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Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas Ltd.

26 November 2021

26 November 2021

ECO (ATLANTIC) OIL & GAS LTD.

("Eco," "Eco Atlantic," "Company," or together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")

Unaudited Results for the six months ended 30 September 2021

Corporate and Operational Update

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. (AIM: ECO, TSX -- V: EOG) , the oil and gas exploration company with licences in the proven oil province of Guyana and the highly prospective basins of Namibia, is pleased to announce its results for the three and six months ended 30 September 2021, alongside a corporate and operational update.

Results Highlights:

Financials:

   --    Cash and cash equivalents of US$6.22 million and no debt as of 30 September 2021. 
   --    Raised US$4.9m in the form of a private placement in July 2021. 

-- Total assets of US$19.9 million, current liabilities of US$626,381 and total equity of US$16.7 million as of 30 September 2021.

Operations during and post-period end:

Guyana

-- On 28 June 2021, Eco subscribed for 5,000,000 new common shares in JHI Associates Inc. ("JHI"), which holds a 17.5% interest in the Canje Block offshore Guyana, representing 6.4% of JHI's share capital. Eco was also issued a warrant to subscribe for a further 9,155,471 new common shares in JHI at an exercise price of US$2.0 per share for a period of eighteen months, which, if exercised in full, ceteris paribus, will provide Eco with a 10% interest in JHI on a fully diluted basis.

-- On the Canje Block, Guyana, Eco received a detailed update from JHI Associates Inc. on 30 October 2021 that ExxonMobil had successfully and safely drilled the Sapote-1 well. The well recorded hydrocarbon shows while drilling and in the logging sequence, in a deeper interval than anticipated, but had no shows in the upper primary objective horizon. With sidewall coring and wireline logging complete, ExxonMobil will now work to define the reservoir properties, including porosity and permeability, and the cored samples will be analysed for hydrocarbons.

-- On the Orinduik Block, the JV Partners (Eco Atlantic (15% working interest ("WI")), Tullow Guyana B.V. ("Tullow") (Operator, 60% WI) and TOQAP Guyana B.V. ("TOQAP") (25% WI)) are advancing towards finalisation of the target selection process and updating the drilling targets inventory. The partnership aims to establish firm targets in the near-term and advance towards drilling.

Namibia

-- In October 2021, Eco completed drafting the four new Joint Operating Agreements ("JOAs") for its new 2021 Petroleum Licenses in the Walvis Basin, offshore Namibia. The Company has received all paying partner approvals on the JOAs and Namibia's Ministry of Mines and Energy has approved Eco Atlantic to be the Operator of all four blocks, which total some 7,065,484 acres (28,593 km(2) ).

-- The Company continues to monitor and assess opportunities, both technical and corporate, particularly with the upcoming drilling activity in the region. Two high impact deepwater wells are anticipated to spud in Namibia in Q4 2021: TotalEnergies Venus-1 well, using the Maersk Venturer, and Shell Namibia's Graff-1 well, using the Valaris DS-10.

Solear Ltd.

-- Solear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eco, signed effective October 2021 an MOU with B&S Power Holdings Co. ("B&S Power"), an independent developer and operator of solar parks in Europe and South America, to jointly acquire and develop Ready to Build ("RTB") solar parks, funded exclusively by an international EPC firm. As part of the joint venture, B&S Power will inject their current development assets base into Solear. The companies are now evaluating a 104MW RTB park in Greece and additional transactions in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Spain.

Outlook:

Guyana

-- Eco remains funded for further anticipated drilling on the Orinduik Block and continues, with its JV Partners, to assess all opportunities available to drill at least one exploration well into the light oil cretaceous stacked targets after the target selection process is finalised.

-- Eco continues to firmly believe that Orinduik offers significant upside, with the eastern section of the Block closer to the established Liza oil trend than any other Block offshore Guyana. The partnership is focused on the careful selection of locations and is able to drill a number of stacked or multiple target sections targeting light oil.

-- Guyana continues to be one of the most prolific exploration regions in the world, with over ten billion barrels of oil discovered in the last six years. Eco and the JV Partners have already delivered two substantial oil discoveries on the Orinduik Block and the Block continues to offer significant upside potential.

Namibia

-- The Company's licences in Namibia cover approximately 28,593 km(2) , with over 2.362 BBOE of prospective P50 resources.

-- Eco has a strategically significant acreage position in-country and is progressing its various work programmes across its four blocks offshore Namibia. The Company has witnessed considerable interest from multiple international oil companies in Namibia.

-- The Company continues to monitor and assess opportunities, both technical and corporate, particularly with the upcoming third-party drilling activity in the region. Two high impact deepwater wells are anticipated to spud in southern Namibia in Q4 2021: TotalEnergies Venus-1 well, using the Maersk Venturer, and Shell Namibia's Graff-1 well, using the Valaris DS-10.

Solear Ltd.

-- Solear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eco, is an independent renewable energy company focused on solar development projects in southern Europe.

-- Following the acquisition of the Kozani Project in January 2021, Solear continues to pursue, at low cost, the assessment of additional projects, developing in-country relationships and seeking high turnover, early-stage opportunities.

Corporate:

-- Eco continues to evaluate additional asset and corporate opportunities in both West Africa and South America with its strategic partner and substantial shareholder Africa Oil Corp. - with a focus on near-term high-impact exploration opportunities.

-- The Company continues to keep a strict control over costs throughout the business, which continues to generate material savings, ensuring that Eco remains well capitalised with a strong balance sheet.

Gil Holzman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eco Atlantic, commented:

"We are pleased to report on another active period for the Company, where we have worked hard to offer a string of exploration and corporate catalysts, to create value for shareholders, and simultaneously maintain our balance sheet strength in anticipation of a busy 2022.

"We are extremely upbeat about our operational outlook for 2022; in the near-term, we look forward to updating the market on technical results of the Sapote-1 well and updated drilling plans on the Canje Block, and we are confident that our investment in JHI will generate considerable opportunity and value going forward. On our Orinduik block we are close to finalising the drilling targets selection process and continue to see substantial prospectivity in the light oil cretaceous section on the Block.

"Elsewhere across our portfolio, we see the current third-party exploration programmes in Namibia as potential catalysts for wider regional success. The near-term will be exciting, with TotalEnergies Venus-1 and Shell's Graff-1 wells and in Guyana, with ExxonMobil's Fangtooth-1 well, just north and down dip of Orinduik on the Stabroek Block testing some of the deeper sections.

"It is also encouraging to see the progress that Eco's renewable energy arm, Solear, is making with a number of strategic partnerships, including potential monetisation of assets and further acquisitions together with its JV partners.

"Lastly, with increasing oil prices and with active M&A activity in the industry, we continue to review various opportunities with a view to broadening our asset inventory.

"We look forward to updating shareholders on our various workstreams across our world-class asset base, as well as other corporate activities through which we're confident will deliver long-term value."

The Company's unaudited financial results for three and six months ended 30 September 2021, together with Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months to 30 September 2021, are available to download on the Company's website at www.ecooilandgas.com and on Sedar at www.sedar.com .

The following are the Company's Balance Sheet, Income Statements, Cash Flow Statement, and selected notes from the annual Financial Statements. All amounts are in US Dollars, unless otherwise stated.

Balance Sheet

 
                                                             September 30,              March 31, 
---------------------------------------------------- 
                                                                 2021                      2021 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
                                                               Unaudited                 Audited 
                                                      --------------------------  --------------------- 
 Assets 
 Current assets 
           Cash and cash equivalents                                   6,221,320             11,807,309 
           Short-term investments                                         52,618              1,552,640 
           Government receivable                                          13,945                 22,697 
           Amounts owing by license partners, net                        343,568                193,655 
           Accounts receivable and prepaid expenses                       54,210                 46,480 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
                                                                       6,685,661             13,622,781 
 
      Investment in associate                                         10,000,000                      - 
      Petroleum and natural gas licenses                               1,072,260              1,072,260 
      Renewable energy licenses                                        1,380,290              1,411,186 
      Right of use assets                                                325,267                332,495 
      Security deposit                                                   482,891                490,455 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
 
   Total Assets                                                       19,946,369             16,929,177 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
 
 Liabilities 
 Current liabilities 
       Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                          603,394                501,022 
       Advances from and amounts owing to license 
        partners, net                                                          -                 97,153 
       Short-term portion of lease liability                              22,987                 22,987 
---------------------------------------------------- 
 Total current liabilities                                               626,381                621,162 
 
       Warrant liability                                               2,284,339                      - 
           Lease liability                                               332,687                325,917 
---------------------------------------------------- 
   Total liabilities                                                   3,243,407                947,079 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
 
 Equity 
           Share capital                                              61,070,124             59,099,725 
           Restricted Share Units reserve                                267,669                267,669 
           Stock options                                               2,660,684              2,675,724 
           Foreign currency translation reserve                      (1,206,332)            (1,198,097) 
           Non-controlling interest                                            -               (48,674) 
           Accumulated deficit                                      (46,089,183)           (44,814,249) 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
 
   Total Equity                                                       16,702,962             15,982,098 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
 
   Total Liabilities and Equity                                       19,946,369             16,929,177 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------- 
 

Income Statement

 
                                            Three months ended                               Six months ended 
                                               September 30,                                   September 30, 
                              ----------------------------------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
                                       2021                    2020                    2021                    2020 
                              ----------------------  ----------------------  ----------------------  ---------------------- 
                                                 Unaudited                                       Unaudited 
                              ----------------------------------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
 Revenue 
           Interest income                     3,911                   7,247                   8,435                  35,656 
                              ----------------------  ----------------------  ----------------------  ---------------------- 
                                               3,911                   7,247                   8,435                  35,656 
 Operating expenses : 
           Compensation 
            costs                            338,089                 141,322                 584,267                 313,626 
           Professional fees                 352,342                  87,799                 423,023                 120,414 
           Operating costs                    38,195                 330,738                 479,792                 850,415 
           General and 
            administrative 
            costs                            200,960                 142,267                 309,357                 229,270 
           Share-based 
            compensation                       5,888                  42,177                  11,710                  54,820 
           Interest expense                    7,109                       -                  10,513                       - 
           Fair value change 
            in warrant 
            liability                      (637,189)                       -               (637,189)                       - 
           Foreign exchange 
            gain (loss)                       99,153                (45,298)                  53,222                (36,265) 
                                                                              ----------------------  ---------------------- 
   Total operating expenses                  404,547                 699,005               1,234,695               1,532,280 
                              ----------------------  ----------------------  ----------------------  ---------------------- 
 
 Net loss for the period                   (400,636)               (691,758)             (1,226,260)             (1,496,624) 
 
           Foreign currency 
            translation 
            adjustment                      (21,484)               (124,801)                 (8,235)                (87,942) 
 Comprehensive loss for the 
  period                                   (422,120)               (816,559)             (1,234,495)             (1,584,566) 
                              ----------------------  ----------------------  ----------------------  ---------------------- 
 
   Net loss for the period 
   attributed to: 
           Equity holders of 
            the parent                     (421,643)               (691,758)             (1,226,260)             (1,496,624) 
           Non-controlling                    21,007                       -                       -                       - 
           interests 
                              ----------------------  ----------------------  ----------------------  ---------------------- 
                                           (400,636)               (691,758)             (1,226,260)             (1,496,624) 
                              ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
 
   Basic and diluted net 
    loss per share 
    attributable to equity 
    holders of 
    the parent                                (0.00)                  (0.00)                  (0.01)                  (0.01) 
                              ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
   Weighted average number 
    of ordinary 
    shares used in computing 
    basic and 
    diluted net loss per 
    share                                198,403,885             184,697,723             191,550,804             184,697,723 
                              ======================  ======================  ======================  ====================== 
 

Cash Flow Statement

 
                                                                Six months ended 
                                                                  September 30, 
                                                  -------------------------------------------- 
                                                           2021                   2020 
                                                                    Unaudited 
                                                  -------------------------------------------- 
 Cash flow from operating activities 
 Net loss from operations                                    (1,226,260)           (1,496,624) 
 Items not affecting cash: 
   Share-based compensation                                       11,710                54,820 
   Depreciation and amortization                                  38,124                     - 
   Accrued interest                                                6,770                     - 
   Revaluation of warrant liability                            (637,189)                     - 
 Changes in non--cash working capital: 
   Government receivable                                           8,752                   535 
   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                      102,372             (219,050) 
   Accounts receivable and prepaid expenses                      (7,730)              (88,992) 
   Advance from and amounts owing to license 
    partners                                                   (247,066)               339,469 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------  -------------------- 
                                                             (1,950,517)           (1,409,842) 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------  -------------------- 
 
 Cash flow from investing activities 
  Investment in associate                                   (10,000,000)                     - 
  Short-term investments                                       1,500,022                     - 
------------------------------------------------                          -------------------- 
                                                             (8,499,978)                     - 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------  -------------------- 
 
 Cash flow from financing activities 
  Issuance of shares                                           4,793,789                     - 
  Exercise of stock options                                       71,388                     - 
                                                               4,865,177                     - 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------  -------------------- 
 
 Decrease in cash and cash equivalents                       (5,585,318)           (1,409,842) 
 Foreign exchange differences                                      (671)              (64,178) 
 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period               11,807,309            18,667,016 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------  -------------------- 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                      6,221,320            17,192,996 
------------------------------------------------  ----------------------  -------------------- 
 

Notes to the Financial Statements

Basis of Preparation

The consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared on a historical cost basis with the exception of certain financial instruments that are measured at fair value. Historical cost is generally based on the fair value of the consideration given in exchange for assets.

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Critical accounting estimates

Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognized prospectively from the period in which the estimates are revised. The following are the key estimate and assumption uncertainties considered by management.

**ENDS**

For more information, please visit www.ecooilandgas.com or contact the following :

 
 
   Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas                        c/o Celicourt +44 (0) 20 
                                                   8434 2754 
 Gil Holzman, CEO 
  Colin Kinley, COO 
  Alice Carroll, Head of Marketing and             +44(0)781 729 5070 | +1 (416) 
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 Strand Hanson Limited (Financial & Nominated 
  Adviser)                                         +44 (0) 20 7409 3494 
 James Harris 
  Rory Murphy 
  James Bellman 
 
   Berenberg (Broker)                              +44 (0) 20 3207 7800 
 Matthew Armitt 
  Emily Morris 
  Detlir Elezi 
 
   Celicourt (PR)                                  +44 (0) 20 8434 2754 
 Mark Antelme 
  Jimmy Lea 
  Ollie Mills 
 Hannam & Partners (Research Advisor) 
 Neil Passmore                                   +44 (0) 20 7905 8500 
 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

Notes to editors:

About Eco Atlantic:

Eco Atlantic is a TSX-V and AIM quoted Oil & Gas exploration and production Company with interests in Guyana and Namibia, where significant oil discoveries have been made.

The Group aims to deliver material value for its stakeholders through oil exploration, appraisal and development activities in stable emerging markets, in partnership with major oil companies.

In Guyana, Eco Guyana holds a 15% Working Interest alongside TOQAP Guyana B.V. ("TOQAP") a company jointly owned by TotalEnergies E&P Guyana B.V. (60%) and Qatar Petroleum (40%) and Operator Tullow Oil (60%) in the 1,800 km(2) Orinduik Block in the shallow water of the prospective Suriname-Guyana basin. The Orinduik Block is adjacent and updip to ExxonMobil Operated Stabroek Block, on which twenty discoveries have been announced and over 10 billion BOE recoverable resources are estimated. On 28 June 2021, Eco acquired a 6.4% interest, with the option to increase its stake to 10%, in JHI Associates Inc. a private company which holds a 17.5% WI in the 4,800km(2) Canje Block. The Canje Block is operated by ExxonMobil and is held by Working Interests partners Esso Exploration & Production Guyana Limited (35%), with TotalEnergies E&P Guyana B.V. (35%), JHI Associates (BVI) Inc. (17.5%) and Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas Inc. (12.5%).

Jethro-1 was the first major oil discovery on Orinduik Block. The Jethro-1 encountered 180.5 feet (55 meters) of net heavy oil pay in excellent Lower Tertiary sandstone reservoirs. Joe-1 was the second discovery on the Orinduik Block and comprised of high quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir, with a high porosity of Upper Tertiary age. The Joe-1 well encountered 52 feet (16 meters) of continuous thick sandstone.

In Namibia, the Company holds operated interests in four offshore petroleum licences totalling approximately 28,593km(2) with over 2.362bboe of prospective P50 resources in the Walvis Basin. These four licences, Cooper, Guy, Sharon, and Tamar are being explored with industry partners with Eco Operating and maintaining an average 60% Working Interest. Eco has been granted a drilling permit on its Cooper Block (Operator).

Eco Atlantic is a 100% shareholder in Solear Ltd., Solear is an independent private clean energy investment company focused on low cost, high yield solar development projects in southern Europe. Solear offers investors exposure to a portfolio of pre-construction opportunities across the renewable energy value chain, from Ready-to-Build to early-stage development.

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