Wild Stream Exploration Inc.
TSX VENTURE : WSX

November 29, 2010 16:45 ET

Wild Stream Exploration Inc. Announces Increased 2010 Guidance and Third Quarter 2010 Operating and Financial Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) - Wild Stream Exploration Inc. ("Wild Stream" or the "Company) (TSX VENTURE:WSX) is pleased to announce that it filed on SEDAR its unaudited financial statements and related Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010. Certain selected financial and operational information is set out below and should be read in conjunction with Wild Stream's unaudited financial statements and related MD&A. These filings will be available at www.wildsr.com and www.sedar.com.



Financial Highlights

Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, Percent September 30, Percent
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
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Financial (thousands
of dollars except
share data)

Petroleum and
natural gas revenue 12,791 2,513 409 29,312 7,468 293
Funds from
operations (1) 7,553 1,035 630 17,044 4,657 266
Per share - basic 0.21 0.56 (62) 0.48 2.55 (81)
- diluted 0.19 0.56 (66) 0.42 2.37 (82)
Net earnings (loss) 580 (447) 230 1,820 (2,009) 191
Per share - basic 0.01 (0.25) 104 0.05 (1.11) 105
- diluted 0.01 (0.25) 104 0.04 (1.11) 104
Capital expenditures,
net 23,110 (1,713) 1,449 73,174 (171) n/a
Corporate acquisitions 9,102 - 100
Working capital
deficiency 25,031 17,523 43
Weighted average
shares
Basic 37,111 1,818 1,941 35,794 1,818 1,869
Diluted 42,409 1,818 2,233 40,990 1,818 2,155
Shares outstanding,
end of period
Basic - - - 37,280 1,818 1,951
Diluted - - - 46,882 1,962 2,290

Operating (6:1 boe
conversion) (2)

Average daily
production
Liquids (bbls/d) 2,128 413 415 1,553 463 235
Natural gas (mcf/d) 1,186 108 998 1,130 324 249
Barrels of oil
equivalent (2)
(boe/d) 2,326 431 440 1,742 517 237

Average sales price
Liquids ($/bbl) 63.31 65.32 (3) 66.18 56.35 17
Natural gas ($/mcf) 3.62 3.05 19 4.04 3.93 3
Barrel of oil
equivalent ($/boe) 59.78 63.35 (6) 61.65 52.93 16

Netbacks
Operating
Petroleum and
natural gas
revenue (3) 60.72 63.35 (4) 62.37 52.93 18
Royalties (8.66) (7.35) 18 (8.53) (4.70) 81
Operating expenses (12.06) (14.50) (17) (13.17) (17.41) (24)
Transportation
expenses (1.83) (2.31) (21) (1.81) (2.03) (11)
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Operating netback
($/boe) 38.17 39.19 (3) 38.86 28.79 35
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Corporate
netback (4) ($/boe) 35.30 26.15 35 35.85 17.22 108


(1) Management uses funds generated by operations to analyze operating
performance and leverage. Funds generated by operations as presented do
not have any standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP and
therefore it may not be comparable with the calculation of similar
measures for other entities.
(2) Boe conversion ratio for natural gas of 1 Boe: 6 Mcf has been used,
which is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily
applicable at the burner tip and does not necessarily represent a
value equivalency at the wellhead.
(3) Including realized gains on commodity hedges.
(4) Corporate netbacks are calculated as the operating netback less general
and administrative expenses and financial charges. Excluded from the
2009 results is the impact of the realized gain on the monetization of
the commodity hedge.


Third Quarter Accomplishments

- Increased 2010 quarterly average production by 33 per cent to 2,326 boe/d (91 per cent crude oil) from 1,744 boe/d in the second quarter of 2010.

- Increased funds from operations to $7.6 million an increase of 36% from $5.6 million reported in the second quarter of 2010.

- Achieved continued strong third quarter 2010 operating netbacks of $38.17 per boe.

- Drilled 15 gross (14.5 net) crude oil wells for a success rate of 100 per cent.

- Reduced third quarter operating costs by 9% to $12.06/boe from the $13.20 reported in the second quarter of 2010.

- Substantially added to the Company's undeveloped land base in our core areas with the addition of approximately 19 net sections.

- Reduced G&A by 14% in the third quarter of 2010 to $2.08/boe compared to the second quarter of 2010.

- Subsequent to quarter end, completed a bought deal financing for gross proceeds of $33.3 million and issued 5.2 million common shares at a price of $6.45 per common share.

- Subsequent to quarter end, increased our credit facility to $70 million from $50 million.

Increased 2010 Guidance

Based on strong drilling results we are expanding the Company's 2010 capital program budget to $100 million from $90 million. The revised budget will see 55 gross (51.4 net) net wells drilled and will be funded through our October $33 million equity financing, the $70 million credit facility and cash flow.

Average October production levels have exceeded 2,600 boepd. We are increasing our exit guidance by 10% to 3,200 boepd (95% crude oil) from 2,900 boepd.

Operational Update

In the third quarter, the Company drilled 8 (7.5 net) wells in Shaunavon, 6 (6.0 net) wells in Dodsland and 1 (1.0 net) well in Coutts resulting in 15 (14.5 net) crude oil wells at a 100 percent success rate. The Company spent $19.5 million on drilling, completions and facilities and $3.6 million on land and two minor property acquisitions within our core areas.

Shaunavon area

To the end of the third quarter, Wild Stream drilled 17 (15.4 net) wells. The Company will drill up to 14 (13.4 net) wells in the fourth quarter of 2010. Shaunavon production continues to grow with recent production levels exceeding 1,900 boepd.

Implementation of the Upper Shaunavon waterflood continues to be a focus for the Company. We recently completed the addition of four additional injection wells that will provide pressure support for existing horizontal producing wells. The fourth quarter will also see the construction of a second battery and injection facility which, when combined with our original waterflood facility, will provide sufficient capacity to have the main pool under waterflood. Commissioning of the second facility is expected in early January.

There are currently 9 (8.4 net) Upper Shaunavon horizontal wells producing which have increased production from the Upper Shaunavon formation to 1,300 boepd.

The Lower Shaunavon formation is currently producing 600 bbls/d from 5.0 net wells. Active drilling to set up a Lower Shaunavon pilot waterflood commenced early in the fourth quarter. It is anticipated that this waterflood will be operational by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

Dodsland area

To the end of the third quarter, Wild Stream drilled 10 (10 net) wells. An additional six wells have been drilled in the fourth quarter with completion activities ongoing. Production has grown to 375 boe/d and will continue to grow as the six new wells are brought on production.

Horizontal well performance from our first 10 wells is exceeding the type curves used by our independent engineers.

Garrington

To the end of the third quarter, Wild Stream drilled 2 (1.75 net). Two (1.3 net) additional wells are currently being drilled with one targeting the Cardium formation and one targeting the Viking formation.

Outlook

Capital cost control continues to be a focus for the Company. Recent modifications to drilling and completion techniques have reduced per well on-stream costs by $200-300 thousand per well in the Shaunavon and Dodsland areas.

In the fourth quarter, the Company expects to drill approximately 20 (19 net) wells in the Shaunavon and Dodsland areas in southwest Saskatchewan and in the Garrington area of Alberta. We are increasing our 2010 exit production guidance by 10% to 3,200 boe/d consisting of 95% crude oil.

The Company intends to release formal 2011 guidance in late January 2011 once all of our fourth quarter drilling results have been evaluated and placed on production.

Our estimated net debt of $12.5 million as at December 31, 2010 represents only 0.3 times annualized fourth quarter 2010 cash flow and leaves in excess of $57 million of debt capacity on the available credit facility.

Wild Stream continues to be a pure play resource oil company. We have defined resource oil drilling inventory that includes in excess of 400 net horizontal locations representing in excess of $500 million of potential capital expenditures. This multi-year inventory sets the stage for continuing growth for 2011 and beyond.

We remain committed to increasing shareholder value through a combination of exploration, strategic acquisitions and subsequent exploitation while maintaining a conservative approach to balance sheet management.

Additional corporate information can be found in our November corporate presentation on our website at www.wildsr.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains forward-looking statements. More particularly, this press release contains forward-looking statements concerning the expansion of the Shaunavon capital expenditure program, Wild Stream's average production and exit rate for 2010, the Company's growth strategy and it's exploration and development capital program. The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company, including expectations and assumptions concerning the success of optimization and efficiency improvement projects, the availability of capital, the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of existing wells, the performance of new wells and prevailing commodity prices. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general (e.g., operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, and health, safety and environmental risks), commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations and uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures. Certain of these risks are set out in more detail in the Company's Annual Information Form which has been filed on SEDAR and can be accessed at www.sedar.com or Wild Stream's website www.wildsr.com.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and the Company 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.

Meaning of Boe: When used in this press release, Boe means a barrel of oil equivalent on the basis of 1 Boe to 6 thousand cubic feet of natural gas. Boe per day means a barrel of oil equivalent per day. Boe's may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A Boe conversion ratio of 1 Boe for 6 thousand cubic feet of natural gas is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, nor the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in the United States, nor shall there be any sale of securities mentioned in this press release in any state in the United States in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

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Contact Information

  • Wild Stream Exploration Inc.
    Mr. Neil Roszell
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 767-1250
    (403) 232-8083 (FAX)
    or
    Wild Stream Exploration Inc.
    Mr. Jerry Sapieha, CA
    Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
    (403)767-1265
    (403) 232-8083 (FAX)
    www.wildsr.com