November 01, 2011 16:47 ET

Trilogy Energy Corp. Announces Financial and Operating Results for the Three and Nine Months-Ended September 30, 2011

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) - Trilogy Energy Corp. (TSX:TET) ("Trilogy" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the three and nine months-ended September 30, 2011.


  • Sales volumes for the third quarter of 2011 averaged 29,035 Boe/d as compared to 29,320 Boe/d for the previous quarter. Oil and natural gas liquids production increased to 29 percent of total production (from 24 percent in the prior quarter).
  • Oil production increased 42 percent quarter over quarter (61 percent year-to-date 2011 over 2010)
  • Capital expenditures (excluding acquisitions and dispositions) totaled $71.6 million for the third quarter of 2011 versus $42.8 million in the prior quarter. In total, 14 (10.0 net) wells were drilled in the quarter with a 100 percent success rate.
  • Accelerated development of the Kaybob Montney oil pool. Drilled 8 (8.0 net) oil wells during the quarter.
  • Drilled a horizontal Montney exploration well into a new Montney oil pool
  • Funds flow from operations increased 16 percent to $60.3 million during the third quarter of 2011 ($52.1 million for the previous quarter).
  • Operating costs were lower at $7.16 /Boe (prior quarter $8.15 /Boe)
  • Dividends to Shareholders for the third quarter of 2011 were $12.2 million (21 percent of cash flow from operations) as compared to $12.2 million in the prior quarter (25 percent of cash flow from operations).
  • Income before tax for the third quarter was $19.0 million as compared to the prior quarter's income of $11.0 million.


(In thousand Canadian dollars except per share amounts and where stated otherwise)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30
September 30, June 30,
2011 2011 Change % 2011 2010 Change %
Petroleum and natural gas sales 100,466 94,056 7 274,520 223,808 23
Funds flow
From operations(1) 60,312 52,107 16 158,005 118,633 33
Per share - diluted 0.51 0.44 15 1.34 1.03 29
Earnings (loss) before tax 19,049 10,977 74 30,289 155,106 (80 )
Per share - diluted 0.16 0.09 78 0.26 1.35 (81 )
Earnings (loss) after tax 14,404 7,872 83 22,066 185,819 (88 )
Per share - diluted 0.12 0.07 73 0.19 1.62 (88 )
Dividends declared 12,179 12,172 - 36,456 37,739 (3 )
Per share 0.105 0.105 - 0.315 0.330 (5 )
Capital expenditures
Exploration, development, land, and facility 71,478 42,715 67 250,019 119,278 110
Acquisitions (dispositions) and other - net 98 1,154 (92 ) (1,798 ) 463 (488 )
Net capital expenditures 71,576 43,869 63 248,221 119,741 107
Total assets 1,209,487 1,188,179 2 1,209,487 1,043,490 16
Net debt(1) 424,604 406,409 4 424,604 286,585 48
Shareholders' equity 542,010 537,004 1 542,010 559,079 (3 )
Total shares outstanding (thousands) - As at end of period (2) 115,853 115,776 - 115,853 114,717 1
Natural gas (MMcf/d) 125 133 (6 ) 124 111 11
Oil (Bbl/d) 3,886 2,744 42 2,974 1,850 61
Natural gas liquids (Boe/d) 4,397 4,426 (1 ) 4,351 2,784 56
Total production (Boe/d @ 6:1) 29,035 29,320 (1 ) 27,919 23,207 20
Average prices before financial instruments
Natural gas ($/Mcf) 4.04 3.93 3 4.00 4.52 (11 )
Crude Oil ($/Bbl) 85.85 96.65 (11 ) 89.55 77.80 15
Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) 57.96 55.54 4 56.30 61.90 (9 )
Drilling activity (gross)
Gas 3 6 (50 ) 28 34 (18 )
Oil 11 3 267 16 7 129
D&A - - - - - -
Total wells 14 9 56 44 41 7
Success rate 100 % 100 % - 100 % 100 % -

(1) Funds flow from operations and net debt are Non-GAAP terms. 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 interim consolidated financial statements for additional information.


Trilogy reaffirms its guidance for 2011 as follows:

Average production 30,000 Boe/d
Average operating costs $7.75 /Boe

Capital spending for the year will exceed previous guidance of $285 million, as additional capital is required to expand producing infrastructure, participate in unbudgeted joint venture projects, drill additional wells and to procure equipment and materials for 2012. Trilogy will be providing an operational update mid November, at which time 2011 guidance will be clarified.


A copy of Trilogy's September 30, 2011 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, through Trilogy's website at and SEDAR at


Trilogy is a 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, lower-decline 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".


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.


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 2011; 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 regarding the extent and development potential of the Kaybob area Montney oil pool and Duvernay Shale Gas development program; the natural gas liquids content of Trilogy's natural gas; continuity of the mutually beneficial agreement with Aux Sable Canada LP; 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; drilling results consistent with our expectations; the ability of Trilogy to obtain equipment, services and supplies in a timely manner to carry out its activities; geology applicable to Trilogy's land holdings; the ability of Trilogy and its partners to obtain drilling success consistent with expectations; the ability of Trilogy to market oil and natural gas successfully to current and new customers; the timing and costs of pipeline and storage facility construction and expansion and 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; 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 or 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.


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.

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)