(Touchstone, 14.Nov.2023) — Touchstone Exploration Inc. (TSX, LSE: TXP) provided an operational update and reports its operating and financial results for the three and nine months ended 30 Sep. 2023.
Paul Baay, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“The positive impact that initial output from our Cascadura field has had on both our production profile, and more importantly, our operating cash flows is clear. The results from the first few weeks of production at Cascadura demonstrate that we can look forward to materially enhanced operational and financial results.“
“While we are encouraged with our initial output levels, we are focused on optimizing production across our portfolio including Cascadura, Coho and our legacy oil properties. These operations are anticipated to be completed by the end of the year and will provide Touchstone with a strong platform upon which to continue our growth in 2024.
Along with our significant production gains, we continue to work to expand our land footprint and look forward to commencing our development drilling program on both the Ortoire block and our legacy acreage.“
Third Quarter 2023 and Recent Operational Highlights
- Achieved first production from the Cascadura-1ST1 well on 6 Sep. 2023 and initial production from the Cascadura Deep-1 well on 14 Sep. 2023.
- Produced record quarterly average volumes of 3,391 boe/d in the third quarter of 2023, representing a 167 percent increase relative to the 1,272 boe/d produced in the third quarter of 2022.
- Achieved average net sales volumes of 8,917 boe/d in October 2023, with the Cascadura field contributing 7,234 boe/d in the month.
- Cascadura wells are currently restricted by surface chokes while final facility commissioning progresses, with a production volume increase expected when the recycle compressor is operational.
- Coho-1 well workover is currently scheduled for late Nov. 2023 to isolate water production from the lowest set of perforations.
- Preparations are underway at our Cascadura and CO-1 fields for future development drilling.
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results Highlights
- Realized petroleum and natural gas sales of $11,682,000 compared to $9,933,000 in the 2022 comparative quarter, as $3,855,000 of incremental natural gas and NGL sales were partially offset by a $2,106,000 decrease in crude oil sales, reflecting a 15 percent decline in realized crude oil pricing and a 7 percent reduction in crude oil production.
- Cascadura field production volumes in the quarter contributed $1,871,000 of natural gas sales at an average realized price of $2.40/Mcf and $1,264,000 of NGL sales at an average realized price of $78.12/bbl.
- Natural gas production from the Coho-1 well averaged net volumes of 3.7 MMcf/d (618 boe/d) in the quarter and contributed $720,000 of net natural gas sales at an average realized price of $2.11/Mcf.
- Generated an operating netback of $6,011,000, representing a 37 percent increase from the 2022 third quarter primarily reflecting incremental Cascadura natural gas and NGL production volumes.
- Reported funds flow from operations of $2,432,000 in the third quarter of 2023 compared to $6,000 in the preceding quarter and $256,000 in the prior year equivalent quarter.
- Recognized net earnings of $988,000 and comprehensive income of $809,000 in the quarter compared to a net loss of $778,000 and a comprehensive loss of $1,228,000 reported in the third quarter of 2022.
- $3,609,000 in quarterly capital investments primarily focused on expenditures related to the construction and commissioning of the Cascadura natural gas and liquids facility and three Royston-1X well production tests.
- Exited the quarter with a cash balance of $3,794,000, a bank debt principal balance of $29,500,000 and a net debt position of $29,919,000.
- 31 Oct. 2023 estimated cash balance of approximately $5.4mn.
Touchstone commenced production from the Cascadura facility in Sep. 2023, with the Cascadura-1ST1well and the Cascadura Deep-1 well coming onstream on 6 Sep. 2023 and 14 Sep. 2023, respectively. Both wells are currently restricted by surface chokes while we proceed with final commissioning of the facility. The facility is designed as a closed system where vent gas from both the condensate flash separator and the vapours off the condensate storage tanks are captured, compressed, and reinjected into the system for sales, resulting in minimal emissions. The recycle compressor is currently non-operational resulting in vented production volumes being flared at the facility. Once the compressor is operational, we will be able to optimize the facility and we expect to see an increase in production volumes.
Our Coho facility has been operational for over a year and has produced approximately 2.26 billion cubic feet of gross natural gas volumes through Oct. 2023. The Coho-1 well had a workover completed in Oct. 2023 which was designed to isolate and shut off water production from the lowest perforations in the well. The workover was unsuccessful as the packer collapsed after the well commenced dry natural gas production. We have sourced a second packer which is currently scheduled to be installed prior to the end of Nov. 2023, with the well continuing to produce until we commence the workover.
In Oct. 2023, we achieved average net sales volumes of 8,917 boe/d as follows:
- Cascadura field contributed net sales volumes of 7,234 boe/d (9,042 boe/d gross) consisting of:
- net natural gas sales volumes of 38.7 MMcf/d or 6,456 boe/d (48.4 MMcf/d or 8,069 boe/d gross) with a realized price of $2.43/Mcf; and
- net natural gas liquids volumes of 778 bbls/d (973 bbls/d gross) with an average realized price of $77.18 per barrel.
- Net average natural gas sales volumes from Coho were 3.1 MMcf/d or 519 boe/d (3.9 MMcf/d or 649 boe/d gross) at a realized price of $2.15/Mcf.
- Average gross and net daily crude oil sales volumes were 1,164 bbls/d with an average realized price of $77.18 per barrel.
Touchstone has designed a work program for the Royston-1X well that will isolate and evaluate the two uppermost zones in the wellbore and expects to commence testing prior to the end of the year.
The company is preparing to commence development drilling on our Cascadura and CO-1 fields. At Cascadura, the third-party drilling company is on site to obtain the required drilling rig certifications. At CO-1, we plan to drill two development wells off an existing surface lease and have contracted a Trinidad based drilling company to perform these operations. The rig is currently undergoing certifications to drill a well for another party and once complete it will be mobilized to our lease site, where we expect to drill the two CO-1 prospects in the first quarter of 2024.