Vancouver, B.C. – August 14, 2018 – TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO and OTCQX: TAOIF) is pleased to report its first quarter results for the interim period ending June 30, 2018. The Company was successful in securing a revolving credit facility of up to US$10,000,000 with a large New Zealand based lender, as well as increasing its revenue by 53% along with a 67% increase in operating netbacks to $44.16 per boe for the quarter. Production over the month of April to date is above guidance with a current gross daily average rate of 1,309 boe/d (80% oil).
Toby Pierce, TAG Oil’s CEO, commented “Operationally, TAG Oil had a very good quarter with over $5.1 million in cash flow from operating activities and a working capital position of $5.8 million at the end of Q1/2019. The Company commenced a campaign in July that will involve multiple workovers and water injector conversions, which may have a positive impact on our production in upcoming quarters. TAG Oil continues to focus on growing its cash flow, increasing its production and strengthening its balance sheet over the near to medium term.”
Q1 2019 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
- At June 30, 2018 the Company had $4.8 million (March 31, 2018: $1.8 million) in cash and cash equivalents and $5.8 million (March 31, 2018: $3.4 million) in working capital.
- Average net daily production decreased by 6% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 to 1,048 boe/d (79% oil) from 1,117 boe/d (75% oil) for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
- Revenues generated from oil and gas sales increased by 53% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 to $9.1 million from $5.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
- Operating netbacks increased by 67% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 to $44.16 per boe compared with $26.42 per boe for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
- Capital expenditures totaled $1.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $6.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
- On April 19, 2018 the Company announced that it had secured a revolving credit facility of up to US$10,000,000 with a large New Zealand based lender, which is secured against TAG Oil’s producing Taranaki Basin assets and has been put into place for an initial period of 12 months. As part of the credit facility, TAG Oil agreed to hedge approximately 400 bbl/d of oil production for the 12-month period using a collar with a US$60/bbl floor and a US$75/bbl cap.
- On May 15, 2018 the Company announced the appointment of Mr. Peter Loretto to the Board of Directors.
TAG Oil is currently completing stage two of the PEP 57065 (Waitoriki) work commitments, which includes 20km2of 2D seismic acquisition, 15km2of 3D seismic reprocessing and subsequent AVO analysis. The 2D seismic acquisition will potentially define deeper permit prospectivity and future drilling locations, particularly across two Kapuni Group leads identified on recently reprocessed 3D seismic. Completion of the 2D seismic acquisition occurred in April 2018 and final processed data was received in July 2018. Interpretation of the new 2D seismic and 3D seismic reprocessed extension is currently underway.
As part of the overall waterflood development project, the previously shut-in Cheal-E4 well was identified as a future water injector for the Cheal-E site waterflood project. Injection conversion has been completed with additional perforations added to the MM4 zone. Water injection commenced in August 2018 at 400 bbl/d and the conversion is expected to provide pressure support and sweep oil towards the Cheal-E1 well, potentially resulting in additional oil recovery and extending the Cheal-E site’s field life.
Going forward, management will continue to employ its disciplined approach and remain focused on production, appraisal and exploration opportunities, and TAG Oil will continue to work towards achieving the following goals:
- Maximizing the value of its operations in its producing fields by maintaining enhanced oil and gas recovery techniques to optimize production and lower per barrel production costs;
- Enhancing the development of its exploration program through careful evaluation of its exploration prospects and leads inventory;
- Establishing additional proved reserves and commercializing its oil and gas exploration properties;
- Reviewing potential acquisitions of overlooked/undervalued opportunities in New Zealand and Australia; and
- Managing its operating cash flows and balance sheet as effectively as possible to minimize costs while focusing on shareholder returns.
About TAG Oil Ltd.
TAG Oil (https://tagoil.com/) is an international oil and gas explorer with established high netback production, development and exploration assets, including production infrastructure in New Zealand and Australia. TAG Oil is poised for significant reserve and production growth with several oil and gas fields under development and high-impact exploration in proven oil and gas fairways. TAG Oil currently has 85,282,252 shares outstanding.
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Disclosure provided herein in respect of boe (barrels of oil equivalent) may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.