High Arctic Announces 2016 Capital Budget and January Dividend

Calgary, Canada – December 16, 2015 – High Arctic Energy Services Inc.
(TSX: HWO) (“High Arctic” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved a 2016 capital budget of $15.5 million comprised of growth capital expenditures of $12.0 million and maintenance capital expenditures of $3.5 million.

The 2016 growth capital initiatives combined with capital spending undertaken in 2015 of approximately $44.0 million is expected to lead to continued growth in 2016. Growth spending in 2016 will include additional rental equipment purchases to support operating activities and the addition of newly designed snubbing units suited for high pressure, extended lateral length wells.

Tim Braun, CEO, stated “Our 2016 capital expenditure program addresses immediate capital needs to support our base business operations in Papua New Guinea and niche growth opportunities in Canada. We continue to focus on our stated plan for growth through strategic acquisitions in the existing capital constrained market. Our strong financial position provides flexibility to deploy capital as opportunities materialize.”

High Arctic is also pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved a monthly dividend payment of $0.0165 per share to holders of common shares. The dividend is payable on January 14, 2016, to holders of High Arctic common shares of record at the close of business on December 31, 2015. The ex-dividend date is December 29, 2015. The dividend is designated as an “eligible dividend” for Canadian Income Tax purposes.

About High Arctic

High Arctic is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HWO”. The Corporation’s principal focus is to provide drilling and specialized well completion services, equipment rentals and other services to the oil and gas industry.

High Arctic’s largest operation is in Papua New Guinea where it provides drilling and specialized well completion services and supplies rig matting, camps and drilling support equipment on a rental basis. The Canadian operation provides snubbing services, nitrogen supplies and equipment on a rental basis to a large number of oil and natural gas exploration and production companies operating in Western Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Braun
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 403-508-7836 ext 105

Brian Peters
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 403-508-7836 ext 103

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Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other risk factors that could affect High Arctic’s operations or financial results are included in High Arctic’s annual information form and may be accessed through the SEDAR website ( The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and High Arctic does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.