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MEG Energy Announces Preliminary 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial and Operating Data

CNW Group - Thu Jan 16, 7:22AM CST

All financial figures are in Canadian dollars ($ or C$) and all references to barrels are per barrel of bitumen sales unless otherwise noted

MEG Energy Corp. ("MEG" or the "Company") (TSX:MEG.TO) announced today its preliminary estimates of expected ranges of certain financial and operating data for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019.

The table below presents management's preliminary estimates, based on the information and data currently available, of expected ranges of certain financial and operating data for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019. The line items in the table for the three months ended December 31, 2019 are estimates and are subject to finalization. Based on estimated results for the fourth quarter of 2019, MEG anticipates achieving results in line with its previously disclosed 2019 guidance.

Range of Expected Estimates
        Actual Results

                                                              Year ended             Three months ended     Three months ended

            Sep 30,
       Jun 30,
     Mar 31,
                                                                                                                          2019               2019             2019
                                                              Dec 31, 2019              Dec 31, 2019


     Production (bbls/d)                                                  92,750                 93,250                  94,000             95,000           93,278 97,288 87,133

     Non-Energy Operating Cost (C$/bbl)                                    $4.61                  $4.65                   $4.43              $4.61            $4.22  $4.53  $5.22

     General and Administrative Expenses(1) (C$/bbl)                       $1.98                  $2.00                   $2.20              $2.25            $1.66  $1.81  $2.27

     Capital Expenditures (C$mm)                                            $195                   $200                     $70                $75              $40    $32    $53

     Cash and Cash Equivalents (C$mm)                                       $203                   $209                    $203               $209             $154   $399   $154
1.  $ per barrel based on

Update to MEG 2020 Commodity Price Risk Management Positions

In the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first few days of 2020, MEG entered into additional derivative financial contracts to manage commodity price risk. MEG's current commodity price risk management contracts, including those entered into in the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first few days of 2020, are summarized below:

Forecast Period

      Q1 2020
            Q2 2020
       Q3 2020
       Q4 2020            2020

                WTI Hedges

              WTI Fixed Price Hedges

              Volume (bbls/d)                                              72,899                     62,395           19,043            16,887        42,806

              Weighted average fixed WTI price (US$/bbl)                   $58.67                     $59.68           $59.38            $59.36        $59.19

              Enhanced WTI Fixed Price Hedges with Sold Put Options

              Volume (bbls/d)                                                                                        16,870            24,500        10,342

              Weighted average fixed WTI price (US$/bbl) /
       $59.38 /
       $59.11 /
     $59.22 /
    Put option strike price(1) (US$/bbl)                                                                              $52.00                         $52.00

              Total WTI hedge volume (bbls/d)                              72,889                     62,395           35,913            41,387        53,148

                WTI:WCS Differential Hedges

              Volume(2) (bbls/d)                                           30,150                     30,150           30,150            32,150        30,650

              Weighted average fixed WTI:WCS differential at             ($20.14)                  ($20.14)        ($20.14)         ($20.01)     ($20.10)
    Edmonton (US$/bbl)

                Condensate Hedges

              Volume(3) (bbls/d)                                           19,149                     23,298           23,208            23,208        22,216

              Average % of WTI landed in Edmonton (%)                       102%                      101%            100%             100%         101%
1. Includes fixed price swap and
                sold put option.

               2. 2020 includes approximately
                13,200 bbls/d of physical forward
                rail blend sales at a fixed
                WTI:AWB differential.

               3. Q4 2019 and 2020 include
                approximately 13,300 bbls/d and
                7,200 bbls/d (annual average) of
                physical forward condensate
                purchases, respectively. Where
                applicable, the average % of WTI
                landed in Edmonton includes
                estimated net transportation

About MEG

MEG is an oil company focused on sustainable in situ thermal oil development and production in the southern Athabasca region of Alberta, Canada. MEG is actively developing enhanced oil recovery projects that utilize steam-assisted gravity drainage extraction methods to improve the economic recovery of oil as well as lower carbon emissions. MEG transports and sells Access Western Blend to refiners throughout North America and internationally. MEG's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MEG".

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. These statements relate to future events or MEG's future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "dependent", "ability" "plan", "intend", "target", "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by such words. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. In particular, and without limiting the foregoing, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the expected ranges of certain financial and operating data for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, including anticipated results that are in line with previously disclosed guidance for 2019. Such forward-looking information is based on certain assumptions and analysis made by MEG in light of its experience and perception of current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to MEG's expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from MEG's expectations. Other factors which could materially affect such forward-looking information are described in the risk factors detailed in the offering documentation prepared and delivered by MEG in connection with the offering.

For further information, please contact:

Investor RelationsT 403.767.6206E

Media RelationsT 403.767.1485E

SOURCE MEG Energy Corp.

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