Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

General Information

General Information
12 Months Ended
Aug. 31, 2021
General Information [Abstract]  


The Company is a holding company organized under the laws of Ontario, Canada, that is engaged in various aspects of the oil and gas industry. Our primary focus is on the development and implementation of our proprietary oil sands mining and processing technology to recover oil from surface mined bitumen deposits. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, Petroteq Energy CA, Inc., a California corporation (“PCA”), conducts our oil sands extraction business through two wholly owned operating companies, Petroteq Oil Sands Recovery, LLC, a Utah limited liability company (“POR”), and TMC Capital, LLC, a Utah limited liability company (“TMC Capital”).


The Company’s registered office is located at Suite 6000, 1 First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1E2, Canada and its principal operating office is located at 15315 W. Magnolia Blvd, Suite 120, Sherman Oaks, California 91403, USA.


Through PCA, our wholly-owned subsidiary, and PCA’s two subsidiaries POR and TMC Capital, we are in the business of exploring for, extracting and producing oil and hydrocarbon products from oil sands deposits and sediments located in the Asphalt Ridge Are of Uintah County, Utah, utilizing our proprietary extraction technology (the “Petroteq Clean Oil Recovery Technology” or “Extraction Technology”). Our primary oil sands extraction and processing operations are conducted at our Asphalt Ridge processing facility (herein the “Asphalt Ridge Plant” or “Plant”), which is owned by POR.


Petroteq owns the intellectual property rights to the Petroteq Clean Oil Recovery Technology which is used at our Asphalt Ridge Plant to extract and produce crude oil from oil sands utilizing a closed-loop solvent based extraction system.


Through its acquisition of TMC Capital in June 2015, Petroteq indirectly acquired certain mineral rights under the TMC Mineral Lease, which encompassed approximately 1,229.82 acres of land in the Temple Mountain area of Asphalt Ridge in Uintah County, Utah. On or about August 10, 2020, the TMC Mineral Lease in its original form was terminated and a new Short-Term Mining Lease, dated the same date, was entered into between Asphalt Ridge, Inc., as lessor, and Valkor, as lessee. Valkor and TMC Capital thereafter entered into a Short-Term Mining and Mineral Sublease dated August 20, 2020, in which all of Valkor’s rights and interests under the Short-Term Mining Lease were subleased to TMC Capital.


In June 2018, Petroteq, acting through POSR, acquired the record lease title and all of the operating rights to produce oil from oil sands resources under two mineral leases entitled “Utah State Mineral Lease for Bituminous-Asphaltic Sands”, each dated June 1, 2018, between the State of Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Land Administration (“SITLA”), as lessor, and POSR, as lessee, covering lands consisting of approximately 1,351.91 acres that largely adjoin the lands covered by the TMC Mineral Lease. In March 2019, a third SITLA Lease was acquired by Petroteq that added 39.97 acres to the mix in the Temple Mountain area of Asphalt Ridge.


On January 18, 2019, the Company paid $10,800,000 for the acquisition of 50% of the operating rights under U.S. federal oil and gas leases, administered by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) covering approximately 5,960 gross acres (2,980 net acres) within the State of Utah. The total consideration of $10,800,000 was settled by the payment of $1,800,000 and by the issuance of 15,000,000 shares at an issue price of $0.60 per share.


On July 22, 2019, the Company acquired the remaining 50% of the operating rights under U.S. federal oil and gas leases, administered by the BLM covering approximately 5,960 gross acres (2,980 net acres) within the State of Utah for a total consideration of $13,000,000 settled by the issuance of 30,000,000 shares at an issue price of $0.40 per share, and cash of $1,000,000, which has not been paid to date.


Between March 14, 2019 and August 31, 2021, the Company made cash deposits of $1,907,000 (acting through TMC Capital, included in prepaid expenses and other current assets on the consolidated balance sheets for the acquisition of 100% of the operating rights under U.S. federal oil and gas leases in Garfield and Wayne Counties, Utah, covering approximately 8,480 gross acres in P.R. Springs and the Tar Sands Triangle within the State of Utah. The total consideration of $3,000,000 has been partially settled by a cash payment of $1,907,000, with the balance of $1,093,000 still outstanding.


In a letter agreement dated April 17, 2020 between the transferor of the oil and gas leases and TMC Capital, as transferee, the parties, due to uncertainty as to whether all of the 10 leases for which the Company had initially paid deposits would be considered active by BLM and included in new Combined Hydrocarbon Leases (CHLs) under the Combined Hydrocarbon Act of 1981 - agreed to adjust the purchase price as follows: (a) should all 10 of the leases be available and included in CHL’s, the Company will pay the additional $1,093,000 for the rights under the leases; (b) if only a portion of the leases ranging from 4 to 9 of the leases are available and included in CHL’s, the final purchase price of the leases will be between $1.5 million and $2.5 million; and (c) notwithstanding the above, if after a period of 7 years from April 17, 2020, at least six of the leases are not determined to be active and are not included in CHLs the Company shall be entitled to demand a refund of $1.2 million or instruct the Seller to acquire other leases in the same area for up to $1.2 million.


Under the terms of a Management and operations Services Agreement (“Management Agreement”) entered into between the Company and Valkor LLC, (“Valkor”) dated November 22, 2020, effective May 1, 2020, Valkor will provide overall management and operations services at the oil sands recovery plant based in Utah. The agreement is for a period of one year and is renewable automatically for an additional four years unless either party provides the other party with written notice of non-renewal at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the original or renewal term. The company will reimburse Valkor for all costs and expenses incurred, as defined in the agreement, plus a Personnel Management Fee of 12% of the personnel costs and expenses and an operations Management Fee of 5% of the operations costs and expenses.


Valkor will provide the Company with quarterly production reports, including the following; (i) the quantity of oil bearing ore and sediments mined, extracted and produced from each of the leases and delivered to the plant; (ii) the quantity of oil products produced, saved and sold at the plant; (iii) the quantity of consumables purchased and used or consumed in operations and (iv) the gross proceeds derived from the sale of the oil products including applicable taxes and transportation costs incurred by Valkor.


Valkor will also provide quarterly operating reports detailing; (i) revenue received by Valkor from oil products sold; (ii) a detailed accounting of all costs and expenses; (iii) the operations Management fee and the Personnel Management fee earned during the quarter.


Valkor will also produce quarterly Royalty Reports to be delivered to a third party to calculate royalties due to the holders of royalty interest under the various mineral rights leases.


On November 24, 2020, the Company entered into a Technology License Agreement (“License Agreement”) with Greenfield Energy, LLC (“Greenfield”), whereby the Company grants to Greenfield a non-exclusive, non-transferable license under the patent rights and know-how for use in the design, construction and operation of any and all future oil sands plants in the US. Greenfield agrees to pay a license fee of $2,000,000 for oil sands plants designed, developed and constructed by Greenfield. The parties recognize that $1,500,000 has been invested in the Petroteq Oil Sands plant based in Utah and that another $500,000 in further plant development and improvements. Greenfield will pay to the Company a 5% royalty based on net revenue received from production and disposition of licensed products, unless the licensed product is not covered by a valid claim then the royalty is reduced to 3%.


The Company has agreed to utilize Valkor as the exclusive provider of engineering, planning and construction for all oil sands plants built or Greenfield under this agreement, provide the fees charged by Valkor are reasonable and competitive.


The agreement will remain in effect from November 14, 2020 until the expiration of the last valid patent claim, unless terminated by default or bankruptcy.


Subsequent to year end, TMC Capital, POR and Valkor entered the Exchange Agreement, under which (1) TMC and POSR assigned to Valkor all of their rights and interests in the TMC Mineral Lease (and the Short-Term Mining Lease dated August 10, 2020 held by Valkor) and in the Temple Mountain SITLA Leases, and (2) Valkor assigned to TMC Capital all of its rights and interests (including the record lease title and operating rights) in the Asphalt Ridge NW Leases consisting of three Utah state mineral leases located in the Asphalt Ridge Northwest area of Uintah County, Utah. Under this agreement, once the exchange of SITLA Leases is approved by SITLA, Petroteq (acting through TMC Capital) will hold three new SITLA Leases encompassing approximately 3,458.22 acres in an area called “Asphalt Ridge Northwest”.


In addition, under other agreements entered into between or among TMC Capital, POSR and Valkor in October 2021, (a) Valkor granted to TMC Capital the right to participate, up to a 50% working interest, in all exploratory, mining and production operations conducted by Valkor under its Short-Term Mining Lease encompassing the acreage that is subject to the TMC Mineral Sublease, and (b) TMC Capital granted to Valkor the operating rights in at or below 500 feet below the surface under the Asphalt Ridge NW Leases, with TMC Capital reserving the right to participate, at up to a 50% working interest, in all exploratory and production operations conducted by Valkor in deeper (below 500 feet subsurface or more) oil sands deposits and reservoirs.


With the recent exchange of mineral leases by TMC Capital, POSR and Valkor, Petroteq (through POSR) will continue to own the Asphalt Ridge Plant in the Temple Mountain area of Asphalt Ridge. It is anticipated that Petroteq (acting through TMC Capital) and Valkor will, during the ensuing year, will determine whether a new 5,000 BPD oil sands processing plant utilizing Petroteq’s Clean Oil Recovery Technology should be constructed and operated on lands covered by the Asphalt Ridge NW Leases.


The assignment of the Temple Mountain SITLA leases by Petroteq’s subsidiaries to Valkor, and Valkor’s assignment of the Asphalt Ridge NW Leases to TMC Capital, are subject to approval by SITLA before the transactions are considered final. See Subsequent events note 34.