Vancouver, B.C. – January 3, 2019 – International oil and gas explorer, TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO and OTCQX: TAOIF) is pleased to report that at the special meeting of TAG’s shareholders held earlier today (the “Meeting”), TAG’s shareholders approved the proposed special resolution regarding the arm’s length sale of substantially all of TAG’s Taranaki Basin assets and operations in New Zealand to Malaysian-based Tamarind Resources Pte. Ltd. (“Tamarind”), and certain of its subsidiaries (the “Transaction”). A total of 46.74% of TAG’s 85,282,252 outstandingshares were voted by TAG’s shareholders, of which 38,853,531 shares (97.47%) were voted “for” the Transaction.
The terms of the Transaction consist of the following:
- Cash payment to TAG of US$30 million at closing.
- TAG to receive a 2.5% gross overriding royalty on future production from PMP 38156 (Cheal and Cardiff), PMP 53803 (Sidewinder), PMP 60454 (Supplejack), PEP 51153 (Puka), PEP 57065 (Waitoriki) and TAG’s 70% interest in PMP 60291 (Cheal East) and PEP 54877 (Cheal East).
- Up to US$5 million in event specific payments payable on achieving various milestones (the first milestone, grant of PMP 60454 (Supplejack), has already been achieved triggering a payment of US$500,000 at closing).
- The Transaction will be funded from Tamarind’s available financial resources.
- An effective date of October 1, 2018 with an anticipated closing date of March 31, 2019.
The completion of the Transaction remains subject to the satisfaction of several conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Further information regarding the Transaction is contained in TAG’s management information circular dated November 30, 2018, that has been filed on TAG’s SEDAR profile and can be obtained at www.sedar.com.
About TAG Oil Ltd.
TAG Oil Ltd. (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 currently has 85,282,252 shares outstanding.
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Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainty affecting the business of TAG. Such statements can generally, but not always, be identified by words such as “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “schedules”, “prepares”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur. All estimates and statements that describe the Company’s plans relating to operations are forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary materially from the information provided in this release, and there is no representation by TAG that the actual results realized in the future will be the same in whole or in part as those presented herein.
Also included in this new release are forward-looking statements regarding TAG’s expectations regarding the ability to complete, and the anticipated results of, the Transaction, the funds that will be available to TAG upon completion of the Transaction, the achievement of any of the event specific payments, the anticipated closing date of the Transaction, the benefits to TAG of the gross overriding royalty, and the anticipated timing of the Meeting. In making the forward-looking statements in this release, TAG has applied certain factors and assumptions that are based on information currently available to TAG as well as TAG’s current beliefs and assumptions made by TAG, including that TAG will be able to complete the Transaction on the timelines expected, or at all, that the Transaction will benefit TAG, that TAG’s New Zealand business will continue to be operated by Tamarind in a way that is beneficial to TAG and results in the achievement of the event specific payments and payment pursuant to the gross overriding royalty.
Other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements are also set forth in filings that TAGand its independent evaluator have made, including TAG’s most recently filed reports in Canada under National Instrument 51-101, and the information circular that TAG will file in connection with the Meeting, which can be found under TAG’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. TAGundertakes no obligation, except as otherwise required by law, to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors change.