Bontan has closed its previously announced non brokered private placement financing, pursuant to which it has issued 37,750,000 Units at a price of US $0.20 per Unit to raise aggregate gross proceeds of US $7,550,000. Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company and one five-year term purchase warrant. Each warrant entitles the holder to acquire one additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.35 per share. There is a call provision should the closing price of the Company's common shares exceed US $1.00 for 20 consecutive business days. All securities issued in the financing are subject to a statutory hold period. In connection with the private placement the Company has paid a finder's fee of no more than 10% of the gross proceeds to certain finders assisting in the offering and also issued an aggregate of 3,775,000 compensation warrants to such finders. These warrants have the same terms as the warrants forming part of the Units issued under the private placement financing.
Certain proceeds from the offering have been used with respect to the Company's 11% net working interest in the two drilling licenses in offshore Israel: Sarah and Myra. The Company's ownership of theses licenses is held through its 76.8% owned subsidiary: Israel Petroleum.
The Company reported that all seismic data relating to the two licenses have now been fully acquired from Western Geco International Ltd, a Schlumberger group company, who were paid the balance of their fees of US$ 10.5 million. All of the seismic data is now being processed.
Bontan also reported that it is preparing an application to list on the Canadian National Stock Exchange. The CNSX is an innovative new stock exchange for trading the securities of public companies. The Company must meet all requirements of the Exchange prior to any approval.
Kam Shah, CEO of Bontan, commented, "We are very pleased with the progress our Company has made over the last seven months. We have met all of our financial obligations in relation to the offshore Israeli project and look forward to further developmental activities in both the Sarah and Myra licenses. We have received tremendous support from our existing shareholders as well as from new sophisticated investors who participated in our recent private placement. The recent reports from the US Geological Survey indicating that there are some 1.7 Billion barrels of recoverable oil and 122 Trillion cubic feet of gas in the 83000 square kilometer Levant Basin Province augurs well for our project. In addition the fact that the offshore area has also recently attracted the attention of various energy giants including Gazprom, bodes extremely well for our project. Identifying an international driller and operator will enable us and our joint venture partners to proceed with the plans to drill in both the licenses. It should be a very exciting year ahead for our company.
About the Project Area
The Offshore Israel Project comprises two Licenses - Sarah and Myra - covering approximately 310 square miles and is located in the Levantine Basin near the recent 6.3 TCF Tamar 1, Tamar 2, and the Dalit natural gas discoveries by Noble Energy Inc.
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