CALGARY, Alberta -Thursday 25 July 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cuda Oil and Gas Inc. (“Cuda” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CUDA) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a series of binding Asset Purchase Agreements (the “APAs”) to sell all of its oil and gas assets and related liabilities located in the Province of Quebec (“Quebec”) at a total transaction value of CAD$10.59 million, including cash consideration at closing of CAD $4.29 million, to arm’s-length purchasers (the “Transaction”). The Transaction is anticipated to close on or about August 30, 2019.
Cuda will dispose of all of its petroleum and natural gas rights in Quebec (the “Assets”) which includes all land permits, licenses and production rights and interests in the Province as well as all tangible assets including drilling and related equipment associated with the Assets;
The purchasers will assume all environmental liabilities, including abandonment and reclamation obligations, associated with the Assets in Quebec, estimated by the parties at CAD $3.2 million;
The purchasers will pay CAD $4.29 million to Cuda in cash consideration; and
The purchasers will cause Cuda to be released and discharged, at closing, from a pending CAD $3.1 million claim associated with the exercise of dissent rights in connection with the plan of arrangement of the Company completed August 15, 2018.
This Transaction is subject to normal closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the approval by the TSX Venture Exchange.
KES 7 Capital Inc. (“KES 7”) acted as a financial advisor to the Company. Pursuant to TSXV requirements, KES 7 has confirmed that it is an arm’s-length party to Cuda and the purchasers.
Glenn Dawson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cuda stated: “This is a significant transaction for Cuda shareholders in its magnitude and strategic creation of a pure play company in the Powder River Basin which has been described as the ‘Permian of the Rockies’.
“Moving forward, Cuda will focus on development of the Company’s high netback conventional light oil assets and Secondary Recovery Miscible Gas Flood in Converse County, Wyoming. Cuda’s contiguous Powder River Basin lands contain multiple defined opportunities to access and develop low risk proven conventional reservoirs.
“Additionally, light oil charged unconventional reservoirs within the Cretaceous Stack are highly prospective. Economic horizontal drilling exploitation opportunities are being matured across the Basin by major operators.”
At year-end 2018, Cuda’s independent reserves evaluator, Ryder Scott, assigned significant light oil reserves to the Company. The reserves evaluation was prepared in accordance with the definitions, standards and procedures contained in the COGE Handbook and NI 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities. Summary reserves information for the Company's Proven Developed Producing ("PDP") and Proved Non Producing ("PNP"), Total Proved ("1P"), and Proved plus Probable ("2P") Reserves is provided below. No reserves were assigned to the Assets and all of the reserves were assigned to the Company’s remaining Alberta and Wyoming assets.
Reserves at December 31, 2018:
PDP + PNP is 1,534 mboe (62 % oil & liquids)
1P is 4,949 mboe (84 % oil & liquids)
2P is 14,571 mboe (84% oil & liquids)
Reserve Value at December 31, 2018 (before tax discounted at 10%):
PDP + PNP is $26.8 Million
1P is $77.8 Million
2P is $191.6 Million
About Cuda Oil and Gas Inc.
Cuda Oil and Gas Inc. is engaged in the business of exploring for, developing and producing oil and natural gas, and acquiring oil and natural gas properties across North America. The Cuda management team has worked closely together for over 20 years in both private and public company environments and has an established track record of delivering strong shareholder returns. Cuda will continue to implement its proven strategy of exploring, acquiring, and exploiting with a long-term focus on large, light oil resource- based assets across North America including significant operational experience in the United States. The Cuda management team brings a full spectrum of geotechnical, engineering, negotiating and financial experience to its investment decisions.
This news release contains forward-looking information. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties and are based on forecasts of future operational or financial results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. In particular, this news release includes forward-looking information relating to the Transaction, the impact of the Transaction on Cuda and its results and development plans; regulatory and third party approvals relating to the Transaction; anticipated Transaction consideration and form thereof; the expected closing date of the Transaction; the anticipated discontinuance, release and discharge of the dissent claim; the Company pro forma the Transaction; the estimated environmental liabilities, including abandonment and reclamation obligaitons; and the anticipated benefits of the Transaction; the existence and performance of resource and reserve opportunities on the Company’s lands and related lands; and activity levels in the Company’s core areas. Risk factors that could prevent forward-looking statements from being realized include market conditions, third party and regulatory approvals, ongoing permitting requirements, the actual results of current exploration and development activities, operational risks, risks associated with drilling and completions, uncertainty of geological and technical data, conclusions of economic evaluations and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined as well as future oil and gas prices. Although Cuda has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention and has no obligation or responsibility, except as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
"BOEs" may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil equivalent (6 Mcf: 1 bbl) is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. As the value ratio between natural gas and crude oil based on the current prices of natural gas and crude oil is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value.
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President and Chief Executive Officer
Cuda Oil and Gas Inc.