NEW YORK, NY, December 16, 2015 – Petro River Oil Corp. (OTCBB: PTRCD) (“Petro River” or the “Company”), today reported its second quarter 2015 highlights and selected financial results for the three and six months ended October 31, 2015, as well as an overview of recent developments focusing on the Company’s restructuring and corporate strategy.
Highlights for Quarter ending October 31, 2015
- Recorded second quarter net income of $6,293,845 ($0.74 per share), compared to a net loss of $(1,103,025) (-$0.27 per share) for quarter ending October 31, 2014.
- Current assets of $24,995,165, compared to current assets of $1,231,002 as of April 30, 2015.
- Total liabilities (excluding long term asset retirement obligations) of $1,593,521, compared to liabilities of $794,186 as of April 30, 2015. The Company does not have any bank debt or other secured financing obligations.
- Working capital of approximately $23.4 million as of October 31, 2015.
The second quarter results include the income generated from the transaction between the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Megawest Kansas Energy Corporation (“Megawest”), and Fortis Property Group, LLC (“Fortis”), pursuant to the contribution agreement, dated as of October 30, 2015 and effective as of October 15, 2015 (the “Megawest Transaction”). As a result of the Megawest Transaction, the Company recorded approximately $18.3 million in amounts due from a related party; this amount was collected by Megawest subsequent to the quarter ended October 31, 2015.
The Company, led by its newly appointed President, Stephen Brunner, is involved in capitalizing on the current oil market by identifying and acquiring highly attractive oil and gas assets. When asked about the Company’s positioning and strategy, Mr. Brunner stated the following:
While other companies are struggling with high debt and low oil prices, management believes this period presents an opportunity to secure assets not previously available to small oil and gas exploration and development companies. Securing financing under the Megawest Transaction and the Horizon Transaction (described below) puts Petro River in an unprecedented position for growth going forward.
Acquisition of Horizon Investments:
On December 1, 2015, the Company entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Horizon I Investments, LLC in an all-stock deal (the “Horizon Transaction”). Upon closing, the acquisition will provide Petro River with approximately $5.0 million in cash plus a 20% membership interest in Horizon Energy Partners, LLC (“Horizon Energy Partners”).
Horizon Energy Partners is an oil and gas exploration and development company owned and managed by former senior oil and gas executives. It has a portfolio of domestic and international assets, including two assets located in the United Kingdom, adjacent to the giant Wytch Farm oil field, the largest onshore oil field in Western Europe. Other projects include the proposed redevelopment of a large oil field in Kern County, California and the development of an additional recent discovery in Kern County. The Company will provide more details on each project on or prior to the closing of the Horizon Transaction.
On October 30, 2015, the Company entered into a contribution agreement with Megawest and Fortis, pursuant to which the Company and Fortis each agreed to assign certain assets to Megawest in exchange for shares of MegaWest common stock.
The Company transferred its 50% membership interest in Bandolier Energy, LLC, together with Megawest’s existing assets, and Fortis transferred certain indirect interests held in certain real estate assets and the rights to any profits and proceeds therefrom, to Megawest. As consideration for the assignment of the Bandolier Interest, Megawest issued 58,510 (58.51%) of its common stock to the Company; as consideration for the assets assigned to Megawest by Fortis, Megawest issued 41,490 (41.49%) of its common stock to Fortis. The joint venture plans to invest in oil and gas assets, including the Company’s assets in Osage County, Oklahoma.
Steve Brunner commented “We are happy to work with Fortis on finding attractive opportunities in oil and gas assets, including the possible investment in a vertical drilling program for our Pearsonia West Concession, consisting of 106,500 contiguous acres in Osage County, Oklahoma.”
Reverse Stock Split:
On December 7, 2015, the Company effected a one (1) for two hundred (200) reverse split of its issued and outstanding common stock as a step toward the Company’s intention to have its common stock listed on the NYSE MKT. The Company’s common stock will begin trading under a new CUSIP number (71647K303). The Company’s ticker symbol, “PTRC”, will remain unchanged; however, the ticker symbol will be represented as “PTRCD” for 20 trading days commencing on the Effective Date to designate the Reverse Split.
Executive Chairman Statement
Scot Cohen commented “While other oil companies are playing defense, turning off production, shutting down exploration activity and divesting assets, we are now playing offense. We have taken advantage of this low priced oil environment to execute key strategic initiatives. We have acquired access to potentially lucrative domestic and international assets, recapitalized our balance sheet and established new leadership. I’m thrilled to have Stephen Brunner on board, his track record speaks for itself.”
The following tables set forth selected financial information for the three and six months ended October 31, 2015 and October 31, 2014. The information is derived from the Company’s financial statements included in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and six months ended October 31, 2015 and October 31, 2014. All of this information should be read in conjunction with the Form 10-Q and the financial statements contained therein, including the notes to the financial statements.
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About: Petro River Oil Corp.
Petro River Oil Corp. (OTCBB: PTRC) is an independent exploration and development company focused on applying modern technologies to oil and gas assets. Petro River’s core holdings are in the Mid- Continent region in Oklahoma. Petro River utilizes its local and global expertise in the region and globally to exploit hydrocarbon-prone resources to build reserves and to create value for the Company and its shareholders. The Company also wholly owns Petro Spring, a technology focused business. For more information, please visit our website at www.petroriveroil.com.
This news release contains forward-looking and other statements that are not historical facts. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward looking statements will not occur, which may cause actual performance and results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These forward looking statements, projections and statements are subject to change and could differ materially from final reported results. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made. Petro River assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities law. Additionally, Petro River undertakes no obligation to comment on the expectations of, or statements made by, third parties in respect to the matters discussed above. Readers should also carefully review the “Risk Factors” in Petro River’s annual report on Form 10-K, its quarterly report on Form 10-Q, and its other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.