21 January 2013
LUNDIN PETROLEUM AB ("LUNDIN PETROLEUM") IS PLEASED TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON ITS FORECAST FOURTH QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE.
During the fourth quarter of 2012 Lundin Petroleum achieved a production rate of 35,900 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) resulting in production for the full year of 35,700 boepd. The average Brent oil price for the fourth quarter of 2012 was USD 111.67 per barrel.
The profitability of the fourth quarter of 2012 will be negatively impacted by certain exploration costs and asset impairment charges. These items are non-cash charges which will impact profitability but will have no impact on operating cash flow or EBITDA.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, exploration costs of MUSD 135 will be expensed. In Norway, the costs of drilling the Albert prospect on PL519 of MUSD 37 and drilling of the Juksa prospect and associated license costs on PL490 of MUSD 50 have been expensed resulting in an after tax charge to the income statement of MUSD 19. In Malaysia, the costs of drilling the Merawan Batu prospect and associated license costs on PM308B of MUSD 36 have been expensed. Other exploration costs amounting to MUSD 12 have also been expensed in the quarter.
Lundin Petroleum commenced production from the Gaupe field, offshore Norway, on 31 March 2012. Following poor performance from the field, the 2P reserves have been reduced based on the conservative assumption that no further production wells will be drilled resulting in an impairment charge of MUSD 206. This charge is offset by a release of deferred taxes of MUSD 161 resulting in a net charge to the income statement of MUSD 45. Poor reservoir performance from the onshore Russian assets has led to an impairment charge of MUSD 32. The net charge to the income statement is MUSD 28 after adjustment for deferred taxes.
The net debt position of Lundin Petroleum at 31 December 2012 amounted to MUSD 335. This low net debt position combined with strong operating cash flow generation and the USD 2.5 billion credit facility means that Lundin Petroleum is well placed to meet the funding requirements of its ongoing developments and exploration programme.
Lundin Petroleum is a Swedish independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a well balanced portfolio of world-class assets primarily located in Europe and South East Asia. The Company is listed at the NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm (ticker "LUPE") and at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) (Ticker "LUP"). Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 211 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).
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Reserves and Resources
Unless otherwise stated, Lundin Petroleum's reserve and resource estimates are as at 31 December 2011, and have been prepared and audited in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101") and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGE Handbook"). Unless otherwise stated, all reserves estimates contained herein are the aggregate of "Proved Reserves" and "Probable Reserves", together also known as "2P Reserves". For further information on reserve and resource classifications, see "Reserves and Resources" in the Company's annual report.
Contingent Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political and regulatory matters or a lack of markets. There is no certainty that it will be commercially viable for the Company to produce any portion of the Contingent Resources.
Prospective Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects. Prospective Resources have both a chance of discovery and a chance of development. There is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the Prospective Resources.
BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf : 1 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.