Pine Cliff's natural gas market diversification strategy was successful in generating positive adjusted funds flow in 2019, despite enduring one of the lowest AECO gas prices in 20 years. Pine Cliff was also able to use its extensive seismic database to expand the Company's prospect inventory by identifying a number of drilling locations on its existing land base and during the fourth quarter, drilled two 100% Pekisko oils wells. Significant Pine Cliff highlights from the fourth quarter and 2019 include:
Debt Transformation on Pine Cliff's Balance Sheet
On October 1, 2019, Pine Cliff entered into a credit facility with Alberta Investment Management Corporation ("AIMCo"), acting on behalf of its clients, to repay its $30 million promissory notes maturing September 30, 2020 and its $19 million promissory notes maturing July 31, 2022 and replace them with a non-revolving term credit facility ("Term Debt"). The Term Debt consists of a first tranche with a principal amount of $30 million that matures on December 31, 2024 and a second tranche with a principal amount of $19 million that matures on July 31, 2022, (collectively the "Refinancing"). The Refinancing with AIMCo, one of the Company's major shareholders, as well as the extension of $12 million of debt held by Pine Cliff's Chairman of the Board and a third party holding more than 10% of Pine Cliff's shares, out to December 31, 2024, allows the Company flexibility to focus on its business and any opportunities that are expected to arise during these turbulent times. The Company's focus continues to be to maximize shareholder value and to capitalize on opportunities during this cycle of low natural gas prices.
With the recent collapse in global crude oil prices arising from both demand destruction due to COVID-19 and OPEC's inability to manage supply amongst its members, Pine Cliff remains committed to managing its financial flexibility and controlling capital expenditures. The Company's 2020 capital budget includes the drilling of one (1.0 net) Pekisko oil well in the fourth quarter and this timing provides Pine Cliff the flexibility to amend its capital spending during the year to stay within adjusted funds flow. With natural gas representing over 90% of Pine Cliff's production, the Company believes it is well positioned to manage the volatility of crude oil prices while protecting asset and shareholder value.
Financial and Operating Results
1 This is a non-GAAP measure, see "NON-GAAP Measures" for additional information.
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Philip B. Hodge - President and CEO
Alan MacDonald -CFO and Corporate Secretary
Telephone: (403) 269-2289
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Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, this forward-looking information and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking information will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what benefits will be derived there from. Except as required by law, Pine Cliff disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Natural gas liquids and oil volumes are recorded in barrels of oil ("Bbl") and are converted to a thousand cubic feet equivalent ("Mcfe") using a ratio of one (1) Bbl to six (6) thousand cubic feet. Natural gas volumes recorded in thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") are converted to barrels of oil equivalent ("Boe") using the ratio of six (6) thousand cubic feet to one (1) Bbl. This conversion ratio is based on energy equivalence primarily at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. The terms Boe or Mcfe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.
Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from the energy equivalency of oil, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value.
The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
This press release uses the terms "adjusted funds flow", "operating netbacks", "corporate netbacks" and "net debt" which are not recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, IFRS measures including net income (loss), cash provided by operating activities, or total liabilities. The Company uses these measures to evaluate its performance, leverage and liquidity. Adjusted funds flow is a non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("non-GAAP") measure that represents the total of funds provided by operating activities, before adjusting for changes in non-cash working capital, and decommissioning obligations settled. Net debt is a non-GAAP measure calculated as the sum of bank debt, subordinated promissory notes at the principal amount, amounts due to related party and trade and other payables less trade and other receivables, cash, prepaid expenses and deposits and investments. Operating netback is a non-GAAP measure calculated as the Company's total revenue, less operating expenses, divided by the Boe production of the Company. Corporate netback is a non-GAAP measure calculated as the Company's operating netback, less general and administrative expenses, interest and bank charges plus finance and dividend income, divided by the Boe production of the Company. Please refer to the Annual Report for additional details regarding non-GAAP measures and their calculation.
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