InPlay Oil Corp. (TSX: IPO) (OTCQX: IPOOF) ("InPlay" or the "Company") announces its financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. InPlay's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and notes, as well as management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for the three months ended March 31, 2017 will be filed today on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") and our website ("www.inplayoil.com").
We are pleased to present InPlay's financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. This was the first full quarter of operations following the transformational year in 2016 which saw InPlay became a publicly traded entity following the November 7, 2016 private placement financing, asset acquisition in Pembina and the completion of the reverse take-over business combination with Anderson Energy Inc.
The Company's first quarter 2017 capital program included the completion of 2 (2.0 net) wells that were drilled in the fourth quarter of 2016 and came on production in mid-February 2017. InPlay drilled 7 (5.1 net) Cardium horizontal wells in the first quarter, including our first Willesden Green horizontal. Of the 7 (5.1) net wells drilled, 1 (1.0 net) of these wells came on production in mid-February, 3 (1.3 net) wells were completed in late March and came on production in the second quarter and 3 (2.8 net) wells which were drilled remain to be completed.
First quarter 2017 production averaged 3,859 boe/day (66% oil and liquids), reflecting production additions over a portion of the quarter from the wells placed on production in mid-February 2017. This represents a 107% increase in production over the first quarter of 2016 and a 42% increase over production from the fourth quarter of 2016. Our first quarter capital program came in on budget resulting in total capital expenditures of $9.5 million. Funds flow from operations for the first quarter was $6.1 million, a 108% increase over the three month period ending March 31, 2016. This resulted in funds flow from operations of $0.10/share ($0.40/share annualized) for the first quarter of 2017. We exited the quarter with $38.0 million in net debt and were drawn $35.8 million on our $60.0 million syndicated credit facility.
InPlay had a successful initial capital program focused on drilling 11 (9.1 net) Cardium horizontal wells from late 2016 to the end of the first quarter in 2017. The increased activity the industry experienced created a tight supply/demand balance with services and particularly with reservoir stimulation activities. While this resulted in the Company not bringing all of its wells on production by early April as anticipated, we still met our forecasted first quarter production volumes. At the end of the first quarter there were 6 (4.1 net) wells that remain to be brought on production. The start of spring break up in April was cool and wet resulting in adverse conditions but an additional 3 (1.3 net) non-operated horizontal wells were brought on production. There remains 3 (2.8 net) wells to be completed and brought on production including our first Willesden Green and West Pembina Cardium wells. InPlay has been experimenting with new completion technologies as well as with a reduction in the spacing between fracture completions in the horizontal leg. The Company has been drilling these wells to target the lower bioturbated portion of the reservoir with the only exception being West Pembina which targets thick tight halo sands. The three remaining wells are all configured to be fracture completed on significantly reduced spacing. In Willesden Green this spacing is similar to that used by a peer with an offset well that has had strong recent results drilling the lower bioturbated Cardium and completing with this reduced spacing. All of the wells that InPlay has operated and brought on production to date have been in the water flooded areas of Central Pembina and were prior to any increases in industry service costs. The drill, equip and tie-in costs here have averaged $1.75 million which including reduced fracture spacing than initially planned resulting in more intense completions adding approximately 15-20% to completion costs. We believe the potential for a continued increase in service costs will be tied directly to commodity prices and industry activity after spring break-up. Based on discussions with service companies we estimate normal activity can result in cost increases of 5-10% but can be mitigated some by the increased efficiencies we have achieved. We currently expect completion operations to resume by June and extend into the third quarter.
The plans for 2017 remain to drill 12 net wells in our two core Cardium areas of Pembina and Willesden Green. Of these, there are approximately 7.0 net wells to be drilled in the remainder of the year including potential for extended reach horizontals which will be located in Willesden Green. In addition, we are moving ahead with plans to spend our $1.7 million of exploration flow through commitment on our emerging Duvernay light oil play in the second half of this year where we have increased our land holdings to 10,400 acres (16.25 sections).
Industry interest in this shallow East Basin Duvernay play has been substantial with a recent crown land sale receiving approximately $22 million in bids at prices of up to $1 million per section on lands in the vicinity of InPlay's position compared to $90,000 per section InPlay has paid to date. Due to the shallow reservoir depths in the area the estimated horizontal well costs on a developmental basis are expected to be in the range of $4.0 - 5.0 million.
Capital expenditures forecast for 2017 remain at approximately $28 million which is still less than forecasted funds flow from operations, after reducing our forecasted annual average oil price by US$5 to US$50 WTI. This program is forecast to generate net debt to funds flow from operations for the fourth quarter annualized of approximately 0.9 times. At a stress tested $45 WTI price for the remainder of 2017 this program is forecast to generate fourth quarter 2017 net debt to funds flow from operations of approximately 1.0 times ensuring that the 2017 capital program can be maintained and is expected to yield top quartile production per share growth compared to our oil weighted peers. We continue to be pleased with production from the new wells and maintain our annual average production guidance of 4,000-4,200 boed (66 % light oil and liquids), while exiting the year at 4,300-4,500 boepd (68% light oil and liquids) following the planned 12 net well program in 2017. This represents 20% organic per share production growth from December 2016 to December 2017.
InPlay's low debt levels, high operating netback assets and solid set of commodity hedges will allow us to continue to develop our asset base in the current volatile commodity price environment, maintain financial strength, and is focusing on meaningful and sustainable per share growth for our shareholders.
SOURCE: InPlay Oil Corp
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