TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. ("Eco Atlantic") (TSX-V:EOG) (NSX:EOG) today reported its financial and operational results for the three and nine month periods ending December 31, 2014 and provides an update on recent corporate achievements and anticipated milestones for the remainder of 2015.
Of particular note, Eco Atlantic reported on the achievement of the following operational and business milestones:
- Execution of 1,000 km2 3D Seismic program on the Cooper License;
- Execution of 1,100 km 2D Seismic program on the Guy License;
- Acquisition of 3,000 km 2D Seismic program on the Sharon License;
- Completion of an amalgamation with Pan African Oil Ltd. ("PAO") in which the Company acquired $2.9 million in cash and two additional Namibian petroleum exploration licenses; and
- An amended Farmout agreement with AziNam Ltd pursuant to which the Company transferred a portion of its working interest in the Offshore Licenses in exchange for, among other things, an aggregate of $4.2 million in cash. The Farmout Transaction closed on February 4, 2015 and cash was received on February 24, 2015 increasing the treasury to $10.3m;
- Continuous decrease in operational and overhead costs, and corporate business development including capture of new acreage opportunities in low cost, highly prospective oil provinces.
Eco Atlantic CEO, Gil Holzman stated: "We have had an extremely busy third quarter (Oct –Dec 2014), the fruits of which we see today and going forward. On the operational side, we made significant progress on all of our licenses with the completion of the 2D seismic program on Guy and Sharon and the 3D seismic program on Cooper, for all of which we were fully carried by our partners. We expect to complete the processing and interpretation by mid-2015. On the finance side, recognizing the challenges facing the industry, we completed an amalgamation with another company and an additional farm-out which increased our treasury to over $10 million in cash as of today". Looking to the remainder of 2015, Holzman continued: "In addition to continuing to complete the milestones on our existing Namibian assets, our strong balance sheet has allowed the company to advance the pursuit of other assets in regions in which we already operate, such as Ghana, and to consider new opportunities in highly prospective regions. We remain confident that the market will eventually turn and reveal Eco Atlantic's true value reflected in our strong balance sheet and carried interest in our assets valued over $40m."
Summary of Financial Results
Eco Atlantic's management is working to focus the company's resources on activities aimed at driving shareholder value. As of December 31, 2014, Eco Atlantic had cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits of approximately $12.2 million and as of February 25, 2015 - $10.3 million. The Company's quarterly financial statements, and Management Discussion and Analysis, are available on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) website at www.sedar.com.
The Company further announces that in accordance with its 2013 Restricted Share Unit Plan and the Policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, it has issued 475,000 restricted share units (the "RSUs") to Insiders of the Company. The RSUs will vest immediately.
About Eco Atlantic
Eco Atlantic is an oil and gas exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of unique upstream petroleum opportunities around the world. The Company's objective is to identify technically merited prospective new and developing projects in frontier areas requiring low cost entry. Through a wholly owned Namibian subsidiary ("Eco Namibia"), the Company currently holds three offshore petroleum license blocks covering more than 25,000 square kilometers in the Walvis Basin and one license block covering 23,000 square kilometers, which includes both onshore and offshore areas. Through another wholly-owned subsidiary, Pan African Oil Namibia (Pty) Ltd., Eco Atlantic additionally operates two licenses offshore Namibia which cover close to 13,000 square kilometers. Founded in 2008, Eco Namibia enjoys a strong local presence and has a longstanding relationship with the energy and oil and gas sector in Namibia and other maturing exploration plays in Africa.
Forward Looking Statements
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The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent the expectations of Pan African and Eco Atlantic as of the date of this press release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. However, Pan African and Eco Atlantic each expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities law.
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