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Net Asset Value Net Asset Value – Discounted at 10 Per Cent (1) 2003

($ millions, except per unit amounts)

Value of net proved plus probable reserves (2)

$ 1,689

Undeveloped lands (3)

2002

2001

$ 1,302 $

1,216

50

Reclamation fund Long-term debt, net of working capital

20

1999

945

$530

6

12

1998 $

278 3

17

13

10

10

7

5

(262)

(348)

(289)

(109)

(125)

(74)

Asset retirement obligation (4)

(27)

Net asset value

$

22

2000

$ 1,467

– $

987 $

Units outstanding (000’s) (5)

182,777

126,444

NAV per unit

$

$

8.03

7.81 $

– 959

– $

852

111,692

72,524

8.59

$ 11.74

– $

424

– $

53,607 $

7.92

211 25,604

$

8.25

(1) Financial information is taken from ARC’s year-end audited financial statements. (2) Probable risked at 50 per cent for 1998 through to 2002. (3) Internal estimate based on discounted land sales values as reported in the Daily Oil Bulletin. (4) The Asset Retirement Obligation ("ARO") was calculated on the same methodology that was used to calculate the ARO on ARC’s year-end audited financial statements, except the future expected ARO costs were discounted at 10 per cent and $21.5 million relating to well abandonment was deducted as that amount has been incorporated in the value of proved plus probable reserves discounted at 10 per cent as per NI 51-101. (5) Represents total trust units outstanding and issuable for exchangeable shares as at December 31, 2003.

The net asset value (“NAV”) table shows what is normally referred to as a “produce-out” NAV calculation under which the current value of the Trust’s reserves would be produced at forecast future prices and costs. The value is a snapshot in time and is based on various assumptions including commodity prices and foreign exchange rates that vary over time. In the absence of adding reserves to the Trust, the NAV per unit will decline as the reserves are produced out. The cash flow generated by the production relates directly to the cash distributions paid to unitholders. The evaluation includes future capital expenditure expectations required to bring undeveloped reserves on production. ARC works continuously to add value, improve profitability and increase reserves, which enhances the Trust’s NAV. Success in this regard is reflected in the positive reserve revisions that ARC has achieved every year since inception. In order to determine the “going concern” value of the Trust, a more detailed assessment would be required of the upside potential of specific properties and the ability of the ARC team to continue to make value-adding capital expenditures. At inception of the Trust on July 16, 1996, the NAV was determined to be $11.42 per unit based on a 10 per cent discount rate; since that time, including the January 15, 2004 distribution, the Trust has distributed $12.44 per unit. Despite having distributed more cash than the initial NAV, the NAV at December 31, 2003, was $8.03 per unit using GLJ prices; $8.87 per unit using Sproule Associates Limited’s prices; and $11.45 per unit using constant prices and costs in effect at December 31, 2003. NAV per unit increased $0.22 per unit during 2003 after distributing $1.80 per unit to unitholders.

Reserve Life Index ARC’s proved plus probable RLI increased to 12.4 years at year-end 2003 while the proved RLI remained unchanged at 10.1 years. The 2003 RLI has been determined by using the GLJ reserves and the 2004 production guidance of 55,000 boe/d provided by ARC. The following table summarizes ARC’s historical RLI using GLJ forecast information for year-end 2002 and prior years.

Proved Proved plus probable (Established reserves for 2002 and prior years)

22

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

10.1

10.1

9.8

10.4

10.1

10.0

10.9

12.4

11.8

11.5

12.1

12.0

11.9

13.0

2003  

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2003  

Annual Report

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