Forward-Looking Statements and Information
Certain statements in this document are forward-looking statements and information (collectively “forward-looking statements”), within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are forward-looking and not historical facts.
Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, through the use of words or phrases such as “will likely result”, “are expected to”, “will continue”, “is anticipated”, “is targeting”, “estimated”, “intend”, “plan”, “projection”, “forecast”, “guidance”, “could”, “may”, “would”, “aim”, “vision”, “goals”, “objective”, “target”, “schedules” and “outlook”). In particular, forward-looking statements in this document include, but are not limited to, references to: the Company’s general strategic plans and growth strategies; design capacity of the Company’s Edam East, Vawn and Edam West Lloyd thermal projects; anticipated design capacity of the Company’s Dee Valley, Spruce Lake North and Spruce Lake Central Lloyd thermal projects; expected timing for completion of, and increase in processing capacity from, the crude oil flexibility project at the Lima Refinery; forecasted increase in asphalt capacity; and the expected timing of ramp-up to full gas sales rate at the BD Gas Project.
In addition, statements relating to “reserves” are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment based on certain estimates and assumptions that the reserves described can be profitably produced in the future. There are numerous uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of reserves and in projecting future rates of production and the timing of development expenditures. The total amount or timing of actual future production may vary from reserve and production estimates.
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected by the forward-looking statements presented in this document are reasonable, the Company’s forward-looking statements have been based on assumptions and factors concerning future events that may prove to be inaccurate. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the Company about itself and the businesses in which it operates. Information used in developing forward-looking statements has been acquired from various sources including third party consultants, suppliers, regulators and other sources.
Because actual results or outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which contribute to the possibility that the predicted outcomes will not occur. Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are similar to those faced by other oil and gas companies and some are unique to Husky.
The Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website www.sedar.com and the EDGAR website www.sec.gov) describe risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and are incorporated herein by reference.
New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company’s business 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. The impact of any one factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as such factors are dependent upon other factors, and the Company’s course of action would depend upon management’s assessment of the future considering all information available to it at the relevant time. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
This document contains certain terms which do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. None of these measurements are used to enhance the Company’s reported financial performance or position. The non-GAAP measures included in this document are: funds from operations and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures are considered to be useful as complementary measures in assessing Husky’s financial performance, efficiency and liquidity. These terms include:
The term “funds from operations” is a non-GAAP measure which should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, “cash flow – operating activities” as determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of financial performance. Funds from operations is presented in the Company’s financial reports to assist management and investors in analyzing operating performance of the Company in the stated period. Funds from operations equals cash flow – operating activities plus change in non-cash working capital.
Funds from Operations has been restated in order to be more comparable to similar non-GAAP measures presented by other companies. Changes from prior period presentation include the removal of adjustments for settlement of asset retirement obligations and deferred revenue. Prior periods have been restated to conform to current presentation.
The following table shows the reconciliation of net earnings (loss) to funds from operations for the years ended December 31:
|Net earnings (losses)||922||(3,850)||1,258|
|Items not affecting cash:|
|Depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment||2,462||8,644||4,010|
|Inventory write-down to net realizable value||9||22||211|
|Exploration and evaluation expenses||86||242||6|
|Deferred income taxes (recoveries)||29||(1,827)||(191)|
|Foreign exchange (gain)||(4)||27||71|
|Loss (gain) on sale of assets||(1,634)||(22)||(36)|
|Unrealized market to market (gain) loss||38||(14)||(7)|
|Share of equity investment loss (gain)||(15)||5||6|
|Settlement of asset retirement obligations||(87)||(98)||(167)|
|Change in non-cash working capital||(227)||427||217|
|Cash flow – operating activities||1,971||3,760||5,585|
|Change in non-cash working capital||227||(427)||(217)|
|Funds from operations||2,198||3,333||5,368|
The term “free cash flow” is a non-GAAP measure, which should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, “cash flow – operating activities” as determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of financial performance. Free cash flow equals funds from operations less capital expenditures.
Disclosure of Oil and Gas Information
Unless otherwise indicated: (i) reserves and resources estimates in this document have been prepared by internal qualified reserves evaluators in accordance with the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook, have an effective date of December 31, 2016 and represent the Company’s working interest share before royalties; (ii) projected and historical production volumes provided represent the Company’s working interest share before royalties; and (iii) historical production volumes provided are for the year ended December 31, 2016.
The Company uses the terms barrels of oil equivalent (“boe”), which is consistent with other oil and gas companies’ disclosures, and is calculated on an energy equivalence basis applicable at the burner tip whereby one barrel of crude oil is equivalent to six thousand cubic feet of natural gas. The term boe is used to express the sum of the total company products in one unit that can be used for comparisons. Readers are cautioned that the term boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. This measure is used for consistency with other oil and gas companies but does not represent value equivalency at the wellhead.
The Company uses the term reserves replacement ratio, which is consistent with other oil and gas companies’ disclosures. Reserves replacement ratios for a given period are determined by taking the Company’s incremental proved reserves additions for that period divided by the Company’s upstream production for the same period. The reserves replacement ratio measures the amount of reserves added to a company’s reserves base during a given period relative to the amount of oil and gas produced during that same period. A company’s reserves replacement ratio must be at least 100% for the company to maintain its reserves. The reserves replacement ratio only measures the amount of reserves added to a company’s reserves base during a given period.
Note to U.S. Readers
The Company reports its reserves and resources information in accordance with Canadian practices and specifically in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities, adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators. Because the Company is permitted to prepare its reserves and resources information in accordance with Canadian disclosure requirements, it may use certain terms in that disclosure that U.S. oil and gas companies generally do not include or may be prohibited from including in their filings with the SEC.
All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.