Category: Oil & Gas

ArPetrol Ltd. announces third-quarter 2014 financial and operating results and reports positive working capital of $1.8 million

CALGARY , Nov. 28, 2014 - ArPetrol Ltd. ("ArPetrol" or the "Company") (RPT.V) announces its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and provides an operational update on activities to date this year as well as an outlook for the remainder of 2014 and 2015. The Company's interim condensed consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the reporting period have been filed on SEDAR at and posted on the Company's website at

Summary for the Third Quarter 2014
Operating and Financial
ArPetrol's working capital position is $1.8 million at the end of the third quarter of 2014, with an increase of $0.4 million from the second quarter of the year.  This is a significant improvement compared to a deficit of $0.8 million at the end of 2013. 

The Company had drawn $1.0 million on its short-term loan at the end of the third quarter 2014.  Subsequent to the quarter end the Company made a $500,000 loan repayment reducing the balance of the short-term loan to $0.5 million . The remaining amount will be repaid by the end of 2014.

During the third quarter of 2014 the Company processed 76 million cubic feet (Mmcf) of third-party gas generating $2.2 million of revenue and $1.1 million of operating netback from processing.  Processing revenue has been consistent at around $2 million per quarter since the third quarter of 2013 when the Company signed its new gas processing contract. 

ArPetrol's third quarter production averaged 244 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).  This is an increase of 26 boe/d from the second quarter of 2014.  Second quarter 2014 production was affected by equipment issues early in the quarter.  Third-quarter 2014 production was also positively affected by a change to the gas lift configuration on our wells.  Fourth quarter 2014 production to date is averaging over 240 boe/d.  

The third quarter 2014 average realized natural gas price was $4.83 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), $0.46 per Mcf higher than the price realized in the second quarter of 2014 and $0.88 per Mcf higher than the third quarter of 2013.  This higher price during 2014 reflects the Company's new gas sales contract and changing exchange rates. 

The average price realized for natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the quarter was $84.29 per barrel (bbl), an increase of $2.11 per bbl over the second quarter of 2014. 

There were $6,241 in capital expenditures during the quarter. 

Summary of Results

(Cdn$ except shares outstanding

and per boe1 amounts)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,








Production sales





Processing sales





Funds flow from (used in) operations1





Cash from (used in) operating activities





Comprehensive (loss) income





Fixed asset expenditures





Weighted average shares outstanding


– basic and diluted 2,3








Third Party Processing –MMcf per day







Natural gas – Mcf per day





Natural gas liquids – bbls per day





Total – boe per day1





Average sales price


Natural gas – $ per Mcf





Natural gas liquids – $ per bbl





Operating netback


Production – $ per boe1





Processing – $ per Mcf processed1






Note 1: See advisories at the end of this news release with respect to non-IFRS measures and boe presentation.


Note 2: All outstanding warrants, stock options and convertible debentures were excluded in calculating the weighted-average number of dilutive common share outstanding, as they were determined to be anti-dilutive.


Note 3:  On June 2, 2014 the Company completed a consolidation of its issued and outstanding common shares on the basis of twenty-five (25) pre-consolidation common shares for each one (1) post-consolidation common share.  All share and per share numbers have been adjusted to reflect this consolidation.


All values in this news release are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Operational Update and Outlook

During the third quarter of 2014, ArPetrol continued its progress towards a stable revenue generating company with a balance sheet that supports its operations.   The new gas processing contracts have provided ArPetrol with a significant increase in processing revenue and this is expected to continue during 2015. 

The Company's 2014 outlook includes estimated production of 200 to 240 boe/d, estimated processing volumes of 70 to 80 MMcf/d and estimated capital expenditures for maintenance and improvements of $0.8 million to $1.2 million .  In 2015, the Company's forecasted cash flows will allow it to be self-funding and cover its capital expenditures and build cash throughout the year.

ArPetrol continues to look at all strategic opportunities available to the Company.  These include growing its production and processing asset base in Argentina,  considering merger opportunities to grow the Company in new basins or considering the possible sale of assets.

About ArPetrol Ltd.

ArPetrol is a Calgary -based publicly traded company engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, development and production and third-party natural gas processing in Argentina , where it owns and operates a gas processing facility with capacity of 85 million cubic feet per day. The Company's common shares are listed on the TSXV under the symbol "RPT".

Non-IFRS Measures

This news release includes references to financial measures commonly used in the oil and natural gas industry. The terms "operating netback" (production sales and processing sales less royalties, turnover taxes and operating expenses) and "funds flow from operations" (cash generated from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital) do not have any standardized meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and may not be comparable with similar measures presented by other companies. Funds flow from operations should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, cash generated from operating activities, net loss or other measures determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of the Company's performance.

See the MD&A for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 , filed on SEDAR at and on the Company's website, for further discussion, including a reconciliation of funds flow from operations to cash generated from operating activities which is the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with IFRS. There is no IFRS measure that is reasonably comparable to operating netback and a detailed calculation of such netbacks is presented in the MD&A for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 .

Boe Presentation

Production information is commonly reported in units of barrels of oil equivalent (boe). For purposes of computing such units, natural gas is converted to equivalent barrels of oil using a conversion factor of six thousand cubic feet (Mcf) to one barrel (bbl). This conversion ratio of 6:1 represents energy equivalency, which is primarily applicable at the burner tip, and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. Such disclosure of boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains certain forward‐looking statements relating, but not limited, to operational information, the ability to maintain processing rates and revenue in the same range as realized in the third quarter, the ability to negotiate a settlement agreement with the remaining service provider, the ability to be self-funding and maintain positive cash flow in 2015, estimated production volumes, processing volumes and capital expenditures, the repayment of the Company's short term loan by year-end, the development of a go forward strategic plan and the pursuit of strategic and growth opportunities, the possible sale of assets to deliver value, and the ability or inability to continue as a going concern. Forward‐looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose", "project", or similar words suggesting future outcomes. The Company cautions readers and prospective investors in the Company's securities not to place undue reliance on forward‐looking information as, by its nature, it is based on current expectations regarding future events that involve a number of assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company.

Forward-looking information is based on management's current expectations and assumptions regarding, among other things, the willingness of the remaining creditor to settle outstanding amounts, future operations and transactions, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature, timing, availability and sources of funding thereof), stable processing volumes, future production and processing revenue, future economic conditions, future currency and exchange rates, future pricing, the ability to repatriate funds from Argentina , continued political stability in the areas in which the Company is operating,  and the Company's continued ability to obtain and retain qualified management and staff and equipment in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Although the Company believes the expectations and assumptions reflected in such forward‐looking information are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect.

Forward‐looking information involves significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company, including but not limited to uncertainty regarding the willingness of the remaining creditor to negotiate a settlement or whether it will commence legal proceedings , risks associated with the oil and natural gas industry (e.g., operational risks for its producing assets risks inherent in future drilling programs and the operation of the gas plant, and health, safety and environmental risks), the ability to retain management and staff, the ability to continue as a going concern, difficulties that may be encountered to repatriate funds, weather-induced delays and natural disasters, interruptions to production and processing revenue, production declines, the uncertainty regarding future revenues, union activities and labour issues in Argentina , uncertainty regarding the ability to pursue strategic opportunities or a sale of assets, the risk of commodity price changes, the risk of foreign exchange rate fluctuations (which may not be as favourable as those currently experienced), currency controls and a change in the manner and rates at which the Company is exchanging currency, and risks associated with international activity and political risks over which it has no control (including risks related to the general economic and business conditions in Argentina , economic, social or political instability or change, the uncertainty of negotiating with foreign governments, expropriation and/or nationalization, changes in export or exchange policies, adverse determinations or rulings by governmental authorities, and changes in energy policies or in the personnel administering them).

The forward‐looking information included herein is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward‐looking information included herein is made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward‐looking information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Additional information relating to the Company is also available on SEDAR at

AR Petrol's head office address is 1130, 396 -  8 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 0C5

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE ArPetrol Ltd.

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Ian Habke, President and Chief Financial Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; ArPetrol Ltd., Main Telephone: 403-263-6738

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