Vancouver, B.C. – April 19, 2018 – International exploration and production company, TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO and OTCQX: TAOIF), reports that it has secured a revolving credit facility of up to US$10,000,000 with a large New Zealand based lender.
The revolving credit facility, which is secured against TAG Oil’s producing Taranaki Basin assets, has been put into place for an initial period of 12 months. The facility can be drawn by TAG Oil upon request, with balances charged at an interest rate of LIBOR + 3.0% per annum. As part of the credit facility, TAG Oil has 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.
Production from TAG Oil’s Taranaki Basin assets remains steady, with current net productionof approximately 1,250 boe/d (75% oil). With Brent oil pricing at US$65/bbl or better, TAG Oil is forecasted to generate net operating revenue of approximately C$1.4mm per month.
Over the coming months ahead, TAG Oil will remain focused on low-risk, infield operations with a view to incrementally grow high netback production in Taranaki. These operations include bringing behind pipe production online, waterflood improvements, field optimization and potential commercialization of the Puka and Supplejack fields.
In addition, TAG Oil is continuing to expand its exploration prospect portfolio in Taranaki and in its 100% controlled PL-17 mining licence in the Surat Basin of Australia, where significant exploration prospects have been identified.
Stock Option Grant
TAG Oil also announces the approval to grant up to 2,400,000 share options at a price of $0.50 per share to various directors, executive officers, employees and consultants. This is part of TAG Oil’s ongoing strategy of granting share options to attract and retain talent, as well as motivating its team to work towards ensuring the success of TAG Oil.
About TAG Oil Ltd.
TAG Oil (http://www.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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Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainty affecting the business of TAG Oil. 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 TAG Oil’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 Oilthat the actual results realized in the future will be the same in whole or in part as those presented herein.
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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.