Total Energy Services Inc. Announces Q2 2020 Results

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Total Energy Services Inc. (“Total Energy” or the “Company”) (TSX:TOT) announces its consolidated financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

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

Three Months Ended June 30 Six Months Ended June 30
   
2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change
Revenue $   70,770 $ 212,695 (67%) $    205,038 $ 434,685 (53%)
Operating income (loss) (37,161 ) (1,091 ) nm  (26,632 ) 7,346 nm
EBITDA (1) 12,886 17,546 (27%)  43,789 46,961 (7%)
Cashflow 13,793 22,419 (38%)  35,704 50,872 (30%)
Net income (loss) (28,845 ) 2,853 nm  (24,121 ) 7,612 nm
Attributable to Shareholders (28,765 ) 3,403 nm  (24,093 ) 8,163 nm
Per Share Data (Diluted)      
EBITDA (1) $ 0.29 $ 0.38 (24%) $ 0.97 $ 1.03 (6%)
Cashflow $ 0.31 $ 0.49 (37%) $ 0.79 $ 1.11 (29%)
Net income (loss) Attributable to Shareholders $ (0.64 ) $ 0.07 nm $ (0.53 ) $ 0.18 nm
 
Financial Position       June 30,
2020
December 31,
2019
Change
 
Total Assets $   898,940 $ 997,161 (10%)
Long-Term Debt and Lease Liabilities (excluding current portion) 255,538 248,448 3%
Working Capital (2) 130,968 103,234 27%
Net Debt (3) 124,570 145,214 (14%)
Shareholders’ Equity 523,979 543,142 (4%)
 
Common Shares (000’s)(4)
Basic and Diluted 45,081 45,746 (1%) 45,084 45,755 (1%)

Notes 1 through 4 please refer to the Notes to the Financial Highlights set forth at the end of this release.

“nm” – calculation not meaningful

Total Energy’s results for the three months ended June 30, 2020 reflect extremely challenging industry conditions in North America and relatively stable industry conditions in Australia.  Included in the financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $30.5 million of incremental depreciation expense resulting from a change in depreciation estimates in the Contract Drilling Services (“CDS”) segment effective April 1, 2020, of which $26.3 million is non-recurring as it relates to now fully depreciated assets.  Also included in the Company’s 2020 second quarter results was $0.5 million of unrealized foreign exchange losses on the translation of intercompany working capital balances of foreign subsidiaries and $4.5 million of grants received under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.

Total Energy’s CDS segment achieved 5% utilization during the second quarter of 2020, recording 440 operating days (spud to rig release) with a fleet of 98 drilling rigs, compared to 1,330 operating days, or 13% utilization, during the second quarter of 2019 with a fleet of 111 drilling rigs. Revenue per operating day was $32,205 in the second quarter of 2020, a 27% increase from the second quarter of 2019.  This increase was due to the significant year over year increase in the relative contribution of Australia to consolidated CDS segment revenue.  During the second quarter of 2020, the CDS segment had 72 operating days in Canada with a fleet of 80 rigs (1% utilization), 41 days in the United States with a fleet of 13 rigs (3% utilization) and 327 days (including paid standby days) in Australia with a fleet of 5 rigs (72% utilization). Nine drilling rigs were decommissioned during the second quarter of 2020, including seven mechanical double rigs located in the United States and two conventional single rigs located in Canada.

The Rentals and Transportation Services (“RTS”) segment achieved a utilization rate on major rental equipment of 5% during the second quarter of 2020 compared to 13% utilization during the second quarter of 2019.  Segment revenue per utilized rental piece in the second quarter of 2020 was 20% lower than the second quarter of 2019 due to the mix of equipment operating and lower pricing.  This segment exited the second quarter of 2020 with 10,640 pieces of major rental equipment (excluding access matting) and 87 heavy trucks as compared to 10,650 rental pieces and 86 heavy trucks at June 30, 2019.  A substantial portion of the heavy truck fleet was taken out of service during the second quarter to reduce operating costs and equipment wear and tear until such time as North American industry conditions warrant placing such units back into service.

Revenue in the Compression and Process Services (“CPS”) segment decreased 77% to $30.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $132.9 million for the same period in 2019. This decrease was primarily due to lower fabrication sales activity.  This segment exited the second quarter of 2020 with a $43.8 million backlog of fabrication sales orders as compared to $77.2 million at June 30, 2019 and $44.5 million at March 31, 2020. At June 30, 2020, there was 52,500 horsepower in the compression rental fleet, of which approximately 33,200 horsepower was on rent as compared to 31,800 horsepower on rent at June 30, 2019.  The gas compression rental fleet operated at an average utilization rate of 65% during the second quarter of 2020 as compared to 68% in the second quarter of 2019.

The Company’s Well Servicing (“WS”) segment generated $21.6 million of revenue during the second quarter of 2020 on 21,497 service hours, or $1,005 per service hour, with a fleet of 83 service rigs that were located in Canada (57 rigs), the United States (14 rigs) and Australia (12 rigs).  This compares to $30.5 million of revenue during the second quarter of 2019 on 31,109 service hours, or $980 per service hour.  Service rig utilization for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was 6% in Canada, 11% in the United States and 64% in Australia.

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, in order to protect its financial strength and liquidity Total Energy took immediate and decisive action.  This included significant operating and administrative cost cuts, suspension of the dividend and a 57% reduction to the 2020 capital expenditure budget from $23 million to $10 million.  Excluding $3.7 million of 2019 capital expenditures carried into 2020, for the first half of 2020 capital expenditures totaled $6.5 million.  Proceeds from the sale of capital assets to June 30, 2020 were $3.3 million and resulted in a gain on sale of $1.5 million, an approximate 46% premium to the net book value of the disposed assets.

During the second quarter of 2020, the Company reduced long term debt by $32.9 million, or approximately 12%.  $40.2 million of term debt that matured in April 2020 was refinanced with a five-year $50 million term loan bearing interest at a fixed annual rate of 3.10%.  Total Energy exited the second quarter of 2020 with $131.0 million of positive working capital (including $21.1 million of cash) and $110 million available on the Company’s $295 million of revolving bank credit facilities.  The weighted average interest rate on the Company’s outstanding debt at June 30, 2020 was 2.96%.

Outlook

Total Energy’s foremost concern remains the health and safety of its employees and other stakeholders as well as the public at large as we navigate through these uncertain and challenging times.  Protocols have been implemented throughout the Company’s global operations to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and have been effective thus far.

Despite oil prices having recovered somewhat from the lows experienced during the second quarter, North American oil and natural gas drilling and completion activity levels remain at historically low levels.  The Company currently has five drilling rigs working in Canada and three in the United States and visibility for the remainder of 2020 is limited.

While industry drilling activity levels began to moderate in Australia during the second quarter, this did not have a substantial impact on the Company’s operations.  Two of the Company’s five drilling rigs operating in Australia have recently been taken out of service to complete necessary recertifications and customer-specific upgrades that are expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2021.

The CPS segment exited the second quarter of 2020 with a flat fabrication sales backlog compared to the first quarter. While quoting activity continues to be reasonably active, customers remain hesitant to commit to new orders.  Relatively strong and stable western Canadian natural gas prices have supported demand for field compression maintenance activity.

Within the WS segment, North American production related activity has decreased significantly on a year over year basis.  While substantial government funding has been announced to accelerate well abandonment activity in Western Canada, to date no significant incremental service rig activity has resulted from such announcements although it is expected that such activity will begin in the near future.

Total Energy’s geographic and business diversification combined with an established track record of conducting its operations and spending its owners’ capital in a focused and disciplined manner has positioned the Company well during these challenging times.  Total Energy’s ability to generate free cash flow from operations even during times of severe industry stress was demonstrated during the second quarter of 2020.  While future visibility is limited, Total Energy expects that the global energy services industry will emerge from the current downturn with fewer and more disciplined participants which in turn will position the industry for a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Conference Call

At 9:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) on August 12, 2020 Total Energy will conduct a conference call and webcast to discuss its second 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 Total Energy’s website at www.totalenergy.ca by selecting “Webcasts”.  Persons wishing to participate in the conference call may do so by calling (800) 319-4610 or (416) 915-3239.  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 September 12, 2020 by dialing (855) 669-9658 (passcode 4849).

Selected Financial Information

Selected financial information relating to the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 is attached to this news release.  This information should be read in conjunction with the condensed interim consolidated financial statements of Total Energy and the notes thereto as well as management’s discussion and analysis to be issued in due course and the Company’s 2019 Annual report.

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

  June 30   December 31
2020   2019
(unaudited)    (audited)
Assets  
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents $    21,097    $ 19,873
Accounts receivable 70,368   113,934
Inventory 106,344   105,672
Prepaid expenses and deposits 6,464   10,878
Income taxes receivable 1,501   4,403
Current portion of finance lease asset 461   664
206,235   255,424
   
Property, plant and equipment 681,578   730,435
Income taxes receivable 7,070   7,070
Lease asset 4   179
Goodwill 4,053   4,053
  $   898,940   $ 997,161
   
Liabilities & Shareholders’ Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $   53,700    $ 95,742
Deferred revenue 10,122   3,883
Dividends payable   2,710
Current portion of lease liabilities 8,922   8,270
Current portion of long-term debt 2,523   41,585
75,267   152,190
   
Long-term debt 246,794   236,278
   
Lease liabilities 8,744   12,170
   
Deferred tax liability 44,156   53,381
   
Shareholders’ equity:    
Share capital 284,077   284,510
Contributed surplus 8,073   7,528
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (11,881 )   (16,722 )
Non-controlling interest 606   (236 )
Retained earnings 243,104   268,062
523,979   543,142
   
$   898,940   $ 997,161

 

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

  Three months ended
June 30
Six months ended
June 30
2020 2019 2020 2019
   
   
Revenue $   70,770 $ 212,695 $   205,038 $ 434,685
   
Cost of services 52,483 180,861 153,166 360,839
Selling, general and administration 5,756 12,263 16,341 25,025
Other expense (income) 536 1,715 (7,392 ) 2,876
Share-based compensation 264 494 669 862
Depreciation 48,892 18,453 68,886 37,737
Operating income (loss) (37,161 ) (1,091 ) (26,632 ) 7,346
   
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment 1,155 184 1,535 1,878
Finance costs (2,518 ) (3,362 ) (5,957 ) (6,607 )
Net income (loss) before income taxes (38,524 ) (4,269 ) (31,054 ) 2,617
   
Current income tax expense 957 257 2,293 957
Deferred income tax recovery (10,636 ) (7,379 ) (9,226 ) (5,952 )
Total income tax recovery (9,679 ) (7,122 ) (6,933 ) (4,995 )
   
Net income (loss) for the period   $   (28,845 ) $ 2,853 $   (24,121 ) $ 7,612
   
Net income (loss) attributable to:    
Shareholders of the Company $   (28,765 ) $ 3,403 $   (24,093 ) $ 8,163
Non-controlling interest (80 ) (550 ) (28 ) (551 )
   
Income (loss) per share    
Basic and diluted $    (0.64 ) $ 0.07 $   (0.53 ) $ 0.18

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
(unaudited)

  Three months ended
June 30
Six months ended
June 30
2020 2019 2020 2019
   
Net income (loss) for the period $   (28,845 ) $ 2,853 $   (24,121 ) $ 7,612
   
Foreign currency translation adjustment (5 ) (5,550 ) 4,842 (9,220 )
Deferred tax effect (305 ) (182 ) (1 ) (572 )
Total other comprehensive income (loss) for the period (310 ) (5,732 ) 4,841 (9,792 )
Total comprehensive loss $   (29,155 ) $ (2,879 ) $   (19,280 ) $ (2,180 )
     
Total comprehensive loss attributable to:    
Shareholders of the Company $   (29,075 ) $ (2,329 ) $   (19,252 ) $ (1,629 )
Non-controlling interest (80 ) (550 ) (28 ) (551 )

 

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

  Three months ended
June 30
Six months ended
June 30
  2020 2019 2020 2019
 
Cash provided by (used in):
Operations:
Net income (loss) for the period $   (28,845 ) $ 2,853 $   (24,121 ) $ 7,612
Add (deduct) items not affecting cash:    
Depreciation 48,892 18,453 68,886 37,737
Share-based compensation 264 494 669 862
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment (1,155 ) (184 ) (1,535 ) (1,878 )
Finance costs 2,518 2,702 5,957 5,926
Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currencies translation 748 1,175 (7,828 ) 1,574
Current income tax expense 957 257 2,293 957
Deferred income tax recovery (10,636 ) (7,379 ) (9,226 ) (5,952 )
Income taxes recovered 1,050 4,048 609 4,034
Cashflow 13,793 22,419 35,704 50,872
Changes in non-cash working capital items:    
Accounts receivable 37,486 18,923 43,099 26,363
Inventory 6,727 11,327 (672 ) 351
Prepaid expenses and deposits 2,825 4,586 6,327 8,950
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (27,955 ) (30,020 ) (38,192 ) (17,293 )
Onerous leases 1,297
Deferred revenue 3,286 (23,112 ) 6,239 (16,230 )
Cash provided by operating activities 36,162 4,123 52,505 54,310
Investing:    
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (7,944 ) (7,369 ) (10,190 ) (22,069 )
Proceeds on sale of other assets 662 682
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 1,638 3,230 3,343 5,900
Purchase of non-controlling interest (128 ) (128 )
Changes in non-cash working capital items (690 ) (1,316 ) (1,998 ) 913
Cash used in investing activities (6,996 ) (4,921 ) (8,845 ) (14,702 )
Financing:    
Advances on long-term debt 9,796 29,796
Repayment of long-term debt (42,647 ) (5,683 ) (58,342 ) (16,534 )
Repayment of lease liabilities (2,205 ) (1,815 ) (4,264 ) (3,896 )
Dividends to shareholders (2,746 ) (2,710 ) (5,498 )
Repurchase of common shares (2,460 ) (427 ) (3,302 )
Partnership distributions (125 ) (500 ) (125 ) (500 )
Interest paid (2,834 ) (1,881 ) (6,364 ) (6,651 )
Cash used in financing activities (38,015 ) (15,085 ) (42,436 ) (36,381 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents (8,849 ) (15,883 ) 1,224 3,227
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 29,946 49,750 19,873 30,640
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $   21,097 $ 33,867 $   21,097 $ 33,867

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 June 30, 2020 (unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

  Contract Rentals and Compression Well Corporate Total
  Drilling Transportation and Process Servicing (1)  
  Services Services Services      
             
Revenue $   14,170 $   4,782 $   30,212 $   21,606 $   – $   70,770
             
Cost of services  11,674  3,159  22,910  14,740  –  52,483
Selling, general and administration  1,297  1,141  1,413  1,121  784  5,756
Other expense  –  –  –  –  536  536
Share-based compensation  –  –  –  –  264  264
Depreciation (2)  36,689  5,882  2,378  3,760  183  48,892
Operating income (loss)  (35,490 )  (5,400 )  3,511  1,985  (1,767 )  (37,161 )
             
Gain (loss) on sale of property, plant and equipment  665  383  (3 )  (6 )  116  1,155
Finance costs  (36 )  (19 )  (99 )  (9 )  (2,355 )  (2,518 )
Net income (loss) before income taxes  (34,861 )  (5,036 )  3,409  1,970  (4,006 )  (38,524 )
             
Goodwill  –  2,514  1,539  –  4,053
Total assets  334,273  215,558  227,113  107,687  14,309  898,940
Total liabilities  59,669  15,474  35,754  5,210  258,854  374,961
Capital expenditures    1,158   319   6,023   436   8   7,944
  Canada United States Australia Other Total
           
Revenue $   24,765 $   14,542 $   31,412 $   51 $   70,770
Non-current assets (3)  448,723  170,282  66,630  –  685,635


As at and for the three months ended June 30, 2019 
(unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

Contract Rentals and Compression Well Corporate Total
Drilling Transportation and Process Servicing (1)
Services Services Services
Revenue $ 33,621 $ 15,656 $ 132,927 $ 30,491 $ $ 212,695
Cost of services 28,698 10,019 119,485 22,659 180,861
Selling, general and administration 1,954 3,874 2,954 1,601 1,880 12,263
Other expense 1,715 1,715
Share-based compensation 494 494
Depreciation 7,504 4,738 1,926 4,100 185 18,453
Operating income (loss) (4,535 ) (2,975 ) 8,562 2,131 (4,274 ) (1,091 )
Gain (loss) on sale of property, plant and equipment (961 ) 852 58 112 123 184
Finance costs (91 ) (34 ) (108 ) (6 ) (3,123 ) (3,362 )
Net income (loss) before income taxes (5,587 ) (2,157 ) 8,512 2,237 (7,274 ) (4,269 )
Goodwill 2,514 1,539 4,053
Total assets 403,267 244,586 229,541 125,031 24,139 1,026,564
Total liabilities 69,185 29,152 95,646 5,793 276,937 476,713
Capital expenditures 2,799 1,805 1,080 1,536 149 7,369
Canada United States Australia Other Total
Revenue $ 69,184 $ 108,314 $ 33,920 $ 1,277 $ 212,695
Non-current assets (3) 515,439 167,900 75,300 758,639


As at and for the six months ended June 30, 2020 
(unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

  Contract Rentals and Compression Well Corporate Total
  Drilling Transportation and Process Servicing (1)  
  Services Services Services      
             
Revenue $   57,195 $   21,615 $   70,956 $   55,272 $   – $   205,038
             
Cost of services  44,131  13,776  56,321  38,938  –  153,166
Selling, general and administration  3,738  3,644  3,629  2,848  2,482  16,341
Other income  –  –  –  –  (7,392 )  (7,392 )
Share-based compensation  –  –  –  –  669  669
Depreciation (2)  44,525  12,033  4,671  7,290  367  68,886
Operating income (loss)  (35,199 )  (7,838 )  6,335  6,196  3,874  (26,632 )
             
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment  756  536  110  4  129  1,535
Finance costs  (78 )  (42 )  (197 )  (18 )  (5,622 )  (5,957 )
             
Net income (loss) before income taxes  (34,521 )  (7,344 )  6,248  6,182  (1,619 )  (31,054 )
             
Goodwill  –  2,514  1,539  –  –  4,053
Total assets  334,273  215,558  227,113  107,687  14,309  898,940
Total liabilities  59,669  15,474  35,754  5,210  258,854  374,961
Capital expenditures  2,019  842  6,079  1,238  12  10,190
  Canada United States Australia Other Total
           
Revenue $   96,205 $   47,161 $   61,619 $   53 $   205,038
Non-current assets (3)  448,723  170,282  66,630  –   685,635


As at and for the six months ended June 30, 2019 
(unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)

Contract Rentals and Compression Well Corporate Total
Drilling Transportation and Process Servicing (1)
Services Services Services
Revenue $ 79,325 $ 34,063 $ 254,002 $ 67,295 $ $ 434,685
Cost of services 66,619 21,877 222,805 49,538 360,839
Selling, general and administration 4,153 7,534 6,602 3,361 3,375 25,025
Other expense 2,876 2,876
Share-based compensation 862 862
Depreciation 15,698 9,259 4,260 8,301 219 37,737
Operating income (loss) (7,145 ) (4,607 ) 20,335 6,095 (7,332 ) 7,346
Gain (loss) on sale of property, plant and equipment (887 ) 981 1,462 112 210 1,878
Finance costs (193 ) (56 ) (213 ) (12 ) (6,133 ) (6,607 )
Net income (loss) before income taxes (8,225 ) (3,682 ) 21,584 6,195 (13,255 ) 2,617
Goodwill 2,514 1,539 4,053
Total assets 403,267 244,586 229,541 125,031 24,139 1,026,564
Total liabilities 69,185 29,152 95,646 5,793 276,937 476,713
Capital expenditures 5,594 9,372 3,485 3,218 400 22,069
Canada United States Australia Other Total
Revenue $ 164,639 $ 182,862 $ 85,859 $ 1,325 $ 434,685
Non-current assets (1) 515,439 167,900 75,300 758,639
(1) Corporate includes the Company’s corporate activities and obligations pursuant to long-term credit facilities.
(2) Effective July 1, 2019 the Company changed certain estimates relating to the useful life and residual value of equipment in the Rentals and Transportation Services segment. See note 9 to the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements as at and for the year ended December 31, 2019 for further details. Effective April 1, 2020 the Company changed certain estimates relating to the useful life and residual value of equipment in the Contract Drilling Services segment (see note 2 to the Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements as at and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020).
(3) Includes property, plant and equipment, leased assets and goodwill.

Total Energy Services Inc. is a growth oriented energy services corporation involved in contract drilling services, rentals and transportation services, the fabrication, sale, rental and servicing of natural gas compression and oil and natural gas process equipment and well servicing.  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 before income taxes plus finance costs plus depreciation.  EBITDA is not a recognized measure under IFRS. Management believes that in addition to net income, EBITDA is a 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 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 lease liabilities 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 6 to the Company’s Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

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, including expectations regarding Total Energy’s future activity levels, market share and compression and process production activity.  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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