Alvopetro Announces Q3 2023 Financial Results and an Operational Update

Source: 11/8/2023, Location: South America

Alvopetro Energy Ltd. is pleased to announce financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and an operational update.

All references herein to $ refer to United States dollars, unless otherwise stated and all tabular amounts are in thousands of United States dollars, except as otherwise noted.

President & CEO, Corey C. Ruttan commented:
"While sales volumes were lower in Q3 2023 due to temporary reductions in demand, we were still able to generate record operating netbacks of $70.34/boe and $9.6 million of funds flow from operations. Our production rates in October increased back up to 1,839 boepd. Capital expenditures in Q3 were focused on drilling our 183-A3 well, the first fit-for-purpose development well on our Murucututu natural gas field. The initial results from drilling are promising and we look forward to completing the well and bringing it on production later in the year."

Operational Update
We completed drilling the 183-A3 well on our 100% owned Murucututu natural gas field in October. The well was drilled to a total measured depth of 3,540 metres and, based on open-hole logs, the well encountered potential net natural gas pay in both the Caruaçu Member of the Maracangalha Formation and the Gomo Member of the Candeias Formation, with an aggregate 127.7 metres total vertical depth of potential natural gas pay, using a 6% porosity cut-off, 50% Vshale cut-off and 50% water saturation cutoff. Subject to equipment availability and regulatory approvals, we expect to commence completion operations on the well later this month. The well will then be put on production directly into the adjacent field production facility.

October sales volumes increased to 1,839 boepd, an 8% increase from Q3 2023. October sales included natural gas sales of 10.6 MMcfpd, associated natural gas liquids sales from condensate of 67 bopd and oil sales of 8 bopd, based on field estimates.

In October we completed the BL-06 well on our Bom Lugar field and brought the well on production. October production volumes are expected to be sold in November. Based on field production data, the well is currently producing at an average of 14 bopd.

Financial and Operating Highlights – Third Quarter of 2023
With reduced offtake from Bahiagás during the quarter following reductions in end user consumption, our average daily sales decreased to 1,696 boepd (-14% from Q2 2023 and -36% from Q3 2022).
Our average realized natural gas price increased to $13.06/Mcf, a 17% increase from Q3 2022 with the 3% increase in our contracted natural gas price, enhanced sales tax credits available in 2023 and a 7% appreciation in the average BRL to USD in Q3 2023 compared to Q3 2022. With the higher natural gas price, our overall realized price per boe increased to $78.90 (+15% from Q3 2022 and +2% from Q2 2023).
Our natural gas, condensate and oil revenue was $12.3 million in Q3 2023, a decrease of $4.4 million (-26%) compared to Q3 2022 and a decrease of $1.6 million (-12%) compared to Q2 2023.
Our operating netback improved to $70.34 per boe (+$10.51 per boe from Q3 2022 and +$0.73 per boe from Q2 2023) with higher realized sales prices, partially offset by the impact of fixed operating costs with lower sales volumes.
We generated funds flows from operations of $9.6 million ($0.26 per basic and $0.25 per diluted share), a decrease of $3.7 million compared to Q3 2022 and $1.4 million compared to Q2 2023.
We reported net income of $5.8 million in Q3 2023, a decrease of $3.0 million (-34%) compared to Q3 2022 and $4.0 million (-41%) compared to Q2 2023.
Capital expenditures totaled $10.7 million, including drilling costs for the 183-A3 well on our Murucututu natural gas field, drilling and completion costs for the BL-06 well on our Bom Lugar field, and long-lead purchases for future capital projects.
Our working capital surplus was $11.4 million as of September 30, 2023, decreasing $6.7 million from June 30, 2023 and $3.3 million from December 31, 2022.

Long-term Incentive Compensation Grants
In connection with our long-term incentive compensation program, Alvopetro's Board of Directors (the "Board") has approved the annual rolling grants to officers, directors and certain employees under Alvopetro's Omnibus Incentive Plan. A total of 638,000 stock options, 107,000 restricted share units ("RSUs") and 31,000 deferred share units ("DSUs") were approved by the Board and are expected to be granted on November 17, 2023. Of the total grants, 271,000 stock options, 70,000 RSUs and 31,000 DSUs will be granted to directors and officers. Each stock option, RSU and DSU entitles the holder to purchase one common share. Each stock option granted will have an exercise price based on the volume weighted average trading price of Alvopetro's shares on the TSX Venture Exchange for the five (5) consecutive trading days up to and including November 17, 2023. All stock options granted expire five (5) years from the date of the grant. All RSUs and DSUs granted expire ten (10) years from the date of the grant.

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