CanArgo Energy Enters $13 Million Financing Deal
CanArgo Energy Corporation (AMEX: CNR) has entered an agreement in principle on a $13 million private placement of subordinated convertible guaranteed loan notes with a small group of accredited investors. This transaction is subject to and conditional upon applicable waivers by CanArgo's Senior Secured Noteholders, receipt of all appropriate regulatory approvals, if any, and subject to preparation, execution and delivery of mutually acceptable definitive documentation. Closing of the transaction is expected by mid-February or as soon as all conditions to closing have been satisfied or waived.
The Notes will be convertible in whole or in part into CanArgo common stock at a price of $1.37 per share (based on the closing price of CanArgo common stock on the American Stock Exchange on January 20, 2006), subject to certain anti-dilution adjustments, and will mature on September 01, 2009. Subject to the consent of the Senior Noteholders, CanArgo may call the Notes from March 01, 2007 at an initial price of 105% of par, declining 1% every six months. Interest will be payable in cash at 3% per annum until December 31, 2006, 10% per annum thereafter. The Notes will be subordinated to CanArgo's existing issue of Senior Secured Notes and guaranteed on a subordinated basis by CanArgo's material subsidiaries.
The proceeds are to be used to fund the development of the Kyzyloi Gas Field in the Republic of Kazakhstan and on the commitment exploration programs in Kazakhstan through Tethys Petroleum Investments Limited ("Tethys"), the wholly owned subsidiary of CanArgo which holds CanArgo's Kazakhstan assets.
The Noteholders will have the right (as an alternative) for a period of one year from closing (or until the consent of the Senior Noteholders is obtained), to convert the Notes into a 25% equity interest in Tethys. At the time of any Tethys conversion any further advances (in excess of the $13 million) from CanArgo to Tethys may be, at CanArgo's discretion, either repaid, or converted into Tethys equity based on a valuation of $52 million, with the Noteholders having the ability to maintain their equity position by providing further funding on a pro-rata basis.
In addition, CanArgo will issue to the Noteholders 13 million warrants to purchase CanArgo common stock exercisable at $1.37 and expiring two years from the closing of the transaction. The expiration date of these warrants may be accelerated at CanArgo's option in the event that the Manavi M12 appraisal well in the Republic of Georgia (which is currently being drilled) indicates, by way of an independent engineering report, sustainable production potential, if developed, in excess of 7,500 barrels of oil per day. The accelerated expiration will be 30 days after notice to the Noteholders.
Dr David Robson, CEO of CanArgo, commented, "These funds will go directly into our Kazakhstan assets allowing us to progress the current development program on the Kyzyloi Field and install the infrastructure necessary to achieve first gas and generate cash flow. We look forward to further progressing the Kazakhstan projects which we believe offer good long term value with significant upside."
CanArgo intends to file a registration statement with the SEC in respect of the conversion stock and warrants.
CanArgo is an independent oil and gas exploration and production
company with its oil and gas operations currently located in the
Republic of Georgia and Kazakhstan.
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