PetroNova Announces Appointment of New Director

CALGARY, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - PetroNova Inc. ("PetroNova" or the "Company") (TSX-V: PNA), a company engaged in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas resources in Colombia, today announced that at the recommendation A.V. Securities Inc., the finder of PetroNova's previously announced $8 million private placement, it has appointed Marcel Apeloig to serve as a Director of the Company.

"PetroNova welcomes Mr. Apeloig to its Board of Directors," said Antonio Vincentelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of PetroNova. "Mr. Apeloig's experience as a Director of a TSX-listed Colombian oil and gas company (Suroco Energy Inc.), combined with his experience in corporate finance and capital markets, will be an asset to PetroNova as we continue to progress our exploration and development program in the Llanos and Caguan-Putumayo Basins."

Mr. Apeloig is Partner, Director and President of Activalores Casa de Bolsa, a Caracas-based brokerage firm, overseeing corporate finance, financial advisory services and securities distribution. Prior to joining Activalores, Mr. Apeloig held progressive positions in credit and relationship management at Citibank, leading to his role as Vice-President and Director of the Local Corporate Group, where he reported to the Country Corporate Officer and served as a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Apeloig has served as President of the Asociación Venezolana de Casas De Bolsa (Venezuelan Association of Brokerage Houses) and a member of the board of directors of several companies including Suroco Energy Inc., Asociación Venezolana de Ejecutivos de Finanzas (Venezuelan Association of Executives in Finance) and Bolsa de Valores de Caracas (Caracas Stock Exchange). He graduated Simón Bolívar University's Electrical Engineering program cum laude, and received a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.                             

About PetroNova:

The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the exploration for, and the acquisition and development of, oil and natural gas resources in South America, specifically in Colombia. The Company's assets currently include the Company's interests in the PUT-2 and Tinigua Blocks located in the Caguan-Putumayo Basin in Colombia, both of which are operated by the Company, and the non-operated Llanos Blocks located in the Llanos Basin in Colombia. The common shares of the Company trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the stock symbol "PNA".

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Information:

Certain statements and information contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements and information (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements relate to future events or the Company's future performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "budget", "targeting", "project", "expect", "may", "will", "might", "should", "could", "believe", "predict" and "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements represent the Company's internal projections, estimates, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Management believes the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this press release should not be unduly relied upon.

With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this press release, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: general economic, market and business conditions in Colombia and globally; future crude oil and natural gas prices; the continued availability of capital, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel; the ability to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out exploration and development activities; the regulatory framework governing royalties, taxes and environmental matters in Colombia and any other jurisdictions in which the Company may conduct its business in the future; the ability of the Company to obtain the necessary approvals, permits and licences to conduct its operations; the applicability of technologies for recovery and production of the Company's oil and natural gas resources and reserves; the recoverability of the Company's oil and gas resources and reserves; future capital and exploration expenditures to be made by the Company; future sources of funding for the Company's exploration program; the geography of the areas in which the Company is exploring; and adequate weather and environmental conditions.

Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including, but not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; risks related to the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas; risks inherent in the Company's international operations, including security and legal risks in Colombia; risks related to the timing of completion of the Company's projects; competition for, among other things, capital, the acquisition of resources and skilled personnel; actions by governmental authorities, including changes in government regulation and taxation; the failure of the Company to obtain the necessary approvals, permits and licences to conduct its operations; environmental risks and hazards; the availability of capital on acceptable terms; the failure of the Company or the holder of certain licenses or leases to meet specific requirements of such licenses or leases; adverse claims made in respect of the Company's properties or assets; failure to engage or retain key personnel; geological, technical, drilling and processing problems, including the availability of equipment and access to properties; failure by counterparties to make payments or perform their operational or other obligations to the Company in compliance with the terms of contractual arrangements between the Company and such counterparties; and the other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Annual Information Form and the Company's other continuous disclosure documents filed from time to time with applicable securities regulatory authorities in Canada and which may be accessed on PetroNova's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors are not exhaustive. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and are made as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE PetroNova Inc.

For further information: Antonio Vincentelli, President & Chief Executive Officer, 954 317 3990, antonio.vincentelli@petronova.com; Stelvio Di Cecco, Chief Financial Officer, 954 317 3990, stelvio.dicecco@petronova.com; Abby Garfunkel, Investor Relations, 403-218-2887, agarfunkel@tmxequicom.com