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CORRECTION - Torchlight Energy Reports First Quarter 2014 Earnings

PLANO, TX--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) - In the news release, "Torchlight Energy Reports First Quarter 2014 Earnings," issued earlier today by Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRCH), please be advised that the three financial tables have been replaced. Complete corrected text follows.

Torchlight Energy Reports First Quarter 2014 Earnings

PLANO, TX -- March 15, 2014 -- Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRCH) ("Torchlight Energy" or "the Company"), a rapidly growing mid-continent oil and gas company, today reported its first quarter results for the three months ended March 31, 2014. The Company filed a 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the first quarter of 2014 on May 15, 2014.

First Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Revenues increased 198% to $0.64 million revenues for first quarter 2014 vs. 2013
  • 15 producing wells at March 31, 2014 with net 250 BOEPD
  • Drilling programs for all five initial wells with Ring Energy underway
  • Increased total acreage in the Hunton play to over 25,000 gross acres across 5 AMIs
  • Raised $7 million of capital through the sale of common stock in Q1 2014

"We remain on target with our exploration and production goals for 2014," stated Tom Lapinski, Chief Executive Officer of Torchlight Energy. "By taking smaller working interests in a number of projects in several prospective areas, we have been able to aggressively drill more lower risk wells without deploying significant amounts of capital on a per well basis. However, as we continue throughout the year, our working interest percentages should increase as we start to drill in new AMIs."

The Company had $22.2 million of assets and $12.8 million shareholders' equity at March 31, 2014 compared to $16.7 million and $9.2 million, respectively, at December 31, 2013. 

Business Updates
Torchlight Energy currently has interests in four main oil and gas projects:

1. Marcelina Creek Field Development in Wilson County, Texas
2. Ring Energy Joint Venture in Southwest Kansas
3. Hunton play in partnership with Husky Ventures in Central Oklahoma
4. Smokey Hills Prospect in McPherson County, Kansas

Torchlight Energy commenced drilling its initial 5-well program in Southwest Kansas in February 2014. This program, which is part of a joint venture agreement with Ring Energy, Inc., entails drilling vertical wells in Mississippian targets. Results have not yet been announced.

As of March 31, 2014, Torchlight Energy has five AMIs with Husky Ventures: the Cimarron Trail; the Chisolm Trail; the Viking Prospect in Central Oklahoma; the Rosedale Prospect interest in ten townships in South Central Oklahoma; and Prairie Grove prospect, the most recent AMI the Company entered into in February 2014. Total prospective acreage across all AMIs is approaching 300,000 acres. Torchlight is actively producing in 15 wells, drilling 5 wells, and fracking or flowing back 5 additional wells across all of its AMIs with Husky Ventures. 

The Company acquired an 18% working interest in the Smokey Hills Prospect in McPherson County, Kansas that included approximately 10,000 gross acres and a well, the Hoffman 1-H. Torchlight plans to increase its working interest to approximately 50% and drill 10 vertical wells in this area during late second quarter or early third quarter 2014.


Drilling plans for the next 90 to 120 days are progressing as planned. The Company expects to continue its program of 5 wells per month with Husky, going to 6 sometime in early third quarter 2014, continue its drill program in SW Kansas with Ring Energy, drill another Austin Chalk horizontal well in South Texas starting in June or early July 2014 and lastly, Torchlight expects to begin its Central Kansas operated play by early third quarter 2014.

The Company is actively engaged in discussions for additional $20 to $25 million of debt financing in order to meet drilling capital needs for all of its programs. Looking beyond 2014 all future drilling needs are expected be met out of cash flow from continuing operations and/or borrowing capability on a traditional reserve based line of credit. 

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call at 4:15 p.m. ET on May 15, 2014 to discuss its first quarter 2014 earnings results.

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time: 4:15 pm ET
Dial-in (US): 877-941-1429
Dial-in (International): 480-629-9857
Conference ID: 4683113

A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 pm ET May 15, 2014. To access the replay, use 877-870-5176 for U.S. callers and 858-384-5517 for international callers. The PIN number is 4683113.

About Torchlight Energy

Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRCH), based in Plano, Texas, is a high growth oil and gas Exploration and Production (E&P) company with a primary focus on acquisition and development of highly profitable domestic oil fields. The company currently holds interests in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma where their targets are established plays such as the Eagle Ford Shale, Mississippi Limestone and Hunton Limestone trends. For additional information on the company, please visit

Forward Looking Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with the company's ability to obtain additional capital in the future to fund planned expansion, the demand for oil and natural gas, general economic factors, competition in the industry and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. The company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

   March 31,  December 31,
   2014  2013
   (Unaudited)  (Audited)
Current assets:        
  Cash  $1,873,388  $1,811,713
  Accounts receivable   629,636   429,699
  Note receivable   129,820   -
  Prepaid costs   53,823   9,144
   Total current assets   2,686,667   2,250,556
Investment in oil and gas properties, net   17,964,852   13,038,751
Office Equipment   27,453   11,604
Debt issuance costs, net   999,712   920,947
Goodwill   447,084   447,084
Other Assets   74,081   74,379
   TOTAL ASSETS  $22,199,849  $16,743,321
Current liabilities:        
  Accounts payable  $2,064,080  $985,123
  Accrued liabilities   240,000   -
  Related party payables   90,000   90,000
  Convertible promissory notes, net of discount of $3,895,347 at March 31, 2014   5,425,910   -
  Notes payable within one year   772,397   753,904
  Due to working interest owners   444,303   580,484
  Interest payable   298,520   309,498
   Total current liabilities   9,335,210   2,719,009
Convertible promissory notes, net of discount of $5,500,462 at December 31, 2013   -   4,802,711
Asset retirement obligation   24,916   24,382
Commitments and contingencies   -   -
Stockholders' equity:        
  Common stock, par value $0.001 per share; 75,000,000 shares authorized; 18,345,308 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014; 16,141,765 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013   18,346   16,142
  Additional paid-in capital   28,917,918   21,978,616
  Warrants outstanding   7,306,170   3,043,420
  Accumulated deficit   -23,402,711   -15,840,959
   Total stockholders' equity   12,839,723   9,197,219
   March 31, 2014   March 31, 2013  
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
  Oil and gas sales  $642,970   $229,204  
  Royalties   39,165    -  
Cost of revenue   (179,051 )  (68,000 )
Gross income   503,084    161,204  
Operating expenses:           
  General and administrative expense   5,821,068    533,549  
  Depreciation, depletion and amortization   334,331    116,847  
   Total operating expenses   6,155,399    650,396  
Other income (expense)           
  Interest income   50    -  
  Interest and accretion expense   (1,909,487 )  (169,001 )
   Total other income (expense)   (1,909,437 )  (169,001 )
Net loss before taxes   (7,561,752 )  (658,193 )
Provision for income taxes   -    -  
Net (loss)  $(7,561,752 ) $(658,193 )
Loss per share:           
Basic and Diluted  $(0.48 ) $(0.05 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:           
Basic and Diluted   15,741,749    13,634,482  
   March 31, 2014   March 31, 2013  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities           
  Net (loss)  $(7,561,752 ) $(658,193 )
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from operations:           
   Stock based compensation   4,393,375    131,005  
   Accretion of convertible note discounts   1,605,025    138,194  
   Depreciation, depletion and amortization   334,331    116,847  
   Change in:           
    Accounts receivable   (199,937 )  30,981  
    Note receivable   (129,820 )  -  
    Prepaid expenses   (44,679 )  (11,538 )
    Other assets   298    -  
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   1,318,957    146,750  
    Related party payable   -    4,852  
    Due to working interest owners   (136,181 )  -  
    Asset retirement obligation   534    -  
    Interest payable   (24,168 )  42,369  
Net cash used in operating activities   (444,017 )  (58,733 )
Cash Flows From Investing Activities           
  Investment in oil and gas properties   (5,247,243 )  (198,918 )
  Acquisition of office equipment   (15,849 )  -  
Net cash used in investing activities   (5,263,092 )  (198,918 )
Cash Flows From Financing Activities           
  Proceeds from sale of common stock   5,570,291    -  
  Proceeds from warrant exercise   180,000    -  
  Proceeds from promissory notes   18,493    1,627,680  
  Repayment of promissory notes   -    (51,000 )
Net cash provided by financing activities   5,768,784    1,576,680  
Net increase (decrease) in cash   61,675    1,319,029  
Cash - beginning of period   1,811,713    63,252  
Cash - end of period  $1,873,388    1,382,281  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:           
  Non cash transactions:           
   Common stock issued for services  $7,375   $- 
   Warrants issued in connection with promissory notes  $-   $294,378  
   Warrants issued for services  $4,464,765   $-  
   Beneficial conversion feature on promissory notes  $-   $593,170  
   Common stock issued in conversion of promissory notes  $981,825   $-  
   Common stock issued in warrant exercises  $180,000   $-  
   Asset retirement obligation  $-   $-  
   Interest paid  $309,498   $5,868  


Derek Gradwell
MZ Group
SVP Natural Resources
Phone: 512-270-6990

Source: Marketwired (Canada) (May 15, 2014 - 7:11 PM EDT)

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