Significant increases in production stemming from successful drilling activities during the past two years has resulted in increasing oil and natural gas sales and funds from operations over the same period. The Company had a net loss in four of the eight previous quarters mainly as a result of asset impairments recognized in each quarter on non-core properties.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES
Management is required to make estimates, judgments, and assumptions in the application of IFRS that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and revenues and expenses for the period then ended. Certain of these estimates may change from period to period resulting in a material impact on the Company's results from operations, financial position, and change in financial position. The Company's significant critical accounting estimates have not changed from the year ended December 31, 2012.
CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES
On January 1, 2013, the Company adopted new standards with respect to consolidations (IFRS 10), joint arrangements (IFRS 11), disclosure of interests in other entities (IFRS 12), fair value measurements (IFRS 13), and amendments to financial statement disclosures (IFRS 7). The adoption of these standards had no impact on the amounts recorded in the consolidated financial statements.
The acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties involves many risks common to all participants in the oil and natural gas industry. Crocotta's exploration and development activities are subject to various business risks such as unstable commodity prices, interest rate and foreign exchange fluctuations, the uncertainty of replacing production and reserves on an economic basis, government regulations, taxes, and safety and environmental concerns. While management realizes these risks cannot be eliminated, they are committed to monitoring and mitigating these risks.
Reserves and reserve replacement
The recovery and reserve estimates on Crocotta's properties are estimates only and the actual reserves may be materially different from that estimated. The estimates of reserve values are based on a number of variables including price forecasts, projected production volumes and future production and capital costs. All of these factors may cause estimates to vary from actual results.
Crocotta's future oil and natural gas reserves, production, and funds from operations to be derived therefrom are highly dependent on the Company successfully acquiring or discovering new reserves. Without the continual addition of new reserves, any existing reserves the Company may have at any particular time and the production therefrom will decline over time as such existing reserves are exploited. A future increase in Crocotta's reserves will depend on its abilities to acquire suitable prospects or properties and discover new reserves.
To mitigate this risk, Crocotta has assembled a team of experienced technical professionals who have expertise operating and exploring in areas the Company has identified as being the most prospective for increasing reserves on an economic basis. To further mitigate reserve replacement risk, Crocotta has targeted a majority of its prospects in areas which have multi-zone potential, year-round access, and lower drilling costs and employs advanced geological and geophysical techniques to increase the likelihood of finding additional reserves.
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