Gear Energy Ltd. Announces 2018 Year-End Reserves


CALGARY, Feb. 27, 2019 /CNW/ – Gear Energy Ltd. (“Gear” or the “Company”) (TSX:GXE) is pleased to present the following results and analysis of its 2018 year-end independent reserve report prepared by its new independent evaluator Sproule Associates Limited (“Sproule”).

In 2018 Gear invested $110.0 million consisting of $43.8 million of development capital and $66.2 million in acquisition and divestiture (“A&D”) capital. The combined investment provided Gear with four per cent annual production growth and an average of 15 per cent reserves growth compared to 2017. Production growth was tempered as a result of strategic late year production limitations due to pricing and egress, and reserves growth was also limited by the associated lack of production history from new wells impacting forecast certainty, and the removal of undeveloped gas reserves due to lower pricing. For details on the annual operating results please see the Management’s Discussion and Analysis dated February 27, 2019, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gear achieved the following reserves highlights through 2018 activity:

Proved Developed Producing (“PDP”)

    • 3.59 MMboe of additions
    • Reserves increased 14 per cent, or 2 per cent per debt adjusted share
    • Reserves value on a Before Tax 10 per cent discounted basis (“BT10”) increased 36 per cent, or 22 per cent per debt adjusted share
    • Replaced 145 per cent of 2018 annual production
    • Finding, Development and Acquisition (“FD&A”) cost of $30.56/boe including change in Future Development Capital (“FDC”)
    • Recycle ratio of 0.7x based on 2018 operating netback of $21.97/boe

Total Proved (“TP”)

    • 5.15 MMboe of additions
    • Reserves increased 18 per cent, or 6 per cent per debt adjusted share
    • Reserves value BT10 increased 36 per cent, or 21 per cent per debt adjusted share
    • Replaced 208 per cent of 2018 annual production
    • FD&A cost of $34.64/boe including change in FDC
    • Recycle ratio of 0.6x on 2018 netback

Total Proved plus Probable (“P+P”)             

    • 6.01 MMboe of additions
    • Reserves increased 14 per cent, or 2 per cent per debt adjusted share
    • Reserves value BT10 increased 31 per cent, or 17 per cent per debt adjusted share
    • Replaced 243 per cent of 2018 annual production
    • FD&A cost of $38.11/boe including change in FDC
    • Recycle ratio of 0.6x on 2018 netback
  • Corporate liquids weighting increased to 90 per cent from 86 per cent for the P+P reserves case. This increase was the result of the acquisition of Steppe Resources, continued successful oil development and the removal of several undeveloped gas drilling locations due to low forecasted future gas prices. Corporate P+P liquids reserves are now balanced 52 per cent heavy oil, 45 per cent light and medium oil, and 3 per cent NGLs.
  • In aggregate, the P+P reserves associated with the 2018 capital development program came in on target. In particular, the following highlights were achieved:
    • The 7 well multi-lateral un-lined heavy oil drilling and re-entry program was successful in adding production and reserves, as well as proving up two new core areas in Lindbergh and Maidstone and a new zone in the Sparky at Wildmere. The program achieved strong average P+P reserves bookings of 91 mboe per well.
    • The 10 well horizontal drilling program in Paradise Hill, (Celtic), realized average P+P reserves bookings of 60 mboe per well.
    • The 2 well horizontal drilling program in Hoosier achieved average P+P reserves bookings of 98 mboe per well.
    • The 7 well (4.9 net) light oil drilling program in Wilson Creek and Ferrier realized average P+P reserves bookings of approximately 160 mboe per well (gross).
    • Waterflood development activities in Killam and Wilson Creek resulted in over 500 mboe of booked P+P reserves. However, until the associated oil production response is seen, PDP reserves will not be recognized by Sproule.Managements annual estimate of future potential drilling locations increased by 7 per cent over 2017 to 630 net locations. The Sproule evaluation currently recognizes 108 net locations in the TP category and 187 in the P+P category. These booked locations represent only 17 and 30 per cent of the management estimates, respectively. The 187 net booked P+P locations include 38 multi-lateral horizontals, 127 single lateral horizontals and 22 vertical wells.
  • Managements annual estimate of future potential drilling locations increased by 7 per cent over 2017 to 630 net locations. The Sproule evaluation currently recognizes 108 net locations in the TP category and 187 in the P+P category. These booked locations represent only 17 and 30 per cent of the management estimates, respectively. The 187 net booked P+P locations include 38 multi-lateral horizontals, 127 single lateral horizontals and 22 vertical wells.
  • Corporate Net Asset Values (“NAV”) BT10 are $0.85 per share for TP and $1.72 per share for P+P utilizing the Average Independent Engineering price forecast at January, 2019. These values represent a respective 4 per cent and 7 per cent increase from the prior year.
  • Company Reserves Life Index (“RLI”) of 5.4 years for TP, and 7.7 years for P+P. These values are 2 per cent higher and 5 per cent lower than the prior year’s values, respectively.
  • PDP Reserves balances and annual addition costs through 2018 were negatively impacted by a combination of reduced forecast certainty on new wells as a result of fourth quarter production deferrals, limited current year PDP bookings granted to waterflood development activities, and the acquisition costs associated with Steppe Resources. In particular, the PDP recycle ratio was negatively impacted as a result of the full cost of the Steppe acquisition being balanced against the minimal annual benefits of the increased light oil operating netback due to the late year closing of the deal.
  • TP and P+P Reserves balances and annual addition costs through 2018 were negatively impacted by similar factors as occurred in the PDP case. In addition, an increased level of conservatism was applied across the portfolio to P+P production forecasts, and reduced gas price forecasts  resulted in the removal of most undeveloped gas booking in Ekwan, BC.

RESERVES SUMMARY

Year-end 2018 reserves were evaluated by independent reserves evaluator Sproule in accordance with the definitions, standards and procedures contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (“COGE Handbook”) and National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (“NI 51-101”). A reserves committee, comprised of independent board members, reviews the qualifications and appointment of the independent reserves evaluator and reviews the procedures for providing information to the evaluators. The reserves evaluation was based on Evaluator Average forecast pricing and foreign exchange rates at January 1, 2019. Reserves included herein are stated on a company gross basis (working interest before deduction of royalties without inclusion of any royalty interests) unless noted otherwise. Additional reserves information required under NI 51-101 will be included in Gear’s Annual Information Form to be filed on SEDAR on or before March 31, 2019.

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