Solara Exploration Ltd.

Solara Exploration Ltd.

November 30, 2006 16:00 ET

Solara Exploration Announces Third Quarter 2006 Financial and Operating Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - Solara Exploration Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SAA.A) (TSX VENTURE:SAA.B) ("Solara" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its unaudited consolidated financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2006.


- During the third quarter, Solara participated in the drilling of 7 wells for six gas wells and one dry and abandoned well, for an 86% success rate

- Completed the acquisition of a private oil and gas company producing 30 BOE/d and with $1,250,000 in working capital

- Exited the quarter with approximately 280 BOE/d in net daily field production

- Positive cash flow from operations was $265,642 for the nine months ended September 30, 2006

- Completed a $2,756,000 convertible debenture financing in July


Solara is pleased to report that it continued to grow in key aspects of its business during the nine months ended September 30, 2006. Through a combination of drilling activities, tie in of wells and the completion of a corporate acquisition in August, the Company has increased its daily oil and gas production and reserves. Since January 1, 2006, Solara has participated in the drilling of 30 wells resulting in three oil, 23 gas and four dry and abandoned wells. The Company's production will continue to increase with ongoing completion and tie-in activities of wells drilled to date. In August, Solara completed the acquisition of privately owned oil and gas company producing approximately 30 BOE/d and with $1,250,000 in estimated working capital. The transaction closed on August 30, 2006 with the issuance of 2,650,280 Class A Shares to the shareholders of the acquired company. Solara also completed a convertible debenture financing raising $2,756,000 in July to partially fund the corporate acquisition previously completed in May.

Financial Review

As at September 30, 2006, Solara reported working capital of $5,522,638. Working capital increased primarily as a result of the completion of the convertible debenture financing in July. During the period, the Company had oil and gas production revenue of $1,348,115, cash flow of $265,642 and a net loss (before income taxes) of $341,765. Oil and gas revenue increased during the third quarter as a result of the acquisition of 30 BOE/d in August and production from wells tied-in during the period. Oil and gas revenue for the third quarter was $683,511 compared to $122,145 in the prior period in 2005. Lower selling prices for natural gas affected revenues for the period. Solara has filed its unaudited consolidated financial statements and management discussion and analysis for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities on SEDAR. This information may be accessed electronically at

The following table summarizes the unaudited consolidated financial and operating results for the nine month period ended September 30, 2006 with comparable periods in 2005.

Financial Highlights Three Three Nine Nine
months months months months
ended ended ended ended
Sept 30, Sept 30, Sept 30, Sept 30,
2006 2005 2006 2005
Production - Oil bbls/d 79 5 54 2
- Gas mcf/d 419 111 237 54
- BOE/d 149 23 93 11
$ $ $ $
Revenues, net after royalties 615,836 109,368 1,202,511 135,102
Operating expenses (199,036) (9,960) (371,605) (19,249)
Cash flow from field operations 416,800 99,408 830,906 115,853
Net back $/BOE 30.41 46.98 32.73 40.07

Interest income 16,177 39 142,411 1,282
General and administrative
expenses (173,187) (37,489) (432,876) (128,871)
Interest expense and financing
costs (95,413) (452) (274,799) (15,841)
Cash flow 164,377 61,506 265,642 (25,577)
Cash flow per share 0.01 0.02 0.02 (0.01)

Loss (209,868) (50,519) (739,739) (100,296)
Loss per share (0.02) (0.01) (0.03) (0.00)

Weighted average class A shares
- basic 17,244 2,859 16,289 3,020

Source and Use of Funds Three Three Nine Nine
months months months months
ended ended ended ended
Sept 30, Sept 30, Sept 30, Sept 30,
2006 2005 2006 2005
Issuance of shares, net of
costs 6,500,729 123,500 6,198,854 944,285
Funds provided (used) by
operations 164,377 61,506 265,642 (25,577)
Change in non-cash working
capital (399,440) 51,917 87,983 32,223
6,265,666 236,923 6,552,479 948,931
Additions to property and
equipment (5,496,242) (630,394) (8,551,761) (880,537)
Corporate acquisitions 818,420 - (3,484,345) -
(4,677,822) (630,394) (12,036,106) (880,537)
Increase (decrease) in cash 1,587,844 (393,471) (5,483,627) 68,394


Operations Review

Solara participated in the drilling of 23 gas wells in the Peace River Arch, West Central, Birch Wavy and Majorville areas of Alberta during the nine month period. Several of these wells have been placed on production with more wells planned to be tied-in for production during the balance of 2006. The Company participated in the drilling of three oil wells and four dry and abandoned wells. Production for the nine month period averaged approximated 93 BOE/d increasing to an average of 149 BOE/d in the third quarter 2006. Sales production for the month of September averaged 203 BOE/d with the Company exiting the quarter with estimated daily production of 280 BOE/d. At the time of this news release, Solara had additional wells awaiting completion of tie-in activities which could increase production by up to 250 BOE/d by January 2007 based on management estimates. Additional working interest wells recently drilled and cased will be completed and tested to evaluate commercial potential over the next several weeks. Operating expenses for the nine month period were $371,605 or $14.60/BOE. With higher production in the third quarter, operating expenses were $199,036 or $14.52/BOE. Selling prices for oil and natural gas marketed during the three month period averaged $62.15/bbl and $5.79/mcf respectively. Natural gas prices tracked lower during August and September affecting the Company's revenues. The average selling price per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) sold during the nine month period was $51.68/BOE. Net operating revenues after royalties and operating expenses were $973,317 for the nine months and $432,977 for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006.


Solara has initiated an aggressive drilling program for the fourth quarter committing to drill 25 wells prior to year end. Since the beginning of October, the Company has participated in the drilling and casing of 10 potential gas wells on various projects in Alberta. Two of the wells were recently completed and tested, and the results disclosed in the news release on November 20. Solara is currently producing an estimated 280 BOE/d and expects its production to be in excess of 400 BOE/d by year end upon the completion of various tie-ins of gas wells and recompletion activities. Solara is currently operating the drilling of 10 wells and participating in an additional five wells. Any new production obtained from the wells recently drilled and wells currently being drilled will be incremental to this exit production estimate. The Company continues to evaluate strategic asset and corporate acquisitions which would increase its production and reserves in the near term.

Solara Exploration Ltd. is an emerging junior oil and gas company focused on the exploration, development and acquisition of oil and natural gas in western Canada.


Certain information regarding the Company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with oil and gas exploration, production, marketing and transportation such as loss of market, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environment risks, competition from other producers and ability to assess sufficient capital from internal and external source. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.

BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf: 1bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

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