Forest Oil's average oil and gas net sales volumes for the three months ended March 31, 2008 were approximately 478 MMcfe/d, representing a 58% increase over Forest's 302 MMcfe/d in the corresponding period in 2007. The increase was due primarily to the acquisition of The Houston Exploration Company in June 2007.
The following change to oil and gas net sales volumes guidance is based on increased expected capital expenditures of $1.15 billion to $1.25 billion for 2008. Capital expenditures were previously expected to be $900 million to $1 billion. The increased capital expenditures are expected to generate annualized organic production growth of approximately 15% beginning in the second quarter of 2008.
Oil and Gas Net Sales Volumes: Forest expects total net sales volumes of 189 to 193 Bcfe in 2008 up from 183 to 190 Bcfe previously disclosed. Subsequent to the first quarter of 2008, the Company expects net sales volumes to increase 5 to 6.5% sequentially in each of the second and third quarters, and to increase 3 to 4% sequentially in the fourth quarter. Forest estimates its net sales volumes will average 545 to 560 MMcfe/d in the fourth quarter of 2008. This expected net sales volumes increase includes the effects of the Ark-La-Tex acquisition as of today as well as the increased capital program. It does not consider the sale of any properties.
Price Differentials: Based on current prices, Forest expects natural gas price differentials for the remainder of 2008 will average $1.25 to $1.50 per MMbtu less than the Henry Hub price.
Based on current prices, Forest expects oil differentials for the remainder of 2008 will average $6.00 to $8.00 per Bbl less than the NYMEX West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price.
Based on current prices, Forest expects natural gas liquids differentials for the remainder of 2008 will average 50% of the WTI price.
Production Expense: Forest expects production expense (which includes lease operating expense, ad valorem taxes, production taxes and product processing, gathering and transportation) will be $275 to $300 million or $1.45 to $1.55 per Mcfe. The increase in expected production expense is due to increased production taxes resulting from higher commodity prices and increased expected production.
All other guidance detailed in Forest's press release dated February 21, 2008 has not changed.
The foregoing guidance is subject to all of the cautionary statements and limitations described in Forest's press release dated February 21, 2008.
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