Lekoil, an oil and gas exploration and development company with a focus on Nigeria and West Africa, said it has entered into a placing agreement with Mirabaud Securities and has conditionally raised, in aggregate, gross proceeds of approximately $100 million through the placing of, in aggregate, 113,282,000 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 55 pence per ordinary share with certain existing and new institutional and other investors via an accelerated book-build.
The net proceeds of the placing are estimated to be $97 million and will be used to fund the completion of drilling and testing of the Ogo-1 and Ogo-1 ST, the future development of OML 113 offshore Nigeria, which contains the Aje Field. The funds will also go toward general corporate and working capital purposes, including the full repayment of the loan facility that the company has entered into with Afren.
The placing, which has been conducted by Mirabaud, acting as sole book runner and Ladenburg Thalmann, acting as US Placing Agent, pursuant to the terms and conditions as set out in Appendix I to the announcement, is conditional, inter alia, on admission.
Olalekan Akinyanmi, chief executive officer, Lekoil, said in a statement posted on the company’s website: “This equity raise reflects Lekoil’s success in implementing the strategy, set out at the time of our IPO in May this year, to build a business focused initially on West Africa and diversified in terms of exploration, appraisal and near term production. I am delighted that our existing and new shareholders have responded so positively and look forward to continuing to grow our company for the benefit of all shareholders and stakeholders.”
The placing will be conducted in two stages, with the First Placing Shares being placed using the Directors’ existing authority to allot shares for cash on a non pre-emptive basis, as granted at Lekoil’s most recent EGM, and the Second Placing Shares being placed conditionally upon, inter alia, the passing of the Resolutions at the Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on November 21.
Application will be made for the First Placing Shares and the Second Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is currently expected that trading in the First Placing Shares and the Second Placing Shares will commence on 6 November 2013 and 22 November 2013respectively.
By: FEMI ASU