Spartan Energy Corp.

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Spartan Energy Corp.

April 01, 2014 07:30 ET

Spartan Energy Corp. Provides Corporate Pro Forma Reserves Summary and Renegade Petroleum Ltd. 2013 Year-End Financial and Reserves Information

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 1, 2014) - Spartan Energy Corp. ("Spartan" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SPE) is pleased to provide a pro forma reserves summary as a result of the material increase in Spartan's reserves due to the completion of the acquisition of Renegade Petroleum Ltd. ("Renegade") on March 31, 2014. Spartan also reports the financial results and year-end reserves of Renegade for the year ended December 31, 2013, all as approved by the board of directors of Renegade on March 31, 2014 prior to the completion of the acquisition of Renegade by Spartan.

PRO FORMA RESERVES (SPARTAN AND RENEGADE)

The summary below sets forth Spartan's gross reserves as at December 31, 2013, after giving effect to the acquisition of Renegade as though such acquisition had occurred on December 31, 2013, but excluding reserves associated with assets disposed of by Renegade to Surge Energy Inc. in the first quarter of 2014 (the "Surge Assets"). The reserves set forth below represent an aggregate of: (a) the reserves of Spartan as at December 31, 2013, as evaluated in an independent report prepared by Sproule Associates Limited ("Sproule") dated February 6, 2014 (the "Spartan Report"); (b) reserves associated with assets acquired by Spartan from Renegade on February 3, 2014 (the "Spartan Acquired Assets"), as evaluated in an independent report prepared by Sproule on January 24, 2014 with an effective date of December 31, 2013 (the "Spartan Asset Report"); and (c) the reserves of Renegade as at December 31, 2013, as evaluated in an independent report prepared by Sproule on March 31, 2014 (the "Renegade Report"), exclusive of the reserves associated with the Surge Assets and the Spartan Acquired Assets (the "Renegade Assets"). The figures in the following tables have been prepared in accordance with the standards contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (the "COGE Handbook") and the reserve definitions contained in NI 51-101.

Summary of Gross Oil and Gas Reserves as of December 31, 2013 (1), (2), (3), (4)
Oil Natural Gas
(associated & non-associated)
Natural
Gas
Liquids
Barrels
of Oil
Equivalent
Gross Gross Gross Gross
(Mbbl) (MMcf) (Mbbl) (Mboe)
Proved
Developed Producing 10,909.1 6,172.6 424.3 12,362.2
Developed Non-Producing 167.9 343.2 3.6 228.7
Undeveloped 5,444.6 2,546.4 156.6 6,025.6
Total Proved 16,521.6 9,062.2 584.5 18,616.5
Probable 6,746.9 3,584.9 226.0 7,570.4
Total Proved plus Probable 23,268.5 12,647.1 810.5 26,186.9
Summary of Net Present Values of Future Net Revenue as of December 31, 2013 (1), (2), (3), (4)
Net Present Value before Income Taxes
Discounted at (% per Year) (M$)
0% 5% 10% 15% 20%
Proved
Developed Producing 524,947 418,046 350,079 303,202 268,933
Developed Non-Producing 7,251 4,961 3,563 2,670 2,076
Undeveloped 209,422 142,164 99,912 71,753 52,098
Total Proved 741,620 565,171 453,554 377,625 323,107
Probable 397,422 246,749 171,246 127,595 99,830
Total Proved plus Probable 1,139,042 811,920 624,800 505,220 422,937
(1) The tables summarize the data contained in the Spartan Report, the Spartan Asset Report and the Renegade Report and as a result may contain slightly different numbers than such report due to rounding. Also due to rounding, certain columns may not add exactly.
(2) Gross reserves means the total working interest (operating or non-operating) share of remaining recoverable reserves owned by Spartan, including the Renegade Assets and the Spartan Acquired Assets, before deductions of royalties payable to others and without including any royalty interests owned by Spartan.
(3) Based on Sproule's December 31, 2013 escalated price forecast. See "Summary of Pricing and Inflation Rate Assumptions".
(4) The net present value of future net revenue attributable to the Company's reserves, including the Renegade Assets and the Spartan Acquired Assets, is stated without provision for interest costs and general and administrative costs, but after providing for estimated royalties, production costs, development costs, other income, future capital expenditures, and well abandonment costs for only those wells assigned reserves by Sproule. It should not be assumed that the undiscounted or discounted net present value of future net revenue attributable to the Company's reserves estimated by Sproule represent the fair market value of those reserves. Other assumptions and qualifications relating to costs, prices for future production and other matters are summarized herein. The recovery and reserve estimates of the Company's oil, NGL and natural gas reserves provided herein are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. Actual reserves may be greater than or less than the estimates provided herein.

Future Development Costs

The following table sets forth development costs deducted in the estimation of Spartan's future net revenue attributable to the reserve categories noted below:

Forecast Prices and Costs (M$)
Year Proved Reserves Proved Plus Probable Reserves
2014 $ 46,327 $ 47,219
2015 $ 37,178 $ 41,711
2016 $ 38,118 $ 39,682
2017 $ 26,058 $ 36,172
2018 $ 388 $ 776
Thereafter $ 442 $ 442
Total Undiscounted $ 148,509 $ 166,000
Total Discounted at 10% $ 126,226 $ 139,788

The future development costs are capital expenditures required in the future for Spartan to convert proved undeveloped reserves and probable reserves to proved developed producing reserves. The undiscounted development costs are $148.5 million for proved reserves and $166 million for proved plus probable reserves (in each case based on forecast prices and costs).

Summary of Pricing and Inflation Rate Assumptions - Forecast Prices and Costs

The forecast cost and price assumptions assume increases in wellhead selling prices and take into account inflation with respect to future operating and capital costs. Crude oil and natural gas benchmark reference pricing, inflation and exchange rates utilized by Sproule in the Spartan Report, Spartan Asset Report and Renegade Report were Sproule's forecasts, as at December 31, 2013, as follows:

Year WTI
Cushing
Oklahoma
($US/bbl)
(1)
Edmonton
Par Price
40º
API
($Cdn/bbl)
(2)
Cromer
LSB
35º
API
($Cdn/bbl)
(3)
Natural
Gas
AECO
($Cdn/
MMBtu)
Pentanes
Plus FOB
Field Gate
($Cdn/bbl)
Butanes
FOB
Field
Gate
($Cdn/bbl)
Inflation
Rate
%/year
Exchange
Rate
($US/$CDN)
Forecast
2014 94.65 92.64 90.64 4.00 103.50 69.05 1.5 0.94
2015 88.37 89.31 87.31 3.99 99.78 66.57 1.5 0.94
2016 84.25 89.63 87.63 4.00 100.14 66.81 1.5 0.94
2017 95.52 101.62 99.62 4.93 113.53 75.74 1.5 0.94
2018 96.96 103.14 101.14 5.01 115.24 76.88 1.5 0.94
2019 98.41 104.69 102.69 5.09 116.97 78.03 1.5 0.94
2020 99.89 106.26 104.26 5.18 118.72 79.20 1.5 0.94
2021 101.38 107.86 105.86 5.26 120.50 80.39 1.5 0.94
2022 102.91 109.47 107.47 5.35 122.31 81.60 1.5 0.94
2023 104.45 111.12 109.12 5.43 124.14 82.82 1.5 0.94
2024 106.02 112.78 110.78 5.52 126.01 84.06 1.5 0.94
Thereafter Escalation Rate of 1.5%
(1) West Texas Intermediate at Cushing Oklahoma 40 degrees API, 0.4% sulphur.
(2) Edmonton Light Sweet 40 degrees API, 0.3% sulphur.
(3) Comer LSB (35 degrees API stream).

Weighted average historical price realized, including the Spartan Acquired Assets and the Renegade Assets, for the year ended December 31, 2013, after hedging, was $82.37/Bbl for crude oil, $52.76/Bbl for NGLs and $3.10/Mcf for natural gas.

RENEGADE FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL RESULTS

The following summarizes information contained in and should be read in conjunction with Renegade's 2013 audited annual financial statements and the related management's discussion and analysis, each as approved by the board of directors of Renegade on March 31, 2014, which are available for review at www.sedar.com.

Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2013 December 31, 2013
Average daily production (BOE/d) 7,380 7,442
Petroleum and natural gas revenue, net of royalties and realized derivative contracts ($000) $ 41,333 $ 170,036
Production costs ($000) $ 13,722 $ 53,078
Operating netback ($/BOE) (1) $ 40.67 $ 47.45
Cash flow from operations ($000) (1) $ 19,000 $ 95,253
per share - basic $ 0.09 $ 0.47
per share - diluted $ 0.09 $ 0.46
Net loss ($000) $ (83,847 ) $ (98,236 )
per share - basic and diluted $ (0.41 ) $ (0.48 )
Capital expenditures (excluding A&D) ($000) $ 16,849 $ 86,388
Net debt ($000) (1) $ 284,950 $ 284,950
(1) Cash flow from operations, net debt and operating netback are non-IFRS measures. See "Non-IFRS Measures".

RENEGADE'S RESERVES AFTER GIVING EFFECT TO ASSET DISPOSITIONS (RENEGADE ONLY)

The reserves data set forth below is based upon the Renegade Report, and summarizes Renegade's gross reserves as at December 31, 2013 but after giving effect to the disposition of the Surge Assets and the Spartan Acquired Assets as though such dispositions had occurred at December 31, 2013. The figures in the following tables have been prepared in accordance with the standards contained in the COGE Handbook and the reserve definitions contained in NI 51-101.

Summary of Gross Oil and Gas Reserves as of December 31, 2013 (1), (2), (3), (4)
Oil Natural Gas
(associated & non-associated)
Natural
Gas
Liquids
Barrels
of Oil
Equivalent
Gross Gross Gross Gross
(Mbbl) (MMcf) (Mbbl) (Mboe)
Proved
Developed Producing 9,051.1 4,550.3 396.4 10,205.9
Developed Non-Producing 79.8 13.2 1.9 83.9
Undeveloped 4,582.6 2,205.4 154.9 5,105.1
Total Proved 13,713.5 6,768.9 553.2 15,394.9
Probable 5,605.4 2,615.2 212.1 6,253.4
Total Proved plus Probable 19,318.9 9,384.1 765.3 21,648.2
Summary of Net Present Values of Future Net Revenue as of December 31, 2013 (1), (2), (3), (4)
Net Present Value before Income Taxes
Discounted at (% per Year) (M$)
0% 5% 10% 15% 20%
Proved
Developed Producing 439,863 355,487 300,223 261,353 232,577
Developed Non-Producing 1,770 1,508 1,305 1,144 1,014
Undeveloped 169,700 116,145 81,769 58,511 42,110
Total Proved 611,333 473,140 383,297 321,008 275,701
Probable 335,301 213,461 150,031 112,682 88,716
Total Proved plus Probable 946,634 686,601 533,328 433,690 364,417
(1) The tables above are a summary of the oil, NGL and natural gas reserves of Renegade and the net present value of future net revenue attributable to such reserves as evaluated in the Renegade Report based on forecast price and cost assumptions. The tables summarize the data contained in the Renegade Report and as a result may contain slightly different numbers than such report due to rounding. Also due to rounding, certain columns may not add exactly.
(2) Gross reserves means the total working interest (operating or non-operating) share of remaining recoverable reserves owned by Renegade, excluding the Surge Assets and the Spartan Acquired Assets, before deductions of royalties payable to others and without including any royalty interests owned by Renegade.
(3) Based on Sproule's December 31, 2013 escalated price forecast. See "Summary of Pricing and Inflation Rate Assumptions" under "Pro Forma Reserves (Spartan and Renegade)".
(4) The net present value of future net revenue attributable to Renegade's reserves, excluding the Surge Assets and the Spartan Acquired Assets, is stated without provision for interest costs and general and administrative costs, but after providing for estimated royalties, production costs, development costs, other income, future capital expenditures, and well abandonment costs for only those wells assigned reserves by Sproule. It should not be assumed that the undiscounted or discounted net present value of future net revenue attributable to Renegade's reserves estimated by Sproule represent the fair market value of those reserves. Other assumptions and qualifications relating to costs, prices for future production and other matters are summarized herein. The recovery and reserve estimates of Renegade's oil, NGL and natural gas reserves provided herein are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. Actual reserves may be greater than or less than the estimates provided herein.

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 news release.

READER ADVISORY

BOE Disclosure. The term barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE") may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet per barrel (6Mcf/bbl) of natural gas to barrels of oil equivalence is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. All BOE conversions in the report are derived from converting gas to oil in the ratio mix of six thousand cubic feet of gas to one barrel of oil.

Forward-Looking Statements. Certain information included in this press release constitutes forward-looking information under applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose", "project" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking information in this press release may include, but is not limited to, timing for completion of the acquisition of Renegade. Forward-looking information is based on a number of factors and assumptions which have been used to develop such information but which may prove to be incorrect. Although Spartan believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information because Alexander and Renegade can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified in this press release, assumptions have been made regarding and are implicit in, among other things, the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals (including Court and shareholder approvals) and the satisfaction of all conditions to the completion of the transaction. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which have been used.

Forward-looking information is 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 Alexander and Renegade and described in the forward-looking information. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and Spartan undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-IFRS Measures. This press release provides certain financial measures that do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. These non-IFRS financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Cash flow from operations, operating netback and net debt are not recognized measures under IFRS. Management believes that in addition to net income (loss), cash flow from operations, operating netback and net debt are useful supplemental measures that demonstrate the Company's ability to generate the cash necessary to repay debt or fund future capital investment. Investors are cautioned, however, that these measures should not be construed as an alternative to net income (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS as an indication of the Company's performance. Spartan's and Renegade's method of calculating these measures may differ from other companies and accordingly, they may not be comparable to measures used by other companies. Cash flow from operations is calculated by adjusting net income (loss) for other income, unrealized gains or losses on financial derivative instruments, accretion, share based compensation, impairment and depletion and depreciation. Operating netback is calculated based on oil and gas revenue less royalties and operating and transportation expenses. Net debt is the total of cash plus accounts receivable, prepaids and deposits, less accounts payable plus bank debt.

Contact Information

  • Spartan Energy Corp.
    Richard (Rick) McHardy
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 265-6444
    403.264.1348 (FAX)
    info@spartanenergy.ca

    Spartan Energy Corp.
    Michelle Wiggins
    Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 265-6444
    403.264.1348 (FAX)
    info@spartanenergy.ca