ARC Resources - 2012 Annual Report

Glossary and Disclosure

API
bbls
bbls/d
bcf
boe*
boe/d*
Capex
FD&A
F&D
FDC
GAAP
G&A
GJ
LNG
mbbls
mboe*
mcf
mcf/d
mmbbls
mmboe*
mmbtu
mmcf
mmcf/d
NAV
NGL
NYMEX
Oil Equivalent
RLI
TSX
WTI
2P
American Petroleum Institute
barrels
barrels per day
billion cubic feet
barrels of oil equivalent
barrels of oil equivalent per day
capital expenditures
finding, development and acquisition costs
finding and development costs
future development costs
generally accepted accounting principles
general and administrative
gigajoule
liquefied natural gas
thousand barrels
thousand barrels of oil equivalent
thousand cubic feet
thousand cubic feet per day
million barrels
million barrels of oil equivalent
million British Thermal Units
million cubic feet
million cubic feet per day
net asset value
natural gas liquids
New York Mercantile Exchange
barrels of oil and natural gas converted at 6:1
reserve life index
Toronto Stock Exchange
West Texas Intermediate
Proved plus Probable

*In accordance with NI 51-101, a boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf : 1 bbl has been used, which is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip.  Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different than the energy equivalency of the conversion ratio, utilizing the 6:1 conversion ratio may be misleading as an indication of value.

INFORMATION REGARDING DISCLOSURE ON OIL AND GAS RESERVES, RESOURCES AND OPERATIONAL INFORMATION

This Annual Report describes certain information in our news releases dated February 6, 2013 titled:  “ARC Resources Ltd. Announces Fifth Consecutive Year of Greater than 200 Per Cent Produced Reserves Replacement in 2012” and  “ARC Resources Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results" and readers should refer to that news release, which news release is hereby incorporated by reference.  This news release can be found on our SEDAR profile at www.SEDAR.com.  The discussion in this Annual Report is subject to a number of cautionary statements, assumptions and risks as set forth below and elsewhere in the Annual Report.  The discussion in this Annual Report in respect of reserves and resources is subject to a number of cautionary statements, assumptions and risks as set forth below and in the Corporation's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2012, which is available on our SEDAR profile at www.SEDAR.com.  Readers should also refer to the definitions of oil and gas reserves and resources found under "Definitions of Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves" in this Annual Report.

The reserves data set forth in this Annual Report is based upon an evaluation by GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") with an effective date of December 31, 2012 using forecast prices and costs.  The reserves evaluation was prepared in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 ("NI 51-101").  Crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids benchmark reference pricing, as at December 31, 2012, inflation and exchange rates used in the evaluation are based on GLJ's January 1, 2013 pricing.  Reserves included herein are stated on a company gross basis (working interest before deduction of royalties without including any royalty interests) unless noted otherwise. There is no assurance that the forecast prices and costs assumptions will be attained and variances could be material.

The resources data set for the in this Annual Report is based upon an Independent Resources Evaluation by GLJ of ARC’s lands in the Montney in northeastern British Columbia. The Independent Resources Evaluation was effective December 31, 2012 and is based on GLJ’s forecast pricing as at January 1, 2013.

All amounts in this news release are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.  We have adopted the standard of 6 mcf:1 bbl when converting natural gas to barrels of oil equivalent ("boes").  Boes may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.  A boe conversion ratio of 6 mcf per barrel is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.  Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different than the energy equivalency of the 6:1 conversion ratio, utilizing the 6:1 conversion ratio may be misleading as an indication of value.  In accordance with Canadian practice, production volumes and revenues are reported on a company gross basis, before deduction of Crown and other royalties, unless otherwise stated.  As noted above, unless otherwise specified, all reserves volumes in this Annual Report (and all information derived therefrom) are based on "company gross reserves" using forecast prices and costs.  Our oil and gas reserves statement for the year-ended December 31, 2012, which will include complete disclosure of our oil and gas reserves and other oil and gas information in accordance with NI 51-101, is contained within our Annual Information Form which is available on our SEDAR profile at www.SEDAR.com.  In relation to the disclosure of estimates for any properties, such estimates for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates of reserves for all properties, due to the effects of aggregation.

NOTICE TO U.S. READERS

The oil and natural gas reserves contained in this Annual Report have generally been prepared in accordance with Canadian disclosure standards, which are not comparable in all respects of United States or other foreign disclosure standards.  For example, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") generally permits oil and gas issuers, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved reserves (as defined in SEC rules).  Canadian securities laws require oil and gas issuers, in their filings with Canadian securities regulators, to disclose not only proved reserves (which are defined differently from the SEC rules) but also probable reserves, each as defined in NI 51-101.  Accordingly, proved reserves disclosed in this Annual Report may not be comparable to U.S. standards, and in this Annual Report, ARC has disclosed reserves designated as "probable reserves" and "proved plus probable reserves" and "proved plus probable plus possible reserves".  Probable reserves and possible reserves are higher risk and are generally believed to be less likely to be accurately estimated or recovered than proved reserves.  The SEC's guidelines strictly prohibit reserves in these categories from being included in filings with the SEC that are required to be prepared in accordance with U.S. disclosure requirements.  In addition, under Canadian disclosure requirements and industry practice, reserves and production are reported using gross volumes, which are volumes prior to deduction of royalty and similar payments.  The practice in the United States is to report reserves and production using net volumes, after deduction of applicable royalties and similar payments.  Moreover, ARC has determined and disclosed estimated future net revenue from its reserves using forecast prices and costs, whereas the SEC generally requires that prices and costs be held constant at levels in effect at the date of the reserve report.  As a consequence of the foregoing, ARC's reserve estimates and production volumes in this Annual Report may not be comparable to those made by companies utilizing United States reporting and disclosure standards.  Additionally, the SEC prohibits disclosure of oil and gas resources including contingent resources, whereas Canadian issuers may disclose oil and gas resources.  Resources are different than, and should not be construed as, reserves.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS

This Annual Report contains certain forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends", "strategy" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements.  In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this Annual Report contains forward-looking information and statements pertaining to the following: the recognition of significant additional reserves, the recognition of significant resources, the volumes and estimated value of ARC's oil and gas reserves; the life of ARC's reserves; the volume and product mix of ARC's oil and gas production; future oil and natural gas prices and ARC's commodity risk management programs; future results from operations and operating metrics;  future development, exploration, acquisition and development activities (including drilling plans); and the timing of such activities and related capital expenditures and production expectations; and payment of dividends. 
The forward-looking information and statements contained in this Annual Report reflect several material factors and expectations and assumptions of ARC including, without limitation: that ARC will continue to conduct its operations in a manner consistent with past operations; results from drilling and development activities consistent with past results; the continued and timely development of infrastructure in areas of new production; the general continuance of current industry conditions; the continuance of existing (and in certain circumstances, the implementation of proposed) tax, royalty and regulatory regimes; the accuracy of the estimates of ARC's reserve and resource volumes; certain commodity price and other cost assumptions; and the continued availability of adequate debt and equity financing and cash flow to fund its plans and expenditures.  There are a number of assumptions associated with the development of the Montney reserves, including the quality of the Montney reservoir, continued performance from existing wells, future drilling programs and performance from new wells, the growth of infrastructure, well density per section, recovery factors and development necessarily involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including those risks identified in this Annual Report and in ARC’s public disclosure documents.  ARC believes the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct.

The forward-looking information and statements included in this Annual Report are not guarantees of future performance and should not be unduly relied upon.  Such information and 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 information or statements including, without limitation: changes in commodity prices; the early stage of development of some areas in ARC’s Montney lands; the potential for variation in the quality of the Montney formation, changes in the demand for or supply of ARC's products; unanticipated operating results or production declines; unanticipated results from ARC's exploration and development activities; changes in tax or environmental laws, royalty rates or other regulatory matters; changes in development plans of ARC or by third party operators of ARC's properties, increased debt levels or debt service requirements; inaccurate estimation of ARC's oil and gas reserve and resource volumes; limited, unfavorable or a lack of access to capital markets; increased costs; a lack of adequate insurance coverage; the impact of competitors; and certain other risks detailed from time to time in ARC's public disclosure documents (including, without limitation, those risks identified in ARC's Annual Information Form and in this Annual Report).

The forward-looking information and statements contained in this Annual Report speak only as of the date of this Annual Report, and none of ARC or its subsidiaries assumes any obligation to publicly update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required pursuant to applicable laws.

INFORMATION REGARDING FINANCIAL INFORMATION

This Annual Report includes certain information which is set forth in the audited financial statements of the Corporation for the year ended December 31, 2012, including the report of our auditor's thereon and the notes thereto, and readers should refer to those financial statements, which are hereby incorporated by reference.  These financial statements can be found on our SEDAR profile at www.SEDAR.com.