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Oando Energy Resources announces year end results & reserves update

CALGARY, Alberta, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Oando Energy Resources Inc. ("OER" or the "Company") (TSX:OER), a company focused on oil exploration and production in Nigeria, today announced financial and operating results for the year ended December 31, 2012. The audited financial statements, notes and MD&A pertaining to the period are available on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at http://www.sedar.com and by visiting http://www.oandoenergyresources.com. All monetary figures reported herein are U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.

Operational Highlights

  • On December 20, 2012 the Company entered into an agreement with ConocoPhillips to acquire ConocoPhillips' Nigerian businesses for a total cash consideration of approximately US$1.79 billion. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions including the receipt (or waiver) of all approvals or consents from any governmental authority; and the waiver or non-exercise of rights of first refusal, if any, with respect to the shares to be acquired by OER and the assets underlying such shares;
  • On March 27, 2013 the Company announced that it had entered into binding documentation to acquire a 40% working interest in the Qua Ibo Marginal Field within OML 13, located onshore Nigeria, adding 1.04 Mmboe of \Proved plus Probable (2P) Reserves and 2.37 Mmboe of Best Estimate (2C) \Resources (net to OER). The acquisition is subject to approval by the TSX. For further details see the Company's  press release dated March 27, 2013;
  • 4,051 boepd in average net production for the year ended December 31, 2012. This represented an 18% decrease from the previous year;
  • $133.7 million in revenue from the sale of crude for the year ended December 31, 2012. This represented a 15% decrease from the previous year and was attributable to lower production in 2012 compared to 2011. This was a result of the natural decline in the reservoirs of the producing fields; and shut in of wells in OML 56 (Ebendo) field as was earlier announced;
  • Average Gross sales price realized per barrel of oil produced was $110.21 for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • 15.22 million boe of Proved plus Probable (2P) Reserves for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • 27.00 million boe of Best Estimate (2C) Contingent Resources for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Financial Highlights

  • $56.9 million in cash flow from operating activities for the year ended December 31,2012. This represented an increase of 4% from the previous year;
  • $15.6 million in net income for the year ended December 31,2012. This represented an increase of 699% from the previous year;
  • $77.8 million in capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2012. This represented a 19% increase from the previous year;
  • $17.9 million in cash and cash equivalents for the year ended December 31, 2012. This represented a decrease of 45% from the previous year; and
  • $480 million in long-term debt for the year ended December 31, 2012. This represented an increase of 439% from the previous year. The increase was primarily a result of a US$345 convertible loan from Oando PLC and US$90 million of bridge loans from a syndicate of Nigerian banks. These funds were used to finance a cash deposit required by the ConocoPhillips sale and purchase agreement.
  • On July 24, 2012, the Company completed a reverse take-over of Exile Resources Inc. and successfully listed Oando Energy Resources on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"Oando Energy Resources has undergone a significant transformation during 2012, as we achieved the status of a publically traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange during the third quarter and later closed the year by entering into an agreement with ConocoPhillips to purchase in excess of approximately 43,000 boepd of production as well as an exploration portfolio," said OER CEO, Pade Durotoye. "We believe that we now possess both a solid funding and operational platform with which our Nigerian focused management team can reliably build a leading indigenous independent oil & gas company that remains poised to grow its production volumes, reserves and resource base."

                                                       $ Change
                                                   (US$'000s, except
                      Year ended      Year ended          as
                     December 31,    December 31       otherwise
                         2012            2011         indicated)     % Change
                    ------------     -----------    ---------------  --------
                              US$'000s,
                    except as otherwise indicated      2012/2011     2012/2011
                    -----------------------------      ---------     ---------
         Sales          133,708        157,268         (23,560)       (0.15)
    Barrels of oil
      equivalent
    produced (bbl)     1,482,522      1,797,651        (315,129)       (18)
     Average sales
       price per
     barrel (US$)
        (Gross)         110.21          110.78          (0.57)        (0.01)
     Average sales
       price per
     barrel (US$)
       (Net)[1]          90.19          87.49            2.70          0.03
     Cashflow from
      operations        56,890          54,797           2,093            4
         Total
     Comprehensive
        Income          15,555         (2,596)          18,151          699
         Total
     Comprehensive
      Income on a
       per-share
         basis           0.15           (0.03)           0.18           600
     Total Assets      1,068,008       947,593          120,415          13

[1] Price excludes royalties (8% on OML 125 (Abo) and 5% on OML 56 (Ebendo)), Nigerian Government profit share of profit oil on the production sharing contract in respect of OML 125 (Abo)

Year End Reserves and Resources

OER also announces that it has filed its "Statement of Reserves Data And Other Oil and Gas Information" ("Form 51-101F1") for the year ended December 31, 2012. A copy of the Forms 51-101F1, 51-101F2 and 51-101F3 are available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at http://www.oandoenergyresources.com.

The Company's Nigerian assets were evaluated, with an effective date of December 31, 2012, by qualified independent reserves engineers The Petroleum and Renewable Energy Company Limited ("Petrenel) in their report dated March 21, 2013 (the "Petrenel Report"). The Company's Nigerian assets were evaluated by Petrenel in accordance with the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook and presented in the Petrenel Report.

About Oando Energy Resources Inc. (OER)

OER currently has a broad suite of producing, development and exploration properties in the Gulf of Guinea (predominantly in Nigeria) with current production of approximately 3,070 barrels of oil per day. OER has been specifically structured to take advantage of current opportunities for indigenous companies in Nigeria, which currently has the largest population in Africa, and one of the largest oil and gas resources in Africa.

Cautionary Statements

There is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the Contingent Resources.

The estimates of reserves and future net revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties, due to the effects of aggregation.

See the Company's Form 51-101F1 filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com on April 1, 2013.

Oil and Gas Equivalents

Production information is commonly reported in units of barrel of oil equivalent ("boe" or "Mboe" or "MMboe") or in units of natural gas equivalent ("Mcfe" or "MMcfe" or Bcfe"). However, boe's or Mcfe's may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf = 1 barrel, or a Mcfe conversion ratio of 1 barrel = 6 Mcf, is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the bumer tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Definitions

"Reserves" are estimated remaining quantities of oil and natural gas and related substances anticipated to be recoverable from known accumulations, as of a given date, based on analysis of drilling, geological, geophysical, and engineering data; the use of established technology; specified economic conditions, which are generally accepted as being reasonable, and shall be disclosed. Reserves are classified according to the degree of certainty associated with the estimates.

"Proved Reserves" are those Reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty to be recoverable. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the estimated Proved Reserves.

"Probable Reserves" are those additional Reserves that are less certain to be recovered than Proved Reserves. It is equally likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the sum of the estimated Proved plus Probable Reserves.

"Possible Reserves" are those additional Reserves that are less certain to be recovered than Probably Reserves. It is unlikely that the actual remaining quantitates recovered will exceed the sum of the estimated Proved plus Probable plus Possible Reserves.

"Contingent Resources" are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but which are not currently considered to be recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political and regulatory matters or lack of infrastructure or markets.  It is also appropriate to classify as contingent resources the estimated discovered recoverable quantities associated with a project in the early evaluation stage.  Contingent resources are further classified in accordance with the level of certainty associated with the estimates and may be sub-classified based on project maturity and/or characterized by their economic status.

"Best Estimate" is considered to be the best estimate of the quantity of resources that will actually be recovered. It is equally likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the best estimate. Those resources that fall within the best estimate have a 50% confidence level that the actual quantities recovered will equal or exceed the estimate.

"Low Estimate" is considered to be a conservative estimate of the quantity of resources that will actually be recovered. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the low estimate. Those resources at the low end of the estimate range have the highest degree of certainty - a 90% confidence level - that the actual quantities recovered will equal or exceed the estimate.

"High Estimate" is considered to be an optimistic estimate of the quantity of resources that will actually be recovered. It is unlikely that the actual remaining quantities of resources recovered will meet or exceed the high estimate. Those resources at the high end of the estimate range have a lower degree of certainty - a 10% confidence level - that the actual quantities recovered will equal or exceed the estimate.

Forward Looking Statements:

This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements.  In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements relating to intended acquisitions.

Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information because the Company can give no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to: risks related to international operations, the actual results of current exploration and drilling activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined and the future price of crude oil. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

There is no certainty that any portion of the resources referred to herein will be discovered and, if discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.

Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company's financial results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (http://www.sedar.com) for the Company. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

For further information:

Contact Information:

Pade Durotoye, CEO
Oando Energy Resources Inc.
pdurotoye@oandoenergyresources.com
+1-403-561-1713

Tokunboh Akindele
Head Investor Relations
Oando Energy Resources Inc.
takindele@oandoenergyresources.com
+1-403-560-7450

Jeremy Dietz/David Feick
Investor Relations
+1-403-218-2833
jdietz@equicomgroup.com
dfeick@equicomgroup.com

(OER. OER.WT. OER.WT.A.)


SOURCE Oando Energy Resources Inc.



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