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Kolibri Global Energy Inc. Provides 2023 Guidance Update and Operations Update

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., December 22, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kolibri Global Energy Inc. (the "Company" or "KEI") (TSX: KEI, NASDAQ: KGEI) is updating its estimated 2023 guidance and is providing an operations update for its Tishomingo field in Oklahoma.

Guidance Update

The Company is updating its 2023 forecasted guidance as follows:


Revised 2023


% Increase from

Fiscal Year 2022




Average production

2,800 to 3,000 boepd

71% to 83%


US$51 million to US$53 million

36% to 41%

Adjusted EBITDA(2)

US$39 million to US$41 million

55% to 63%


Assumptions include forecasted pricing for December 2023 of WTI US $71/bbl, $2.50 Henry Hub and NGL pricing of $28.40/boe and includes the impact of the Company’s existing hedges.


Adjusted EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP measure. Refer to the section entitled "Non-GAAP Measures" of this news release

The average production, revenue and Adjusted EBITDA guidance show significant growth from 2022 even though this guidance has been revised lower from the Company’s previous guidance due to several factors. The main factors are timing, as new wells started producing later than previously forecasted, oil prices that are lower than previously assumed, and production impacts from the shut-in of wells surrounding the latest completions, discussed in more detail below.


The Company expects annual capital expenditures paid during the year to be in the range of US$47 million to US$49 million. This guidance is being lowered due to actual well costs coming in substantially below budget. Net debt is forecasted to be US$29 million to US$31 million, which is higher than previously forecast due mainly to the timing of the wells. The Company continues to anticipate that its Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio will be less than 1 times at the end of 2023.

Operations Update

The Emery 17-3H, 17-4H, and 17-5H wells were successfully drilled and fracture stimulated safely and under budget. Flowback of the fracture stimulation fluid is underway but is taking longer than expected. More fracture stimulation fluid is being recovered by these wells than from our previous wells. As a result, we do not yet have stabilized oil and gas rates. Once the cleanup of the wells is complete, we will be in a better position to determine what these wells are capable of producing.

In addition, the fracture stimulation of these three Emery wells impacted the surrounding wells more than was originally anticipated. These surrounding wells, which were shut-in during the Emery operations, have returned to production, but a number of them have not yet recovered to their pre-shut-in rates. We anticipate that it may take a few months for their recovery. These factors will cause the exit rate to fall below the previously announced rate. What the final rate will be is subject to the production rates of the Emery wells and the degree of recovery in the surrounding wells on December 31, 2023.

The Velin 12-9H well was spud last week and is anticipated to be finished drilling in the coming week. The rig is planned to spud the next well on the pad in the beginning of January.


Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Management of the Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is relevant for evaluating returns on the Company's project as well as the performance of the enterprise as a whole. Adjusted EBITDA may differ from similar computations as reported by other similar organizations and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similar non-GAAP measures as reported by such organizations. Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to net income, cash flows related to operating activities, working capital or other financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of the Company's performance.

An explanation of how Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to an investor and the purposes for which the Company’s management uses Adjusted EBITDA is set out in the management's discussion and analysis under the heading "Non-GAAP Measures" which is available under the Company's profile at and is incorporated by reference into this news release.

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net income before interest, taxes, depletion and depreciation and other non-cash and non-operating gains and losses. The Company considers this a key measure as it demonstrates its ability to generate cash from operations necessary for future growth excluding non-cash items, gains and losses that are not part of the normal operations of the Company and financing costs. The following is the reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure Adjusted EBITDA:

(US $000)

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September 30,

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September 30,





Net income









Depletion and depreciation


















Interest expense









Unrealized (gain) loss on commodity contracts









Share based compensation









Interest income









Other income









Foreign currency loss (gain)










Adjusted EBITDA










About Kolibri Global Energy Inc.

Kolibri Global Energy Inc. is a North American energy company focused on finding and exploiting energy projects in oil and gas. Through various subsidiaries, the Company owns and operates energy properties in the United States. The Company continues to utilize its technical and operational expertise to identify and acquire additional projects in oil, gas and clean and sustainable energy. The Company's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol KEI and on the NASDAQ under the stock symbol KGEI.

Cautionary Statements

In this news release and the Company’s other public disclosure: The references to barrels of oil equivalent ("Boes") reflect natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil. Boes may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A Boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1 Bbl 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 from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value. Possible reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than probable reserves. There is a 10% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the sum of proved plus probable plus possible reserves.

Readers should be aware that references to initial production rates and other short-term production rates are preliminary in nature and are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery. Readers are referred to the full description of the results of the Company's December 31, 2022 independent reserves evaluation and other oil and gas information contained in its Form 51-101F1 Statement of Reserves Data and Other Oil and Gas Information for the year ended December 31, 2022, which the Company filed on SEDAR on March 13, 2023.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking information" as such term is used in applicable Canadian securities laws and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of United States securities laws (collectively, "forward looking information"), including statements regarding the timing of and expected results from planned wells development, projected exit rate and average production, revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for 2023 and projected total capital expenditures, net debt and debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio for 2023. Forward-looking information is based on plans and estimates of management and interpretations of data by the Company's technical team at the date the data is provided and is subject to several factors and assumptions of management, including forecasted pricing in December 2023 of WTI US $71/bbl, $2.5 Henry Hub and NGL pricing of $28.40/boe that indications of early results are reasonably accurate predictors of the prospectiveness of the shale intervals, that required regulatory approvals will be available when required, that no unforeseen delays, unexpected geological or other effects, including flooding and extended interruptions due to inclement or hazardous weather conditions, equipment failures, permitting delays or labor or contract disputes are encountered, that the necessary labor and equipment will be obtained, that the development plans of the Company and its co-venturers will not change, that the offset operator’s operations will proceed as expected by management, that the demand for oil and gas will be sustained, that the price of oil will be sustained or increase, that the Company will continue to be able to access sufficient capital through cash flow, debt, financings, farm-ins or other participation arrangements to maintain its projects, and that global economic conditions will not deteriorate in a manner that has an adverse impact on the Company's business, its ability to advance its business strategy and the industry as a whole. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause plans, estimates and actual results to vary materially from those projected in such forward-looking information. Factors that could cause the forward-looking information in this news release to change or to be inaccurate include, but are not limited to, the risk that any of the assumptions on which such forward looking information is based vary or prove to be invalid, including that the Company or its subsidiaries is not able for any reason to obtain and provide the information necessary to secure required approvals or that required regulatory approvals are otherwise not available when required, that unexpected geological results are encountered, that equipment failures, permitting delays, labor or contract disputes or shortages of equipment, labor or materials are encountered, the risks associated with the oil and gas industry (e.g. operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration and development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve and resource estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, and health, safety and environmental risks, including flooding and extended interruptions due to inclement or hazardous weather conditions), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, that the offset operator’s operations have unexpected adverse effects on the Company’s operations, that completion techniques require further optimization, that production rates do not match the Company’s assumptions, that very low or no production rates are achieved, that the price of oil will decline, that the Company is unable to access required capital, that occurrences such as those that are assumed will not occur, do in fact occur, and those conditions that are assumed will continue or improve, do not continue or improve, and the other risks and uncertainties applicable to exploration and development activities and the Company's business as set forth in the Company's management discussion and analysis and its annual information form, both of which are available for viewing under the Company's profile at, any of which could result in delays, cessation in planned work or loss of one or more leases and have an adverse effect on the Company and its financial condition. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, other than as required by applicable law.

Caution Regarding Future-Oriented Financial Information and Financial Outlook

This news release may contain information deemed to be "future-oriented financial information" or a "financial outlook" (collectively, "FOFI") within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The FOFI has been prepared by management to provide an outlook of the Company’s activities and results and may not be appropriate for other purposes. The FOFI has been prepared based on a number of assumptions including the assumptions discussed above under "Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information". The actual results of operations of the Company and the resulting financial results may vary from the amounts set forth herein, and such variations may be material. The Company and management believe that the FOFI has been prepared on a reasonable basis, reflecting management’s best estimates and judgments. FOFI contained in this news release was made as of the date of this news release and the Company disclaims any intention or obligations to update or revise any FOFI contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required pursuant to applicable law.

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