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Manitok Energy Inc. (the “Corporation” or “Manitok“) (TSX VENTURE:MEI) announces its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2015 and an operational update.

Readers are cautioned that as this press release contains only a summary of Manitok’s financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2015, it should be read in conjunction with the full text of Manitok’s third quarter of 2015 report containing its unaudited condensed interim financial statements as at and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and the related management’s discussion and analysis, copies of which are available electronically on Manitok’s profile on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR“) atwww.sedar.com and also on Manitok’s website at www.manitokenergy.com.

Highlights of Third Quarter 2015 Results and Subsequent Events

  • Production averaged 4,434 boe/d (53% light oil and liquids) which is a 12% increase over production of 3,962 boe/d (54% light oil and liquids) in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Recorded funds from operations of $6.6 million ($0.08 per diluted share) which is a 22% decrease over funds from operations of $8.6 million ($0.12 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2014.
  • The operating netback was $23.84/boe, which is a decrease of 17% from the operating netback of $28.67/boe in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Capital expenditures were $3.9 million, which is a decrease of 83% from the capital expenditures of $22.8 million in the third quarter of 2014.
  • As at September 30, 2015, net bank debt was $66.0 million and net debt which includes long-term financial obligations was $80.9 million. The Corporation anticipates net bank debt of approximately $62.0 million to $63.0 million as at December 31, 2015.
  • On November 25, 2015, the Corporation fully satisfied the $5.0 million required repayment of the non-revolving reducing demand loan facility, which was due on December 31, 2015.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2015, the Corporation entered into a binding letter of intent to execute a farm-out agreement with a private oil and gas company (the “Farmee“) whereby the Farmee has committed to spend up to $20.0 million from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the end of 2016 in the Rockyford area and depending on the level of success achieved with the drilling, may lead up to an additional $20.0 million of capital spending, with the Farmee having an option to drill the offset wells before the end of 2017 (“Farm-out Agreement“). Manitok will have the option but not the obligation to participate in each well and will be carried for a 5% working interest by the Farmee in each well it does not participate. The entire capital spend from the Farm-out Agreement will be fully allocated to Manitok’s Prairiesky Royalty Ltd. (“PSK“) capital commitment.

Operations and Financial Summary

Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30
2015 2014 2015 2014
Operating
Average daily production
Light oil (bbls/d) 2,176 2,066 2,103 2,593
Natural gas (mcf/d) 12,412 10,931 13,630 11,891
NGLs (bbls/d) 190 74 112 73
Total (boe/d) 4,434 3,962 4,486 4,647
Average realized sales price
Light oil ($/bbl) 51.85 95.17 54.26 98.62
Natural gas ($/mcf) 3.20 4.25 2.98 5.27
NGLs ($/bbl) 29.50 98.93 40.31 101.03
Total ($/boe) 35.65 63.20 35.50 70.08
Undeveloped land (end of period)
Gross (acres) 458,703 317,631 458,703 317,631
Net (acres) 428,046 300,249 428,046 300,249
Netback and Cost ($ per boe)
Petroleum and natural gas revenue 35.65 63.20 35.50 70.09
Realized gain (loss) on financial instruments 15.75 (4.69 ) 13.37 (4.97 )
Royalty expenses (10.13 ) (19.64 ) (9.13 ) (22.07 )
Operating expenses, net of recoveries (15.72 ) (6.73 ) (12.46 ) (7.24 )
Transportation and marketing expenses (1.71 ) (3.47 ) (2.31 ) (3.44 )
Operating netback(1) 23.84 28.67 24.97 32.37
General and administrative expenses, net of recoveries (4.03 ) (4.11 ) (4.32 ) (4.06 )
Interest and financing expenses (3.54 ) (1.16 ) (2.80 ) (0.58 )
Interest and other income 0.02 0.06 0.02 0.02
Funds from operations netback(1) 16.29 23.46 17.87 27.75
Financial
Petroleum and natural gas revenue ($000) 14,548 23,037 43,490 88,920
Funds from operations ($000)(1) 6,643 8,556 21,902 35,214
Per share – basic ($)(1) 0.08 0.13 0.30 0.50
Per share – diluted ($)(1) 0.08 0.12 0.30 0.49
Net income (loss) ($000) 8,316 7,900 (21,937 ) (813 )
Per share – basic ($) 0.10 0.12 (0.30 ) (0.01 )
Per share – diluted ($)(2) 0.10 0.11 (0.30 ) (0.01 )
Common shares outstanding
End of period – basic 85,089,784 66,996,440 85,089,784 66,996,440
End of period – diluted 90,553,217 71,566,714 90,553,217 71,566,714
Weighted average for the period – basic 85,089,784 68,143,633 73,112,325 70,525,702
Weighted average for the period – diluted 85,089,784 69,108,544 73,112,325 71,617,159
Capital expenditures, net of divestitures ($000) 3,890 22,832 37,750 42,741
Adjusted working capital (surplus) deficit ($000)(1) 598 11,067 598 11,067
Drawn on credit facilities ($000) 65,371 48,098 65,371 48,098
Net bank debt ($000) (1) 65,969 59,165 65,969 59,165
Long-term financial obligations ($000) 14,966 14,966
Net debt ($000) (1) 80,935 59,165 80,935 59,165
(1) Funds from operations, funds from operations per share, funds from operations netback, operating netback, adjusted working capital (surplus) deficit, net bank debt and net debt do not have standardized meanings prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles and therefore should not be considered in isolation. These reported amounts and their underlying calculations are not necessarily comparable or calculated in an identical manner to a similarly titled measure of other companies where similar terminology is used. Where these measures are used they should be given careful consideration by the reader. Refer to the Non-GAAP Measures paragraph in the Advisories section of this MD&A.
(2) The basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding are the same for periods in which the Corporation records a net loss and when all the outstanding stock options are anti-dilutive.

Operations Update

Manitok’s production averaged 4,424 boe/d (53% oil and liquids) for the quarter although continued pipeline and facility restrictions at Stolberg and Carseland prevented Manitok from producing at full capacity. In Stolberg, pipeline restrictions curtailed production by approximately 406 boe/d (100% natural gas plus associated liquids) in the third quarter of 2015 due to TransCanada Pipeline (“TCPL“) curtailments from an ongoing maintenance program. Manitok anticipates completion of the maintenance program by February 2016. In Carseland, restrictions related to processing the liquid rich Lithic Glauconitic (“LG“) natural gas continued, which curtailed production by approximately 500 boe/d (48% oil and liquids) in the quarter. Manitok is working with the third party gas plant operator to resolve the restrictions and anticipates a solution in the first half of 2016. In addition, the ATCO natural gas transmission pipeline was shut down for 4 weeks for maintenance during the third quarter of 2015 which curtailed production at Carseland by approximately 200 boe/d (48% oil and liquids) in the quarter. Manitok also injected more gas into its Glauconitic E4E pool in the Wayne area representing approximately 83 boe/d of deferred sales gas during the third quarter of 2015 as compared to the second quarter of 2015. Currently, November 2015 production is approximately 4,500 boe/d based on field estimates despite ongoing restrictions at Stolberg and Carseland. Restricted production accounts for approximately 100 – 150 boe/d at Stolberg, 800 – 850 boe/d at Carseland and Manitok has 2 Basal Quartz (“BQ“) wells in Carseland awaiting tie-in once the processing restrictions with the third party plant are resolved, which represents approximately 548 boe/d based on initial production test rates.

Guidance

The Corporation did not drill any wells during the first nine months of 2015, due to the current low commodity price environment. In the fourth quarter of 2015, one well (0.05 net carried) was drilled pursuant to the Farm-out Agreement and the Corporation executed various recompletion activities in southeast Alberta which is anticipated to satisfy its 2015 PSK capital commitment.

As at September 30, 2015, net bank debt was approximately $66.0 million. The Corporation anticipates net bank debt of approximately $62.0 million to $63.0 million as at December 31, 2015. Based on current forward strip crude oil and natural gas prices, Manitok will have the requisite liquidity to make its next required payment of $10.0 million on its non-revolving reducing demand loan facility before March 31, 2016.

The Corporation continues to pursue alternative debt arrangements, joint venture opportunities, property acquisitions or divestitures and other recapitalization opportunities and is taking steps to manage its spending and indebtedness, including the implementation of cost reduction and capital management initiatives to satisfy the non-revolving reducing demand loan facility repayment requirements.

Hedging

Oil Hedges

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Manitok has hedged 2,000 bbls/d of crude oil at an average price of $89.00 CAD WTI. Beyond 2015, Manitok has hedged 1,000 bbls/d of crude oil at $79.95 CAD WTI for the 2016 calendar year and 500 bbls/d of crude oil at $79.75 CAD WTI for the 2017 calendar year. The Corporation has also option collar transactions for 1,000 bbls/d of crude oil from $68.68 to $86.18 CAD WTI net of the deferred premium for both the 2016 and 2017 calendar years.

Gas Hedges

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Manitok has 16,000 GJs/d of natural gas at an average price of $3.83/GJ less a deferred premium of $0.35/GJ.

About Manitok

Manitok is a public oil and gas exploration and development company focusing on conventional oil and gas reservoirs in the Canadian foothills and southeast Alberta. The Corporation will utilize its experience to develop the untapped conventional oil and liquids-rich natural gas pools in both the foothills and southeast Alberta areas of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

For further information view our website at www.manitokenergy.com.