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Storm Resources Ltd. ("Storm" or the "Company") Is Pleased to Announce Its Financial and Operating Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2016

Aug 15, 2016 - 18:07 ET

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2016) - Storm Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SRX) -

Storm has filed its unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at June 30, 2016 and for the three and six months then ended along with Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the same period. This information appears on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Storm's website at www.stormresourcesltd.com.

Selected financial and operating information for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 appears below and should be read in conjunction with the related financial statements and MD&A.

Highlights



Thousands of Cdn$, except volumetric and
per-share amounts

Three
Months to
June 30,
2016

Three
Months to
June 30,
2015

Six
Months to
June 30,
2016

Six
Months to
June 30,
2015
FINANCIAL
Revenue from product sales(1) 13,870 18,461 29,992 36,972
Funds from operations(2) 5,781 8,170 13,636 21,882
Per share - basic ($) 0.05 0.07 0.11 0.20
Per share - diluted ($) 0.05 0.07 0.11 0.20
Net loss (20,493 ) (4,191 ) (25,477 ) (7,756 )
Per share - basic ($) (0.17 ) (0.04 ) (0.21 ) (0.07 )
Per share - diluted ($) (0.17 ) (0.04 ) (0.21 ) (0.07 )
Net capital invested
Operations capital expenditures 613 8,864 24,559 44,544
Debt including working capital deficiency(3) 71,254 28,051 71,254 28,051
Common shares (000s)
Weighted average - basic 119,929 113,090 119,761 112,211
Weighted average - diluted 119,929 113,090 119,761 112,211
Outstanding end of period - basic 120,179 119,355 120,179 119,355
OPERATIONS
(Cdn$ per Boe)
Revenue 11.86 21.01 12.55 21.02
Royalties (0.19 ) (1.62 ) (0.48 ) (1.08 )
Production (6.76 ) (8.56 ) (6.73 ) (8.61 )
Transportation (0.33 ) (1.16 ) (0.43 ) (1.42 )
Field operating netback 4.58 9.67 4.91 9.91
Hedging gains 2.24 2.02 2.64 5.19
General and administrative (1.19 ) (1.51 ) (1.22 ) (1.88 )
Interest and finance costs (0.68 ) (0.87 ) (0.62 ) (0.79 )
Funds from operations - per Boe 4.95 9.31 5.71 12.43
Barrels of oil equivalent per day (6:1)
12,852

9,657
13,135
9,716
Gas Production
Thousand cubic feet per day 63,800 46,391 64,906 47,049
Price (Cdn$ per Mcf) 1.28 2.55 1.45 2.70
NGL production
Barrels per day 2,219 1,602 2,318 1,548
Price (Cdn$ per barrel) 31.93 41.23 30.47 39.25
Oil Production
Barrels per day - 323 - 326
Price (Cdn$ per barrel) - 57.58 - 50.29
Wells drilled (100% working interest) - - 7.0 6.0
Wells completed (100% working interest) - - 2.0 6.0
(1) Excludes hedging gains and losses.
(2) Certain financial amounts shown above are non-GAAP measurements, including funds from operations and funds from operations per share, operations capital expenditures, debt including working capital deficiency and all measurements per Boe. See discussion of Non-GAAP Measurements on page 26 of the MD&A and the reconciliation of funds from operations to the most directly comparable measurement under GAAP, cash flows from operating activities, on page 19 of the MD&A.
(3) Excludes the fair value of commodity price contracts.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

2016 SECOND QUARTER

  • Production averaged 12,852 Boe per day (17% NGL), a year-over-year increase of 33% (32% on a per-share basis) and a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 4%. Production was reduced during April and May as a result of extremely low natural gas prices which resulted in approximately 1,000 Boe per day being shut in.
  • NGL production was 2,219 barrels per day, an increase of 39% from the previous year. The price was $31.93 per barrel or 58% of the average Edmonton light oil price (53% of the NGL volume was higher value condensate and plant pentanes).
  • There was minimal activity with three horizontal wells commencing production at Umbach during the quarter (one in April and two in June). At the end of the quarter, there was an inventory of nine horizontal wells (9.0 net) that have been drilled but not completed.
  • Montney horizontal well performance at Umbach continues to improve with the five most recent wells with enough history averaging 5.5 Mmcf per day gross raw gas over the first 90 calendar days, a 15% increase from the average 2014 and 2015 wells. The four most recent wells with enough history have averaged 5.3 Mmcf per day over the first 180 calendar days, an improvement of 23% from the average 2014 and 2015 wells.
  • Funds flow was $5.8 million ($4.95 per Boe), a decrease of 29% from a year ago. Although production per share increased and controllable cash costs decreased, this was more than offset by a 50% decrease in the natural gas price which averaged $1.28 per Mcf in the quarter.
  • Controllable cash costs (operating, cash G&A, interest expense) were $8.63 per Boe, a year-over-year decrease of 21%. Transportation cost is excluded given that the sales price for volumes shipped on the Alliance Pipeline includes a deduction for the pipeline tariff (artificially reduces the transportation cost).
  • Net loss was $20.5 million or $17.51 per Boe and reflects the extremely low commodity prices in the quarter with funds from operations at $4.95 per Boe being less than the depletion and depreciation rate of $8.21 per Boe. The net loss also includes a mark to market loss of $15.8 million related to the change in the fair value of commodity price hedges since the previous quarter (this is a non-cash item).
  • Net capital investment was $0.6 million with investment being minimized as a result of extremely low commodity prices.
  • Debt including working capital deficiency was $71.3 million which is 3.1 times annualized second quarter funds flow. This is a reduction of $5.9 million from the previous quarter. In May, the bank credit facility was set at $130.0 million after the annual review was completed (previously $140.0 million).
  • Commodity price hedges were added with approximately 24% of current production being hedged for 2017 (there were no hedges for 2017 when first quarter results were released May 12, 2016).

OPERATIONS REVIEW

Umbach, Northeast British Columbia

Storm's land position at Umbach is prospective for liquids-rich natural gas from the Montney formation and currently totals 109,000 net acres (155 net sections). To date, 48 horizontal wells have been drilled (44.4 net) with 39 horizontal wells producing at the end of the second quarter (35.4 net).

Production in the second quarter was 12,852 Boe per day and NGL recovery was 35 barrels per Mmcf sales with 53% being higher priced field condensate plus pentanes recovered at the gas plant.

During the second quarter, three horizontal wells (3.0 net) started production. There is currently an inventory of nine horizontal wells (9.0 net) that have not started producing which includes three completed wells.

Storm's two operated field compression facilities have total capacity of 80 Mmcf per day raw gas with actual throughput in the second quarter averaging 67 Mmcf per day raw gas. Construction of a third field compression facility with initial capacity of 35 Mmcf per day is planned for early 2017 with start-up in April for an estimated total cost of $25.0 million with $10.9 million having been invested to date to purchase major equipment ($6.1 million in Q1 2016 and $4.8 million in 2015). The third facility is expandable to 70 Mmcf per day raw gas for an additional investment of $7.0 million.

Raw gas from Storm's field compression facilities is sent to the McMahon and Stoddart Gas Plants where Storm has firm processing commitments totaling 65 Mmcf per day raw gas in 2016.

A summary of horizontal well performance and costs is provided below. The five most recent horizontal wells have averaged 5.5 Mmcf per day gross raw gas over the first 90 calendar days, a 15% improvement from the average 2014 and 2015 horizontal well. On a per-stage basis, the drill and complete cost for the most recent wells has decreased by 28% from 2014.

Year of Completion Frac
Stages
Completed
Length
Actual Drill &
Complete Cost
IP 90 Cal Day
Mmcf/d Raw
IP 180 Cal Day
Mmcf/d Raw
IP 365 Cal Day
Mmcf/d Raw
20136 wells 17 1,190 m $4.6 million
$270 K/stage
3.5 Mmcf/d
6 hz's
2.9 Mmcf/d
6 hz's
2.2 Mmcf/d
6 hz's
201412 wells* 19 1,170 m $4.6 million
$240 K/stage
4.9 Mmcf/d
12 hz's
4.4 Mmcf/d
12 hz's
3.5 Mmcf/d
12 hz's
201511 wells 22 1,360 m $4.4 million
$200 K/stage
4.7 Mmcf/d
11 hz's
4.2 Mmcf/d
9 hz's
3.1 Mmcf/d
3 hz's
Q4/15 to Q1/167 wells 25 1,415 m $4.3 million
$172 K/stage
5.5 Mmcf/d
5 hz's
5.3 Mmcf/d
4 hz's
* 2014 wells exclude a middle Montney well (comparing upper Montney wells only).

The majority of future horizontal wells are expected to have greater than 1,600 metres of completed length with more than 28 frac stages while the average 2014 and 2015 wells have a completed length of 1,265 metres and an average of 21 frac stages. More information on the type curve and well economics is provided in the presentation on Storm's website.

Horn River Basin, Northeast British Columbia

Storm has a 100% working interest in 119 sections in the Horn River Basin (78,000 net acres) which are prospective for natural gas from the Muskwa, Otter Park and Evie/Klua shales. Storm's one horizontal well, producing 280 Boe per day, was shut in during July 2015 due to the low natural gas price at BC Station 2. Cumulative production to date from this well is 5.1 Bcf raw.

HEDGING & TRANSPORTATION

Commodity price hedges are used to support longer term growth by providing some certainty regarding future revenue and funds flow. The objective is to hedge 50% of most recent monthly production for the next 12 months and 25% of most recent monthly production for 13 to 24 months forward; anticipated production growth is not hedged. Although Storm has no oil production, the WTI price is hedged as approximately 80% of NGL production is priced in reference to WTI (condensate, plant pentane and butane). A summary of commodity price hedges is provided below.

Q3 - Q4 2016
Crude Oil 800 Bopd WTI Cdn$70.05 floor, Cdn$81.48/Bbl ceiling
Natural Gas 45,500 GJ/d (36,400 Mcf/d) AECO Cdn$2.33/GJ ($2.91/Mcf)
11,000 GJ/d (8,800 Mcf/d) BC Stn 2 price = AECO - Cdn$0.34/GJ
33,000 Mmbtu/d (27,850 Mcf/d) Chicago price = AECO + US$0.67/Mmbtu
2017
Crude Oil 400 Bopd WTI Cdn$62.69 floor, Cdn$68.33/Bbl ceiling
Natural Gas 20,000 GJ/d (16,000 Mcf/d) AECO Cdn$2.52/GJ ($3.15/Mcf)
5,000 GJ/d (4,000 Mcf/d) BC Stn 2 price = AECO - Cdn$0.44/GJ
35,000 Mmbtu/d (29,540 Mcf/d) Chicago price = AECO + US$0.58/Mmbtu

Storm's strategy with respect to natural gas transportation commitments is to diversify natural gas sales by selling at Chicago, AECO and BC Station 2. Current transportation commitments total 65 Mmcf per day in 2016 and increase to 91 Mmcf per day in 2018 (interruptible capacity on the Alliance Pipeline adds up to 11 Mmcf per day in 2016 and 14 Mmcf per day in 2018). A summary is provided below and further information on pipeline tariffs and price deductions is provided in the presentation on Storm's website.

2016 2017 2018
Alliance Pipeline
46 Mmcf/d(1)
Chicago price
Alliance Pipeline
51 Mmcf/d(1)
Chicago price
Alliance Pipeline
55 Mmcf/d(1)
Chicago price
Spectra T-north
9 Mmcf/d
BC Stn 2 price
Spectra T-north
9 Mmcf/d
BC Stn 2 price
Spectra T-north
26 Mmcf/d
BC Stn 2 price
Marketing Arrangement
10 Mmcf/d
AECO price -$0.68/GJ
Spectra T-north & TCPL
10 Mmcf/d
AECO price
(1) Interruptible capacity on the Alliance Pipeline adds up to 25% of contracted capacity.

OUTLOOK

Production in the third quarter is forecast to be approximately 12,500 to 13,500 Boe per day. Capital investment in the third quarter is expected to be $8.0 to $11.0 million which includes completing and pipeline connecting three to four horizontal wells at Umbach.

When first quarter results were reported on May 12, natural gas prices in April had averaged $1.04/GJ at AECO and US$1.92/Mmbtu at Chicago, the field netback was $2.15 per Boe and production was reduced to meet firm transportation and processing commitments. In such circumstances, Storm's primary objective was to avoid increasing debt in order to preserve the ability to accelerate growth when the natural gas price improved. With the recent improvement in the natural gas price (July was $2.25/GJ at AECO and US$2.73/MMbtu at Chicago), the field netback has improved to approximately $10.00 per Boe and growth is again economically justifiable. If natural gas prices remain at this level during the second half of 2016, additional horizontal wells will be drilled and completed at Umbach and capital investment for 2016 will increase to $36.0 to $50.0 million (was $37.0 to $42.0 million). This includes $6.1 million incurred in the first quarter to purchase major equipment for the third field compression facility at Umbach where start-up is planned for April 2017. Updated guidance for 2016 and preliminary guidance for 2017 is provided below.

2016 Guidance

May 12, 2016
Updated
Aug 15, 2016
Chicago natural gas price US$2.20/Mmbtu US$2.40/Mmbtu(1)
AECO natural gas price $1.60/GJ $1.95/GJ(1)
BC STN 2 natural gas price $1.25/GJ $1.65/GJ(1)
Edmonton light oil price Cdn$50/Bbl Cdn$50/Bbl(1)
Estimated average operating costs $7.00/Boe $7.00/Boe
Estimated average royalty rate
(% production revenue before hedging)
5% - 6% 5% - 6%
Estimated operations capital
(excluding acquisitions & dispositions)
$37.0 - $42.0 million $36.0 - $50.0 million
Estimated cash G&A net of recoveries $5.7 million
$1.20/Boe
$5.7 million
$1.20/Boe
Forecast fourth quarter production 13,000 - 14,000 Boe/d (18% NGL) 13,000 - 14,000 Boe/d (18% NGL)
Forecast annual production 12,500 - 13,500 Boe/d (18% NGL) 12,500 - 13,500 Boe/d (18% NGL)
Umbach horizontal wells drilled
Umbach horizontal wells completed
Umbach horizontal wells connected
8 gross (8.0 net)
6 gross (6.0 net)
8 gross (8.0 net)
10 gross (10.0 net)
8 gross (8.0 net)
10 gross (10.0 net)
(1) Assumed commodity prices are approximately equal to realized prices to date and the current forward strip.
2016 Guidance History
AECO
Natural gas
price
Estimated
Operations
Capital
Forecast
Fourth Quarter
Production
Forecast
Annual
Production
August 15, 2016 $1.95/GJ $36.0 to $50.0 million 13,000 - 14,000 Boe/d 12,500 - 13,500 Boe/d
May 12, 2016 $1.60/GJ $37.0 to $42.0 million 13,000 - 14,000 Boe/d 12,500 - 13,500 Boe/d
February 25, 2016 $2.00/GJ $80.0 million 15,500 - 16,500 Boe/d 14,000 - 15,000 Boe/d
November 11, 2015 $2.50/GJ $105.0 million 20,000 - 21,000 Boe/d 16,000 - 18,000 Boe/d
August 13, 2015 $2.80/GJ $106.0 million 20,000 - 21,000 Boe/d 16,000 - 19,000 Boe/d
2017 Preliminary Guidance
Aug 15, 2016
Chicago natural gas price US$3.00 per Mmbtu
AECO natural gas price $2.65 per GJ
BC STN 2 natural gas price $2.25 per GJ
Edmonton light oil price Cdn$55 per Bbl
Estimated average operating costs $7.00 per Boe
Estimated average royalty rate
(% production revenue before hedging)
7% - 9%
Estimated operations capital
(excluding acquisitions & dispositions)
$80.0 million
Estimated cash G&A net of recoveries $4.8 million
$0.85 per Boe
Forecast fourth quarter production 16,000 - 18,000 Boe/d (17% NGL)
Forecast annual production 15,000 - 17,000 Boe/d (17% NGL)
Umbach horizontal wells drilled
Umbach horizontal wells completed
Umbach horizontal wells connected
12 gross (12.0 net)
11 gross (11.0 net)
11 gross (11.0 net)

The AECO - BC Station 2 price differential was -$0.20 per GJ in the second quarter, an improvement from the 2015 average of -$0.85 per GJ. Having the differential return to historical levels (average for 2010 to 2014 was -$0.20 per GJ) is supportive of Storm's future production growth which would be sold at BC Station 2.

Natural gas prices in North America have improved significantly over the last three months as a result of increasing demand in the United States (electric power generation, LNG exports, exports to Mexico) and flat to declining production. With rig counts at historical lows and higher debt levels preventing many producers from increasing capital investment, natural gas prices should continue improving into 2017. Longer term also appears increasingly bullish with LNG export capacity of more than 9 Bcf/d currently operating or under construction on the US Gulf Coast plus US exports to Mexico are expected to continue increasing as multiple new export pipelines and interconnections are completed over the next two years.

Although Storm's growth rate in 2016 was reduced by the deferral of activity due to very low natural gas prices in the first half of the year, production is still forecast to increase by 36% per share on a year-over-year basis. Storm's strong financial position will support planned growth in 2017 which includes the addition of a third field compression facility at Umbach with initial capacity of 35 Mmcf per day (April 2017 start-up).

The cost to drill and complete horizontal wells at Umbach has decreased by 28% on a per-stage basis since 2014. Further reductions are expected in the second half of 2016 from lower service costs and from modifying completion techniques.

At Umbach, Storm has a higher quality, liquids-rich land position in the Montney formation which is at a relatively shallow depth resulting in a lower cost to drill and complete horizontal wells. With 155 net sections, there remains room for significant future growth given that there are producing horizontal wells on only 6% of the lands (9 net sections), proved plus probable reserves are assigned on only 20% of the lands (31 net sections), and approximately 33% of the lands have been delineated to date with producing horizontal wells. The focus remains on increasing value for shareholders by converting this large resource into production and cash flow per share growth. This will come from continuing to improve well performance, finding ways to further reduce the cost to drill and complete wells, decreasing controllable cash costs (reducing third party processing fees), and maintaining a strong balance sheet to preserve the ability to accelerate growth when commodity prices are supportive of doing so.

Brian Lavergne,
President and Chief Executive Officer

August 15, 2016

Boe Presentation - For the purpose of calculating unit revenues and costs, natural gas is converted to a barrel of oil equivalent ("Boe") using six thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") of natural gas equal to one barrel of oil unless otherwise stated. Boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A Boe conversion ratio of six Mcf to one barrel ("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 measurements and conversions in this report are derived by converting natural gas to oil in the ratio of six thousand cubic feet of gas to one barrel of oil. Mboe means 1,000 Boe.

Non-GAAP Measures - This document contains the terms "funds from operations", "funds from operations per share", "netbacks", "field netbacks", "field operating income", "total operating income", "cash costs", and measurements "per Boe" which are not recognized under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") and are regarded as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to the calculation of similar amounts for other entities and readers are cautioned that use of such measures to compare enterprises may not be valid. In particular, funds from operations is not intended to represent, or be equivalent to, cash flow from operating activities calculated in accordance with GAAP, which is measured on the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows. Funds from operations and similar non-GAAP terms are used to benchmark operations against prior periods and peer group companies and are widely used by investors, analysts and other parties. These measurements are also used by lenders to measure compliance with debt covenants and thus set interest costs. Additional information relating to certain of these non-GAAP measures, including the reconciliation between funds from operations and cash flow from operating activities, can be found in the MD&A.

Forward-Looking Information - This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "will", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "believe", "plan", "potential", "outlook", "forecast", "estimate" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements or information. More particularly, and without limitation, this press release contains forward-looking statements and information concerning: production; drilling and completion plans; capacity of facilities; timing and construction of a third field compression facility and the purchase of equipment in connection therewith; the effect on the Company of the operations capital expenditures being reduced in 2016; hedging; 2016 and 2017 guidance in respect of certain operational and financial metrics, including, but not limited to, commodity pricing, estimated average operating costs, estimated average royalty rate, estimated operations capital, estimated land and property acquisition costs, estimated general and administrative costs, estimated fourth quarter production, estimated annual production, estimated number of Umbach horizontal wells drilled, completed and starting production and estimated debt in 2016 and 2017; reserve volumes; commodity prices; production, operating and general and administrative costs; anticipated lower costs for services; anticipated higher level of run rate cash flow associated with a larger production base; natural gas sales; and improvement on controllable cash costs. Statements of "reserves" are also deemed to be forward looking statements, as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and that the reserves can be profitably produced in the future.

The forward-looking statements and information in this press release are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Storm, including: prevailing commodity prices and exchange rates; applicable royalty rates and tax laws; future well production rates; reserve and resource volumes; the performance of existing wells; success to be expected in drilling new wells; the adequacy of budgeted capital expenditures to carrying out planned activities; the availability and cost of services; and the receipt, in a timely manner, of regulatory and other required approvals. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements and information because of their inherent uncertainty. In particular, there is no assurance that exploitation of the Company's undeveloped lands and prospects will result in the emergence of profitable operations.

Since forward-looking statements and information 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 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 reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to reserves, production, costs and expenses; health, safety and environmental risks; commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations; marketing and transportation of petroleum and natural gas and loss of markets; environmental risks; competition; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; stock market volatility; and changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws, royalty rates and environmental regulations.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the operations or financial results of the Company are included or are incorporated by reference in the company's MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.

The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and 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 laws.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Brian Lavergne
President & Chief Executive Officer

Donald McLean
Chief Financial Officer

Carol Knudsen
Manager, Corporate Affairs
(403) 817-6145
www.stormresourcesltd.com