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PIERIDAE RELEASES Q3 2023 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS
Initiates Sales Process for Goldboro Assets
CALGARY, ALBERTA – November 8, 2023 - Pieridae Energy Limited (“Pieridae” or the “Company”) (TSX: PEA) announces the release of its third quarter 2023 financial and operating results. Pieridae generated Net Operating Income (“NOI”) of $12 million and produced 30,253 boe/d (86% natural gas) as the Company conducted its scheduled maintenance turnaround at the Waterton gas processing facility (the “Waterton Turnaround”) during the third quarter. The Company’s management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) and unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and notes for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 are available at www.pieridaeenergy.com and on SEDAR at http://www.sedarplus.ca/.
Pieridae also announces it has initiated a process to sell its Goldboro subsidiary and associated assets, licenses and permits (“Goldboro”), highlighted by 267 acres of undeveloped coastal industrial land in Nova Scotia. Any cash proceeds from the sale of Goldboro will be used to repay existing indebtedness, in particular the Bridge Term Loan. This process is expected to conclude in the first half of 2024 and, once complete, will mark the conclusion of Pieridae’s strategic pivot away from east coast LNG and toward an Alberta-focused natural gas production and processing business.
Q3 2023 HIGHLIGHTS
- Concluded a formal leadership succession process as the Board of Directors appointed Darcy Reding as President and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of former CEO, Alfred Sorensen.
- Incurred Capital Expenditures of $16.4 million weighted specifically towards the Waterton Turnaround, which required the Waterton field to be shut in from mid August through the end of Q3.
- Generated NOI  of $11.7 million ($0.07 per basic and fully diluted share) compared to $30.0 million ($0.19 per basic and fully diluted share) in Q3 2022.
- Generated Funds Flow from Operations  of -$1.4 million (-$0.01 per basic and fully diluted share) compared to $17.7 million ($0.11 per basic and fully diluted share) in Q3 2022.
- Generated Net Loss of $16.3 million (-$0.11 per basic and fully diluted share) compared to a net loss of $1.6 million (-$0.01 per basic and fully diluted share) in Q3 2022.
- Produced 30,253 boe/d (86% natural gas) compared to 35,959 boe/d in Q3 2022.
“Pieridae began the first phase of the previously announced Waterton maintenance turnaround project in August,” said Pieridae’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Darcy Reding. “This was a major capital endeavor for Pieridae, and while the extended production outage at Waterton resulted in a challenging quarter from both an operational and a financial standpoint, I’m happy to report that the program was completed safely, and the facility was restarted in late October 2023 with full production at Waterton now back online. Our commodity hedging program continues to support cash flow stability and resulted in another gain in the third quarter.”
SELECTED Q3 2023 OPERATIONAL & FINANCIAL RESULTS
- The Waterton Turnaround impacted Q3 2023 and year to date production by 5,130 boe/d and 2,712 boe/d, respectively along with corresponding revenue impacts as a result of this production outage which lasted for ten weeks from mid August until late October.
- Q3 production was also impacted approximately 1,448 boe/d as a result of wildfire shut-ins in Northeast BC. We are currently developing a plan to partially restart production at the Ekwan, BC property during Q4.
- Natural gas pricing continued to be lower than in comparative periods with AECO natural gas down 39% compared to Q3 2022, driven by high storage levels and seasonally weak demand.
- Lower natural gas and NGL sales revenue was partially offset by the Company’s hedging program, with Q3 hedging gains of $5.4 million ($1.93/boe).
- Q3 capital expenditures were $16.4 million primarily on the Waterton Turnaround, with year-to-date expenditures totaling $46.2 million.
Forward natural gas prices have continued to experience weakness since early 2023 as global demand stagnates and storage levels remain higher-than-normal. Pieridae’s robust hedge position will partially mitigate the lower expected prices through the final quarter of 2023, although not to the same extent as experienced year to date.
2023 guidance is unchanged as follows:
Pieridae is currently completing its 2024 budget planning process in the context of flat to slightly stronger AECO natural gas pricing in 2024 coupled with cost reduction initiatives now underway. 2024 production, net operating income and capital expenditure guidance will be announced late in the fourth quarter of 2023 once approved by the Board of Directors.
As a component of the previously announced debt refinancing, Pieridae incurred a $20 million bridge term loan (“Bridge Term Loan”) with a maturity date of December 13, 2024 and an 18% compounding interest rate. The Company intends to repay some, or all of the amounts drawn under the Bridge Term Loan with any cash proceeds realized from the Goldboro sale process. Following the closing of any resulting divestitures, and subject to shareholder approval of the conversion feature, Pieridae plans to repay the remaining original principal amount, accrued and unpaid interest and conversion fee via conversion into common shares of the Company.
The conversion feature is to be approved by a majority of (disinterested) shareholders prior to December 13, 2023 by special resolution or via a special meeting of shareholders. If shareholders agree to enact the proposed conversion feature, conversion to equity may occur at any point from the date of shareholder approval to maturity of the Bridge Term Loan on December 13, 2024, upon 30 days notice.
Pieridae’s priority remains improving financial flexibility by strengthening our balance sheet while safely sustaining production, implementing cost reduction initiatives, optimizing infrastructure, and executing non-core asset dispositions to maintain profitability during all periods of the commodity cycle.
Pieridae hedges to mitigate commodity price, interest rate and foreign exchange volatility to protect the cash flow required to fund the Company’s operations, capital requirements and debt service obligations, while allowing the Company to participate in future commodity price upside. Pieridae continues to execute its risk management program governed by its hedge policy and in compliance with the thresholds required by the new senior loan facilities. As of September 30, 2023, the Company is hedged in accordance with the requirements of the senior loan agreement.
The Company had the following fixed-price physical commodity sales contracts and power contracts in place at September 30, 2023:
The Company had the following financial risk management contracts in place as at September 30, 2023:
Subsequent to quarter end, Pieridae entered into a twelve-month currency hedge which provides the right, but not the obligation, to purchase USD at a fixed exchange rate in exchange for a deferred option premium. This provides a degree of downside protection on currency fluctuations between USD and CAD while allowing full upside participation if CAD strengthens. The majority of the Company’s debt and associated debt service costs are denominated in USD.
CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS
A conference call and webcast to discuss the results will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. MST / 10:30 a.m. EST. To participate in the webcast or conference call, you are asked to register using one of the links provided below.
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Pieridae is a Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Through corporate and asset acquisitions, we have grown into a significant upstream and midstream producer with assets concentrated in the Canadian Foothills, producing conventional natural gas, NGLs, condensate and sulphur. 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 please contact:
Darcy Reding, President & Chief Executive Officer Adam Gray, Chief Financial Officer
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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.
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(1) Refer to the “non-GAAP measures” section of the Company’s MD&A.