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i3 Energy PLC (I3E)

i3 Energy PLC

Saskatchewan Assets Sale & Proposed £30m Fundraise
RNS Number : 4961V
i3 Energy PLC
07 August 2020
 

7 August 2020

 

i3 Energy plc

("i3" or the "Company")

 

Conditional Sale of Saskatchewan Assets and Proposed £30 million Fundraise

 

i3 Energy plc, an independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK, is pleased to announce the following update.

 

Highlights:

 

· i3's purchase of the petroleum and infrastructure assets of Gain Energy Ltd. ("Gain") (the "Gain Acquisition") is ongoing

· During the process, i3 has agreed to sell Gain's Saskatchewan portfolio to Harvard Resources Inc. ("Harvard") for CAD$45 million (c. US$33 million ), immediately following completion of its acquisition of Gain's petroleum and infrastructure assets

· Net consideration payable by i3 for the remaining petroleum and infrastructure assets of Gain that it is retaining (the "Gain Assets") is now CAD$35million (c. US$26 million ) subject to normal completion adjustments

· The Gain Assets delivered production of 8,948 boepd in June 2020 and would add 2P reserves of 53.8 MMboe with a before-tax NPV10 of c.US$182 million

· The net consideration for the Gain Assets translates to acquisition metrics of US$2,876/boepd and US$0.48 per 2P boe

· To fund the Gain Acquisition and unlock production potential, i3 is proposing to raise £30 million from institutional and other investors at a price of 5 pence per share, an 18% discount to the closing mid-price at which i3's shares suspended on 23 June 2020 (the "Primary Placing")

· Concurrent with the Primary Placing, PrimaryBid (primarybid.com) is running an offer for subscription (the "PrimaryBid Offer") which will allow i3's retail shareholder base and new retail investors to participate alongside institutional investors at the same price

 

Asset acquisition and concurrent onward sale

 

On 6 July 2020, the Company announced that it had entered into a binding purchase and sale agreement to acquire all the petroleum and infrastructure assets of Gain Energy Ltd., a private Canadian company with operations in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, for CAD$80 million (c. US$59 million ) , with an economic effective date of 1 May 2020 .

 

Since the announcement of 6 July 2020, the Company has agreed to sell, immediately following completion of the Gain Acquisition, those petroleum and infrastructure assets currently held by Gain which are located in Saskatchewan to Harvard Resources Inc. for CAD$45 million (c. US$33 million ) (the "Harvard Sale"), conditional only on completion of the Gain Acquisition.

 

The net consideration payable by i3 to acquire the Gain Assets, which are the petroleum and infrastructure assets of Gain which are to be retained by i3 following completion of the Gain Acquisition and the Harvard Sale,   is CAD$35 million (c. US$26 million ), subject to normal completion adjustments.

 

In 2019, the Gain Assets (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, those assets being the subject of the Harvard Sale), produced c.US$22 million in field EBITDA from 242 Gain-operated wells at an average working interest of 78% and 1,044 non-operated wells at an average working interest of 14%, and included 172k net developed acres and 186k net undeveloped acres of land. As part of the Company's ongoing AIM readmission process, i3 commissioned GLJ Ltd. ("GLJ") to update the reserves associated with the Gain Assets. As at 30 June 2020, the updated 2P reserves of the Gain Assets are 53.8 MMboe with a before-tax NPV10 of c.US$182 million. Based on June 2020 production of 8,948 boepd, the net consideration to be paid by i3 for the Gain Assets translates to acquisition metrics of US$2,876/boepd and US$0.48 per 2P boe.

 

As the Gain Acquisition is classified as a reverse takeover ("RTO") in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies, at the request of the Company, its shares were suspended on 23 June 2020 from trading on AIM and will remain so until either the publication of a Readmission Document setting out, inter alia, details of the Gain Acquisition and Harvard Sale, or until i3's confirmation that these transactions will not complete.

 

Further details of the Gain Acquisition and the Harvard Sale will become part of a Readmission Document currently being prepared by the Company.

 

Fundraise to complete RTO

 

Completion of the abovementioned transactions remains subject to financing and industry standard conditions precedent.

 

i3 is proposing to raise £30 million from institutional and other investors at a price of 5 pence per share, an 18% discount to the closing mid-price at which i3's shares suspended on 23 June 2020 (the "Primary Placing"). Concurrent with the Primary Placing, PrimaryBid (primarybid.com) is running an offer of subscription (the "PrimaryBid Offer") in order that i3's retail shareholder base may participate alongside Primary Placing participants. Total funds raised from the Primary Placing and PrimaryBid Offer (together, the "Placings") will be used to complete the Gain Acquisition, unlock production potential within the Gain Asset portfolio, and for general corporate purposes.

 

The Gain Acquisition and the Placings remain subject to shareholder approval at a General Meeting of i3's shareholders, expected to be held on or about 26 August 2020.

 

ENDS

 

Qualified Person's Statement

In accordance with the AIM Note for Mining and Oil and Gas Companies, i3 discloses that Mihai Butuc, i3's New Ventures Manager, is the qualified person who has reviewed the technical information contained in this document.  He graduated as a Diplomat Engineer, Geology and Geophysics from the University of Bucharest in 1985 and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  Mihai Butuc consents to the inclusion of the information in the form and context in which it appears.

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

i3 Energy plc


Majid Shafiq (CEO) / Graham Heath (CFO)

c/o Camarco

Tel: +44 (0) 203 7 81 8331

 

WH Ireland Limited (Nomad and Joint Broker)


James Joyce, James Sinclair-Ford

Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666



Canaccord Genuity Limited (Joint Broker)

Henry Fitzgerald- O'Connor, James Asensio

 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 523 8000

 

Mirabaud Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

Peter Krens

 

Tel: +44 (0) 203 167 7221

 

Camarco

Georgia Edmonds, James Crothers

 

Tel: +44 (0) 203 7 81 8331

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

Glossary of oil and gas terms, in accordance with standards contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation (COGE) Handbook:

 

Proved Reserves

Proved reserves are those reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty to be recoverable. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the estimated proved reserves.

 

Probable Reserves

 

Probable reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than proved reserves. It is equally likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the sum of the estimated proved plus probable reserves.

 

Proved Developed Producing (PDP) Reserves

Those reserves that are expected to be recovered from completion intervals open at the time of the estimate.  These reserves may be currently producing or, if shut-in, they must have previously been on production, and the date of resumption of production must be known with reasonable certainty.

 

2P Reserves

Total Proved Reserves plus Total Probable Reserves

 

STOIIP

Stock Tank Oil Initially In Place

 


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