InPlay Oil (IPOOF) – Production slows, expenditures rise, and gas prices drop

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

InPlay Oil is a junior oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Alberta focused on light oil production. The company operates long-lived, low-decline properties with drilling development and enhanced oil recovery potential as well as undeveloped lands with exploration possibilities. The common shares of InPlay trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IPO and the OTCQX Exchange under the symbol IPOOF.

Michael Heim, CFA, Senior Research Analyst, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Production slows. Management projects 2022 production of 9,100-9,200 BOE/d versus 11/9/22 guidance of 9,150-9,400. Downtime at a third party gas facility led to a 435 BOE/d decrease in production. Cold weather also delayed getting wells on line. We have reduced our estimate to 9,162 BOE/d from 9,280. The company projects 2023 production of 9,500-10,000 BOE/d down from 9,900-10,400. We have lowered our forecast to 10,000 BOE/d from 10,400 to be within management’s guidance. We are comfortable being at the upper end of guidance given InPlay’s history of surpassing guidance (until the most recent quarter).

Expenditures rise. The company projects 2022 capital expenditures of C$76-78 million up from C$70-72 million due the acceleration of a drilling program. 2023 capital expenditure guidance increased to C$75-80 million (versus C$69-71 million) despite the drilling of 0.5 net wells less than previously assumed. Management attributes the higher capital expenditures mainly to two gas facility upgrades but also notes that it plans to drill longer wells in 2023 than in 2022.

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