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Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd-Interim Results for Six Months Ended 30 June 2014

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- (Marketwired) -- 08/29/14 -- Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:FO)(AIM:FOG)(ESM:FAC) (the "Company" or the "Group") announces that it has filed its results for the three and six months ended 30 June 2014.

The following should be read in conjunction with the complete Interim Financial Statements and the accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months period ended 30 June 2014 filed with the TSXV. These filings are available at and


--  Completion of the transformational Farm-Out Agreement and Joint
    Operating Agreements of the Beetaloo permits, Northern Territory,
--  Positive developments toward the processing of shale gas exploration
    rights in South Africa - expected awarding of exploration right in 2014.
--  Total depth of the second well in Hungary, fully carried by Naftna
    Industrija Srbije JSC ("NIS") reached and contract with NIS extended. 
--  Continued focus on strict cost management and efficient operation of the
--  The Group incurred a loss of US$2.4 million in the six months ended 30
    June 2014, decreasing from a loss of US$6.6 million in the six months
    ended 30 June 2013. 
--  Strong financial position, debt free with cash and cash equivalents of
    US$5.5 million (31 December 2013: US$8.4 million). Subsequently, on
    closing of Beetaloo Farm-out, Falcon received A$20 million cash from the
    Farminees in August 2014. 

Philip O'Quigley, CEO of Falcon commented:

"2014 has been a busy year thus far for the Group with the execution and completion of the Agreements with Origin and Sasol of our Beetaloo permits in the Northern Territory, Australia. Together with the A$20 million cash received, the deal is worth up to approximately A$200 million to Falcon. I look forward to updating the market and making further announcements on the Group's progress throughout the remainder of the year."


Farm-out of Beetaloo permits, Northern Territory, Australia

On 21 August 2014, Falcon completed its Farm-Out Agreement and Joint Operating Agreement with Origin and Sasol each farming into 35% of Falcon's exploration permits in the Beetaloo Basin, Australia.

The main transaction details are:

--  Falcon retains a 30% interest in the Permits. 
--  Falcon has received A$20 million cash from the Farminees. 
--  Origin is appointed as Operator. 
--  Farminees to carry Falcon in a nine well exploration and appraisal
    program over the next four years, detailed as follows: 
    --  3 vertical exploration/stratigraphic wells and core studies; 
    --  1 hydraulic fracture stimulated vertical exploration well and core
    --  1 hydraulic fracture stimulated horizontal exploration well,
        commercial study and 3C resource assessment; and 
    --  4 hydraulic fracture stimulated horizontal exploration/appraisal
        wells, micro-seismic and 90 day production tests. 
--  Drilling/testing specifically targeted to take the project towards
--  Farminees will pay for the full cost of completing the first five wells
    estimated at A$64 million, and will fund any cost overruns. This
    drilling programme will commence by mid 2015. 
--  Farminees to pay up to the full cost of the next four horizontally
    fracture stimulated wells, 90 day production tests and micro seismic
    with a capped expenditure up to A$101 million, any cost overrun funded
    by each Party in proportion to their working interest. 
--  Farminees may reduce or surrender their interests back to Falcon only
    --  the drilling of the first five wells or 
    --  the drilling and testing of the next two horizontally fracture
        stimulated wells. 

Overriding Royalty Agreements

In addition at completion of Falcon's Beetaloo Farm-out, Falcon paid Malcolm John Gerrard, Territory Oil & Gas LLC and Tom Dugan Family Partnership LLC ("TOG Group") US$5 million to acquire 5%; and CR Innovations AG ("CRIAG") US$999,000 to acquire 3% of their respective Overriding Royalties over Falcon's Exploration Permits in the Beetaloo Basin. The Overriding Royalty is now at 4%. Falcon and the Farminees have the option to reduce this Royalty further to 1% by the exercise of two 5 year call options. The call options will be funded by Falcon and each of the Farminees in proportion to their interest in the permits.

South Africa

In May 2014, President Zuma and the ANC was returned to government and continued to highlight the importance of exploration efforts progressing. In addition, a cabinet reshuffle occurred where Mr. Ngoako Ramatlhodi was appointed as the new Minister for Mineral Resources.

The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment ("MPRDA") Bill which was approved by the National Council of Provinces is now with the President for assent. Some of the proposed new terms had raised concern within the oil and gas industry. In Q2 2014, Mr. Ngoako Ramatlhodi requested the President delay the signature of the MPRDA Bill in order to give him time to investigate the matter. If the President has reservations regarding the constitutionality of the Bill he can refer it back to the National Assembly. In the event that this course of action is decided upon, the impugned provisions of the MPRDA Bill will be reconsidered by the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces and may be modified.

The Board expects that the exploration right over the acreage will be awarded in 2014. As a reminder to shareholders and as announced in press release of 12 December 2012, the Group entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement with Chevron to jointly seek unconventional exploration opportunities in the Karoo Basin. The agreement provides for the Group to work exclusively with Chevron for a period of five years to jointly seek to obtain exploration rights in the Karoo Basin.


Hungary Drilling Update - contract with NIS extended

As announced on 15 July 2014 initial drilling operations on the Besa-D-1 well have reached total depth ("TD") of 3,000 metres having encountered gas shows. Besa-D-1 is the second of a planned three well programme to evaluate the gas potential of the Algyo Formation in the Mako Trough License. The well has now been cased to TD and is suspended pending further technical evaluation in order to determine an appropriate testing programme later this year. No operational problems occurred during drilling.

In January 2013, the Group agreed a three-well drilling programme with Naftna industrija Srbije jsc ("NIS") to target the Algyo Play, whereby NIS made a cash payment of US$1.5 million to the Group in February 2013, and agreed to drill three wells by July 2014 at their cost. The July 2014 date for completion of drilling and testing of the NIS three well programme has been extended to 31 December 2014. This extension has been granted to allow NIS to:

--  Complete the testing of Besa-D-1; 
--  Evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of the entire Mako Trough including
    the Deep Mako play; and 
--  Fulfill the third well obligation of the NIS three-well drilling

Results for operating activities

The Group incurred a loss of US$2.4 million in the six months ended 30 June 2014, decreasing from a loss of US$6.6 million in the six months ended 30 June 2013.

The Group's cash and cash equivalent balance at 30 June 2014 was US$5.5 million (31 December 2013: US$8.4 million). Subsequently, on closing of Beetaloo Farm-out, Falcon has received A$20 million cash from the Farminees.

About Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.

Falcon is an international oil & gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets, with the current portfolio spread between Australia, South Africa and Hungary. Falcon is incorporated in British Columbia, Canada and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with a technical team based in Budapest, Hungary.

For further information on Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd., please visit

Neither the 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.

Certain information in this press release may constitute forward-looking information. This information including comments made with respect to the type and number of wells and expected costs of the work program under the Farm-out, the project being brought towards commerciality and the award of an exploration license in South Africa is based on current expectations that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Actual results might differ materially from results suggested in any forward-looking statements. Falcon assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward looking-statements unless and until required by securities laws applicable to Falcon. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties is contained in Falcon's filings with the Canadian securities regulators, which filings are available at

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.                                                       
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive    
                               Three        Three                           
                              months       months   Six months   Six months 
                            ended 30     ended 30     ended 30     ended 30 
                           June 2014    June 2013    June 2014    June 2013 
                               $'000        $'000        $'000        $'000 
Oil and natural gas                                                         
 revenue                           7            4           17            7 
                                   7            4           17            7 
Exploration and                                                             
 evaluation expenses            (206)        (210)        (404)        (408)
Production and operating                                                    
 expenses                         (8)          (7)         (15)         (12)
Depreciation                     (30)         (62)         (73)        (207)
General and                                                                 
 administrative expenses      (1,231)      (1,419)      (2,250)      (2,604)
Share based compensation         (12)        (178)        (207)        (273)
Foreign exchange loss            (22)           -          (55)           - 
Other income                     162          102          299          339 
                              (1,347)      (1,774)      (2,705)      (3,165)
Results from operating                                                      
 activities                   (1,340)      (1,770)      (2,688)      (3,158)
Fair value (loss) / gain                                                    
 - outstanding warrants         (768)         557          223       (1,324)
Finance income                    69          268          128          262 
Finance expense                  (35)        (951)         (70)      (2,422)
Net finance income /                                                        
 (expense)                        34         (683)          58       (2,160)
Loss and comprehensive                                                      
 loss for the period          (2,074)      (1,896)      (2,407)      (6,642)
Loss and comprehensive                                                      
 loss attributable to:                                                      
Equity holders of the                                                       
 company                      (2,069)      (1,805)      (2,398)      (6,506)
 interests                        (5)         (91)          (9)        (136)
Loss and comprehensive                                                      
 loss for the period          (2,074)      (1,896)      (2,407)      (6,642)
Loss per share attributable to                                              
 equity holders of the company:                                             
Basic and diluted        (0.002 cent) (0.002 cent) (0.003 cent) (0.009 cent)
Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.                                                       
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position              
                                                 At 30 June  At 31 December 
                                                       2014            2013 
                                                      $'000           $'000 
Non-current assets                                                          
Exploration and evaluation assets                    74,869          74,517 
Property, plant and equipment                         5,336           5,403 
Trade and other receivables                             107              77 
Restricted cash                                         376             396 
                                                     80,688          80,393 
Current assets                                                              
Cash and cash equivalents                             5,513           8,431 
Restricted cash                                         219             219 
Trade and other receivables                             752             473 
                                                      6,484           9,123 
Total assets                                         87,172          89,516 
Equity and liabilities                                                      
Equity attributable to owners of the parent                                 
Share capital                                       382,853         382,853 
Contributed surplus                                  42,670          42,463 
Retained deficit                                   (353,003)       (350,605)
                                                     72,520          74,711 
Non-controlling interests                               728             737 
Total equity                                         73,248          75,448 
Non-current liabilities                                                     
Decommissioning provision                            11,192          11,138 
                                                     11,192          11,138 
Current liabilities                                                         
Accounts payable and accrued expenses                 1,558           1,533 
Derivative financial liabilities                      1,174           1,397 
                                                      2,732           2,930 
Total liabilities                                    13,924          14,068 
Total equity and liabilities                         87,172          89,516 
Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.                                                       
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows                      
                                                   Six months ended 30 June 
                                                          2014         2013 
                                                         $'000        $'000 
Cash flows from operating activities                                        
Net loss for the period                                 (2,407)      (6,642)
Adjustments for:                                                            
  Share based compensation                                 207          273 
  Depreciation                                              73          207 
  Fair value (gain) / loss - outstanding                                    
   warrants                                               (223)       1,324 
  Net finance (income) / expense                           (58)       2,160 
  Other                                                     55            - 
Contribution to past costs - Chevron                         -        1,000 
Change in non-cash working capital                        (166)        (693)
Interest paid                                                -         (573)
Interest received                                           26           63 
Net cash used in operating activities                   (2,493)      (2,881)
Cash flows from investing activities                                        
Exploration and evaluation assets                         (538)        (560)
Proceeds from farm-out transaction - NIS                     -        1,500 
Property, plant and equipment                               (6)         (26)
Net cash (used in) / generated by investing                                 
 activities                                               (544)         914 
Cash flows from financing activities                                        
Proceeds from private placement                              -       25,672 
Transaction costs relating to private placement              -       (1,897)
Repayment of 11% debenture                                   -      (10,197)
Net cash from financing activities                           -       13,578 
Change in cash and cash equivalents                     (3,037)      11,611 
Effect of exchange rates on cash & cash                                     
 equivalents                                               119          218 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of                                   
 period                                                  8,431        2,884 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period               5,513       14,713 

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
+353 1 417 1900

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
Philip O'Quigley, CEO
+353 87 814 7042

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
Michael Gallagher, CFO
+353 1 417 0814

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
John Craven, Non-Executive Chairman
+353 1 417 1900

Billy Clegg
+44 20 3757 4983

Georgia Mann
+44 20 3757 4980

Davy (NOMAD & Joint Broker)
John Frain / Anthony Farrell
+353 1 679 6363

GMP Securities Europe LLP (Joint Broker)
Rob Collins / Liz Williamson / Emily Morris
+44 20 7647 2800

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