Mainland to Take Reins of American Exploration Corp.

Mainland Resources and American Exploration Corporation announced today that their respective boards of directors have approved a stock-for-stock merger to be effected under the laws of Nevada, and that the companies have signed a definitive Merger Agreement and Plan of Merger. If the merger is completed, Mainland will be the surviving corporation, and will become vested with all of American Exploration's assets and property.

Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, American Exploration's stockholders will receive one share of Mainland common stock for every four shares of American Exploration common stock they own. Currently, there are approximately 59,718,000 shares of American Exploration common stock outstanding, with the result that approximately 14,929,500 shares of Mainland common stock are anticipated to be issued to former stockholders of American Exploration upon completion of the merger. Based on the closing market price of Mainland's common stock of $1.23 per share, as reported by the OTC Bulletin Board, on March 22, 2010, the total share consideration to be issued to American Exploration's stockholders will be worth approximately $18,363,285, and they will hold approximately 15.6% of the issued and outstanding common stock of Mainland, as the surviving corporation.

The merger will be subject to various conditions, including: the approval of the respective stockholders of each of Mainland and American Exploration; completion within 30 days by each party, to its satisfaction, of due diligence investigation of the other party's business and affairs to determine the feasibility, economic or otherwise, of the merger; the number of holders of American Exploration common stock exercising dissent rights available to them under Nevada law shall not exceed 5% of the total issued and outstanding shares of American Exploration common stock; the number of holders of Mainland common stock exercising dissent rights available to them under Nevada law shall not exceed 5% of the total issued and outstanding shares of Mainland common stock; each party shall have received a draft fairness opinion (each, a "Fairness Opinion") of its own independent financial adviser to the effect that, as of the date of the Merger Agreement, the merger is fair from a financial point of view to holders of such party's stockholders (subject to the assumptions, qualifications and limitations relating to such opinion), and such party's Board of Directors shall have approved of and accepted such draft Fairness Opinion; and other customary conditions. In addition, each party's obligation to consummate the merger is subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the other party and material compliance of the other party with its covenants.


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