VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – July 28, 2014) – Petro One Energy Corp. (TSX VENTURE:POP)(PINKSHEETS:CUDBF)(FRANKFURT:C6K1) has entered into a Program Earning and Joint Venture Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Korea Myanmar Development Corporation (“KMDC”) which provides for a $4,000,000 private placement financing (“PP#1”) and a $14,000,000 funding (the “Phase 1 Funding”) to drill up to 11 oil wells on certain of the Company’s oil and natural gas leases in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (the “Program Lands”) plus a Lodgepole production test of the well previously drilled at South Reston (#SR1) by Petro One and Goldstrike Resources Ltd. (“Phase 1”). In addition, on completion of Phase 1, KMDC will have the option to provide additional funding (the “Phase 2 Funding”) in an amount between $42,000,000 and $82,000,000 to finance additional drilling, with the right to substitute equity funding (“PP#2”) for a portion of the Phase 2 Funding, as described in more detail below. KMDC will earn a 65% interest before payout and a 50% interest after payout in each oil well funded by it. All costs to payout for any well will be paid out of the drilling funds and revenue from production from that well.
Phase 1 Program
The Phase 1 Funding will be used to pay 100% of all drilling, completion and equipping costs as well as facility fees, any capping costs and a portion of abandonment costs (collectively “Program Costs”), for up to 11 horizontal oil wells at an estimated cost of $1,200,000 each plus production testing at South Reston at an estimated cost of ~$335,000. Phase 1 Funding will also be applied to pay the costs of acquiring oil and gas leases at Manor and Whitewater (~$95,000), property maintenance costs (including surface lease payments) and a 15% operator’s fee payable to Petro One, which will be the manager and operator of the Phase 1 Program. As operator, Petro One will have sole authority and discretion to select drilling locations for, and to make decisions relating to the Phase 1 program.
The Phase 1 Funding is scheduled to complete on November 5, 2014. If prior to November 5, 2014 Petro One uses any PP#1 proceeds to pay costs which would be Program Costs if incurred after the Phase 1 Funding is concluded, all of such costs will be deemed to be Program Costs (notwithstanding the fact that they are incurred prior to receipt of the Phase 1 Funding) and will be reimbursed to Petro One out of the Phase 1 Funding.
Phase 1 is currently proposed to commence with two wells at Milton (J5) and one well at each of Rosebank, Ingoldsby, Manor and Whitewater, plus production testing at South Reston. Additional Phase 1 wells will be selected according to the results from the initial wells and testing at South Reston.
Private Placement #1
PP#1 will consist of units (each a “PP#1 Unit”) to be issued at a price equal to the greater of $0.25 and the lowest “Discounted Market Price” (as defined in the Policies of the TSX Venture Exchange [the “TSXV”]) of Petro One shares occurring during the 20 day period following the second trading day after the date of this news release; provided that if the PP#1 Unit price as so determined is greater than $0.35, KMDC shall not be obligated to consummate PP#1. If KMDC elects not to complete PP#1 due to pricing above $0.35, the Phase 1 Funding obligation will increase from $14,000,000 to $18,000,000.
Each PP#1 Unit will be comprised of one common share and one transferrable purchase warrant (each a “PP#1 Warrant”) entitling the holder to purchase one additional common share at an exercise price equal to 150% of the PP#1 Unit price for a period of 24 months from the date of issue, subject to an acceleration provision stipulating that, in the event that the common shares trade at a closing price greater than $2.00 for a period of 10 consecutive trading days at any time following the date that is four months after the date of issue, Petro One may elect to have the PP#1 Warrants expire on 15 days notice.
The Agreement provides that KMDC or persons nominated by KMDC will subscribe for PP#1 Units. In the event that the lowest Discounted Market Price during the referenced 20-day period is greater than $0.35 and KMDC determines not to proceed with PP#1, KMDC shall still be obligated to provide the Phase 1 Funding. PP#1 is scheduled to complete on September 2, 2014. The Agreement provides that the proceeds from PP#1 will be used in part to pay drilling, completion and equipping costs for one horizontal well on Petro One’s “J5” Milton land, estimated at ~$1,200,000, but that such well and 100% of production from such well be belong to Petro One. The balance of the net proceeds from PP#1 will be available for use by Petro One for its general working capital purposes.
Phase 2 Program
The Agreement provides that KMDC will have 120 days after completion of Phase 1 to elect to proceed with the Phase 2 Funding and, optionally, PP#2. If it so elects, KMDC will notify Petro One of the amount of the Phase 2 Funding and the amount of PP#2, provided that the sum of the Phase 2 Funding and PP#2 shall not be less than $42,000,000 or more than $82,000,000. The Phase 2 Funding will be used to conduct further drilling and related activities on Program Lands.
Petro One will continue as manager and operator during Phase 2, but may be replaced as operator at any time during Phase 2 in accordance with the CAPL Operating Procedure; provided that in such event the new operator will be a person jointly selected by Petro One and KMDC and KMDC will be responsible for the payment of the new operator for its services from sources other than the Phase 2 Funding.
Private Placement #2
The Phase 2 Funding will be decreased by an amount equal to the amount of PP#2. Accordingly, the amount of PP#2 may not exceed the amount determined by the following formula
|5,000,000 + ( A / 40,000,000 x $5,000,000), where “A” = the amount by which the sum of the Phase 2 Advance and the PP#2 Subscription Amount exceeds $42,000,000|
For example, if KMDC elects to set the sum of the Phase 2 Funding and PP#2 at $50,000,000, then PP#2 cannot be more than 5,000,000 + ( 8,000,000 / 40,000,000 x $5,000,000) = $6,000,000.
Each PP#2 Unit will be issued at a price equal to the lowest “Discounted Market Price” (as defined in the Policies of the TSXV) of Petro One shares occurring during the 20 day period following the first trading day after the date on which Petro One publicly announces the exercise of the Phase 2 Program Option, subject to the minimum price permitted by the TSXV. The purchase of PP#2 Units by KMDC and/or subscribers designated by KMDC will close on the second Business Day after the day POP receives written notice of final acceptance from the TSXV regarding PP#2. The proceeds from PP#2 will be used by POP at its sole discretion for its general working capital purposes.
Each PP#2 Unit will be comprised of one common share and one transferrable purchase warrant (each a “PP#2 Warrant”) entitling the holder to purchase one additional common share at an exercise price equal to 150% of the PP#2 Unit price for a period of 24 months from the date of issue, subject to an acceleration provision stipulating that, in the event that the common shares trade at a closing price greater than $6.00 for a period of 10 consecutive trading days at any time following the date that is four months after the date of issue, Petro One may elect to have the PP#2 Warrants expire on 15 days notice.
KMDC Earning Criteria
In the case of a well that is completed and equipped for the taking of petroleum substances in paying quantities, KMDC shall earn a 65% working interest in such well before payout and a 50% working interest in such well after payout, in each case based on Petro One’s current interest in such Program Lands and subject to applicable royalties; provided that notwithstanding the earned working interest of KMDC, 100% of all Program costs associated with each well will be funded from revenue from production from that Program Well and out of the Phase 1 Funding and/or Phase 2 Funding until economic production from such well is achieved. The Agreement defines “economic production” as the production of petroleum substances in paying quantities for a period of 90 consecutive days. Until that threshold is reached for any well, Petro One will be entitled to 35% of any net revenue from that well, but will not have any obligation to fund expenses. After 90 consecutive days of production in paying quantities from a well, any costs in excess of proceeds from the sale of production from such well shall be shared in accordance with the respective working interests of the parties.
If KMDC exercises its right to replace Petro One as operator during Phase 2, then KMDC shall earn a 100% interest in each well drilled by the new operator before payout subject to a 10% gross overriding royalty on production in favour or Petro One, which royalty may be converted by Petro One into a 50% working interest in such well.
Well #SR1 will be treated as a Phase 1 Program well for all purposes except that KMDC will earn a 50% Working Interest in Well #SR1 immediately upon completion of the proposed production test and no payout period shall apply (i.e. KMDC shall not be entitled to any reimbursement of Program Costs incurred in relation to Well #SR1 otherwise than out of its 50% share of net revenue. KMDC shall be responsible for 100% of abandonment costs related to any well that does not achieve economic production and for the first $50,000 of abandonment costs related to each well that does achieve economic production, with the balance of such costs being borne according to the parties’ respective working interests in such well.
Finders’ Fees and TSXV Acceptance
Petro One has agreed to pay a fee to a person at arm’s length from the Company equal to five percent (5%) of the Phase 1 funding and any Phase 2 Funding by issuing common shares of the Company at a deemed price equal to the greater of $0.25 and the closing price of the Company’s shares on the TSXV on the trading day immediately following the day on which completion of such funding is publicly announced.
Petro One has also agreed to pay a fee to Aberdeen Gould Capital Markets Ltd. in respect of PP#1 and PP#2 consisting of cash equal to 8% of the gross subscription proceeds and compensation warrants entitling Aberdeen to purchase that number of PP#1 Units or PP#2 Units which is equal to 8% of the number of PP#1 Units or PP#2 Units, as the case may be, in each case exercisable at the issue prices of such units for two years after completion of the applicable private placement, subject to acceleration on the same terms as the PP#1 Warrants and PP#2 Warrants.
The Agreement, PP#1, PP#2 and the finders’ fees are subject to acceptance of required filings by the TSXV. Further developments will be announced as they occur.