InPlay Oil (IPOOF) – Results below elevated expectations but production growth justifies dividend initiation

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

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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Third-quarter results were below expectations due to lower-than-expected energy pricing. Production levels were in line with expectations and management guidance given on September 29. Realized oil and gas prices were well below U.S. reported oil and gas prices when adjusted to Canadian prices, reflecting a widening basis discount for western Canada production. We will incorporate a widening basis differential going forward.

InPlay is able to offset a weakening pricing environment with ever-improving production results. Management provided production guidance for 2023-25 for the first time. Guidance was well above production levels assumed in our models and reflects an acceleration of capital investments going forward. We believe increased investment is prudent at current payback rates of less than one year. We also believe management’s commitment to higher spending levels is a positive sign that it believes it has ample areas to drill at attractive returns.

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