August 31, 2015 – Cut Bank, Montana – Mountainview Energy Ltd. (“Mountainview” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: MVW) announces its 2015 operating and financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The Company also announces that its reviewed financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and on Mountainview’s website at www.mountainviewenergy.com.
Quarter End Financials
During the second quarter of 2015, Mountainview continued to face a depressed commodity price environment. In addition, equipment replacement in the field caused production interruptions during the quarter. These factors resulted in a decrease in quarterly revenue. The Company remains focused on reducing costs going forward, and is pleased to report that it has achieved its goal of reducing monthly general and administrative costs to less than $0.2 million per month. The Company has decreased its operating costs by $1 million from the three months ended June 30, 2014 to 2015.
Highlights of Mountainview’s performance in the second quarter of 2015 are as follows:
- Lower operating costs when compared to the preceding four quarters.
- Reduced G&A expenses to an average of $179,000 per month for the quarter, 10% below the stated target of $200,000 per month.
Certain selected financial and operational information for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, is outlined below and should be read in conjunction with Mountainview’s reviewed financial statements for the quarters ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 and the accompanying management discussion and analysis filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities which may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) and also on the Company’s website: www.mountainviewenergy.com.
- Funds flow from operations should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, cash flow from operating activities as determined in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as an indicator of Mountainview’s performance. Funds flow from operations represents cash flow from operating activities prior to changes in non-cash working capital, transaction costs and decommissioning provision expenditures incurred. Mountainview also presents funds flow from operations per share whereby per share amounts are calculated using weighted average shares outstanding consistent with the calculation of earnings per share.
- The low commodity price environment led the Company to assess for indicators for impairment. Noting the existence of impairment indicators the Company performed an impairment analysis and concluded recoverable amounts for all cash generating units exceeded carrying value. A separate impairment expense was recorded relating to the assets classified as exploration and evaluation assets.
- Due to the anti-dilutive effect of Mountainview’s net loss for the three and six months and year ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, the diluted number of shares is equal to the basic number of shares. Therefore, diluted per share amounts of the net loss are equivalent to basic per share amounts.
- Capital expenditures is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as the total cash consideration paid or received for property acquisitions and dispositions, plus development and exploration capital expenditures.
- Net debt is a non-GAAP measure representing the total of bank indebtedness, accounts payables and accrued liabilities and long term debt, less current assets.
- Operating netback is a non-GAAP measure calculated as the average per boe of the Company’s oil and gas sales plus realized gains on derivatives, less royalties, production taxes, operating and transportation expenses.
A sharp decline in oil prices in the latter half of 2014 and continued low prices during the first seven months of 2015 has materially reduced the Company’s operating cash flow. In response, the Company has taken steps to reduce field operating expenses and currently plans no new capital drilling and/or completions for the remainder of 2015 in efforts to maximize available cash flow during these difficult times. The Company has also reduced its G&A through layoffs, salary reductions and overall general efforts to conserve cash.
The Company continues to be faced with liquidity and debt challenges. At June 30, 2015 Mountainview has a working capital deficit of $77 million. The Company owes $50 million in principal and interest under its credit facility with Wells Fargo and $8.5 million to First Interstate Bank. The Credit Facility matured on July, 1 2015 and remains unpaid, triggering a default event. The lending bank has not enacted any of its remedies under the facility agreement at this time, however has specifically reserved all of its available rights and remedies. Management continues to negotiate a change in terms in its agreement with Wells Fargo, however the agreement has not been finalized and no assurances can be given that such negotiations will be successful.The term loan with First Interstate Bank matures on November 1, 2015. Under the First Interstate Bank term loan, the Company was in default due to non-payment of principal and interest in December 2014 and has only made partial interest and principal payments throughout the last six months. At this time, the bank has not taken any formal action to exercise its rights and/or remedies under the loan agreement. Liens have been filed totaling $7.9 million; however, agreements with certain lienholders have allowed for continued receipt of production revenues to critical ongoing operations and administration. Wells Fargo is aware of these issues and as previously noted, has not taken any formal action to exercise rights and/or remedies under the credit agreement. The Company is involved in active discussions with its banks and trade creditors to negotiate a comprehensive solution to resolve its financial challenges. In addition the Company has longer term debts consisting of $11.2 million pursuant to outstanding promissory notes with an officer/director and two major shareholders and $2.4 million in convertible debenture, a portion of which is with an officer and director. These debts mature July 1, 2016 and are in good standing. The Company is looking to include them in any comprehensive debt solution plan and is currently engaged in discussions to this end.
The Company plans to continue negotiations and discussions with creditors to resolve its liquidity and debt challenges. In parallel the Company is actively considering debt and equity financing solutions, assets sales and corporate transactions among other available alternatives in the best interest of the Company.
Mountainview Energy Ltd. is a public oil and gas company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, with a primary focus on the exploration, production and development of the Bakken and Three Forks Shale in the Williston Basin and the South Alberta Bakken.
For further information, please contact:
Patrick M. Montalban, President & Chief Executive Officer
Katherine Hylland, Interim Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this press release contain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking information”). Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. In particular, forward-looking information in this press release includes, without limitation, statements with respect to the liquidity and financial challenges facing the Company and its subsidiaries and matters related thereto..
Although we believe that the expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations or assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors (many of which are beyond the control of Mountainview) that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information. Some of the risks and other factors could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: operational risks in exploration, development and production; delays or changes in plans; competition for and/or inability to retain drilling rigs and other services; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions of reserves, skilled personnel and supplies; risks associated to the uncertainty of reserve and resource estimates; governmental regulation of the oil and gas industry, including environmental regulation; geological, technical, drilling and processing problems and other difficulties in producing reserves; the uncertainty of estimates and projections of production, costs and expenses; unanticipated operating events or performance which can reduce production or cause production to be shut in or delayed; incorrect assessments of the value of acquisitions; the need to obtain required approvals from regulatory authorities; stock market volatility; volatility in market prices for oil and natural gas; liabilities inherent in oil and natural gas operations; access to capital; the outcome and impact of litigation to which the Company or its subsidiaries may become party; turnover in management; uncertainty with respect to the various alternatives available to the Company and its subsidiaries and other factors. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive.
The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Mountainview does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to conform such information to actual results or to changes in our expectations except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.
Meaning of Boe
The term “BOE” or barrels of oil equivalent may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil equivalent (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. Additionally, 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 6:1; utilizing a conversion ratio of 6:1 may be misleading as an indication of value.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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