Zion Oil Stock Continues Upward Trend

April 24, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

Zion Oil & Gas Stock (ZN, NASDAQ) continues to rise since it’s six month low of $4.31 back in January. On March 2nd of this year Zion stock shot to $5.81 after broadcast media interviews and print news articles with Founder John Brown and CEO Richard Rinberg during the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville.

Zion stock settled down under $5.00 during much of March and then began to climb in April, topping at $5.40 after April 14 news of Israel awarding Zion Oil & Gas the Jordan Valley exploration license. Zion stock on the last day of trading since this report finished at $5.37.

Trading analyst, SmarTrend, announced Thursday that their  ‘uptrend’ call has been “vindicated” by Zion’s recent stock performance.

So what does this mean to those of us who aren’t Wall Street day traders or stock analysts? I’m not sure – I’m not one of those guys. I own Zion Oil stock because I believe in what they’re doing and I believe in the nation of Israel. Zion’s vision is to find oil in Israel and provide for the nation’s domestic energy needs through that(those) discovery(ies).

What about the daily ups and downs of Zion’s stock? At this point, who cares? I figure that an oil company’s stock value isn’t really all that important until they’ve either discovered oil and/or gas, or they give up looking. Zion hasn’t made a discovery (yet) and they sure as heck haven’t shown any signs of giving up. Until one or the other happens, I’m all in.

*Reminder – the editor of www.OilinIsrael.net is not an investment consultant or a stockbroker (not even close). For investment advice see your financial counselor, or better yet – if you’re a believer in Israel’s G-d, seek His advice.

Zion Oil Reduces Warrant Price

January 5, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Zion's Ma'anit-Joseph #3 Well

Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel – January 3, 2011: Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ GM: ZN, ZNWAW) today announced that it has temporarily reduced the exercise price of its outstanding publicly traded warrants under the symbol ZNWAW (the “Warrants”) to $4.00 (from the $7.00 exercise price provided by the original terms of the Warrants) until 5:00 p.m. eastern time on March 7, 2011 (the “Expiration Time”). Any and all Warrants properly exercised in accordance with the terms of the Warrants prior to the Expiration Time will be accepted by Zion at the reduced exercise price and one share of registered common stock per Warrant will be issued to the exercising Warrant holder. After the Expiration Time, the $7.00 exercise price included in the original terms of the Warrants will be reinstituted. Except for the reduced exercise price of the Warrants prior to the Expiration Time, the terms of the Warrants remain unchanged. The reduced exercise price applies to all of Zion’s currently outstanding Warrants that publicly trade under the symbol ZNWAW. Holders of Warrants that desire to exercise their Warrants should contact their brokers and instruct them to exercise the Warrants prior to the Expiration Time.

As of today’s date, approximately 606,000 ZNWAW Warrants are outstanding. Zion’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ GLOBAL Market under the symbol ZN and Zion’s Warrants being reduced are listed on the NASDAQ GLOBAL Market under the symbol ZNWAW. Zion recommends that Warrant holders obtain current market quotations for Zion’s securities before deciding whether or not to exercise their Warrants.

Richard Rinberg, CEO of Zion, stated, “We are pleased to offer our ZNWAW warrant holders the opportunity to exercise their warrants at a reduced exercise price of $4.00 and hope that a substantial number of these warrants will be exercised. We want to be fair to all of Zion’s investors and in addition to potentially raising a significant amount of capital for Zion, we believe that a reduction in the number of our outstanding warrants will simplify our capital structure and reduce the overhang of those warrants on the Company’s common stock”.


The information above does not constitute an offer to buy or exchange securities or constitute the solicitation of an offer to sell or exchange any securities in Zion.

Zion Oil Raises $18.25 Million

December 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Zion's Ma'anit-Joseph #3 at Dawn

DALLAS and CAESAREA, Israel, Dec. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZN) announced today that on December 15, 2010, it completed its previously announced rights offering. The preliminary outcome of the rights offering, as of the close of business on December 15, 2010, indicates that subscriptions for approximately 3.65 million units, for gross proceeds of approximately $18.25 million, have been received (including over-subscriptions). All shareholders that requested over-subscription shares will be awarded their full over-subscription request.

Zion’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Rinberg said today, “I am pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our rights offering. The proceeds from this offering provide us with the funds that we believe are necessary to allow us to proceed with our planned drilling subsidiary, provide us with financial and operating flexibility and enable us to further our exploration and drilling program significantly.

“We have successfully drilled approximately two-thirds of our Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well and are now drilling the final third.

“We remain excited about the possibility of recovering hydrocarbons on our license and permit areas, onshore Israel, especially due to the U.S. Geological Survey report, published in April 2010, containing their assessment that there may be 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in the Levant Basin, as all of Zion’s exploration rights fall within the area of the Levant Basin.”

Under the completed rights offering, holders of record of Zion’s common stock were given non-transferable subscription rights to purchase eighteen (18) Units for every one hundred (100) shares of common stock owned as of the close of business on September 28, 2010. The purchase price of a Unit was $5. Each Unit consisted of one (1) share of Zion’s common stock and one (1) warrant to purchase an additional share of Zion’s common stock at an exercise price of $4.00.

Zion is currently drilling its Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well in Northern Israel and has currently reached a drilling depth of approximately 13,123 feet (4,000 meters). The Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well has targets in both the Triassic geological zone and the Permian geological zone. The primary target is Permian age lithology, expected at a depth of approximately 19,357 feet (5,900 meters).

For updates on the drilling activity please visit Zion’s website www.zionoil.com

Zion’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ZN” and Zion’s $7 warrants trade under the symbol “ZNWAW”. From December 28, 2010 through their expiration date of December 31, 2012, Zion’s $4 warrants will trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ZNWAZ.” Zion’s transfer agent is in the process of distributing the share and warrant certificates to those rights holders who participated in the rights offering, either directly or through their brokers.

Zion Oil & Gas, a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in Israel in areas located on-shore between Haifa and Tel Aviv. It currently holds two petroleum exploration licenses, the Joseph and the Asher-Menashe Licenses, between Netanya, in the south, and Haifa, in the north, covering a total of approximately 162,000 acres and the Issachar-Zebulun Permit Area, adjacent to and to the east of Zion’s Asher-Menashe license area, covering approximately 165,000 acres. Zion’s total petroleum exploration rights area is approximately 327,000 acres.

Zion Announces New President/COO

February 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Bill Ottaviani Joins Zion Oil as President and Chief Operating Officer

Bill Ottaviani

DALLAS and CAESAREA, Israel, Feb. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZN) announced today that William L. Ottaviani has joined the Company as President and Chief Operating Officer.

William (Bill) Ottaviani, a Petroleum Engineer, has spent 25 years (1982 to 2007) working for Chevron Corporation in various countries, including Angola, Indonesia and the USA, and two years (2007-2009) as Chief Operating Officer of Rex Energy. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from California State University and a Bachelor of Science degree (with High Distinction) in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

During his career, Mr. Ottaviani was awarded multiple Chevron and U.S. Department of Energy Recognition Awards for performance achievements. When working for Chevron’s subsidiary, Caltex Pacific Indonesia, Bill was awarded the company’s highest recognition, earning the President’s Award for his work in successfully negotiating a $1.5 Billion gas contract. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Zion’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rinberg, said today that, “Bill Ottaviani joins Zion with a proven industry track record and will greatly strengthen our managerial and operational competence. Bill is a first class oil and gas professional who has the experience, the ability and the specific skill-set to provide Zion with fundamental operational and technical direction, help us to implement our multi-well strategy and achieve success with our operations.”

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

Zion Oil & Gas, a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in Israel in areas located on-shore between Haifa and Tel Aviv. It currently holds two petroleum exploration licenses, the Joseph and the Asher-Menashe Licenses, between Netanya, in the south, and Haifa, in the north, covering a total of approximately 162,000 acres and the Issachar-Zebulun Permit Area, adjacent to and to the east of Zion’s Asher-Menashe license area, covering approximately 165,000 acres. Zion’s total petroleum exploration rights area is approximately 327,000 acres.

Zion Oil Rights Offering Declared Effective

October 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Globes Newswire October 13, 2009

DALLAS and CAESAREA, Israel, Oct. 13, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZN – News) announced today that the registration statement for its previously announced common stock rights offering was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 9, 2009. The offering will be open to all holders of record on October 19, 2009 (the “Record Date”).

Under the terms of the rights offering described in the prospectus contained in the registration statement, Zion will distribute to each person who own shares of Zion common stock on the Record Date non-transferable subscription rights to purchase shares of Zion’s common stock. Each shareholder of record on the Record Date will receive 0.23 of a subscription right for each share of common stock owned on the Record Date. This is equivalent to twenty three (23) subscription rights for every one hundred (100) shares of common stock owned on the Record Date. The Company will not distribute any fractional rights; fractional subscription rights will be rounded up to the next largest whole number. Each whole subscription right entitles the holder to purchase one share of common stock at a purchase price of $5.00 per share.

Shareholders who fully exercise their rights will be permitted to subscribe for additional shares of common stock, if available, that were not subscribed for by other rights holders. The subscription rights are non-transferable. The aggregate amount of stock available in the rights offering is 3.6 million shares.

As soon as possible after the Record Date, Zion plans to mail to holders of its common stock (as of the close of business on the Record Date) a prospectus and other items necessary for exercising the rights. Shareholders who hold their shares in a bank or broker name will receive the rights offering material from their bank or broker. The prospectus will contain a description of the rights offering and other information. The subscription rights will be exercisable until the close of business on November 30, 2009, unless Zion elects to terminate the offering prior to the scheduled expiration date by giving two business days notice or unless Zion elects to extend the offering.

Zion to Commence Drilling

April 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Great news from Israel this morning! Zion’s AME drilling rig arrived at the port of Haifa on Saturday. Thirteen loads were transported to the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 well site yesterday with the balance of the rig to be delivered today and tomorrow. According to Zion CEO Richard Rinberg drilling of Zion’s second well, the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 should begin by next week.   Here’s the Zion press release:

Zion Oil Updates Drilling Schedule

2,000 Horsepower Drilling Rig Arrives in Israel

Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel – April 20,2009 – Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ZN) announced today updated information regarding the import into Israel of a drilling rig and crews owned and employed by Aladdin Middle East Ltd (AME). AME has been contracted to provide a completely refurbished and updated 2,000 horsepower rig and crews to drill Zion’s planned Ma’anit-Rehoboth #2 well ‘directionally’ to below 18,000 feet.

The drilling rig arrived by ship at the Israeli Port of Haifa during the evening of April 18, 2009. The required taxes and import charges were paid and the first thirteen loads (out of a total of approximately eighty loads) cleared Israeli Customs on April 19 and were transported to the Ma’anit-Rehoboth #2 drill site and unloaded. The remaining loads are scheduled to be transported to the drill site on April 20 and 21.

Twenty members of AME’s rig crew arrived in Israel on April 18 and 19 and will begin rigging up (i.e. erecting) the drilling rig on April 20. It is planned that drilling operations will start by the end of April.

For updates on the daily drilling activity please visit Zion’s website “www.zionoil.com“.

Zion currently holds two petroleum exploration licenses, the Joseph and Asher-Menashe Licenses, between Netanya on the south and Haifa on the north, covering a total of approximately 162,000 acres. Zion has applied for a further permit area (tentatively named by Zion the Issachar-Zebulun Permit Area) and the application, if granted, will increase Zion’s total license area to over 400,000 acres.

Zion’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rinberg, said today, “It has been a long and difficult journey, but we have overcome the many challenges and, in a few days, the drilling rig should begin the drilling of Zion’s second well, on our Joseph License, to the Triassic Formation (down to a depth of 15,400 feet) and then, we plan, to the Permian Formation (down to a depth below 18,000 feet).”

Zion’s common stock trades on the NYSE Amex under the symbol “ZN” and Zion’s warrants trade under the symbol “ZN.WS“.

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc., a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in Israel in areas located onshore between Tel-Aviv and Haifa.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this press release that are not historical fact, including statements regarding Zion’s planned operations, potential results thereof and plans contingent thereon, including the commencement of drilling operations, are forward-looking statements as defined in the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements are based on assumptions that are subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are described in Zion’s periodic reports filed with the SEC and are beyond Zion’scontrol. These risks could cause Zion’s actual performance to differ materially from the results predicted by these forward-looking statements. Zion can give no assurance that the expectations reflected in these statements will prove to be correct and assumes no responsibility to update these statements.

Zion’s homepage may be found at: www.zionoil.com


ZionOil & Gas, Inc.
Brittany Russell, 214-221-4610

Following Zion’s Stock Price

March 12, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

Zion Oil & Gas Stock has been pretty active and I’ve received a lot of messages about its price volatility. Everything from wild optimism to ‘the sky is falling.’ Just so you know, our newsletter and our website aren’t a part of Zion Oil and I’m not a stock broker or a day trader.

But as someone intimately connected with the story of oil in Israel, here’s what I do know – what I’ve been saying all along. The promise of an oil discovery in Israel isn’t new news; as a matter of fact, the story first broke almost 4,000 years ago (read Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 32 & 33). My dad, Jim Spillman, saw this promise in scripture and followed the trail that led him to the spot and the time the oil would be discovered. John Brown heard my father speak on this back in 1981 and took it on faith. It took Brown another 19 years of work, research and travel to Israel to get his first Israeli exploration license and found Zion Oil & Gas in 2000. Since John’s first trip to Israel in 1983 a lot of research, testing, exploration and discovery has transpired. With each test result or finding, the promise of oil in Israel gained a little more geological support. January’s massive natural gas discovery proved the existence of hydrocarbons in northern Israel in a very BIG way.

So here we are, nearly 4,000 years after Jacob’s blessing, twenty-eight years after John Brown first heard and believed the story of Israel’s oil, with every objective scientific result in the last two decades pointing to its reality, and still, everybody is freaked out over the change in Zion’s hour-by-hour stock price.

Folks, Zion is an OIL EXPLORATION company. Until they discover oil or fold up shop, don’t worry too much about daily changes in their stock price. And don’t worry too much about them folding up shop. John Brown has been at this for twenty-five years. The early years were a lot tougher than today and he just kept plowing. Zion Oil is here to stay. The managers and board members are personally (and financially) committed to this mission. It’s my belief that they’re at the end of their quest, not the beginning of it. The goal is in sight. And if you still can’t get your mind off of what Zion’s stock price was at 9:42 AM last Thursday or what it might be at 3:14 PM next Tuesday, here’s a graph for you. It covers about 3 months, not a long time, but long enough. The blue line is daily price at closing – up and down and up and down – but a lot more up. The red line shows a 20 day average (kind of smooths out the bumps). What do you see over 3 months? Up. Relax.

Here’s Zion Oil’s official response to questions about the stock price going up and down and up and down (but generally up):
Dear Shareholder and/or Friend of Zion…
We have received quite a number of telephone calls this week and many callers were asking us the same question:

“I have been watching the movements in Zion’s stock price. Please explain what is going on?”

We can’t and don’t comment on our stock price because… we really don’t know any more than you.
Zion stock is traded on a public market, so any member of the public or maybe an investment company can buy or sell stock, just as they wish.
We have no control over the Zion stock price in the public market; the stock price just reflects the actions of those trading that day.
What we can assure everyone is that the purchases and sales are not due to any information that is not publicly available.
We can also assure you that we are working towards long-term shareholder value and in the long-term, we believe, short-term fluctuations are irrelevant.
Thank you for your continued support of Zion.

“In your good pleasure, make Zion prosper…” Psalm 51:18
Shalom from Israel
Richard Rinberg
CEO of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.

Gosh … kinda what I’ve been saying.

Zion Oil Applies for Issachar-Zebulun License

February 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Zion Oil & Gas applied today for an additional 245,000 acres of exploration area in the biblical lands of Zebulun and Issachar. “… for they [Zebulun & Issachar] shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.” (Deuteronomy 33:19) The applied for license area also includes the valley of Megiddo.    If Zion is extended the new license area, the company’s total area under license will grow to 400,000 acres.


In today’s letter to ‘Shareholders and Friends of Zion”, CEO Richard Rinberg also reported on progress with the company’s drilling contractor, Alladin Middle East: “On February 20, 2009, two senior executives from Aladdin Middle East Ltd (AME), in Turkey, visited our office in Dallas. We met with both AME’s Business Development Coordinator and Drilling Manager as, in September 2008, we contracted with AME to use their 2,000 horsepower drilling rig to drill our Ma’anit-Rehoboth #2 well. (You can see the location marked on the map diagram above.)

They informed us that they have now fully disassembled the drilling rig into eighty loads, in preparation for transit from Ankara to Israel. They told us that there is no shortage of vessels for shipping the rig to Israel and they expect, once the rig has cleared customs at Haifa Port, that they will require only nine days in which to rig-up (i.e. erect) the drilling rig.

Both Zion and AME have submitted all the crew documentation requested by the authorities in Israel; we now wait for confirmation that Israel has granted the Turkish crew worker permits. As soon as confirmation is received, the drilling rig will start its journey to Israel.” By the way: Zion stock closed at $17.27 today. Unbelievable. (See Genesis 12:3)

Zion Oil Stock Receives A+ Rating

February 21, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Remember folks, you read it here first.
Zion Oil & Gas stock closed at $12.50 yesterday, Friday, February 20. On Monday’s issue of Investor’s Business Daily (that right Monday’s issue) Zion stock will carry an A+ rating.
zion-oil-ibd-ratingWhat does that mean? IBD ranks stocks by a proprietary system ranging from A – E. According to IBD, ‘A’ stocks outperform more than 80%of the market; ‘E’ stocks perform worse than 80% of the market. ‘A+’ is at the top of the top (you can read more about the IBD ranking system here: http://www.investors.com/ibdhelp/helpglossB.asp?helpID=156).

Zion Oil continues to shine in a dark economic environment. I’ve had people ask why the stock is going up so steadily in this terrible market. And, of, course they’ve given me their opinions about Zion’s performance. Here are three reasons for Zion’s increasing stock value that I gave to a http://oilinisrael.net reader this week

1. The Haifa gas discovery is close by and proves massive hydrocarbons in the area.
2. Zion has proven themselves to be a real company – not a fly by night. They do what they say they’re going to do.
3. The announced subscription offer is a great deal – but only to those who already own Zion stock.

It’s pretty simple folks. Now it looks like the rest of the world is catching on.

Zion Oil at a 52 Week High

February 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Zion Oil & Gas one of only two companies on NASDAQ to hit 52 week high on Tuesday. Zion stock price closed at $10.38 on Tuesday. Zion is also now a part of the Small Cap Investor 25 Composite. Not bad for a little company from Dallas looking for oil in Israel because the Bible said it was there. (source: http://smallcapinvestor.com)

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