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Thursday 02 January, 2020

Lekoil Limited

OPL 310 Appraisal Funding Secured

RNS Number : 4689Y
Lekoil Limited
02 January 2020

2 January 2020


Lekoil Limited

("LEKOIL" or the "Company")


OPL 310 Appraisal Drilling and Development Programme Funding Secured

LEKOIL (AIM: LEK), the oil and gas exploration and production company with a focus on Nigeria and West Africa, is pleased to announce that it has secured funding for the appraisal drilling and initial development programme activities on the Ogo field within OPL 310.

Lekoil 310 Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of LEKOIL, has entered into a binding loan agreement with the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar ("QIA") in the amount of US$184.0 million (the "Facility"). The Facility will be disbursed in five (5) tranches over eleven (11) months, with the first drawdown intended to occur in February 2020. The Company looks forward to providing further details on the intended work programme in short order. The tranching of the drawdown of funds under the terms of the Facility is expected to enable LEKOIL to meet the costs commitments under the envisioned work programme as and when they arise.

The Facility, which has a tenure of seven years from the date of first disbursement, is secured against, amongst other things, the shares and assets of Lekoil 310 Limited ("Lekoil 310") and Mayfair Assets and Trust Limited ("Mayfair") and includes a moratorium on both the interest and principal repayments commencing from the date of the Facility until six months after the commencement of commercial sale of production from the field. Repayment of the principal and interest will occur subsequently, in equal installments, on a semi-annual basis. LEKOIL holds its interest in OPL 310 through Mayfair and Lekoil 310. The Facility is not secured against any other assets or interests of the Company, including its interest in the producing Otakikpo marginal field.

The annual interest rate payable on amounts drawn under the Facility is 3.72 per cent. with an upfront fee of 2.75 per cent. of the amount drawn under the Facility which is payable upon drawdown of the Facility.

A Debt Service Reserve Account will be established twelve months after the end of the moratorium period with a one-off amount equal to six (6) months of debt service standing to its credit. The Company will be required to meet a number of covenants on an ongoing basis in order for the Facility to remain in good standing, and adhere to QIA's policies on procurement, environment and social responsibility and anti-corruption. The Facility is subject to event of default clauses, and a provision that the employment of the Company's CEO cannot be terminated without good cause during the term of the Facility.

The Facility was arranged by Seawave Invest Limited ("Seawave"), an independent consultancy firm specialising in cross-border transactions with an exclusive focus on Africa. After deducting the commission payable to Seawave by LEKOIL for arranging the Facility, and the upfront fee payable by LEKOIL to the QIA as set out above, the net proceeds of the Facility available to the Company are approximately US$174.3 million.

Background to the Ogo field

Following on from the drilling of Ogo-1 and Ogo-1 ST in 2013 which encountered hydrocarbons within the SynRift and PostRift, LEKOIL and the Operator of the OPL 310 License, Optimum Petroleum, are envisaging a two-well programme with the objective of obtaining dynamic flow data from well test while preserving the drilled wells as producers. It is envisaged that first well spud could occur in H2 2020.

CEO Incentivisation

As a condition to the provision of the Facility, Mr Lekan Akinyanmi, LEKOIL's Chief Executive Officer ("CEO"), will pledge his full holding of 39,138,601 ordinary shares in the Company ("Share Pledge") as part of the security package for the Facility. In connection with the Share Pledge, Mr Akinyanmi will be compensated with a one-time fee in an amount equal to US$1,840,000 (the "Bonus") which shall be set off against the existing director loan made by the Company to the CEO in December 2014 of US$1,704,000 (the "Director Loan") such that the CEO shall be fully discharged and released from his obligation to repay the Director Loan to the Company, and the balance paid to the CEO. If the pledged shares are foreclosed upon, the Company shall issue to the CEO, such number of new ordinary shares of nominal value US$0.00005 each in the capital of the Company as is equal to the number of the pledged shares (the "Share Indemnity").

In connection with securing the Facility, Mr Akinyanmi will also be granted an award of up to 30,000,000 new ordinary shares in the Company to be issued at nil cost and allotted in five equal instalments (the "Award Shares") if, and when, the Company's ordinary share price reaches the following hurdles: 20 pence, 25 pence, 30 pence, 35 pence and 40 pence per share. Each of these share price hurdles must be satisfied by the seventh anniversary of the date of grant of the Award Shares (being today) and each share price hurdle must have been met for a minimum period of 30 consecutive dealing days.

Related Party Transaction

The grant of the Bonus, the Share Indemnity and the Award Shares to Mr Akinyanmi is classified as a related party transaction pursuant to the AIM Rules.

The Directors of the Company, other than Mr Akinyanmi, having consulted with Strand Hanson Limited, the Company's Nominated Adviser, consider that the terms of the Bonus, the Share Indemnity and the Award Shares are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.


Lekan Akinyanmi, LEKOIL's CEO, commented, "Following the recent achievements of the OPL 310 license extension and the securing of funding for the appraisal drilling and development programme, we are delighted to have made strong progress, as promised, towards the start of the appraisal drilling programme on Ogo. We will continue to work closely with our partner and the Operator of the OPL 310 License, Optimum Petroleum, as we pursue value for our shareholders."

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.


For further information, please visit or contact:

LEKOIL Limited

Ore Bajomo, Investor Relations


+44 20 7457 2020

Strand Hanson Limited (Financial & Nominated Adviser)

James Spinney / Ritchie Balmer


+44 20 7409 3494

Mirabaud Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

Peter Krens / Edward Haig-Thomas


+44 20 7878 3362 / +44 20 7878 3447

Numis Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

John Prior / Emily Morris

+44 20 7260 1000

Instinctif (Financial PR)

Mark Garraway / Dinara Shikhametova / Sarah Hourahane

+44 20 7457 2020

[email protected]




Technical Background on OPL310

In 2013, the first exploration well (Ogo-1) drilled by the OPL 310 partners - then consisting of Optimum, LEKOIL and Afren - was the Ogo prospect, a four-way dip-closed structure in the Turonian to Albian sandstone reservoirs. The drilling programme included a planned side-track well (Ogo-1 ST) which aimed to test a new play of stratigraphically trapped sediments at the basement of the Ogo prospect. The Ogo-1 well encountered a gross hydrocarbon section of 524ft, with 216ft of net stacked pay whilst the Ogo-1 ST well encountered the same reservoirs as Ogo-1 in addition to the syn-rift section which encountered a 280 ft vertical section gross hydrocarbon interval. Owing to well data collected from the two wells, the partners estimated P50 gross recoverable resources to be at 774 mmboe across the Ogo prospect four-way dip-closed and syn-rift structure.


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