CALGARY, AB, May 28, 2021 /CNW/ – Prairie Storm Resources Corp. (“Prairie Storm” or the “Company”) (TSXV: PSEC) is pleased to report its unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
The selected financial and operating information is outlined below and should be read in conjunction with Prairie Storm’s unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis as at and for the three months ended March 31, 2021 along with the audited annual consolidated financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2020, which are available under the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Financial and Operating Highlights
|Three months ended|
|(Thousands, except per share amounts or as otherwise stated)||Mar 31, 2021||Mar 31, 2020|
|Cash flow from operating activities||2,134||2,304|
|per share – basic and diluted||0.01||0.03|
|Adjusted funds flow (1)||2,343||2,058|
|per share – basic and diluted||0.02||0.03|
|Net income (loss)||(354)||2,491|
|per share – basic and diluted||–||0.03|
|weighted average – basic and diluted||147,410||76,332|
|Natural gas (mcf/d)||5,442||6,144|
|Oil equivalent (boe/d)||1,926||2,302|
|Average realized pricing|
|Natural gas ($/mcf)||3.17||2.00|
|Netbacks per boe|
|Transportation and marketing||(0.06)||(0.08)|
|Field netbacks (1)||18.79||11.04|
|Realized gain (loss) on commodity contracts||(0.87)||2.50|
|Operating netbacks (1)||17.92||13.54|
|(1) Non-IFRS measures.|
Message to Shareholders
The Company completed its public listing process at the end of a tumultuous year for the energy sector, with its shares beginning to trade on the TSXV on December 21, 2020. In response to volatile market conditions and the sharp decline in global commodity prices during the course of 2020, the Company undertook many measures to protect its balance sheet, maintain liquidity and preserve long term value for shareholders.
Coming into 2021, the Company elected to maintain its diligence and prudence in managing its capital program and preserving its balance sheet strength. The Company chose to defer activity until later in the year with a view to establishing more permanence to the welcome rise in commodity pricing experienced during the first quarter of 2021.
Despite minimal capital expenditures during the first quarter of 2021, which amounted to less than ten percent of adjusted funds flow, production in the first quarter of 2021 declined only four percent from the fourth quarter of 2020.
With operatorship of three waterflooded oil units, our asset base demonstrated a moderate decline profile that allowed the Company to further strengthen its strong balance sheet. The Company ended the first quarter of 2021 with no debt and a positive working capital balance in excess of $6 million.
The recovery in commodity pricing in the first quarter of 2021 versus the comparable period in 2020 has been significant. On a boe basis, the Company enjoyed a 48% increase in production revenue and a 70% increase in field netbacks.
The prudent measures undertaken to limit spending and control costs have put the Company in a strong financial position. With no debt and a dramatic improvement in its field netbacks, the Company has significant flexibility in managing its growth profile in the future by capitalizing on vastly improving commodity pricing.
About Prairie Storm Resources Corp.
Prairie Storm is a Canadian oil company with a largely contiguous land base focused on sustainable growth of its high netback, low decline oil assets through water flood enhanced recovery methods and exploitation of the bioturbated Cardium and Glauconitic formations. Prairie Storm has no debt and a positive working capital position. The shares of the Company trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “PSEC”.
NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively “forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to the Company’s plans and other aspects of our anticipated future operations, management focus, strategies, financial, operating and production results and business opportunities. Forward-looking information typically uses words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “trend”, “sustain”, “project”, “expect”, “forecast”, “budget”, “goal”, “guidance”, “plan”, “objective”, “strategy”, “target”, “intend”, “estimate”, “potential”, or similar words suggesting future outcomes, statements that actions, events or conditions “may”, “would”, “could” or “will” be taken or occur in the future, including statements about our strategy, plans, focus, objectives, priorities and position; Prairie Storm’s position to deliver strong shareholder returns in 2021 and beyond; quantity of drilling locations in inventory; our ability to drive down costs and improve capital efficiencies by eliminating redundancies, streamlining processes and negotiating preferential rates through economies of scale; our 2021 capital program and the allocation thereof; the number of wells to be drilled in 2021 and the timing, location, and target thereof; EOR projects and anticipated benefits therefrom; timing of certain wells to be on production.
The forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by our management, including expectations and assumptions concerning prevailing commodity prices, exchange rates, interest rates, applicable royalty rates and tax laws; the impact (and the duration thereof) that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on (i) the demand for crude oil, NGLs and natural gas, (ii) our supply chain, including our ability to obtain the equipment and services we require, and (iii) our ability to produce, transport and/or sell our crude oil, NGLs and natural gas; the ability of OPEC+ nations and other major producers of crude oil to reduce crude oil production and thereby arrest and reverse the steep decline in world crude oil prices; future production rates and estimates of operating costs; performance of existing and future wells; reserve volumes; anticipated timing and results of capital expenditures; the success obtained in drilling new wells; the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the timing, location and extent of future drilling operations; the state of the economy and the exploration and production business; results of operations; performance; business prospects and opportunities; the availability and cost of financing, labour and services; the impact of increasing competition; ability to market oil and natural gas successfully and our ability to access capital.
Although we believe that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because Prairie Storm can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking information addresses future events and conditions, by its very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These include, but are not limited to: the risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general such as operational risks in development, exploration and production; pandemics and epidemics; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to reserves, production, costs and expenses; health, safety and environmental risks; commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations; interest rate fluctuations; marketing and transportation; loss of markets; environmental risks; competition; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; failure to obtain required regulatory and other approvals; reliance on third parties and pipeline systems; and changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws, production curtailment, royalties and environmental regulations. Our actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the 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 so, what benefits that we will derive therefrom. Management has included the above summary of assumptions and risks related to forward-looking information provided in this press release to provide security holders with a more complete perspective of our future operations and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors are not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect our operations or financial results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).
OIL AND GAS ADVISORIES
References to crude oil or natural gas production in this press release refer to the light and medium crude oil and conventional natural gas, respectively, product types as defined in NI 51-101.
“Boe” means barrel of oil equivalent based on 6 mcf of natural gas to 1 bbl of oil. Boe’s may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 mcf: 1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. In addition, 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 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value Currency: All dollar values in this news release are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
This press release includes non-IFRS measures as further described herein. These non-IFRS measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards and, therefore, may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures by other companies. See the Company’s management’s discussion and analysis as at and for the three months ended March 31, 2021 for a reconciliation of the non-IFRS measures.
“Adjusted funds flow” has been presented for information purposes only and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, cash flow from operating activities as determined in accordance with IFRS. The Company considers adjusted funds flow to be a key measure as it demonstrates the Company’s ability to generate the cash necessary to repay debt and to fund future growth through capital investment. The determination of Prairie Storm’s adjusted funds flow may not be comparable to the same reported by other companies.
“Field netbacks” are used by management to assess operating results between periods and between peer companies as they provide an indication of results generated by the Company’s principal business activities before the consideration of how these activities are financed or how the results are taxed. Field netbacks are calculated by taking production and processing revenue and deducting royalties, field operations, and transportation and marketing expenses.
“Operating netbacks” are field netbacks, plus or minus realized gains or losses on commodity contracts.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE Prairie Storm Resources Corp.
For further information: Please visit the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com or contact: Hugh Ross, President & Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (403) 774-2901 or Julian Din, VP Business Development, Telephone: (403) 774-2904