London 7 February 2018, Impact Oil & Gas (“Impact”), the African-focused pure exploration company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a subscription agreement (the “Subscription Agreement”) with its existing shareholder, Deepkloof Limited (“Deepkloof”), a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments (“HCI”) of South Africa, and Africa Oil Corp (“AOC”) that will provide Impact with up to USD 35 million, subject to various conditions (the “Placing”).
The first tranche of the Placing will comprise an investment of USD 25,000,000 into Impact (the “Initial Placing”);
The new Ordinary Shares comprised in the Initial Placing will comprise 19.3 % of the issued share capital of Impact immediately following completion of the Initial Placing.
The Company has also granted options, exercisable for a period of 9 months from the initial subscription, for:
Each of Deepkloof and Africa Oil has also granted the Company the option, exercisable for a period of 9 months from completion of the Initial Placing, subject to certain conditions, to require both Deepkloof and Africa Oil to subscribe for the Ordinary Shares that are subject to the abovementioned options (to the extent that Deepkloof or Africa Oil has not already subscribed for such shares).
AOC has also announced today that it has agreed to acquire the Ordinary Shares and warrants to subscribe for Ordinary Shares currently held by Helios Natural Resources 2 Ltd. (“Helios”).
Assuming that both the above acquisition and all the transactions contemplated by the Subscription Agreement occur, Deepkloof and AOC will hold 47.7% and 25.2% respectively of the enlarged issued share capital of Impact (46.9% and 27.2% respectively on a fully diluted basis).
As part of the Placing, Keith Hill, President and CEO of Africa Oil Corp, and Johnny Copelyn, CEO of Hosken Consolidated Investments will be appointed to the Board of Impact as non- executive Directors.
The Company expect to use net proceeds of the Placing to:
In conjunction with the Placing, the Company has entered into a new agreement, conditional upon completion of the Initial Placing, with Deepkloof, AOC and Helios (the “Investors’ Agreement”). The Investors’ Agreement provides Deepkloof, AOC and Helios with the right to nominate members of the board of directors of Impact (which may consist of a maximum of nine (9) members) based on certain share ownership thresholds and consent rights with respect to certain fundamental matters in respect of Impact, including the future issue of Ordinary Shares.
The Placing is conditional, among other things, upon the passing of certain resolutions. A General Meeting is being convened for the purpose of considering the relevant resolutions at 11.30 am on 26 February 2018.
GMP FirstEnergy is acting as financial advisor to Impact in connection with the transactions described herein.
Robert Wilde, Interim CEO of Impact Oil and GaS, commented:
“Impact is uniquely positioned with a highly attractive, growing portfolio of exploration acreage and an experienced team with a strong track record of realising value from its assets and securing partnerships with some of the largest independent and major oil companies.
Today’s placing provides us with the necessary financing to fund our share of our first exploration well in Namibia in 2019 where we enjoy a partial carry and ongoing subsurface technical work across our portfolio.
We would like to thank our existing shareholders for their continued support and welcome our new shareholder. Adding Africa Oil as a major shareholder to our register, alongside our partnerships with ExxonMobil, Statoil, CNOOC-Nexen and Total, signals industry’s endorsement of our assets and provides us with great confidence for the future.”
The full press release can be downloaded below.