Oando Energy Resources receives signed commitment letters for up to US$815
million of term bank financing towards the acquisition of ConocoPhillips'
Nigerian upstream oil and gas business
CALGARY, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Oando Energy Resources Inc. ("OER" or the
"Company") (TSX:OER), a company focused on oil exploration and production in
Nigeria, today announced that it has received commitment letters for up to
US$815 million of bank credit facilities which will be largely applied towards
payment of the purchase price in respect of its proposed acquisition of
ConocoPhillips' ("COP") Nigerian upstream oil and gas business (the "COP
The credit facilities comprise:
1. up to US$465 million Reserve Based Lending Facility,
internationally placed and led by BNP Paribas, Standard Bank and
Standard Chartered Bank ("RBL"); and
2. a US$350 million Senior Secured Loan, jointly arranged locally in
Nigeria, by FBN Capital and FCMB Capital Markets ("Senior Loan").
OER, in its September 16, 2013 press release, advised the market of the
extension of the outside date for the completion of the COP Acquisition to
November 30, 2013 ("Outside Date"). As a result of the termination of the
agreement to purchase Phillips Brass Limited ("PBL") the net purchase price
payable to complete the COP Acquisition was reduced to approximately US$1.22
billion (after giving effect to the termination of the agreement to purchase
PBL, adjustments as of the date hereof and the deposit already paid to COP).
The RBL and Senior Loan remain subject to various closing conditions,
including execution of definitive documentation.
"The receipt of the commitment letters represents an important step towards
closing the COP Acquisition and concludes the 2(nd) stage in our financing
plan, having initially paid a US$435 million deposit to COP," said Pade
Durotoye, CEO of Oando Energy Resources. "We have sought to optimally finance
this acquisition to retain maximum value for our shareholders. We will now
proceed to the final stage of concluding the financing required for completion
of the COP Acquisition."
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Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to
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related to international operations, the actual results of current exploration
and drilling activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be
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