EnCana and Cenovus Energy release 2010 preliminary budgets

Calgary, Alberta, (November 12, 2009) – EnCana Corporation (TSX & NYSE: ECA) continued to deliver strong operating and financial results in the third quarter of 2009, despite low natural gas prices. EnCana generated third quarter cash flow of US$2.1 billion, or $2.77 per share, and operating earnings of $775 million, or $1.03 per share – down 26 and

46 percent respectively compared to the third quarter of 2008. EnCana’s financial performance was significantly enhanced by commodity price hedges, which contributed $913 million in realized after-tax gains, or $1.22 per share, to cash flow in the third quarter.

Shut-in and curtailed gas coming back on this winter

To help preserve shareholder value on the expectation that natural gas prices would rise to more economic levels, EnCana curtailed or shut in about 500 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas production in the third quarter. These shut-in and curtailed volumes are expected to be brought back on stream during the winter of 2009/10. Total third quarter
production was about 4.4 billion cubic feet equivalent per day (Bcfe/d), down 7 percent compared to one year earlier.
While natural gas production was down about 9 percent to 3.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) production increased about 4 percent to 139,000 barrels per day (bbls/d), led by a 44 percent production increase from the Foster Creek enhanced oil project. Natural gas production in the first nine months of 2009 was 3.7 Bcf/d, which is higher than the company’s 2009 guidance of 3.6 Bcf/d. This reflects EnCana’s operational success even during a period when it chose to curtail production due to low prices.
“Our company’s solid operational and financial performance during a period of weak prices is evidence that EnCana’s strategy is working. We remain focused on being the lowest cost producer by applying advanced technologies and by pursuing operational efficiencies across all resource plays. In addition, our successful hedging program has helped us sustain strong cash flow. To help preserve the value of our resource base, we have curtailed significant natural gas production in many of our operating areas and have significant productive capacity available to bring to market as prices recover,” said Randy Eresman, EnCana’s President & Chief Executive Officer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: EnCana reports in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted and follows U.S. protocols, which report gas and oil production, sales and reserves on an after-royalties basis. The company’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Per share amounts for cash flow and earnings are on a diluted basis.

EnCana Third Quarter 2009 Highlights

(all year-over-year comparisons are to the third quarter of 2008)


• Cash flow was $2.1 billion or $2.77 per share, a decrease of 26 percent
• Operating earnings were $775 million or $1.03 per share, down 46 percent
• Net earnings were $25 million or 3 cents per share
• Capital investment, excluding acquisitions and divestitures, was $1.3 billion, down 16 percent, primarily due to lower drilling and completion expenditures as a result of fewer wells drilled and cost deflation
• Free cash flow was $741 million, down 39 percent (Free cash flow is defined in Note 1 on page 9)
• Realized natural gas prices were $7.31 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), down 8 percent, and realized liquids prices were
$57.39 per barrel (bbl), down 37 percent. These prices include financial hedges

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• At the end of the quarter, debt to capitalization was 25 percent and debt to adjusted EBITDA was 1.1 times. These ratios do not include the $3.5 billion of debt securities intended for use by Cenovus, the proceeds of which have been placed in escrow pending the completion of the split transaction
• Paid a dividend of 40 cents per share
• EnCana’s integrated oil business venture with ConocoPhillips generated $266 million in operating cash flow, including $180 million from the Foster Creek and Christina Lake upstream projects, and $86 million from the downstream business

Operating – Upstream

• Total natural gas production was 3.6 Bcf/d, down 9 percent, primarily due to a decision to shut in or curtail about
500 MMcf/d of production because of the low price environment and natural declines in conventional properties. This reduced production was partially offset by lower royalty volumes in Alberta due to price sensitive royalty rates
• Total oil and NGLs production was more than 139,000 bbls/d, an increase of 4 percent
• Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil production grew 43 percent to approximately 45,000 bbls/d net to EnCana
• Operating and administrative costs were $1.26 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe), which is up from 79 cents per Mcfe in the third quarter of 2008, a period when there was a large recovery of long-term incentive costs as a result of a significant decline in the EnCana share price. These higher 2009 costs were offset primarily by a weaker Canadian dollar and lower purchased fuel and workover costs

Operating – Downstream

• Refined products averaged 451,000 bbls/d (225,500 bbls/d net to EnCana), up 3 percent
• Refinery crude utilization was 94 percent or 425,000 bbls/d crude throughput (212,500 bbls/d net to EnCana), up
3 percent
• The Wood River coker and refinery expansion (CORE) project was approximately 62 percent complete at the end of


Financial Summary – Total Consolidated

(for the period ended September 30)

($ millions, except per share amounts)






9 months


9 months


% ∆

Cash flow1







Per share diluted







Operating earnings1







Per share diluted







Net earnings







Per share diluted







Capital investment







Earnings Reconciliation Summary – Total Consolidated

Net earnings







Add back (losses) & deduct gains


Unrealized mark-to-market accounting gain (loss), after-tax







Non-operating foreign exchange gain (loss), after-tax







Gain (loss) on discontinuance, after-tax







Operating earnings1







Per share diluted 1.03 1.92 -46 3.51 5.26 -33

1 Cash flow and operating earnings are non-GAAP measures as defined in Note 1 on page 9.

Price risk management affects net earnings

Operating earnings include the realized hedging gains and losses which reflect the actual value of the hedging contracts when settled. Management believes operating earnings are a better measure of performance because they remove the
variability associated with unrealized mark-to-market accounting accruals. Net earnings include both realized hedging
gains/losses and unrealized mark-to-market accounting gains/losses.

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Net earnings in the third quarter of 2009 were affected by the combined impact of realized and unrealized hedging gains/losses which resulted in an $18 million after-tax decrease to net earnings in 2009 compared to a $1.8 billion after- tax increase to net earnings in the third quarter of 2008.

Production & Drilling Summary

Total Consolidated

(for the period ended September 30)

(After royalties)





% ∆

9 months


9 months


% ∆

Natural Gas (MMcf/d)







Oil and NGLs (Mbbls/d)







Total Production (MMcfe/d)







Total net wells drilled







Key resource play production

Third quarter oil and natural gas production from key resource plays decreased 7 percent to 3.4 Bcfe/d compared to
3.6 Bcfe/d in the third quarter of 2008. Key resource play oil production was up 20 percent from the third quarter of 2008 to about 81,000 bbls/d led by Foster Creek and Christina Lake. Natural gas key resource play production was down by
10 percent, to 2.9 Bcf/d, due to a decision to shut in some wells, restrict productive capacity and delay some well completions or tie-ins to sales pipelines because of lower natural gas prices. These company-wide initiatives resulted in production restrictions of about 500 MMcf/d in the quarter.

Horn River and Haynesville shale plays continue to deliver strong drilling results

Results from drilling and completion work at EnCana’s Horn River play in northeast British Columbia continue to build the company’s confidence in the long term potential of this emerging shale gas play, where 47 gross wells have been
drilled to date (23.5 net to EnCana). Performance from the first 13 gross wells completed by EnCana and its partner are
very positive. Initial 30-day production rates have been between 8 million and 10 million cubic feet of gas per day. At the Haynesville play in northern Louisiana and East Texas, EnCana drilled 12 net wells and production during the quarter averaged about 80 MMcf/d. Well costs have dropped about 40 percent with EnCana’s three best wells averaging below
$8 million per well.

Integrated oil business production increases

EnCana’s integrated oil business with ConocoPhillips achieved a successful third quarter generating operating cash flow of $266 million. Production at Foster Creek and Christina Lake was up 43 percent. Despite the strong production growth, upstream operating cash flow was down 2 percent to $180 million due to a 37 percent decrease in crude oil prices. The Borger and Wood River refineries generated operating cash flow of $86 million compared to a loss of $96 million in the
third quarter of 2008. Higher capacity utilization and lower purchased-product and operating costs contributed to the

Expansion of oil production capacity at Foster Creek and Christina Lake on track

At Foster Creek, oil production from the phase D and E expansions continues to ramp up and the operation is on target to exit 2009 producing between 90,000 and 100,000 bbls/d (45,000 to 50,000 bbls/d net to EnCana). At Christina Lake,
construction of phase C continues and current production is about 15,000 bbls/d (7,500 bbls/d net to EnCana).

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Production from key North American resource plays

Resource Play

(After royalties)

Daily Production

Resource Play

(After royalties)




Resource Play

(After royalties)


Q3 Q2 Q1



Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1



Natural Gas (MMcf/d) Jonah

Piceance East Texas Fort Worth Greater Sierra

Cutbank Ridge



Shallow Gas










521 576 623

334 355 386

305 304 409

135 138 149

189 216 215

322 340 323

154 186 156

318 330 309

649 661 673










573 615 630 595

377 407 383 372

408 339 316 273

143 148 137 140

228 228 219 205

311 322 280 271

165 185 170 146

308 309 303 298

683 691 712 715










Total natural gas (MMcf/d)


2,927 3,106 3,243


3,196 3,244 3,150 3,015


Oil (Mbbls/d) Foster Creek Christina Lake Pelican Lake Weyburn





39 34 28

6 6 7

21 19 21

15 15 16





29 27 21 27

6 5 4 2

20 22 21 24

15 14 13 14





Total oil (Mbbls/d)1


81 75 72


71 67 59 67


Total (MMcfe/d) 1


3,410 3,557 3,676


3,621 3,648 3,506 3,417


% change from prior period


-4.1 -3.2 +1.5


-0.7 +4.1 +2.6 +2.7


1 Totals may not add due to rounding.

Drilling activity in key North American resource plays

Resource Play

Net Wells Drilled

Resource Play




Resource Play


Q3 Q2 Q1



Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1



Natural Gas

Jonah Piceance East Texas

Fort Worth

Greater Sierra Cutbank Ridge Bighorn


Shallow Gas










20 30 35

25 35 53

4 11 15

1 6 16

17 10 15

18 18 20

17 14 21

37 1 278

55 45 336










40 43 49 43

70 94 81 83

23 22 22 11

21 21 20 21

14 29 27 36

17 17 24 24

5 11 18 30

359 78 10 251

383 233 83 496










Total gas wells


194 170 789


932 548 334 995



Foster Creek

Christina Lake Pelican Lake Weyburn





2 10 6

- - -

- 1 4

- - -





1 6 1 12

- - - -

- - - -

3 4 5 9





Total oil wells


2 11 10


4 10 6 21




196 181 799


936 558 340 1,016


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1 Realized prices include the impact of financial hedging.

Price risk management

Risk management positions at September 30, 2009 are presented in Note 17 to the unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements. In the third quarter of 2009, EnCana’s commodity price risk management measures resulted in realized gains of approximately $913 million after tax, including a $916 million after-tax gain on natural gas and basis hedges and a $3 million after-tax loss on other hedges.
As of September 30, EnCana had hedged about 2 Bcf/d, of expected natural gas production for the 2010 gas year, which runs from November 1, 2009 to October 31, 2010, at an average NYMEX equivalent price of $6.08 per Mcf. EnCana also had 27,000 bbls/d of expected 2010 oil production hedged at an average fixed price of WTI $76.89 per bbl. This price hedging strategy increases certainty in cash flow to help EnCana meet its anticipated capital requirements and projected dividends. EnCana continually assesses its hedging needs and the opportunities available prior to establishing its capital program for the upcoming year.

Corporate developments

Split transaction preparation proceeding

Planning is on track to split EnCana into two independent companies: a pure-play natural gas company, EnCana, and an integrated oil company, Cenovus Energy Inc. A shareholders’ meeting to vote on the proposed transaction is set for November 25, 2009. Subject to the required shareholder and court approvals being obtained and the satisfaction of
conditions, the company expects to complete the transaction on November 30, 2009.
The Arrangement Circular for the shareholders’ meeting has been mailed and is available on SEDAR’s website, www.sedar.com, on EDGAR’s website, www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml and on EnCana’s website, www.encana.com.

Fourth Quarter Dividends

EnCana intends that the initial combined dividends of EnCana and Cenovus for the fourth quarter of 2009, after the Arrangement becomes effective, will be equal to EnCana's current quarterly dividend of US$0.40 per share, to be equally apportioned between EnCana and Cenovus. It is anticipated that such dividends will be payable on December 31, 2009 to common shareholders of record, for each respective company, as of December 21, 2009. Following completion of the Arrangement, the declaration of dividends will be at the sole discretion of the EnCana Board and the Cenovus Board and
no dividend policy has been adopted by either company.

EnCana completes more than $900 million of net divestitures to date in 2009

In August of 2009, EnCana completed the sale to Bonavista Energy Trust of approximately 409,000 net acres of non-core natural gas and oil producing properties for approximately $632 million. The transaction included property known as the
Hoadley trend, which covers an expansive area in west-central Alberta. In early November, EnCana completed the sale of
its Senlac heavy oil operation in west-central Saskatchewan, for about $83 million. In the first nine months of 2009, EnCana had net divestitures of approximately $902 million, which is in line with targeted 2009 divestitures of between
$500 million and $1 billion.

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EnCana 2009 guidance and guidance for post-split companies posted on encana.com

EnCana’s 2009 guidance, which does not account for the proposed split, has been updated and the company has posted individual 2010 guidance for the post-split EnCana and Cenovus. Guidance documents are posted on the company’s
website at www.encana.com.

Financial strength

EnCana has a strong balance sheet, with 95 percent of outstanding debt composed of long-term, fixed-rate debt with an average remaining term of more than 13 years. The company has an upcoming debt maturity in 2010 of $200 million. At September 30, 2009, EnCana had available $4.3 billion in unused committed bank credit facilities. EnCana manages its financial strategy to achieve a strong investment grade credit rating. EnCana targets a debt to capitalization ratio of less than 40 percent and a debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of less than 2.0 times. At September 30, 2009, the company’s debt to capitalization ratio was 25 percent and debt to adjusted EBITDA, on a trailing 12-month basis, was 1.1 times. None of these EnCana debt measures include the debt securities arranged for Cenovus.

Cenovus Energy financing

On September 18, 2009, in preparation for the anticipated split transaction, Cenovus Energy Inc., currently a wholly owned subsidiary of EnCana, completed a private offering of debt securities for an aggregate principal amount of
$3.5 billion in three tranches, which are exempt from registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 under Rule 144A and Regulation S. The net proceeds of the private offering were placed into an escrow account pending the completion of the split transaction. In addition, Cenovus has obtained commitments from a syndicate of banks to make available, pending the completion of the split transaction, a C$2 billion 3-year revolving credit facility and a
C$500 million 364-day revolving credit facility, both for general corporate purposes. The use of these credit facilities by
Cenovus is subject to customary conditions for credit facilities of this type.

2010 Preliminary Budgets

2010 post-split EnCana and Cenovus Energy budgets designed with flexibility

For 2010, EnCana and Cenovus have developed preliminary capital investment budgets aimed at maintaining financial strength and balance sheet flexibility through disciplined management of capital investment and operating expenses.
“The budgets for the two independent companies are designed to follow EnCana’s traditional investment principles. We employ a conservative and prudent approach and continually seek ways to reduce risk as we focus on our highest return opportunities in pursuit of enhancing the long-term value of every share,” Eresman said.
“While there are definite signs of a worldwide economic recovery, the commodity and financial markets continue to experience some degree of uncertainty. In order to make it easier for the individual executive teams to respond quickly to changing economic and investment circumstances, a high level of flexibility has been built into each company’s budget,” said Eresman.
It is expected that these preliminary budgets will be updated once the respective executive teams and boards of directors have had a better chance to refine individual strategies following the completion of the planned split transaction. The preliminary budgets are presented using EnCana’s current expectations and projections. The 2009 financial information for both Cenovus and post-split EnCana represents carved out data from EnCana projections including the operations, assets, liabilities and cash flows of the assets proposed for separation as well as a portion of the marketing and corporate functions of EnCana, which include some one-time transaction related costs for each company. The 2010 preliminary budget information in this news release also refers to the assets that are proposed for separation and the estimated revenues and costs associated with operating those assets.

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Post-split EnCana – preliminary budget forecast summary

Post-split EnCana 2010 Preliminary Budget Forecast1

(US$ billions, excluding per share amounts)

2010 Forecast

Cash flow

4.0 – 4.6

Cash flow per share ($ per share diluted)

5.40 – 6.00

Capital investment

3.6 – 3.9

Total production (Bcfe/d) after royalties

3.2 – 3.3

1 2010 based on NYMEX gas of $5.50 to $6.15 per Mcf and WTI oil of $65.00 to $85.00 per bbl and the US$/C$ at $0.85 to

$0.96. Cash flow and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures. See Note 1 on page 9.

EnCana – a leading unconventional natural gas company

“EnCana will continue to target being the best North American unconventional natural gas company. Our focus remains steadfast on being the lowest cost producer in all the fields where we operate as we employ a disciplined and methodical approach to unconventional natural gas development. We hold leading positions in key unconventional natural gas basins stretching from northeast British Columbia to east Texas and Louisiana,” Eresman said.
“In 2010, we plan to invest between $3.6 and $3.9 billion in capital and target natural gas production growth of about
10 percent. Major investments are aimed at the company’s large, early-stage opportunities in Haynesville and Horn River, as well as completion of the Deep Panuke project. Our budget is designed with the flexibility to adapt to changing economic conditions. Beyond what is currently planned, we have additional attractive investment opportunities that we may pursue if prices improve and market conditions warrant,” Eresman said.
Investment in the USA Division is expected to be about $1.9 billion, with natural gas production expected to grow about
16 percent to about 1.8 Bcf/d. Close to 40 percent of the USA budget is planned for continued production growth and land retention in the emerging Haynesville opportunity. Average 2010 production from the play is expected to be about
240 MMcf/d net to EnCana.
About $1.6 billion of investment is planned for the Canadian Division (currently the Canadian Foothills Division) and is focused on expanding the production infrastructure for longer-term growth in the Horn River basin, continued Deep Basin developments in the Cutbank Ridge (including the Montney formation) and Bighorn resource plays, the coalbed methane (CBM) resource play, plus completion of the Deep Panuke project. With sizable investments directed to longer-term projects such as Horn River and Deep Panuke, production in Canada is expected to remain steady in 2010. The lack of production growth, despite those investments, can be attributed in part to dispositions in 2009 of non-core assets in the Canadian Division and price sensitive royalty rates in Alberta.

Cenovus Energy – preliminary budget forecast summary

Cenovus Energy 2010 Preliminary Budget Forecast1

(US$ billions, excluding per share amounts)

2010 Forecast

Cash flow

2.3 – 2.6

Cash flow per share ($ per share diluted)

3.10 – 3.50

Capital investment

2.0 – 2.3

Foster Creek & Christina Lake oil production (bbls/d) after royalties

49,000 – 51,500

1 2010 based on WTI oil of $65.00 to $85.00 per bbl, a Chicago 3-2-1 crack spread of $7.50 to $9.50 per bbl, NYMEX gas of

$5.50 to $6.15 per Mcf and the US$/C$ at $0.85 to $0.96. Cash flow and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures. See Note 1 on page 9.

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“Cenovus Energy’s expansive, high-quality bitumen reservoirs and cost-efficient refineries offer significant opportunities for our integrated oil company to deliver long-term shareholder value for years ahead. Cenovus has 1.4 million acres of existing, high-quality leases, which the company estimates contain approximately 40 billion barrels of original bitumen in place. In 2010, we plan a year of substantial investment both upstream and downstream as we set the stage for significant future growth. About 40 percent of our capital in 2010 is directed to building productive capacity that will provide growth beyond 2010,” said Brian Ferguson, EnCana’s Chief Financial Officer and designated President & Chief Executive Officer of Cenovus.
Cenovus’s $2.0 to $2.3 billion of capital investment in 2010 is focused on increased development of the Foster Creek and Christina Lake enhanced oil operations, where 2010 production is expected to increase by 15 to 20 percent, and continued construction of the CORE project at Wood River.
Major capital investment in Cenovus’s upstream operations in 2010 will help set the stage for future phases of significant production growth. Cenovus plans to invest about $550 million in upstream production capacity expansions, largely at Christina Lake. Construction of Christina Lake’s phase C is on schedule and on budget and is expected to add about
40,000 bbls/d (20,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus) of capacity, with first production forecast in late 2011. The integrated oil business partners have sanctioned Christina Lake’s phase D and construction on this 40,000 bbls/d (20,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus) expansion is expected to begin in 2010, with first production expected in 2013. Regulatory applications for Christina Lake phases E, F and G have also been filed, with each expansion designed to add approximately 40,000 bbls/d (20,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus) of productive capacity. Ultimately, Christina Lake is expected to have productive capacity in excess of 200,000 bbls/d (100,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus).
At Foster Creek, regulatory applications have been filed for phases F, G and H, which would each add 30,000 bbls/d of capacity, taking total expected capacity to 210,000 bbls/d (105,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus). Foster Creek and Christina Lake combined are expected to have the potential to produce more than 400,000 bbls/d (200,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus) when fully developed.
Close to one-quarter of the 2010 Cenovus capital investment, about $500 million, will be directed to the final stages of construction of the CORE project at the Wood River refinery. The CORE project is more than 65 percent complete as of the end of October and is expected to come on stream in 2011. The project is expected to increase refining capacity by
50,000 bbls/d to 356,000 bbls/d (178,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus), and more than double heavy crude oil refining capacity to 240,000 bbls/d (120,000 bbls/d net to Cenovus). Each of these enhancements is expected to increase Wood River’s operating cash flow and improve refining margins.
Cenovus plans to invest about $700 million in Canadian Plains natural gas and oil production which is expected to generate strong operating cash flow, estimated in the range of $1.9 to $2.3 billion in 2010. These assets are a reliable source of free cash flow that will help fund future growth of enhanced oil production. Cenovus’s extensive, low-cost shallow gas production also provides a natural price hedge for the natural gas volumes consumed at the company’s enhanced oil projects and refineries.

Cenovus expected to use Canadian reporting protocols

For purposes of consistency, and in keeping with EnCana’s historical reporting, all information is stated in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted and follows U.S. protocols, which report natural gas and oil production, sales and reserves on an after-royalty basis. EnCana will continue to report using these protocols. Following the completion of the split transaction, Cenovus expects to report its results in Canadian dollars and its volumes on a before-royalty basis. This change in reporting is expected to commence with the first quarter of 2010. Each company has chosen its reporting protocols to facilitate an easier comparison with its respective industry peers.

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11 a.m. Mountain Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time)

EnCana will host a conference call today Thursday, November 12, 2009 starting at 11:00 a.m. MT (1:00 p.m. ET). To participate, please dial (888) 231-8191 (toll-free in North America) or (647) 427-7450 approximately 10 minutes prior to the conference call. An archived recording of the call will be available from approximately 1:00 p.m. MT on November 12 until midnight November 19, 2009 by dialling (800) 695-9469 or (402) 220-0618 and entering passcode 26580754.
A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available via EnCana’s website, www.encana.com, under Investor Relations. The webcast will be archived for approximately 90 days.

NOTE 1: Non-GAAP measures

This news release contains references to non-GAAP measures as follows:
• Cash flow is a non-GAAP measure defined as cash from operating activities excluding net change in other assets and liabilities and net change in non-cash working capital, both of which are defined on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, in this news release and interim financial statements.
• Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure that EnCana defines as cash flow in excess of capital investment, excluding net acquisitions and divestitures, and is used to determine the funds available for other investing and/or financing activities.
• Operating earnings is a non-GAAP measure that shows net earnings excluding non-operating items such as the after- tax impacts of a gain/loss on discontinuance, the after-tax gain/loss of unrealized mark-to-market accounting for derivative instruments, the after-tax gain/loss on translation of U.S. dollar denominated debt issued from Canada and the partnership contribution receivable, the after-tax foreign exchange gain/loss on settlement of intercompany transactions, future income tax on foreign exchange recognized for tax purposes only related to U.S. dollar intercompany debt and the effect of changes in statutory income tax rates. Management believes that these excluded items reduce the comparability of the company’s underlying financial performance between periods. The majority of the U.S. dollar debt issued from Canada has maturity dates in excess of five years.
• Capitalization is a non-GAAP measure defined as debt plus shareholders’ equity. Debt to capitalization and debt to adjusted EBITDA are two ratios which management uses to steward the company’s overall debt position as measures of the company’s overall financial strength.
• Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure defined as net earnings before gains or losses on divestitures, income taxes, foreign exchange gains or losses, interest net, accretion of asset retirement obligation, and depreciation, depletion and amortization.
These measures have been described and presented in this news release in order to provide shareholders and potential investors with additional information regarding EnCana’s liquidity and its ability to generate funds to finance its operations.

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With an enterprise value of approximately $50 billion, EnCana is a leading North American unconventional natural gas and integrated oil company. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, EnCana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where it operates. EnCana common shares trade on the
Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ECA.

ADVISORY REGARDING RESERVES DATA AND OTHER OIL AND GAS INFORMATION – EnCana's disclosure of reserves data and other oil and gas information is made in reliance on an exemption granted to EnCana by Canadian securities regulatory authorities which permits it to provide such disclosure in accordance with U.S. disclosure requirements. The information provided by EnCana may differ from the corresponding information prepared in accordance with Canadian disclosure standards under National Instrument 51-101 (NI 51-101). EnCana’s reserves quantities represent net proved reserves calculated using the standards contained in Regulation S-X of the U.S. Securities

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and Exchange Commission. Further information about the differences between the U.S. requirements and the NI 51-101 requirements is set forth under the heading "Note Regarding Reserves Data and Other Oil and Gas Information" in EnCana's Annual Information Form.
In this news release, certain crude oil and NGLs volumes have been converted to cubic feet equivalent (cfe) on the basis of one barrel (bbl) to six thousand cubic feet (Mcf). Also, certain natural gas volumes have been converted to barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) on the same basis. BOE and cfe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A conversion ratio of one bbl to six Mcf is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent value equivalency at the well head.

ADVISORY REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS – In the interests of providing EnCana shareholders and potential investors with information regarding EnCana, including management’s assessment of EnCana’s and its subsidiaries’ future plans and operations, certain statements contained in this news release are forward- looking statements or information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, collectively referred to herein as “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to: future economic and operating performance (including per share growth, debt to capitalization ratio, debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio, sustainable growth and returns, free cash flow, cash flow, cash flow per share, operating earnings and increases in net asset value); projections contained in the company’s and Cenovus’s guidance forecasts and the anticipated ability to meet the company’s and Cenovus’s guidance forecasts; anticipated life of proved reserves; anticipated growth and success of resource plays and the expected characteristics of resource plays; anticipated production and drilling in the Horn River and Haynesville areas; anticipated 2010 budgets for EnCana and Cenovus (including cash flow, cash flow per share, free cash flow, capital investment, divestitures and total production); anticipated allocation of capital for EnCana and Cenovus in 2010, including among various projects; the potential success of such projects as Deep Panuke, Cutbank Ridge, Bighorn and CORE at Wood River; the ability of enhancements at Wood River to increase cash flow and improve refining margins; anticipated capacities at Foster Creek and Christina Lake; planned expansion of in-situ oil production; anticipated crude oil and natural gas prices, including basis differentials for various regions; anticipated expansion and production for various phases at Foster Creek and Christina Lake; anticipated divestitures; potential dividends; anticipated success of EnCana’s price risk management strategy; anticipated hedging gains; potential demand for natural gas; anticipated drilling; estimates of original bitumen in place; potential capital expenditures and investment; potential oil, natural gas and NGLs production in 2009 and beyond; anticipated plans to bring production back on in the event of the recovery of natural gas prices; anticipated costs and cost reductions; the company’s plans for splitting into two independent companies and the conditions which may be required therefor; and references to potential exploration. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause the company’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These assumptions, risks and uncertainties include, among other things: risks associated with the ability to obtain any necessary approvals, waivers, consents, court orders and other requirements necessary or desirable to permit or facilitate the planned split transaction (including regulatory and shareholder approvals); the risk that any applicable conditions of the planned split transaction may not be satisfied; volatility of and assumptions regarding oil and gas prices; assumptions based upon the company’s current guidance, as well as assumptions based upon 2010 EnCana and Cenovus guidance; fluctuations in currency and interest rates; product supply and demand; market competition; risks inherent in the company’s marketing operations, including credit risks; imprecision of reserves estimates and estimates of recoverable quantities of oil, natural gas and liquids from resource plays and other sources not currently classified as proved reserves; the ability of the company and ConocoPhillips to successfully manage and operate the integrated North American oil business and the ability of the parties to obtain necessary regulatory approvals; refining and marketing margins; potential disruption or unexpected technical difficulties in developing new products and manufacturing processes; potential failure of new products to achieve acceptance in the market; unexpected cost increases or technical difficulties in constructing or modifying manufacturing or refining facilities; unexpected difficulties in manufacturing, transporting or refining crude oil; risks associated with technology; the company’s ability to replace and expand oil and gas reserves; its ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to meet its current and future obligations; its ability to access external sources of debt and equity capital; the timing and the costs of well and pipeline construction; the company’s ability to secure adequate product transportation; changes in royalty, tax, environmental, greenhouse gas, carbon, accounting and

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other laws or regulations or the interpretations of such laws or regulations; political and economic conditions in the countries in which the company operates; the risk of war, hostilities, civil insurrection and instability affecting countries in which the company operates and terrorist threats; risks associated with existing and potential future lawsuits and regulatory actions made against the company; and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the reports and filings made with securities regulatory authorities by EnCana. Although EnCana believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive.
Forward-looking information respecting anticipated 2009 cash flow for EnCana is based upon achieving average production of oil and gas for 2009 of approximately 4.4 to 4.8 Bcfe/d, year-to-date actuals and forward curve estimates for commodity prices and U.S./Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate as of September 30, 2009 and an average number of outstanding shares for EnCana of approximately 750 million. Forward-looking information respecting anticipated 2010 cash flow for EnCana is based upon achieving average production of oil and gas for 2010 of approximately 3.2 to 3.3
Bcfe/d, forward curve estimates for commodity prices and an estimated U.S./Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate of
$0.85 to $0.96 and an average number of outstanding shares for EnCana of approximately 750 million. Forward-looking information respecting anticipated 2010 cash flow for Cenovus is based upon achieving average production of oil and NGLs for 2010 of approximately 105,000 to 111,500 bbls/d and average production of natural gas for 2010 of approximately 720 to 740 MMcf/d, forward curve estimates for commodity prices and an estimated U.S./Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate of $0.85 to $0.96 and an average number of outstanding shares for Cenovus of approximately 750 million. Assumptions relating to forward-looking statements generally include EnCana’s current expectations and projections made by the company in light of, and generally consistent with, its historical experience and its perception of historical trends, as well as expectations regarding rates of advancement and innovation, generally consistent with and informed by its past experience, all of which are subject to the risk factors identified elsewhere in this news release.
Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release, and, except as required by law, EnCana does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward- looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
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Manager, Investor Relations

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