InPlay Oil (IPOOF) – Updated guidance reflects reduced production expectations

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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, Senior Vice President, Equity Research Analyst, Energy & Transportation, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Management updated its 2023 guidance. The adjustment reflects a drop in production expectations. New guidance is significantly below the 9,700 boe/d production flow reported from the field on November 9, 2023. The decline may represent a sharper decline rate from initial production rates than had previously been expected by management. The drop in production lead to a sharp reduction in projected Adjusted Funds Flow and Free Funds Flow.

Management also sharply reduced its 2024 production estimates. New guidance calls for 2024 production that is only slightly higher than newly revised 2023 guidance despite the drilling of 14-15 new wells and an expected reduction in curtailment. While it is possible that management is simply being conservative, it may also reflect well decline rates as discussed above. 

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