EQS-News: ADM Energy PLC
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25 May 2023
ADM Energy PLC
("ADM" or the "Company")
Investment in Onshore US Oil Leases and Work Programme
Issue of and Subscription for Secured Convertible Loan Notes
Directors' dealings, Grant of Options and Related Party Transactions
ADM Energy PLC (AIM: ADME; BER and FSE: P4JC), a natural resources investing company, is pleased to announce that, through a recently formed, wholly owned U.S. subsidiary company, ADM Energy USA, Inc., it has invested in five on-shore US oil leases by way of a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement ("the Investment") with OFX Holdings, LLC (formerly Tennessee Black Gold, LLC), a substantial shareholder of the Company. The Investment has been made by the acquisition of Blade Oil V, LLC ("Blade V"), a Texas limited liability company established as a vehicle for the purpose of facilitating the Investment, for a total maximum consideration of US$1,614,000 further details of which are provided below.
The Company further announces a subscription for secured convertible loan notes, the proceeds of which will be used to advance the Investment and the implementation of an unapproved share option scheme, together with a grant of options.
Blade V owns a portfolio of interests in oil and gas projects ("the Assets"), the primary focus of which is a 70.0% working interest participation in an initial three well drilling programme to target shallow oil production on the Altoona Lease located in the Midway-Sunset Oilfield, Kern County, California. The interests held by Blade V also comprise:
Further details of the portfolio of interests comprising the Investment are as follows:
(1) Notes: Altoona: a California licensed and bonded contract operator to be determined by OFX and ADM.
(2) Guardian Energy Operating Co., LLC is a registered Texas operator 75.0% owned by OFX.
(3) Tex Oil, LLC is a registered Kansas operator.
Midway-Sunset Oilfield, Kern County, California
The Midway-Sunset Oil Field is a large oil field in Kern County, San Joaquin Valley, California in the United States. It is the largest known oilfield in California and the third largest in the United States. The field was discovered in 1894 and it is estimated that the field has produced close to 3 billion barrels (480,000,000 m3) of oil. At the end of 2008, the California Department of Conservation estimated reserves amounted to approximately 532 million barrels (84,600,000 m3), 18% of California's estimated total.
The Altoona Lease
The Altoona Lease is a circa 20-acre lease located in a crestal position within the Spellacy Anticline Region of the Midway-Sunset Oilfield. Discovered in 1915, the Altoona Lease has produced less than 1 million barrels of oil from multiple intervals primarily between 1,000 and 1,600 feet. Chevron (USA), Inc. is actively developing leases contiguous with and surrounding the Altoona Lease. In March/April of 2020 Chevron (USA), Inc. drilled and started producing the 3-8R and 3-8AR wells located approximately 250 meters from the Altoona Lease. These wells were drilled to approximately 1,935 feet and, combined, have produced in excess of 150,000 barrels of oil from spud through the end of December 2022. A work programme, considered exploratory by the Company, is being planned to drill or deepen up to three wells to approximately 2,000 feet to test deeper potential, previously untested on the Altoona Lease which may be contributing to the high level of production realised by Chevron in the 3-8R and 3-8AR wells. ADM expects that the operator of the Altoona work programme will commence before the end of 2023. ADM will have a non-operated 70% working interest and 52.5% net revenue interest in the Altoona lease.
The Altoona work programme commitments are expected to be costed at approximately US$1,500,000.
The Schweitzer Lease
The Schweitzer Lease is a 160-acre lease located in Graham County, Kansas. Blade V owns a 100% working interest and 75% net revenue interest in the Schweitzer Lease. The lease includes two wells capable of being returned to production (the Schweitzer #3 and the Schweitzer #6), a salt-water disposal well and associated production equipment.
The initial work programme will consist of:
The total cost of the work programme, which will be conducted by Tex Oil LLC, is estimated at US$65,000 and will be funded by an advance from the USA Loan Facility.
Pearson, Oberlin and Moon Leases: Three Well Workover Programme
The Company will participate with a 50.0% working interest and 37.5% net revenue interest in a three well workover program with Guardian Energy Operating Co., LLC ("Guardian"), a majority owned subsidiary of OFXH. The programme will target the initiation of production from the following wells:
The three well work programme is fully funded by OFXH, the Company's share of costs associated with its participation are included as part of the Investment consideration and will not require any cash investment or borrowings by the Company under the USA Loan Facility.
The total maximum consideration for the Investment of US$1,614,000 comprises US$478,280 to be financed via the issuance of (1) 15,714,667 new ordinary shares at a price of 1.2p per share ("Consideration Shares"); (2) a US$235,720 loan note issued by ADM Energy USA, Inc. (non-recourse to ADM Energy PLC) ("Consideration Loan Notes"); (3) the issue of warrants over 7 million ordinary shares in the Company ("the Warrants") exercisable at 2.5p per warrant with a term of two years from Admission (defined below); and (4) contingent deferred consideration of up to $900,000.
The contingent deferred consideration will be received on the first 180,000 barrels of oil produced net to the interests of the Company from the Assets. The production payment will be US$5.00 per barrel if the realised price is greater than US$70.00 per barrel and US$3.50 if the realised price is greater than US$50.00 per barrel and less than US$70.00 per barrel. There will be no payment in periods when the realised oil price is less than US$50.00 per barrel. The production payment will be paid in arrears on a monthly basis.
Secured Convertible Loan Note Subscription and Creditor Conversions
Concurrent with the Investment, the Company has entered into subscription agreements to issue secured convertible loan notes ("SCLN") with an aggregate face value of up to US$1.5 million, of which US$900,000 has been subscribed for and US$600,000 remaining available for subscription. The SCLN has a three-year term, an interest rate payable-in-kind (which maybe settle with cash or non-cash payments) of 8.0% per annum and the principal together with any interest due may be converted at any time at a share price of 1.2p per share. The purchasers of the SCLN will also be assigned a proportionate economic interest in a 1.25% undivided over-riding royalty interest in the Altoona Lease (further described below). The SCLN will be secured by a pledge of and first-lien on the shares of ADM Energy USA, Inc. held by the Company. A condition of the subscription agreement associated with the SCLN is that the funds raised must fully fund, and be first applied against, the Company's net share of the costs of the Altoona work programme. Any amount in excess of the funds required to fund the Altoona work programme may be used by the Company for general working capital purposes.
The following shareholders and directors of the Company have subscribed for the SCLNs as indicated:
Signed subscription letters have been received and, upon receipt of the cleared funds which are expected shortly, the SCLNs will be issued.
In addition to the subscriptions noted above, the Company has agreed with certain directors and creditors to convert outstanding contractual liabilities of £683,117 into 56,926,417 new ordinary shares in the Company ("Conversion Shares") at the same price as the Consideration Shares being 1.2p per new ordinary share.
Conversion Shares issued to Directors of the Company, and their respective shareholdings on Admission, are as follows:
Variation of Loan Facilities Agreement with OFX
Further to the announcement of 17 October 2022, OFX has provided US$262,500 in loans to the Company (the "Equity Subscription Loan"). In conjunction with the Investment, OFX and ADM have formalised the "USA Loan Facility" with a total of US$235,720 advanced as part of the purchase price pursuant to the terms of the Investment. By agreement between ADM and OFX, the Equity Subscription Loan will be refinanced by the USA Loan Facility resulting in a total of US$498,220 outstanding under the USA Loan Facility with US$251,780 remaining available for use. Following this variation, ADM Energy plc will not directly have any outstanding loans due to OFX.
Key terms of the USA Loan Facility include:
1. Loans of up to US$750,000 with additional advances subject to mutual agreement between the Company and OFX.
2. The USA Loan Facility is not secured nor is the Company a guarantor of borrowings by ADM Energy USA, Inc.
3. Maturity date of 30 June 2025 ("Maturity Date").
4. Interest rate of 9.0% per annum with quarterly payments of interest to commence in April 2024.
5. OFX may offset amounts due to it pursuant to the USA Loan Facility against any amounts that would be due to the Company should OFX exercise warrants held by it over ordinary shares in the Company prior to the Maturity Date.
Grant of Options
The Company also announces that it has adopted an unapproved share option scheme ("Scheme") and made a grant of options to certain directors and employees. The purpose of the Scheme is to incentivise management performance for the benefit of all shareholders by way of options which are subject to vesting conditions.
The terms of the Scheme provide that the Company can award options over a maximum of 12 per cent. of the Company's issued share capital, from time to time.
Vesting criteria for options granted under the Scheme are as follows:
Vesting conditions may be varied or waived provided that any varied vesting condition shall be a fairer measure of performance, as judged at the time, and no more difficult to satisfy than the original vesting condition. The Scheme provides good leaver provisions and other standard terms normally associated with such a scheme.
The Company has granted the following options under the Scheme:
In addition to the awards to directors of the Company above, the Company has also issued 532,495 options over ordinary shares, representing 0.14% of the enlarged issued share capital on Admission to an employee. The total award of options represents 12.0% of the enlarged issued share capital on Admission.
Admission to AIM and Total Voting Rights
Application has been made for the Consideration Shares and the Conversion Shares (together, "New Ordinary Shares"), which total 72,641,084 new ordinary shares and which will rank pari passu with the Company's existing ordinary shares, to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission of the New Ordinary Shares will become effective and that dealings will commence at 08.00 am on or around 1 June 2023.
Following Admission, the Company's enlarged issued share capital ("Enlarged Issued Share Capital") will comprise 369,788,614 ordinary shares of £0.01 each with voting rights in the Company. This figure may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in the interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
Following issuance of the Consideration Shares, OFX will hold 57,381,334 ordinary shares of ADM Energy plc representing 15.58% of the Enlarged Issued Share Capital of Company on Admission.
Related Party Transactions
Entering into the agreements for the Investment and the variation of the existing loan arrangements with OFX, a substantial shareholder of the Company, constitute related party transactions for the purposes of AIM Rule 13. It was noted that Stefan Olivier and Claudio Coltellini, whilst nominee directors for OFX, are not related parties for the purpose of these transactions. The Company's Directors consider, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, that the terms of the transactions are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.
Further, the subscriptions for the SCLN by Hessia and OFX, as substantial shareholders, and Oliver Andrews and Stefan Olivier, as Directors, constitute related party transactions for the purposes of AIM Rule 13. With the exception of Oliver Andrews and Stefan Olivier, the Company's Directors consider, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, that the terms of the transactions are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.
In addition, the agreement between the Company and certain directors (including a former director) to convert outstanding liabilities into Conversion Shares constitutes a related party transaction pursuant to AIM Rule 13. With the exception of Oliver Andrews and Stefan Olivier, the Company's Directors consider, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, that the terms of the transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.
Commenting on the Acquisition and SCLN Issuance
Stefan Olivier said, "I am excited about the Altoona acquisition and support for ADM shown by our large shareholders and Board in subscribing for the SCLN on agreed terms. I look forward to updating the market in due course regarding our development plans and timing for initiation of the drill programme on the Altoona lease."
About ADM Energy PLC
ADM Energy PLC (AIM: ADME; BER and FSE: P4JC) is a natural resources investing company with an existing asset base in Nigeria. ADM Energy holds a 9.2% profit interest in the oil producing Aje Field, part of OML 113, which covers an area of 835km² offshore Nigeria. Aje has multiple oil, gas, and gas condensate reservoirs in the Turonian, Cenomanian and Albian sandstones with five wells drilled to date.
ADM Energy is committed to maximizing long-term value from its existing asset base in Nigeria while targeting other investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector with attractive risk reward profiles such as proven nature of reserves, level of historic investment, established infrastructure and route to early cash flow.
About OFX HOLDINGS LLC
OFX Holdings, LLC was founded as TN Black Gold LLC, a Florida corporation. It is registered to do business in the U.S. state of Texas as OFX Holdings, LLC and is completing a name change in Florida to OFX Holdings, LLC.
Forward Looking Statements
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