Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc (PRD), the Jersey-based Oil and Gas Company with operations in Trinidad, Morocco and Ireland is pleased to announce that it has conditionally placed 22,438,842 new ordinary shares of no par value in the Company (the "Placing Shares") at a placing price of 2 pence each (the "Placing Price") to raise £0.448million (before expenses) (the "Placing").
The Placing was significantly oversubscribed and utilises all of the Company's existing headroom shares under the Financial Conduct Authority restrictions for companies on the Official List (standard listing segment) of the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities .
Novum Securities are acting as placing agents to the Company.
Settlement in full of outstanding Arato Convertible Loan Notes
The well-capitalised position of the Company combined with significant operational progress towards generating revenues from the CO2 EOR project in Trinidad, has created the opportunity to settle in full the outstanding Arato Convertible Loan Notes. Eliminating debt potentially strengthens the near-term growth prospects of the Company as COVID-19 restrictions are gradually relaxed.
The Company has given an irrevocable notice to repay the remaining £746,000 of the Loan Notes (the Outstanding Principal) together with redemption fees (together, the Redemption Monies) on or before 15 May 2020. Arato have agreed to accept the Redemption Monies in cash.
Redemption Monies will be funded from the Placing and from utilising some cash resources from the Company's well-capitalised balance sheet.
Impact on working capital requirements
The successful and oversubscribed Placing announced on 14 February 2020 allowed some additional discretionary working capital to be raised surplus to that required to satisfy all of the Company's current work programme commitments. Cost reductions have been achieved during COVID-19 for the Company's operations without compromising the ability to deliver revenues from Trinidad or the execution of the Moroccan drilling programme. The additional release of the Arato security over the first US$1 million of the Guercif Bank Guarantee, returned after the completion of the Guercif commitment well, further strengthens the Company's balance sheet. Going forward that restricted cash can potentially be leveraged to secure improved commercial terms with some drilling service companies and equipment providers, with some potential for risk-sharing and deferred payments given the weakened position of the services market. This makes for more effective use of such cash.
The Company remains, after repayment of the outstanding Arato Convertible Loan Notes, fully funded to progress CO2 EOR in Trinidad to the point when profits are generated and to execute the high impact Guercif drilling programme in Morocco targeting the gas market in Morocco.
Operational, HSE and regulatory progress in Trinidad has been successfully maintained and managed during the COVID-19 imposition of social distancing restrictions. As a result, the Company is confident that profits from enhanced CO2 EOR oil production, even at a sustained WTI oil price of US$20 per barrel, will make a positive impact on the Company's cash balances. Such profits are additional to the working capital raised for the Company to fulfil its current work programmes.
The Company remains "drill ready" in Morocco, with environmental approvals granted and in- country rig availability maintained at no cost to the Company. Well equipment also remains available in Morocco. The drilling programme can be advanced as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed and the HSE conditions under which operations can be carried out are agreed and put into practice.
The Company is working on a faster-track solution to monetise an initial gas discovery at Guercif in the event of drilling success. GRF-1 was drilled in 1972 less than two kilometres from the proposed well to be drilled by the Company. Well logs over an interval interpreted as gas-bearing by a previous operator in 2006 are now being re-evaluated by Houston-based NuTech, a company specialising in applying new technology to old well logs. The first well location has been optimised to ensure that this significant potential gas target can be added to the existing gas targets. This will potentially maximise well deliverability in a success case to support the option being developed for initial monetisation of gas. Morocco remains a very attractive market for gas and the impact of COVID-19 only reinforces the importance of focussing on local gas markets where less carbon intensive gas is competing against more carbon intensive, higher priced, imported fuel oil.
Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc CEO Paul Griffiths commented:-
"I am very pleased to announce that through this Placing and the well-capitalised position of the Company we have removed the debt created by the Convertible Loan Notes. We have achieved this by reaching a secure position whereby cash can be prudently used to achieve this purpose without compromising delivering our work programme commitments.
Focus can now be exclusively on utilising our lean team to deliver near-term operational results and to further develop growth potential, by using our debt-free balance sheet, restricted cash asset, and accumulated specialist expertise in Trinidad and Morocco as leverage to secure attractive commercial deals."
Completion of the Placing
Completion of the Placing is conditional on, inter alia:-
the Placing Shares being admitted to listing on the Official List (standard listing segment) and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities ("Admission") on or before 29 May 2020 (or such later date as may be agreed by the Company and Novum Securities).
Agreement with Arato Global Opportunities LLC
§ An Orderly Market Agreement remains in place
§ Arato releases security over the USD 1 million cash in the form of the returnable Bank Guarantee from ONHYM following completion of the Moulouya well.
Admission, Settlement and Dealings in Placing Shares
Applications will be made to the FCA and to the London Stock Exchange for Admission in respect of all the Placing Shares proposed to be issued on completion of the Placing. It is expected that Admission will become effective, and that dealings in the Placing Shares are expected to commence, at 8.00 a.m. on 29 May 2020.
The rights attaching to the Placing Shares will be uniform in all respects and all of the Placing Shares will rank pari passu, and form a single class for all purposes with, the existing issued shares of no par value in the Company.
Following Admission of the Placing Shares, the enlarged Share Capital will be 239,678,517 ordinary shares of no par value.