Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – January 19, 2021) – PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) (“PetroTal” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that it has executed final agreements with PETROPERU S.A. (“Petroperu”) to complete the restructuring (the “Arrangement”) of the contingent liability referenced in PetroTal’s June 12, 2020 press release and to extend the oil sales contract with Petroperu (“Oil Sales Contract”) for an additional two years.
Oil sales to Petroperu under the Oil Sales Contract for deliveries through the Northern Oil Pipeline (“ONP”) have been extended for an additional two years beyond December 23, 2020;
At PetroTal’s expense, Petroperu will place commodity price hedges on all oil sold through the ONP, after the oil is delivered by PetroTal to Pump Station # 1 at Saramuro, which will substantially limit PetroTal’s exposure to the impact of oil price fluctuations in the period until Petroperu ultimately sells the oil from the Bayovar port;
The amount of the contingent liability at November 30, 2020 was $16.6 million. PetroTal will pay this amount to Petroperu over three years in equal monthly installments, with interest at an annual rate of 6.12%. The amount can be prepaid at any time, without penalty and is expected to be prepaid following successful completion of the contemplated bond issue announced on January 12, 2021;
Based on the current Brent oil price forward curve, when the physical oil sales are arranged by Petroperu, which is expected over the next six months, this will result in PetroTal receiving payments from Petroperu totalling approximately $26.1 million; and,
The Company continues to develop an alternative export route through to the Atlantic, based on the success of the first 106,000 barrel pilot in December 2020, and PetroTal has now arranged a second 200,000 barrel pilot in February 2021, FOB Bretana.
Pursuant to the Arrangement, PetroTal and Petroperu have agreed to resolve the entire contingent liability that arose due to the significant reduction in oil prices in early 2020, on a one‐time basis that will result in the obligation being paid evenly over a three year period, together with interest at an annual rate of 6.12%. From the total of 2.4 million barrels of oil that gave rise to the contingent liability, approximately 575,000 barrels were sold between July and November 2020, and the remaining 1.8 million barrels of oil are either in the pipeline or storage tanks.
Based on the average oil price for November 2020, the contingent liability was $16.6 million. The actual liability or asset value will be determined based on the future Brent oil price when the remaining 1.8 million barrels of oil are sold. For reference, assuming the physical oil sales are completed by Petroperu over the next six months based on the current Brent forward curve, PetroTal will receive payment from Petroperu of approximately $26.1 million.
As part of the security package, the production facilities of PetroTal at Bretana have been pledged to Petroperu as security under the Arrangement and additional security will be pledged pursuant to a trust agreement that is expected to be finalized within 30 days. Along with the contractual monthly repayments, PetroTal may make additional pre‐payments to facilitate an earlier payout, without penalty and PetroTal expects to prepay the Arrangement following successful completion of the contemplated bond issue announced on January 12, 2021. Once Petroperu has been repaid in full, the security arrangements will terminate, and all pledged production facilities and other security will be released back to PetroTal.
As noted above, PetroTal is expected to continue to benefit from higher projected oil prices when the oil volumes that have been sold to Petroperu under the Oil Sales Contract and the oil swap contract are sold by Petroperu, which is expected to occur by the end of Q2 2021.
Amendments to the Oil Sales Contract
In order to solidify the long‐term operating and commercial relationship between PetroTal and Petroperu, the parties have amended certain terms of the Oil Sales Contract. The key changes are:
- Extension of the term for an additional two years, effective from December 23, 2020;
- Given the extended time for Petroperu to realize the export sales, future invoices submitted by PetroTal will be due 240 days from when PetroTal delivers the oil at Saramuro;
- PetroTal will continue to have the ability to immediately factor future invoices, at a nominal rate, and therefore cash flow is expected to remain largely unaffected by this longer invoice period;
- The initial differential at the time Bretana oil is sold to Petroperu has been adjusted to $6 per barrel (previously $4 per barrel). If the actual differential is less than the initial $6 per barrel at the time the oil is physically sold 8 to 12 months later, then PetroTal will recapture the difference as revenue, and if the actual differential is higher than $6 per barrel then PetroTal will pay the difference. As a reference, the first cargo of Bretana oil was sold in July 2020 with a differential of $1.39 per barrel to Brent and, a second cargo (of three oil blends), was sold in November 2020 with a differential of $4.25 per barrel to Brent. As the basis for ongoing price determination, the differential for each subsequent physical sale by Petroperu will be utilized for prevailing invoices;
- Future value fluctuation settlements will occur at the date the physical oil is sold by Petroperu;
- To minimize the future price differential, Petroperu will use their best efforts to sell the Bretana oil at the best market conditions;
- Petroperu will hedge future sales of the Bretana oil sold into the ONP to limit price exposure, at the Company’s expense; and,
- Once Petroperu has been repaid in full and the securities are released, PetroTal will fund an escrow reserve account with a pledge in favor of Petroperu for $2.5 million (to be increased up to $6 million by monthly installments of $0.55 million) to secure the financial costs associated to the hedge and future price differential.
Update on Third-Party Sale of Shares
On December 14, 2020, the Company announced that it had been informed by Gran Tierra Resources Ltd. (“GTRL”), a control person of PetroTal, that GTRL had entered into a private purchase and sale agreement with Remus Horizons PCC Limited (“Remus”) in respect of the purchase by Remus of 218,012,500 common shares of PetroTal currently held by GTRL.
On January 18, 2021, GTRL informed PetroTal that the purchase and sale agreement has been terminated. PetroTal was not a party to the agreement and would not have received any proceeds from the transaction had it been completed.
Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“PetroTal is pleased to finalize this agreement with Petroperu that effectively deals with the legacy contingent liability and ensures that PetroTal is substantially protected against future oil price volatility through hedging arrangements. Petroperu’s pipeline and refinery network are important elements of PetroTal’s ongoing Bretana oil field development, and the Company embraces the strong working relationship it has with Petroperu. In addition to the Company’s recently announced successful pilot oil export through Brazil, this agreement with Petroperu that ensures future oil sales into the ONP, along with settlement of the contingent liability, significantly enhances PetroTal’s operations.”
Updated Corporate Presentation
As announced on January 12, 2021, an updated corporate presentation is now available on the Company’s website at www.petrotal‐corp.com.
PetroTal is a publicly traded, dual‐quoted (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) oil and gas development and production company domiciled in Calgary, Alberta, focused on the development of oil assets in Peru. PetroTal’s flagship asset is its 100% working interest in Bretana oil field in Peru’s Block 95 where oil production was initiated in June 2018, and in early 2020 became the second largest crude oil producer in Peru. Additionally, the Company has large exploration prospects and is engaged in finding a partner to drill the Osheki prospect in Block 107. The Company’s management team has significant experience in developing and exploring for oil in Northern Peru and is led by a Board of Directors that is focused on safely and cost effectively developing the Bretana oil field.
For further information, please see the Company’s website at www.petrotal‐corp.com, the Company’s filed documents at www.sedar.com, or contact:
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
T: (713) 609‐9101
Manuel Pablo Zuniga‐Pflucker
President and Chief Executive Officer
T: (713) 609‐9101
Mark Antelme / Jimmy Lea
T: 44 (0) 208 434 2643
Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated & Financial Adviser)
James Spinney / Ritchie Balmer
T: 44 (0) 207 409 3494
Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Joint Broker)
Callum Stewart / Simon Mensley / Ashton Clanfield
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7710 7600
Auctus Advisors LLP (Joint Broker)
Jonathan Wright / Rupert Holdsworth Hunt / Harry Baker
T: +44 (0) 7711 627449
FORWARD‐LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be forward‐looking statements. Such statements relate to possible future events, including, but not limited to: PetroTal’s business strategy, objectives, strength and focus; the settlement of the contingent liability with Petroperu pursuant to the Arrangement and the timing thereof; the pledge of additional security pursuant to the Arrangement; and future oil sales and price hedging under the Oil Sales Agreement. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward‐looking statements. Forward‐looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “estimate”, “potential”, “will”, “should”, “continue”, “may”, “objective” and similar expressions. The forward‐looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward‐looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward‐looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward‐looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general (e. g. , operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses; and health, safety and environmental risks), commodity price volatility, price differentials and the actual prices received for products, exchange rate fluctuations, legal, political and economic instability in Peru, access to transportation routes and markets for the Company’s production, changes in legislation affecting the oil and gas industry and uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures. In addition, the Company cautions that current global uncertainty with respect to the spread of the COVID‐19 virus and its effect on the broader global economy may have a significant negative effect on the Company. While the precise impact of the COVID‐19 virus on the Company remains unknown, rapid spread of the COVID‐19 virus may continue to have a material adverse effect on global economic activity, and may continue to result in volatility and disruption to global supply chains, operations, mobility of people and the financial markets, which could affect interest rates, credit ratings, credit risk, inflation, business, financial conditions, results of operations and other factors relevant to the Company. Please refer to the risk factors identified in the Company’s annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2019 and management’s discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019 and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward‐looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward‐looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
FOFI DISCLOSURE: This press release contains future oriented financial information and financial outlook information (collectively, “FOFI”) about PetroTal’s liability or entitlements under the Arrangement, including the final amount and settlement thereof, oil sales and hedging arrangements under the Oil Sales Contract and components thereof, all of which are subject to the same assumptions, risk factors, limitations and qualifications as set forth in the above paragraphs. FOFI contained in this press release was approved by management as of the date of this press release and was included for the purpose of providing further information about PetroTal’s anticipated future business operations. PetroTal disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any FOFI contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required pursuant to applicable law. Readers are cautioned that the FOFI contained in this press release should not be used for purposes other than for which it is disclosed herein.
OIL REFERENCES: All references to “oil” or “crude oil” production, revenue or sales in this press release mean “heavy crude oil” as defined in National Instrument 51‐101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities.
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