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Africa Oil 2017 Second Quarter Financial and Operating Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/10/17 -- Africa Oil Corp. ("Africa Oil" or the "Company") (TSX: AOI)(OMX: AOI) is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

As at June 30, 2017, the Company had cash of $436.9 million and working capital of $440.2 million as compared to cash of $463.1 million and working capital of $435.0 million at December 31, 2016. The Company continues to work closely with its Joint Venture Partners to focus efforts on advancing the South Lokichar Basin development in Blocks 10BB and 13T (Kenya) by undertaking activities aimed at increasing resources and resource certainty while progressing development studies and planning. We are pleased to have recommenced drilling activities in the South Lokichar Basin during the fourth quarter of 2016 and to have agreed with our Joint Venture Partners to extend the ongoing exploration and drilling campaign in the South Lokichar Basin.

During the second quarter of 2017, further to the previously announced farmout agreement (press release 4th February 2016), the Company and Maersk agreed to payment terms related to the $75.0 million advance development carry. Africa Oil is due to receive equal quarterly payments of $18.75 million at the end of each calendar quarter during 2018. These proceeds were recognized in accounts receivable ($37.5 million current and $37.5 million long term) and intangible exploration assets during the second quarter of 2017.

The exploration and appraisal campaign in Kenya has progressed to schedule in 2017 with two discoveries made. The first discovery was made in January 2017 at Erut-1 (Block 13T), which proved that oil has migrated to the northern limit of the South Lokichar basin. The second was made in May 2017 at Emekuya-1 (Block 13T) which encountered significant oil sands, demonstrated oil charge across a significant part of the Greater Etom structure and further de-risked the northern area of the basin.

The Etiir-1 (Block 13T) exploration well, which targeted a large, shallow, structural closure immediately to the west of the Greater Etom structure, spudded in late June and was unsuccessful with no material reservoir development or shows encountered. Although dry, this well has helped define the westerly extent of the Greater Etom Structure.

The JV Partners also drilled the Amosing-6, Ngamia-10, and Etom-3 appraisal wells (Block 10BB), the results of which are being incorporated into ongoing field development planning activities.

A further three wells are planned this year with drilling underway to test an undrilled fault block adjacent to the Ekales field. The Ngamia-11 appraisal well will be drilled and completed for use in an extended water flood pilot test in conjunction with the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) and the Etete exploration well is planned to test a prospect adjacent to the Greater Etom structure. Further locations are currently under evaluation to be added to the programme.

Water injection testing on the Amosing and Ngamia fields (Block 10BB) has been successfully demonstrated and underpins the feasibility of water injection for the development of these fields.

Africa Oil Corp. has a 25% working interest in Blocks 10BB and 13T with Tullow Oil plc (50% and Operator) and Maersk Olie og Gas A/S (25%) holding the remaining interests.

In addition to the drilling and operational activities to support the Final Investment Decision ("FID") for the Kenya Full Field Development, engineering studies and contracting activities are under way in preparation for the start of the Front End Engineering Design ("FEED"), which is expected to commence in late 2017. In parallel to the upstream development work, the JV Partners and the Government of Kenya continue to progress commercial and finance studies for the proposed export pipeline, and preparations are under way for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).

The Early Oil Pilot Scheme ("EOPS") Agreement between the JV Partners and the Government of Kenya was signed on 14 March 2017 allowing all EOPS upstream contracts to be awarded. The first phase of the EOPS will be the evacuation of the stored crude oil, which was produced during extended well testing in 2015, to Mombasa by road. This initial phase of the project has been deferred by the Government of Kenya until after elections have taken place in August. The EOPS production of 2,000 bopd is expected to commence around the end of the year and will now include an extended water-flood pilot test in Ngamia. Results from the Ngamia water-flood pilot will assess sustainable production levels to inform the overall resource and Full Field Development Plan.

2017 Second Quarter Financial Results

Results of Operations

(Thousands United States Dollars)

(unaudited)

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                         Three months Three months   Six months   Six months
                                ended        ended        ended        ended
                             June 30,     June 30,     June 30,     June 30,
(thousands)                      2017         2016         2017         2016
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  Salaries and benefits  $        320 $        370 $        570 $        829
  Equity-based
   compensation                   676          786        1,131        1,476
  Travel                          117          242          314          426
  Office and general               32           46           89           79
  Donation                          -          100          850          650
  Depreciation                     27            1           52            3
  Professional fees               269          113          379        1,389
  Stock exchange and
   filing fees                    119          263          306          400
  Share of loss from
   equity investment              332          393          612          734
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Operating expenses       $      1,892 $      2,314 $      4,303 $      5,986
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Operating expenses decreased $0.4 million during the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The $0.1 million decrease in equity-based compensation expense can be mainly attributed to the decrease in the number of stock options granted in prior periods and the vesting of costs associated with options granted during 2014 being fully amortized by the end of 2016. As one-third of the fair value of the stock options is expensed immediately upon grant, the remaining expense is expected to decrease over the remaining vesting period. There were no options granted during the second quarter of 2017 and 2016. Donations amounting to $0.1 million were made in the second quarter of 2016 compared $ nil during the second quarter of 2017. The decreases were offset by an increase in professional fees which primarily relates to fees associated with the settlement of the advance development carry with Maersk.

Operating expenses decreased $1.7 million during the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Salaries and benefits decreased $0.3 million during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 which is primarily due to the recovery of costs relating to the secondment of an employee and a reduced headcount. Equity-based compensation expense decreased by $0.3 million which can be mainly attributed to the decrease in the number of stock options granted in prior periods and the vesting of costs associated with options granted during 2014 being fully amortized by the end of 2016. As one-third of the fair value of the stock options is expensed immediately upon grant, the remaining expense is expected to decrease over the remaining vesting period. There were no options granted during the first half of 2017 and 2016. The $1.0 million decrease in professional fees relates to the completion of the farmout transaction with Maersk during the first quarter of 2016 compared to a lower fee associated with the settlement of the advance development carry with Maersk during the second quarter of 2017. These decreases were offset by a $0.9 million donation to the Lundin Foundation during the first half of 2017 compared to a $0.7 million donation during the first half of 2016.

Financial income and expense is made up of the following items:

(Thousands of United States Dollars)

(unaudited)

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                  Three months   Three months     Six months     Six months
                         ended          ended          ended          ended
                 June 30, 2017  June 30, 2016  June 30, 2017  June 30, 2016
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Interest and
 other income    $         802  $         845  $       1,571  $       1,211
Bank charges               (10)           (10)           (21)           (17)
Foreign exchange
 loss                      (50)            (6)           (38)           (55)
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Finance income   $         802  $         845  $       1,571  $       1,211
Finance expense  $         (60) $         (16) $         (59) $         (72)
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The Company holds the vast majority of its cash on hand in US dollars, the Company's functional currency. Interest Income fluctuates in accordance with cash balances, the currency that the cash is held in, and prevailing market interest rates.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Thousands United States Dollars)

(unaudited)

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                                                     June 30,  December 31,
                                                         2017          2016
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ASSETS
Current assets
  Cash and cash equivalents                      $    436,857  $    463,061
  Accounts receivable                                  37,841           213
  Due from related party                                   16            57
  Prepaid expenses                                      1,113         1,155
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                                                      475,827       464,486
Long-term assets
  Accounts receivable                                  37,500             -
  Equity investment                                     6,718         7,330
  Property and equipment                                  157           197
  Intangible exploration assets                       491,001       534,929
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                                                      535,376       542,456

Total assets                                     $  1,011,203  $  1,006,942
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LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities       $     35,671  $     29,501
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                                                       35,671        29,501

Total liabilities                                      35,671        29,501
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Equity attributable to common shareholders
  Share capital                                     1,290,796     1,290,389
  Contributed surplus                                  50,152        49,677
  Deficit                                            (365,416)     (362,625)
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Total equity attributable to common shareholders      975,532       977,441
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Total liabilities and equity attributable to
 common shareholders                             $  1,011,203  $  1,006,942
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Expenditures on intangible exploration assets of $31.1 million were incurred during the six months ended June 30, 2017, which relate primarily to costs associated with the recommencement of drilling activities in the South Lokichar Basin and South Lokichar development studies. The Company is debt free.

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(Thousands United States Dollars)

(unaudited)

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                  Three months   Three months     Six months     Six months
                         ended          ended          ended          ended
                 June 30, 2017  June 30, 2016  June 30, 2017  June 30, 2016
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Cash flows
 provided by
 (used in):
Operations:
 Net loss and
  comprehensive
  loss for the
  period         $      (1,150) $      (1,485) $      (2,791) $      (4,847)
 Items not
  affecting
  cash:
  Equity-based
   compensation            676            786          1,131          1,476
  Depreciation              27              1             52              3
  Share of loss
   from equity
   investment              332            393            612            734
  Unrealized
   foreign
   exchange
   (gain) loss              50              6             38             55
  Changes in
   non-cash
   operating
   working
   capital                  28             (8)           183           (270)
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                           (37)          (307)          (775)        (2,849)
Investing:
  Property and
   equipment
   expenditures            (10)            (4)           (12)            (4)
  Intangible
   exploration
   expenditures        (16,201)       (10,969)       (31,072)       (23,235)
  Farmout
   proceeds
   received on
   closing                   -              -              -        386,970
  Farmout
   proceeds
   released from
   restricted
   cash                      -              -              -         52,500
  Changes in
   non-cash
   investing
   working
   capital               3,075         (8,348)         5,942        (13,517)
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                       (13,136)       (19,321)       (25,142)       402,714
Financing:
  Common shares
   issued                    -              -            304              -
  Settlement of
   Restricted
   Share Units               -              -           (553)             -
  Release of
   bank
   guarantee                 -          1,250              -          1,250
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                             -          1,250           (249)         1,250
Effect of
 exchange rate
 changes on cash
 and cash
 equivalents
 denominated in
 foreign
 currency                  (50)            (6)           (38)           (55)
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Increase
 (decrease) in
 cash and cash
 equivalents           (13,223)       (18,384)       (26,204)       401,060
Cash and cash
 equivalents,
 beginning of
 the period      $     450,080  $     523,649  $     463,061  $     104,205
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cash and cash
 equivalents,
 end of the
 period          $     436,857  $     505,265  $     436,857  $     505,265
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Supplementary
  information:
  Interest paid            Nil            Nil            Nil            Nil
  Income taxes
   paid                    Nil            Nil            Nil            Nil
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The following table breaks down the material components of intangible exploration expenditures for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016:

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For the six months
 ended                  June 30, 2017              June 30, 2016
(thousands)              Kenya Ethiopia    Total    Kenya Ethiopia     Total
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Drilling and
 completion           $ 15,383 $    165 $ 15,548 $ 10,429 $     (2) $ 10,427
Development studies      7,148        -    7,148    4,605        -     4,605
Exploration surveys
 and studies               697       32      729    2,709      432     3,141
PSA and G&A related      7,012      635    7,647    4,736      326     5,062
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Total                 $ 30,240 $    832 $ 31,072 $ 22,479 $    756  $ 23,235
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The Company incurred $30.2 million of intangible exploration expenditures in Kenya for six months ended June 30, 2017. Drilling and completion expenditures primarily relate to the drilling of the Erut-1, Emekuya-1 and Etiir-1 exploration wells in Block 13T, the drilling of the Ngamia-10 and Amosing-6 appraisal wells in Block 10BB, the drilling of the Etom-3 appraisal well in Block 13T, as well as the completion of the water injection testing on the Amosing-2A, Amosing-3, and Ngamia-5 wells in Block 10BB. Development study expenditures are associated with studies aimed at progressing towards project sanction for the South Lokichar Basin. Exploration studies costs continue to be incurred in Kenya in conjunction with exploration and appraisal drilling campaign which recommenced in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Company incurred $0.9 million of intangible exploration expenditures in Ethiopia for the six months ended June 30, 2017, which consists of license fees and general and administrative cost.

Consolidated Statement of Equity

(Thousands United States Dollars)

(unaudited)

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                                                     June 30,      June 30,
                                                         2017          2016
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Share capital:
  Balance, beginning of the period               $  1,290,389  $  1,290,389
  Exercise of options                                     407             -
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  Balance, end of the period                        1,290,796     1,290,389
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Contributed surplus:
  Balance, beginning of the period               $     49,677  $     46,353
  Equity-based compensation                             1,131         1,476
  Settlement of Restricted Share Units                   (553)            -
  Exercise of options                                    (103)            -
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  Balance, end of the period                           50,152        47,829
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Deficit:
  Balance, beginning of the period               $   (362,625) $   (344,863)
  Net loss and comprehensive loss attributable
   to common shareholders                              (2,791)       (4,847)
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Balance, end of the period                         (365,416)     (349,710)
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------

  Total equity                                   $    975,532  $    988,508
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The Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements, notes to the financial statements, management's discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, and the 2016 Annual Information Form have been filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and are available on the Company's website (www.africaoilcorp.com).

About Africa oil

Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kenya and Ethiopia. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and on Nasdaq Stockholm under the symbol "AOI".

Additional Information

The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of Africa Oil Corp. under the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was publicly communicated on August 10, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

Certain statements made and information contained herein constitute "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation). Such statements and information (together, "forward looking statements") relate to future events or the Company's future performance, business prospects or opportunities. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to estimates of reserves and or resources, future production levels, future capital expenditures and their allocation to exploration and development activities, future drilling and other exploration and development activities, ultimate recovery of reserves or resources and dates by which certain areas will be explored, developed or reach expected operating capacity, that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.

All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Statements concerning proven and probable reserves and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements and reflect conclusions that are based on certain assumptions that the reserves and resources can be economically exploited. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect, "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe" and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking 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. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties relating to, among other things, changes in oil prices, results of exploration and development activities, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of materials and equipment, timeliness of government or other regulatory approvals, actual performance of facilities, availability of financing on reasonable terms, availability of third party service providers, equipment and processes relative to specifications and expectations and unanticipated environmental impacts on operations. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

"Keith C. Hill"

President and CEO

Contacts:
Africa Oil Corp.
Sophia Shane
Corporate Development
(604) 689-7842
(604) 689-4250 (FAX)
africaoilcorp@namdo.com
www.africaoilcorp.com

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