Vermilion is a publicly traded, widely held, international energy producer that seeks to create value through the acquisition, exploration, development and optimization of producing properties in North America, Europe and Australia. Founded in 1994, we have been delivering strong financial and operational performance for more than 27 years.
At the core of our business is our purpose: to responsibly produce the energy that is essential for the many people and businesses around the world that rely upon it to meet their daily needs and sustain their quality of life. We believe this is both a great privilege and a great responsibility.
Vermilion is part of the energy transition that is currently occurring. Our strategy focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of traditional energy production while developing renewable energy projects closely related to our core competencies. We believe that sustainability-oriented investors, governments and citizens will effect their greatest positive impact by turning to Best-In-Class operators like Vermilion during the transition.
Vermilion is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with onshore and offshore operations located around the world in regions noted for their stable, well-developed fiscal and regulatory policies related to oil and gas exploration and development.
Our approach to sustainability, and to our business in general, is to prioritize health and safety, the environment, and profitability, in that order. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the public and those who work with us, and the protection of our natural surroundings. In addition, we emphasize strategic community investment in each of our operating areas.
This is reflected in our recognition as a strong performer amongst Canadian publicly listed companies in governance practices, our consistent A- scores from CDP Climate, and our frequent appearances as a Best Workplace in the Great Place to Work® Institute's annual rankings in Canada and Germany.
We believe that this approach is an integral part of our company’s success, and is closely aligned with the ideals and goals expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals, which we refer to throughout this report as part of our strategy. 102-15
Vermilion's business model relies on our long-standing core business principles, which are based on a conservative, long-term focus on balance sheet strength and capital discipline to generate strong returns. The five core principles include: maintaining a strong balance sheet with low leverage; managing a total payout ratio of less than 100%; consistently delivering results that meet or exceed expectations, protecting equity to minimize dilution; and maintaining a strong corporate culture.
Our business model emphasizes free cash flow generating and returning capital to investors when economically warranted, augmented by value-adding acquisitions.
Vermilion's operations are focused on the exploitation of light oil and liquids-rich natural gas conventional resource plays in North America and the exploration and development of conventional natural gas and oil opportunities in Europe and Australia.
Our asset base comprises a diversified product and project portfolio that receives premium advantage pricing. This increases the stability of our cash flows and our flexibility in allocating our exploration and development capital. The result is a consistently strong return on capital and exposure to robust end markets that include:
Our success is made possible by the superlative efforts of close to 1,000 staff (employees and contractors, as of December 2020) located throughout our operations, and through an extensive supply chain.
Our supply chain encompasses a wide range of inputs, including specialized field expertise and technology, supplies ranging from drilling mud to event facilities, and expert consultant advice. It is extremely important to us that our suppliers not only deliver a sound financial investment in their goods and services, but operate in a manner that aligns with the values that guide our own corporate culture. As a result, we have strict requirements for third-party vendors who do business with Vermilion.102-29
Refreshed in 2021, Vermilion’s Strategic Plan includes six Matters of Importance, each of which have strategic objectives that have been developed to guide the Company's business plans over the next decade. The Matters of Importance are:
The objectives within these Matters of Importance provide short, mid- and long term targets for the company as a whole, and for our staff. We set annual commitments within each of the objectives, and track our achievements against these quarterly, reporting to the senior management team and our Board of Directors. Progress is reported on annually in our Information Circular, and is also tracked using key performance indicators within our Short and Long Term Corporate Performance Scorecards to assess company and individual performance, which are linked directly to compensation.
In addition to economic and investment metrics, our Matters of Importance are guided by feedback from our external stakeholders, including external recognition (listed in detail in the Awards section of this report), voting results at our Annual General Meeting, and input from governance, investment and sustainability analysts, our communities, and our staff.