Vancouver, British Columbia - February 16, 2023 (Newsfile Corp.) (Investorideas.com Newswire) Hemisphere Energy Corporation (TSXV: HME) (OTCQX: HMENF) ("Hemisphere" or the "Company") is pleased to announce highlights from its independent reserves evaluation (the "Reserve Report"), prepared by McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. ("McDaniel") and effective as at December 31, 2022.
In 2022, Hemisphere invested $18.4 million to drill 13 wells, implement a polymer-surfactant flood in the Upper Mannville F oil pool ("F pool"), upgrade facilities in Atlee Buffalo, purchase land and seismic, and pre-purchase some of the materials for its 2023 drilling program. With Hemisphere's capital additions, corporate production increased by approximately 55% year-over-year, from 1,820 boe/d in 2021 to 2,827 boe/d in 2022. Production has since grown further to just over 3,200 boe/d (99% heavy oil, based on field estimates between Jan 13th - Feb 13th 2023) with two additional wells that were placed on production in mid-January.
Over the year, Hemisphere also reduced its year-end net debt1 by 93% to $1.2 million, distributed nearly $8 million in dividends, and purchased 2.3 million shares under its normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") for a total price of $3.4 million (at an average price of $1.47/share).
Hemisphere's continued success in the development of its enhanced oil recovery projects was recognized by McDaniel in the Reserve Report. In the Proved Developed Producing ("PDP") category, Hemisphere replaced 188% of 2022 production and increased reserve value by 16% to $228 million NPV10 BT ($2.23 per basic share). Hemisphere also grew Proved ("1P") reserve value to $309 million NPV10 BT ($3.03 per basic share) and Proved plus Probable ("2P") reserve value to $395 million NPV10 BT ($3.88 per basic share).
Consistent with the 2021 year-end evaluation, McDaniel's Reserve Report incorporates full corporate abandonment, decommissioning, and reclamation costs ("ADR") in the PDP category. Hemisphere has always been cautious of acquiring additional wellbore and facility liabilities. A direct result of this strategy is that Hemisphere's reserves retain more comparative value per barrel than companies with additional ADR liabilities that must be deducted from their base valuations. Management estimates that total undiscounted and uninflated existing ADR is $8.1 million ($2.4 million NPV10 BT, with costs inflated at 2.3% in 2024 and 2%/yr thereafter), which includes all ADR associated with both active and inactive wells, pipelines, and facilities regardless of whether such wells, pipelines, and facilities had any attributed reserves. Based on public information, Hemisphere stands out among its industry peers as being within the top 8% of Alberta oil and gas operators for its industry-leading liability management ratio ("LMR") of 17, resulting in Hemisphere having less than 1% of its PDP net present value impaired by ADR.
Hemisphere's low decline, long life, and high value reserves are a sign of the tremendous resource the Company has been developing over the past number of years. These valuable assets are the backbone of Hemisphere and are expected to generate significant free cash flow as they continue to grow with planned additional development and optimization of enhanced oil recovery techniques.
2022 Reserve Highlights
Proved Developed Producing ("PDP") Reserves
Proved ("1P") Reserves
Proved plus Probable ("2P") Reserves
2022 Independent Qualified Reserve Evaluation
The reserves data set forth below is based upon an independent reserves evaluation prepared by McDaniel dated February 15, 2023 with an effective date of December 31, 2022, and is in accordance with definitions, standards, and procedures contained within COGEH and National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101"). Additional reserve information as required under NI 51-101 will be included in Hemisphere's Annual Information Form which will be filed on SEDAR on or before April 30, 2023. Due to rounding, certain totals in the columns may not add in the following tables. All dollar values are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise noted.
McDaniel's independent evaluation was based on the average of the published price forecasts for McDaniel, GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd., and Sproule Associates Ltd. (the "3-Consultant Average Price Forecast") at January 1, 2023, with the following table detailing pricing and foreign exchange rate assumptions. Hemisphere's corporate production historically averages a discount of approximately $4.50 to WCS pricing. When compared to last year's 3-Consultant Average Price Forecast dated January 1, 2022, the current WCS pricing outlook is up approximately 11% in 2022, and 17% thereafter over the next 15-year period, contributing to higher net present values being reported across the board in this year's Reserve Report. The 2023 3-Consultant Average Price Forecast uses a 5-year 2023-27 WTI price of US$78.51/bbl and WCS price of Cdn$78.76/bbl.
About Hemisphere Energy Corporation
Hemisphere is a dividend-paying Canadian oil company focused on maximizing value per share growth with the sustainable development of its high netback, low decline conventional heavy oil assets through water and polymer flood enhanced recovery methods. Hemisphere trades on the TSX Venture Exchange as a Tier 1 issuer under the symbol "HME" and on the OTCQX Venture Marketplace under the symbol "HMENF".
For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.hemisphereenergy.ca to view its corporate presentation or contact:
Don Simmons, President & Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (604) 685-9255
This news release contains certain forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this news release contains forward-looking information and statements pertaining to the following: the Company's expectations that its assets are expected to generate significant free funds flow as they continue to grow with planned additional development and optimization of enhanced oil recovery techniques; the volumes of Hemisphere's oil and gas reserves and the estimated net present values of the future net revenues of such reserves; the Company's estimates of ADR; and the Company's anticipated filing date for its annual information form for the year ending December 31, 2022. In addition, statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements, as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described can be profitably produced in the future.
The estimates of Hemisphere's reserves and the recovery factors provided herein are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. In addition, forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of material factors, expectations or assumptions of Hemisphere which have been used to develop such statements and information, but which may prove to be incorrect. Although Hemisphere 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 Hemisphere can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified herein, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: that Hemisphere will continue to conduct its operations in a manner consistent with past operations; results from drilling and development activities are consistent with past operations; the quality of the reservoirs in which Hemisphere operates and continued performance from existing wells; inflation rates and cost escalations; the continued and timely development of infrastructure in areas of new production; the accuracy of the estimates of Hemisphere's reserve volumes; certain commodity price and other cost assumptions; continued availability of debt and equity financing and cash flow to fund Hemisphere's current and future plans and expenditures; the impact of increasing competition; the general stability of the economic and political environment in which Hemisphere operates; the impact of COVID-19 on the Company's operations and demand for oil and natural gas; the general continuance of current industry conditions; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the ability of Hemisphere to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; drilling results; the ability of the operator of the projects in which Hemisphere has an interest in to operate the field in a safe, efficient and effective manner; the ability of Hemisphere to obtain financing on acceptable terms; field production rates and decline rates; the ability to replace and expand oil and natural gas reserves through acquisition, development and exploration; the timing and cost of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of Hemisphere to secure adequate product transportation; future commodity prices; currency, exchange and interest rates; regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and environmental matters in the jurisdictions in which Hemisphere operates; and the ability of Hemisphere to successfully market its oil and natural gas products.
The forward-looking information and statements included in this news release are not guarantees of future performance and should not be unduly relied upon. Such information and statements, including the assumptions made in respect thereof, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to defer materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information or statements including, without limitation: changes in commodity prices; regulatory risks, including penalties or other remedial action; the ability of the Company to maintain legal title to its properties; changes to, or restrictions of, labour, supplies, and infrastructure as a result of COVID-19; changes in the demand for or supply of Hemisphere's products, the early stage of development of some of the evaluated areas and zones; unanticipated operating results or production declines; changes in tax or environmental laws, royalty rates or other regulatory matters; changes in development plans of Hemisphere or by third party operators of Hemisphere's properties; changes in budgets; increased debt levels or debt service requirements; inaccurate estimation of Hemisphere's oil and gas reserve volumes; limited, unfavourable or a lack of access to capital markets; increased costs; a lack of adequate insurance coverage; the impact of competitors; and certain other risks detailed from time-to-time in Hemisphere's public disclosure documents, (including, without limitation, those risks identified in this news release and in Hemisphere's annual information form).
The forward-looking information and statements contained in this news release speak only as of the date of this news release, and Hemisphere does not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the included forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.
Oil and Gas Advisories
All reserve references in this news release are "gross" or "Company interest reserves". Such reserves are the Company's total working interest reserves before the deduction of any royalties and without including any royalty interests of the Company.
It should not be assumed that the net present value of the estimated net revenues presented in this news release represent the fair market value of the reserves. There is no assurance that the forecast prices and costs assumptions will be attained, and variances could be material. The recovery and reserve estimates of Hemisphere's crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas reserves provided herein are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. Actual crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids reserves may be greater than or less than the estimates provided herein. Estimates of net present value and future net revenue contained herein do not necessarily represent fair market value. Estimates of reserves and future net revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same level of confidence as estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties, due to the effect of aggregation. There is no assurance that the forecast price and cost assumptions in evaluating Hemisphere's reserves will be attained and variances could be material.
All future net revenues are estimated using forecast prices, arising from the anticipated development and production of our reserves, net of the associated royalties, operating costs, development costs and abandonment and reclamation costs and are stated prior to provision for interest and general and administrative expenses. Future net revenues have been presented in this news release on a before tax basis.
"Boe" means barrel of oil equivalent on the basis of 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.
Oil and Gas Metrics
This news release contains metrics commonly used in the oil and natural gas industry, such as finding and development ("F&D") costs, "recycle ratio", "operating netback" and "reserve life index ("RLI")". These terms do not have a standardized meaning and the Company's calculation of such metrics may not be comparable to the calculation method used or presented by other companies for the same or similar metrics, and therefore should not be used to make such comparisons.
"Finding and development costs" or "F&D costs" are calculated as the sum of exploration and development capital plus the change in future development capital ("FDC") for the period divided by the change in reserves for the period. Finding and development costs take into account reserves revisions during the year on a per boe basis. The aggregate of the exploration and development costs incurred in the financial year and changes during that year in estimated future development costs generally will not reflect total finding and development costs related to reserves additions for that year. Management uses F&D costs as a measure of capital efficiency for organic reserves development.
"Exploration and development capital" means the aggregate exploration and development costs incurred in the financial year. Exploration and development capital excludes capitalized administration costs.
"Recycle ratio" is calculated as the operating field netback divided by the F&D cost per boe for the year. Operating field netback is a non-IFRS financial measure (refer to the section "Non-IFRS and Other Specified Financial Measures"). Management uses recycle ratio to relate the cost of adding reserves to the expected cash flows to be generated.
"Reserve life index" is calculated as total company interest reserves divided by annual production, for the year indicated.
"NAV per fully diluted share" is calculated using the respective net present values of 1P and 2P reserves, before tax and discounted at 10%, plus internally valued undeveloped land & seismic and proceeds from warrants and stock options, less net debt, and divided by fully diluted outstanding shares. Net present values are shown at various price forecasts including the 3-Consultant Average Price Forecasts used in the McDaniel Reserve Report, as well as sensitivities run internally at McDaniel's flat WTI price forecasts of US$80 and US$100 WTI paired with US$19.96 and US$24.16 WCS differentials respectively, and 1.33 USD/CAD FX. Management uses NAV per share as a measure of the relative change of Hemisphere's net asset value over its outstanding common shares over a period of time.
Management uses these oil and gas metrics for its own performance measurements and to provide shareholders with measures to compare the Company's operations over time. Readers are cautioned that the information provided by these metrics, or that can be derived from the metrics presented in this news release, should not be relied upon for investment or other purposes.
Certain financial information included in this news release is per Hemisphere's preliminary unaudited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2022, which have not yet been approved by the Company's audit committee or board of directors and therefore represents management's estimates. Readers are advised that these financial estimates may be subject to change as a result of the completion of the independent audit on Hemisphere's financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2022, and the review and approval of same with the Company's audit committee and board of directors. All amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
Non-IFRS and Other Specified Financial Measures
Certain measures commonly used in the oil and natural gas industry referred to herein, including "Net debt" and "Operating netback", do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures by other companies. These non-IFRS measures are further described and defined below. Investors are cautioned that these measures should not be construed as alternatives to or more meaningful than the most directly comparable IFRS measures as indicators of Hemisphere's performance. Set forth below are descriptions of the non-IFRS financial measures used in this news release.
"Net debt" is closely monitored by the Company to ensure that its capital structure is maintained by a strong balance sheet to fund the future growth of the Company. Net debt is used in this document in the context of liquidity and is calculated as the total of the Company's bank debt plus current assets, less current liabilities, excluding the fair value of financial instruments, lease and warrant liabilities. Net debt is reconciled to bank debt, which is the most directly comparable IFRS measure.
"Operating field netback" is calculated as oil and gas sales, less royalties, operating expenses, and transportation costs on an absolute and per barrel of oil equivalent basis. Operating netback per boe and Operating field netback per boe are calculated by dividing the respective terms by the applicable barrels of oil equivalent of production. A reconciliation of Operating netback and Operating field netback per boe to the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS is as follows:
The Company has provided additional information on how these measures are calculated in the Management's Discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2021 and for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2022, which are available under the Company's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
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