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RNS Number : 3438G
United Oil & Gas PLC
23 July 2019
 

United Oil & Gas PLC / Index: AIM / Epic: UOG / Sector: Oil & Gas

 

23rd July 2019

 

United Oil & Gas PLC

("United" or the "Company")

 

Conditional Acquisition of Rockhopper Egypt Pty Ltd

 

Headlines

·    Conditional acquisition by United of Rockhopper Egypt Pty Ltd ("Rockhopper Egypt") for US$ 16 million with an effective date of 1st January 2019 (the "Transaction")

 

·    Includes 22% non-operated position in the Abu Sennan concession onshore Egypt

 

·    Transformational acquisition will deliver over 1,100 boepd net low-cost production with 2.64mmboe net 2P Reserves to United plus large remaining infill and exploration upside

·    BP will provide a prepayment financing structure of up to US$ 8 million

·    United and BP have entered into an offtake agreement regarding United's future oil and gas production

·    Equity placing planned to fund the balance of the Transaction, of which up to US $5 million may be taken up by Rockhopper Exploration Plc in new ordinary shares in United ("Consideration Shares")

 

·    Proposed Transaction would be a Reverse Takeover ("RTO") under the AIM Rules and therefore United's shares have been suspended pending the publication of an AIM admission document

 

United Oil & Gas PLC, the AIM traded oil and gas exploration and development company, is pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of Rockhopper Egypt Pty Ltd from Rockhopper Exploration Plc, for a headline consideration of US$16 million.  The purchase includes a non-operated 22% interest in the Abu Sennan concession onshore Egypt, and the existing assets of the business at the effective date. As the process will trigger a RTO under the AIM Rules, shares in United have been suspended at market opening today.

 

Rockhopper Egypt Pty Ltd and the Abu Sennan Concession

Rockhopper Energy Pty Ltd has been operational in Egypt since 2016 and the company has a 22% interest in the Abu Sennan concession.

The Abu Sennan concession is located in the prolific Western Desert region in Egypt.  It contains seven operational fields with seventeen producing wells.  Current gross production has recently been reported by Rockhopper Egypt at over 5,100 boepd (over 1,100 boepd net).

The directors believe there is significant potential to increase production through an infill drilling programme which is currently in progress. This has already been reported by Rockhopper Egypt to have boosted gross production by over 1,000 boepd since the beginning of the year, compared to average gross production of 3,700 boepd for 2018. Most recently reported (end-2018) working interest 2P reserves are 2.64mmboe (net entitlement 1.12mmboe), although this does not take into account the recent drilling results.

In addition to the seven production concessions, the Abu Sennan concession also contains a large (653km2) exploration area, with a significant prospect and lead inventory. The historic drilling success rate on the concession has been 80%.

The concession partners are Kuwait Energy (25% and operator), Global Connect Limited (25%) and Dover Investments Limited (28%).

 

Components of the Transaction

The Transaction consideration comprises a deposit of US$0.3 million, payable on signing of the sale & Purchase agreement.  A further US$15.7 million is payable on completion of the transaction. 

The Effective Date of the Transaction is 1st January 2019. The Balance Sheet on the effective Date includes Cash of US$0.65m and Receivables of US$1.7m.

 

Funding of the Transaction 

The cash consideration for the Transaction is US$16 million, which is to be funded through a combination of prepayment finance, equity in United and the Company's existing cash resources. 

BP is providing a senior secured prepayment financing structure of up to US$8 million to fund the proposed acquisition. 

The balance of the cash component of the Transaction cost, along with working capital, will be funded by a placing of new ordinary shares in United, along with use of existing cash resources, including the proceeds from the Company's recently announced Crown divestment. Rockhopper Exploration Plc has agreed to accept up to US$5 million in Consideration Shares. Any Consideration Shares held by Rockhopper in United are subject to certain lock-up and orderly market disposal provisions for a period of up to 12 months from completion

 

Transaction process

The Transaction would be classified as a RTO transaction under the AIM Rules.  Shares in United have therefore been suspended at market opening today. The transaction and equity raise will be subject inter alia to agreement by United's Shareholders at an EGM, details of which will be announced separately.  Subject to agreement and successful completion of the transaction, shares will be re-admitted to the AIM market at a date to be confirmed.

The transaction is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions precedent including United Shareholder approval, completion of the readmission of United and receipt of Egyptian government approvals. The transaction is expected to complete during Q4 2019.

 

 

Oil & Gas Offtake Arrangements with BP

United has entered into an offtake agreement with BP in relation to United's future oil and gas production. 

 

Brian Larkin, CEO of United Oil and Gas, commented:

"This is a truly transformational deal for United.  Not only will it deliver our first production, positive cashflow and significant reserves it also offers very promising infill and exploration upside.  Having reviewed many opportunities in the last 18 months, Rockhopper Egypt was by far and away the most exciting opportunity and the best strategic fit for our business. 

"United has already built a world class portfolio of assets, combining high impact exploration in Jamaica and Benin, with low risk, low cost European assets in the UK and Italy.  This diverse portfolio is already offering shareholders a range of options for value enhancement.  The proposed acquisition announced today would deliver production and cash flow to this already impressive stable. 

"In addition, we are very pleased with BP's support for the deal, through the provision of acquisition finance, and we look forward to developing future business together.

"At completion, this Transaction will create a substantially larger company and this production deal will contribute to the significant development potential within our existing asset base.   Our goal as a management team has been to build a full cycle, oil and gas exploration and production company which delivers exceptional value for our shareholders.  This Transaction is an important step in the realisation of that goal."

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

 

Qualified Person's Statement

Jonathan Leather, an Executive Director of the Company, who has over 20 years of relevant experience in the oil and gas industry, has approved the information contained in this announcement.  Dr. Jonathan Leather is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Glossary:                                            

boepd  

mmboe

2P Reserves

barrels of oil equivalent per day

million barrels of oil equivalent

Proved plus Probable Reserves

 

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

United Oil & Gas Plc (Company)

 

Brian Larkin, CEO

[email protected]

Beaumont Cornish Limited (Nominated Adviser)

 

Roland Cornish and Felicity Geidt

+44 (0) 20 7628 3396

Optiva Securities Limited (Broker)

 

Christian Dennis

+44 (0) 20 3137 1902

Murray (PR Advisor)

+353 (0) 87 6909735

Joe Heron

[email protected]

 

 

St Brides Partners (Financial PR/IR)

 

Frank Buhagiar and Juliet Earl

+44 (0) 207 236 1177

Notes to Editors

 

United Oil & Gas PLC (UOG) is an AIM-traded company.  United was established to explore, appraise and develop low risk assets in Europe and to develop higher risk, higher impact exploration projects in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.

 

The following table outlines the Company's licence interests:

 

Country

Licence

Operator

United Interest

Italy

Podere Gallina Licence

Po Valley Energy Limited

20%

UK

Waddock Cross Field

Egdon Resources UK Limited

26.25%

UK

PL090 Exploration

Egdon Resources UK Limited

18.95%

UK

P1918

Corallian Energy Limited

10%

 UK

PEDL 330

Corallian Energy Limited

10%

UK

PEDL 345

Corallian Energy Limited

10%

UK

P2366

United Oil & Gas Plc

95%

Jamaica

Walton-Morant

Tullow Jamaica Ltd

20%

 

ENDS

 

 


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