Petro One Energy Corp.

Petro One Energy Corp.
Goldstrike Resources Ltd.

Goldstrike Resources Ltd.

November 26, 2013 13:27 ET

Petro One and Goldstrike Announce Oil & Gas Drilling Joint Venture

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 26, 2013) - Petro One Energy Corp. (TSX VENTURE:POP)(PINKSHEETS:CUDBF)(FRANKFURT:C6K1) and Goldstrike Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GSR)(PINKSHEETS:APRAF)(FRANKFURT:KCG1) are pleased to announce plans for a joint venture to drill a series of oil wells on leases controlled by Petro One in Southwestern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan. The initial program will consist of up to three test wells to be drilled at South Reston, Kirkella and Milton, and the arrangement provides for a series of success contingent option wells thereafter.

Discussions for the proposed joint venture (the "JV") were initiated due to continuing poor market conditions for junior resource companies. Petro One's geological team has identified numerous highly prospective targets for oil wells on leases controlled by it, but management has been reluctant to turn to the equity markets in the current state, and has therefore focused on farm-outs and potential joint ventures as sources of non-dilutive financing to drill additional oil wells. Petro One has farmed out one property and sold another this year, and it is currently cash-flow positive (exclusive of exploration costs) due to the success of oil wells in the Milton and Bromhead areas of Saskatchewan. However, it will require additional funds to continue to explore and develop its properties, and, accordingly, is in discussions with a number of prospective partners. That business model has led to the proposed JV and a number of other opportunities which are currently the subject of ongoing discussions with third parties.

Background to the Joint Venture

Petro One has a significant investment in Goldstrike in the form of shares and warrants received as option payments on the Lucky Strike and BRC properties in Yukon. Consequently, success for Goldstrike means success for Petro One. When the concept of a JV between the companies was conceived, it quickly became clear that the potential benefit to both companies is considerable and that the downside is limited. While Petro One currently has approximately $900,000 in cash and is generating sufficient positive cash flow to pay its overhead, its available funds will not permit it to drill and complete the proposed additional wells in the near term. The proposed JV will permit Petro One and Goldstrike to drill at least two and possibly three oil wells by splitting drilling costs 50/50, sharing both the risk and potential reward.

For Goldstrike, the JV provides the potential to generate cash flow to sustain operations over the long term without resort to the equity markets. Goldstrike holds properties of significant merit in Yukon, the Plateau South property in particular, and has approximately $1,350,000 in cash. However, that amount will finance only a modest drilling program and management is concerned that if it spends its remaining cash reserves at Plateau South next summer, in the current market it will have difficulty raising the considerable funds needed to move the property to the next level without experiencing significant dilution. In the meantime, Goldstrike's cash reserves will continue to be eroded by overhead costs and it will have no news flow to attract investors. Goldstrike cannot afford to take that risk. Without access to additional funding or significant cash flow from the JV, Goldstrike almost certainly has to look at foregoing a program in 2014 and wait for the market to turn around.

The proposed JV is designed to give Goldstrike a real opportunity to become cash flow positive over the next several months, with potential for significant upside after that. If it is able to achieve financial self-sufficiency, Goldstrike will have the ability to wait out the market and finance its next program at Plateau South in the next year or so, hopefully at a much higher share price and or from potential cash flow from operations in Saskatchewan and/or Manitoba if the JV is successful. The Plateau South claims are currently in good standing with the Yukon Government until March 30, 2021 and 2022, and management is of the view that the prudent course of action is to suspend work there until market conditions improve or the JV results in significant positive cash flow. The JV does not represent a new direction for Goldstrike, but does provide it with the potential for near-term success, significant upside with 19 net drill locations, year round operations and news flow.

The Joint Venture Terms

Terms for the proposed JV are set out in a Letter of Intent ("LOI") settled between the companies on November 22, 2013, and reflect the significant investment made by Petro One in acquiring the three properties which are the subject of the JV and completing comprehensive geological programs on them. Those historic costs are in the range of $3,000,000 in the aggregate, and results of past work include two producing oil wells at Milton and the identification of highly prospective targets at South Reston and Kirkella where the National Instrument 51-101 ("NI 51-101") Report prepared for Petro One in 2010 allocated unrisked prospective resources of 233,000 barrels of oil ("bbl") to South Reston and 231,000 bbl to Kirkella (news release July 15, 2010).

The LOI provides that costs of drilling all test wells will be split 50/50 between the two companies, which reflects Petro One's confidence in the targets it has chosen. The LOI also provides that the costs of completing the first two test wells will be borne 100% by Goldstrike to bring its ultimate investment in the projects closer inline with Petro One's investment to date. The cost of each of those wells is estimated to be approximately $420,000 (drilling) and $440,000 (completion). Since the test wells will only be completed if drill stem tests and open hole core logging indicate significant potential for economic success, the majority of the risk will be shared by the two companies at the drilling stage. Drilling costs include costs of casing and cementing or abandonment, as circumstances dictate. Completion costs include cased hole logging and perforating, and production testing. Each company will have a 50% working interest in each completed well.

The Joint Venture Program

The JV program provides for an initial test well at South Reston (Well #SR1) as soon as regulatory approvals are received. If that well is successful, the companies will drill a second well at South Reston where 19 net drill locations have been identified on land controlled by Petro One. Goldstrike will have the option to participate in all of those wells subject to industry standard conditions. If the South Reston test well is not successful, the companies will move to Kirkella, where the potential for success is believed to be strong, but where there is space for only one well. If the Kirkella test well (Well #K1) is not successful, Goldstrike will have the right, but not the obligation, to participate in a well at Milton (Well #M1). If a well is drilled at Milton, which will only be the case if the first two wells are both abandoned and If Goldstrike exercises its option, all costs of drilling and completion will be shared 50/50 by Petro One and Goldstrike.

The wells are planned to be drilled that order because the potential for a big producer is greater at South Reston (with multiple targets) and Kirkella, while the potential for economic success at a more modest production rate has already been proven at Milton. The target formations are the Lodgepole (primary) and Tilston (secondary) at South Reston, the Lodgepole at Kirkella and the Lower Viking at Milton. There is also potential for Bakken and Success targets in some of the drill locations identified at Milton. An NI 51-101 report prepared for Petro One in 2011 credited the company with a prospective resource of 798,000 bbl in the shallow Middle Bakken sand located only 140 m below the Viking (news release November 14, 2011). However, if a Milton well is drilled by the JV, the principal focus will be on the target formation with the highest potential for economic success, and that will mean a focus on the Lower Viking target.The JV program may be summarized as follows:

1. Drill Well #SR1 and either:
(a) case and test Well #SR1, and:
(i) if initial production testing indicates a minimum of 30 bbl/day, Goldstrike will be obliged to complete that well and drill Well #SR2, with options to drill subsequent wells at South Reston; or
(ii) if initial production testing indicates a minimum of less than 30 bbl/day, Goldstrike will have the option of:
(A) completing Well #SR1; or
(B) capping/suspending Well #SR1 and drilling Well #K1 at Kirkella; or
(b) abandon it, in which case Goldstrike will be obliged to drill Well #K1 at Kirkella.
2. If the companies proceed to drill Well #K1, they will on completion of drilling either:
(a) case and test Well #K1, and:
(iii) if initial production testing indicates a minimum of 30 bbl/day, Goldstrike will be obliged to complete Well #K1 and have the option to also complete Well #SR2 (by Oct. 15, 2014) if it has been suspended; or
(iv) if initial production testing of Well #K1 indicates a minimum of less than 30 bbl/day, Goldstrike will have the option of:
(A) completing Well #K1; or
(B) capping/suspending Well #K1 and completing Well #SR1; or
(C) capping/suspending Well #K1 and drilling a well at Milton; or
(b) abandon Well #K1, in which case Goldstrike will have the option to:
(i) go back and complete Well #SR1 (by Oct. 15, 2014) if it has been suspended; or
(ii) drill a well at Milton.
3. If the companies proceed to drill Well #M1, they will on completion of drilling either complete the well or abandon it.

Financial Aspects of the Joint Venture

Goldstrike will earn its interest on a well by well basis. If Goldstrike fails to complete any well, it earns no interest in that well. The LOI also provides for a $50,000 payment by Goldstrike to Petro One prior to commencement of Well #SR1 to partially reimburse Petro One for expenses incurred at South Reston. That payment will be refunded to Goldstrike (or applied to Goldstrike's share of costs for a Milton well) if Goldstrike spuds a well on section 22 (Milton) by October 31, 2014 or Goldstrike cannot spud a well on section 22 because Petro One has farmed out rights to such a well to a third party. The LOI also provides that Goldstrike will not be obligated to make any more option payments in respect of the Lucky Strike and BRC mineral claims, but will be deemed to have earned its interest in those two properties as of the rig release date for the second well drilled as part of the JV. In any event, the time for making option payment otherwise due on November 1, 2013 to maintain Goldstrike's option on the BRC property has been extended to November 1, 2016 due to current market conditions.

The respective costs of the JV participants are summarized in the following tables:

I. Costs Allocation Assuming Completion of Two Wells at South Reston or One Well at South Reston and One Well at Kirkella:

Property Petro One Goldstrike
Costs Reimbursement to N/A $50,000
Petro One:
South Reston: Well #SR1 Drilling $210,000 Drilling $210,000
Testing* N/A Testing* $40,000
Completion N/A Completion $400,000
South Reston: Well #SR2 Geophysics, etc. N/A Geophysics, etc. $100,000
OR Drilling $210,000 Drilling $210,000
Kirkella: Well #K1 Testing* N/A Testing* $40,000
Completion N/A Completion $400,000
Total: $420,000 $1,450,000

II. Costs Allocation Assuming Abandonment of all Three Wells:

Property Petro One Goldstrike
Reimbursement N/A $50,000
Payment to Petro
South Reston Drilling/Abandonment $210,000 Drilling/Abandonment* $210,000
Testing N/A Testing $40,000
Kirkella Drilling/Abandonment $210,000 Drilling/Abandonment* $210,000
Testing N/A Testing $40,000
Milton (Optional) Drilling/Abandonment $210,000 Drilling/Abandonment* $210,000
(All Costs 50/50) Testing $20,000 Testing $20,000
Total Excluding $420,000 $550,000
Total Including $650,000 $730,000

Other Matters Pertaining to the Joint Venture

Petro One will be Operator of the JV. No fees will be charged by Petro One for managing the drilling and completion phases of any program, but a project management fee of 15% will be charged by Petro One after completion of any well. The costs set out in this release are estimates only, but are considered reliable as they are based on Petro One's experience in the area and analysis by its independent engineering consultant. Accordingly, Goldstrike's obligation in respect of any drilling and completion cost overruns associated with any well will be capped at 120% of its estimated share of costs. Goldstrike's earned interest in each well will be from surface to the base of the producing formation, in all a cases subject to government royalties and the gross overriding royalty payable to previous owners (see MD&A). The benefit of all royalty holidays will also be shared ratably.

Conditions Precedent to Commencement of the Joint Venture

Goldstrike's obligation to proceed with the JV is subject to execution and delivery of a definitive agreement acceptable to Goldstrike and completion of due diligence to its satisfaction by November 30, 2013. Petro One's comprehensive geological analysis and seismic and other surveys have been provided to Goldstrike's independent geologist carrying out due diligence for Goldstrike. There can be no assurance that the JV or any other financial arrangement for drilling Petro One properties will be concluded.

The proposed JV is subject to acceptance of required filings by the TSX Venture Exchange, and will constitute a Fundamental Acquisition by Goldstrike under the Policies of the Exchange. Petro One and Goldstrike have one director in common. However, the proposed JV will not be a Related Party Transaction under Multilateral Instrument 61-101. Further developments will be announced as they occur.

Goldstrike's Ron Stack Wins Prospector of the Year Award for Plateau South Gold Discovery

Goldstrike also takes this opportunity to report that the 2013 Yukon Prospector of the Year Award went to Ron Stack for his discovery of the "Goldbank Trend" on Goldstrike's Plateau South property. Goldstrike recognized the importance of Ron's contribution to the project, when it named the "Ron Stack Zone" in his honour. Ron has been a valued member of Goldstrike's field team. The Award was presented to Ron at the 41st Yukon Geo-Science Forum Awards Banquet. Congratulations Ron.

National Instrument 51-101 Disclosure

BOE means barrels of oil equivalent. It may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip, and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Oil production during a period is generally expressed in terms of "barrels per day" ("bbl" or "BBL"), which indicates the total oil produced during a period divided by the number of hours that the well was in production during that period. "Barrels per day" is indicative of flow rate while a well is in production and does not mean that such well was in constant production during such period.

Proved reserves are those reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty to be recoverable. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the estimated proved reserves.

Probable reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than proved reserves. It is equally likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the sum of the estimated proved plus probable reserves.

Possible reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than probable reserves. There is a 10% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the sum of proved plus probable plus possible reserves.

Prospective resources described in report and in this document are "undiscovered resources" as defined in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook. Undiscovered resources are defined as those quantities of oil and gas estimated on a given date to be contained in accumulations yet to be discovered. The estimates of the potentially recoverable portions of undiscovered resources are classified as prospective resources. Prospective resources are defined as those quantities of oil and gas estimated on a given date to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations. They are technically viable and economic to recover. Pursuant to s. 5.9(d)(v) of NI 51-101, the Company cautions that that there is no certainty that any portion of the resource will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resource.

The estimates in this release have been prepared by independent qualified reserves evaluators in the form of reports under National Instrument 51-101 ("NI 51-101") in accordance with the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook. The reserves evaluators having prepared the reports have consented in writing to the disclosure of information derived from the reports and set out herein.

Pursuant to s. 5.2 of NI 51-101, the Company advises that the estimates have been made assuming the development of the referenced properties will occur, without regard to the likely availability to the Company of funding required for that development.



Peter Bryant, President & Director



Terrence E. King, President & Director

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements or information (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including, but not limited to management's assessment of future plans and operations, including: drilling plans and potential locations; expected production levels; development plans; reserves growth; production and operating sales and expenses; reservoir characteristics; the results of applying certain operational development techniques; certain economic factors; and capital expenditures.

Forward looking statements are typically identified by words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "project" and similar words suggesting future events or performance or may be identified by reference to a future date. In addition, statements relating to oil and gas reserves and resources are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves or resources described, as the case may be, exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future. With respect to forward looking statements herein, the Company has made assumptions regarding, among other things; future capital expenditure levels; future oil and natural gas prices; ability to obtain equipment and services in a timely manner to carry out development activities; ability to market oil and natural gas successfully to current and new customers; the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms; and the ability to add production and reserves through development and exploitation activities. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained herein, and the assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements included herein, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause the Company's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake any obligation to, nor does it intend to, publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. In addition, readers are cautioned that historical results are not necessarily indicative of future performance.

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