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Spartan Delta Corp. Second Quarter 2020 Results

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   |    Thursday,August 20,2020

Spartan Delta Corp. reported its Q2 2020 results.

Q2 Highlights:

  • In connection with the Transaction, the Company raised gross proceeds of $64.0 million through non-brokered equity private placements at a subscription price of $2.00 per common share. Spartan also established the Credit Facility, which has an authorized borrowing amount of $100.0 million.
  • Spartan reported average production of 8,906 BOE/d (70% gas) for the three months ended June 30, 2020, with June production from the Transaction averaging 26,200 BOE/d.
  • Oil and gas sales revenue (before royalties) was $11.6 million. Spartan’s combined average realized price was $14.31 per BOE ($14.48 per BOE after financial instruments).
  • Spartan’s natural gas production is 100% AECO linked and the Company has strategically hedged approximately 60% of its natural gas volumes for the second half of 2020 and approximately 45% of forecast natural gas volumes for 2021 to protect project economics and cash flows.
  • Corporate royalty rates averaged 6.5% of oil and gas sales, $0.93 per BOE. Operating and transportation expenses averaged $6.96 per BOE and $1.38 per BOE, respectively.
  • Spartan reported an Operating Netback of $5.90 per BOE
  • The Company reported Adjusted Funds from Operations of $3.4 million ($0.07 per share, diluted), resulting in a Corporate Netback of $4.19 per BOE after general and administrative and interest expenses of $1.48 per BOE and $0.23 per BOE, respectively
  • Total capital expenditures were $110.0 million inclusive of $108.8 million incurred for the Transaction, and approximately $1.0 million on seismic.
  • As at June 30, 2020, Spartan’s Liability Management Rating (“LMR“) exceeded 6.0 in Alberta. Spartan is committed to environmental stewardship and seeks to maintain an industry leading LMR.
  • As at June 30, 2020, Spartan had drawn $26.9 million on its Credit Facility and had Net Debt of $26.2 million (see “Reader Advisories – Non-GAAP Measures“, below). The Company is well positioned to confront the challenges of the current business environment and has sufficient financial flexibility to take advantage of future opportunities.

Message to Shareholders: "Structural changes to the market over the last two quarters have materially enhanced the opportunity set for Spartan’s targeted acquisition and consolidation strategy. The Company is focused across multiple jurisdictions on rarely seen opportunities to acquire top tier assets at historically low valuations, while utilizing restructuring tools to reduce burdensome debt, legacy fixed cost commitments and unnecessary overhead. The Company’s intent is to acquire a diversified portfolio of quality assets that can be restructured, optimized and rebranded, financially or operationally to yield lower payout ratios and generate material free cash flow. Simultaneously, the Company continues to focus on the expansion of its opportunity suite through internally generated prospects and strategic tuck-in acquisitions.

"Consistent with Spartan’s core values around environmental, social and governance (“ESG“) stewardship of assets, and investor capital, Spartan is fostering a mutually beneficial relationship based on trust and mutual respect with the O’Chiese First Nation. Furthermore, the Company’s focus remains on the health and safety of all our staff and communities in which we operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Despite the market volatility and physical challenges presented by COVID-19, on June 1, 2020, the Company closed a transformational asset acquisition for total consideration of $108.8 million consisting of high-quality, multi-zone, oil and gas operated production in Alberta, a large land base and strategic infrastructure. This infrastructure, with an estimated $200 million of replacement value net to the Company, ensures Spartan can capitalize on both organic growth and strategic acquisitions, positively impacting corporate operating efficiencies. The Transaction positions Spartan as an intermediate energy company whose growth strategy is focused on the acquisition and sustainable development of underexploited and undercapitalized assets.

"Spartan recognized a gain of $53.0 million on the Transaction, highlighting the strength of the acquisition metrics and quality of the underlying assets, as well as Spartan’s ability to access capital in a challenging business environment. The Company raised gross proceeds of $64.0 million through non-brokered equity private placements at a subscription price of $2.00 per common share and established a $100.0 million revolving credit facility with a syndicate of financial institutions."

Name Change

On June 1, 2020, the Company completed a name change from “Return Energy Inc.” to “Spartan Delta Corp.” and a consolidation of common shares on the basis of a ratio of one-hundred (100) pre-consolidation common shares for each post-consolidation common share.

Operational Update

In response to COVID-19, Spartan is following all applicable rules and regulations as set out by the relevant health authorities and has implemented health and safety protocols into its operations. Spartan and its staff have adapted to the new work environment without significant disruptions at any operated facility or in day-to-day operations and virtual corporate and operational integration of new staff and corporate objectives has been successful through the first months of operations.

While the second quarter of 2020 continued to present challenges for the broader energy industry, Spartan maintained its focus on acquiring, closing and integrating the assets acquired through the Transaction. The Spartan team continues to successfully execute on production and cost optimization opportunities.


The Company is currently preparing a six (net) well Spirit River drilling program set to commence in the fourth quarter with the first of the wells expected to be online by year end. The program is expected to pay out in less than twelve months and deliver greater than 100% internal rate of return on current commodity strip pricing. Even after taking into account planned capital expenditures, Spartan will continue to generate significant free cash flow.

Looking forward through the remainder of 2020 and into 2021, Spartan plans to take advantage of the strength of its balance sheet, access to capital, shallow production decline rate, and strategic infrastructure to target future consolidation opportunities across the basin.

Spartan has demonstrated resilience in volatile markets and continues to execute the building of an ESG-focused business to generate sustainable free cash flow and shareholder returns.

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