Eagle Energy Trust Discusses Recent Trading Activity and Reaffirms Distributions
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2012) - Mr. Richard Clark, President and CEO of Eagle Energy Trust ("Eagle") (TSX:EGL.UN) stated, "There has been unusually high trading volume and price volatility in our stock over the past week or so. We believe that the increased volume was initiated by an institutional holder undertaking a 'tax loss' sale of Eagle units."
Mr. Clark continued, "Institutional tax loss selling commonly occurs at this time of year. When such an event occurs, it can leave unitholders with an incorrect impression that something negative has occurred within a company. We wish to assure Eagle unitholders, that there is no negative operational, financial or management event impacting Eagle's business."
"We are on track to achieve the 2012 exit guidance that we previously provided to the market in which we stated that we expect to average approximately 2,700 boe/d for the year and exit 2012 at about 3,300 boe/d. Our debt to cash flow ratio is under 1:1. Funds flow from operations is in line with our stated guidance."
"We expect to release our capital and operating budget and guidance for 2013 later this week. Our 2013 budget will demonstrate Eagle's planned move from a growth phase on its Salt Flat and Midland assets, toward a sustainability phase, where the amount of capital spent to maintain production, plus distributions paid to unitholders, will be more closely aligned with funds flow from operations, before factoring in the DRIP."
Mr. Clark concluded, "Our distributions are intact and we have no plans to reduce our current level of distribution payment."
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements made and information contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and forward looking information (collectively referred to as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of historic fact are forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements include those pertaining to Eagle's expected working interest production exit rate for 2012, average working interest production for 2012, funds flow from operations, distributions, and timing for release of its capital and operating budget and guidance for 2013. The success of Eagle's drilling program is a key assumption in the production estimates. The primary risk factors which could lead to Eagle not meeting its production targets are production additions from drilling activity being less than expected, not obtaining regulatory approvals, unexpected operational delays and challenges, greater than anticipated declines in existing production due to poor reservoir performance, the unanticipated encroachment of water or other fluids into the producing formation, mechanical failures or human error or inability to access production facilities, as well as other business risks that are set out in the Trust's Annual Information Form under the heading "Risk Factors".
As a result of these risks, actual performance and financial results in 2012 may differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Eagle's production rates, and the Trust's distributions, are subject to change in light of ongoing results, prevailing economic circumstances, obtaining regulatory approvals, commodity prices and industry conditions and regulations. Accordingly, readers are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause results to differ materially from those set out in this press release. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of these factors or to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the operations of Eagle, or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.
Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which are inherently uncertain, are based on estimates and assumptions, and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties (both general and specific) that contribute to the possibility that the future events or circumstances contemplated by the forward looking statements will not occur. Although management believes that the expectations conveyed by the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on information available to it on the date the forward-looking statements were made, there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which forward-looking statements are based will in fact be realized. Actual results will differ, and the difference may be material and adverse to the Trust and its unitholders.
Oil and Natural Gas Measures
This press release contains disclosure expressed as "boe" or "boe/d". All oil and natural gas equivalency volumes have been derived using the conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") of natural gas to one barrel ("bbl") of oil. Equivalency measures may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A 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 well head. In addition, given that the value ratio based on the current price of oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from the energy equivalent of six to one, utilizing a boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf: 1 bbl would be misleading as an indication of value.
About the Trust
Eagle Energy Trust is an energy trust created to provide investors with a publicly traded, oil and natural gas focused, distribution producing investment with favourable tax treatment relative to taxable Canadian corporations.
Richard W. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer
All material information pertaining to Eagle Energy Trust may be found under the Trust's issuer profile at www.sedar.com and on the Trust's website at www.EagleEnergyTrust.com.
The Trust's units are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol EGL.UN.
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Eagle Energy Trust
Richard W. Clark
President and Chief Executive Officer