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Azabache Energy Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AZA) ("Azabache" or the "Company") announces that it has filed its annual audited financial statements, management`s discussion and analysis and certifications of annual filings for the year ended June 30, 2012. In addition, Azabache has filed its reserves data and other oil and gas information required by National Instrument 51-101, Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities. Copies of the foregoing documents are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Highlights of the 2012 fiscal year included:
During the year ended June 30, 2012 (2012 fiscal year), the Company recorded a loss of $6,656,377 ($0.06 per share) compared to a loss of $4,335,542 ($0.06 per share) for its 2011 fiscal year. The increase in costs in fiscal 2012 result from increased activity levels related to the Company participating in the drilling of 2 wells (1 before and 1 after year end) and investigating the potential and development alternatives related to its unconventional assets and related increased staff levels and office costs from opening an office in Colombia and from moving and expanding the office in Argentina. The Company also recorded an impairment provision of $570,903 against its Loma El Divisadero property in Argentina and an increase of $526,781 in stock-based compensation expense related to granting of stock options during the year.
During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, the Company raised $3,049,000 from the exercise of outstanding warrants.
In May 2012, the Company drilled the CVOx-2 well in the Covunco Norte-Sur Block in the Neuquén Province in Argentina. The well was drilled to provide information with respect to the potential of the Vaca Muerta shale formation. The Company is currently evaluating the results of the well.
El Corte & Covunco Norte-Sur negotiation
The Company completed the re-distribution of its acreages in the Covunco Norte-Sur and El Corte blocks in the Neuquén Province in Argentina. Related to this redistribution, the Company restructured the ownership by third parties of certain royalty interests in those blocks. The Company relinquished 234.5 km² of the exploration permit in Covunco Norte-Sur and 143.9 km² in the El Corte block in exchange for an extension of the exploratory periods plus the incorporation in the El Corte block of an additional 188 km².
In January 2012, the Company repurchased the 20% interest that it had previously farmed out in the Covunco Norte exploitation concession ("CVN") for cash consideration (including VAT) of $2,009,000.
In March 2012, the province of Neuquén mandated relinquishment of the Company's interest in the CVN in Argentina. The Company has initiated legal actions and has been negotiating a resolution that would allow the retention of the block.
Due to delays in the operator obtaining required environmental permits, the Company re-negotiated the farm-in agreements for the Antares Block in Colombia. The resulting structure requires success in obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals and results in lower costs to Azabache unless commercial discoveries are made.
Subsequent to the end of the 2012 fiscal year, the operator of the Antares Block in Colombia (in which the Company has a 50% working interest) drilled the Lemaya-1 well. The well was not successful in the target formation (Caballos) but was cased to further study opportunities in unconventional oil (La Luna formation).
Subsequent to year end, and in recognition of the large amount of capital that will be required to develop the company's Vaca Muerta land holdings and the improbability of Azabache financing these expenditures on its own, the Company engaged Toronto-based Toll Cross Securities to provide the Company with its views as to the strategic alternatives available to the Company. This may involve a farm out, acquisition, sale of the company, an equity investor or some other transaction that will advance the interest of shareholders.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning the Company's possible strategic alternatives. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Azabache. Although Azabache 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 Azabache 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. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as of the date hereof and Azabache 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.
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