royalties on natural gas increased to 55% from 28%, and on liquids from 42% to 45%.
  • Tunisian netbacks fell from $54.83/boe in Q2 to $53.85/boe in Q3, with lower operating costs only partially offsetting lower commodity prices.
  • Funds from Operations in the third quarter were down 11% to $19.2 million vs. $21.6 million in Q3 2013, and down 8% compared to $20.8 million in Q2 2014, caused primarily by the lower netbacks described above which in turn were substantially the result of the increased royalties in Ukraine. The amount allocable to SEN shareholders was $14.3 million.
  • Net earnings for the quarter, before the currency charges, were $6.6 million ($3.79 million attributable to SEN shareholders), as compared to $12 million in Q3 2013 ($8.1 million attributable to SEN shareholders). The major contributing factors were the higher Ukrainian royalties and anomalously low operating costs in Q3 2013.
  • Capital expenditures for the quarter were $15.6 million vs. $30.5 million for the same period in 2013. Much of the reduction was due to the cessation of drilling and workover activities in Ukraine during Q3 over security concerns.
  • During the quarter, KUB-Gas LLC paid dividends of $11 million ($7.6 million SEN WI)
  • In July 2014, the Company made the final payment of $8 million with respect to the convertible note held by Dutco Energy Limited.

Note: Serinus prepares its financial results on a consolidated basis, which includes 100% of its indirectly 70% owned subsidiary, KUB-Gas LLC ("KUB-Gas"). Unless otherwise noted by the phrases "allocable to Serinus", "net to Serinus", "attributable to SEN shareholders" or "net to SEN WI", all values and volumes refer to the consolidated figures. Serinus reports in US dollars; all dollar values referred to herein, whether in dollars or per share values are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

Summary Financial Results (US$ 000's unless otherwise noted)

Three Months Ending September 30
2014 2013 Change
Oil and Gas Revenue46,407 45,394 2%
Net Income (as reported)6,551 11,962 (45%)
per share, basic and diluted$0.08 $0.15
Net Income (allocable to SEN)3,793 8,147 (53%)
per share, basic and diluted$0.05 $0.10
Comprehensive Net Income64 11,825 (99%)
per share, basic and diluted$0.00 $0.15
Funds from Operations* (as reported)19,181 21,560 (11%)
per share, basic and diluted$0.24 $0.27
Funds from Operations* (allocable to SEN)$14,311 $15,471 (7%)
per share, basic and diluted0.18 $0.20
Capital Expenditures15,553 30,467 (49%)
Average Production (net to Serinus)
Oil (Bbl/d)876 1,165 (25%)
Gas (Mcf/d)28,071 21,738 29%
Liquids (Bbl/d)85 104 (18%)
BOE (boe/d)5,640 4,892 15%
Average Sales Price
Oil ($/Bbl)$98.06 $113.39
Gas ($Mcf)$10.37 $11.57
Liquids ($Bbl)$84.98 $93.79
BOE ($/boe)$66.76 $78.10
September 30
2014 2013
Cash & Equivalents27,153 20,625
Working Capital(3,467)(4,551)
Long Term Debt26,009 3,812
Shares
Outstanding, period end78,629,941 78,611,441
Average for period (basic)78,629,941 78,611,441
Average for period (FD)78,631,502 78,611,441

* Funds from Operations is not a recognized measure under IFRS. See Management's Discussion and Analysis for further information on non-IFRS measures.

Operational Highlights & Update

  • Third quarter production and prices are broken down as follows:
Q3 2014 Production1 Q3 2014 Commodity Prices
Ukraine2 Tunisia Total Ukraine Tunisia Total
Oil (bbl/d) - 876 876 ($/bbl) - $98.06 $98.06
Gas (Mcf/d) 26,310 1,761 28,071 ($/Mcf) $10.17 $14.73 $10.37
Liquids (bbl/d) 85 - 85 ($/bbl) $84.98 - $84.98
Boe (boe/d) 4,470 1,170 5,640 ($/boe) $61.47 $95.63 $66.76
  1. Numbers may not add due to rounding
  2. Ukraine volumes are Serinus 70% interest

Note on nomenclature: Wells in the Company's Ukraine properties are named by the initial of the field followed by a well number. Wells in Olgovskoye, Makeevskoye, Vergunskoye, Krutogorovskoye and North Makeevskoye fields use the prefixes "O", "M", "V", "K" and "NM" respectively. For example, the Makeevskoye-17 well is referred to herein as M-17.

  • Production for the third quarter of 5,640 boe/d increased by 14% vs. Q2 2014 (4,965 boe/d) driven by higher production in Ukraine, substantially from the M-17 well.
  • Tunisian production declined to 1,170 boe/d in the third quarter, down 11% vs. Q2 2014 due to operational downtime associated with several wells requiring pump changes, and the inability of the national gas utility to take all the produced gas in Chouech Es Saida caused by mechanical failures and extreme hot weather. These issues began to be resolved during the quarter, with workovers on CS-8bis and CS-1, and some moderation in ambient temperatures. September production was 1,272 boe/d, and Q4 2014 to date has averaged 1,390 boe/d. The CS-11 well still requires a pump change, and that workover has just commenced.
  • Drilling resumed in Ukraine on October 2nd with the spud of the M-22 well in the Makeevskoye licence. The well is currently drilling ahead at a depth of 2,403 metres. It is located on the southwest side of the major fault that runs through the Makeevskoye and Olgovskoye licences and is a near offset to the M-2 well drilled in 1991 which tested 300 Mcf/d from the S5. The primary target in M-22 is the S6 zone which has proven very prolific in the M-16, M-17, and O-15 wells. There are also secondary targets in the S5 and S7 zones. Total time to drill, test and complete is expected to be approximately 80 days. In the event of a successful well, tie-in will follow shortly as several flowlines were constructed earlier this year in anticipation of future drilling. M-22 will qualify for the reduced royalty rate of 30.25% for its first two years of production.
  • The Winstar-12bis ("WIN-12bis") well spud on July 17th. As disclosed in the Company's press release of November 4, 2014, it has reached its total depth of 3,855 metres, and electric log, core and drilling data indicate 79 metres of oil bearing reservoir with average porosity of 10% in the Ordovician Upper Hamra, Lower Hamra and El Atchane formations, above an oil to water transition zone present throughout the lower zones in the well. An additional 14 metres of oil bearing reservoir have been identified within the transition zone, and logs have also indicated potentially moveable oil below the base of the transition zone. Further testing will be required to understand the nature of the hydrocarbons in these lower sections. Once the drilling rig has moved off, the well will be tied into the pre-built flowline and placed on an extended production test.
  • A 203.5 km2 3D seismic program over the Sanrhar field was completed in mid - August. Legacy sparse 2D data indicates a number of four-way structural closures which this program will investigate more thoroughly. Current production from Sanrhar is 50 - 60 bbl/d of oil from a single well, which has produced 421 Mbbl of oil to the end of 2013.
  • In early October, the ECS-1 and EC-4 wells in the Ech Chouech permit in Tunisia were both hydraulically stimulated in the Devonian Ouan Kasa formation. During subsequent swabbing operations, both have shown oil cuts ranging up to 20%. The Company is examining alternatives to produce the wells more efficiently for extended periods to obtain better production and pressure data.

Outlook

Average daily production (SEN WI) for the fourth quarter 2014 to date is approximately 5,495 boe/d (1,060 bbl/d of oil, 26.1 MMcf/d of gas, 83 bbl/d of liquids). The decrease vs. the Q3 average is due to the M-16 and M-17 wells in Ukraine being shut-in for three and a half days for pressure build-up testing in October. The increased production in Tunisia in the fourth quarter has been substantially offset by natural declines corporate wide, and no new wells were brought on during Q3 or Q4 to date due to the cessation of drilling in Ukraine.

Ukraine

The official price for November at which gas can be sold to industrial customers in Ukraine is 5,100 UAH per Mcm. At the current exchange rate of 15.85 UAH/USD, that is equivalent to $9.11/Mcf. The price that KUB-Gas receives is approximately 4% lower, reflecting the margins of the traders through whom the gas is sold. The Company's realized gas price in Ukraine during the third quarter was $10.17/Mcf.

In November, KUB-Gas plans to recomplete the M-16 well in the S5 zone as it has been determined that M-17 alone will be sufficient to recover the gas in the S6 accumulation from which both are currently producing.

As has been reported previously, the National Bank of Ukraine announced Resolution No. 591 on September 22, 2014, under which among other things, foreign exchange transactions associated with the payment of dividends were prohibited effective September 23, 2014 and expiring on December 2, 2014. On November 4, the bank's Chairman, Valeria Hontareva announced that this prohibition would be lifted. She further stated that this restriction would make further investments in Ukraine impossible. No mention was made with respect to any alternative date for the order to be lifted.

The M-22 well is expected to be completed in mid to late December, and if successful, will be tied into the pre-built flowline in January after the drilling rig moves off the location, and subject to the normal regulatory approvals for new wells and pipelines. The rig will move to the NM-4 well next to resume drilling that was halted in late June due to the security issues at the time.

Tunisia

Once the drilling rig has finished completion operations on WIN-12bis, it will move to the Winstar-13 ("WIN-13") location. The total time to drill and complete WIN-13 is estimated to be 73 days. It is targeting the same Ordovician Lower Hamra and El Atchane formations that are currently producing in the Sabria field.

Romania

As reported on November 12, 2014, drilling is underway on the Moftinu-1001 well, the first of a two well program targeting Miocene and Pliocene aged sands at depths between 1,800 - 2,000 metres. The second well, Moftinu-1002bis, will follow immediately after rig release from Moftinu-1001, and both wells are expected to be drilled and cased by mid-December. Completion and testing will commence in late January 2015.

The Company is also currently shooting an additional 180 km2 of 3D seismic in the Santau area within Satu Mare, immediately south of Moftinu. Acquisition is expected to be complete by November 15, 2014, and processing and interpretation to be done during Q1 2015.

Supporting Documents

The full Management Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") and Financial Statements have been filed in English on www.sedar.com and in Polish and English via the ESPI system, and will also be available on www.serinusenergy.com.

Abbreviations

bbl Barrel(s) bbl/d Barrels per day
boe Barrels of Oil Equivalent boe/d Barrels of Oil Equivalent per day
Mcf Thousand Cubic Feet Mcf/d Thousand Cubic Feet per day
MMcf Million Cubic Feet MMcf/d Million Cubic Feet per day
Mcfe Thousand Cubic Feet Equivalent Mcfe/d Thousand Cubic Feet Equivalent per day
MMcfe Million Cubic Feet Equivalent MMcfe/d Million Cubic Feet Equivalent per day
Mboe Thousand boe Bcf Billion Cubic Feet
MMboe Million boe Mcm Thousand Cubic Metres
UAH Ukrainian Hryvnia USD U.S. Dollar
CAD Canadian Dollar

Cautionary Statement:

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.

About Serinus

Serinus is an international upstream oil and gas exploration and production company with a diversified portfolio of projects in Ukraine, Tunisia, Romania, Brunei and Syria and with a risk profile ranging from exploration in Brunei, Romania and Syria to production and development in Ukraine and Tunisia. The common shares of the Company trade under trading symbol "SEN" on both the WSE (Warsaw Stock Exchange) and the TSX.

In Ukraine, Serinus owns an effective 70% interest in KUB-Gas LLC through its 70% shareholding of KUBGas Holdings Limited. The assets of KUB-Gas LLC consist of 100% interests in five licences near to the City of Lugansk in the northeast part of Ukraine. Four of the licences are capable of gas production, although two are currently shut in due to security issues in the area.

In Tunisia, Serinus owns a 100% working interest in the Chouech Essaida, Ech Chouech, Sanrhar and Zinnia concessions, and a 45% working interest in the Sabria concession. Four of the concessions are currently producing oil or gas.

In Romania, Serinus has a 60% working interest in the onshore Satu Mare concession, a 2,949 square kilometre exploration and development block, in the northwestern portion of the country.

In Brunei, Serinus owns a 90% working interest in a production sharing agreement which gives the Company the right to explore for and produce oil and natural gas from Block L.

In Syria, Serinus holds a participating interest of 50% in the Syria Block 9 production sharing contract which provides the right to explore for and, upon the satisfaction of certain conditions, to produce oil and gas from Block 9, a 10,032 square kilometre area in northwest Syria. Serinus declared force majeure, with respect to its operations in Syria, in July 2012.

The main shareholder of the Company is Kulczyk Investments S.A., an international investment house founded by Polish businessman Dr. Jan Kulczyk.

For further information, please refer to the Serinus website (www.serinusenergy.com).

Translation: This news release has been translated into Polish from the English original.

Forward-looking Statements This release may contain forward-looking statements made as of the date of this announcement with respect to future activities that either are not or may not be historical facts. Although the Company believes that its expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof, any potential results suggested by such statements involve risk and uncertainties and no assurance can be given that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Various factors that could impair or prevent the Company from completing the expected activities on its projects include that the Company's projects experience technical and mechanical problems, there are changes in product prices, failure to obtain regulatory approvals, the state of the national or international monetary, oil and gas, financial, political and economic markets in the jurisdictions where the Company operates and other risks not anticipated by the Company or disclosed in the Company's published material. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in this announcement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement, unless required by law.

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Contact Information

  • Serinus Energy Inc. - Canada
    Norman W. Holton
    Vice Chairman
    Tel.: +1-403-264-8877
    nholton@serinusenergy.com

    Serinus Energy Inc. - Canada
    Gregory M. Chornoboy
    Director - Capital Markets & Corporate Development
    Tel: +1-403-264-8877
    gchornoboy@serinusenergy.com

    Serinus Energy Inc. - Poland
    Jakub J. Korczak
    Vice President Investor Relations & Managing Director CEE
    Tel.: +48 22 414 21 00
    jkorczak@serinusenergy.com