This news release offers our assessment of Freehold's future plans and operations as at March 7, 2013, and contains forward-looking statements that we believe allow readers to better understand our business and prospects. These forward-looking statements include our expectations for the following:
-- our outlook for commodity prices including supply and demand factors relating to crude oil, heavy oil, and natural gas;-- light/heavy oil price differentials;-- changing economic conditions;-- foreign exchange rates;-- drilling activity during the fourth quarter of 2012 adding to our production base in 2013;-- industry drilling, development activity on our royalty lands, our exposure in emerging resource plays, and the potential impact of horizontal drilling on production and reserves;-- development of working interest properties;-- participation in the DRIP and our use of cash preserved through the DRIP;-- estimated capital budget and expenditures and the timing thereof;-- long-term debt at year end;-- average production and contribution from royalty lands;-- key operating assumptions;-- acquisition opportunities;-- amounts and rates of income taxes and timing of payment thereof;-- maintaining our monthly dividend rate through 2013 and our dividend policy; and-- the appointment of Thomas J. Mullane as President and CEO and his standing for election as a director of Freehold.
In addition, statements relating to "reserves" and the future net revenue associated with such reserves are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future.
Such statements are generally identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "project", "should", "plan", "intend", "believe", and similar expressions (including the negatives thereof). By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, lack of pipeline capacity; currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, royalties, environmental risks, taxation, regulation, changes in tax or other legislation, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility, and our ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Risks are described in more detail in our AIF.
In this news release, we make references to "flush" production rates, which is the first yield from a flowing oil well during its most productive period. Such "flush" production rates are not determinative of future production rates. Additionally, such rates may also include recovered "load oil" fluids used in well completion stimulation. Readers are cautioned not to place reliance on such rates in estimating future production rates for Freehold.
With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this news release, we have made assumptions regarding, among other things, future commodity prices, future capital expenditure levels, future production levels, future exchange rates, future tax rates, future participation rates in the DRIP and use of cash preserved through the DRIP, future legislation, the cost of developing and producing our assets, our ability and the ability of our lessees to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out development activities, our ability to market our oil and gas successfully to current and new customers, our expectation for the consumption of crude oil and natural gas, our expectation for industry drilling levels, our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, and our ability to add production and reserves through development and acquisition activities. The key operating assumptions with respect to the forward-looking statements referred to above are detailed in the body of this news release.