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Wednesday 28 July, 2021

United Oil & Gas PLC

Proposed Sale of UK Central North Sea Licences

RNS Number : 6757G
United Oil & Gas PLC
28 July 2021
 

 

United Oil & Gas PLC / Index: AIM / Epic: UOG / Sector: Oil & Gas

28 July 2021

United Oil & Gas PLC

("United" or the "Company") 

 

Proposed Sale of UK Central North Sea Licences

 

· United agrees to sell UK Central North Sea Licences P2480 and P2519 to Quattro Energy Limited for a Consideration of up to £3.2 million (c. US $4.4 million)

Initial payment of £2 million at completion of the transaction

On Field Development Plan approval, a further consideration of £1.2 million

 

United Oil & Gas Plc (AIM: "UOG"), the growing oil and gas company with a portfolio of production, development, exploration and appraisal assets, announces the signing of non-binding Heads of Terms on an agreement to sell UK Central North Sea Licences P2480 and P2519 ("the Licences") to Quattro Energy Limited ("Quattro") for a headline consideration of up to £3.2 million (c. US $4.4 million).

United was awarded Licence P2480, in the UK Oil and Gas Authority ("OGA") 31 st  Licencing Round in August 2019 and Licence P2519 in the 32 nd  Licencing Round, in December 2020. United holds a 100% equity interest in each. Licence P2519 includes the Maria Discovery in block 15/18.  Low-cost but important data analysis, carried out by the United team, has added significant value to the Licences since award.

Quattro Energy is a new UK company incorporated in April 2021 by an experienced North Sea focused management team. The acquisition of United's CNS interests is a first step towards Quattro's objective to build a portfolio of oil & gas appraisal, development, and producing assets.

The transaction will result in an initial payment of £2 million (c. US $2.8 million) at completion. Subject to a Field Development Plan being approved for block 15/18, an additional uplift amount of £1.2 million (c. $1.7 million) will be paid to United.

This deal, which is subject to completion of satisfactory due diligence, definitive documentation and OGA approval, is expected to complete by 30 September 2021.

The divestment of these Licences, following a strategic review of the Company's portfolio, will see United exit activities in the North Sea region. The transaction proceeds will provide financial flexibility for the Company to grow its low-cost production business in Egypt and the Greater Mediterranean area, complemented with selected high impact exploration opportunities in the Caribbean and Latin America.

 

Brian Larkin CEO, United Oil and Gas PLC:  

"With this transaction we continue to demonstrate our ability to actively manage our portfolio of assets to unlock significant return in value for our shareholders in a short period of time. In line with our stated strategy, the proceeds of this transaction will further strengthen our balance sheet to support the growth of the company".

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 ("MAR") as it forms part of UK Domestic Law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

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United Oil & Gas Plc (Company)

 

Brian Larkin, CEO

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Notes to Editors

United Oil & Gas is a high growth oil and gas company with a portfolio of low-risk, cash generative production, development, appraisal and exploration assets across Egypt, UK, Italy and a high impact exploration licence in Jamaica.

The business is led by an experienced management team with a strong track record of growing full cycle businesses, partnered with established industry players and is well positioned to deliver future growth through portfolio optimisation and targeted acquisitions.

United Oil & Gas is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. For further information on United Oil and Gas please visit www.uogplc.com 

 

Quattro Energy is a new company co-founded by Neill Carson (Executive Chairman), Jens Pace (CEO) and Brad Gunn (CFO) incorporated in April 2021. Neil Carson is currently a Non Executive Director at i3 Energy plc, having formerly been the CEO of i3 Energy plc and President & COO of Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited.  Jens Pace was previously CEO of Petronor E&P and African Petroleum Corp Ltd. Brad Gunn was previously CFO of Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited.  

The acquisition of UOG's CNS interests is a first step towards Quattro's objective to build a portfolio of oil & gas appraisal, development, and producing assets. Quattro are actively progressing funding support for this and other transactions from the capital markets anticipated to complete Q3 2021. www.quattroenergy.co.uk

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