FALCON OIL & GAS LTD.
Extension of ORRI Call Option
23 April 2019 – Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSXV: FO, AIM: FOG, Euronext Growth: FAC) is pleased to announce that Falcon Oil & Gas Australia Ltd. (“Falcon”) has successfully negotiated a two-year extension of the call option (“the Extension”) to acquire it’s 30% portion of the 2% ORRI from the TOG Group. The Extension will be submitted to the Northern Territory Government, Australia, for review, approval and registration if required.
In December 2013, Falcon entered an agreement with the TOG Group to acquire 7% (seven-eighths) of their 8% private ORRI over the Beetaloo Sub-basin exploration permits. Falcon made a payment to the TOG Group of $5 million to acquire 5% (five-eighths) of their ORRI on completion of a Beetaloo farm-out transaction. The TOG Group granted Falcon and Origin Energy B2 Pty Ltd. (“Origin”) a five-year call option in proportion to their Participating Interest to acquire a further 2% (two-eighths) of their ORRI for a payment of US$15 million. The TOG Group retains a 1% ORRI. The call option is due to expire on 22 August 2019.
The Extension highlights are as follows:
- Allows Falcon to exercise its 30% share of the call option up to and including 31 August 2021.
- Falcon to pay US$500,000 to the TOG Group for granting the Extension
- The cost of exercising Falcon’s portion of the call option increases from US$4.5m to US$7.5m.
The Extension granted to Falcon does not change the rights or obligations for Origin under the original call option agreement.
Philip O’Quigley, CEO of Falcon, commented:
“Falcon had originally envisaged the call option decision would follow the completion of the Beetaloo work programme under the 2014 Farmin Agreement with Origin. In consideration of the delays to the work programme due to the moratorium on hydraulic fracture stimulation in the Northern Territory, this two-year Extension enables Falcon to further progress the Beetaloo work program, allowing Falcon make a more informed decision with the additional work completed while providing greater financial flexibility over the next couple of years.”
This announcement contains inside information.
For further information, please contact:
|Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.||+353 1 676 8702|
|Philip O’Quigley, CEO||+353 87 814 7042|
|Anne Flynn, CFO||+353 1 676 9162|
|Davy (NOMAD, Euronext Growth Advisor & Joint Broker’)|
|John Frain / Barry Murphy||+353 1 679 6363|
|RBC (Joint Broker)|
|Matthew Coakes / Martin Copeland||+44 20 7653 4000|
|Cenkos Securities plc (Joint Broker)|
|Neil McDonald/Derrick Lee||+44 131 220 9771|
About Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd is an international oil & gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets, with the current portfolio focused in Australia, South Africa and Hungary. Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd is incorporated in British Columbia, Canada and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with a technical team based in Budapest, Hungary.
For further information on Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. please visit www.falconoilandgas.com
About Origin Energy
Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is a leading Australian integrated energy company. Origin is a leading energy retailer with approximately 4.1 million customer accounts, has approximately 6,000 MW of power generation capacity and is also a large natural gas supplier. Origin is the upstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, which supplies natural gas to domestic markets and exports LNG under long term contracts.
Glossary of Terms
ORRI Overriding Royalty Interest over Exploration Permits 76, 98 and 117
Participating Interest Falcon Australia – 30%, Origin – 70%
TOG Group Malcolm John Gerrard, Territory Oil & Gas LLC and Tom Dugan Family Partnership LLC
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