VANCOUVER, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO) and (OTCQX: TAOIF), reports that the Company intends to launch a normal course issuer bid (bid) to purchase up to 4,427,774 of its common shares through the facilities of TSX.
The purchase of common shares under the bid will enable the Company to acquire its shares for cancellation. TAG believes that the market price of the Company's common shares may not reflect their underlying value and that the purchase of common shares for cancellation will increase the proportionate interest of, and will be advantageous to, all remaining shareholders.
There have not been any previous purchases under a normal course issuer bid by TAG within the past 12 months.
Currently, TAG has 54,453,234 common shares issued and outstanding. The common shares that may be repurchased over a twelve-month period represent approximately 10% of TAG's 44,277,739 outstanding common shares in the public float. TAG has appointed Macquarie Private Wealth Inc. as the Participating Organization that will be conducting the bid on behalf of TAG with purchases under the bid being able to commence on December 9, 2011. The amount and timing of such purchases will be determined by TAG and, in accordance with TSX policies, the amount of daily purchases may not exceed 32,341 common shares.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% control over all its core assets, including oil and gas production infrastructure, TAG is anticipating 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 1,300 sections of land in the onshore Taranaki and East Coast Basins of New Zealand's North Island. In the East Coast Basin, TAG has entered into a farm-out agreement with Apache Corp to explore and potentially develop the major unconventional resource potential estimated in the tight oil 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. 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 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.