Pieridae Releases Q2 2022 Results: Record Net Operating Income of $56 million drives $23 million in Debt Principal Repayment

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CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pieridae Energy Limited (“Pieridae” or the “Company”) (PEA.TO) announces the release of its second quarter 2022 financial and operating results, highlighted by record net operating income, material deleveraging and minor non-core asset divestitures.

Highlights

  • During Q2 2022 Pieridae:
    • Generated record quarterly Net Operating Income1 (“NOI”) of $56.0 million ($0.35 per basic and $0.35 per fully diluted share) up 287% from $14.4 million in the comparable period in 2021;
    • Generated Adjusted Funds Flow from Operations1 (“AFFO”) of $48.7 million ($0.31 per basic and $0.30 per fully diluted share), up 472% from $8.5 million in Q2 2021;
    • Generated net income of $23.0 million ($0.15 per basic and $0.14 per fully diluted share), up 328% from a net loss of $10.1 million in the comparable period in 2021;
  • Improved netback per boe by 309% to $16.90/boe ($30.24/boe excluding the impact of fixed price physical forward sales contracts) from $4.13/boe in Q2 2021;
  • Produced 36,378 boe/d weighted 82% to natural gas production of 179 MMcf/d, down 5% from the comparable period in 2021;
  • Repaid $23 million of senior secured term loan, reducing the amount due at maturity to $243 million2. Subsequent to quarter end, repaid an additional $5.6 million, reducing the outstanding principal due at maturity to $235 million; and
  • Executed a binding agreement to dispose of certain minor non-core Northeast BC oil and gas properties to a third party, which is expected to close during Q4 2022.

“Strong commodity prices and steady operations coupled with rigorous operating cost management have resulted in a solid second quarter and we are very pleased to have repaid $23 million of our term loan,” said Pieridae’s Chief Executive Officer Alfred Sorensen. “If commodity prices remain strong, Pieridae expects to generate significant free cash flow in the second half of 2022. We remain focused on safe and reliable operations, improving our financial flexibility through ongoing debt reduction, further asset rationalization and optimization, and commencing the Company’s previously announced inaugural three-well drilling program in October 2022.”

Selected Q2 2022 Operational & Financial Results

 202220212020
($ 000 unless otherwise stated)Q2Q1Q4Q3Q2Q1Q4Q3
Production        
Natural gas (mcf/day)178,918 187,719 198,596 191,439 194,232 215,179 212,220 184,080 
Condensate (bbl/day)2,864 3,201 2,851 2,555 2,950 3,158 3,259 2,807 
NGLs (bbl/day)3,695 6,003 5,354 4,133 3,083 4,975 6,171 4,722 
Sulphur (tonne/day)1,530 1,599 1,185 1,518 1,710 1,713 1,829 2,232 
Total production (boe/d)36,378 40,491 41,304 38,595 38,404 43,997 44,800 38,209 
Financial        
Realized natural gas price ($/mcf)4.67 4.08 3.67 2.7 2.59 2.63 2.16 1.7 
Benchmark natural gas price ($/mcf)7.22 4.75 4.69 3.59 3.11 3.16 2.67 2.14 
Realized condensate price ($/bbl)116.61 106.13 69.71 65.33 68.08 58.4 53.48 44.67 
Benchmark condensate price ($/bbl)132.49 122.62 100.1 70.25 64.82 59.05 56.01 38.4 
Net income (loss)22,982 10,549 4,661 (14,846)(10,058)(19,547)(45,968)(29,845)
Net income (loss) per share, basic0.15 0.07 0.03 (0.09)(0.06)(0.12)(0.29)(0.19)
Net income (loss) per share, diluted0.14 0.07 0.03 (0.09)(0.06)(0.12)(0.29)(0.19)
Net operating income (loss) (1)55,969 47,295 30,845 17,920 14,444 20,876 12,829 (646)
Cashflow provided by (used in) operating activities34,922 3,212 21,139 6,885 12,093 11,000 2,362 (4,541)
Adjusted funds flow from operations (1)48,710 45,144 23,317 10,981 8,516 14,878 8,535 (6,779)
Total assets499,580 552,781 622,540 560,782 575,690 557,696 612,651 583,942 
Working capital (deficit) surplus(61,634)(64,413)(87,665)(52,534)(47,862)(28,314)(19,615)(9,164)
Capital expenditures9,739 3,534 1,493 9,852 17,959 5,668 8,926 6,033 
Development expenses- - 225 783 (4,862)8,604 8,682 2,472 

(1) Refer to the “non-GAAP measures” section of the Company’s Q2 2022 MD&A.

Operating Netback

 202220212020 
($ per BOE)Q2Q1Q4Q3Q2Q1Q4Q3
Total Revenue41.8735.6128.3722.9021.8922.1118.6815.86 
Royalties7.085.254.651.701.110.971.070.34 
Operating16.0015.7214.1714.8415.4114.7013.4614.66 
Transportation1.891.661.421.321.241.171.041.04 
Netback ($/boe)16.9012.988.125.054.135.273.11(0.18)


Excluding the impact of fixed price commodity contracts, the operating netback would have been $30.24/boe for the quarter.

Commodity Pricing and Hedge Position
Energy markets continue to see a drastic change in fundamentals between 2021 and 2022. The AECO monthly natural gas price index increased 134% in the second quarter of 2022 compared to 2021. Average North American crude oil prices increased 65% in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the second quarter of 2021 based on persistent supply constraints and market uncertainty due to ongoing geopolitical events.

Pieridae’s realized prices reflect the mix of spot sales and physical forward sales contracts.

Six months ended June 30, 2022Average Realized PricesBenchmark Prices
Natural Gas ($/mcf) (1)4.375.99
Condensate ($/bbl) (2)111.11127.58
NGLs ($/bbl) (3)38.3235.94
Sulphur ($/tonne) (4)52.59488.01

(1)   AECO 5A benchmark price ($/mcf)
(2)   Condensate benchmark price ($/bbl)
(3)   AECO 5A benchmark price ($/boe)
(4)   Sulphur ($/tonne)

In the first half of 2022, volumes sold under physical forward sales contracts represented 52% of total production and 65% of total revenue. If losses on physical forward sale contracts were removed, the Company’s average realized natural gas prices for the six months ended June 30, 2022, would have been $5.87/mcf as compared to the AECO 5A benchmark of $5.99/mcf. If losses on physical forward sale contracts were removed, average realized condensate prices for the six months ended June 30, 2022, would have been $121.83/bbl as compared to the condensate benchmark prices of $127.58/bbl.

Pieridae’s outstanding physical sales contracts for natural gas and NGL at June 30, 2022 are as follows:

as at June 30, 2022

Natural GasCondensate(3)% Hedged Production

$/gjgj/day$/bblbbl/day
Q3 20222.66107,500125.731,00045%
Q4 20222.6546,141130.541,00019%
Q1 20232.8817,500--7%


Pieridae will continue to hedge in order to mitigate commodity price volatility and protect the cash flow required to fund the Company’s facility maintenance capital requirements, debt service obligations and capital development program while allowing the Company to meaningfully participate in future commodity price upside.

Production
Production in the second quarter of 2022 averaged 36,378 boe/d, a 5% decrease from 38,404 boe/d in Q2 2021. Production was impacted by the following events:

  • Planned field shut-ins due to scheduled turnarounds at two non-operated gas processing facilities in the Central Alberta Foothills region, which impacted production by approximately 3,300 boe/d. These turnarounds were completed and Pieridae’s production was substantially restored during the quarter;
  • As a result of market fundamentals, liquid ethane was reinjected back into the natural gas sales stream at two of Pieridae’s gas processing facilities during the quarter impacting production by approximately 1,225 boe/d (when measured on a 6:1 barrel of oil equivalent basis) but increasing the value of the stream resulting in no material impact to revenue;
  • Planned and unplanned downtime in the Caroline and Waterton areas as a result of maintenance activities and weather-related events which impacted production by approximately 1,800 boe/d during the quarter, all offset by comparative improvements of approximately 3,300 boe/day at Jumping Pound and Moose Mountain as these facilities were undergoing turnaround in Q2 2021.

Foothills Drilling Program
The Company will commence a three well drilling program in Q4, 2022 at Brown Creek in our Central Alberta Foothills area. This first drill program is focused on sweet liquids rich gas in Cretaceous Mannville Group reservoirs. Mannville sandstone reservoirs in the foothills are conventional and characterized by 3-11m net pay averaging 9-12% porosity. Structural targets will be exploited using proven foothills methodology and are intended be completed open hole, drilled at a true vertical depth of 2,600-3,300m. Successful wells in these reservoirs provide significant upside potential of up to 39 additional wells in the Central AB Foothills core area.

The project will incur gross development capital costs during Q4 2022 and Q1 2023 of $29 million and is anticipated to result in risked initial additional production of approximately 3,555 boe/d on a combined basis.

Export Development Canada (“EDC”) Guarantee Facility Extension
During Q2 2022, the Company renewed and increased its guarantee facility from Export Development Canada to $12 million (previously $8 million). This guarantee facility provides for 100% guarantee to issuing banks of the Company’s existing and future letters of credit, of which $7.0 million was drawn at June 30, 2022.

Northeast BC (“NEBC”) Asset Sales
In June 2022 Pieridae’s Board of Directors approved the sale of certain non-core oil and gas properties located in NEBC for $1.2 million in cash and either a 10% gross overriding royalty interest in certain lands included in the package or a $6.5 million cash payment, at the option of the purchaser.

The sale agreement has an effective date of May 1, 2022 and is subject to ordinary closing conditions, regulatory approvals, license transfers and normal closing adjustments, and is expected to close in Q4 2022.

“The sale of our Ekwan and Sierra properties is in line with our strategy of unlocking value from non-core assets,” said Darcy Reding, President & COO. “The combination of cash and deferred consideration in the form of a royalty will allow increased focus on our core asset portfolio while providing shareholders with exposure to any future upside in these properties.”

2022 Guidance

($ 000s unless otherwise noted)
Revised 2022 GuidancePrevious 2022 Guidance
LowHighLowHigh
Total production (boe/d)37,50039,50039,00042,000
Net operating income (1)(2)150,000180,000120,000160,000
Implied Operating Netback ($/boe) (2)12.0014.009.0011.00
Sustaining capital expenditures (3)17,00022,00017,00022,000
Development capital expenditures (4)25,00030,00017,00025,000

(1)   Refer to the “non-GAAP measures” section on page 5 of the Company’s Q2 2022 MD&A.
(2) 2022 outlook assumes average 2022 AECO price of $5.13/Mcf and average 2022 WTI price of USD$92.74/bbl and accounts for fixed price forward commodity sales contracts as of June 30, 2022
(3)   Comprised of facility maintenance and turnaround capital expenditures
(4)   Comprised of seismic, development and land capital expenditures

Pieridae’s Board of Directors approved the 2022 budget in November 2021. Pieridae’s priority has continued to be on improving flexibility by strengthening the balance sheet while sustaining production, implementing cost control initiatives, optimizing infrastructure logistics and executing non-core asset dispositions. Management is revising production guidance downward due primarily to expected continued reinjection of ethane production into the gas stream for at least the remainder of 2022 which impacts production by approximately 1,800 boe/d annualized (with associated impact on per boe figures) but does not impact total revenue expectations.

The Company’s 2022 development capital program guidance range has been increased and narrowed to $25 - 30 million reflecting both a probable $3.9 million increase in Pieridae’s participation in the upcoming drilling program and the addition of approximately $3.6 million of high-return optimization and development activities anticipated to support and strengthen production.

About Pieridae
Pieridae is a majority Canadian-owned corporation based in Calgary that was founded in 2011. The Company is focused on the exploration, extraction and processing of natural gas as well as assessing commercial options for a reconfigured LNG Project that fits with the current environment and would supply Europe and other markets. Pieridae provides the energy to fuel people’s daily lives while supporting the environment and the transition to a lower-carbon economy. Pieridae’s common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol “PEA”.

For further information, visit www.pieridaeenergy.com, or please contact:

   
Alfred Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer Adam Gray, Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (403) 261-5900 Telephone: (403) 261-5900
   

Investor Relations
investors@pieridaeenergy.com

Forward-Looking Statements
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Forward-looking statements involve significant risk and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resources estimates, environmental risks, competition from other producers, incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions, failure to realize the anticipated benefits or synergies from acquisitions, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources and the risk factors outlined under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere herein. The recovery and resources estimate of Pieridae's reserves provided herein are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated resources will be recovered. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on a number of factors and assumptions which have been used to develop such forward-looking statements, but which may prove to be incorrect. Although Pieridae believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because Pieridae can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified in this document, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: the impact of increasing competition; the general stability of the economic and political environment in which Pieridae operates; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the ability of Pieridae to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; the ability of the operator of the projects which Pieridae has an interest in, to operate the field in a safe, efficient and effective manner; the ability of Pieridae to obtain financing on acceptable terms; the ability to replace and expand oil and natural gas resources through acquisition, development and exploration; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of Pieridae to secure adequate product transportation; future commodity prices; currency, exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and environmental matters in the jurisdictions in which Pieridae operates; timing and amount of capital expenditures, future sources of funding, production levels, weather conditions, success of exploration and development activities, access to gathering, processing and pipeline systems, advancing technologies, and the ability of Pieridae to successfully market its oil and natural gas products.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Pieridae's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com), and at Pieridae's website (www.pieridaeenergy.com). Although the forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, management cannot assure that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and Pieridae assumes no obligation to update or review them to reflect new events or circumstances except as required by Applicable Securities Laws.

Forward-looking statements contained herein concerning the oil and gas industry and Pieridae's general expectations concerning this industry are based on estimates prepared by management using data from publicly available industry sources as well as from reserve reports, market research and industry analysis and on assumptions based on data and knowledge of this industry which Pieridae believes to be reasonable. However, this data is inherently imprecise, although generally indicative of relative market positions, market shares and performance characteristics. While Pieridae is not aware of any misstatements regarding any industry data presented herein, the industry involves risks and uncertainties and is subject to change based on various factors.

Additional Reader Advisories
Barrels of oil equivalent (“boes”) 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.

Abbreviations

Natural GasOil
mcfthousand cubic feetbbl/dbarrels per day
mcf/dthousand cubic feet per dayboe/dbarrels of oil equivalent per day
mmcf/dmillion cubic feet per dayWCSWestern Canadian Select
AECOAlberta benchmark price for natural gasWTIWest Texas Intermediate
    

Neither TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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1
Refer to the “non-GAAP measures” section on pages 5 and 15 of the Company’s Q2 2022 MD&A.
2 Includes $50 million non interest-bearing deferred fee due at maturity
3 Condensate forward sale contracts are settled against C$WTI basis prior to condensate differential