Completion of acquisition of Shell's Danish upstream assets
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Oslo, 31 July 2019: Norwegian Energy Company ASA ("Noreco" or the "Company") hereby announces that Noreco, through a wholly owned subsidiary, has today completed its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Shell Olie- og Gasudvinding Danmark B.V. (the "Acquisition").
Through this acquisition, which was agreed and announced on 17 October 2018, Noreco has become the second largest oil and gas producer in Denmark and a considerable independent exploration and production company in the North Sea. Noreco has a 36.8% interest in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC), a joint venture with 15 producing fields and related infrastructure. Noreco also increased its interest in the Lulita field from 10% to 28.4%.
“With the successful completion of this transformational acquisition, we will now work closely with the operator to maximise recovery of proven reserves and resources. We will seek to continue value creation also by exploring new opportunities in the DUC concession and elsewhere,” says Riulf Rustad, Chair of the Board of Noreco.
Included in the acquisition are proven and probable (2P) reserves of 195 million barrels of oil equivalents per year end 2018 based on the most recent independent assessment, of which 66% are liquids. The seller’s share of production from DUC in 2018 was 57 thousand barrels of oil equivalents per day.
In connection with closing of the Acquisition, as previously informed, inter alia the following has taken place; (i) the release of funds to the acquiring subsidiary from the seven-year USD 900 million Reserve Based Lending Facility, (ii) Noreco's repayment of the outstanding NOR10 bond loan, as announced on 30 July 2019, (iii) the completion of the directed share capital increase of USD 352 million in Noreco (the "Private Placement"), as announced on 26 July 2019, and (iv) the completion of the convertible bond loan issue in Noreco with the principal amount of USD 158,138,102 (the "Convertible Bond"), as announced on 26 July 2019.
Noreco is in the process of preparing a prospectus (the “Prospectus”). It is currently expected that the Prospectus will be approved by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway on or about 9 August 2019. Following approval of the Prospectus; (i) the new shares issued in the Private Placement will be tradable on Oslo Børs, (ii) the bonds in the Convertible Bond shall be listed on Oslo Børs, and (iii) the commencement of the subscription period for the up to USD 40 million subsequent offering towards eligible existing shareholders of Noreco as of 16 October 2018, as resolved on the extraordinary general meeting held on 8 November 2018 (the "Subsequent Offering"). Provided timely approval and publication of the Prospectus, the subscription period for the Subsequent Offering is expected to commence on or about 12 August 2019.
The Company has posted a Company update on its web-pages https://www.noreco.com/uploads/documents/190731-Noreco-Company-Presentation.pdf
Riulf Rustad, Chair of the Board, +47 900 87 703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Norwegian Energy Company ASA
Noreco is a publicly owned company with focus on the oil, gas and offshore industry. The company's shares are listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker NOR). For further information, please visit: www.noreco.com.