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CALGARY, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Vermilion Energy Inc. ("Vermilion" or the "Company") (TSX - VET) is pleased to report interim operating and unaudited financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.
|1||Eernewoude-2 test rate reflects combined production test results from three separate producing zones including: Slochteren Sandstone which tested at an average rate of approximately 8,950 mcf/d over four hours on a 24/64 choke and a flowing well head pressure of approximately 199 Bar; Ten Boer Sandstone was tested at (28/64)/(32/64)/(36/64) chokes with average rates of approximately 9,880/11,820/13,465 mcf/d/ over separate three hour periods at flowing well head pressures of approximately 159/147/133 Bar, respectively; Akkrum Sandstone was tested using 24/64 and 36/64 chokes resulting in average rates of approximately 3,770 and 4,475 mcf/d over separate three hour periods at flowing well head pressures of approximately 80 and 40 Bar, respectively. Test results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.|
|2||Vinkega-2 test rate reflects combined production test results from two separate producing zones including: Slochtgeren Sandstone which tested at an average rate of approximately 22,380 mcf/d over four hours on a 40/64 choke and a flowing well head pressure of approximately 163 Bar; Vlieland Sandstone which tested at an average rate of approximately 4,850 mcf/d over six hours on a 36/64 choke and a flowing well head pressure of approximately 49 Bar. Test results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.|
Conference Call and Audio Webcast Details
Vermilion will discuss these results in a conference call to be held on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM MST (11:00 AM EST). To participate, you may call toll free 1-877-407-9205 (North America) or 1-201-689-8054 (International). The conference call will also be available on replay by calling 1-877-660-6853 (North America) or 1-201-612-7415 (International) using conference ID number 400685. The replay will be available until midnight eastern time on November 8, 2012.
You may also listen to the audio webcast by clicking www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=169764 or visit Vermilion's website at www.vermilionenergy.com/ir/eventspresentations.cfm.
|bbls/d||barrels per day|
|mcf||thousand cubic feet|
|mmcf||million cubic feet|
|bcf||billion cubic feet|
|mcf/d||thousand cubic feet per day|
|mmcf/d||million cubic feet per day|
|boe||barrel of oil equivalent of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil on the basis of one boe for six mcf of natural gas|
|mboe||thousand barrel of oil equivalent|
|mmboe||million barrel of oil equivalent|
|boe/d||barrel of oil equivalent per day|
|NGLs||natural gas liquids|
|WTI||West Texas Intermediate, the reference price paid for crude oil of standard grade in U.S. dollars at Cushing, Oklahoma|
|AECO||the daily average benchmark price for natural gas at the AECO 'C' hub in southeast Alberta|
|PRRT||Petroleum Resource Rent Tax, a profit based tax levied on petroleum projects in Australia|
|GAAP||Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or, alternatively, IFRS|
|IFRS||International Financial Reporting Standards or, alternatively, GAAP|
Certain statements included or incorporated by reference in this document may constitute forward looking statements or financial outlooks under applicable securities legislation. Such forward looking statements or information typically contain statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose", or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward looking statements or information in this document may include, but are not limited to:
Such forward looking statements or information are based on a number of assumptions all or any of which may prove to be incorrect. In addition to any other assumptions identified in this document, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things:
Although Vermilion 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 Vermilion can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Financial outlooks are provided for the purpose of understanding Vermilion's financial strength and business objectives and the information may not be appropriate for other purposes. 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 Vermilion and described in the forward looking statements or information. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to:
The forward looking statements or information contained in this document are made as of the date hereof and Vermilion 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 required by applicable securities laws.
Natural gas volumes have been converted on the basis of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil equivalent. Barrels of oil equivalent (boe) may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet 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 wellhead.
|($M except as indicated)||Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|Sept 30,||June 30,||Sept 30,||Sept 30,||Sept 30,|
|Petroleum and natural gas sales||284,838||246,544||248,361||841,870||756,398|
|Fund flows from operations 1||137,094||127,775||116,369||415,991||337,453|
|Fund flows from operations ($/basic share)||1.39||1.30||1.29||4.26||3.75|
|Fund flows from operations ($/diluted share)||1.37||1.28||1.27||4.21||3.70|
|Net earnings per share ($/basic share)||0.31||0.39||0.71||1.37||1.92|
|Acquisitions, including acquired working capital deficiencies 1||-||-||-||110,282||38,101|
|Asset retirement obligations settled||1,968||2,581||4,269||5,315||15,512|
|Cash dividends ($/share)||0.57||0.57||0.57||1.71||1.71|
|Less: Issuance of shares pursuant to the dividend reinvestment plan||(17,251)||(18,781)||(15,219)||(53,590)||(42,279)|
|Net dividends 1||38,945||37,181||36,393||113,692||111,696|
|% of fund flows from operations, gross||41%||44%||44%||40%||46%|
|% of fund flows from operations, net||28%||29%||31%||27%||33%|
|Total net dividends, capital expenditures and asset retirement obligations||147,168||134,650||175,443||414,510||465,737|
|% of fund flows from operations||107%||105%||151%||100%||138%|
|% of fund flows from operations (excluding the Corrib project)||94%||93%||130%||89%||120%|
|Net debt 1||549,491||524,610||467,367||549,491||467,367|
|Crude oil (bbls/d)||23,047||24,658||20,464||24,062||20,602|
|Natural gas (mcf/d)||73,524||78,629||77,056||77,502||76,442|
|% priced with reference to WTI||23%||23%||17%||23%||15%|
|% priced with reference to AECO||16%||18%||21%||17%||21%|
|% priced with reference to Dated Brent||61%||59%||62%||60%||64%|
|Average selling price|
|Crude oil and NGLs ($/bbl)||100.70||100.07||100.71||102.32||104.26|
|Natural gas ($/mcf)||6.12||5.79||6.50||5.89||6.28|
|Netbacks ($/boe) 1|
|Fund flows netback||38.66||39.40||36.46||39.44||35.62|
|Average reference prices|
|Dated Brent (US$/bbl)||109.61||108.19||113.46||112.10||111.93|
|Average foreign currency exchange rates|
|CDN $/US $||0.99||1.01||0.98||1.00||0.98|
|Share information ('000s)|
|Basic shares outstanding||98,729||98,330||90,675||98,729||90,675|
|Diluted shares outstanding 1||101,149||101,249||92,815||101,149||92,815|
|Weighted average shares outstanding|
|Basic shares outstanding||98,523||97,937||90,492||97,704||89,955|
|Diluted shares outstanding||99,748||99,923||91,710||98,848||91,241|
1 The above table includes non-GAAP measures which may not be comparable to other companies. Please see the "Non-GAAP Measures" section of Management's Discussion and Analysis.
OPERATIONAL REVIEW AND OUTLOOK
Vermilion's operations continued to perform above expectations during the third quarter of 2012. Furthermore, the Company's strong relative realized pricing, resulting from its global commodity exposure and oil leveraged production bias, continues to support consistently strong fund flows from operations. Even after shutting-in some of our Canadian dry gas production and downtime in Australia due to planned maintenance activities, Vermilion's year-to-date production remains 10% above production volumes during the same nine month period in 2011.
Vermilion's global commodity exposure continues to distinguish the Company from other North American producers with approximately 43% of year-to-date production comprised of Brent-based crude and a further 15% comprised of high netback, royalty free Netherlands natural gas production which has realized a price of $9.58 per mcf during the first nine months of 2012. The Company's leverage to global commodity markets, through its diversified international operations, places Vermilion in a strong competitive position relative to North America based producers who are faced with significantly higher exposure to volatile differentials and increasing price uncertainty with respect to their North American natural gas and crude production. Vermilion expects realized pricing for North American natural gas and crude production will remain at significant discounts to pricing the Company receives for its international production for the foreseeable future.
During the third quarter of 2012, Canadian-based crude differentials remained relatively wide with Edmonton Sweet crude pricing at US$7.21 below the average price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) of US$92.22, which itself was priced at an average discount to Dated Brent of more than US$17 during the quarter. On the positive side, the AECO natural gas reference price improved by approximately 20% during the quarter to $2.28 per mcf, however it remained significantly below Vermilion's average price for European based natural gas production of nearly $9.50 per mcf. These pricing dynamics have impacted many of Vermilion's Canadian peers and although Vermilion is not immune to these price effects, the Company's netbacks remain robust as a result of its exposure to Dated Brent-based pricing for its production in France and Australia and the continued strength of natural gas pricing in Europe.
Vermilion continues to experience strong operational performance in all of its operating regions. This provides the Company with flexibility to manage the composition of its produced volumes to maximize profitability while achieving annualized production in the upper part of our guidance range of 37,000 to 38,000 boe/d. As a result, Vermilion plans to manage its Canadian-based dry natural gas production to reduce exposure to weak North American natural gas pricing. The Company currently intends to bring on or cycle this production, as appropriate, to meet lessee obligations and to take advantage of higher seasonal pricing that may develop.
Vermilion currently anticipates full year capital expenditures for 2012 of approximately $465 million, subject to variability with respect to timing of the Company's Australian drilling activities. The Company currently expects to provide initial 2013 planned production and capital guidance in mid-November.
During the remainder of 2012, the Company's Canadian investment activities will continue to focus primarily on development of the Cardium light oil play. Vermilion's well performance remains consistent and continues to outpace that of other operators in the West Pembina region. The Company remains on target to achieve average costs of between $3.5 and $3.7 million per well and has exceeded this target on a 'per section' basis after accounting for several longer reach wells drilled in 2012. Transportation costs also continue to decrease as Vermilion ties-in and processes greater volumes through its newly constructed oil processing facility. At the end of the third quarter of 2012, Vermilion had drilled or participated in approximately 102.8 net wells, 90.8 of which were on production. With an identified inventory at the beginning of 2012 of approximately 300 additional economic prospects in the West Pembina region, Vermilion has a drilling inventory that is expected to last at least six years at an expected drilling rate of 40 to 60 wells per year. That inventory may grow as Vermilion achieves continuous improvement in costs and productivity in this resource play, and seeks to consolidate existing land positions within the West Pembina operating region. A further 120 prospects have been identified on Vermilion's legacy acreage which are viewed as having marginal economics in the current environment but could be drilled in future years if technological improvements, costs or commodity prices change sufficiently to improve the economics of these prospects.
Vermilion experienced lower volumes in Australia during the third quarter of 2012 resulting from approximately two weeks of planned downtime for annual maintenance. Vermilion plans to sustain annual average production at between 6,000 and 8,000 boe/d over the next few years with two-to-three well drilling campaigns conducted approximately every other year. Wandoo remains a key asset for Vermilion generating strong fund flows from operations. Production at Wandoo attracts pricing at a meaningful premium to the Dated Brent index for crude oil with no transportation costs as a result of production being inventoried and sold directly into tankers from the platform.
In January 2012 Vermilion announced that it had closed the previously announced acquisition of certain working interests in six producing fields located in the Paris and Aquitaine basins in France. The assets are expected to average approximately 2,200 boe/d of production in 2012, weighted 86% to high quality Brent-based crude, and add an estimated 6.7 million boe1 of proved plus probable reserves (96% crude oil). Vermilion paid approximately $106 million at closing of the acquisition, resulting in a cost of approximately $48,000 per flowing boe and $15.80 per boe of proved plus probable reserves as evaluated by GLJ. The acquisition added to Vermilion's existing France asset base and is well aligned with the Company's strategic objective to maintain and consolidate its core operating areas and to increase its operating control where feasible. The acquired assets further strengthen Vermilion's position as the leading oil producer in France, and with a weighting toward high quality oil, are expected to continue to provide robust netbacks in the current commodity price environment. During the third quarter, Vermilion initiated its first workover program in the Vic Bihl field since taking over operatorship after the acquisition, with the first five workovers generating an initial incremental rate of over 500 bbls/d. The Company has identified numerous other areas in the acquired assets where we can reduce the current cost structure and increase production over time through optimized production operations, waterflood management and exploitation of infill development opportunities.
Vermilion's strong record of drilling success continued with results from two wells in the Netherlands. The Eernewoude-2 development well (93% working interest) was drilled and tested during the third quarter at an initial test rate of 25 mmcf/d2, combining rates from individual tests of three zones. The Company also completed testing of the Vinkega-2 development well (42% working interest), which was drilled in the second quarter and has now tested at approximately 30 mmcf/d3, combining rates from individual tests of two zones. Vermilion plans to tie-in both wells during 2013. Vermilion also continues to evaluate facilities, infrastructure and permitting requirements associated with potential production additions in 2013 from the Langezwaag-1 (42% working interest) well which was drilled during the 2011 drilling campaign. Looking forward, Vermilion intends to maintain a rolling inventory of projects such that each year will involve a combination of new wells and the tie-in of prior successes.
In Ireland, the Corrib partners have received all key approvals enabling preparation and construction of the tunnelling site for the onshore pipeline. On January 22, 2012, the period for appeals of the regulatory permits related to the project expired with no appeals remaining outstanding. This effectively brought the regulatory approval phase of the project to a close and enabled the start of the construction phase. On October 16, 2012, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) was delivered to the Aughoose launch site. The TBM will be used to drill beneath Sruwaddacon Bay for installation of the onshore gas pipeline at Corrib. Shell E&P Ireland Ltd., the project operator, is expected to initiate tunneling operations prior to the end of 2012. With five wells currently drilled, tested and ready for production, and construction of related pipelines and facilities largely complete, the Corrib project is anticipated to ultimately deliver approximately 55 mmcf/d (9,000 boe/d) of net production at high netbacks. First gas production is currently projected for late 2014 based on a deterministic project schedule.
Beginning in late 2010, the Company launched its New Growth Initiative forming two teams of senior technical professionals focused on the identification and capture of positions in Canada and Europe to provide exposure to unconventional shale oil and natural gas opportunities. To date, the Company has invested $84 million to acquire a total of 408.5 net sections of undeveloped lands in Canada with exposure to emerging resource opportunities. As a result of these acquisitions, the Company now holds several large and contiguous land blocks on Canadian resource plays, including two contiguous positions on the Duvernay totalling 190 net sections. During the second and third quarters of 2012, Vermilion re-entered, cored, logged and completed a Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test (DFIT) on an existing vertical wellbore in one of the blocks to assist in its appraisal of the Duvernay resource play. The Company currently plans to core, log and DFIT an additional two Duvernay vertical wells, with drilling activities on the first of these anticipated prior to year end 2012. A significant portion of Vermilion's Duvernay rights lie directly beneath the Company's current Cardium development in the greater Drayton Valley area. Should Vermilion's Duvernay position ultimately prove suitable for full scale commercial development, this co-location of assets will enable the utilization of Vermilion's extensive oil and gas processing infrastructure in the region bestowing significant timing, operational and infrastructure advantages. In addition to its Cardium and Duvernay rights in the region, the Company also has a large inventory of more conventional, Manville based liquids-rich gas development opportunities including the Ellerslie, Notikewin and Fahler. With the addition of the Duvernay, Vermilion now has significant exposure to three distinct development opportunities in this core operating region that have potential to deliver growth for the Company well into the second half of the decade.
Vermilion remains positioned to deliver strong operational and financial performance over the next several years. The Company anticipates growing production by approximately 35% to 50,000 boe/d in 2015 through the continued development of its significant portfolio of organic growth opportunities. Combined with an anticipated 50% growth in fund flows from operations over that same period based on current commodity prices, Vermilion remains confident of its ability to maintain a stable dividend for investors with the potential for dividend growth over time. Near term development will continue to focus on high netback oil and European natural gas opportunities, including light oil production growth from the Cardium play in Western Canada and continued development of high netback natural gas prospects in the Netherlands. Vermilion anticipates Corrib will provide strong production and cash flow growth for the Company in 2015. Beyond 2015, growth is anticipated to come from the development of new and emerging resource plays in Canada and Europe supported by relatively stable production in Australia, France and Ireland that is expected to deliver the fund flows to fund these new growth opportunities.
The Company's conservative fiscal management and limited use of equity to finance its growth objectives should allow future growth on a per share basis. The management and directors of Vermilion continue to control approximately 8% of Vermilion's outstanding shares and remain committed to delivering superior returns to all stakeholders. Further, the Company continues to be recognized for excellence in its business practices. In the first quarter of 2012, Vermilion achieved a "hat trick" by being recognized for the third consecutive year by the Great Place to Work® Institute in both Canada and France as one of the 25 best workplaces in each country. In a capital intensive business, we believe that our people are our most leveraging resource and we are honored by this recognition.
|1||Estimated proved plus probable reserves attributable to the assets as evaluated by GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") in a report dated October 14, 2011 with an effective date of December 31, 2011.|
|2||Eernewoude-2 test rate reflects combined production test results from three separate producing zones including: Slochteren Sandstone which tested at an average rate of approximately 8,950 mcf/d over four hours on a 24/64 choke and a flowing well head pressure of approximately 199 Bar; Ten Boer Sandstone was tested at (28/64)/(32/64)/(36/64) chokes with average rates of approximately 9,880/11,820/13,465 mcf/d/ over separate three hour periods at flowing well head pressures of approximately 159/147/133 Bar, respectively; Akkrum Sandstone was tested using 24/64 and 36/64 chokes resulting in average rates of approximately 3,770 and 4,475 mcf/d over separate three hour periods at flowing well head pressures of approximately 80 and 40 Bar, respectively. Test results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.|
|3||Vinkega-2 test rate reflects combined production test results from two separate producing zones including: Slochtgeren Sandstone which tested at an average rate of approximately 22,380 mcf/d over four hours on a 40/64 choke and a flowing well head pressure of approximately 163 Bar; Vlieland Sandstone which tested at an average rate of approximately 4,850 mcf/d over six hours on a 36/64 choke and a flowing well head pressure of approximately 49 Bar. Test results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.|
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
The following is Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), dated October 31, 2012, of Vermilion Energy Inc.'s ("Vermilion" or the "Company") operating and financial results as at and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the corresponding periods in the prior year.
This discussion should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, together with accompanying notes. Additional information relating to Vermilion, including its Annual Information Form, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or on Vermilion's website at www.vermilionenergy.com.
The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and comparative information have been prepared in Canadian dollars, except where another currency has been indicated, and in accordance with IAS 34, "Interim financial reporting", as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.
This report includes non-GAAP measures as further described herein. These non-GAAP measures do not have standardized meanings prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS" or, alternatively, "GAAP") and therefore may not be comparable with the calculations of similar measures for other entities.
"Fund flows from operations" represents cash flows from operating activities before changes in non-cash operating working capital and asset retirement obligations settled. Management considers fund flows from operations and fund flows from operations per share to be key measures as they demonstrate Vermilion's ability to generate the cash necessary to pay dividends, repay debt, fund asset retirement obligations and make capital investments. Management believes that by excluding the temporary impact of changes in non-cash operating working capital, fund flows from operations provides a useful measure of Vermilion's ability to generate cash that is not subject to short-term movements in non-cash operating working capital.
"Fund flows from operations (excluding the Corrib project)" represents fund flows from operations excluding transportation expense related to the Corrib project. Transportation expense related to the Corrib project pertains to a ship or pay agreement. As there is a ceiling on the total payments due in relation to the associated pipeline, these expenses essentially represent a prepayment for future pipeline transportation services. Management believes that by excluding expenses related to the Corrib project, fund flows from operations (excluding the Corrib project) provides a useful measure of Vermilion's ability to generate cash from current production.
The most directly comparable GAAP measure to fund flows from operations and fund flows from operations (excluding the Corrib project) is cash flows from operating activities.
Cash flows from operating activities as presented in Vermilion's consolidated statements of cash flows are reconciled to fund flows from operations and fund flows from operations (excluding the Corrib project) as follows:
|Three Months Ended||% change||Nine Months Ended||% change|
|Sept 30,||June 30,||Sept 30,||Q3/12 vs.||Q3/12 vs.||Sept 30,||Sept 30,||2012 vs.|
|Cash flows from operating activities||148,301||123,485||99,906||396,673||288,453|
|Changes in non-cash operating working capital||(13,175)||1,709||12,194||14,003||33,488|
|Asset retirement obligations settled||1,968||2,581||4,269||5,315||15,512|
|Fund flows from operations||137,094||127,775||116,369||7%||18%||415,991||337,453||23%|
|Transportation expense related to the Corrib project||1,899||1,974||2,253||5,874||6,721|
Fund flows from operations
(excluding the Corrib project)
"Acquisitions, including acquired working capital deficiencies" are property acquisitions as presented in Vermilion's consolidated statements of cash flows, plus any working capital deficiencies acquired as a result of those acquisitions. Management considers acquired working capital deficiencies to be an important element of a property acquisition.
Property acquisitions as presented in Vermilion's consolidated statements of cash flows are reconciled to acquisitions, including acquired working capital deficiencies as follows:
|Nine Months Ended|
|Sept 30,||Sept 30,|
|Acquired working capital deficiencies||4,098||-|
|Acquisitions, including acquired working capital deficiencies||110,282||38,101|
"Cash dividends per share" represents cash dividends declared per share by Vermilion.
"Net dividends" are dividends declared less proceeds received by Vermilion for the issuance of shares pursuant to the dividend reinvestment plan, both as presented in Vermilion's consolidated statements of changes in shareholders' equity. Dividends both before and after the dividend reinvestment plan are reviewed by management and are also assessed as a percentage of fund flows from operations to analyze the amount of cash that is generated by Vermilion which is being used to fund dividends. Dividends declared is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to net dividends.
"Total net dividends, capital expenditures and asset retirement obligations settled" are net dividends plus the following amounts from Vermilion's consolidated statements of cash flows: drilling and development, exploration and evaluation, and asset retirement obligations settled.
"Total net dividends, capital expenditures and asset retirement obligations settled (excluding the Corrib project)" are total net dividends, capital expenditures and asset retirement obligations settled excluding drilling and development and asset retirement obligations settled relating to the Corrib project.
Total net dividends, capital expenditures and asset retirement obligation settled and total net dividends, capit