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Total Energy Services Inc. Announces 2017 Results

CALGARY, Alberta, March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Total Energy Services Inc. (“Total Energy” or the “Company”) announces its consolidated financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017.

Financial Highlights
($000’s except per share data)        

 Three months ended
December 31
 Year ended
December 31
  2017 2016 Change  2017  2016 Change
Revenue$  180,230$  57,415 214% $  604,662 $  197,800 206%
Operating income (loss) 9,680 (4,296)nm   3,205  (15,110)nm 
EBITDA (1) 29,729 3,554 736%  71,604  14,041 410%
Cashflow 27,803 2,827 883%  76,571  15,717 387%
Net income (loss) 6,554 (3,667)nm   (3,703) (11,914)69%
Attributable to shareholders 6,195 (3,667)nm   (1,916) (11,914)84%
        
Per Share Data (Diluted)       
EBITDA (1) 0.64 0.11 482%  1.71  0.45 280%
Cashflow 0.60 0.09 567%  1.82  0.51 257%
        
Attributable to shareholders:       
Net income (loss) 0.13  (0.12)nm    (0.05)  (0.38)87%
        
     Dec. 31,Dec. 31,%
Financial Position at    20172016Change
Total Assets    $  1,066,781 $  522,599 104%
Long-Term Debt and Obligations Under Finance Leases (excluding current portion)  257,845   46,557 454%
Working Capital (2)     54,892   71,770 (24%)
Net Debt (3)     202,953   - nm 
Shareholders’ Equity     546,574   364,302 50%
        
Shares Outstanding (000’s)(4)       
Basic and Diluted  46,238  30,920  50%  41,963  30,967 36%
        

Notes 1 through 4 please refer to the Notes to the Financial Highlights set forth at the end of this release. 
“nm” – calculation is not meaningful


Total Energy’s financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017 include the financial results for Savanna Energy Services Corp. (“Savanna”) from April 5, 2017.  During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company incurred approximately $0.9 million of non-recurring costs related to the integration of Savanna and remediation of Savanna’s enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system.  Included in 2017 selling, general and administrative expenses are $7.6 million of non-recurring expenses, including $6.0 million of expenses related to the acquisition and integration of Savanna and $1.4 million of expenses related to the remediation of the Savanna ERP system.  Excluding these non-recurring expenses, EBITDA for 2017 was approximately $79.0 million.

Total Energy’s Contract Drilling Services segment (“CDS”) generated $51.4 million of revenue during the fourth quarter of 2017 on a fleet utilization of 23%, recording 2,476 operating days (spud to rig release) with a fleet of 119 drilling rigs, compared to 298 operating days, or 18% utilization, during the fourth quarter of 2016 with a fleet of 18 drilling rigs.  During the fourth quarter of 2017, revenue per operating day was $20,766, with 1,393 operating days in Canada (86 rigs at 18% utilization), 854 days in the United States (28 rigs at 33% utilization) and 229 days in Australia (5 rigs at 50% utilization).

The Rental and Transportation Services segment (“RTS”) generated $18.4 million of revenue during the fourth quarter of 2017, a 64% increase from the fourth quarter of 2016.  Fourth quarter major rental equipment utilization for 2017 was 24% as compared to 18% in 2016.  Segment revenue per utilized rental piece increased 8% for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.  This segment exited 2017 with approximately 11,000 pieces of major rental equipment and 112 heavy trucks as compared to 10,000 rental pieces and 121 heavy trucks at December 31, 2016. 

Revenue in the Compression and Process Services segment (“CPS”) increased 74% to $73.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 compared to $42.1 million for the same period in 2016.  This segment exited 2017 with a $167.9 million backlog of fabrication sales orders as compared to $65.5 million at December 31, 2016 and $160.7 million at September 30, 2017.  At December 31, 2017, there was 40,000 horsepower in the compression rental fleet, of which approximately 22,800 horsepower was on rent.  This compares to 12,600 horsepower on rent at December 31, 2016 and 20,200 horsepower at September 30, 2017.  The compression rental fleet operated at an average utilization rate of 54% during the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to 32% during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Total Energy’s Well Servicing segment (“WS”) generated $37.2 million of revenue during the fourth quarter of 2017 on 39,592 billable hours, or $883 per billable hour, with a fleet of 86 service rigs located in Canada (57 rigs), the United States (17 rigs) and Australia (12 rigs).  Service rig utilization for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was 34% in Canada, 30% in the United States and 45% in Australia.  The WS segment was established with the acquisition of Savanna.   

During the fourth quarter, Total Energy declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share to shareholders of record on December 29, 2017.  This dividend was paid on January 31, 2018.  For Canadian income tax purposes, all dividends paid by Total Energy on its common shares are designated as “eligible dividends” unless otherwise indicated.

Outlook and 2018 Capital Expenditure Budget Increase

Oil and natural gas drilling and completion activity continues to recover in the markets in which Total Energy competes with the exception of Canada, where unique market challenges have resulted in stagnant activity levels.  In this environment, the Company remains focused on the continued growth of its international businesses and strong cost management within Canadian operations. 

With the exception of the Savanna ERP system remediation, the integration of Savanna is substantially complete and the Company expects to realize at least $14 million of operating and selling, general and administrative cost savings in 2018.  Total Energy will look to complete the Savanna ERP system remediation during 2018 and all related costs will continue to be expensed.

Canadian drilling activity levels have begun the seasonal decline heading into spring break-up, with natural gas producers having already significantly curtailed drilling activity over the past few weeks.  Current indications are that Canadian drilling activity following spring break up will increasingly focus on light oil opportunities, for which the Company’s drilling rig fleet is well suited.  In the United States, the Company has ceased drilling operations in the Marcellus and efforts are underway to consolidate operations in Texas and the Rocky Mountain region in order to achieve economies and efficiencies of scale.  In Australia, drilling and completion activity is expected to increase during 2018 compared to 2017.

Total Energy’s CPS segment exited 2017 with a record fabrication sales backlog.  Underlying this backlog is increasing international demand, particularly in the United States.  Demand for the rental of compression equipment in the United States is also strong and the Company has increased its 2018 capital expenditure budget by $15 million to support the continued growth of its compression rental fleet. 

The Company’s increased 2018 capital budget of $48.0 million consists of $24.0 million of equipment maintenance and upgrade expenditures and $24.0 million for the CPS segment to continue its international expansion and for additions to its compression rental fleet.  Capital expenditures for 2017 totaled $39.2 million, which includes $11.8 million expended by Savanna prior to April 5, 2017.  During 2017, the Company realized proceeds of $5.9 million from the sale of equipment, notably within the RTS segment where approximately 700 rental pieces and 13 heavy trucks were disposed of or decommissioned during the fourth quarter.  Fleet rationalization will continue in 2018 within the CDS, RTS and WS segments.  The Company will also look to dispose of excess real estate arising from the acquisition of Savanna.

At December 31, 2017, the Company’s debt amounted to $327.7 million and consisted of $196.0 million drawn on the Company’s $225 million revolving primary credit facility (3.65% interest rate), $61.3 million of mortgage debt (3.56% weighted average interest rate), $67.5 million of Savanna senior unsecured notes (7.0% interest rate) and $2.9 million of limited partnership debt (5.45% weighted average interest rate). 

Total Energy’s working capital position at December 31, 2017 was $54.9 million, including $25.8 million of cash and marketable securities.  Such working capital position reflects the classification of the $67.5 million of Savanna senior unsecured notes as a current liability given their maturity in May of 2018.  In addition to the Company’s $225 million revolving primary credit facility, Savanna has a $5.0 million revolving line of credit that was undrawn at December 31, 2017.  The Company was in compliance with all debt covenants at December 31, 2017 and able to fully draw on the remaining amounts available under its revolving credit facilities.  The primary credit facility also provides the Company with the option to increase such facility by $75 million subject to certain terms and conditions including the agreement of the lenders to increase their commitments.

Conference Call

At 9:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) on March 9, 2018 Total Energy will conduct a conference call and webcast to discuss its fourth quarter financial results.  Daniel Halyk, President & Chief Executive Officer, will host the conference call.  A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on the Company’s website at www.totalenergy.ca by selecting “Webcasts”.  Persons wishing to participate in the conference call may do so by calling (800) 273-9672 or (416) 340-2216.  Those who are unable to listen to the call live may listen to a recording of it on Total Energy’s website.  A recording of the conference call will also be available until April 9, 2018 by dialing (800) 408-3053 (passcode 7388288#).

Selected Financial Information

Selected financial information relating to the three months and the year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 is attached to this news release.  This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of Total Energy and the attached notes to the consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis to be issued in due course and reproduced in the Company’s 2017 annual report.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

   December 31, December 31,
   2017 2016
   (audited) (audited)
Assets     
Current assets:     
 Cash and cash equivalents  $  21,154  $  15,916
 Accounts receivable   150,990   47,545
 Inventory   68,266   54,964
 Income taxes receivable   1,176   -
 Other assets   4,631   5,095
 Prepaid expenses and deposits   15,148   4,029
    261,365   127,549
      
Property, plant and equipment   793,464   383,497
Income taxes receivable   7,070   7,070
Deferred tax asset   829   430
Goodwill   4,053   4,053
   $ 1,066,781  $  522,599
      
Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity     
Current liabilities:     
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $   108,421   $    36,755
 Deferred revenue   21,625   13,573
 Dividends payable    2,774   1,856
 Income taxes payable   -   249
 Current portion of obligations under finance leases   1,595   1,408
 Current portion of long-term debt   72,058   1,938
    206,473   55,779
      
Long-term debt   255,640   44,962
      
Obligations under finance leases   2,205   1,595
      
Onerous lease liability   2,734   -
      
Deferred tax liability   53,155   55,961
      
Shareholders' equity:     
Share capital   291,317   88,654
Contributed surplus    4,550   7,683
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (10,194)  -
Non-controlling interest   1,196   -
Retained earnings   259,705   267,965
    546,574   364,302
      
   $ 1,066,781  $  522,599



Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars except per share amounts)

 Three months ended
December 31
 Year ended
December 31
 2017 2016 2017 2016
 (unaudited) (unaudited) (audited) (audited)
        
Revenue$  180,230  $  57,415  $  604,662  $  197,800 
        
Cost of services 137,793   47,258   484,389   160,541 
Selling, general and administration 13,332   6,444   48,500   22,924 
Share-based compensation 594   234   1,787   1,311 
Depreciation 18,831   7,775   66,781   28,134 
Operating income (loss) 9,680   (4,296)  3,205   (15,110)
        
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment 1,218   75   1,618   1,017 
Finance income -   57   -   547 
Finance costs (3,902)  (621)  (14,198)  (2,426)
Net income (loss) before income taxes 6,996   (4,785)  (9,375)  (15,972)
        
Current income tax (recovery) expense (350)  1,307   (3,506)  1,950 
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense 792   (2,425)  (2,166)  (6,008)
Total income tax (recovery) expense 442   (1,118)  (5,672)  (4,058)
        
Net income (loss) for the year$  6,554  $ (3,667) $  (3,703) $  (11,914)
        
Net income (loss) attributable to:       
Shareholders of the Company$  6,195  $ (3,667) $  (1,916) $  (11,914)
Non-controlling interest$  359   -  $  (1,787) $  - 
        
Earnings (loss) per share:       
Basic earnings per share $  0.13  $  (0.12) $  (0.05) $  (0.38)
Diluted earnings per share$  0.13  $  (0.12) $  (0.05) $  (0.38)
        

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (loss)

 Three months ended
December 31
 Year ended
December 31
 2017 2016 2017 2016
 (unaudited) (unaudited) (audited) (audited)
        
Net income (loss) for the year$  6,554  $  (3,667) $   (3,703) $  (11,914)
        
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) (OCI):       
        
Changes in fair value of long-term investment -   -   665   - 
Realized gain on long-term investment -   -   (665)  - 
Foreign currency translation adjustment (413)  -   (11,233)  - 
Deferred tax effect (1,883)  -   1,039   - 
Total other comprehensive loss for the year (2,296)    -     (10,194)    - 
        
Total comprehensive income (loss)$  4,258   (3,667) $  (13,897)    -  
        
Total comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:       
        
  Shareholders of the Company$  3,899  $  (3,667) $  (12,110) $(11,914)
  Non-controlling interest   359     -      (1,787)    - 



Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

 Three months ended
December 31
 Year ended
December 31
 2017 2016 2017 2016
 (unaudited) (unaudited) (audited) (audited)
Cash provided by (used in):       
        
Operations:       
Net income (loss) for the year$  6,554  $  (3,667) $  (3,703) $  (11,914)
Add (deduct) items not affecting cash:       
Depreciation 18,831   7,775   66,781   28,134 
Share-based compensation  594   234   1,787   1,311 
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment (1,218)  (75)  (1,618)  (1,017)
Finance income -   -   -   (463)
Finance costs 3,536   637   14,497   2,426 
Realized gain on long-term investment -   -   (665)  - 
Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currencies translation (582)  (469)  4,367   266 
Current income tax (recovery) expense  (350)  1,307   (3,506)  1,950 
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense  792   (2,425)  (2,166)  (6,008)
Income taxes recovered (paid) (354)  (490)  797   1,032 
Cashflow 27,803   2,827   76,571   15,717 
Changes in non-cash working capital items:       
Accounts receivable 2,938   (4,317)  (13,040)  (119)
Inventory (12,598)  (3,808)  (8,075)  4,102 
Prepaid expenses and deposits 1,569   675   (9,085)  72 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 4,862   12,698   11,871   15,700 
Onerous leases (233)  -   (503)  - 
Deferred revenue 2,386   9,025   6,645   3,017 
  26,727   17,100   64,384   38,489 
Investments:       
Purchase of property, plant and equipment  (5,088)  (4,828)  (27,394)  (11,090)
Acquisition of business  -   (2,166)  (26,830)  (10,855)
Cash acquired -   -   16,167   - 
Proceeds on sale of other assets 116   137   374   576 
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 3,033   139   5,875   5,148 
Changes in non-cash working capital items 2,215   898   2,420   (462)
  276   (5,820)  (29,388)  (16,683)
Financing:       
Advances under long-term debt 5,464   -   215,487   - 
Repayment of long-term debt (5,954)  (475)  (216,030)  (2,192)
Repayment of obligations under finance leases (547)  (483)  (1,924)  (2,273)
Partnership distributions to non-controlling interests (150)  -   (150)  - 
Payment of dividends (2,775)  (1,855)  (9,736)  (7,434)
Issuance of common shares -   -   2,289   - 
Repurchase of common shares -   (267)  -   (1,000)
Interest paid (4,959)  (557)  (19,694)  (1,866)
        
  (8,921)  (3,637)  (29,758)  (14,765)
        
Change in cash and cash equivalents 18,082   7,643   5,238   7,041 
        
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year 3,072   8,273   15,916   8,875 
        
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year$  21,154  $  15,916  $  21,154  $  15,916 
        



Segmented Information

The Company provides a variety of products and services in the oil and natural gas industry through five reporting segments, which operate substantially in three geographic segments.  These reporting segments are: Contract Drilling Services, which includes the contracting of drilling equipment and the provision of labour required to operate the equipment; Rentals and Transportation Services, which includes the rental and transportation of equipment used in drilling, completion and production operations; Compression and Process Services, which includes the fabrication, sale, rental and servicing of natural gas compression and oil and natural gas process equipment; and Well Servicing, which includes the contracting of service rigs and the provision of labour required to operate the equipment.  Corporate includes activities related to the Company’s corporate and public issuer affairs.

As at and for the three months ended December 31, 2017 (unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

 Contract
Drilling
Rentals and
Transportation
Compression
and Process
Well
Servicing
Corporate 
 ServicesServicesServices  Total
       
Revenue$  51,417  $  18,399  $  73,213  $  37,201 $  -   $  180,230  
       
Cost of services  38,592    12,377    62,503    24,321   -     137,793  
Selling, general and administration  1,682    3,580    2,469    873   4,728    13,332  
Share-based compensation  -     -     -     -    594    594  
Depreciation  7,509    4,511    1,887    4,894   30    18,831  
Results from operating activities  3,634    (2,069)  6,354    7,113   (5,352)  9,680  
       
Gain on sale of PP&E  334    477    21    385   1    1,218  
Finance costs  (53)  (167)  (100)  1   (3,583)  (3,902)
       
Net income (loss) before income taxes  3,915    (1,759)  6,275    7,499   (8,934)  6,996  
       
Goodwill  -     2,514    1,539   -  -     4,053  
Total assets  460,712    239,876    201,392    142,574   22,227    1,066,781  
Total Liabilities  154,990    44,934    77,588    3,305   239,390    520,207  
Capital expenditures   1,546     1,011     2,483      48     5,088  


For the three months ended Dec 31, 2017CanadaUnited StatesAustraliaOtherTotal
      
Revenue$  81,223 $  62,437 $  36,570 $    -  $  180,230
Non-current assets(3)   550,143  147,289  100,085    -     797,517

As at and for the three months ended December 31, 2016 (unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

 ContractRentals andCompressionWellCorporate 
 DrillingTransportation and ProcessServicing  
 ServicesServicesServices  (1)
Total
       
Revenue $  4,096  $  11,213  $  42,106  $  -$  -   $  57,415  
       
Cost of services  2,805    8,551    35,902   -  -     47,258  
Selling, general and administration  456    2,681    1,586   -  1,721    6,444  
Share-based compensation  -     -     -    -  234    234  
Depreciation  1,756    4,181    1,818   -  20    7,775  
Operating income (loss)  (921)  (4,200)  2,800   -  (1,975)  (4,296)
       
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment  25    40    10   -  -     75  
Finance income  -     -     -    -  57    57  
Finance costs  (88)  (191)  (102) -  (240)  (621)
       
Net income before income taxes  (984)  (4,351)  2,708   -  (2,158)  (4,785)
       
Goodwill  -     2,514    1,539   -  -     4,053  
Total assets  110,864    230,419    169,359   -  11,957    522,599  
Total liabilities  22,040    40,810    46,932   -  48,515    158,297  
Capital expenditures $   224  $  5,606  $   1,164  $  -$  -   $  6,994  


 CanadaUnited StatesAustraliaOtherTotal
      
Revenue$  34,336 $  7,242$  15,837$  -$  57,415
Non-current assets (3)  372,368    13,688    1,494    -   387,550


As at and for the year ended December 31, 2017
(audited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

 ContractRentals andCompressionWellCorporateTotal
 DrillingTransportationand ProcessServicing  
 ServicesServicesServices   
       
Revenue$  158,051  $  68,867  $  266,376  $  111,368 $  -   $  604,662  
       
Cost of services  132,959    42,790    229,717    78,923   -     484,389  
Selling, general and administration  8,106    12,676    8,614    4,117   14,987    48,500  
Share-based compensation  -     -     -     -    1,787    1,787  
Depreciation  25,844    18,059    7,384    15,378   116    66,781  
Operating income (loss)  (8,858)  (4,658)  20,661    12,950   (16,890)  3,205  
       
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment  339    756    107    371   45    1,618  
Finance costs  (358)  (697)  (381)  -    (12,762)  (14,198)
       
Net income (loss) before income taxes  (8,877)  (4,599)  20,387    13,321   (29,607)  (9,375)
       
Goodwill  -     2,514    1,539    -    -     4,053  
Total assets  460,712    239,876    201,392    142,574   22,227    1,066,781  
Total liabilities  154,990    44,934    77,588    3,305   239,390    520,207  
Capital expenditures (1) 9,881   9,606     6,792     1,076    39   27,394  


Year ended December 31, 2017CanadaUnited StatesAustraliaOtherTotal
      
Revenue$  332,644$     164,895$  107,079$  44  $  604,662
Non-current assets (3) 550,143 147,289 100,085   -   797,517


As at and for the year ended December 31, 2016
(audited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

 ContractRentals andCompressionWellCorporate 
 DrillingTransportation and ProcessServicing  
 ServicesServicesServices (1)
Total
       
Revenue $  11,109  $  39,059  $  147,632  $  -$  -   $  197,800  
       
Cost of services  7,556    27,072    125,913   -  -     160,541  
Selling, general and administration  1,805    10,688    6,452   -  3,979    22,924  
Share-based compensation  -     -     -    -  1,311    1,311  
Depreciation  4,180    16,507    7,367   -  80    28,134  
Operating income (loss)  (2,432)  (15,208)  7,900   -  (5,370)  (15,110)
       
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment  72    294    651   -  -     1,017  
Finance income -  -  -  -  547    547  
Finance costs  (360)  (747)  (423) -  (896)  (2,426)
       
Net income (loss) before income taxes  (2,720)  (15,661)  8,128   -  (5,719)  (15,972)
       
Goodwill  -     2,514    1,539   -  -     4,053  
Total assets  110,864    230,419    169,359   -  11,957    522,599  
Total liabilities  22,040    40,810    46,932   -  48,515    158,297  
Capital expenditures (2)  1,321    18,101   2,519     -   4   21,945  


 CanadaUnited StatesAustraliaOtherTotal
      
Revenue$   157,026 $   16,355 $     24,152 $    267 $  197,800
Non-current assets (3)  372,368    13,688    1,494    -   387,550


Notes to segmented information:

(1)      Does not include acquisition of Savanna described in note 5 to the 2017 audited Consolidated Financial Statements.
(2)      Includes acquisition of assets in January of 2016 described in note 5 to the 2017 audited Consolidated Financial Statements.
(3)      Includes property, plant and equipment and goodwill.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Total Energy provides contract drilling services, rentals and transportation services, well servicing and compression and process equipment and service to oil and natural gas producers operating in North America, Australia and other international markets.  The common shares of Total Energy are listed and trade on the TSX under the symbol TOT. 

For further information, please contact Daniel Halyk, President & Chief Executive Officer at (403) 216-3921 or Yuliya Gorbach, Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer at (403) 216-3920 or by e-mail at:  investorrelations@totalenergy.ca or visit our website at www.totalenergy.ca

Notes to the Financial Highlights

  1. EBITDA means earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and is equal to net income (loss) before income taxes plus finance costs plus depreciation.  EBITDA is not a recognized measure under IFRS. Management believes that in addition to net income (loss), EBITDA is useful supplemental measure as it provides an indication of the results generated by the Company’s primary business activities prior to consideration of how those activities are financed, amortized or how the results are taxed in various jurisdictions as well as the cash generated by the Company’s primary business activities without consideration of the timing of the monetization of non-cash working capital items. Readers should be cautioned, however, that EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to net income (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of Total Energy’s performance. Total Energy’s method of calculating EBITDA may differ from other organizations and, accordingly, EBITDA may not be comparable to measures used by other organizations.
     
  2. Working capital equals current assets minus current liabilities.
     
  3. Net Debt equals long-term debt plus obligations under finance leases plus current liabilities minus current assets.
     
  4. Basic and diluted shares outstanding reflect the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the periods. See note 17 to the 2017 audited Consolidated Financial Statements.             

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements which may contain words such as "could", "should", "expect", "believe", "will" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions and expectations of management of Total Energy as at the effective date of such statements and, in some cases, information supplied by third parties. Although Total Energy believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and that information received from third parties is reliable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct.

In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements concerning industry activity levels, expectations regarding Total Energy's market share and future compression and process production activity, Total Energy's expectations of future interest rates and its corresponding ability to realize substantial interest expense savings, expectations as to the Company’s ability to realize cost efficiencies and synergies arising from the acquisition of Savanna as well as other expected benefits of the acquisition.  Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions and factors including fluctuations in the market for oil and natural gas and related products and services, political and economic conditions, central bank interest rate policy, the demand for products and services provided by Total Energy, Total Energy’s ability to attract and retain key personnel and other factors. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Total Energy to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Reference should be made to Total Energy’s most recently filed Annual Information Form and other public disclosures (available at www.sedar.com) for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.

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