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Rose Petroleum PLC - Directorate Changes and Board Restructuring

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Rose Petroleum PLC
03 September 2019

3 September 2019


Rose Petroleum plc

 ("Rose Petroleum" or the "Company")


Directorate Changes and Board Restructuring


Rose Petroleum (AIM: ROSE), the AIM-quoted natural resources business, is pleased to announce the following changes to its Board of Directors.


Colin Harrington, who was previously the Executive Chairman of the Company has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.


Further, Rick Grant, who was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 28 June 2019, has now been appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Company with immediate effect.


In addition to these changes, the Company is also pleased to announce that Gordon Stein has been appointed to the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director. Gordon has over 26 years of international experience in the oil and gas sector and has a significant track record of working with AIM quoted natural resources businesses.   Among other current appointments, Gordon is Chief Financial Officer of AIM-quoted Columbus Energy Resources PLC, and he previously served as CFO of AIM-quoted Madagascar Oil Ltd, Cadogan Petroleum plc and Regal Petroleum PLC. Gordon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, and his considerable financial and capital markets experience will assist the Company on a number of fronts.


The Company is also taking this opportunity to bolster its governance framework and, as an independent Non-Executive Director, Gordon will also be Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.


Further to its announcement on 30 July 2019, the Company also confirms that Matthew Idiens has now stepped down from the Board.  In line with the July announcement, Matthew will continue to assist the Board while it completes its transformation.


Colin Harrington, Chief Executive Officer of Rose Petroleum plc, said: "I am delighted that Gordon has agreed to join the Board of the Company as an independent Non-Executive Director.  His financial experience and long-standing relationships will be invaluable over the coming months as the Company looks to complete its transformation into a geographically-focused upstream participant.

"In taking on the role of Chief Executive at this pivotal time, I personally look forward to working with Rick, Gordon and the rest of the team to achieve our prime objectives - delivering value and growth for all shareholders.

"As detailed in my Chairman's statement in the most recent Annual Report, my initial focus was to augment the Company's Board and management team.  I believe we now have a well-balanced, diversified and experienced Board, one with the skillset required to help the Company grow. Our next task is to implement our plans for growth and to ensure we have the operational team in place to deliver on our key objectives.  I look forward to providing updates on progress in the coming months."



Board appointment - regulatory disclosures


Gordon Bowman Stein, aged 60, holds and has held over the last five years the following directorships:

Current directorships held

Columbus Energy Resources plc

Columbus Energy (St Lucia) Ltd

Columbus Energy Services Ltd

Goudron E&P Ltd

Leni Trinidad Ltd

LGO Trinidad Holdings Ltd

Bookham Energy Services Ltd

Kaezen Ltd

Kaelo Technology Ltd

Kaelo Manufacturing Ltd

Kaelo Ltd

Madagascar Oil S.A.(Madagascar)*

Directorships held within the last five years

Ajax Oil & Gas Ltd (dissolved)

Madagascar Oil Ltd

Madagascar Oil (UK) Ltd (dissolved)

British Handball Association


(*) Mr Stein tendered his resignation as a director of all Madagascar Oil group companies when he ceased to work for the group in October 2016

Mr Stein was a director of Acorn North Sea Limited ("ANSL") which went into administration in June 2005 until June 2006, when it was acquired by one of its parent company's investors in agreement with the creditors. No actions were taken against any of the ANSL directors by Companies House arising from the formal report of the administrator.



Rose Petroleum plc

Colin Harrington (CEO)

Chris Eadie (CFO)



Tel: +44 (0)20 7225 4599

Tel: +44 (0)20 7225 4599

Allenby Capital Limited - AIM Nominated Adviser

Jeremy Porter / James Reeve / Liz Kirchner



Tel: +44 (0)20 3328 5656


Cantor Fitzgerald Europe - Financial Adviser and Joint Broker

David Porter



Tel: +44 (0)20 7894 7686


Novum Securities Limited - Joint Broker

Colin Rowbury


Tel: +44 (0)20 7399 9427


Turner Pope Investments - Joint Broker

Andy Thacker



Tel: +44 (0)20 3621 4120

Media enquiries:

Allerton Communications

Peter Curtain



Tel: +44 (0) 20 3633 1730

[email protected]


Notes to editors


Rose Petroleum plc (http://rosepetroleum.com) is a North America-focused oil and gas company whose primary asset is approximately 80,000 net acres in the prolific oil and gas producing Paradox Basin in Utah, U.S.A., where it is earning into a 75% working interest. Using high-quality data gathered in a 3D seismic survey completed in October 2017, the Company has identified drilling locations in naturally fractured areas of the Paradox Formation and has chosen the first well location and it is now permitted to drill and plans to commence the drilling programme and the first well as soon as possible, subject to rig availability, stipulations of the leases, BLM Unit obligations and financing.


On 22 June 2018, Rose announced a Competent Person's Report ("CPR") and Maiden Contingent Resource by Gaffney Cline & Associates ("GCA") on the Rose acreage covered by the 3D seismic, approximately 17,250 acres of the 80,000 acres held.  The CPR estimated a 2C Contingent Resource, net to Rose, of 9.25 MMBbl of oil and 18.50 Bscf of gas, and an unrisked pre-tax Net Present Value (NPV10) on the 2C Resources, net to Rose, of US$122 million. The CPR focused solely on one single reservoir - the Cane Creek reservoir (the "CCR" or "Clastic 21") - of the multiple prospective reservoirs within the Paradox Formation.


The Company's established management is supported by an expert technical team with extensive experience of the basin, where current operations nearby have proven successful, with significant initial production rates and low decline rates, offering strong economics even in the present oil price environment.


The Company's strategy is to grow both organically and through acquisition, identifying additional hydrocarbon assets, conventional or unconventional, that would benefit from the Company's fast-acting, entrepreneurial approach.


Rose Petroleum has been quoted on AIM since June 2004.




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