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Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. (“Bellatrix”, "we", "us", "our" or the “Company”) (TSX, NYSE: BXE) announces its financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.  This press release contains forward-looking statements.  Please refer to our cautionary language on forward-looking statements and the other matters set forth at the end of this press release and the beginning of the Management’s Discussion and Analysis (the “MD&A”) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017. Bellatrix's unaudited interim condensed financial statements and notes, and the MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 are available on our website at www.bxe.com, and are filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov/edgar.

  Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
  2018201720182017
SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS     
(CDN$000s except share and per share amounts)     
Cash flow from operating activities 12,00410,495 26,619 18,754 
Per diluted share (1) $0.22$0.21 $0.51 $0.38 
Adjusted funds flow (2) 10,14219,347 24,812 34,240 
Per diluted share (1) $0.18$0.39 $0.47 $0.69 
Net profit (loss) (34,768)(69,236) (47,669) (56,186) 
Per diluted share (1) $(0.63)$(1.40) $(0.91) $(1.14) 
Capital – exploration and development 5,40211,235 29,634 55,213 
Total capital expenditures – net (3) 6,641(30,768) 28,715 20,452 
Credit Facilities 71,43213,100 71,432 13,100 
Senior Notes 301,435315,308 301,435 315,308 
Convertible Debentures (liability component) 40,53038,380 40,530 38,380 
Adjusted working capital deficiency (2) 16,82915,773 16,829 15,773 
Total net debt (2) 430,226382,561 430,226 382,561 
SELECTED OPERATING RESULTS     
Total revenue (3) 54,02274,325 120,237 140,349 
Average daily sales volumes     
Crude oil, condensate and NGLs(bbl/d)10,4679,182 9,975 8,908 
Natural gas(mcf/d)161,052172,402 162,309 164,602 
Total oil equivalent (4)(boe/d)37,30937,916 37,027 36,342 
Average realized prices     
Crude oil and condensate($/bbl)83.9359.49 80.31 63.28 
NGLs (excluding condensate)($/bbl)24.7020.57 25.49 19.42 
Natural gas($/mcf)1.302.94 1.73 2.91 
Total oil equivalent($/boe)15.7120.94 17.58 20.88 
Total oil equivalent (including risk management (5))($/boe)18.7721.83 19.71 21.82 
Selected Key Operating Statistics     
Commodity sales($/boe)15.7120.94 17.58 20.88 
Other income($/boe)0.200.61 0.36 0.45 
Royalties($/boe)(1.80)(1.92) (1.90) (2.13) 
Production expenses($/boe)(7.55)(8.30) (7.84) (8.81) 
Transportation($/boe)(2.03)(1.98) (2.01) (1.53) 
Operating netback (3)($/boe)4.539.35 6.19 8.86 
Realized gain (loss) on risk management contracts($/boe)3.050.89 2.13 0.94 
Operating netback (3) (including risk management (5))($/boe)7.5810.24 8.32 9.80 


   
 Three months ended June 30,Six months ended June 30,
SHARE STATISTICS2018201720182017
COMMON SHARES    
Common shares outstanding (6)61,762,974 49,378,026 61,762,974 49,378,026 
Weighted average shares (1)55,086,338 49,333,217 52,247,951 49,325,235 
SHARE TRADING STATISTICS    
TSX and Other (7)    
(CDN$, except volumes) based on intra-day trading    
High2.17 5.65 2.22 6.83 
Low1.28 3.55 1.24 3.55 
Close1.32 3.70 1.32 3.70 
Average daily volume879,361 175,847 703,721 184,317 
NYSE    
(US$, except volumes) based on intra-day trading    
High1.69 4.25 1.78 5.15 
Low0.96 2.72 0.96 2.72 
Close0.99 2.90 0.99 2.90 
Average daily volume149,075 81,132 143,704 90,987 

(1) Basic weighted average shares for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were 55,086,338 (2017: 49,333,217) and 52,247,951 (2017: 49,325,235), respectively. In computing weighted average diluted profit (loss) per share, weighted average diluted cash flow from operating activities per share, and weighted average diluted adjusted funds flow per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, a total of nil (2017: nil) common shares were added to the denominator as a consequence of applying the treasury stock method to the Company’s outstanding share options, and a total of nil (2017: nil) common shares issuable on conversion of the Convertible Debentures (as defined below) were added to the denominator for the three and six month periods resulting in diluted weighted average common shares outstanding of 55,086,338 (2017: 49,333,217) and 52,247,951 (2017: 49,325,235), respectively.

(2) The terms “adjusted funds flow”, “adjusted funds flow per share”, “total net debt”, and “adjusted working capital deficiency”, do not have standard meanings under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Refer to “Capital performance measures” disclosed at the end of this Press Release.

(3) The terms “operating netbacks”, “total capital expenditures - net”, and “total revenue" do not have standard meanings under GAAP. Refer to “Non-GAAP measures” disclosed at the end of this Press Release.

(4) A boe conversion ratio of 6 mcf:1 bbl has been used, which is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip. Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different than the energy equivalency of the conversion ratio, utilizing the 6:1 conversion ratio may be misleading as an indication of value.

(5) The Company has entered into various commodity price risk management contracts which are considered to be economic hedges.  Per unit metrics after risk management include only the realized portion of gains or losses on commodity contracts.  The Company does not apply hedge accounting to these contracts.  As such, these contracts are revalued to fair value at the end of each reporting date.  This results in recognition of unrealized gains or losses over the term of these contracts which is reflected each reporting period until these contracts are settled, at which time realized gains or losses are recorded.  These unrealized gains or losses on commodity contracts are not included for purposes of per unit metrics calculations disclosed.

 (6) Fully diluted common shares outstanding for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 were 69,569,546 (2017: 57,360,955) and 69,569,546 (2017: 57,360,955), respectively. This includes 1,633,732 (2017: 1,810,089) and 1,633,732 (2017: 1,810,089) respectively,of share options outstanding and 6,172,840 (2017: 6,172,840) and 6,172,840 (2017: 6,172,840), respectively of shares issuable on conversion of the Convertible Debentures. Shares issuable on conversion of the Convertible Debentures are calculated by dividing the $50 million principal amount of the Convertible Debentures by the conversion price of $8.10 per share.

(7) TSX and Other includes the trading statistics for the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) and other Canadian trading markets.

FINANCIAL & OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Bellatrix’s strong operational performance continued through the second quarter of 2018, delivering average well performance and corporate production volumes that exceeded budget expectations and guidance.  Bellatrix’s first half 2018 production volumes exceeded full year average production guidance by approximately 7% despite the proactive curtailment of approximately 12 MMcfe/d to 24 MMcfe/d (2,000 to 4,000 boe/d) of natural gas volumes during periods of weak daily AECO natural gas prices during the second quarter.  In addition, the Company delivered material reductions in both operating and capital costs, both of which are expected to contribute to improved long term corporate results.

Second quarter 2018 performance included the following operational and financial achievements:

  • Production volumes in the second quarter of 2018 averaged 37,309 boe/d (72% natural gas weighted), roughly 2% higher than first quarter 2018 volumes.  First half 2018 average production volumes of 37,027 boe/d represent 7% outperformance compared with the mid-point of Bellatrix’s full year average production guidance range (34,000 to 35,500 boe/d).
  • Production expenses in the second quarter of 2018 averaged $7.55/boe, down 7% compared with first quarter 2018 production expenses.  Completion of Phase 2 of the Bellatrix O’Chiese Nees-Ohpawganu’ck deep-cut gas plant at Alder Flats (the “Alder Flats Plant”) and the redirection of volumes from higher cost third party plants has contributed to the decrease in expenditures quarter over quarter. 
  • Bellatrix continues to improve drilling efficiency and reduce costs.  In 2018, Bellatrix’s Spirit River development program averaged approximately 10 days from spud to rig release, with all-in Spirit River well costs reduced to approximately $3.4 million.
  • Bellatrix previously announced the renewal and extension of its syndicated revolving credit facilities (“Credit Facilities”) and the semi-annual redetermination of the borrowing base thereunder.  Bellatrix’s borrowings under its Credit Facilities were $71.4 million at June 30, 2018 providing $28.6 million of undrawn capacity (before deducting outstanding letters of credit of $11.6 million). Other than amounts outstanding under our Credit Facilities, Bellatrix has no debt maturities until 2020 and 2021.

Bellatrix delivered strong operational performance in the first half of 2018 relative to guidance expectations as summarized below:

 First Half 2018 Results2018 Annual Guidance (1)Actual Results
Versus Guidance
Average daily production (boe/d)37,027 34,750 7%
Average product mix   
  Natural gas (%)73 74 (1)%
  Crude oil, condensate and NGLs (%)27 26 4%
Capital Expenditures ($000’s)   
  Total net capital expenditures(2)30,299 60,000 n/a
Production expense ($/boe)7.55 7.83 (4)%

(1) 2018 Annual Guidance metrics represent the mid-point of the previously set guidance range (April 3, 2018) where applicable.

(2) Capital spending includes exploration and development capital projects and corporate assets, and excludes property acquisitions, property dispositions and facilities.

STRUCTURAL REDUCTIONS IN BOTH OPERATING AND CAPITAL COSTS

Upon completion of Phase 2 of the Alder Flats Plant in March 2018, Bellatrix has redirected approximately 65 MMcf/d of gross natural gas volumes from third party processing plants to the Alder Flats Plant to optimally process under its ownership and processing volume commitments. Operating costs for natural gas processed through Bellatrix’s ownership interest in the Alder Flats Plant are approximately $0.16/mcf, providing significant cost benefits for the Company.  Corporate operating costs in the second quarter of 2018 were $7.55/boe, down approximately 7% from first quarter 2018 operating cost levels of $8.13/boe.  The redirection of natural gas volumes from more expensive third-party plants are anticipated to drive long term sustained operating cost reductions for the Company.

A series of incremental improvements and operational measures have delivered a step change reduction for all-in average Spirit River well costs (drill, complete, equip and tie-in) to approximately $3.4 million in 2018 (from $3.8 million in 2017).  An enhanced focus on pad drilling to reduce surface disturbance (reduced need for pipeline infrastructure and improved efficiency for operating wells), increased monobore style drilling, other proprietary drilling techniques, and reduced nitrogen use are examples of cost reduction efforts achieved.  In addition, drilling efficiency gains have continued in 2018, averaging approximately 10 days from spud to rig release for the Spirit River program down from a full program average of 13.5 days in 2017. In addition to the cost savings, Bellatrix delivered productivity improvements with average well performance from the Company's 2018 Spirit River well program outperforming expected results by approximately 38% on an IP90 basis.  The combination of lower capital costs and improved well performance are expected to provide enhanced corporate competitiveness against weak natural gas prices.

COMMODITY PRICE RISK MANAGEMENT PROTECTION AND MARKET DIVERSIFICATION INITIATIVES

Bellatrix maintains strong commodity price risk management and market diversification coverage in 2018 through 2020 which is expected to reduce the impact of commodity price volatility on our business. Bellatrix has approximately 72 MMcf/d of natural gas volumes hedged from July through December 2018, at an average fixed price of approximately $2.94/mcf, representing slightly less than 50% of 2018 daily average natural gas volumes (based on the mid-point of 2018 average production guidance). Bellatrix has also diversified its natural gas price exposure through physical sales contracts that give the Company exposure to the Dawn, Chicago, and Malin natural gas pricing hubs. This long-term diversification strategy reduces Bellatrix’s exposure to AECO pricing on approximately 35% of the Company’s forecast July through December 2018 natural gas volumes.

In combination, the market diversification sales and fixed price hedges cover approximately 80% of natural gas volumes for the remainder of 2018, and approximately 50% in 2019 (based on the mid-point of 2018 average production guidance).  A summary of Bellatrix’s 2018 through 2020 commodity price risk management contracts as at June 30, 2018 include:

ProductFinancial ContractPeriodVolumeAverage Price (1)
Natural gasFixed price swapJuly 1, 2018 to December 31, 201867 MMcf/d$3.03/mcf
Natural gasFixed price swapJuly 1, 2018 to October 31, 20188 MMcf/d$1.72/mcf
Natural gasFixed price swapApril 1, 2019 to October 31, 201918 MMcf/d$2.01/mcf
Natural gasAECO/NYMEX basis swapApril 1, 2019 to October 31, 202010,000 MMBtu/d-US$1.24/MMBtu
PropaneFixed price differentialJuly 1, 2018 to December 31, 20181,000 bbl/d47% of NYMEX WTI
Crude oilSold C$WTI callJuly 1, 2018 to December 31, 20181,500 bbl/d$80.00/bbl
Crude oilSold C$WTI callJanuary 1, 2019 to December 31, 20192,000 bbl/d$80.00/bbl
Crude oilFixed price swapJuly 1, 2018 to December 31, 20181,000 bbl/d$70.14/bbl

(1) Prices for natural gas fixed price swap contracts assume a conversion of $/GJ to $/mcf based on an average corporate heat content rate of 40.0Mj/m3.

Bellatrix’s market diversification contracts as at June 30, 2018 include:

ProductMarketStart DateEnd DateVolume
Natural gasChicagoFebruary 1, 2018October 31, 202015,000 MMBtu/d
Natural gasChicagoNovember 1, 2018October 31, 202015,000 MMBtu/d
Natural gasDawnFebruary 1, 2018October 31, 202015,000 MMBtu/d
Natural gasDawnNovember 1, 2018October 31, 202015,000 MMBtu/d
Natural gasMalinFebruary 1, 2018October 31, 202015,000 MMBtu/d

ALDER FLATS PHASE 2 FULLY COMMISSIONED IN MARCH CONTRIBUTING TO MATERIALLY HIGHER NGL YIELDS IN THE SECOND QUARTER

The Phase 2 expansion project of the Alder Flats Plant was fully commissioned and began selling volumes mid-March 2018 which more than doubled throughput capacity at the Alder Flats Plant to 230 MMcf/d (from 110 MMcf/d).  Completion of Phase 2 adds an incremental 30 MMcf/d ownership capacity net to Bellatrix's 25% working interest.

The turbo expander is operational on Phase 2, which was designed with a colder process, thereby enhancing natural gas liquid (“NGL”) extraction capabilities.  Total NGL recoveries (including plant condensate) at the Alder Flats Plant have increased in the second quarter 2018, with NGL sales yields of approximately 70 bbl/MMcf, up approximately 15% from first quarter total sales yields of approximately 60 bbl/MMcf.  The Bellatrix Alder Flats Plant deep-cut process provides enhanced NGL yields of approximately 10 to 35 bbl/MMcf over third-party plants in our core area, resulting in an average corporate liquid weighting of approximately 26% in 2018, which we expect to, in turn, drive enhanced corporate profit margins and cash flow.

The Phase 2 expansion project represented the last stage of our multi-year infrastructure build out.  With our long term infrastructure build out complete, Bellatrix expects the majority of future capital investment to be utilized directly in drilling, completion and production addition activities, with minimal capital required for facilities and infrastructure projects over the near term.  Management expects that its existing facilities and processing capacity will provide the capability to grow production volumes beyond 60,000 boe/d, with minimal future facility related capital.

FIRST HALF 2018 OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Bellatrix completed the majority of its first half 2018 capital program during the first three months of the year, in advance of the seasonal spring break up period.  No wells were drilled or completed during the second quarter of 2018.  Well results for the first half 2018 program continue to exceed budget expectations; the average rate for the five operated Spirit River wells has averaged an IP90 rate of 8.6 MMcf/d, outperforming budget expectations by approximately 38%.

Exploration and development capital expenditures invested during the second quarter were $5.4 million.  First half 2018 exploration and development capital expenditures were $29.6 million, resulting in expected second half 2018 capital expenditures of approximately $20 to $30 million based on the Company’s updated full year annual capital expenditure guidance budget range of $50 to $60 million.

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Production volumes in the second quarter of 2018 averaged 37,309 boe/d (72% natural gas weighted), roughly 2% higher than first quarter 2018 volumes.  First half 2018 average production volumes of 37,027 boe/d represent 7% outperformance compared with the mid-point of Bellatrix’s full year average production guidance range (34,000 to 35,500 boe/d).   
  • Adjusted funds flow generated in the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $10.1 million ($0.18 per basic and diluted share), compared to $14.7 million ($0.30 per basic share and diluted share) in the first quarter of 2018.   
  • Exploration and development capital expenditures were $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2018.  Total exploration and development capital expenditures for the first six months of 2018 were $29.6 million, in line with budget expectations and updated guidance for a full year 2018 capital expenditure range of $50 to $60 million.  The majority of first half 2018 capital expenditures were allocated to drilling, completion and equipping activity.
  • Bellatrix’s borrowings under its Credit Facilities were $71.4 million and total net debt was $430.2 million at June 30, 2018.  At June 30, 2018, Bellatrix had approximately $28.6 million of undrawn capacity (approximately 17% undrawn) on its $100 million Credit Facilities after deducting outstanding letters of credit of $11.6 million that reduce the amount otherwise available to be drawn on the Credit Facilities.
  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, Bellatrix’s Senior Debt to EBITDA (as defined in the MD&A) ratio was 1.36 times, well below the financial covenant of 3.0 times as permitted by the agreement governing the Credit Facilities.
  • Total revenue was $54.0 million for the second quarter 2018, compared to $66.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, primarily attributed to a 40% decrease in average realized natural gas prices over the comparative periods. 
  • The corporate royalty rate in the three months ended June 30, 2018 averaged 13% of sales (after transportation), compared with 11% averaged in the first quarter of 2018. 
  • Production expenses in the second quarter of 2018 averaged $7.55/boe, down 9% compared with second quarter 2017 production expenses of $8.30/boe.  Bellatrix has provided a full year 2018 production expenditure guidance range of   $7.65/boe to $8.00/boe in 2018 given continued cost suppression activity, production volume guidance, and the contribution from lower costs attributed to Phase 2 of the Bellatrix Alder Flats Plant.
  • Our corporate operating netback (including risk management) realized for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $7.58/boe, down 16% compared with $9.07/boe realized in the first quarter 2018. This change reflects lower realized natural gas prices mitigated by lower production expenditures, and increased realized gains on risk management contracts over the comparable periods.   
  • Net general and administrative (“G&A”) expenses (after capitalized costs and recoveries) for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $6.8 million ($2.01/boe), down 6% compared with $7.3 million ($2.10/boe) in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Bellatrix recorded a net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2018 of $34.8 million compared to a net loss of $12.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease in net profit period over period is primarily due to an increase in total loss on commodity contracts and a 19% decrease in commodity prices, offset partially by a decrease in production expenses.
  • As at June 30, 2018, Bellatrix had approximately 137,893 net undeveloped acres of land principally in Alberta.
  • As at June 30, 2018, Bellatrix had approximately $1.36 billion in tax pools available for deduction against future income.
  • Bellatrix maintained a strong Liability Management Rating of 10.69 in Alberta versus an industry average of 4.81 as at July 7, 2018.

OUTLOOK & 2018 CORPORATE GUIDANCE

Solid operational momentum from the first half 2018 drilling program has carried forward into the third quarter as a result of strong well performance and operational execution.  Bellatrix is announcing today, a decrease in its full year 2018 net capital expenditure guidance with no associated reduction in average production guidance given strong results year to date.  Our Spirit River wells continue to outperform budget expectations, resulting in lower sustaining capital requirements for the remainder of 2018. As a result,  Bellatrix is reducing its full year net capital expenditures to a range of $50 to $60 million, down approximately 8% from the prior guidance range of $55 to $65 million.

 Revised 2018
Annual Guidance
(August 2, 2018)
Previously Set 2018 Annual Guidance
(April 3, 2018)
Production  
2018 Average daily production (boe/d)34,000 - 35,50034,000 - 35,500
Average product mix  
Natural gas (%)7474
Crude oil, condensate and NGLs (%)2626
Net Capital Expenditures  
Total net capital expenditures ($000) (1)50,000 - 60,00055,000 - 65,000
Expenses  
Production expense ($/boe) (2)7.65 - 8.007.65 - 8.00

(1) Net capital spending includes exploration and development capital projects and corporate assets, and excludes property acquisitions and dispositions. Net capital spending also excludes the previously received prepayment portion of Bellatrix's partner’s 35% share of the cost of construction of Phase 2 of the Alder Flats Plant during calendar 2018.

 (2) Production expenses before net processing revenue/fees.

Bellatrix plans to resume drilling activity in mid-August and to use one rig for its second half 2018 capital program. Bellatrix currently  plans to drill five gross operated Spirit River wells and one gross operated Cardium well in the second half of 2018.

Bellatrix plans to fund its second half 2018 capital budget through adjusted funds flow while reducing the need for additional debt or bank line utilization through the end of 2018.  The 2018 capital program will remain flexible and focused on optimizing forecast return on invested capital through focused development of the Spirit River liquids rich natural gas play and higher liquids weighted opportunities in the Cardium play.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

A conference call to discuss Bellatrix's second quarter results will be held on August 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm MT / 5:30 pm ET. To participate, please call toll-free 1-800-319-4610 or 403-351-0324 or 416-915-3239. The call can also be heard live through an internet webcast accessible via the investors section of Bellatrix's website at http://www.bxe.com/investors/presentations-events.cfm and will be archived on the website for approximately 30 days following the call.

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is a publicly traded Western Canadian based growth oriented oil and gas company engaged in the exploration for, and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves, with highly concentrated operations in west central Alberta, principally focused on profitable development of the Spirit River liquids rich natural gas play.

Common shares of Bellatrix trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BXE".

NON-GAAP MEASURES

Throughout this press release, the Company uses terms that are commonly used in the oil and natural gas industry, but do not have a standardized meaning presented by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and therefore may not be comparable to the calculations of similar measures for other entities. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors and shareholders as the measures provide increased transparency and the ability to better analyze performance against prior periods on a comparable basis.

Operating netbacks are calculated by subtracting royalties, transportation, and operating expenses from total revenue. Management believes this measure is a useful supplemental measure of the amount of total revenue received after transportation, royalties and operating expenses. The Company's calculation of total revenue includes petroleum and natural gas sales and other income, and excludes commodity price risk management. Total capital expenditures - net includes the cash impact of capital expenditures and property dispositions, as well as the non-cash capital impacts of corporate acquisitions, property acquisitions, adjustments to the Company's decommissioning liabilities, and share based compensation.

These measures have been described and presented in this news release in order to provide shareholders and potential investors with additional information regarding Bellatrix's liquidity and its ability to generate funds to finance its operations. For additional information about these non-GAAP measures, including reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP terms, see our MD&A.

CAPITAL PERFORMANCE MEASURES

In addition to the non-GAAP measures described above, there are also terms that have been reconciled in the Company's financial statements to the most comparable IFRS measures. These terms do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable with the calculations of similar measures for other entities. These terms have been referenced in the Company's press release, MD&A and financial statements. These terms are used by management to analyze operating performance on a comparable basis with prior periods and to analyze the liquidity of the Company.

This press release contains the term "adjusted funds flow" which should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than "cash flow from operating activities" as determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of the Company's performance. Therefore reference to adjusted funds flow or adjusted funds flow per share may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. Management uses adjusted funds flow to analyze operating performance and leverage and considers adjusted funds flow to be a key measure as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate the cash necessary to fund future capital investments and to repay debt. Adjusted funds flow is calculated as cash flow from operating activities, excluding decommissioning costs incurred, changes in non-cash working capital incurred, and transaction costs. The reconciliation between cash flow from operating activities and adjusted funds flow can be found in the MD&A. Adjusted funds flow per share is calculated using the weighted average number of shares for the period.

This press release also contains the terms "total net debt" and "adjusted working capital deficiency", which also are not recognized measures under GAAP. Therefore reference to total net debt and adjusted working capital deficiency, may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. The Company's calculation of total net debt excludes other deferred liabilities, deferred capital obligations, long-term risk management contract liabilities, decommissioning liabilities, and deferred tax liabilities. Total net debt includes the adjusted working capital deficiency, long term loans receivable, 8.5% senior unsecured notes, Convertible Debentures (liability component), current Credit Facilities and long term Credit Facilities. The adjusted working capital deficiency is calculated as net working capital deficiency excluding current risk management contract assets and liabilities, current portion of other deferred liabilities and current portion of decommissioning liabilities. Management believes these measures are useful supplementary measures of the total amount of current and long-term debt.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained in this press release may contain forward looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "position", "continue", "opportunity", "expect", "plan", "maintain", "estimate", "assume", "target", "believe" "forecast", "intend", "strategy", "anticipate", "enhance" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. More particularly and without limitation, this document contains forward-looking statements concerning management's assessment of future plans, expectations regarding future reductions in per unit production expenses, 2018 annual guidance including forecast average annual production and commodity mix, capital expenditures and production expense, the expectation that material reductions in operating and capital costs will contribute to improved long term corporate results, expectations regarding the impact of redirecting volumes from third party plants, expectations that the combination of lower capital costs and improved well performance will provide enhanced corporate competitiveness against weak natural gas prices, expectations that the Company commodity price risk management and market diversification coverage in 2018 through 2020 will reduce the impact of commodity price volatility on our business, the expectation of the percentage of production hedged or subject to other market diversification strategies, expectations regarding the performance of, and benefits from, the commissioning of Phase 2 of the Alder Flats Plant, including throughput capacity, NGL recoveries and condensate yields, corporate liquids weighting, and expected impacts on corporate profit margins and cash flow, expectations regarding the resumption of drilling activity in mid-August and completion of the Company's second half 2018 capital program, expectations that the Company will be able to direct the majority of its future capital to drilling, completion and production addition activities with minimal capital required for facilities and infrastructure projects over the near term, expectations that the Company’s existing facilities and processing capacity will provide the capability to grow production volumes beyond 60,000 boe/d, expectations regarding the Company’s ability to fund its 2018 capital budget through adjusted funds flow, while reducing the need for additional debt of bank line utilization through the end of 2018, and expectations that the 2018 capital program will remain flexible and focused on optimizing forecast return on invested capital through focused development of the Spirit River liquids rich natural gas play and higher liquids weighted opportunities in the Cardium play. To the extent that any forward-looking information contained herein constitute a financial outlook, they were approved by management on August 2, 2018 and are included herein to provide readers with an understanding of the anticipated funds available to Bellatrix to fund its operations and readers are cautioned that the information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve risks, including, without limitation, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions and dispositions, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals, actions taken by the Company's lenders that reduce the Company's available credit and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, as a result of the risk factors set out and other known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Bellatrix. In addition, forward looking statements or information are based on a number of factors and assumptions which have been used to develop such statements and information but which may prove to be incorrect and which have been used to develop such statements and information in order to provide shareholders with a more complete perspective on Bellatrix's future operations. Such information may prove to be incorrect and readers are cautioned that the information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified herein, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: the impact of increasing competition; the general stability of the economic and political environment in which the Company operates; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the ability of the Company to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; drilling results; the ability of the operator of the projects which the Company has an interest in to operate the field in a safe, efficient and effective manner; the ability of the Company to obtain financing on acceptable terms; field production rates and decline rates; the ability to replace and expand oil and natural gas reserves through acquisition, development of exploration; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of the Company 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 the Company operates; and the ability of the Company to successfully market its oil and natural gas products. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which have been used. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Bellatrix's operations and financial results are included in reports, including under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2017, on file with Canadian and United States securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com), through the SEC website (www.sec.gov), and at Bellatrix's website (www.bxe.com). Furthermore, the forward looking statements contained herein are made as at the date hereof and Bellatrix does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

BARRELS OF OIL EQUIVALENT

The term barrels of oil equivalent ("boe") may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil equivalent (6 mcf/bbl) is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. All boe conversions in this press release are derived from converting gas to oil in the ratio of six thousand cubic feet of gas to one barrel of oil. Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value.

INITIAL RATES OF PRODUCTION

References in this press release to initial production or "IP" rates associated with certain wells are useful in confirming the presence of hydrocarbons, however such rates are not determinative of the rates at which such wells will commence production and decline thereafter and are not indicative of long term performance or of ultimate recovery. While encouraging, readers are cautioned not to place reliance on such rates in calculating the aggregate production for the Company. The Company cautions that such production rates should be considered to be preliminary.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Toth, CFA, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Development (403) 750-1270

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.
1920, 800 – 5th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3T6
Phone: (403) 266-8670
Fax: (403) 264-8163
www.bxe.com

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Source: GlobeNewswire (August 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM EDT)

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