PetroTal Announces 2020 Year-End Financial and Operating Results

PetroTal emerges stronger after a collapse in world oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic

Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - April 22, 2021) - PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) ("PetroTal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the year and the three months ("Q4") ended December 31, 2020.

Selected financial, reserves and operational information is outlined below and should be read in conjunction with the Company's audited consolidated financial statements ("Financial Statements"), management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") and annual information form ("AIF") for the year ended December 31, 2020, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at www.PetroTal‐Corp.com. Reserves numbers presented herein were derived from an independent reserves report (the "NSAI Report") prepared by Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. ("NSAI") effective December 31, 2020. All amounts herein are in United States dollars ("USD") unless otherwise stated.

2020 Highlights

  • Drilled and completed the 6H well on schedule and within budget achieving a 10-day flush production average of approximately 4,500 bopd;
  • Successfully and seamlessly reopened the Bretana field in late September 2020 after COVID 19, social, and Northern Oil Pipeline ("ONP") maintenance related issues. There was no additional downtime or related safety issues once startup commenced, with field production rising back to approximately 11,000 bopd (pre shut down levels) ten days later;
  • Completed commissioning of the enhanced central production facilities ("CPF-1"), bringing overall oil production capacity to between 16,000 and 18,000 bopd;
  • Optimized the 2020 capital program to maximize liquidity and operational performance due to the COVID 19 pandemic, ongoing government social related issues, and shut down of the ONP;
  • Signed an extended oil sales contract with Petroperu outlining improved terms, including reduced pipelined tariffs and fees during periods of low oil prices;
  • Raised approximately $18 million in equity to provide 2020 liquidity support;
  • Delivered a material lift in 2020 year ended 3P oil reserves with a lower 2P operating cost profile based on positive technical revisions, historical well performance, and field cost reduction initiatives;
  • Concluded historic collaboration between the local Bretana residents and communities, aligning their goals and objectives with the Company's; and,
  • Executed a route to market diversification strategy through Brazil with comparable margins to the ONP route.

Events Subsequent to December 31, 2020

  • On January 19, 2021, the Company executed a final agreement with Petroperu, restructuring the contingent derivative liability over three years. The amount of the contingent liability represented $16.6 million (based on the November 30, 2020 valuation) and was subsequently paid out (along with the $3 million Peruvian-government COVID emergency response loan), from the $100 million bond offering referred to below. Since that time, the Company through Petroperu, has recently placed hedges, solidifying approximately $30 million of true-up revenue on the 1.8 million barrels in the ONP that originally caused the contingent liability;
  • On February 2, 2021, the Company announced completion of a 3-year $100 million senior secured bond with an annual 12% coupon, issued at a 5% discount. The bonds issued by PetroTal are the Company's only interest bearing debt and the proceeds are for payout of the Petroperu derivative liability with Petroperu and Reactiva loan, totaling $20 million, to support the Company's crude oil price hedging strategy ($15 million), to finance potential acquisitions ($20 million), with the remainder for continued development of the Bretana oil field;
  • On February 18, 2021, the Company announced its 2021 capital development program of $100 million, to be funded from the bond proceeds and internally generated funds from operations, along with existing cash resources;
  • The Company has hedged approximately 32% of expected April to December 2021 oil production. Additionally, Petroperu has now hedged 100% of oil sales through the ONP. This robust hedging program will ensure funding stability to support the 2021 capital development program, in the event that Brent oil price drops materially; and,
  • Pursuant to the Company's oil market diversification strategy, in Q1 2021 the Company completed a second shipment of 225,000 barrels of oil through Brazil for export into the Atlantic region. The oil sale was FOB Bretana and generated revenue of $8.8 million.

Three months ended December 31, 2020 ("Q4") Highlights

  • PetroTal produced 6,410 bopd and sales volumes averaged 5,471 bopd, compared to sales of 2,327 bopd in Q3 2020;
  • Indigenous communities and government bodies reached agreements that will see increased funding for the local communities, thereby allowing for the ONP to resume full operations;
  • The Company's stringent COVID-19 protocols continue to ensure that the camp remains safe;
  • The Company sold 397,000 barrels of oil to the Iquitos refinery and the ONP (at pump station #1 at Saramuro), thereby generating revenues of $12.4 million, net of transportation and fees;
  • PetroTal reached agreement with an international oil trader for an initial shipment to export 106,000 barrels through Brazil into the Atlantic region, via the Amazon river. The December 2020 shipment was sold FOB Bretana, priced at the forward month Brent ICE price, and paid within two weeks of loading at Bretana. Importantly, there are no subsequent oil price adjustments;
  • Operating income of $5.9 million ($11.90/bbl) compared to $2.3 million ($10.86/bbl) in Q3 2020;
  • Funds flow provided by operations of $1.3 million compared to a deficiency of $0.5 million in Q3 2020; and,
  • Capital expenditures were $6.3 million compared to $3.4 million in Q3 2020.

2020 Operational Highlights

  • Six producing wells and one water disposal well were operating during Q4 2020, inclusive of the initial water disposal well that was converted to an oil producer;
  • Approximately $42 million incurred in capital expenditures to drill one oil well, build production facilities and standby-related charges, compared to $89 million in 2019;
  • PetroTal produced a total of 2.1 million barrels of oil in 2020, representing average oil production of 5,675 bopd, an increase of 37% from the average production of 4,131 bopd realized in 2019;
  • Annual independent reserve assessment, as prepared by NSAI shows increases in all reserve categories:
    • Proved ("1P") reserves of 22.3 million barrels ("mmbbl"), an increase of 4% from the 21.5 mmbbl recorded at the end of 2019;
    • Proved plus Probable ("2P") reserves of 51.0 mmbbl, an increase of 7% from the 47.7 mmbbl recorded at the end of 2019; and,
    • Proved plus Probable and Possible ("3P") reserves of 106.1 mmbbl, an increase of 25% from the 84.8 mmbbl recorded at the end of 2019;
  • Original oil in place ("OOIP") estimates for 1P, 2P and 3P reserve categories were unchanged from 2019 at 235, 364 and 579 mmbbls, respectively; and,
  • Net Present Value (after tax, discounted at 10%) ("NPV-10") represents $271 million ($12.15/bbl) for 1P reserves, $621 million ($12.17/bbl) for 2P reserves and $1.2 billion ($11.03/bbl) for 3P reserves based on the NSAI year end 2020 price deck.

2020 Financial Highlights

  • Generated revenue in 2020 of $76.6 million ($36.71/bbl) compared to $82.8 million ($56.24/bbl) in 2019;
  • Royalties to the Peruvian government were $2.9 million compared to $3.4 million for 2019;
  • Generated funds from operations of $16.6 million compared to $30.3 million in 2019, as a result of the significant decrease in oil prices;
  • Operating and transportation costs, were $44.8 million ($21.49/bbl) compared to $37.7 million ($25.59/bbl) for 2019, an improvement of 21%, on a per barrel basis;
  • Net operating income (netback) was $28.9 million ($13.84/bbl) compared to $41.7 million ($28.34/bbl) in 2019;
  • Cash flow generated was $13.4 million compared to $51.1 million in 2019. Cash flow represents netback inclusive of G&A costs, realized gain (losses) on commodity contracts and all other cash transactions; and,
  • At December 31, 2020, the Company held cash of $9.6 million, compared to $21.1 million at the end of 2019.

Selected Financial and Operating Highlights

Note:
(1) Contingent 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.
(3) The field was shut in from July 1 to July 14 and from August 9 to September 27; for the 28 producing days in Q3 2020 constrained production averaged 8,000 bopd.
(4) Funds flow provided by (used in) operations and netback do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. See "Non-GAAP Measures".

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

"2020 was an extremely challenging year for the global economy and PetroTal emerged from the downturn in a position of strength, a testament to our team's dedication and resolve. Although our 2020 results were impacted by many one-time events, the Company's announcements over the last six months have been overwhelmingly positive and will underpin our growth through 2021 and beyond. I am excited to continue to deliver on our 2021 capital program, which we anticipate will generate value for our equity, debt, and ESG stakeholders.

"I would like to thank PetroTal's shareholders, directors, employees, and contractors for their continued support and I look forward to keeping all our stakeholders updated on the Company's progress throughout the remainder of 2021."

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. 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 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 below:

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

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

PetroTal Investor Relations
InvestorRelations@PetroTal-Corp.com

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; drilling, completions, workovers and other activities and the anticipated costs and results of such activities; the ability of the Company to achieve drilling success consistent with management's expectations; anticipated future production and revenue; drilling plans including the timing of drilling; oil production levels, including average production and exit production in 2021; the 2021 capital program and budget, including drilling plans; COVID-19 surveillance and control process; hedging program and the terms thereof; and future development and growth prospects. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. In addition, statements relating to expected production, reserves, recovery, costs and valuation are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions that the reserves described can be profitably produced in the future. 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 ability of existing infrastructure to deliver production and the anticipated capital expenditures associated therewith, reservoir characteristics, recovery factor, exploration upside, prevailing commodity prices and the actual prices received for PetroTal's products, including pursuant to hedging arrangements, the availability and performance of drilling rigs, facilities, pipelines, other oilfield services and skilled labour, royalty regimes and exchange rates, the application of regulatory and licensing requirements, the accuracy of PetroTal's geological interpretation of its drilling and land opportunities, current legislation, receipt of required regulatory approval, the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of new wells, the Company's growth strategy, general economic conditions and availability of required equipment and services. 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 AIF and the MD&A 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.

PRESENTATION OF OIL AND GAS INFORMATION: The reserves information herein sets forth PetroTal's reserves as at December 31, 2020, as presented in the independent reserves report prepared by NSAI, a qualified reserves evaluator, in accordance with the standards contained in the most recent publication of the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (the "COGE Handbook") and the reserve definitions contained in National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101"). In addition to the summary information disclosed in this announcement and the press release dated February 24, 2021, more detailed information is included in the AIF. All oil and gas disclosure contained in this press release complies with the requirements of NI 51-101. The term original oil in place (OOIP) is equivalent to total petroleum initially in place ("TPIIP"). TPIIP, as defined in the COGE Handbook, is that quantity of petroleum that is estimated to exist in naturally occurring accumulations. It includes that quantity of petroleum that is estimated, as of a given date, to be contained in known accumulations, prior to production, plus those estimated quantities in accumulations yet to be discovered. A portion of the TPIIP is considered undiscovered and there is no certainty that any portion of such undiscovered resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of such undiscovered resources. With respect to the portion of the TPIIP that is considered discovered resources, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of such discovered resources. A significant portion of the estimated volumes of TPIIP will never be recovered.

OIL AND GAS INFORMATION: References in this press release 10-day flush production and other short‐term production rates are useful in confirming the presence of hydrocarbons, however such rates are not determinative of the rates at which such wells will commence production and decline thereafter and are not indicative of long term performance or of ultimate recovery. While encouraging, readers are cautioned not to place reliance on such rates in calculating the aggregate production for PetroTal. The Company cautions that the such results should be considered to be preliminary.

OIL REFERENCES: All references to "oil" or "crude oil" production, revenue or sales in this press release mean "heavy crude oil" as defined in NI 51-101. All references to Brent indicate Intercontinental Exchange ("ICE") Brent.

NON-GAAP MEASURES: This press release contains financial terms that are not considered measures under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") such as operating netback and funds flow provided by operations, that do not have any standardized meaning under GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Management uses these non-GAAP measures for its own performance measurement and to provide shareholders and investors with additional measurements of the Company's efficiency and its ability to fund a portion of its future capital expenditures. The Company considers operating netbacks to be a key measure as they demonstrate Company's profitability relative to current commodity prices. Netback is calculated by dividing net operating income by barrels sold in the corresponding period. Funds flow provided by operations, is a non-GAAP measure that includes all cash generated from operating activities and is calculated before changes in non-cash working capital. A reconciliation from cash provided by operating activities to funds flow provided by operations is included in the MD&A.

FOFI DISCLOSURE: This press release contains future-oriented financial information and financial outlook information (collectively, "FOFI") about PetroTal's prospective results of operations, production and production capacity, NPV-10, 2021 capital program and budget, cash flow profile, liquidity 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. All FOFI contained in this press release complies with the requirements of Canadian securities legislation, including NI 51-101.

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 Provides Risk Management Update

Remaining 1.4 million barrels of oil in the ONP now hedged by Petroperu
Additional 622,000 barrels hedged by PetroTal
PetroTal maintains low cash flow exposure from Peruvian currency fluctuations

Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - April 20, 2021) - PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) ("PetroTal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the following risk management update. All currency amounts are in United States dollars ("USD"), unless otherwise stated.

Highlights:

  • Further to the Company's press release dated March 31, 2021, the remaining 1.4 million barrels of oil in the North Peruvian Pipeline ("ONP") have now been hedged by Petroperu, thereby securing future total true-up revenue payments of approximately USD$31 million for the original 1.8 million barrels;
  • At the corporate level, over 1.2 million barrels in total are now hedged, representing 32% of forecast oil production for April 2021 to December 2021. PetroTal completed a second layer of its oil hedging program for 2021. Approximately 338,000 barrels have been hedged (representing 9% of forecast oil production covering August 2021 to December 2021) in a Put structure with a $60/bbl strike. In addition, 284,000 barrels have been hedged (representing 8% of forecast oil production covering May 2021 to July 2021), in a synthetic Put structure with a swap price of $62.15/bbl and a call strike of $66.00/bbl;
  • To address the recent volatility of the Peruvian Sol, the Company has maintained low cash flow exposure to the currency, with Peruvian Sol accounting for an estimated 8% of operating costs, 60% of Peruvian general and administrative ("G&A") costs, and 8% of capital expenditures; and
  • 2020 year-end results will be announced on April 22, 2021.

Petroperu Hedging Update

Further to the press release dated March 31, 2021, Petroperu has now finalized hedges for the remaining 1.4 million barrels of oil in the ONP, produced from Bretana in 2019 and 2020. In doing so, PetroTal benefits from reduced volatility around the future value of the true-up revenue payments to be received during the remainder of 2021. Based on the hedged amounts, the true-up payment is expected to be approximately USD$31 million, which will be paid to PetroTal when the barrels in the ONP reach the Bayovar port and are exported in batches by Petroperu. In total, 1.8 million barrels of oil in the ONP have been hedged at prices between $60.60/bbl and $62.00/bbl and will be realized when the batches are sold.

Corporate Hedging Update

PetroTal has executed two additional hedges totaling 622,000 barrels to further protect the 2021 capital program. The first hedge is in a Put structure for 338,000 barrels with a strike price of $60.00/bbl covering August 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. The second hedge is in a costless synthetic Put structure for 284,000 barrels, with a swap price of $62.15/bbl and a call strike of $66.00/bbl, covering May 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021, that allows the Company to receive the floating Brent price above the call strike should commodity prices continue to increase. Including the hedged volume announced on March 31, 2021, PetroTal has hedged a total of 1.2 million barrels at the corporate level, representing 32% of forecast oil production for April 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. The Company plans to maintain a rolling hedge book as hedges mature and will look to be opportunistic if oil prices increase in the summer driving season.

Foreign Currency Exposure

PetroTal uses USD as its functional currency. Revenues are received in USD and the majority of expenses, including debt service, are paid in USD creating limited consolidated cash flow exposure to fluctuations in the Peruvian Sol. An estimated 8% of operating costs, 60% of Peruvian G&A, and 8% of capital expenditures are paid in Peruvian Sol and therefore a 1% movement in Peruvian Sol would impact these expenditures by approximately USD$180,000 on an annualized basis. From a functional currency perspective, a weakening of the Peruvian Sol versus the USD would consolidate into lower USD translated expenses for the Company.

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

"Over the past month we have been working closely with Petroperu to finalize hedging arrangements for the remaining barrels in the ONP. Working with their risk management team has been seamless and we have an efficient working process to execute further derivative strategies together for future oil deliveries through the ONP. The total true-up revenue of around USD$31 million will be a welcome addition to our 2021 liquidity.

"Furthermore, we are now in a position of strength to potentially layer on additional opportunistic hedges with approximately 32% of our volumes currently price protected. We are naturally hedged from a currency standpoint from fluctuations in the Peruvian Sol, which has experienced increased volatility recently.

"Internally, financial and technical fundamentals have never been stronger, and our management team have many years of experience operating in different environments that transition politically. Peru has attracted material external global capital and we believe it will continue to remain an attractive jurisdiction for investment, following the results of the upcoming Peruvian elections."

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 below:

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

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

PetroTal Investor Relations
InvestorRelations@PetroTal-Corp.com

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; future true-up payments from Petroperu; hedging program and the terms thereof; timing of year end filings; and future development and growth prospects, including future acquisitions. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. In addition, statements relating to expected production, reserves, recovery, costs and valuation are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions that the reserves described can be profitably produced in the future. 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 ability of existing infrastructure to deliver production and the anticipated capital expenditures associated therewith, reservoir characteristics, recovery factor, exploration upside, prevailing commodity prices and the actual prices received for PetroTal's products, including pursuant to hedging arrangements, the availability and performance of drilling rigs, facilities, pipelines, other oilfield services and skilled labour, royalty regimes and exchange rates, the application of regulatory and licensing requirements, the accuracy of PetroTal's geological interpretation of its drilling and land opportunities, current legislation, receipt of required regulatory approval, the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of new wells, the Company's growth strategy, general economic conditions and availability of required equipment and services. 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 (including volatility of the Peruvian Sol), legal, political and economic instability in Peru (including in respect of the Peruvian election), 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, 2020 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.

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 ("NI 51-101"). All references to Brent indicate Intercontinental Exchange ("ICE") Brent.

FOFI DISCLOSURE: This press release contains future-oriented financial information and financial outlook information (collectively, "FOFI") about PetroTal's prospective results of operations, production and production capacity, hedging arrangements, exposure to Peruvian Sol, 2021 capital program and budget 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. All FOFI contained in this press release complies with the requirements of Canadian securities legislation, including NI 51-101.

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 Q1 2021 Operations Update

2021 drilling program underway, Q1 2021 4H workover successfully completed, and Q1 2021 exit production on budget

Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - April 7, 2021) - PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) ("PetroTal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the following operational update for Q1 2021. All currency amounts are in United States dollars (unless otherwise stated).

Highlights:

  • PetroTal has commenced its 2021 drilling program by spudding the first well ("7D") on March 29, 2021, with expected completion the first week of May 2021;
  • Successfully completed the workover of well 4H on time and under budget;
  • Continued the installation of expanded production facilities ("CPF-2") that have arrived at the field with start-up dates finalized;
  • Achieved Q1 2021 exit production of 8,275 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") with Q1 2021 production averaging approximately 7,300 bopd;
  • Following completion of the 7D well, the team will drill the second water disposal well ("3WD") on the western flank of the structure, adding 50,000 barrels per day of water disposal capacity;
  • Following completion of the 3WD well, the team will drill four development horizontal oil wells in H2 2021;
  • Total cash liquidity of approximately $76 million, inclusive of an unrestricted balance of $53 million ($23 million are restricted for acquisitions and commodity price hedging). In addition, future Petroperu true-up payments of approximately $36 million to PetroTal are expected, significantly enhancing the 2021 cash flow profile compared to budget; and
  • PetroTal will hold a general investor conference call on April 7, 2021 at 10:30am CT / 4:30pm UK. Details are outlined below.

Q1 2021 Operations Update

The first well in the 2021 development program was spud on March 29, 2021. The 7D deviated well is expected to be complete in the next 30 days, reaching a total depth of 2,880 meters and costing $9.5 million to drill, complete, and tie-in. This well is planned to develop the south side of the Bretana structure and execute an operationally straight forward drill.

Following the 7D well, the Company will drill a water disposal well (3WD), the second water disposal well drilled by PetroTal, that is expected to be completed and online by mid-June 2021. The Company plans to core the 3WD to gather technical data from the western flank of the Bretana structure, which will provide valuable reservoir information for future field development. Following completion of the 3WD well, and as part of the approved 2021 budget, the team will focus on drilling four additional horizontal oil wells, with the first one to the south of the structure and the following three in the northern section of the structure.

The Company has successfully completed the workover of its 4H well which was previously announced on February 18, 2021. The budget for this operation was $1.1 million with an actual spend of $984,000, 7% under budget. The new electro-submersible pump ("ESP") that was installed has a nominal capacity of 12,000 barrels of fluid per day ("bfpd") versus 8,000 bfpd with the old model. Since the workover, the 4H well has been producing approximately 2,300 bopd, compared to 1,872 bopd, prior to the pump failure. The Company plans to install similar higher capacity ESPs in most of the Bretana oil wells to optimize production and oil recoveries.

Notwithstanding the downtime of the 4H well, production still averaged approximately 7,300 bopd in Q1 2021, with a promising March 31, 2021 exit production rate of 8,275 bopd. This is materially on budget and 2021 production guidance is unchanged as announced on February 18, 2021, with an expected year end exit rate of 18,000 to 19,000 bopd.

The Company continues to progress the installation and tie-in of the CPF-2 expansion facilities which will take overall processing capacity to 124,000 bfpd with the ability to handle 24,000 bopd by mid-September 2021, coinciding with completion of two new oil storage tanks, bringing storage capacity at the field to 90,000 barrels of oil. The remaining components of the CPF-2, principally the additional formation water treatment facilities, will be ready in Q3 2021, coinciding with expected production increases. The CPF-2 total investment remains at $24 million, with the remaining $12 million in the 2021 budget, costing $4 million less than originally estimated.

March 31, 2021 Liquidity Update

At March 31, 2021, PetroTal has a cash position of approximately $76 million, of which $53 million is unrestricted, with $20 million dedicated to accretive acquisitions and $3 million as collateral for commodity price hedges. Accounts payable and accrued liabilities are approximately $37 million, a 16% reduction from $44 million at December 31, 2020. Ongoing payments will be managed from expected oil field revenues and internal cash resources. Pursuant to contractual terms with our suppliers, approximately $6 million (16%) is not due until after Q2 2021.

As previously announced on March 31, 2021, PetroTal will benefit from commodity prices hedges that have been placed to ensure cash flow stability for the capital expenditure program and a sufficient cushion over all the bond covenants. The current incremental value of the arranged true-up payments to PetroTal, which is subject to change, is approximately $36 million, based on the March 25, 2021 forward Brent strip oil price forecast.

COVID-19 Surveillance and Control

The Company has fully integrated a robust COVID-19 surveillance and control process into its operations and is equipped to handle increased operational activity to execute its 2021 capital budget. The Company has approximately $1 million budgeted in 2021 for COVID-19 related support. Key features of this plan include a one week quarantine and testing protocol for all incoming field personnel, revamped working conditions into smaller pod teams with mandatory protective equipment, and designated clinics and offsite isolation areas to address issues as they arise.

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

"We are excited to start our 2021 drilling campaign. Due to an unprecedented decrease in world commodity prices, the impact of COVID-19, and government related social issues, it has been over a year since our team was drilling for growth and we are very happy to be back doing what we do best for our stakeholders. I am also very encouraged that considering the deferral of drilling, required maintenance activities, and natural field declines, our production levels remain strong as base oil production declines have performed as expected. The successful workover of the 4H well was a valuable operational test that, as a result of the higher production levels and revised expected ultimate recovery, sets the stage for us to do the same in other oil wells, at the appropriate time. With our strong current liquidity position, approximately $36 million of unbudgeted true-up revenue coming in 2021, and a fully funded capital program, I anticipate an exciting growth trajectory for our Company over the coming years.

Investor Presentation Update

PetroTal has updated the corporate presentation and is now available on the Company's website at www.petrotal-corp.com.

General Investor Call Participant Information

Time: 10:30am CT / 4:30pm UK on Wednesday April 7, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes
Dial in (Europe): +44 (0)330 336 9434
Dial in (United States): +1 720-543-0214
Dial in (Canada): +1 647 794 4605
Conference Code: 1609902

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. 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 below:

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

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

PetroTal Investor Relations
InvestorRelations@PetroTal-Corp.com

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; drilling, completions, workovers and other activities and the anticipated costs and results of such activities; the ability of the Company to achieve drilling success consistent with management's expectations; anticipated future production and revenue; drilling plans including the timing of drilling; oil production levels, including average production and exit production in 2021; the 2021 capital program and budget, including drilling plans; future true-up payments from Petroperu; the scale-up of CPF-2 and the timing thereof; COVID-19 surveillance and control process; hedging program and the terms thereof; and future development and growth prospects. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. In addition, statements relating to expected production, reserves, recovery, costs and valuation are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions that the reserves described can be profitably produced in the future. 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 ability of existing infrastructure to deliver production and the anticipated capital expenditures associated therewith, reservoir characteristics, recovery factor, exploration upside, prevailing commodity prices and the actual prices received for PetroTal's products, including pursuant to hedging arrangements, the availability and performance of drilling rigs, facilities, pipelines, other oilfield services and skilled labour, royalty regimes and exchange rates, the application of regulatory and licensing requirements, the accuracy of PetroTal's geological interpretation of its drilling and land opportunities, current legislation, receipt of required regulatory approval, the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of new wells, the Company's growth strategy, general economic conditions and availability of required equipment and services. 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, 2020 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.

OIL AND GAS INFORMATION: References in this press release to production test rates, initial test production rates, and other short‐term production rates are useful in confirming the presence of hydrocarbons, however such rates are not determinative of the rates at which such wells will commence production and decline thereafter and are not indicative of long term performance or of ultimate recovery. While encouraging, readers are cautioned not to place reliance on such rates in calculating the aggregate production for PetroTal. A pressure transient analysis or well‐test interpretation has not been carried out in respect of all wells. Accordingly, the Company cautions that the test results should be considered to be preliminary.

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 ("NI 51-101"). All references to Brent indicate Intercontinental Exchange ("ICE") Brent.

FOFI DISCLOSURE: This press release contains future-oriented financial information and financial outlook information (collectively, "FOFI") about PetroTal's prospective results of operations, production and production capacity, 2021 capital program and budget, cash flow profile, liquidity 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. All FOFI contained in this press release complies with the requirements of Canadian securities legislation, including NI 51-101.

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