Perpetual Energy Inc. ("Perpetual", the "Corporation" or the "Company") is pleased to release its fourth quarter and year end 2016 financial and operating results. A complete copy of Perpetual's audited consolidated financial statements, Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") and Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 will be available through the Corporation's website at www.perpetualenergyinc.com and SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
FOURTH QUARTER 2016 HIGHLIGHTS AND SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
2016 ANNUAL FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHT
Capital Spending and Property Dispositions
2016 Year-End Reserve Highlights
Production and Operations Highlights
Success in advancing the Company's strategic priorities has established a foundation for strong growth in production and adjusted funds flow in 2017. Perpetual's top four strategic priorities for 2017 include:
Closing of the suite of financing transactions during the first quarter of 2017 has established sufficient liquidity to execute the planned growth-oriented capital program and manage debt maturities into 2018 at current commodity prices. The Company will continue its diligent focus on increasing netbacks through reductions in all areas of spending, including operating, financing and administrative costs, to confirm the sustainable cost structure established through strategic decisions over the past two years.
In 2017, Perpetual will focus its capital spending on its core operating areas, with spending at East Edson, representing close to 85 percent of total forecast exploration and development expenditures. In the first quarter of 2017, the Company will spend close to $26 million. Activity will include frac and tie-in operations on the East Edson well drilled in the fourth quarter of 2016 and drilling of five additional Wilrich horizontal wells. A minimum of four of the six new drills are forecast to be completed, tied in and on production prior to spring break up, with the timing of the complete and frac operations on the additional two drills dependent on surface access conditions. The Company plans to recommence its one rig drilling program after break up to continue to grow production at East Edson, with the drilling of up to an additional eight wells. The one rig drilling program in East Edson is expected to re-establish throughput using Company-owned infrastructure approaching the capacity of 60 to 65 MMcf/d plus associated liquids by year-end 2017.
The Company is also finishing the execution of it first quarter drilling program at Mannville. Four horizontal heavy oil wells, three of which are exploratory, have been successfully drilled, completed, equipped and tied in with results pending as all four wells are currently cleaning up on initial flow back. Pending successful drilling results and commodity prices, up to four additional heavy oil wells are planned for the second half of 2017 in Mannville. Two horizontal wells to evaluate shallow shale gas plays in the Viking and Colorado formations have been drilled, taking advantage of synergies with the heavy oil drilling program. Completion and testing operations are currently ongoing. The first quarter 2017 capital program also includes expenditures for high return conventional shallow gas workovers and recompletions as well as waterflood operations in the Mannville area.
Capital spending during 2017 will be funded through a combination of adjusted funds flow and proceeds from the financing transactions closed on March 14, 2017.
Based on the total capital spending plan in 2017 of $67 million, Perpetual expects to exit 2017 at a production rate of 13,000 to 13,500 boe/d in December 2017, with full year 2017 production averaging between 10,750 to 11,000 boe/d (85 percent natural gas). This represents growth in average daily production from fourth quarter 2016 to full year 2017 of close to 30 percent and an increase in exit rate based on average December production of approximately 60 percent year over year.
In order to protect a base level of adjusted funds flow, Perpetual has commodity price contracts in place in 2017 on an estimated 45 percent of forecast production for the remainder of the year. These include natural gas contracts at AECO hub from April to December 2017 on close to 27,500 GJ/d at an estimated price of $3.15/GJ; and oil sales arrangements on 750 bbl/d protecting a WTI floor price of $USD50.00/bbl.
Based on these assumptions and the current forward market for oil and natural gas prices, Perpetual forecasts 2017 adjusted funds flow of approximately $40 million ($0.68 per share). Incorporating the current market value of 1.67 million TOU shares of $28.95 per share, the Company estimates year-end 2017 total net debt of approximately $80 million, with a corresponding debt to trailing twelve months adjusted funds flow ratio of approximately 2.0.
SOURCE: Perpetual Energy Inc.
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