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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 15, 2020
FOOTHILLS EXPLORATION, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
10940 Wilshire Blvd., 23rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Item 8.01. Other Events
Foothills Exploration, Inc. (“Foothills” or the “Company”) is hereby presenting information regarding its oil and natural gas prospective resources issued by an independent third-party engineering firm on January 6, 2020, for the Company’s interest in 16,387 acres located in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming, known as the Beaver Creek East Project, which indicates Prospective Resources of approximately 21 million barrels of undiscovered oil, with a PV-10 value of $372 million (after risk).
Oil and Natural Gas Resources Information
Foothills’ oil and gas prospective resources were independently prepared by Chapman Petroleum Engineering Ltd. out of Calgary Canada (“Chapman”). Chapman’s analysis included a review of the available technical data including the geological and geophysical interpretation presented by the Company, proposed contractual terms, information from relevant nearby wells or analogous reservoirs and the proposed program for each prospect.
Chapman reviewed this material with respect to the estimated resources and productivity that would be expected if a successful program, the anticipated capital costs (including drilling, completion and equipment), the average operating costs in the area and expected product prices. They also considered the availability of market access, and production and transportation infrastructure within economic reach of the area.
The economic analysis was performed for the Company’s interest position. Based on its analysis, after consideration of risk, Chapman has concluded that the potential of these prospects is of sufficient merit to justify the work program being proposed by the Company and furthermore, Chapman recommends and supports the Company’s participation.
The purpose of the report was to independently determine the feasibility of the Company undertaking the development of the prospective resources in the Beaver Creek East area, Wind River Basin, Wyoming, and determine the range of the magnitude of the prospective resources and the economic value before and after the consideration of risk.
Due to the risks involved in exploring for oil and gas reserves, Chapman’s assessment of the project cannot be considered a guarantee that any wells drilled will be successful.
In summary, Chapman’s analysis indicates that the Company’s Prospective Resources and economics (before income tax) as of August 31, 2019, for its leasehold position located in the Beaver Creek East Area of Wyoming’s Wind River Basin are as presented in Table 1 below.
Summary of Company Prospective Resources and Economics
Before Income Tax
September 1, 2019
(as of August 31, 2019)
Foothills Exploration, LLC
Beaver Creek East Area, Wind River Basin, Wyoming, USA
|NET TO APPRAISED INTEREST|
|Resources||Cumulative Cash Flow (BIT) - M$|
|Oil||Conventional Natural Gas||NGL|
|Development Program (Madison)||24,179||21,157||0||0||0||0||1,149,612||662,831||412,305||271,002||185,721|
|Development Program (Tensleep)||30,381||26,583||0||0||0||0||1,603,601||838,816||495,441||317,188||214,834|
|Development Program (Frontier, Dakota, Muddy Zones)||0||0||78,375||68,578||413||248||192,198||124,271||83,073||57,056||40,049|
|Development Program (Phosphoria Zone)||0||0||28,487||24,926||150||90||27,925||13,182||4,669||(291||)||(3,172||)|
|Total Before Risk Arithmetic Average||54,560||47,740||106,862||93,504||562||357||2,973,337||1,639,100||995,487||644,954||437,431|
|Arithmetic Average After Risk|
|Development Program (Madison)||8,221||7,193||0||0||0||0||387,172||221,667||136,488||88,445||59,449|
|Development Program (Tensleep)||12,760||11,165||0||0||0||0||670,264||349,055||204,837||129,971||86,982|
|Development Program (Frontier, Dakota, Muddy Zones)||0||0||27,431||24,002||144||87||67,269||43,495||29,075||19,970||14,017|
|Development Program (Phosphoria Zone)||0||0||10,255||8,973||54||32||10,053||4,746||1,681||(105||)||(1,142||)|
|Total After Risk Arithmetic Average||20,981||18,358||37,686||32,976||198||119||1,134,759||618,962||372,081||238,280||159,306|
M$ means thousands of dollars
MSTB means thousands of barrels
Mbbls means thousands of barrels
NGL means natural gas liquids
Gross resources are the total of the Company's working interest share before deduction of royalties owned by others
Net resources are the total of the Company's working and/or royalty interest share after deducting the amounts attributable to royalties owned by others
Columns may not add precisely due to accumulative rounding of values throughout the report
The diagram below depicts the resource classification system used in Chapman’s report. The Company’s resources in the Wind River Basin are classified as “Prospective Resources.” See blue shaded section of diagram below.
Prospective Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulation by application of future development projects. Prospective Resources have both an associated Chance of Discovery and a Chance of Development.
Prospective Resources are further subdivided in accordance with the level of certainty associated with recoverable estimates assuming their discovery and development and may be sub-classified based on project maturity. There is no certainty that any portion of the resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.
The Company will need to initially raise $12 million to begin the work program described in the Chapman report.
Greater Green River Basin – Point of Rocks Project
Production is still currently shut-in on the asset. On September 17, 2019, the Company issued a current report on Form 8-K disclosing a PV-10 valuation of the proved oil and gas reserves on these properties at $1.98 million. The Company must now post all of the required surety bonds in order to finalize the transfer of operations from the seller, which it anticipates doing before the end of February. Foothills closed on the acquisition and paid for these properties in March 2019. The Seller has entered into formal proceedings to have Foothills complete all the obligations for bonding in a timely manner. The parties entered into an agreement that provides certain stipulations for the posting of the bonds and oversight of the wells during this time. The Company is also in discussions to have the note, which is collateralized by these properties, refinanced and assigned. No assurances can be made that the Company will be able to meet the lender’s payment obligations or regulatory bonding requirements. Failure to meet the obligations of the secured lender could result in the sale or divestiture of this asset.
Company management has been in ongoing discussions regarding payment of its notes with all of its debtholders. Management is currently working with the parties to either extend or repay the obligations to their satisfaction. Nevertheless, in the absence of an agreement with these parties, management remains committed to considering all available pathways to refinance or repay the notes so it can execute its business model.
Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures and risk factors in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in the other reports and filings with the SEC, available from the Company’s offices or website. These forms can also be obtained from the SEC via the internet at www.sec.gov.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: January 17, 2020
FOOTHILLS EXPLORATION, INC.
|By:||/s/ B. P. Allaire|
|B. P. Allaire|
|Chief Executive Officer|