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Coelacanth Announces Q3 2022 Financial and Operating Results

Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - November 24, 2022) - COELACANTH ENERGY INC. (TSXV: CEI) ("Coelacanth" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. All dollar figures are Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On May 31, 2022, as a result of the closing of an arrangement agreement between Coelacanth, Leucrotta Exploration Inc. ("Leucrotta"), Vermilion Energy Inc. ("Vermilion"), and the shareholders of Leucrotta (the "Arrangement"), Leucrotta transferred approximately $44.7 million cash, net of transaction costs, and certain oil and natural gas assets primarily located in the Two Rivers area of British Columbia ("Two Rivers Assets") to Coelacanth in exchange for one common share of Coelacanth and 0.1917 of a common share purchase warrant of Coelacanth (one whole warrant being an "Arrangement Warrant") for each common share of Leucrotta held. Vermilion then acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Leucrotta in exchange for $1.73 cash for each common share of Leucrotta held.

  • Received proceeds of $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2022 on exercise of 25.4 million Arrangement Warrants (total proceeds received for nine months ended September 30, 2022 of $14.6 million on exercise of 54.2 million Arrangement Warrants).

Financial and operational results below present the carved-out historic financial position, results of operations and cash flows of Leucrotta's Two Rivers Assets for all prior periods up to and including May 31, 2022 and the results of operations from May 31, 2022 forward include the results of Coelacanth after assuming the Two Rivers Assets upon close of the Arrangement.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30

September 30

($000s, except per share amounts)

 2022 

 2021 

 % Change 

 2022 

 2021 

 % Change 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and natural gas sales

           2,135

           1,922

               11

           6,157

           6,151

                  -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow used in operating activities

          (6,732)

             (625)

              977

          (9,105)

          (1,925)

              373

     Per share - basic and diluted (1)

            (0.02)

 (-) 

              100

            (0.03)

            (0.01)

              200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted funds flow (used) (1)

              161

             (256)

             (163)

             (290)

          (1,569)

              (82)

     Per share - basic and diluted

                  -

 (-) 

                  -

 (-) 

            (0.01)

             (100)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

             (830)

          (1,440)

              (42)

        (10,438)

          (6,220)

               68

     Per share - basic and diluted

 (-) 

 (-) 

                  -

            (0.03)

            (0.02)

               50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures (1)

           3,861

              342

           1,029

           5,028

              669

              652

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted working capital (1)

 

 

 

         77,445

              450

         17,110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares outstanding (000s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Weighted average - basic and diluted

        418,556

        289,792

               44

        343,064

        289,792

               18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     End of period - basic

 

 

 

        425,106

                  -

 na 

     End of period - fully diluted

 

 

 

        461,955

                  -

 na 

 

(1) See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures" section.

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

OPERATING RESULTS (1)

September 30

September 30

 

 2022 

 2021 

 % Change 

 2022 

 2021 

 % Change 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily production (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Oil and condensate (bbls/d)

              54

              89

           (39)

              65

            112

           (42)

     Other NGLs (bbls/d)

              19

              26

           (27)

              19

              31

           (39)

     Oil and NGLs (bbls/d)

              73

            115

           (37)

              84

            143

           (41)

     Natural gas (mcf/d)

         1,567

         2,172

           (28)

         1,664

         2,552

           (35)

     Oil equivalent (boe/d)

            334

            477

           (30)

            361

            568

           (36)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and natural gas sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Oil and condensate ($/bbl)

        109.62

         79.81

            37

        120.06

         71.08

            69

     Other NGLs ($/bbl)

         51.00

         34.90

            46

         51.25

         30.47

            68

     Oil and NGLs ($/bbl)

         94.55

         69.55

            36

        104.57

         62.30

            68

     Natural gas ($/mcf)

         10.39

           5.93

            75

           8.32

           5.35

            56

     Oil equivalent ($/boe)

         69.40

         43.78

            59

         62.56

         39.67

            58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royalties

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Oil and NGLs ($/bbl)

         30.44

         23.25

            31

         33.03

         21.20

            56

     Natural gas ($/mcf)

           3.14

           1.36

          131

           2.28

           1.19

            92

     Oil equivalent ($/boe)

         21.37

         11.80

            81

         18.17

         10.65

            71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Oil and NGLs ($/bbl)

         13.11

         11.63

            13

         13.29

         12.15

              9

     Natural gas ($/mcf)

           2.15

           1.60

            34

           2.21

           1.62

            36

     Oil equivalent ($/boe)

         12.94

         10.11

            28

         13.28

         10.33

            29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Oil and NGLs ($/bbl)

           1.65

           2.20

           (25)

           2.92

           2.37

            23

     Natural gas ($/mcf)

           1.38

           1.36

              1

           1.01

           1.34

           (25)

     Oil equivalent ($/boe)

           6.81

           6.72

              1

           5.35

           6.60

           (19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating netback (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Oil and NGLs ($/bbl)

         49.35

         32.47

            52

         55.33

         26.58

          108

     Natural gas ($/mcf)

           3.72

           1.61

          131

           2.82

           1.20

          135

     Oil equivalent ($/boe)

         28.28

         15.15

            87

         25.76

         12.09

          113

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depletion and depreciation ($/boe)

        (15.41)

        (19.01)

           (19)

        (14.95)

        (20.99)

           (29)

General and administrative expenses ($/boe)

        (36.07)

        (20.98)

            72

        (33.47)

        (22.20)

            51

Share based compensation ($/boe)

        (15.99)

          (7.00)

          128

        (93.74)

          (8.27)

        1,033

Gain on insurance proceeds ($/boe)

                -

                -

               -

           6.67

                -

          100

Finance expense ($/boe)

          (5.77)

          (0.96)

          501

          (3.30)

          (0.73)

          352

Finance income ($/boe)

         16.23

                -

          100

           5.98

                -

          100

Other income ($/boe)

           1.75

                -

          100

           1.00

                -

          100

Net loss ($/boe)

        (26.98)

        (32.80)

           (18)

       (106.05)

        (40.10)

          164

 

(1) See "Oil and Gas Terms" section.
(2) See "Product Types" section.
(3) See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures" section.

Selected financial and operational information outlined in this news release should be read in conjunction with Coelacanth's unaudited interim financial statements and related Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, which are available for review under the Company's profile on The System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at www.sedar.com.

COMMON-CONTROL TRANSACTION

On May 31, 2022, the arrangement agreement between Coelacanth, Leucrotta Exploration Inc. ("Leucrotta"), Vermilion Energy Inc. ("Vermilion"), and the shareholders of Leucrotta (the "Arrangement") closed and Vermilion acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Leucrotta in exchange for $1.73 cash for each common share of Leucrotta held.

Pursuant to an asset conveyance agreement between Coelacanth and Leucrotta made as of May 31, 2022, and immediately prior to the closing of the Arrangement, Leucrotta transferred approximately $44.7 million cash, net of transaction costs, and certain oil and natural gas assets primarily located in the Two Rivers area of British Columbia ("Two Rivers Assets") to Coelacanth in exchange for one common share of Coelacanth ("Coelacanth Share"), and 0.1917 of a common share purchase warrant of Coelacanth (one whole warrant being an "Arrangement Warrant") for each common share of Leucrotta held.

Since the shareholders of Coelacanth and Leucrotta were the same both before and after the conveyance of the Two Rivers Assets (at the time Coelacanth was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leucrotta), this transaction was deemed a common-control transaction. The financial and operational results below present the historic financial position, results of operations and cash flows of the transferred Two Rivers Assets for all prior periods up to and including May 31, 2022 on a carve-out basis as if they had operated as a stand-alone entity subject to Leucrotta's control. The financial position, results of operations and cash flows from March 24, 2022 (the date of incorporation of Coelacanth) to May 31, 2022 include both the Two Rivers Assets and Coelacanth on a combined basis and from May 31, 2022 forward include the results of Coelacanth after assuming the Two Rivers Assets upon close of the Arrangement.

OPERATIONS UPDATE

In Q3 2022, Coelacanth continued to plan for the development of its major projects at Two Rivers East and West that entails materially expanding the infrastructure and preparing for pad development.

At Two Rivers West, two Drilling licenses have been received (B10-08 and 13-17) and Coelacanth will drill and case those wells while it awaits approvals for an additional three licenses to be approved on the B10-08 pad. Once the additional locations are approved on the B10-08 pad, Coelacanth intends to drill the remaining wells and complete all four wells with production to commence through its current facility shortly thereafter.

At Two Rivers East, the engineering and design is largely complete for the construction of a battery and gas handling facility to handle anticipated future pad developments. Gas sales and emulsion gathering lines are currently being surveyed so they can be installed on an expedited basis after drilling the first pad at 5-19. The 5-19 proposed pad, that is located just north of the successful Leucrotta 9-33 pad drilled in 2021, has been submitted for licensing and Coelacanth is awaiting approvals to drill.

Both of these projects are included in Coelacanth's business plan to reach production of 25,000 boe/d within a four-year period as outlined in its latest presentation.(1) Coelacanth currently controls over 150 net sections of Montney rights at Two Rivers in northeast British Columbia that are largely delineated and ready for development. The Montney lands are estimated to contain over 8.9 billion bbls of Original Oil in Place ("OOIP") and 8.6 tcf of Original Gas in Place ("OGIP").(2)

Coelacanth looks forward to updating on its progress in the near future.

(1) Corporate presentation available at www.coelacanth.ca.

(2) OGIP and OOIP are equivalent to Total Petroleum Initially In Place ("TPIIP") - see definition below. The OGIP and OOIP estimates quoted above are internal estimates performed by a Qualified Reserves Evaluator ("QRE") in accordance with the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluations Handbook ("COGEH"). The effective date of the estimates is April 1, 2021.

TPIIP as defined in COGEH, is that quantity of petroleum that is estimated to exist originally in naturally occurring accumulations. It includes that quantity of petroleum that is estimated, as of a given date, to be contained in known accumulations, prior to production, plus those estimated quantities in accumulations yet to be discovered (equivalent to "total resources"). There is no certainty that any portion of the resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.

OIL AND GAS TERMS

The Company uses the following frequently recurring oil and gas industry terms in the news release:

Liquids
Bbls                    Barrels
Bbls/d               Barrels per day
NGLs                  Natural gas liquids (includes condensate, pentane, butane, propane, and ethane)
Condensate     Pentane and heavier hydrocarbons

Natural Gas
Mcf                    Thousands of cubic feet
Mcf/d                Thousands of cubic feet per day
MMbtu             Million of British thermal units
MMbtu/d          Million of British thermal units per day

Oil Equivalent
Boe
                 Barrels of oil equivalent
Boe/d                 Barrels of oil equivalent per day

Disclosure provided herein in respect of a boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil equivalent has been used for the calculation of boe amounts in the news release. This boe conversion rate is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

NON-GAAP AND OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES

This news release refers to certain measures that are not determined in accordance with IFRS (or "GAAP"). These non-GAAP and other financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other entities. The non-GAAP and other financial measures should not be considered alternatives to, or more meaningful than, financial measures that are determined in accordance with IFRS as indicators of the Company's performance. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP and other financial measures provides useful information to shareholders and investors in understanding and evaluating the Company's ongoing operating performance, and the measures provide increased transparency to better analyze the Company's performance against prior periods on a comparable basis.

Adjusted funds flow (used)

Management uses adjusted funds flow (used) to analyze performance and considers it a key measure as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate the cash necessary to fund future capital investments and abandonment obligations and to repay debt, if any. Adjusted funds flow (used) is a non-GAAP financial measure and has been defined by the Company as cash flow from (used in) operating activities excluding the change in non-cash working capital related to operating activities, and expenditures on decommissioning obligations. Management believes the timing of collection, payment or incurrence of these items involves a high degree of discretion and as such may not be useful for evaluating the Company's cash flows. Adjusted funds flow (used) is reconciled from cash flow from (used in) operating activities as follows:

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30

September 30

($000s)

 2022 

 2021 

 2022 

 2021 

Cash flow used in operating activities 

                 (6,732)

                    (625)

                 (9,105)

                 (1,925)

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

 

     Decommissioning expenditures

                     475

                        2

                     654

                      44

     Change in non-cash working capital

                  6,418

                     367

                  8,161

                     312

Adjusted funds flow (used) (non-GAAP)

                     161

                    (256)

                    (290)

                 (1,569)

 

Operating netback

Management considers operating netback an important measure as it demonstrates its profitability relative to current commodity prices. Operating netback is calculated as oil and natural gas sales less royalties, operating expenses, and transportation expenses and is calculated as follows:

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30

September 30

($000s)

 2022 

 2021 

 2022 

 2021 

Oil and natural gas sales

                  2,135

                  1,922

                  6,157

                  6,151

Royalties

                    (658)

                    (519)

                 (1,788)

                 (1,652)

Operating expenses

                    (398)

                    (443)

                 (1,307)

                 (1,602)

Transportation expenses

                    (210)

                    (295)

                    (527)

                 (1,024)

Operating netback (non-GAAP)

                     869

                     665

                  2,535

                  1,873

 

Capital expenditures

Coelacanth utilizes capital expenditures as a measure of capital investment on property, plant, and equipment, exploration and evaluation assets and property acquisitions compared to its annual budgeted capital expenditures. Capital expenditures are calculated as follows:

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30

September 30

($000s)

 2022 

 2021 

 2022 

 2021 

Capital expenditures – property, plant, and equipment

                  3,861

                     188

                  4,572

                     413

Capital expenditures – exploration and evaluation assets

                         -

                     154

                     456

                     256

Capital expenditures (non-GAAP)

                  3,861

                     342

                  5,028

                     669

 

Capital Management Measures

Adjusted working capital

Management uses adjusted working capital as a measure to assess the Company's financial position. Adjusted working capital is calculated as current assets and restricted cash deposits less current liabilities, excluding the current portion of decommissioning obligations and is reconciled to working capital as follows:

($000s)

 September 30, 2022 

 December 31, 2021 

Current assets

                             72,253

                                  759

Less: 

 

 

     Current liabilities 

                              (2,908)

                                 (494)

Working capital

                             69,345

                                  265

Add: Restricted cash deposits

                               7,119

                                      -

         Current portion of decommissioning obligations

                                  981

                                      -

Adjusted working capital (Capital management measure)

                             77,445

                                  265

 

Non-GAAP Financial Ratios

Adjusted Funds Flow (Used) per Share

Adjusted funds flow (used) per share is a non-GAAP financial ratio, calculated using adjusted funds flow (used) and the same weighted average basic and diluted shares used in calculating net loss per share.

Operating netback per boe

The Company utilizes operating netback per boe to assess the operating performance of its petroleum and natural gas assets on a per unit of production basis. Operating netback per boe is calculated as operating netback divided by total production for the applicable period.

Supplementary Financial Measures

The supplementary financial measures used in this news release (primarily average sales price per product type, and certain per boe and per share figures) are either a per unit disclosure of a corresponding GAAP measure, or a component of a corresponding GAAP measure, presented in the financial statements. Supplementary financial measures that are disclosed on a per unit basis are calculated by dividing the aggregate GAAP measure (or component thereof) by the applicable unit for the period. Supplementary financial measures that are disclosed on a component basis of a corresponding GAAP measure are a granular representation of a financial statement line item and are determined in accordance with GAAP.

PRODUCT TYPES

The Company uses the following references to sales volumes in the news release:

Natural gas refers to shale gas
Oil and condensate
refers to condensate and tight oil combined
Other NGLs
refers to butane, propane and ethane combined
Oil and NGLs
refers to tight oil and NGLs combined
Oil equivalent
refers to the total oil equivalent of shale gas, tight oil, and NGLs combined, using the conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet of shale gas to one barrel of oil equivalent as described above.

The following is a complete breakdown of sales volumes for applicable periods by specific product types of shale gas, tight oil, and NGLs:

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30

September 30

Sales Volumes by Product Type

 2022 

 2021 

 2022 

 2021 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensate (bbls/d)

                       9

                     13

                     11

                     17

Other NGLs (bbls/d)

                     19

                     26

                     19

                     31

NGLs (bbls/d)

                     28

                     39

                     30

                     48

 

 

 

 

 

Tight oil (bbls/d)

                     45

                     76

                     54

                     95

Condensate (bbls/d)

                       9

                     13

                     11

                     17

Oil and condensate (bbls/d)

                     54

                     89

                     65

                   112

Other NGLs (bbls/d)

                     19

                     26

                     19

                     31

Oil and NGLs (bbls/d)

                     73

                   115

                     84

                   143

 

 

 

 

 

Shale gas (mcf/d)

                 1,567

                 2,172

                 1,664

                 2,552

Natural gas (mcf/d)

                 1,567

                 2,172

                 1,664

                 2,552

 

 

 

 

 

Oil equivalent (boe/d)

                   334

                   477

                   361

                   568

 

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This document contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "believe", "intends", "forecast", "plans", "guidance" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements or information.

More particularly and without limitation, this news release contains forward-looking statements and information relating to the Company's oil and condensate, other NGLs, and natural gas production, operating expenses, capital programs, and adjusted working capital. The forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company, including expectations and assumptions relating to prevailing commodity prices and exchange rates, applicable royalty rates and tax laws, future well production rates, the performance of existing wells, the success of drilling new wells, the availability of capital to undertake planned activities, and the availability and cost of labour and services.

Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general such as operational risks in development, exploration and production, delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures, the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production rates, costs, and expenses, commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations, marketing and transportation, environmental risks, competition, the ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources and changes in tax, royalty, and environmental legislation. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this document are made as of the date hereof for the purpose of providing the readers with the Company's expectations for the coming year. The forward-looking statements and information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities law.

Coelacanth is an oil and natural gas company, actively engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in northeastern British Columbia, Canada.

Further Information

For additional information, please contact:

Coelacanth Energy Inc.
Suite 2110, 530 - 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3S8
Phone: (403) 705-4525
www.coelacanth.ca

Mr. Robert J. Zakresky
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nolan Chicoine
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

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