C&C Energia Reports First Quarter Operating and Financial Results

May 10, 2012

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2012) - C&C Energia Ltd. ("C&C Energia" or the "Corporation") (CZE.TO - News) is pleased to report its operating and financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Average daily production for the first quarter 2012 was 10,391 bopd which was nearly double that of the same period in 2011. Funds flow from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $41.7 million, an increase of over 75% from the prior year period. During the first quarter 2012, C&C Energia realized an average price of $111.44 on its sales generating operating netbacks of $63.70 per barrel. The Corporation has a strong balance sheet with a $63.2 million adjusted working capital surplus (including $94.8 million in cash) and no debt.

Current production is approximately 10,350 bopd and average production for 2012 remains forecast to be between 10,000 and 10,500 bopd, generating approximately $160 million in after tax cash flow based on an expected realized price of approximately $93.50 per barrel.

C&C Energia will be filing its interim financial statements and management's discussion and analysis as at and for the three months ended March 31, 2012, which will contain detailed information regarding the Corporation's results. When filed, these documents will be available for review under C&C's profile on the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).


(All references to $ are to United States dollars unless otherwise noted.)

                                                         Three Months Ended 

                                                                  March 31, 

(unaudited)                                                2012        2011 



Operating                                                (thousands of US$, 

                                                      except share, per bbl 

                                                          and bopd amounts) 


Operating cash flow (1)                                  60,799      26,101 


Average crude oil volumes (before royalties)                                

  Production (bopd)                                      10,391       5,426 

  Sales (bopd)                                           10,782       5,563 


Average reference price                                                     

  WTI ($ per bbl)                                        103.14       94.49 


Operating netback ($ per bbl) (4)                                           

  Average realized price (4)                             111.44       96.01 


  Royalties                                              (12.98)     (13.08)


  Production expenses                                    (18.18)     (17.70)


  Transportation expenses                                (16.58)      (9.69)


Operating netback                                         63.70       55.54 





Oil revenues (net of royalties)                          96,603      41,519 


Funds flow from operations (2)                           41,692      23,562 


  Per share - basic ($)                                    0.65        0.43 


  Per share - diluted ($)                                  0.65        0.42 

Net income                                               13,469      (1,043)


  Per share - basic ($)                                    0.21       (0.02)


  Per share - diluted ($)                                  0.21       (0.02)

Capital expenditures                                     48,692      34,197 


Total assets                                            552,765     319,677 


Debt                                                          -           - 

Adjusted working capital surplus (3)                     63,207      64,726 


Common shares outstanding                                                   

  Basic                                              63,842,503  54,297,503 


  Fully Diluted                                      69,360,005  59,522,505 

Weighted average common shares outstanding                                  

  Basic                                              63,842,503  54,297,503 


  Diluted                                            64,113,939  56,136,401 


Notes (See "GAAP, Additional GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures", below:

(1) Operating cash flow is oil revenues less royalties, operating expenses, transportation expenses and administration expenses. Operating cash flow is a non-GAAP measure (as defined herein) because it is not presented in the 2011 annual consolidated financial statements.

(2) Funds flow from operations is cash flow from operating activities before changes in other non-cash working capital items. Funds flow from operations is an additional GAAP measure because it is presented in Note 12 to the Corporation's 2011 annual consolidated financial statements.

(3) Adjusted working capital surplus includes current assets less current liabilities excluding risk management contracts (unrealized gains (losses) on commodity swaps) and deferred taxes. Adjusted working capital surplus is a non-GAAP measure because it is not presented in the 2011 annual consolidated financial statements.

(4) Excludes impact of risk management contracts (unrealized gains (losses) on commodity swaps).


--  Increased average first quarter 2012 production to 10,391 barrels of oil

    per day ("bopd"), nearly double from the same quarter of 2011 and on par

    with the fourth quarter of 2011. Current production levels are

    approximately 10,350 bopd. 

--  Funds flow (after tax) from operations for the first quarter was $41.7

    million, an increase of over 75% compared to the first quarter of 2011. 

--  Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $13.5 million compared to

    net loss of $(1.0) million in the first quarter of 2011. Reflected in

    the current quarter net income is a realized loss on commodity hedges of

    $6.0 million relating to strong oil prices over the period. 

--  Operating netbacks for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $63.70

    per barrel based on an average realized price of $111.44 per barrel. 

--  In 2011, the Corporation constructed a major facilities project, costing

    approximately $40 million on the Cravoviejo block at the Carrizales

    Field. This facility will handle up to 120,000 barrels per day of total

    fluids, has 35,000 barrels of oil storage, a 6.4 megawatt power plant,

    water disposal, and three new truck loading facilities. The completion

    of these facilities is expected to result in approximately 10% operating

    costs savings for the balance of 2012. 

--  During the first quarter 2012, the Corporation completed drilling five

    wells, three exploration wells (IVF-2, Cachalote-1 and Tardigrado-1),

    one appraisal well (Abedus-3) and one planned injection well

    (Carrizales-19) resulting in three dry holes and one oil well. 

--  Over the past two weeks, the Corporation completed the drilling of the

    Tormento-1 well to 15,200 feet on the Llanos 19 block and the Saimiri-1

    well to 10,267 feet on the Cravoviejo block. Both of these exploration

    wells have been cased and will be completed and tested over the next 30-

    45 days. 

--  For the remainder of the second quarter 2012, the Corporation plans to

    drill and test two development wells on the Zopilote field and two

    exploratory wells, one in the Pajaro Pinto block (Lagarto-1) and one on

    the Cachicamo block (Greta Oto-1). 


C&C Energia has 8 blocks (7 operated) in Colombia with a total of 626,000 acres (508,000 net acres). The Corporation's lands are located in the Llanos Basin (4 blocks), Middle Magdalena Valley (1 block), and Putumayo Basin (3 blocks).

During the first quarter of 2012, the Corporation invested $48.7 million primarily in the following areas: drilling and completion $20.9 million, workovers $4.6 million, civil works $12.5 million, facilities and roads $6.3 million, seismic programs $2.0 million and general property and capitalized G&A of $2.4 million.

Llanos Basin

During the first quarter 2012, the Corporation drilled three wells on its Llanos Basin blocks, Abedus-3 and Carrizales-19 (Cravoviejo) and IVF-2 (Cachicamo). The Abedus-3 appraisal well tested oil from the Carbonera C-5 Formation and will be tied into the Carrizales production facilities. Carrizales-19 is the second water injection well put into service to provide pressure support for the water flood program in the Gacheta reservoir in the Carrizales field. The full impact of this waterflood program on production and reserves in the Gacheta reservoir will be determined as further results are assessed. The IVF-2 exploration well on the Cachicamo Block was plugged and abandoned.

Subsequent to the end of the first quarter the Corporation drilled and cased, to 10,267 feet, the Saimiri-1 exploration well on the west side of the Cravoviejo Block. This well will be completed and tested over the next 30 days. In addition the Corporation commenced drilling the Zopilote-8 development well, one of two development wells planned in the Zopilote field for the second quarter of 2012.

In the Llanos 19 block, the Corporation recently reached total depth of 15,200 feet in the Tormento-1 well and plans to complete and test this well during the second quarter. Also, during the second quarter the Corporation plans to drill an exploratory well, Lagarto-1, on the Pajaro Pinto Block and the Greta Oto-1 well, the first of five exploratory wells planned in 2012 for the Cachicamo Block.

Putumayo Basin

During the first quarter 2012, the Cachalote-1 and Tardigrado-1 wells, on the Andaquies Block (64% working interest in 114,875 acres), were drilled and evaluated. These wells encountered prospective Neme and Caballos sandstone reservoirs with good porosity and oil shows but were water bearing and were plugged and abandoned. C&C and its partner currently are evaluating the future exploration plans for this block.

The Corporation currently is participating (50% working interest) in a 95km2 3D seismic program on the Aguti prospect located on the eastern margin of the Putumayo-8 block (102,800 acres). This new 3D seismic data combined with Corporation's existing 2D seismic will assist in defining drilling locations and currently one well is planned for the fourth quarter 2012.


The Corporation has approved a capital investment budget for 2012 of between $140 and $150 million. The Corporation expects to invest funds as follows: seismic, approximately $4 million to $6 million; drilling, completions and testing approximately $87 million to $92 million; field development and work-overs approximately $17 million; facilities and equipment approximately $27 million to $30 million; and $5 million for various other projects. Production for 2012 remains forecast between 10,000 and 10,500 bopd, a 20% increase over the 2011 annual average daily production. The Corporation plans to drill 19 wells in 2012, with the potential for three follow-on appraisal wells.


The Corporation, through its subsidiary Grupo C&C Energia (Barbados) Ltd., is engaged in the exploration for and the development and production of oil resources in Colombia. Its strategy is to develop producing oil assets by appraising and developing existing discoveries and exploring in areas assessed by management to be of low to moderate risk. With a total of eight blocks (seven operated) and over 626,000 acres (508,000 net acres) in Colombia, the Corporation's management expects that C&C Energia has considerable upside for future production and reserve growth.


This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws that involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "potential", "could",

"will", "plans" or similar words suggesting future outcomes. The Corporation cautions readers and prospective investors in the Corporation's securities to not place undue reliance on forward-looking

information as by its nature, it is based on current expectations regarding future events that involve a number of assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ

materially from those anticipated by C&C Energia.

Forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, information concerning the expectations of the Corporation with respect to future production (including the estimated average production for 2012 and expected after tax cash flow for 2012), the Corporation's drilling plans, plans and expectations regarding the completion of certain of the Corporation's wells and expected future production from such wells and management's expectations regarding potential future production and reserve growth. These forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions regarding the Corporation's operations and the operating environment in Colombia. The Corporation's drilling and seismic plans are subject to change if circumstances change or if management of the Corporation determines that other business plans are more appropriate. In particular, the Corporation's expectations regarding average production for 2012 are based on assumptions that there will be no material disruptions to its operations or material difficulties in delivering oil during the year. Expectations regarding cash flow for 2012 are based on an expected average realized oil price of $90.00 and on assumptions that production will be as forecast and that there will not be any material increases to operating costs for the period.

Forward-looking information involves significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by C&C Energia including, but not limited to, general risks associated with the oil and gas industry (e.g. operational risks in exploration; inherent uncertainties in interpreting geological data; changes in plans with respect to exploration or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of estimates and projections in relation to costs and expenses and health, safety and environmental risks), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, the uncertainty associated with the negotiating with the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) or with other third parties in countries other than Canada and the risk associated with international activity. The forward-looking information included in this news release is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking information included herein is made as of the date hereof and C&C Energia assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.


The Corporation's financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") which are generally accepted accounting principles for publicly accountable enterprises in Canada ("GAAP").

This report makes reference to the terms that do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and accordingly, the Corporation's use of these terms may not be comparable to similarly defined measures presented by other companies.

Additional GAAP Measures

The term "funds flow from operations" is an additional GAAP measure because it is presented in Note 12 to the annual consolidated financial statements. Funds flow from operations is cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital.

Non-GAAP Measures

The terms "operating cash flow", "operating netbacks", "netbacks" and "adjusted working capital", are non-GAAP measures because they are not presented in the 2011 annual consolidated financial statements. Operating cash flow is oil revenues less royalties, operating expenses, transportation expenses and administration expenses. Operating netback is determined by dividing oil sales revenues less royalties, production expenses and transportation expenses by sales volumes. Management considers netback and operating netback important as it is a measure of profitability per barrel sold and reflects the quality of production. Netbacks are calculated by subtracting royalties, production expenses, transportation expenses, administrative expenses, interest and taxes paid by the Corporation from crude oil revenue and dividing by sales volumes. Adjusted working capital surplus includes current assets less current liabilities, excluding risk management contracts (unrealized gains (losses) on commodity swaps) and future taxes and is used to evaluate the Corporation's financial leverage.

Management uses these additional and non-GAAP measurements for its own performance measures and to provide its shareholders and potential investors with a measurement of the Corporation's efficiency and its ability to fund a portion of its future growth expenditures.