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Calgary, Alberta–(April 1, 2020) – Briko Energy Corp. (“Briko” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce its 2019 year-end reserves and Complementary Acquisition update.

2019 Reserve Highlights

  • Proved (“1P”) reserves increased 6% to 2.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (“BOE”) at December 31, 2019 compared to 2.3 million BOE at December 31, 2018;
  • Proved Developed Producing (“PDP) reserves of 1.6 million BOE at December 31, 2019 with a net present value of $14.4 million ($1.29 per share) at a 10% discount rate;
  • Proved plus probable (“2P) reserves were unchanged at 3.8 million BOE at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018;
  • Maintained conservative 1P reserve position that represents 65% of 2P reserves;
  • Future development costs (“FDC”) requirement of only $0.1 million on a 1P basis and $17.1 million on a 2P basis; and
  • Low annual production decline rates provided a strong reserves life index of 11 years based on 1P reserves and 15 years based on 2P reserves.

2019 Summary of Reserves

The detailed reserves data set forth below are based on an independent reserves assessment and evaluation prepared by Deloitte LLP (“Deloitte”) with an effective date of December 31, 2019, which is contained in the report dated March 06, 2020 (the “Deloitte Report”).

2019 YE(1) 2018 YE(2) 2019YE & 2018YE
Comparison
Reserves Category (MBOE) NPV10%
($M)
(MBOE) NPV10%
($M)
Reserves (%)
Proved Developed Producing 1,582 $14,448 2,008 $14,096 (21%)
Proved Non-producing 865 $1,760 305 $769 184%
Total Proved 2,448 $16,208 2,313 $14,864 6%
Total Proved plus Probable 3,755 $18,304 3,777 $19,247 (1%)

 

Note:
(1) Deloitte Report effective as of December 31, 2019.
(2) Deloitte Report effective as of December 31, 2018.

Corporate Reserves

The detailed reserves data set forth below are based on the Deloitte Report. The following presentation summarizes the Corporation’s crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas reserves and the net present values before income tax of future net revenue for the Corporation’s reserves using forecast prices and costs as set out in the Deloitte Report. The Deloitte Report has been prepared in accordance with definitions, standards, and procedures contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook and National Instrument 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities. The reserves evaluation was based on the consensus forecast escalated pricing and foreign exchange rates at December 31, 2019 (“Consensus Price”) as outlined in the table herein entitled “Price Forecast”. This Consensus Price forecast is the average of the escalated price forecasts of four independent reserve evaluators, namely Deloitte, GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. (“GLJ”), McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd (“McDaniel”) and Sproule Associates Limited (“Sproule”).

All evaluations and summaries of future net revenue are stated prior to provision for interest, debt service charges or general administrative expenses and after deduction of royalties, operating costs, estimated well abandonment and reclamation costs and estimated future capital expenditures. It should not be assumed that the estimates of future net revenues presented in the tables below represent the fair market value of reserves. There is no assurance that the forecast prices and cost assumptions will be attained and variances could be material. The recovery and reserve estimates of Briko’s crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas reserves provided herein are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. Actual crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids reserves may be greater or less than the estimates provided herein. Reserves included herein are stated on a company gross basis (working interest before deduction of royalties without including any royalty interests) unless noted otherwise. In addition to the detailed information disclosed in this press release, more detailed information will be included in the Corporation’s Annual Information Form (“AIF”) which will be filed on the Corporation’s profile at www.sedar.com on or before April 30, 2020.

See “Forward Looking Information and Statements” for a statement of principal assumptions and risks that may apply.

The preparation and audit of Briko’s 2019 annual financial statements is not yet complete, and accordingly, all financial amounts referred to in this press release are unaudited and represent management’s estimates. Readers are advised that these financial estimates may be subject to change. Year-end financial statements for 2019 will be released no later than April 30, 2020.

Reserves Category(1) Light and Medium Crude Oil Natural Gas Liquids Non- Associated Natural Gas(2) Barrels of Oil Equivalent(3)
(Mbbl) (Mbbl) (Mmcf) (Mboe)
Proved
Proved Developed Producing (“PDP”) 474 151 5,744 1,582
Proved Non-producing (“PNP”) 26 73 4,601 865
Proved Developed (“PD”) 500 224 10,344 2,448
Proved Undeveloped (“PUD”)
Total Proved (“1P”) 500 224 10,344 2,448
Probable 758 58 2,952 1,308
Total Proved plus Probable (“2P”) 1,258 282 13,296 3,755

Notes:
(1) Reserves have been presented on a “gross” basis which is defined as Briko’s working interest (operating and non-operating) share before deduction of royalties and without including any royalty interest of the Corporation.
(2) Includes solution gas.
(3) Oil equivalent amounts have been calculated using a conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil.
(4) Columns may not add due to rounding.

Reserve Values

The estimated before tax net present value (“NPV”) of future net revenue associated with Briko’s reserves effective December 31, 2019 and based on the Deloitte Report and the Consensus Price forecast are summarized in the following table:

Reserves Category 0% 5% 10% 15% 20%
(M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$)
Proved
   Developed Producing
25,682 18,605 14,448 11,800 9,996
   Developed Non-Producing
3,111 2,330 1,760 1,366 1,091
   Undeveloped
Total Proved 28,793 20,935 16,208 13,167 11,088
Probable 13,948 5,804 2,096 301 (590)
Total Proved plus Probable 42,740 26,739 18,304 13,468 10,497

Notes:
(1) Based on Deloitte’s December 31, 2019 Consensus Price forecast.
(2) The estimated future net revenues are stated prior to provision for interest, debt service charges or general and administrative expenses and after deduction of royalties, operating costs, estimated well abandonment and reclamation costs and estimated future capital expenditures.
(3) See the Corporation’s AIF, once filed, for the after-tax present values of future net revenue attributed to Briko’s reserves.
(4) Columns may not add due to rounding.

Price Forecast

Year Canadian
Light Sweet
Crude(2)
40° API
($C/Bbl)
Western Canada Select(3)
20.5° API
($C/Bbl)
Alberta
AECO-C
($C/Mcf) (5)
Edmonton
Pentanes
Plus
($C/Bbl) (4,6)
Edmonton
Butane
($C/Bbl) (4,6)
Edmonton
Propane
($C/Bbl) (4,6)
$US/$C
Exchange Rate
2020 71.58 56.66 2.05 74.21 37.56 24.04 0.76
2021 75.33 61.20 2.32 78.15 44.41 28.75 0.77
2022 77.51 63.08 2.60 80.48 50.19 33.14 0.78
2023 79.77 64.92 2.74 82.77 51.67 34.16 0.79
2024 81.60 66.54 2.82 84.66 52.88 35.00 0.79
2025 83.46 68.16 2.91 86.56 54.09 35.85 0.79
2026 85.34 69.80 2.97 88.49 55.33 36.71 0.79
2027 87.19 71.41 3.03 90.40 56.53 37.55 0.79
2028 88.97 72.94 3.10 92.22 57.69 38.37 0.79
2029 90.79 74.50 3.16 94.09 58.87 39.19 0.79
Escalation Rate of 2.0% Thereafter

Notes:
(1) This Consensus Price forecast is an average of four independent reserve evaluators’ forecasts at December 31, 2019 including Deloitte, GLJ, McDaniel and Sproule.
(2) Edmonton city gate prices based on historical light oil par prices posted by the government of Alberta and Net Energy differential futures (40 Deg. API < 0.5% Sulphur).
(3) Western Canada Select prices are forecasted at Hardisty WCS
(4) Natural Gas Liquid prices are forecasted at Edmonton therefore an additional transportation cost must be included to plant gate sales point.
(5) 1 Mcf is equivalent to 1 MMbtu.
(6) NGL prices have been switched from a mix reference to a spec reference.

Reserves Reconciliation

The table below reconciles reserves volumes from opening balances at December 31, 2018 to closing balances at December 31, 2019. Technical revisions included positive revisions to the Associated and Non-Associated Gas category as the result of reduced operating costs and increased processing income.

TOTAL PROVED Light and Medium Crude Oil (Mbbl) Natural Gas Liquids
(Mbbl)
Associated and Non-Associated Gas
(Mmcf)
Oil Equivalent (Mboe)
December 31, 2018 613 203 8,984 2,313
Production (59) (23) (953) (241)
Technical Revisions (48) 49 2,804 469
Extensions & Improved Recovery
Exploration Discoveries
Acquisition
Dispositions
Economic factors (7) (5) (491) (94)
Infill Drilling
December 31, 2019 500 224 10,344 2,448

 

TOTAL PROVED PLUS PROBABLE Light and Medium Crude Oil (Mbbl) Natural Gas Liquids
(Mbbl)
Associated and Non-Associated Gas
(Mmcf)
Oil Equivalent (Mboe)
December 31, 2018 1,428 282 12,403 3,777
Production (59) (23) (953) (241)
Technical Revisions (91) 27 2,419 339
Extensions & Improved Recovery
Exploration Discoveries
Acquisition
Dispositions
Economic factors (20) (4) (573) (120)
Infill Drilling
December 31, 2019 1,258 282 13,296 3,755

Note:
(1) Columns may not add due to rounding.

Production and Capital Expenditures

Due to the unscheduled shut in of non-operated natural gas production of approximately 100 boe/d on November 1, 2019, Briko’s production for the first quarter of 2020 is estimated to be in the range of 500-550 boe/d. As a result, and in conjunction with low production decline rates, average production for 2020 is expected to be in the range of 525 – 625 boe/d. The shut in natural gas production was back online in late March 2020. Briko has established a prudent capital expenditure program for 2020 and 2021 that is expected to focus on maintenance and optimization initiatives. This capital expenditure program is expected to be funded by internally generated cash flow. Future financing sources will be considered as the Corporation’s inventory of Cardium light oil drilling opportunities is pursued.

Complementary Acquisition Update

As previously announced on December 9, 2019, Briko executed a purchase and sale agreement (the “PSA”) to acquire complementary Cardium oil and natural gas assets in the Alberta foothills (the “Complementary Assets”) for a cash consideration of $1.8 million. The Corporation has determined that it will not proceed with the PSA and has terminated the agreement.

Accordingly, the previously announced $1.5 million senior secured credit facility for the Complementary Asset acquisition is no longer required and amounts held in trust have been repaid in full.

About Briko Energy Corp.

Briko Energy Corp. is an Alberta Foothills Cardium light oil focused company with undeveloped land, crude oil and natural gas reserves and a production base with associated infrastructure. Corporate information can be found at: www.brikoenergy.com.

For additional information, please contact:

Briko Energy Corp.
1710 736 6th Ave. SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 3T7
(587) 392-6317
info@brikoenergy.com

John H. Van de Pol
President & CEO

Kim Benders
Vice President & CFO

Definitions

The reserves evaluation, effective December 31, 2019, was conducted by Deloitte, the Corporation’s independent reserves evaluators and is in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities. The reserves are provided on a Gross basis in units of barrels of oil equivalent using a forecast price deck, adjusted for quality, in Canadian dollars. The estimated values may or may not represent the fair market value of the reserve estimates.

“Gross” in relation to the Corporation’s interest in production or reserves is its working interest (operating or non-operating) share before deduction of royalties and without including any royalty interests of the Corporation;

“Net” in relation to the Corporation’s interest in production or reserves is its working interest (operating or non-operating) share after deduction of royalty obligations, plus its royalty interest in production or reserves;

“Proved reserves” are those reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty to be recoverable. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the estimated proved reserves;

“Probable reserves” are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than proved reserves. It is equally likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the sum of the estimated proved plus probable reserves;

Forward-Looking Statements and Information and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws including, without limitation, those listed under “Risk Factors” and “Forward-looking Statements and Information” in its filings available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The use of any of the words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “objective”, “ongoing”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, “plans”, “intends” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements or information. Forward-looking statements and information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, the Consensus Price used in the Deloitte Report, the amount of the FDC requirements, Briko’s reserves and the net present value information relating thereto, Briko’s average production for 2020, the source of funding of Briko’s 2020 and 2021 capital expenditure program, Briko’s consideration of future financing sources and the expected timing of the release of Briko’s December 31, 2019 financial and operating results and the expected timing of the shut in production to be back on production. Although Briko believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information because Briko cannot give any assurance that they will prove to be correct. 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 (e.g., 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 production, costs and expenses; failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals for planned operations; health, safety and environmental risks; uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; volatility of commodity prices, currency exchange rate fluctuations; imprecision of reserve estimates; and competition from other explorers) as well as general economic conditions, stock market volatility, and the ability to access sufficient capital. We caution that the foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is not exhaustive.

In addition, the reader is cautioned that historical results are not necessarily indicative of future performance. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Briko undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

Oil and Gas Advisory

In this press release, the abbreviation BOE means a barrel of oil equivalent derived by converting gas to oil in the ratio of 6 Mcf of gas to 1 bbl of oil (6 Mcf:1 bbl). BOE 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. Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6 Mcf:1 bbl, utilizing a conversion ratio on a 6 Mcf of gas to 1 bbl of oil basis may be misleading as an indication of value.