International Petroleum Corporation (IPC or the Corporation) (TSX, Nasdaq Stockholm: IPCO) is pleased to announce completion of the acquisition of oil and gas assets in the Suffield area, southern Alberta on the terms as previously announced on February 6, 2023.
Mike Nicholson, IPC's Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of almost 16 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of proved plus probable (2P) reserves adjacent to our existing Suffield area assets in Alberta. We forecast average net daily production from these assets of approximately 4,000 boe for 2023, with recent net daily production rates in excess of 5,000 boe. The 2023 Ellerslie drilling program continues both on these acquired lands and on IPC’s existing Suffield area assets. With strong operational performance across all of our areas of operations, IPC expects to be above the high end of our average daily production guidance for the first quarter of 2023.“
International Petroleum Corp. (IPC) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with a high quality portfolio of assets located in Canada, Malaysia and France, providing a solid foundation for organic and inorganic growth. IPC is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies. IPC is incorporated in Canada and IPC’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange under the symbol "IPCO".
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The information was submitted for publication, through the contact persons set out above, at 08:00 CET on March 6, 2023.
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Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to:
- 2023 production range, operating costs and capital and decommissioning expenditure estimates;
- Estimates of future production, cash flows, operating costs and capital expenditures that are based on IPC’s current business plans and assumptions regarding the business environment, which are subject to change;
- The continued facility uptime and reservoir performance in IPC’s areas of operation;
- The ability of IPC to achieve and maintain current and forecast production and take advantage of production growth and development upside opportunities related to the oil and gas assets in the Suffield area acquired in 2023;
- The ability of IPC to integrate the oil and gas assets in the Suffield area acquired in 2023 into its current operations;
- The existence of drill-ready opportunities in respect of the oil and gas assets in the Suffield area acquired in 2023 and their ability to add further near-term production; and
- Future drilling and other exploration and development activities.
Statements relating to "reserves" and "contingent resources" are also deemed to be forward-looking statements, as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves and resources described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and that the reserves and resources can be profitably produced in the future. Ultimate recovery of reserves or resources is based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.
Although IPC believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because IPC can give no assurances that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks.
These include, but are not limited to general global economic, market and business conditions, 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 reserves, resources, production, revenues, costs and expenses; health, safety and environmental risks; commodity price fluctuations; interest rate and exchange rate fluctuations; marketing and transportation; loss of markets; environmental and climate-related risks; competition; incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions; failure to complete or realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions or dispositions; the ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; failure to obtain required regulatory and other approvals; and changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws, royalties, environmental and abandonment regulations.
Additional information on these and other factors that could affect IPC, or its operations or financial results, are included in the Corporation’s Annual Information Form (AIF) for the year ended December 31, 2021, (See “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information”, “Reserves and Resources Advisory” and “Risk and Uncertainties”) and other reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities, including previous financial reports, management’s discussion and analysis and material change reports, which may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) or IPC's website (www.international-petroleum.com).
Management of IPC approved the production, operating costs, operating cash flow, capital and decommissioning expenditures and free cash flow guidance and estimates contained herein as of the date of this press release. The purpose of these guidance and estimates is to assist readers in understanding IPC’s expected and targeted financial results, and this information may not be appropriate for other purposes.
Disclosure of Oil and Gas Information
Reserve estimates and estimates of future net revenue in respect of the oil and gas assets in the Suffield area acquired in 2023 are effective as of December 31, 2022, and have been audited by a qualified reserves auditor (as defined in National Instrument 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101)), in accordance with NI 51-101 and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (the COGE Handbook), and using the December 31, 2022 price forecasts of Sproule Associates Limited (Sproule).
The price forecasts are available on the website of Sproule (sproule.com). These price forecasts are as at December 31, 2022 and may not be reflective of current and future forecast commodity prices.
IPC uses the industry-accepted standard conversion of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil (6 Mcf = 1 bbl). A BOE conversion ratio of 6:1 is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. As the value ratio between natural gas and crude oil based on the current prices of natural gas and crude oil is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a 6:1 conversion basis may be misleading as an indication of value.
All dollar amounts in this press release are expressed in United States dollars, except where otherwise noted. References herein to USD mean United States dollars. References herein to CAD mean Canadian dollars.