Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited (the “Company”) (TSXV: XOP) (LSE: COPL), is pleased to announce an offering of common shares in the capital of the Company to raise gross proceeds of £2.5 million (the “Placing”), pursuant to which the Company will issue 250,000,000 new common shares (“Placing Shares”) to UK investors at a price of 1 penny (£0.01) per Placing Share.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Placing to fund the Company’s on-going general and administrative expenses which principally covers a full technical team including geologists, a geophysicist, reservoir engineers, a drilling engineer and in-house counsel, which are approximately US$410,000 per month, as the Company seeks to progress its projects in West Africa.
The Company’s other financial commitments for the 12 month period, following the publication of the Company’s Prospectus approved by the UK Listing Authority dated 8 June 2017, include 50% of the costs relating to Shoreline Canadian Overseas Petroleum Development Corporation’s (“ShoreCan”) commitment to invest funds in the form of an interest-free shareholder loan to be used for its 80% owned Essar Exploration and Production Limited (Nigeria) (“Essar”) operations. As previously announced the Company has engaged COFARCO SAS of Paris France and Zeus Capital of London United Kingdom to source the required funds at the project level and is making encouraging progress towards securing funds for its appraisal and development project at OPL 226, offshore Nigeria. The Company remains confident that it will meet the target to drill an appraisal well in late 2017 or early 2018 with a subsequent Early Production Scheme being put in place shortly after.
The Placing is subject to customary conditions and the receipt of required regulatory approvals, including the approval of the London Stock Exchange plc (“London Stock Exchange”) and the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”).
An application is being made to the Financial Conduct Authority(“FCA”) for the Placing Shares to be admitted to the standard listing segment of the Official List maintained by the FCA, and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities and are expected to be admitted to trading on 16 October 2017.
Stock specific risks
- The company will be subject to typical exploration and development risks. There is no guarantee the company will be able to define economically viable resources.
- Any delay to the development timeline and financing would disappoint the market and sentiment towards the shares.
- Commodity prices will fluctuate, which could affect the economic feasibility of their operations.
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