Questfire Energy Corp.
TSX VENTURE : Q.A
TSX VENTURE : Q.B

Questfire Energy Corp.

March 02, 2016 09:00 ET

Questfire Energy Corp. Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 2, 2016) -

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Questfire Energy Corp. (the "Corporation" or "Questfire") (TSX VENTURE:Q.A)(TSX VENTURE:Q.B) announces that its Board of Directors has determined that it is timely, prudent and in the best interests of shareholders to initiate a formal process to explore strategic alternatives with a view to enhancing shareholder value. Such strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a corporate sale, merger, a go private transaction, or other business combination, a sale of a material portion of Questfire's assets, a joint venture, farm-in or farm-out or other transaction.

The Board of Directors has established a Special Committee comprised of independent directors who will work with management and the Corporation's external advisors to oversee the review of strategic alternatives. The Special Committee has a mandate to solicit, review and consider strategic alternatives and to consider and recommend to the Board of Directors whether any transaction is in the best interests of the Corporation and its shareholders. Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. has been engaged as exclusive financial advisor by the Board of Directors and will work with the Special Committee and the Board of Directors in connection with this comprehensive review and analysis of strategic alternatives.

Questfire has not set a definitive schedule to complete its identification, examination and consideration of strategic alternatives. Given the nature of the process, the Corporation does not intend to provide updates until such time as the Board of Directors approves a definitive transaction or strategic alternative, or otherwise determines that further disclosure is advisable. Questfire cautions that there are no guarantees that the review of strategic alternatives will result in a transaction, or if a transaction is undertaken, as to the terms or timing. The strategic alternatives review process has not been initiated as a result of receiving any transaction proposal.

Questfire will continue to focus on its near and long term business plan, centered on maintaining capital spending within cashflow, growing production through optimization projects, recompletions and lower risk horizontal drilling and reducing operating costs. Questfire's production base has a low decline rate of approximately 15 percent per year which enables the Corporation to offset declines with modest capital spending, an advantage in the current low commodity price environment. The capital budget for 2016, subject to commodity prices, includes the drilling of one gross (0.9 net) Falher horizontal gas well in the Morningside field and up to two, 100 percent working interest horizontal oil wells targeting the McLaren oil zone in the Viking Kinsella field.

ABOUT QUESTFIRE

Questfire Energy Corp. is an Alberta-based company formed to participate in oil and gas exploration, development and acquisitions focusing in the W4 and W5 regions of Alberta. The Corporation's shares trade on the TSX Venture exchange under the symbols Q.A and Q.B. The Corporation currently has 17,318,001 Class A shares and 550,440 Class B shares outstanding.

FOR REQUESTS IN RELATION TO THE STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES PROCESS:

Please visit Macquarie Capital's website at www.macquarietristone.com.

Neither 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 release.

Reader Advisory

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including management's assessment of future plans and operations, and capital expenditures and the timing thereof, that involve substantial known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and assumptions certain of which are beyond Questfire's control. Such risks, uncertainties, and assumptions include, without limitation, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, the impact of general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and overseas, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations (including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations) and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and market valuations of companies with respect to announced transactions and the final valuations thereof, and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. Questfire's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceeds, that Questfire will derive therefrom. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. All subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, attributable to Questfire or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and Questfire does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

Contact Information

  • Questfire Energy Corp.
    Mr. Richard Dahl
    President and CEO
    403-263-6691
    403-263-6683 (FAX)

    Questfire Energy Corp.
    Mr. Ronald Williams
    Vice President, Finance and CFO
    403-263-6658
    403-263-6683 (FAX)