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TAG Oil Reports Strong Q1 2014 Financial Results and 12 Well Drilling Campaign Underway

August 14, 2013

VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO) and (OTCQX:
TAOIF), reports the Company has filed its financial results with the
Canadian Securities Administrators for the Company’s June 30, 2013
first quarter fiscal 2014 year. Copies of these documents can be
obtained electronically at http://www.sedar.com, or for additional information please visit TAG Oil’s website at http://www.tagoil.com/.

Q1 2014 TAG Oil Highlights

        --  At June 30, 2013, the Company had cash of $57.2 million,
            working capital of $63.5 million and no debt.

        --  Production revenue increased to $14.7 million.

        --  Net income of $4.5 million generated, before the deduction of
            non-cash share-based compensation.

        --  Operations generated $9.6 million in cashflow.

        --  Daily average production increased 39% in Q1-14 compared to
            Q4-13.

        --  Purchased 260,000 common shares of the Company for cancellation
            and return to treasury at an average price of $3.05 per share.

        --  Drilled and cased the Ngapaeruru-1 well in the East Coast
            Basin, intersecting 155 meters of unconventional oil and gas
            reservoir in the source rock.

        --  Signed a new surface access agreement in the East Coast Basin
            permit to allow for drilling access on PEP 38348 (Waitangi Hill
            area).

Financial and Production Review


                                           Q1 2014               Q1 2013

    Production revenue           $      14,698,198     $      11,825,925

    Net income prior to                  4,458,507             5,559,964
    share-based
    compensation

    Net income                           3,520,609             4,719,243

    Earnings per share                        0.06                  0.09

    Working capital                     63,473,910           105,656,367

    Total assets                       201,039,747           197,056,416

    Long term debt                               -                     -

    Shareholder's equity         $     189,623,960     $     182,939,137

TAG currently has 59,196,752 common shares outstanding and 62,905,086
common shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis.

Oil and Natural Gas Production, Pricing and Revenue


                                                            3 Months Ended

                                          2014 Q1      2013 Q4     2013 Q1

    Daily production volumes(1)                                           

          Oil (bbls/d)                      1,075        1,013       1,125

          Natural gas (BOE/d)               1,279          678         596

          Combined (BOE/d)                  2,354        1,691       1,721

    Daily sales volumes(1)                                                

          Oil (bbls/d)                      1,058        1,007       1,120

          Natural gas (BOE/d)               1,115          436         353

          Combined (BOE/d)                  2,173        1,443       1,473

          Natural Gas (Mmcf/d)              6,690        2,618       2,118

    Product pricing                                                       

          Oil ($/bbl)                      104.87       116.59      107.36

          Natural gas ($/Mmcf)               5.72         4.94        4.61

    Sales                                                                 

    Total revenue - gross              14,698,198   11,993,143  11,825,925

    Less other revenue - gross        (1,120,919)      304,634           -

    Oil and natural gas revenue -   $  13,577,279 $ 12,297,777 $11,825,925
    gross

    Oil and natural gas royalties     (1,473,864)  (1,376,561) (1,329,541)
    (2)

    Oil and natural gas Revenue -   $  12,103,415 $ 10,921,216 $10,496,384
    net

    (1)      Natural gas production converted at 6 Mcf:1BOE (for BOE
             figures)

    (2)      Includes a 7.5%royalty related to the acquisition of a 69.5%
             interest in the Cheal field

    (3)      Other revenue is electricity revenue related to OHL.

Fully Funded 12-Well Drilling Campaign Launching August 2013

During the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year TAG will execute the most
diverse and active exploration drilling campaign in the Company’s
history. This high-impact drilling campaign includes nine conventional
wells across three new permits with partner East West Petroleum, plus a
minimum of two 100% TAG owned deep Kapuni Formation wells (“Cardiff and
Heatseeker”) in the Taranaki Basin, and at least one unconventional
well in the East Coast Basin (TAG 100%). Consistent with our corporate
strategy, this drilling program will be funded from cash flow provided
from TAG’s Cheal and Sidewinder production and a strong, debt-free
balance sheet.

TAG’s new Taranaki region production and delivery infrastructure ensures
efficient and cost-effective commerciality of any new wells that arise
from this drilling program. A summary of the resource potential limited
to the twelve prospects included in this drilling program are described
below. The Company expects to continue to identify additional resource
potential through new lead and prospect generation as analysis of the
permit data continues.

     ________________________________________________________
    |Permit|Permit Name   |TAG Interest|#of  |Target Depth   |
    |Number|              |            |Wells|               |
    |______|______________|____________|_____|_______________|
    |54877 |Cheal North   |70%         |5    |Miocene <2,500m|
    |______|______________|____________|_____|_______________|
    |54876 |Southern Cross|50%         |1    |Miocene <2,500m|
    |______|______________|____________|_____|_______________|
    |54879 |Cheal South   |50%         |3    |Miocene <2,500m|
    |______|______________|____________|_____|_______________|
    |38156 |Cardiff       |100%        |1    |Eocene > 4,000m|
    |______|______________|____________|_____|_______________|
    |54873 |Heatseeker    |100%        |1    |Eocene > 4,000m|
    |______|______________|____________|_____|_______________|
    |38348 |Waitangi      |100%        |1    |Unconventional |
    |______|______________|____________|_____|_______________|

Undiscovered Resource Potential Estimated Per Explored Prospect

     _____________________________________________________________________
    |   Permit# |  TAG   |  Resources |     Low   |    Best   |    High   |
    |           |Interest|   Category |  Estimate |  Estimate |  Estimate |
    |           |        |    (1,5)   |    (p90)  |    (p50)  |    (p10)  |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|
    |54877(2,4) |70%     |Prospective |5.06 mmbls |11.31 mmbls|25.41 mmbls|
    |           |        |Resources   |           |           |           |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|
    |54876(2,4) |50%     |Prospective |1.035 mmbls|2.205 mmbls|4.60 mmbls |
    |           |        |Resources   |           |           |           |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|
    |54879(2,4) |50%     |Prospective |1.31 mmbls |3.03 mmbls |6.98 mmbls |
    |           |        |Resources   |           |           |           |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|
    |38156(3,4) |100%    |Undiscovered| 137.3 Bcf | 214.5 Bcf | 341.4 Bcf |
    |           |        |Gas         |           |           |           |
    |           |        |Initially - |           |           |           |
    |           |        |in-Place    |           |           |           |
    |           |        |(BCF)       |           |           |           |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|
    |38156(3,4) |100%    |Undiscovered|   8 mmbls |12.8 mmbls |21.5 mmbls |
    |           |        |Condensate  |           |           |           |
    |           |        |Initially-  |           |           |           |
    |           |        |in-         |           |           |           |
    |           |        |place       |           |           |           |
    |           |        |(Million    |           |           |           |
    |           |        |Barrels)    |           |           |           |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|
    |54873(2,4) |100%    |Undiscovered|  83.1 Bcf | 197.3 Bcf |468.58 Bcf |
    |           |        |Gas         |           |           |           |
    |           |        |Initially-  |           |           |           |
    |           |        |in-Place    |           |           |           |
    |           |        |(BCF)       |           |           |           |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|
    |38348      |100%    |TBD         |      TBD  |      TBD  |      TBD  |
    |___________|________|____________|___________|___________|___________|

    (1) Undiscovered Condensate Initially In-Place and Undiscovered Gas
    Initially In-Place (equivalent to undiscovered resources) is that
    quantity of Condensate and Gas, respectively, that is estimated, on a
    given date, to be contained in accumulations yet to be discovered.
    There is no certainty that any portion of the undiscovered resources
    will be discovered or that, if discovered, it will be economically
    viable or technically feasible to produce any portion of the resources.

    (2) The resource estimates in this news release were prepared on nine
    prospects with an effective date of June, 30, 2013. These estimates
    have been internally prepared by an internal qualified reserves
    evaluator in accordance with NI 51-101 and the Canadian Oil and Gas
    Evaluations Handbook.

    (3) One prospect based on independent resource assessment by Sproule
    International Ltd.

    (4) Exploration for hydrocarbons is a speculative venture necessarily
    involving substantial risk. TAG's future success in exploiting and
    increasing its current reserve base will depend on its ability to
    explore and then if deemed to be appropriate, develop the above
    properties that are capable of commercial production. However, there is
    no assurance that TAG's future exploration and development efforts will
    result in the discovery or development of additional commercial
    accumulations of oil and natural gas. In addition, even if further
    hydrocarbons are discovered, the costs of extracting and delivering the
    hydrocarbons to market and variations in the market price may render
    uneconomic any discovered deposit. Geological conditions are variable
    and unpredictable. Even if production is commenced from a well, the
    quantity of hydrocarbons produced inevitably will decline over time,
    and production may be adversely affected or may have to be terminated
    altogether if TAG encounters unforeseen geological conditions. TAG is
    subject to uncertainties related to the proximity of any reserves that
    it may discover to pipelines and processing facilities. It expects that
    its operational costs will increase proportionally to the remoteness
    of, and any restrictions on access to, the properties on which any such
    reserves may be found. Adverse climatic conditions at such properties
    may also hinder TAG's ability to carry on exploration or production
    activities continuously throughout any given year. The significant
    positive factors that are relevant to the estimate contained in the
    Resource Assessment are:

        --  proven production in close proximity;
        --  proven commercial quality reservoirs in close proximity; and
        --  oil and gas shows while drilling wells nearby; and
        --  nearby infrastructure with excess capacity
    The significant negative factors that are relevant to the estimate
    contained in the Resource Assessment are:

        --  tectonically complex geology could compromise seal potential;
            and
        --  seismic attribute mapping in the Taranaki Basin area can be
            indicative but not certain in identifying proven resource

    (5) Prospective Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated
    as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered
    accumulations by application of future development projects.

Conference Call Information

TAG Oil will host a discussion of its Q1 2014 financial results and
forward program on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.
Please call in ten minutes before the conference call starts and stay
on the line (an operator will be available to assist you should you
have questions of management during the call). In addition questions
can be forwarded by e-mail in advance to info@tagoil.com.

Interested parties may access the conference call using the information
below:


    Date              August 14, 2013

    Time              1:00 pm  Pacific Time

    Toll-Free         1-877-474-9501
    Dial-in # 

    Secondary         1-857-244-7554
    Dial-in # 

    Conference        29103463
    Passcode 

    E-mail            info@tagoil.com
    questions to:

TAG Oil Ltd.

TAG Oil Ltd. http://www.tagoil.com/) is a Canadian-based production and exploration company with operations
focused exclusively in New Zealand. With 100% ownership over all its
core assets, including extensive oil and gas production infrastructure,
TAG is enjoying substantial oil and gas production and reserve growth
through development of several light oil and gas discoveries. TAG is
also actively drilling high-impact exploration prospects identified
across more than 2,669,780 net acres of land in New Zealand.

In the East Coast Basin, TAG is exploring the major unconventional
resource potential believed to exist in the source-rock formations that
are widespread over the Company’s acreage. These oil-rich and naturally
fractured formations have many similarities to North America’s Bakken
source-rock formation in the successful Williston Basin.

The resource estimates in this news release were prepared with an
effective date of June, 30, 2013. These estimates have been internally
prepared by an internal qualified reserves evaluator in accordance with
NI 51-101 and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluations Handbook.

TAG Oil has adopted the standard of six thousand cubic feet of gas to
equal one barrel of oil when converting natural gas to “BOEs”. BOEs may
be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion
ratio of 6Mcf: 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.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts
are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and
uncertainty affecting the business of TAG. Such statements can be
generally, but not always, identified by words such as “expects”,
“plans”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “forecasts”,
“schedules”, “prepares”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that
events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur.
These statements are based on certain factors and assumptions
including:

A. All estimates and statements that describe the Company’s objectives,
goals, production rates, optimization, infrastructure capacity and or
future plans relating to the seismic, testing, work over and drilling
programs in the Taranaki, Canterbury and East Coast Basins are
forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and
necessarily involve risks and uncertainties including, without
limitation: risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development,
exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, volatility of
commodity prices, imprecision of reserve estimates and production
guidance, environmental risks, competition from other producers, and
changes in the regulatory and taxation environment. These
forward-looking statements are based on certain factors and
assumptions, including factors and assumptions regarding the
management’s views on the oil and gas potential in TAG’s permits, well
performance and production rates, the success of any operations,
completing infrastructure and the costs necessary to complete the
operations; and

B. Those relating to TAG Oil’s exploration and development of its oil
and gas properties within the Cheal and Sidewinder project areas, the
production and establishment of additional production of oil and gas in
accordance with TAG Oil’s expectations at Cheal and Sidewinder, well
performance, drilling, the completion of new infrastructure at Cheal
and Sidewinder, optimization, the increase of cash flow from new
production, expected growth, results of operations, performance,
prospects, evaluations and opportunities. While TAG Oil considers these
factors and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently
available, they may prove to be incorrect. Actual results may vary
materially from the information provided in this release, and there is
no representation by TAG Oil that the actual results realized in the
future will be the same in whole or in part as those presented herein.

TAG Oil is involved in the exploration for and production of
hydrocarbons, and its property holdings with the exception of the Cheal
and Sidewinder project areas are in the grass roots or primary
exploration stage. Exploration for hydrocarbons is a speculative
venture necessarily involving substantial risk. There is no certainty
that the expenditures incurred on TAG Oil’s exploration properties will
result in discoveries of commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. TAG
Oil’s future success in exploiting and increasing its current reserve
base will depend on TAG Oil’s ability to develop its current properties
and on its ability to discover and acquire properties or prospects that
are producing. There is no assurance that TAG Oil’s future exploration
and development efforts will result in the discovery or development of
additional commercial accumulations of oil and natural gas.Other
factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained
in the forward-looking statements are also set forth in filings that
TAG and its independent evaluator have made, including TAG’s most
recently filed reports in Canada under National Instrument 51-101,
which can be found under TAG’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

TAG undertakes no obligation, except as otherwise required by law, to
update these forward-looking statements in the event that management’s
beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors change.

 

 

 

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