dollar versus the US dollar has increased significantly over the last 12 months, resulting in the receipt by the Trust of fewer Canadian dollars for its production, which may affect future distributions. ARC has initiated certain derivative contracts to attempt to mitigate these risks. To the extent that ARC engages in risk management activities related to foreign exchange rates, it will be subject to credit risk associated with counterparties with which it contracts. The increase in the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar and future Canadian/US exchange rates may impact future distributions and the future value of the Trust’s reserves as determined by independent evaluators.
RESERVES ESTIMATES The reserves and recovery information contained in ARC’s independent reserves evaluation is only an estimate. The actual production and ultimate reserves from the properties may be greater or less than the estimates prepared by the independent reserves evaluator. The reserves report was prepared using certain commodity price assumptions that are described in the notes to the reserves tables. If lower prices for crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas are realized by the Trust and substituted for the price assumptions utilized in those reserves reports, the present value of estimated future net cash flows for the Trust’s reserves would be reduced and the reduction could be significant, particularly based on the constant price case assumptions. DEPLETION OF RESERVES AND MAINTENANCE OF DISTRIBUTION ARC’s future oil and natural gas reserves and production, and therefore its cash flows, will be highly dependent on ARC’s success in exploiting its reserves base and acquiring additional reserves. Without reserves additions through acquisition or development activities, the Trust’s reserves and production will decline over time as the oil and natural gas reserves are produced out. There can be no assurance that the Trust will make sufficient capital expenditures to maintain production at current levels; nor as a consequence, that the amount of distributions by the Trust to unitholders can be maintained at current levels. To the extent that external sources of capital, including the issuance of additional trust units become limited or unavailable, ARC’s ability to make the necessary capital investments to maintain or expand its oil and natural gas reserves could be impaired. To the extent that ARC is required to use cash flow to finance capital expenditures or property acquisitions, the level of distributions could be reduced. There can be no assurance that ARC will be successful in developing or acquiring additional reserves on terms that meet the Trust’s investment objectives. ACQUISITIONS The price paid for reserves acquisitions is based on engineering and economic estimates of the reserves made by independent engineers modified to reflect the technical views of management. These assessments include a number of material assumptions regarding such factors as recoverability and marketability of oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and sulphur, future prices of oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and sulphur and operating costs, future capital expenditures and royalties and other government levies that will be imposed over the producing life of the reserves. Many of these factors are subject to change and are beyond the control of the operators of the working interests, management and the Trust. In particular, changes in the prices of and markets for oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and sulphur from those anticipated at the time of making such assessments will affect the amount of future distributions and as such the value of the units. In addition, all such estimates involve a measure of geological and engineering uncertainty that could result in lower production and reserves than attributed to the working interests. Actual reserves could vary materially from these estimates. Consequently, the reserves acquired may be less than expected, which could adversely impact cash flows and distributions to unitholders. OPERATIONAL AND RESERVE RISKS RELATING TO THE ACQUISITION OF ASSETS Risk factors set forth in this MD&A relating to the oil and natural gas business and the operations and reserves of the Trust apply equally in respect of the acquisitions that the Trust makes over time. Reserve and recovery information contained in this MD&A in respect of acquisitions is only an estimate and the actual production from and ultimate reserves of the acquisitions, particularly the NPCU and Redwater properties may be greater or less than the estimates contained in such reports. There are significant environmental reclamation liabilities attributable to the NPCU and Redwater properties. COMPETITION There is strong competition relating to all aspects of the oil and gas industry. There are numerous trusts in the oil and gas industry that are competing for the acquisition of properties with longer life reserves and properties with exploitation and development opportunities. As a result of such increasing competition, it will be more difficult to acquire reserves on beneficial terms. ARC competes for reserve acquisitions and skilled industry personnel with a substantial number of other oil and gas companies, many of which have significantly greater financial and other resources than the Trust. NATURE OF UNITS Units will have no value when the oil and gas reserves from the properties can no longer be economically produced and, as a result, cash distributions do not represent a “yield” in the traditional sense as they represent both a return of capital and a return on investment. The units do not represent a traditional investment in the oil and natural gas sector and should not be viewed by investors as shares in a corporation. The units represent a fractional interest in the Trust. As holders of units, unitholders will not have the statutory rights normally associated with ownership of shares of a corporation. The Trust’s sole assets will be the royalty interests