This news release contains information that constitutes "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" (collectively "forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. This forward-looking information includes, among others, statements regarding: business strategy, priorities and plans; expected capital expenditures, company-wide and regionally; expected production, company-wide; regionally and by product; expected divestitures and/or JVs and targeted timing and targeted value of disposals; potential share repurchase and other potential reinvestment alternatives; targeted debt to cash flow ratio; expected G&A reductions; expected cash flow - company-wide, regionally and by product-type; expected free cash flow; expected benefits of the JV with Sinopec in the UK; expected improvement in drilling performance in the Eagle Ford and expected associated benefits; planned drilling and rigs and drilling strategy in North America; expected completion of the Deep Cut facility; expected seismic, drilling, testing and other activity in Colombia; expected benefits of the ownership share in the Ocensa pipeline; expected exploration and development activities in Talisman's Asia-Pacific region; possible exploration upside in the Sabah basin; potential sanction of production train at the Suban field; expected completion of and production at HST/HSD; targeted first production at Stanley; planned focus and strategy in the UK; planned drilling, extensions and exploration in Norway; planned upgrades, drilling and tie-back in the UK; planned drilling in Kurdistan; and other expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions, information and statements about possible future events, conditions, results of operations or performance. The company priorities disclosed in this news release are objectives only and their achievement cannot be guaranteed. Indicative capital estimates for 2013, which are provided in this news release, are subject to change.
The factors or assumptions on which the forward-looking information is based include: assumptions inherent in current guidance; projected capital investment levels; the flexibility of capital spending plans and the associated sources of funding; the successful and timely implementation of capital projects; the continuation of tax, royalty and regulatory regimes; ability to obtain regulatory and partner approval; commodity price and cost assumptions; and other risks and uncertainties described in the filings made by the Company with securities regulatory authorities. The Company believes the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information for periods past 2013 assumes escalating commodity prices. Closing of any transactions will be subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals and completion of definitive agreements.
Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks which could cause actual results to vary and in some instances to differ materially from those anticipated by Talisman and described in the forward-looking information contained in this news release. The material risk factors include, but are not limited to: the risks of the oil and gas industry, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits; risks associated with project management, project delays and/or cost overruns; uncertainty related to securing sufficient egress and access to markets; the uncertainty of reserves and resources estimates, reserves life and underlying reservoir risk; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, including decommissioning liabilities; risks related to strategic and capital allocation decisions, including potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; fluctuations in oil and gas prices, foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and tax or royalty rates; the outcome and effects of any future acquisitions and dispositions; health, safety, security and environmental risks, including risks related to the possibility of major accidents; environmental regulatory and compliance risks, including with respect to greenhouse gases and hydraulic fracturing; uncertainties as to the availability and cost of credit and other financing and changes in capital markets; risks in conducting foreign operations (for example, civil, political and fiscal instability and corruption); risks related to the attraction, retention and development of personnel; changes in general economic and business conditions; the possibility that government policies, regulations or laws may change or governmental approvals may be delayed or withheld; and results of the Company's risk mitigation strategies, including insurance and any hedging activities.
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