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Bonterra Oil & Gas Ltd. Announces Cash Dividend for November Payable December 31, 2008

Dec 4, 2008 - 12:00 ET

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2008) - Bonterra Oil & Gas Ltd. (www.bonterraenergy.com) (TSX:BNE.UN) announces that the monthly cash dividend to all holders of common shares for the month of November will be reduced to $0.20 from the previous amount of $0.26 (approximate reduction of 23 percent) and will be paid on December 31, 2008. The record date for the dividend is December 15, 2008 and the ex-dividend date is December 11, 2008.

The dividend level is paid monthly and subject to commodity prices and production levels. During 2008, Bonterra was able to increase the dividend (formerly paid as a distribution) four times to a level of $0.32 per month due to the substantial increase in commodity prices, most notably in crude oil. However, the recent significant decrease in oil and natural gas prices has resulted in a decrease in cash flow. Bonterra has revised its budgeted outlook from Cdn $115 per barrel of oil to Cdn $60 per barrel of oil and as such, a reduction is necessary to preserve balance sheet strength and maintain Bonterra's financial flexibility to pursue potential opportunities to further add long-term value for its shareholders.

The Board of Directors will continue to monitor production volumes (that will be higher in the fourth quarter of 2008 due to acquisitions and drilling), dividend levels, payout ratios, and capital expenditures on a monthly basis. Bonterra currently intends to continue to pay out between 75 and 80 percent of its cash flow and retain the remainder for capital expenditures.

Certain information set forth in this press release, including management's assessment of Bonterra's future plans and operations, contains forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Bonterra's control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Bonterra's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by these forward-looking statements, and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that Bonterra will derive therefrom. Bonterra disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Bonterra Oil & Gas Ltd.
George F. Fink
President, and CEO
(403) 262-5307
Fax: (403) 265-7488

or

Bonterra Oil & Gas Ltd.
Garth E. Schultz
Vice President - Finance, and CFO
(403) 262-5307
Fax: (403) 265-7488

or

Bonterra Oil & Gas Ltd.
Kirsten Kulyk
Manager, Investor Relations
(403) 262-5307
Fax: (403) 265-7488
info@bonterraenergy.com
www.bonterraenergy.com

 

 
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