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Zion Oil Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Public Question Forum

We have prepared this page to allow our supporters and shareholders to ask questions and get thoughtful answers from us. We understand there is a lot of distortion and misinformation about Zion Oil & Gas on the internet. This page will help you get clear answers and get accurate information.

How to use this page:

1. Review the questions and answers below.
2. Ask your question in the comment field if you do not find the answer.
3. We will review your questions and answer as quickly as possible.

Note: We may not post all questions since there are likely to be repetitive questions or questions that we are not legally able to answer in this forum. If you wish to view investment related questions, please click HERE.

Zion is dedicated to exploring for oil and gas onshore Israel and is 100% focused on its Megiddo-Jezreel License, a large area south and west of the Sea of Galilee that includes the Jezreel and Megiddo valleys. This license gives Zion the exclusive right to explore in an area of approximately 99,000 acres that appears to possess the key geologic ingredients of an active petroleum system with significant exploration potential. Zion’s latest information on ongoing operations can be found on their website: https://www.zionoil.com/updates

Zion’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ZN”.

All of this information is contained within the filings with the SEC. Please know that stock issuances do not mean executive staff actually exercise and/or sell the shares. Much of the rumors on the internet about how much the executive staff makes are exaggerated.

1. It is essential to understand that reportable compensation does not equal W-2 earnings.

2. Salary and Bonus represent less than 49% of all reportable compensation.

3. Stock options awarded, regardless of whether those options were exercised, represent over 38% of all reportable compensation.

4. It is important to note that there has been a company-imposed blackout period, restricting the sale or purchase of stock for all employees, implemented on May 15, 2017, which remains in effect to date.

As we previously disclosed, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) first informed Zion of a non-public, fact-finding inquiry by subpoena for production of documents received on June 21, 2018, before which Zion had no formal or informal communication with the SEC regarding this matter.

The SEC has asserted no accusation of wrongdoing nor have they expressed any negative opinion of any person within Zion. Zion continues to fully cooperate with and work with the SEC.

Following Zion’s disclosure of the SEC investigation, a putative class action (the “class action”) Complaint was filed against Zion, Victor G. Carrillo, the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer, and Michael B. Croswell, Jr., the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, in the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. An Amended Complaint was filed on January 22, 2019, and we anticipate filing a Motion to Dismiss on March 13, 2019. Four shareholder derivative suits were filed after the class action, one in state court in Dallas, Texas, and three in federal district court in Delaware. We believe these claims are frivolous and without merit, and we are waging a vigorous defense.
Mr. Carrillo resigned effective September 1, 2018. Here is the resignation letter we filed with the SEC in an 8-K – CLICK HERE.
Zion has been a publicly reporting company since 2007 whose stock has been listed on Nasdaq since 2009, in which time it has filed, as required, audited annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, in compliance with all relevant SEC and Nasdaq rules. We would ask that you refer to those filings to help answer any questions you may have about Zion.
Nasdaq companies whose shares are listed on Global Market and who fail to comply with the required minimum closing bid price of $1 for 30 consecutive trading days will ordinarily receive a so-called deficiency notice. Once such notice is received, the Company will automatically have 180 days in which to regain compliance with the $1 minimum bid price. Compliance is regained by trading at above the $1 minimum bid price for 10 consecutive trading days, subject to Nasdaq requiring a longer trading period if it determines that this is necessary in order to establish long-term compliance with the minimum closing bid price.
Larger oil and gas exploration companies may choose to conduct extensive analytical pre-drilling testing such as 3-D seismic imaging, the drilling of an expendable “pilot” well or “stratigraphic test” to collect data (logs, cores, fluid samples, pressure data) to determine if drilling a well capable of producing oil or gas (full completion with casing and well testing) is justified. The use of pilot or stratigraphic tests is often used in areas where there is little or no offset well data, like Israel, where our exploration license area is located.

While 3-D seismic imaging data can be more useful than 2-D data in identifying potential prospects, its acquisition, and processing costs can potentially be multiples greater than that for 2-D data.

In addition to using 2-D seismic technology prior to drilling, we have historically also utilized gravity and magnetic data, built cross-section maps from offset wells and utilized geophysical analysis from similar geologic targets. We believe that the additional months, delays and costs associated with more extensive pre-drilling testing typically undertaken by larger oil and gas exploration companies are not necessarily justified when drilling vertical or near-vertical exploration wells (as we have historically been doing).

Nonetheless, the absence of more extensive pre-drilling testing may potentially increase the risk of drilling a non-producing well, which would, in turn, result in increased costs and expenses. Additionally, we are typically engaged in drilling deep onshore wildcat wells in Israel where only approximately 500 total wells have ever been drilled, the vast majority of which are relatively shallow. As such, exploration risks are inherently very substantial.

(From 10-K for the Fiscal Year ended December 31, 2017)

Please review the posted questions and ask your question in the comment field if it has yet to be answered:

Responses (68)

  1. Joey Watt
    October 15, 2019 at 9:12 am · Reply

    Do you anticipate any upward movement of the stock’s value in the next year? I see that it was valued much more highly about a year ago.

    • Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.
      October 16, 2019 at 3:48 pm · Reply

      We cannot predict how the stock will behave. We will move forward undeterred.

  2. Michael D Bentley
    June 24, 2019 at 1:34 pm · Reply

    I tried to make a first time investment by internet. I wanted 1 unit at $250. But at the end it was listed a $500 investment. I have no stocks. Do I need an AST FINANCIAL STOCK ACCOUNT?

    • Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.
      June 25, 2019 at 7:27 am · Reply

      For investment questions related to personal or specific situations, please email invest@zionoil.com or call 214-221-4610.

      • Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.
        June 25, 2019 at 7:34 am · Reply

        We have forwarded this comment to the investor relations team for a quick response.

  3. benjamin
    June 23, 2019 at 12:58 am · Reply

    Hi there, has Dustin Guinn resigned as CEO and why hasn’t zionoil mentioned it?

    • Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.
      June 25, 2019 at 7:25 am · Reply

      Hello, we released it publicly on April 17. The same day we announced Mr. Dunn joining Zion – see HERE.

  4. Rebecca Brady
    May 30, 2019 at 4:52 pm · Reply

    what is the minimal amount one can invest?

    • Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.
      June 13, 2019 at 11:04 am · Reply

      Hello Rebecca, the first investment in the DSPP Program is $250 and can be as little as $50 for registered investors. If you wish to invest through a brokerage, then please see their stipulations.

  5. Bobbie Swearingen
    February 5, 2019 at 7:04 am · Reply

    When can I buy my penny stock since I invested in the block buy?

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