Transmeridian Completes Acquisition of Bramex
Transmeridian Exploration Incorporated has completed the acquisition of Bramex Management, Inc., which owns the 50% of JSC CaspiNeft TME not previously owned by Transmeridian. Through its subsidiaries, Transmeridian now owns 100% of CaspiNeft, which operates the South Alibek Field in Kazakhstan. In connection with the acquisition, Transmeridian paid a total of $168.0 million, of which approximately $44.0 million was to repay the outstanding bank indebtedness of CaspiNeft and the remainder represented the purchase price for the shares of Bramex. Funds for payment of the purchase price and repayment of debt of CaspiNeft were provided from the previously announced private placement of $250 million principal amount of senior secured notes of Transmeridian Exploration Inc., the Company's wholly-owned British Virgin Islands subsidiary.
Separately, Transmeridian reporots that it has agreed to acquire the 10% carried working interest in the South Alibek Field held by Kornerstone Investment Group, Ltd. for $15.25 million cash and one million shares of Transmeridian common stock. This transaction is expected to be completed by December 31, 2005.
Transmeridian has received updated reserve and cash flow estimates for the South Alibek Field, and based on its ownership of 100% of CaspiNeft, the buy-out of the carried working interest held by Kornerstone and results from the wells drilled thus far in 2005, the Company's net interest in the estimated proved reserves located in the South Alibek Field has increased to 73.7 million barrels of oil. The before-tax present value of future cash flows from these reserves, discounted at 10%, as of October 1, 2005, is in excess of $1.0 billion. Transmeridian's reserve and cash flow estimates have been prepared by Ryder Scott Company, independent petroleum consultants.
``Successful completion of the acquisition of the Bramex
and Kornerstone interests in the field, are significant
milestones in the growth of Transmeridian,'' commented Lorrie
T. Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer. ``With
substantial resources identified thus far, and the field
still in the early stages of development, we believe the
timing is right to consolidate our ownership. We are now
moving forward with our plans to accelerate development
of the field by bringing in additional drilling rigs, which
should result in increased production, cash flow and value
for our shareholders.''
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