Pan Orient Energy Corp.: 2012 Third Quarter Financial & Operating Results

27 Nov 2012 08:30 ET

Marketwire Canada

Pan Orient Energy Corp. ("Pan Orient") (TSX VENTURE:POE) is pleased to provide highlights of its 2012 third quarter consolidated financial and operating results. Please note that all amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated and BOPD refers to barrels of oil per day net to Pan Orient.

The Corporation is today filing its unaudited consolidated financial statements as at and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and related management's discussion and analysis with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Copies of these documents may be obtained online at or the Corporation's website,


--  On September 6, 2012 Pan Orient paid shareholders a special distribution    of $42.5 million ($0.75 per share). The distribution was funded by the    June 2012 sale of subsidiaries which held Pan Orient's 60% interests in    Thailand Concessions L44, L33 and SW1 for proceeds, net of estimated    costs and income tax, of $158.5 million. The Company recorded an after    tax gain of $77.9 million for this Thailand disposition transaction.--  Following the June 2012 sale of the majority of Pan Orient's Thailand    interests, Thailand operations in the third quarter consist only of    Concession L53. Third quarter 2012 corporate funds flow from operations    were $3.3 million ($0.06 per share) and reflects the sale of the    majority of Thailand interests in June 2012. A net loss attributable to    common shareholders of $1.6 million (loss of $0.03 per share) was    primarily attributable to the foreign exchange loss on the conversion of    the proceeds of the Thailand asset sale from US dollars to Canadian    dollars and stock-based compensation. For the nine months ended    September 30, 2012 corporate funds flow from operations of $29.0 million    ($0.51 per share), net proceeds from the Thailand disposition of $158.5    million ($2.80 per share) and net income attributable to common    shareholders of $85.8 million ($1.51 per share).--  Thailand oil sales in the third quarter of 2012 of 842 BOPD and funds    flow from Thailand operations of $5.7 million ($72.96 per barrel).    October oil production from Concession L53 was 975 BOPD and current    production is approximately 1,195 BOPD, which excludes production from    the L53-DST3 well which is currently shut-in pending the completion of a    workover that is expected to initially add 400 to 500 BOPD of    production. Oil production from the middle of June to the middle of    October was curtailed by fluctuating water disposal capacity. The    Company's historic water disposal facilities were part of the Thailand    assets sold in June 2012 and produced water was disposed of only through    contracts with cement plants until October 2012. This water disposal    issue has now been resolved with water disposal capacity on the    concession of approximately 3,500 barrels of water per day.--  Pan Orient has retained its operated 100% interest in Concession L53 in    onshore Thailand. Conventional sandstone oil production from the L53-A    and L53-D fields in Concession 53 has averaged 906 BOPD and contributed    funds flow from operations of $21.3 million (or $85.95 per barrel) for    the first nine months of 2012. A drilling program of five wells is    scheduled to start in early December with three development / step out    appraisal wells planned in the L53-D field and two exploration wells    planned at the L53-F and L53-H prospects. As a result of the 100 square    kilometer 3D seismic survey over the unexplored northeast portion of    Concession L53 completed earlier in 2012, environmental impact    assessments are currently underway for exploration drilling locations    that are expected to be ready for potential drilling in the third    quarter of 2013. An additional 260 square kilometers of 3D seismic    acquisition is anticipated to start in Concession L53 and the adjacent    Concession L45 in the first quarter of 2013.--  Pan Orient has conducted active exploration programs in Indonesia during    the first three quarters of 2012 with capital expenditures of $26.5    million. Capital expenditures have been focused on exploration drilling    in the Citarum Production Sharing Contract ("PSC"). Difficult drilling    was experienced to the end of the third quarter in the complex fold belt    environment of the Citarum PSC, and a number of initiatives were    successfully implemented with regard to personnel and well design for    the drilling at Geulis-1 and are anticipated to achieve similar results    at Cataka-1A.--  In August 2012 Pan Orient increased its ownership of Andora Energy    Corporation ("Andora") to 71.8% through a $24.7 million investment in    Andora pursuant to a rights offering by Andora. Proceeds will be used    for the procurement and construction of a thermal facility, drilling of    one horizontal well pair, and operations in respect of its Sawn Lake    Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage ("SAGD") development project at an    estimated cost of $23.5 million. In addition, Andora acquired a private    company in July which provides Andora with proprietary thermal facility    design / process capabilities and expands the Andora team with thermal    facility design and operating specialists. The operations of Andora are    reported as part of Pan Orient.--  Working Capital and non-current deposits and receivables at September    30, 2012 of $134.1 million, with no long-term debt and $5.8 million of    equipment inventory to be utilized for future Thailand and Indonesia    operations. Pan Orient will maintain financial strength while at the    same time conducting active seismic and drilling programs in Thailand    and Indonesia, and investing $23.5 million through Andora Energy for    advancement of the SAGD pilot program.


--  In October 2012, the Company purchased an additional 20% participating    interest in the Citarum PSC in consideration for assuming the partner's    work program obligations and the payment of future payment contingent    upon the delivery of petroleum from a commercial development of    hydrocarbon from discoveries made within the Citarum PSC.--  In October 2012, the Company completed the access agreement with the    surface rights holder of lands covering a large portion of the Batu    Gajah and South CPP PSCs. In consideration for unlimited access to an    extensive road network and surface lands covering the Batu Gajah and    South CPP PSCs through the entire exploration, development and    production period, the Company will hold in trust a 20% carried interest    in both the Batu Gajah and South CPP PSC's for the surface rights holder    and will continue to pay certain access fees as mandated by the various    Government of Indonesia bodies. All costs incurred by the Company in    relation to the 20% carried interest will be preferentially recovered    from the future cost recovery on any potential future discovery that is    brought on stream. Pan Orient will proceed with first of three back to    back appraisal / exploration wells by the end of December 2012 and a 400    square kilometer 3D seismic survey is anticipated to commence in March    2013.--  In November 2012, the Company entered into an agreement for a farm-in at    Thailand on-shore Concession L45/50 whereby the Company will become    operator and will earn up to a 60% interest by the acquisition of    approximately 80 square kilometers of 3D seismic data late in first    quarter of 2013 following by the drilling of up to two exploration    wells. The farm-in is subject to approval by the Government of Thailand.


--  Capital expenditures were $12.0 million in the third quarter of 2012    with $4.0 million in Thailand for development of the L53-D field,    inventory and land purchases, and $8.0 million in Indonesia primarily    for the Citarum PSC exploration program with drilling costs of the    Jatayu-1 well and site preparation for the Geulis-1 and Cataka-1A wells.    Capital expenditures in Thailand were funded by Thailand funds flow from    operations and the capital programs in Indonesia and Canada were    principally funded from working capital.--  Thailand    --  In the third quarter of 2012 Concession L53 averaged oil sales of        842 BOPD and generated $5.7 million in after tax funds flow from        operations, or $72.96 per barrel. On a per barrel basis, this        represents oil sales of $100.78, transportation expenses of $1.33,        operating expenses of $17.51, general and administrative expenses of        $3.96 and amounts to the Thailand government of $5.04. Oil sales        during this period were allocated 23% to expenses for        transportation, operating, and general & administrative, 5% to the        government of Thailand in the form of royalties and minor amount of        income tax, and 72% to Pan Orient. The higher operating expenses        during the quarter resulted from the disposal of produced water at        cement plants at a cost representing $13.50 per barrel of oil.--  Indonesia    --  The $26.5 million of capital expenditures in Indonesia during the        first three quarters of 2012 were $24.9 million at the Citarum PSC,        $0.6 million at the Batu Gajah PSC, $0.3 million at the South CPP        PSC and $0.7 million at the East Jabung PSC.    --  At the Citarum PSC on-shore Java, Pan Orient commenced the        exploration drilling program at the end of December 2011 with the        Cataka-1 well. Capital expenditures of $24.9 million in the first        three quarters of 2012 include $4.8 million for the Cataka-1 well,        $15.8 million for the Jatayu-1 well, $3.2 million for site        preparation at the Geulis-1 and Cataka-1A well sites and $1.1        million for capitalized exploration overhead and other costs.        --  The Cataka-1 exploration well commenced drilling on December 31,            2011. The well encountered severe drilling difficulties and the            decision was made in February 2012 to junk and abandon the well            4,875 feet above the primary reservoir objective at 6,500 feet            which had not been penetrated. With completion of drilling at            Geulis-1 well, the drilling rig is currently moving (46%)            rigging up (10%) at the Cataka-1A well site and is preparing to            commence the re-drill of the Cataka prospect (with the Cataka-1A            well) incorporating a redesigned well plan in the second half of            December.        --  The Jatayu-1 exploration well commenced drilling March 21, 2012            towards a primary reservoir objective target depth of 7,382            feet. Drilling difficulties were encountered and the decision            was made to set 4.5 inch casing and to drill the additional            approximately 1,300 feet to the Parigi limestone target            utilizing slim hole drilling equipment. Drilling is expected to            recommence with the slim hole equipment in early December.        --  Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the Geulis-1            exploration well was spudded on October 2, 2012. The Geulis-1            well was drilled to a depth of 4,300 feet and encountered            approximately 8 feet of combined interpreted gas pay over two            separate zones based on open hole wire line and mud logs. The            Geulis prospect is not deemed commercially viable on a stand-            alone basis but may be commercially viable as part of a larger            development should exploration success be achieved at the Cataka            or Jatayu prospects. The well has been abandoned.



The Board of Directors of Pan Orient Energy Corp. has approved a firm capital program in Indonesia and Thailand for the 13 month period of December 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013 of $73.2 million which includes the drilling of four development / step out appraisal wells and six exploration wells in addition to 660 square kilometers of 3D seismic and 657 kilometers of 2D seismic. This significant seismic expenditure will result in the fulfillment of the firm seismic commitments on all the Indonesian PSC's, cover entirely the prospective portions of the Thailand Concession L53 and will set the foundation for an active 2014 drilling program.

In addition to the $73.2 million firm capital budget, an additional $22.8 million in contingent capital expenditures has been approved which includes well testing programs in Indonesia where justified by drilling results, two additional exploration wells in Thailand and the exploration well at the East Jabung PSC in Indonesia.

A further $23.5 million is expected to be invested by Andora for advancement of the SAGD pilot program. Andora is a subsidiary of Pan Orient and as such, the financial statements of Pan Orient at September 30, 2012 include the $23.5 million of cash held in Andora, and capital expenditures of Andora for the SAGD pilot program will be reported as capital expenditures in the financial statements of Pan Orient as they are incurred.

Mr. Jeff Chisholm, President and CEO of the corporation is now based in Bangkok, Thailand to be closer to Pan Orient's key Asian operations and business development activities.

The Board of Directors of Pan Orient Energy Corp is pleased to announce Mr. Gerry Macey, a director of Pan Orient since 2005, has been appointed Chairman of the Corporation. Mr. Macey possesses an exceptional track record of exploration success for the period he was in charge of the international and frontier exploration efforts of Encana Corporation and its predecessor, PanCanadian Energy Corporation. In addition to his role of as Chairman of Pan Orient, Mr. Macey is a member of the Gran Tierra Energy Inc. Board of Directors and was a member of the Board of Directors of Addax Petroleum Corporation and Verenex Energy Inc.


The firm Indonesian capital budget of $54.2 million will include the drilling of two exploration wells and one appraisal well in Batu Gajah PSC at Shinta-1, Buana-1 (which was formerly referred to as NTO-2) and Kemala-1, and two exploration well operations in the Citarum PSC with the slim hole deepening at Jatayu-1 and drilling of Cataka-1A. The Citarum drilling program is about to recommence and the first of three back to back wells in Batu Gajah is expected to start drilling in late December 2012. A 400 square kilometer 3D seismic program at Batu Gajah, 430 kilometers of 2D seismic at East Jabung and 227 kilometers of 2D seismic at South CPP is also part of the firm capital budget.

There is one contingent exploration well at East Jabung and testing for each of the five firm wells in the Indonesian contingent capital budget of $19 million.


The firm Thailand capital budget of $19 million includes five wells, with three development / appraisal wells at L53-D East, one exploration well targeting the L53-H prospect and one targeting the L53-F prospect. Drilling of the L53-H exploration well is expected to commence in early December 2012, followed immediately by drilling at L53-D East and L53-F. Approximately 180 square kilometers of 3D seismic acquisition on Concession L53 and 80 square kilometers on Concession L45 is expected to commence in late March 2013. There are two development / appraisal wells in the $3.8 million contingent capital budget that would be drilled in the event of any step out appraisal or exploration success.

Thailand production is anticipated to exit 2012 at between 1,400 to 1,600 BOPD. Guidance production for 2013 will be provided in February 2013 once the initial results of appraisal drilling at L53-D East and exploration drilling at L53-F and L53-H are known.

Canada - Sawn Lake (Operated by Andora, in which Pan Orient has a 71.8% ownership)

Activities are currently underway to commence steam injection at the Sawn Lake SAGD demonstration project in the second quarter of 2013, and production anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2013.