PetroTal Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial and Operating Results

Swift and effective cost reductions delivered savings that offset the oil field being shut in for most of Q2 2020, resulting in being operationally cash flow positive

Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - August 17, 2020) - PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) ("PetroTal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the six and three months ended June 30, 2020 ("Q2 2020").

Selected financial and operational information is outlined below and should be read in conjunction with the Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements ("Financial Statements") and management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for Q2 2020, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at www.PetroTal‐Corp.com. All amounts herein are in United States dollars ("US$") unless otherwise stated.

Q2 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

RESULTS AT A GLANCE

Six Months
Ended

June 30, 2020
Six Months
Ended

June 30, 2019
Three Months
Ended

June 30, 2020
Three Months
Ended

March 31, 2020
Three Months Ended
June 30, 2019
Financial
Crude oil revenues 51,607 12,628 9,839 41,768 8,099
Royalties (1,929) (644) (123) (1,806) (430)
Net operating income 20,565 4,201 2,756 17,809 3,355
Commodity price derivatives income (loss) (1) (22,156) - 18,264 (40,420) -
Net income (loss) (15,423) (1,090) 16,029 (31,452) 520
Basic and diluted net income (loss) (US$/share) (0.02) (0.00) 0.02 (0.05) 0.00
Capital expenditures 32,628 34,639 8,756 23,872 24,868
Operating
Average production (bopd) (2) 6,936 1,963 4,185 9,686 3,010
Average sales (bopd) 7,521 1,230 4,729 10,313 1,533
Average Brent oil price (US$/barrel) 39.67 66.06 29.19 50.14 68.95
Average realized price (US$/barrel) 37.70 56.74 22.87 44.51 58.05
Netback (US$/barrel) 15.02 18.88 6.40 18.98 24.05
Funds flow from operations 15,987 1,048 869 15,118 1,776
Balance sheet
Cash 20,379 7,373 33,128
Working Capital (31,845) (61,025) 17,776
Total assets 216,899 194,274 145,833
Current liabilities 76,932 89,914 32,380
Equity 122,789 90,029 100,158

 

(1) On June 12, 2020, the Company announced that the non-cash contingent derivative liability will be paid over a three-year period.
(2) The field was shut in on May 7, 2020; for the 37 producing days in Q2 2020, production averaged 11,500 bopd.

Q2 2020 Operational Highlights

  • The 6H well commenced operations on April 10, 2020 producing approximately 5,750 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") initially, with average production of approximately 4,329 bopd for the first 30 production days during April. The 6H well was completed on time and under the original $12.6 million budget;
  • On May 7, 2020, the health department of the Peruvian government issued a directive for COVID-19 prevention in certain high risk areas. As a result of the directive:
    • PetroPeru temporarily shut down pipeline operations;
    • Operations at the Bretana oil field were temporarily shut in due to storage capacity limitations. The Bretana oil field was producing approximately 11,500 bopd prior to being shut in;
    • The oil field shutdown triggered significant reductions in operating and transportation costs;
    • The Company proactively reduced its general and administrative costs, inclusive of an average 20% compensation reduction for management and directors; and,
  • In light of global market uncertainty, postponed the drilling of a second water disposal well, delayed completion of CPF-2 facilities, and postponed drilling of the BN 95-7H horizontal well.

Q2 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue decreased to $9.8 million ($22.87/bbl) compared to $41.8 million ($44.51/bbl) in Q1 2020, due to the global oil price collapse and the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the field being shut in on May 7, 2020. The average Brent oil price dropped by 42% to $29.19/bbl from $50.14/bbl for Q1 2020;
  • Royalties to the Peruvian government were $0.1 million (1.3% of revenue) compared to $1.8 million (4.3% of revenue) for Q1 2020;
  • Cash flow from operations was $0.9 million compared to $15.1 million in Q1 2020;
  • Operating costs were $2.4 million ($5.67/bbl), a reduction from $6.0 million ($6.42/bbl) for Q1 2020;
  • Transportation costs were $4.5 million ($10.50/bbl) compared to $16.1 million ($17.18/bbl) for Q1 2020, reflecting the variable cost nature associated with lower production;
  • The Company had cash of $20.4 million at the end of Q2 2020 compared to $7.4 million at the end of Q1 2020;
  • Net operating income was $2.8 million ($6.40/bbl) compared to net operating income of $17.8 million ($18.98/bbl) in Q1 2020;
  • The Company has a contingent derivative liability relating to oil sold to PetroPeru, and the timing difference between when PetroPeru provides an initial payment for the oil and when the final settlement price is calculated. As at March 31, 2020, this liability was $40.4 million, as a result of the fall in oil prices in that quarter. As at June 30, 2020, this amount was reduced to $22.2 million, reflecting the rise in oil prices during the most recent quarter. The amount of the ultimate actual liability will be crystallized when the oil is actually sold by PetroPeru, which is expected to occur in Q3 and Q4;
  • During May 2020, the Company received financial support related to the COVID-19 economic impact totaling $3.2 million. The Peruvian government sponsored a stimulus program that provided $2.9 million (to be repaid over three years, with repayment commencing after one year for a two year period, at an annual interest at 1.12%) and the US government provided $0.3 million under the Paycheck Protection Program (no repayment is required);
  • On June 12, 2020, the Company announced that the contingent liability pertaining to the Brent oil price reduction had been structured into a three-year payment arrangement ("Arrangement") with PetroPeru (the "Parties"):
    • The amount of this contingent liability to PetroPeru will be definitively determined when the security arrangements for PetroTal's obligations are finalized, which is expected to be by the end of August 2020. Based on current Brent oil prices, the liability is expected to be lower than $22 million;
    • The Arrangement allows PetroTal to settle the obligations to PetroPeru now while still allowing the Company to benefit from higher oil prices forecasted by the Brent forward strip pricing curve, when the physical oil sales occur;
    • The Parties have agreed to extend the one-year Oil Sales Contract to three years upon expiry of the current term on December 23, 2020;
    • The Parties established a framework to ensure that future oil sales under the Oil Sales Contract have adequate hedge protection to avoid future downside losses;
    • The Parties have agreed to further amendments to the Oil Sales Contract for lower pipeline tariffs and fees during the period of low oil prices; and,
  • On June 18, 2020, the Company completed an equity issue, raising gross proceeds of approximately $18 million. The Company intends to use the net proceeds for the ongoing development of the Bretana oilfield and for general corporate purposes.

June 30, 2020 Subsequent Events

  • Bretana oil production recommenced on July 15, 2020 and achieved over 12,000 bopd when all seven wells were online. Oil deliveries commenced initially to the Iquitos refinery, where approximately 40,000 barrels were delivered during July 2020. Oil was also barged to the Saramuro Pump Station ready for delivery into the Northern Oil Pipeline ("ONP") for recommencement of its operations. Approximately 40,000 barrels were delivered to Saramuro in July 2020. To manage the Company's inventory and barge storage capacity, production at that time was reduced to approximately 8,000 bopd until such time as the ONP is back to full capacity;
  • As disclosed in the Company's announcement on August 10, 2020, on August 9, 2020, as a preemptive measure, the Bretana oil field was shut down due to civil unrest against the government outside the field camp that resulted in a violent confrontation between protestors, intending to occupy the Bretana facilities, and the police. The civil unrest has been conducted by the same group that, the prior week, took over PetroPeru's pump station No.5 at Saramiriza, seeking government assistance against the COVID-19 crisis. The field closure is expected to last until the inquiry into the incident is completed. The inquiry is progressing and favorable discussions between the Government of Peru and the communities has resulted in the protestors allowing operations at the ONP to restart this week. The Company expects that it will be able to recommence oil production at Bretana by the end of August 2020; and,
  • On June 25, 2020, PetroTal entered a commodity swap transaction with an international bank and commodity broker to hedge 460,000 barrels of crude oil at $40.58 per barrel. This transaction had a termination date of July 17, 2020 to coincide with a physical oil sale of a similar amount.

Liquidity Update

At August 17, 2020, PetroTal has cash resources of $13.5 million, with accounts payable and accrued liabilities of approximately $37 million, a reduction of $12 million from the end of Q2 2020. Ongoing payments will be managed from expected oil field revenues and internal cash resources. Pursuant to contractual terms with our suppliers, approximately 23% of the amount are not due until into 2021.

Updated Corporate Presentation

PetroTal is pleased to announce that on August 19, 2020, an updated corporate presentation will be available on the Company's website at www.petrotal-corp.com.

Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"In the face of a difficult macro environment, I am very pleased with PetroTal's performance during the second quarter of the year. A number of the steps we took to preserve the Company's liquidity began to yield results, which enabled us to deliver a break-even quarter.

"Whilst it is disappointing that we had to shut in the Bretana oil field post period end, it is a testament to the team as to how quickly we were able to get production back up and running prior to this shutdown, quickly achieving over 12,000 bopd when all seven wells commenced production. First and foremost, we are a Peruvian led and operated oil company whose mission and vision is in tune with the local communities, so we look forward to working with all our stakeholders to get production at the field up and running as soon as practically possible."

ABOUT PETROTAL

PetroTal is a publicly‐traded, dual‐quoted (TSXV: TAL) and (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:

Douglas Urch
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Durch@PetroTal-Corp.com
T: (713) 609-9101

Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mzuniga@PetroTal-Corp.com
T: (713) 609-9101

Celicourt Communications
Mark Antelme / Jimmy Lea
petrotal@celicourt.uk
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

READER ADVISORIES

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 Company's ability to operate in accordance with developing public health efforts to contain COVID-19; the timing of filing the Interim Filings. 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 and 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 and management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019 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.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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PetroTal Announces Closure of Bretana Oil Field due to Social Disruption

To Focus on the Team's Safety, only Key PetroTal Personnel Remain on Location to Restart Operations when Appropriate

Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - August 10, 2020) - PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) ("PetroTal" or the "Company") advises that as a preemptive measure it has shut down the Bretana Oil Field due to civil unrest outside the oil field camp. The civil unrest has been conducted by the same group that the prior week took over Petroperu's Pump Station No.5 at Saramiriza seeking Government assistance against the COVID-19 crisis. The field closure is expected to last until the inquiry into the incident is completed.

As a result of the attack at Pump Station No.5, PetroTal had requested enhanced security at the Bretana field from Peru's National Police. The police had dispatched about 40 officers to act in a preventive manner to discourage any violence from the protesters, and a local prosecutor from nearby Requena came along to be able to report on any disturbances. Charges are expected to be laid against those protesters that acted unlawfully during the protest.

In the late hours of August 8, 2020 and into the early hours of August 9, 2020, an armed group of protesters, mostly from areas outside of Bretana, confronted the national police force. As a result, and during the ensuing struggle, about a dozen injuries amongst the police and protesters were reported. Unfortunately, there were also three other injured protestors that later died from their injuries. PetroTal is cooperating fully with the authorities as they conduct their review of this unfortunate incident.

For safety reasons, all non-essential personnel have been evacuated from the oil field pursuant to the normal rotation schedule, with a key group remaining on hand to commence production when it's appropriate, at which time the remaining crew will be brought back into the field under the appropriate COVID-19 protocol.

It is important to highlight that the protests were against the Government of Peru, as PetroTal is known as a Peruvian led and operated oil company whose mission and vision is in tune with the local communities struggle to be empowered to manage their fair share of the Government's oil contracts take. PetroTal has consistently promoted that Government and community revenue sharing should happen under full transparency.

ABOUT PETROTAL

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 with more than 10,000 bopd of production. 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 Bretaña 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:

Douglas Urch
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Durch@PetroTal-Corp.com
T: (713) 609-9101

Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mzuniga@PetroTal-Corp.com
T: (713) 609-9101

Celicourt Communications
Mark Antelme / Jimmy Lea
petrotal@celicourt.uk
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

READER ADVISORIES

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 AGM; and the Consolidation. 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, including, but not limited to, expectations and assumptions concerning the timely receipt of all required Shareholder, TSXV and regulatory approvals. 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. 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 three months ended March 31, 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.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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PetroTal Announces Details Regarding Annual General and Special Meeting

Virtual Meeting to be Held on September 9, 2020

Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - August 4, 2020) - PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) ("PetroTal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that a management information circular (the "Circular") and other materials in respect of its annual general and special meeting (the "Meeting") of holders ("Shareholders") of its common shares ("Shares") have been filed on the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Meeting will be held solely by means of remote communication by webcast at http://www.gowebcasting.com/10771 and by telephone at Canada/USA Toll Free: 1-800-319-4610 International Toll: +1-604-638-5340 on September 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (Calgary time).

At the Meeting, Shareholders will be asked to consider for approval, among other things, a resolution authorizing the Board of Directors, at its discretion, to proceed with a potential consolidation of the Shares on the basis of a ratio of between four and eight pre-consolidation Shares for each one post-consolidation Share (the "Consolidation").

The Consolidation is subject to approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV") and Shareholders at the Meeting. If these approvals are received and the Board of Directors determines to proceed, the Consolidation will occur at a time determined by the Board and announced by a press release of the Company. The Company believes that the Consolidation, if implemented, will promote increased liquidity and reduced volatility in the trading of the Shares.

The Company currently has 814,555,701 issued and outstanding Shares. In the event that the Consolidation is completed, for example, on a four for one basis, the Company would have approximately 203,638,925 Shares outstanding following the Consolidation. In addition, the exercise price and number of Shares issuable upon the exercise of any convertible securities would be proportionally adjusted upon the implementation of the Consolidation.

Further details on the reasoning for the Consolidation and the other matters to be considered at the Meeting are contained in the Circular.

ABOUT PETROTAL

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 with more than 10,000 bopd of production. 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 Bretaña 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:

Douglas Urch
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Durch@PetroTal-Corp.com
T: (713) 609-9101

Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mzuniga@PetroTal-Corp.com
T: (713) 609-9101

Celicourt Communications
Mark Antelme / Jimmy Lea
petrotal@celicourt.uk
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

READER ADVISORIES

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 AGM; and the Consolidation. 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, including, but not limited to, expectations and assumptions concerning the timely receipt of all required Shareholder, TSXV and regulatory approvals. 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. 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 three months ended March 31, 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.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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