Petro Matad Raises New Funds for Mongolian Drilling Program
Petro Matad has conditionally raised US $6 million through a subscription for new ordinary shares of $0.01 per share (the "New Share(s)") in the Company by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD"). The New Shares will be issued at a subscription price of 14 pence per New Share and will rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares of the Company.
The New Shares will be issued in two equal tranches of US $3 million, with the number of shares issued calculated based upon the sterling to US dollar exchange rate on the business day before the relevant subscription. The first tranche of New Shares will be issued subject to the fulfilment of the Subscription Agreement's conditions precedent, which are expected to be satisfied in the coming weeks; the second tranche will be issued on the satisfaction of certain further conditions, principally the appointment of a representative of the EBRD to the board of Petro Matad. Upon issue, application will be made for each tranche of New Shares to be admitted to AIM.
Commenting on the share subscription Petro Matad's CEO, Douglas McGay, said, "The EBRD are to be congratulated for supporting the Mongolian oil exploration sector through its investment in our Company. The EBRD's support of Petro Matad also demonstrates a meaningful path forward for the fast developing Mongolian private sector. Petrovis LLC, the Company's largest shareholder, should also be applauded for its support in this process and its faith in international business disciplines.
"Overall, it is tangible evidence of our Company's progress. Following the completion of tranche 2 the EBRD will hold approximately 17.5 per cent. of the Company's issued share capital and the addition of this prestigious investor and its funding of Petro Matad is an endorsement of the Company's achievements to-date. Together with our existing shareholders, the EBRD will provide a stable platform for Petro Matad's future growth and development. Additionally, the EBRD's experience and input at Board level will be very welcome.
"During the winter suspension of field activities, the Company is furthering research and preparation on our newly awarded Production Sharing Contracts on Blocks IV and V in central Mongolia, putting in place further technical personnel and fine tuning the preparations for the resumption of the drilling programme on Block XX."
Kevin Bortz, the EBRD's Director for Natural Resources said, "The EBRD is pleased to support the first oil exploration project in Mongolia conducted by a local private company. This transaction will strengthen the role of the private sector in the Mongolian economy, and subject to exploration success, will in time help reduce Mongolia's energy dependency on external providers by offering a new source of supply. In addition, the project will bring new and improved environmental and corporate governance standards."
Use of Proceeds
The net proceeds of the Subscription will be applied by the Company on its drill program, together with further exploration on Blocks XX, IV and V.