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PIERIDAE RELEASES Q4 AND FULL YEAR 2022 RESULTS, 2022 RESERVES & REVISES 2023 GUIDANCE
Record Annual Cash Flow & Reserve Value Increase
CALGARY, ALBERTA – March 22, 2023 - Pieridae Energy Limited (“Pieridae” or the “Company”) (PEA.TO) announces the release of its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial and operating results and year end 2022 reserves. Pieridae generated Net Operating Income (“NOI”)1 of $201 million and made term debt principal repayments totalling $48 million during 2022.
In addition, the Company filed its Annual Information Form ("AIF") for the year ended December 31, 2022 containing Pieridae's 2022 independent oil and natural reserves evaluation as required under National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure of Oil and Gas Activities (“NI51-101”). Pieridae’s 2022 NI51-101 reserve report is highlighted by an 89% increase in Proved Developed Producing (“PDP”) PV10 value to $807 million and 52% increase in Total Proved plus Probable (“TPP”) PV10 value to $1,526 million.
Pieridae’s AIF, management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) and audited consolidated financial statements and notes for the year ended December 31, 2022 are available at www.pieridaeenergy.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
- Generated record quarterly NOI  of $67.7 million ($0.43 per basic and $0.42 per fully diluted share) up 120% from $30.8 million ($0.20 per basic and fully diluted share) in Q4 2021, as a result of strong natural gas and natural gas liquids (“NGL”) prices;
- Generated Funds Flow from Operations  of $57.6 million ($0.36 per basic and $0.35 per fully diluted share), up 365% from $12.4 million ($0.08 per basic and fully diluted share) in Q4 2021;
- Generated Net income of $114.7 million ($0.72 per basic and $0.70 per fully diluted share), compared to $4.7 million ($0.03 per basic and fully diluted share) in Q4 2021;
- Produced 34,715 boe/d (86% natural gas) down 16% from 41,304 boe/d in 2021, due primarily to the previously discussed re-injection of ethane volumes into the natural gas sales stream and an unplanned outage at the Caroline gas plant in Central Alberta, which has subsequently been repaired;
- Repaid $10.7 million of the senior secured term loan (including the net impact of interest paid in kind “PIK”), reducing the amount due at maturity to $217.1 million  at year end; and
- Commenced winter drilling program in October, spudding the Company’s first Foothills well (02/6-35-44-18W5, “6-35”) targeting the Ostracod formation in the Brown Creek area of Central Alberta.
Full Year 2022
- Generated Record annual NOI  of $201.0 million ($1.27 per basic and $1.25 per fully diluted share) up 139% from $84.1 million ($0.53 per basic and fully diluted share) in 2021, primarily as a result of strong natural gas and NGL prices;
- Generated Funds Flow from Operations  of $153.7 million ($0.97 per basic and $0.95 per fully diluted share), up 658% from $20.3 million ($0.13 per basic and fully diluted share) in 2021;
- Generated Net income of $146.7 million ($0.93 per basic and $0.91 per fully diluted share), compared to a net loss of $39.8 million (-$0.25 per basic and fully diluted share) in 2021;
- Produced 36,868 boe/d (82% natural gas) down 9% from 40,562 boe/d in 2021, due to the previously discussed re-injection of ethane volumes into the natural gas sales stream and natural production declines;
- Reduced term debt principal by $48.3 million (including the net impact of PIK) during 2022 and reduced the adjusted working capital deficit  by $50.3 million during 2022, primarily through reduction in accounts payable which totaled $22.6 million at year end 2022 compared to $74.7 million at year end 2021;
- Recorded 2022 NI51-101 PDP reserves of 126.8 MMboe, down 3% from 131.3 MMboe at year end 2021 with year over year increase of 89% in PDP PV10 reserve value to $807 million at Jan 1, 2023 evaluator consensus (“IC4”) pricing; and
- Recorded 2022 NI51-101 TPP reserves of 289.1 MMboe, up 7% from 269.2 MMboe at year end 2021 with year over year increase of 52% in TPP PV10 reserve value to $1,526 million at January 1, 2023 IC4 pricing.
Subsequent to Year End
- Repaid an additional $27 million of term debt.
- Completed drilling our first Brown Creek well (6-35) in Central Alberta in February 2023. The well was completed and temporarily tied-in to existing production infrastructure in March 2023 and is currently being flow-tested with production sold into the TC Energy (NGTL) sales gas system. After flowing continuously for 90.5 hours on test, this 100% working interest well was producing sweet natural gas through 60.3mm production tubing at a downhole-choked flow rate of 6.8 MMcf/d and a restricted flowing wellhead tubing pressure of 11.1 MPa (corresponding shut-in casing pressure of 17.1 MPa). At the conclusion of the anticipated 7-day flow test, 6-35 will be shut-in for an extended pressure build-up, during which the well will be permanently tied-in to the existing on-lease gas gathering system.
- Drilling also commenced on a second Brown Creek well in February 2023, with completion expected by April 2023; and
- Terminated the previously announced NE BC disposition transaction as the purchaser failed to meet the required closing conditions, following multiple extensions. The Company has retained a non-refundable deposit and will continue to market the NE BC property.
“Pieridae put up a very good result in the fourth quarter, punctuating a transformational year for the Company,” said Pieridae’s Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Sorensen. “Strong gas and liquids pricing drove record funds flow in Q4, offsetting lower production, due in part, to an unplanned outage at our Caroline plant which the team has since repaired. 2022 saw the Company commence drilling our extensive inventory of high-impact Foothills development locations and make progress on our path to de-levering the balance sheet, all while operating our assets in a safe, responsible and effective manner. Our disciplined hedging strategy continues to mitigate commodity price volatility and is offsetting the impact of lower AECO gas prices through the first quarter of 2023. I’d like to thank all Pieridae shareholders, lenders, employees and the communities in which we operate, for their ongoing interest and support.”
SELECTED Q4 AND ANNUAL 2022 OPERATIONAL & FINANCIAL RESULTS
Production in the fourth quarter of 2022 decreased 16% compared to Q4 2021 due in part to a December unplanned shut-in required to complete sulphur condenser repairs at the Company’s Caroline gas processing facility which suffered an upset in its sulphur recovery unit (2,500 boe/d). Other factors impacting fourth quarter production included pipeline inspections (680 boe/d), unseasonably cold weather which caused freeze-ups and run time restrictions at gas plants (1,500 boe/d) and ongoing ethane reinjection into the natural gas sales stream (1,900 boe/d). During 2022, average production decreased 9% compared to 2021 as a result of ethane reinjection and natural production declines.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“Deloitte”), Pieridae’s independent, qualified reserves evaluator, performed reserves evaluations of the Company's assets as at December 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021. The following table summarizes Pieridae’s reserves based on the Deloitte NI51-101 reserve report using the January 1, 2023 IC4 price forecast:
The following table outlines the primary drivers of reserve changes during 2022, as at December 31, 2022:
Refer to the Company's AIF for the year ended December 31, 2022 for detailed information on the Company's 2022 reserves.
The Company continues to execute a commodity price risk management program governed by its hedge policy.
The Company had the following fixed price physical commodity sales contracts and power purchase contracts in place at December 31, 2022:
The Company had the following financial risk management contracts in place as at December 31, 2022:
Pieridae will continue to hedge 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 participate in future commodity price upside.
2023 OUTLOOK AND REVISED GUIDANCE
North American natural gas prices have sharply fallen off during the first quarter of 2023 as a result of the warmer than expected winter, high storage levels and constrained North American natural gas export capacity. AECO prices have averaged $3.13/GJ year to date in 2023, compared to $4.93/GJ in the fourth quarter of 2022. This price shock is largely mitigated during the first quarter by the Company’s natural gas hedges (129,767 GJ/d protected at $5.78/GJ). However, if depressed AECO prices continue or fall further as we enter the summer, 2023 NOI and funds flow from operations will be materially impacted.
As a result, management has revised annual NOI and netback guidance to reflect a lower commodity price forecast for the remainder of the year and is planning to defer certain expenditures into 2024, including investigating deferral of the maintenance turnaround at Waterton, which has been reflected in this revised guidance.
Pieridae’s priority remains improving financial flexibility by strengthening the balance sheet while sustaining production, implementing cost control initiatives, optimizing infrastructure logistics and executing non-core asset dispositions.
CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS
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Pieridae is a Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Through a number of 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, visit www.pieridaeenergy.com , or please contact:
Alfred Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer Adam Gray, Chief Financial Officer
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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 2022 MD&A.
(2) Includes the $50 million non interest-bearing deferred fee due at maturity, A portion of this fee, closing fees and other amounts remain to be accreted to the term debt value.
(3) Adjusted working capital is calculated as accounts payable and accrued liabilities, less cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, accounts receivable, prepaids and deposits.