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Enerplus Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results; Increases Dividend and Updates 2022 Guidance

All financial information contained within this news release has been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This news release includes forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Readers are advised to review the "Forward-Looking Information and Statements" at the conclusion of this news release. Readers are also referred to "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures" at the end of this news release for information regarding the presentation of the financial and operational information in this news release, as well as the use of certain financial measures that do not have standard meaning under U.S. GAAP and "Notice Regarding Information Contained in this News Release", "Non-GAAP Measures" in Enerplus' third quarter 2022 MD&A for supplementary financial measures, which information is incorporated by reference to this news release. A copy of Enerplus' 2022 interim and 2021 annual Financial Statements and associated MD&A are or will be available on our website at www.enerplus.com, under our profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the EDGAR website at www.sec.gov. All amounts in this news release are stated in United States dollars unless otherwise specified.

CALGARY, AB , Nov. 3, 2022 /CNW/ - Enerplus Corporation ("Enerplus" or the "Company") (TSX: ERF) (NYSE: ERF) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2022, a 10% increase to its quarterly dividend to $0.055 per share and updated 2022 guidance. The Company reported third quarter 2022 cash flow from operating activities and adjusted funds flow of $409.9 million and $355.6 million, respectively, compared to $182.2 million and $203.1 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2021. Cash flow from operating activities and adjusted funds flow increased from the same period in 2021 primarily due to higher realized commodity prices and production.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Third quarter total production was 107,808 BOE per day (up 15% from the prior quarter) and liquids production was 68,382 barrels per day (up 20% from the prior quarter)
  • Adjusted funds flow was $355.6 million in the third quarter, which exceeded capital spending of $114.5 million, generating free cash flow(1) of $241.1 million
  • Total return of capital to shareholders during the third quarter was $123.3 million, comprising share repurchases of $111.8 million and dividends of $11.5 million
  • Increased the quarterly dividend by 10% to $0.055 per share (from $0.05 per share)
  • 2022 liquids production guidance was increased by 1,000 barrels per day at the midpoint due to continued strong operational performance; annual liquids production growth now tracking approximately 10%
  • 2022 capital spending guidance was set to $430 million (from the previous range of $400$440 million)
  • Fourth quarter production guidance is 105,000 to 110,000 BOE per day, including liquids production of 64,000 to 68,000 barrels per day.

(1) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures" section for more information.

 

"Our operating momentum continued through the third quarter with liquids production increasing 20% quarter-over-quarter and strong volumes expected through the end of the year," said Ian C. Dundas, President and CEO. "This performance has driven another positive production guidance update while annual capital spending is forecast inside our previously stated range. The result of this execution has been robust free cash flow generation which has allowed us to reduce our net debt by almost 40% and return over $270 million to shareholders through the first nine months of 2022. We remain well positioned to continue with these initiatives in the fourth quarter and into 2023."

THIRD QUARTER SUMMARY

Production in the third quarter of 2022 was 107,808 BOE per day, an increase of 15% compared to the prior quarter and 9% higher than the same period a year ago. Crude oil and natural gas liquids production in the third quarter of 2022 was 68,382 barrels per day, an increase of 20% compared to the prior quarter and 8% higher than the same period a year ago. Production increased from the previous quarter and prior year period primarily due to the Company's development activity in North Dakota.

Enerplus reported third quarter 2022 net income of $305.9 million, or $1.28 per share (diluted), compared to net income of $98.1 million, or $0.38 per share (diluted), in the same period in 2021. Adjusted net income(1) for the third quarter of 2022 was $207.9 million, or $0.87 per share (diluted), compared to $87.5 million, or $0.34 per share (diluted), during the same period in 2021. Net income and adjusted net income were higher compared to the prior year period primarily due to higher realized commodity prices and production during the third quarter of 2022.

(1) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures" section for more information.

 

Enerplus' third quarter 2022 realized Bakken crude oil price differential was $2.41 per barrel above WTI, compared to $2.26 per barrel below WTI in the third quarter of 2021. Bakken crude oil prices continued to trade at premiums relative to WTI due to excess pipeline capacity in the region and strong physical prices for crude oil delivered to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Given the constructive outlook for Bakken crude oil prices and strong realizations year to date, Enerplus expects its 2022 realized average Bakken crude oil price differential to be $1.25 per barrel above WTI, compared to $1.00 per barrel above WTI, previously.

The Company's realized Marcellus natural gas price differential widened to $0.99 per Mcf below NYMEX during the third quarter of 2022, compared to $0.45 per Mcf below NYMEX in the third quarter of 2021. The Company's realized natural gas price was $6.53 per Mcf in the third quarter of 2022, an increase from $3.00 per Mcf in the same period in 2021 due to the increase in NYMEX natural gas prices in 2022. Enerplus continues to expect its full-year 2022 Marcellus natural gas price differential to average $0.75 per Mcf below NYMEX.

In the third quarter of 2022, Enerplus' operating expenses were $10.47 per BOE, compared to $9.76 per BOE during the third quarter of 2021. The Company continues to expect full-year 2022 operating expenses to average $10.00 per BOE.

Capital spending totaled $114.5 million in the third quarter of 2022. The Company ended the third quarter of 2022 with total debt of $433.2 million and cash of $42.2 million.

During the third quarter of 2022, Enerplus announced its intention to increase its expected 2022 return of capital to at least 60% of free cash flow commencing in the second half of 2022 and continuing through 2023, an increase from 50% of free cash flow in the first half of 2022. Enerplus also previously announced an increase to the expected minimum return of capital level to $425 million for 2022. In the third quarter, Enerplus paid $11.5 million in dividends and repurchased 7.9 million shares under its normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") at an average price of $14.13 per share, for total consideration of $111.8 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2022, a total of $271.3 million was returned to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

Subsequent to September 30, 2022 and up to November 2, 2022, Enerplus repurchased 2.7 million shares under its NCIB at an average price of $16.00 per share, for total consideration of $43.7 million. Enerplus has also increased its quarterly dividend by 10% to $0.055 per share payable on December 15, 2022.

ASSET DETAIL

North Dakota production averaged 73,188 BOE per day during the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 25% compared to the prior quarter and 16% compared to the same period a year ago. Enerplus drilled eight gross operated wells (83% working interest) during the third quarter and brought eight operated wells (96% working interest) on production.

Marcellus production averaged 165 MMcf per day during the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2021 and 2% lower than the prior quarter.

2022 GUIDANCE UPDATE

Capital spending guidance in 2022 has been updated to $430 million from the prior range of $400 to $440 million.

Annual production guidance has been revised to 99,750 to 101,000 BOE per day from the prior range of 97,500 to 101,500 BOE per day, representing an increase of 875 BOE per day at the midpoint. Annual liquids production guidance has been revised to 61,500 to 62,500 barrels per day from the prior range of 59,500 to 62,500 barrels per day, representing an increase of 1,000 barrels per day at the midpoint.

Fourth quarter volumes are expected to remain strong despite the two announced divestments of the Company's Canadian assets, one of which closed on October 31, 2022, with the other expected to close in December 2022. Enerplus is providing fourth quarter 2022 production guidance of 105,000 to 110,000 BOE per day, including liquids production of 64,000 to 68,000 barrels per day.

Enerplus' 2022 Bakken crude oil price differential guidance has been strengthened to $1.25 per barrel above WTI, from $1.00 per barrel above WTI previously.

A summary of Enerplus' updated 2022 guidance is provided in the tables below and includes the impact of the two announced Canadian asset divestments.

2022 Guidance Summary


Updated Guidance

Previous Guidance

Capital spending

$430 million

$400 – 440 million

Average total production

99,750 – 101,000 BOE/day

97,500 – 101,500 BOE/day

Average liquids production

61,500 – 62,500 bbls/day

59,500 – 62,500 bbls/day

Fourth quarter total production

105,000 – 110,000 BOE/day

n/a

Fourth quarter liquids production

64,000 – 68,000 bbls/day

n/a

Average production tax rate
(% of net sales, before transportation)

7% (No change)

7 %

Operating expense

$10.00/BOE (No change)

$ 10.00 /BOE

Transportation expense

$4.25/BOE (No change)

$4.25/BOE

Cash G&A expense

$1.20/BOE (No change)

$1.20/BOE

Current tax expense

2-3% of adjusted funds flow before tax
(No change)

2-3% of adjusted funds flow before tax

 

2022 Differential/Basis Outlook(1)


Updated Guidance

Previous Guidance

U.S. Bakken crude oil differential
(compared to WTI crude oil)

$+1.25/bbl

$+1.00/bbl

Marcellus natural gas sales price differential
(compared to NYMEX natural gas)

$(0.75)/Mcf (No change)

$(0.75)/Mcf

(1) Excluding transportation costs.

 

Q3 2022 Conference Call Details

A conference call hosted by Ian C. Dundas, President and CEO will be held at 9:00 AM MT (11:00 AM ET) on November 4, 2022, to discuss these results. Details of the conference call are as follows:

Date:

Friday, November 4, 2022

Time:

9:00 AM MT (11:00 AM ET)

Dial-In:

587-880-2171 (Alberta)


1-888-390-0546 (Toll Free)

Conference ID:

58265396

Audiocast:   

https://app.webinar.net/wraEPb2PVB9

 

To ensure timely participation in the conference call, callers are encouraged to join 15 minutes prior to the start time to register for the event. A telephone replay will be available for 30 days following the conference call and can be accessed at the following numbers:

Replay Dial-In:

1-888-390-0541 (Toll Free)

Replay Passcode:

265396 #

 

PRICE RISK MANAGEMENT

The following is a summary of Enerplus' financial commodity hedging contracts at November 3, 2022.



WTI Crude Oil ($/bbl)(1)(2)(3)


NYMEX Natural Gas ($/Mcf)(2)



Oct 1, 2022 –


Jan 1, 2023 –


Jul 1, 2023 –


Oct 1, 2022 –


Nov 1, 2022 – 

Apr 1, 2023 – 



Dec 31, 2022


Jun 30, 2023


Dec 31, 2023


Oct 31, 2022


Mar 31, 2023

Oct 31, 2023

Swaps












Volume (Mcf/day)





40,000


Volume (bbls/day)



10,000


10,000



Swaps





$ 3.40


Brent - WTI Spread



$ 5.47


$ 5.47















3 Way Collars












Volume (bbls/day)


17,000


15,000


5,000



Sold Puts


$ 40.00


$ 61.67


$ 65.00



Purchased Puts


$ 50.00


$ 79.33


$ 85.00



Sold Calls


$ 57.91


$ 114.31


$ 128.16















Collars












Volume (Mcf/day)





60,000


120,000

50,000

Volume (bbls/day)



2,000


2,000



Purchased Puts



$ 5.00


$ 5.00


$ 3.77


$ 6.27

$ 4.05

Sold Calls



$ 75.00


$ 75.00


$ 4.50


$ 18.17

$ 7.00

(1)

The total average deferred premium spent on our outstanding crude oil contracts is $1.50/bbl from October 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022 and $1.25/bbl from January 1, 2023December 31, 2023.

(2)

Transactions with a common term have been aggregated and presented at weighted average prices and volumes.

(3)

Upon closing of the acquisition of Bruin E&P Holdco, LLC (the "Bruin Acquisition"), Bruin E&P Holdco, LLC's outstanding crude oil contracts were recorded at a fair value liability of $76.4 million. At September 30, 2022, the remaining liability was $4.7 million on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. Realized and unrealized gains and losses on the acquired contracts are recognized in Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income/(Loss) and the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets to reflect changes in crude oil prices from the date of closing of the Bruin Acquisition.

 

THIRD QUARTER 2022 PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONAL SUMMARY TABLES

Summary of Average Daily Production(1)


Three months ended September 30, 2022


Nine months ended September 30, 2022


Williston
Basin

Marcellus

Canadian
Water-
floods

Other(2)

Total


Williston
Basin

Marcellus

Canadian
Water-
floods

Other(2)

Total

Tight oil (bbl/d)

52,014

-

-

779

52,793


45,376

-

-

817

46,194

Light & medium oil (bbl/d)

-

-

2,006

32

2,038


-

-

2,069

28

2,097

Heavy oil (bbl/d)

-

-

2,629

22

2,651


-

-

2,841

14

2,855

Total crude oil (bbl/d)

52,014

-

4,635

833

57,482


45,376

-

4,911

859

51,146













Natural gas liquids (bbl/d)

10,511

-

102

287

10,900


8,916

-

92

311

9,319













Shale gas (Mcf/d)

63,976

164,731

-

941

229,649


52,904

164,843

-

959

218,706

Conventional natural gas (Mcf/d)

-

-

1,375

5,534

6,909


-

-

1,405

5,734

7,139

Total natural gas (Mcf/d)

63,976

164,731

1,375

6,475

236,558


52,904

164,843

1,405

6,693

225,845













Total production (BOE/d)

73,188

27,455

4,966

2,199

107,808


63,110

27,474

5,237

2,285

98,106





















(1)

Table may not add due to rounding.

(2)

Comprises DJ Basin and other properties in Canada.

 

Summary of Wells Drilled(1)


Three months ended  
September 30, 2022


Nine months ended  
September 30, 2022


Operated


Non-Operated


Operated


Non-Operated


Gross

Net


Gross

Net


Gross

Net


Gross

Net

Williston Basin

8

6.6


6

0.2


35

30.1


34

4.6

Marcellus

-

-


23

2.2


-

-


60

5.1

Canadian Waterfloods

-

-


-

-


-

-


-

-

Other(2)

-

-


-

-


-

-


15

0.4

Total

8

6.6


29

2.4


35

30.1


109

10.1

(1)

Table may not add due to rounding.

(2)

Comprises DJ Basin and other properties in Canada.

 

Summary of Wells Brought On-Stream(1)


Three months ended
September 30, 2022


Nine months ended
 September 30, 2022


Operated


Non-Operated


Operated


Non-Operated


Gross

Net


Gross

Net


Gross

Net


Gross

Net

Williston Basin

8

7.7


25

4.1


34

30.7


30

4.4

Marcellus

-

-


10

1.2


-

-


58

4.1

Canadian Waterfloods

-

-


-

-


-

-


-

-

Other(2)

-

-


-

-


-

-


-

-

Total

8

7.7


35

5.2


34

30.7


88

8.5

(1)

Table may not add due to rounding.

(2)

Comprises DJ Basin and other properties in Canada.

 

SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS


Three months ended
September 30


Nine months ended
September 30



2022


2021


2022


2021

Financial (US$, thousands, except ratios)













Net Income/(Loss)


$

305,945


$

98,112


$

583,594


$

57,528

Adjusted Net Income(1)



207,913



87,467



525,992



186,004

Cash Flow from Operating Activities



409,946



182,177



856,798



321,305

Adjusted Funds Flow



355,622



203,131



914,910



453,956

Dividends to Shareholders – Declared



11,516



7,929



29,374



22,651

Net Debt



391,059



826,282



391,059



826,282

Capital Spending



114,459



63,613



346,357



221,289

Property and Land Acquisitions



16,252



3,079



19,662



832,404

Property Divestments



4,214



(216)



19,386



3,782

Net Debt to Adjusted Funds Flow Ratio



0. 3x



1.6x



0. 3x



1.6x














Financial per Weighted Average Shares Outstanding













Net Income/(Loss) – Basic


$

1.32


$

0.38


$

2.47


$

0.22

Net Income/(Loss) – Diluted



1.28



0.38



2.40



0.22

Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding (000's) - Basic



231,565



256,345



237,835



252,432

Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding (000's) - Diluted



239,136



260,831



245,403



256,900














Selected Financial Results per BOE (2)(3)













Crude Oil & Natural Gas Sales(4)


$

66.90


$

46.10


$

67.38


$

40.61

Commodity Derivative Instruments



(8.92)



(5.39)



(11.19)



(3.95)

Operating Expenses



(10.47)



(9.76)



(10.10)



(8.78)

Transportation Costs



(4.16)



(3.56)



(4.29)



(3.63)

Production Taxes



(4.86)



(3.33)



(4.76)



(2.86)

General and Administrative Expenses



(1.10)



(0.94)



(1.18)



(1.15)

Cash Share-Based Compensation



(0.12)



(0.09)



(0.13)



(0.20)

Interest, Foreign Exchange and Other Expenses



(0.61)



(0.89)



(0.64)



(1.18)

Current Income Tax Recovery/(Expense)



(0.80)



0.10



(0.93)



(0.10)

Adjusted Funds Flow


$

35.86


$

22.24


$

34.16


$

18.76

 

SELECTED OPERATING RESULTS


Three months ended
September 30


Nine months ended
September 30



2022


2021


2022


2021

Average Daily Production (3)













Crude Oil (bbls/day)



57,482



54,578



51,146



46,188

Natural Gas Liquids (bbls/day)



10,900



8,492



9,319



7,246

Natural Gas (Mcf/day)



236,558



217,253



225,845



211,299

Total (BOE/day)



107,808



99,279



98,106



88,651














% Crude Oil and Natural Gas Liquids



63 %



64 %



62 %



60 %














Average Selling Price (3)(4)













Crude Oil (per bbl)


$

92.48


$

67.22


$

97.44


$

62.12

Natural Gas Liquids (per bbl)



32.04



29.91



34.13



25.40

Natural Gas (per Mcf)



6.53



3.00



5.79



2.58














Net Wells Drilled



9.0



9.0



40.2



14.0

(1)

This non‑GAAP measure may not be directly comparable to similar measures presented by other entities See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial


Measures" section in this news release.

(2)

Non‑cash amounts have been excluded.

(3)

 Based on net production volumes. See "Basis of Presentation" section in this news release.

(4)

Before transportation costs and commodity derivative instruments.

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(US$ thousands) unaudited



September 30, 2022


December 31, 2021

Assets








Current assets








Cash and cash equivalents



$

42,185


$

61,348

Accounts receivable




313,770



227,988

Other current assets




11,129



10,956

Derivative financial assets




15,179



5,668





382,263



305,960

Property, plant and equipment:








Crude oil and natural gas properties (full cost method)




1,418,814



1,253,505

Other capital assets




11,028



13,887

Property, plant and equipment




1,429,842



1,267,392

Other long-term assets




7,485



9,756

Right-of-use assets




20,490



26,118

Derivative financial assets




3,407



Deferred income tax asset




197,420



380,858

Total Assets     



$

2,040,907


$

1,990,084









Liabilities








Current liabilities








Accounts payable



$

453,684


$

367,008

Income tax payable




1,878



Current portion of long-term debt




80,600



100,600

Derivative financial liabilities




39,454



143,200

Current portion of lease liabilities




11,342



10,618





586,958



621,426

Long-term debt




352,644



601,171

Asset retirement obligation




155,168



132,814

Derivative financial liabilities




2,181



7,098

Lease liabilities




11,619



18,265

Deferred income tax liability




11,112







532,724



759,348

Total Liabilities




1,119,682



1,380,774









Shareholders' Equity








Share capital – authorized unlimited common shares, no par value

Issued and outstanding: September 30, 2022 – 227 million shares

                                       December 31, 2021 – 244 million shares




2,926,217



3,094,061

Paid-in capital




45,608



50,881

Accumulated deficit




(1,750,237)



(2,238,325)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss




(300,363)



(297,307)





921,225



609,310

Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity



$

2,040,907


$

1,990,084

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income/(Loss) and Comprehensive Income/(Loss)


















Three months ended


Nine months ended




September 30


September 30

(US$ thousands, except per share amounts) unaudited



2022


2021


2022


2021

Revenues














Crude oil and natural gas sales



$

663,532


$

421,133


$

1,804,701


$

982,945

Commodity derivative instruments gain/(loss)




56,995



(57,447)



(197,368)



(275,532)





720,527



363,686



1,607,333



707,413

Expenses














Operating




103,841



89,102



270,451



212,423

Transportation




41,312



32,508



114,949



87,910

Production taxes




48,169



30,364



127,351



69,132

General and administrative




15,745



12,401



48,013



35,376

Depletion, depreciation and accretion




82,225



81,250



219,006



194,392

Asset impairment










3,420

Interest




6,471



8,232



18,624



21,642

Foreign exchange (gain)/loss




16,109



(14,023)



13,764



(6,269)

Transaction costs and other expense/(income)




(368)



(4,735)



12,020



(1,679)





313,504



235,099



824,178



616,347

Income/(Loss) before taxes




407,023



128,587



783,155



91,066

Current income tax expense/(recovery)




7,929



(926)



24,929



2,489

Deferred income tax expense/(recovery)




93,149



31,401



174,632



31,049

Net Income/(Loss)



$

305,945


$

98,112


$

583,594


$

57,528















Other Comprehensive Income/(Loss)














Unrealized gain/(loss) on foreign currency translation




28,582



(5,111)



29,939



(5,830)

Foreign exchange gain/(loss) on net investment hedge, net of tax




(24,276)



(13,728)



(32,995)



2,164

Total Comprehensive Income/(Loss)



$

310,251


$

79,273


$

580,538


$

53,862















Net Income/(Loss) per share














Basic



$

1.32


$

0.38


$

2.47


$

0.22

Diluted



$

1.28


$

0.38


$

2.40


$

0.22

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
















Three months ended


Nine months ended



September 30


September 30

(US$ thousands) unaudited


2022


2021


2022


2021

Operating Activities













Net income/(loss)


$

305,945


$

98,112


$

583,594


$

57,528

Non-cash items add/(deduct):













Depletion, depreciation and accretion



82,225



81,250



219,006



194,392

Asset impairment









3,420

Changes in fair value of derivative instruments



(145,480)



7,963



(103,423)



178,601

Deferred income tax expense/(recovery)



93,149



31,401



174,632



31,049

Foreign exchange (gain)/loss on debt and working capital



16,997



(14,234)



14,876



(7,229)

Share-based compensation and general and administrative



3,665



3,277



13,959



4,060

Other expense/(income)



(289)



(176)



12,267



(2,093)

Amortization of debt issuance costs



366



419



1,070



728

Translation of U.S. dollar cash held in parent company



(956)



(288)



(1,071)



(1,907)

Other income reclassified to Investing Activities





(4,593)





(4,593)

Asset retirement obligation settlements



(1,560)



(1,681)



(12,704)



(8,461)

Changes in non-cash operating working capital



55,884



(19,273)



(45,408)



(124,190)

Cash flow from/(used in) operating activities



409,946



182,177



856,798



321,305














Financing Activities













Drawings from/(repayment of) bank credit facilities



(130,315)



(106,000)



(186,015)



569,000

Repayment of senior notes



(21,000)





(100,600)



(81,600)

Debt issuance costs









(4,621)

Proceeds from the issuance of shares









98,339

Purchase of common shares under Normal Course Issuer Bid



(111,800)



(10,151)



(241,935)



(10,151)

Share-based compensation – tax withholdings settled in cash







(11,567)



(3,551)

Dividends



(11,516)



(7,929)



(29,374)



(24,400)

Cash flow from/(used in) financing activities



(274,631)



(124,080)



(569,491)



543,016














Investing Activities













Capital and office expenditures



(121,382)



(77,719)



(311,449)



(193,266)

Bruin acquisition









(420,249)

Dunn County acquisition





(188)





(305,076)

Property and land acquisitions



(16,252)



(3,079)



(19,662)



(7,102)

Property divestments



4,214



(216)



6,333



3,782

Other expense/(income)





4,593





4,593

Cash flow from/(used in) investing activities



(133,420)



(76,609)



(324,778)



(917,318)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash & cash equivalents



14,884



471



18,308



5,729

Change in cash and cash equivalents



16,779



(18,041)



(19,163)



(47,268)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



25,406



60,718



61,348



89,945

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

42,185


$

42,677


$

42,185


$

42,677

 

About Enerplus

Enerplus is an independent North American oil and gas exploration and production company focused on creating long-term value for its shareholders through a disciplined, returns-based capital allocation strategy and a commitment to safe, responsible operations. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.enerplus.com.

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NOTICE REGARDING INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWS RELEASE

Currency and Accounting Principles

All amounts in this news release are stated in U.S. dollars unless otherwise specified. All financial information in this news release has been prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, except as noted below under "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures".

Barrels of Oil Equivalent

This news release contains references to "BOE" (barrels of oil equivalent), "MBOE" (one thousand barrels of oil equivalent), and "MMBOE" (one million barrels of oil equivalent). Enerplus has adopted the standard of six thousand cubic feet of gas to one barrel of oil (6 Mcf: 1 bbl) when converting natural gas to BOEs.  BOE, MBOE and MMBOE may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.  The foregoing conversion ratios are based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and do not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. 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 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading.

Basis of Presentation

All production volumes presented in this news release are reported on a "net" basis (the Company's working interest share after deduction of royalty obligations, plus the Company's royalty interests), unless expressly indicated that it is being presented on a "gross" basis. Previously, the Company presented production volumes on a "company interest" basis, which was calculated as its working interest share before deduction of royalties plus the Company's royalty interests. With these changes, production volumes presented by the Company on a "net" basis are expected to be lower than those presented historically.

All references to "liquids" in this news release include light and medium crude oil, heavy oil and tight oil (all together referred to as "crude oil") and natural gas liquids on a combined basis. All references to "natural gas" in this news release include conventional natural gas and shale gas on a combined basis.

Readers are urged to review the 2021 annual MD&A and financial statements filed on SEDAR and as part of our Form 40-F on EDGAR concurrently with this news release for more complete disclosure on our operations.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain forward-looking information and statements ("forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "guidance", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "plans", "budget", "strategy" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this news release contains forward-looking information pertaining to the following: Enerplus' return of capital plans, including expectations regarding the payment of dividends and the source of funds and timing related thereto; expectations regarding Enerplus' share repurchase program and the funding of such share repurchases from free cash flow; the sale of Enerplus' Canadian assets and the expected timing and impact thereof on Enerplus' operations and financial results; updated 2022 production guidance; capital spending guidance and expected capital spending levels in 2022 and future years; expectations regarding free cash flow generation and reinvestment rates reduction of net debt; 2022 average production volumes and the anticipated production mix; the proportion of our anticipated oil and gas production that is hedged and the expected effectiveness of such hedges in protecting our cash flow from operating activities and adjusted funds flow; oil and natural gas prices and differentials and expectations regarding the market environment and our commodity risk management program in 2022; updated and existing 2022 Bakken and Marcellus differential guidance; expectations regarding realized oil and natural gas prices; and expected operating, transportation and cash G&A expenses and tax expenses and updated 2022 guidance with respect thereto.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release reflects several material factors and expectations and assumptions of Enerplus including, without limitation: the ability to fund our return of capital plans, including both dividends and the share repurchase program, from free cash flow as expected; that our common share trading price will be at levels, and that there will be no other alternatives, that, in each case, make share repurchases an appropriate and best strategic use of our free cash flows; that we will conduct our operations and achieve results of operations as anticipate d; that Enerplus will realize the expected impact and proceeds of the sale of assets in Canada; the continued operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline; that our development plans will achieve the expected results; that lack of adequate infrastructure will not result in curtailment of production and/or reduced realized prices beyond our current expectations; current and anticipated commodity prices, differentials and cost assumptions; the general continuance of current or, where applicable, assumed industry conditions, the impact of inflation, weather conditions, storage fundamentals and expectations regarding the duration and overall impact of COVID-19; the continuation of assumed tax, royalty and regulatory regimes; the accuracy of the estimates of our reserve and contingent resource volumes; the continued availability of adequate debt and/or equity financing and adjusted funds flow to fund our capital, operating and working capital requirements, and dividend payments as needed; the ability to execute our share repurchase program as currently expected and in compliance with applicable Canadian and US rules; our ability to comply with our debt covenants; the availability of third party services; expected transportation expenses; the extent of our liabilities; and the availability of technology and process to achieve environmental targets. In addition, our 2022 guidance described in this news release is based on rest of year commodity prices of: $85.00/bbl WTI and $6.00/Mcf NYMEX and a CDN/USD exchange rate of 0.72. Enerplus believes the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct. Current conditions, economic and otherwise, render assumptions, although reasonable when made, subject to increased uncertainty.

The forward-looking information included in this news release is not a guarantee of future performance and should not be unduly relied upon. Such information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information including, without limitation: failure by Enerplus to realize anticipated proceeds or benefits of the sale of assets in Canada; continued instability, or further deterioration, in global economic and market environment, including from COVID-19 or similar events, inflation and/or the Ukraine/Russia conflict and heightened geopolitical risks; decreases in commodity prices or volatility in commodity prices; changes in realized prices of Enerplus' products from those currently anticipated; changes in the demand for or supply of our products, including global energy demand; volatility in our common share trading price and free cash flow that could impact our planned share repurchases and dividend levels; unanticipated operating results, results from our capital spending activities or production declines; legal proceedings or other events inhibiting or preventing operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline; curtailment of our production due to low realized prices or lack of adequate infrastructure; changes in tax or environmental laws, royalty rates or other regulatory matters; changes in our capital plans or by third party operators of our properties; increased debt levels or debt service requirements; inability to comply with debt covenants under our bank credit facilities and/or outstanding senior notes; inaccurate estimation of our oil and gas reserve and contingent resource volumes; limited, unfavourable or a lack of access to capital markets; increased costs; a lack of adequate insurance coverage; the impact of competitors; reliance on industry partners and third party service providers; changes in law or government programs or policies in Canada or the United States; failure to complete the recently announced sale of substantially all of Enerplus' remaining Canadian assets; and certain other risks detailed from time to time in our public disclosure documents (including, without limitation, those risks identified in our 2022 Interim MD&As, our annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2021, our 2021 annual MD&A and Form 40-F as at December 31, 2021) which are available at www.sedar.com, www.sec.gov and through Enerplus' website at www.enerplus.com.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this news release. Enerplus does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information contained herein, except as required by applicable laws. Any forward-looking information contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

NON-GAAP AND OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes references to certain non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP ratios used by the Company to evaluate its financial performance, financial position or cash flow. Non-GAAP financial measures are financial measures disclosed by a company that (a) depict historical or expected future financial performance, financial position or cash flow of a company, (b) with respect to their composition, exclude amounts that are included in, or include amounts that are excluded from, the composition of the most directly comparable financial measure disclosed in the primary financial statements of the company, (c) are not disclosed in the financial statements of the company and (d) are not a ratio, fraction, percentage or similar representation. Non-GAAP ratios are financial measures disclosed by a company that are in the form of a ratio, fraction, percentage or similar representation that has a non-GAAP financial measure as one or more of its components, and that are not disclosed in the financial statements of the company.

These non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP ratios do not have standardized meanings or definitions as prescribed by U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable with the calculation of similar financial measures by other entities. For each measure, we have indicated the composition of the measure, identified the GAAP equivalency to the extent one exists, provided comparative detail where appropriate, indicated the reconciliation of the measure to the mostly directly comparable GAAP financial measure and provided details on the usefulness of the measure for the reader. These non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP ratios should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

"Adjusted net income/(loss)" and "Adjusted net income/(loss) per share (diluted)" are used by Enerplus and are useful to investors and securities analysts in evaluating the financial performance of the company by adjusting for certain unrealized items and other items that the company considers appropriate to adjust given their irregular nature. The most directly comparable GAAP measure is net income/(loss). No income tax rate adjustments or valuation allowances on deferred taxes were recorded for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021. Adjusted net income per share is calculated using adjusted net income, as reconciled below, divided by the number of common shares outstanding on a diluted basis during the applicable period as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The calculation follows:











Three months ended September 30


($ millions)


2022


2021


Net income/(loss)


$

305.9


$

98.1


Unrealized derivative instrument (gain)/loss



(145.5)



8.0


Asset impairment



-



-


Other expense related to investing activities



-



-


Unrealized foreign exchange (gain)/loss



17.0



(14.2)


Tax effect on above items



30.5



0.2


Other income related to investing activities



-



(4.6)


Adjusted net income/(loss)


$

207.9


$

87.5


Adjusted net income/(loss) per share (diluted)


$

0.87


$

0.34


 

"Free cash flow" is used by Enerplus and is useful to investors and securities analysts in analyzing operating and financial performance, leverage and liquidity. Free cash flow is calculated as adjusted funds flow minus capital spending. The most directly comparable GAAP measure is cash flow from operating activities 


Three months ended September 30

($ millions)

2022


2021

Cash flow from/(used in) operating activities

$

409.9


$

182.2

Asset retirement obligation settlements


1.6



1.7

Changes in non-cash operating working capital


(55.9)



19.3

Adjusted funds flow

$

355.6


$

203.2

Capital spending


(114.5)



(63.6)

Free cash flow

$

241.1


$

139.6

 

Other Financial Measures

CAPITAL MANAGEMENT MEASURES

Capital management measures are financial measures disclosed by a company that (a) are intended to enable an individual to evaluate a company's objectives, policies and processes for managing the company's capital, (b) are not a component of a line item disclosed in the primary financial statements of the company, (c) are disclosed in the notes to the financial statements of the company, and (d) are not disclosed in the primary financial statements of the company. The following section provides an explanation of the composition of those capital management measures if not previously provided:

"Adjusted funds flow" is used by Enerplus and is useful to investors and securities analysts, in analyzing operating and financial performance, leverage and liquidity. The most directly comparable GAAP measure is cash flow from operating activities. Adjusted funds flow is calculated as cash flow from operating activities before asset retirement obligation expenditures and changes in non‑cash operating working capital.

"Net Debt" is calculated as current and long-term debt associated with senior notes plus any outstanding Bank Credit Facilities balances, less cash and cash equivalents. "Net debt" is useful to investors and securities analysts in analyzing financial liquidity and Enerplus considers net debt to be a key measure of capital management. For further details, see Note 8 to the Interim Financial Statements.

"Net debt to adjusted funds flow ratio" is used by Enerplus and is useful to investors and securities analysts in analyzing leverage and liquidity. The net debt to adjusted funds flow ratio is calculated as net debt divided by a trailing twelve months of adjusted funds flow. There is no directly comparable GAAP equivalent for this measure, and it is not equivalent to any of our debt covenants.

SUPPLEMENTARY FINANCIAL MEASURES

Supplementary financial measures are financial measures disclosed by a company that (a) are, or are intended to be, disclosed on a periodic basis to depict the historical or expected future financial performance, financial position or cash flow of a company, (b) are not disclosed in the financial statements of the company, (c) are not non-GAAP financial measures, and (d) are not non-GAAP ratios. The following section provides an explanation of the composition of those supplementary financial measures if not previously provided:

"Capital spending" Capital and office expenditures, excluding other capital assets/office capital and property and land acquisitions and divestments.

"Cash general and administrative expenses" or "Cash G&A expenses" General and administrative expenses that are settled through cash payout, as opposed to expenses that relate to accretion or other non-cash allocations that are recorded as part of general and administrative expenses.

"Cash share-based compensation" or "Cash SBC expenses" Share-based compensation that is settled by way of cash payout, as opposed to equity settled.

"Reinvestment rate" Comparing the amount of our capital spending as compared to adjusted funds flow (as a percentage).

Electronic copies of Enerplus' 2022 interim reports and annual 2021 Financial Statements and associated MD&As, along with other public information including investor presentations, are or will be available on the Company's website at www.enerplus.com. For further information, please contact Investor Relations at 1-800-319-6462 or email investorrelations@enerplus.com.

SOURCE Enerplus Corporation