SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Worthington Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: WGAS) ("Worthington" or the "Company"), an energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and drilling of oil and natural gas properties, takes this opportunity to provide its shareholders with an update on the status of the Company's Vermillion Block 179 (VM179) asset. As previously reported, in an agreement with Montecito Offshore, LLC ("Montecito") of Louisiana, Worthington acquired a 70% working interest, with a net revenue interest of 51.975%, in 546.875 acres in the Vermilion 179. Located in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico offshore from Louisiana, VM179 is adjacent to Exxon's producing VM164 #A9 well.
"I am pleased to report that we received a commitment letter for an $8.5 million term loan from Ventana Group LLC," stated Mr. Charles F. Volk, Chairman of the Board and recently reappointed CEO and President of Worthington Energy, Inc. "As the terms of the commitment explain, this credit facility is dedicated to developing the VM179 lease and meeting all of Worthington's related financial commitments."
"The Ventana loan will allow us to settle existing convertible debentures related to our VM179 lease acquisition. In addition, it will provide funding for equipment and installation expenses associated with drilling and production costs of new wells," continued Mr. Volk. "$3.5 million will be available immediately upon closing and the remaining balance will be drawn down within 90 days of the initial funding, based on a schedule approved by all parties. As a result of this funding, we anticipate drilling to commence during Q2/Q3 of 2013."
"Newly appointed Board of Director's member, David Pinkman, brings more than decade of significant oil and gas exploration experience to the Company and he will be instrumental in moving the VM179 project forward," added Mr. Volk. "David is excited about the enormous upside potential that VM179 represents for our company and our valued shareholders as we bring this project to fruition."
The 2012 Reserve and Economic Evaluation on Vermilion Block 179, issued by James F Hubbard Petroleum Consultant (JFH) of New Orleans, LA, shows Gross Proved Reserves of 784.3 Thousand Barrels (Mbbl) of Oil and 2,215.4 Million Standard Cubic Feet (MMSCF) of Gas, and Net Proved Reserves of 407.6 Mbbl Oil and 1,151.5 MMSCF Gas with a Projected Future Net Revenue of $36.7 million and a Discounted Future Net Income of $20.3 million (PV-10). The report also shows Combined Gross Total Reserves for VM 179, both Proved and Probable, of 2,129.7 Mbbl Oil and 4,237.9 MMSCF Gas, and Net Total for all reserves of 1,106.9 Mbbl Oil and 2,202.7 MMSCF Gas with a Projected Future Net Revenue of $97.7 million and a Discounted Future Net Income of $55.1 million (PV-10). The Gross Reserves referenced above are to 100% working interest in the lease. The Net Reserves and all income data are to the net interests owned by Worthington. Appropriate deductions have been made for royalties and overriding royalties.
Worthington engages in the acquisition, exploration, development and drilling of oil and natural gas properties. Worthington is an energy turnaround company whose strategy is to acquire cash flow producing properties with proved and probable reserves, develop the fields by reworking existing wells and drilling new wells. Worthington was founded in 2004 and is based in San Francisco, CA. More information about Worthington Energy, Inc. can be found by visiting the Company's website at www.wenergyinc.com.
Certain statements in this press release regarding strategic plans, expectations and objectives for future operations or results are "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by the forward-looking statements, including the risks discussed in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Factors that could cause differences include, but are not limited to, history of losses; speculative nature of oil and natural gas exploration, particularly in the Mustang Island and Vermillion 179 formations on which the Company is focused; substantial capital requirements and ability to access additional capital; ability to meet the drilling schedule; changes in tax regulations applicable to the oil and natural gas industry; results of acquisitions; relationships with partners and service providers; ability to acquire additional leasehold interests or other oil and natural gas properties; defects in title to the Company's oil and natural gas interests; ability to manage growth in the Company's business; ability to control properties that the Company does not operate; lack of diversification; competition in the oil and natural gas industry; global financial conditions; oil and natural gas realized prices; ability to market and distribute oil and natural gas produced; seasonal weather conditions; government regulation of the oil and natural gas industry, including potential regulations affecting hydraulic fracturing and environmental regulations such as climate change regulations; uninsured or underinsured risks; and material weakness in internal accounting controls. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by the Company on its website or otherwise. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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