CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/30/17 -- PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. ("PrairieSky" or the "Company") (TSX: PSK) is pleased to announce its third quarter operating and financial results for the period ended September 30, 2017.
2017 Third Quarter Highlights:
During Q3 2017, PrairieSky remained focused on our core strategy of leasing for multiple play types across our extensive land base. During the quarter, PrairieSky entered into 23 leasing arrangements with 20 different counterparties generating $15.5 million in cash lease bonus consideration, with the primary focus area being the Duvernay light oil play where PrairieSky has over one million acres of royalty interests. Leasing of our undeveloped acreage is a precursor to drilling activity and future royalty production revenues at no cost to PrairieSky.
Producers spud 245 wells on PrairieSky''s land base during the quarter. This was up from 104 wells spud in Q2 2017. Drilling activity was focused on the Viking oil play in both Western Saskatchewan and Central Alberta. Other active plays included the multi-zone Deep Basin fairway of Alberta and British Columbia and light and heavy oil plays across Central Alberta, including the East Shale Duvernay.
The current commodity price environment continues to provide opportunities to selectively acquire royalty assets that are near-term accretive and enhance medium and long-term value for shareholders. During the quarter, PrairieSky acquired gross overriding royalties on producing and undeveloped lands for cash proceeds of $20.3 million which provide exposure to existing and future development across a number of plays. Of this total, approximately $16 million was spent on emerging resource plays that currently do not generate cash flow. PrairieSky continues to be selective and disciplined in our evaluation of new royalty opportunities.
PrairieSky''s high margin royalty production and low cost structure continue to deliver strong funds flow and growth opportunities. PrairieSky''s cash administrative expenses for the quarter were $2.29 per boe. Cash administrative expenses are expected to be in the low $3.00 per boe range for 2017. During the quarter, PrairieSky declared dividends of $44.3 million and acquired and cancelled 333,200 common shares for $9.5 million under its normal course issuer bid at an average price per share of $28.58. At September 30, 2017, PrairieSky had $102.0 million of cash on hand and no debt.
I would like to thank our shareholders for their continued support. Please contact Pam Kazeil, our Chief Financial Officer, at 587-293-4089, or myself at 587-293-4005 with any questions.
Andrew Phillips, President & CEO
FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL INFORMATION
The following table summarizes select operational and financial information of the Company for the periods noted. All dollar amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
A full version of PrairieSky''s Management''s Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") and unaudited interim condensed financial statements and notes thereto for the fiscal period ended September 30, 2017 is available on SEDAR at and PrairieSky''s website at .
CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS
A conference call to discuss the results will be held for the investment community on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 beginning at 6:30 a.m. MDT (8:30 a.m. EDT). To participate in the conference call, approximately 10 minutes prior to the conference call, please dial:
(844) 657-2668 (toll-free in North America)
(612) 979-9882 (Toronto & International)
This press release includes certain statements regarding PrairieSky''s future plans and operations and contains forward-looking statements that we believe allow readers to better understand our business and prospects. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends", "strategy" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include our expectations with respect to PrairieSky''s business and growth strategy, additional land leasing activities, future royalty production, cash administrative expenses and development and the linkage between new land leasing activity as a precursor to drilling or production from the lands.
With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this press release, we have made several assumptions including those described in detail in our MD&A and the Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016. Readers and investors are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such forward-looking information and statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Our actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. We can give no assurance that any of the events anticipated will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what benefits we will derive from them.
By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, lack of pipeline capacity, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, royalties, environmental risks, taxation, regulation, changes in tax or other legislation, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility, political and geopolitical instability and our ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. In addition, PrairieSky is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties in relation to acquisitions. These risks and uncertainties include risks relating to the potential for disputes to arise with counterparties, and limited ability to recover indemnification under certain agreements. The foregoing and other risks are described in more detail in PrairieSky''s MD&A, and the Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 under the headings "Risk Management" and "Risk Factors", respectively, each of which is available at .
Further, any forward-looking statement is made only as of the date of this press release, and PrairieSky undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement or statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by applicable securities laws. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for PrairieSky to predict all of these factors or to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on PrairieSky''s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.
The forward-looking information contained in this document is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
CONVERSIONS OF NATURAL GAS TO BOE
To provide a single unit of production for analytical purposes, natural gas production and reserves volumes are converted mathematically to equivalent barrels of oil (BOE). PrairieSky uses the industry-accepted standard conversion of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil (6 Mcf = 1 bbl). The 6:1 BOE ratio is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip. It does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead and is not based on either energy content or current prices. While the BOE ratio is useful for comparative measures and observing trends, it does not accurately reflect individual product values and might be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. As well, given that the value ratio, based on the current price of crude oil to natural gas, is significantly different from the 6:1 energy equivalency ratio, using a 6:1 conversion ratio may be misleading as an indication of value.
Certain measures in this document and PrairieSky''s MD&A do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and, therefore, are considered non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures are commonly used in the oil and gas industry and by PrairieSky to provide potential investors with additional information regarding the Company''s liquidity and its ability to generate funds to conduct its business. Further information can be found in the Non-GAAP Measures section of PrairieSky''s MD&A.
ABOUT PRAIRIESKY ROYALTY LTD.
PrairieSky is a royalty-focused company, generating royalty revenues as petroleum and natural gas are produced from its properties. PrairieSky has a diverse portfolio of properties that have a long history of generating free cash flow and that represent the largest and most concentrated independently-owned fee simple mineral title position in Canada. PrairieSky''s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PSK.
President & Chief Executive Officer
PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.
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