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Solo Oil Plc Notice of GM and Investment update

19/05/2017 7:00am

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Solo Oil Plc

19 May 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Embargoed until 7 am 19 May 2017

SOLO OIL PLC

("Solo" or the "Company")

Notice of General Meeting

and Investment Update

Solo Oil plc (AIM: SOLO), the natural resources investment company focused on acquiring and developing a diverse global non-operated portfolio of strategic oil and gas assets, today posted to Shareholders a circular, notice and related documents ("the Documents") convening a General Meeting of the Company to be held at the offices of Buchanan; 3(rd) Floor, 107 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6DN on 8 June 2017 at 10.00 am. The Documents are available on the Company's website www.solooil.co.uk and copies of the Document will be available free of charge during normal business hours on any weekday (except public holidays) from the registered office of the Company at Suite 3B, Princes House, 38 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6DN, UK from the date of this announcement until the date of the General Meeting.

The meeting has been called to seek Shareholder approval for (i) an update of the Company's Investing Policy in line with the clarity prescribed by the current market guidelines, and (ii) authority for the allotment of shares necessary to make the second stage investment into Helium One Limited and to raise further capital as appropriate to pursue investments potentially available in the current market.

A letter from the Chairman extracted from the circular and outlining the background to the resolutions is

attached in Appendix II below.   Details of the resolutions can be found on the Company's website. 

Investment Update

Helium One Limited

On 22 March 2017 Solo announced an agreement to acquire a 10% interest in Helium One Limited ("Helium One or HE1"), the pure play helium explorer in Tanzania, with an additional call option to acquire a further 10% interest ("Second Investment") within 90 days. The first investment of 10% has been completed and in the light of market conditions the parties have reassessed the terms of the Second Investment. The Second Investment is intended to close on or before 30 June 2017 with a long stop date of 31 July 2017 to provide for any delays in certain regulatory approvals in Tanzania.

The Second Investment exercise price has been reduced from GBP4.0 million (GBP2.0 million in cash and GBP2.0 million by the issue to Helium One of ordinary shares in Solo) to GBP3.0 million in cash. Upon exercising the Second Investment Helium One will grant to the Company the further right to subscribe for 1/4 of a share in Helium One for every one share subscribed for under the Call Option exercisable for a period expiring 31 December 2017 with an exercise price of US$0.40 per share.

As announced on 9 May 2017, Helium One has completed the acquisition of an airborne gravity and magnetics survey and has approved the continuation of the soil and groundwater sampling surveys, following the successful results of the first phase sampling. Work is progressing on track for the 2018 drilling of the Rukwa project area, where there are independently certified most likely prospective gross in place helium volume of approximately 99 billion cubic feet ("bcf"). Current global Helium demand is approximately 6 bcf, therefore the scale of this resource makes the Rukwa project of strategic global importance to the future supply for Helium over the coming decades. With limited new Helium supply coming on stream and the shut down of the US Federal helium reserve in 2021, Helium One is well placed to potentially become a significant player in the global Helium market.

Ruvuma PSC, Tanzania

Following the drilling and successful testing of the Ntorya-2 appraisal well in the onshore Ruvuma Petroleum Sharing Contract ("PSC") area in Tanzania the gas associated with the Ntorya appraisal area has been substantially increased to a most likely discovered gross gas in place of 466 bcf. Based on this, a 25-year development license is being sought from the Tanzanian authorities and Solo plans to seek a partner for its future involvement in the development so as to fund the Solo share of the development costs.

Solo owns a 25% non-operating interest in the Ruvuma PSC, and the Ntorya-1 and Ntorya-2 wells, which are operated by Aminex plc.

Horse Hill Discovery, UK

As previously announced on 4 April 2017, an application for long term production testing and further appraisal drilling was submitted to Surrey County Council in October 2016, and is now scheduled to be decided at the Council's planning committee meeting in July 2017. Solo continues to anticipate that these operations will therefore commence in the second half of 2017 upon grant of the necessary remaining regulatory permissions.

The Horse Hill-1 well ("HH-1") Kimmeridge Limestone and Portland Sandstone conventional oil discovery is located within onshore exploration Licence PEDL137, on the northern side of the Weald Basin, approximately 3 kilometres north of Gatwick Airport. As previously reported in February and March 2016, two naturally-fractured limestone members within the Kimmeridge section, known as KL3 and KL4, flowed dry, 40 degree API oil, at an aggregate stabilised natural flow rate of 1,365 barrels per day ("bopd") with no indication of depletion. The overlying Portland flowed dry, 35-37 degree API gravity crude at a stable pumped rate of 323 bopd. The Portland was produced at the rod-pump's maximum achievable rate and thus flow was constrained by the pump's mechanical capacity.

Licence PEDL137 is operated by Horse Hill Developments Limited ("HHDL") which holds a 65% interest and is the licence's operator. Solo has a 10% ownership of HHDL which represents a 6.5% working interest in HH-1 and PEDL137.

Neil Ritson, Solo's Chairman commented:

"Solo's original Tanzanian gas portfolio is maturing and we are reviewing our various options with regards to monetising a portion of the Ruvuma PSC during the development of the Ntorya gas condensate discovery in order to fund future participation in the licence and in doing so, extract maximum value on behalf of our shareholders.

Ruvuma is the model case study for Solo's investment strategy in terms of building a material position in an exciting early stage project and then leveraging our technical capabilities to progress the asset to a monetisation point. We are hoping to replicate this model with the exciting opportunity with Helium One and wish to accumulate a material interest now at an attractive pricing point. We see very significant upside potential from the Helium One investment and are pleased to have renegotiated the call option on more favourable terms and hope shareholders share our excitement for this unique investment opportunity.

The balance of this year is likely to also present several further investment opportunities as traditional hydrocarbon markets stabilise and additional international assets become available at favourable valuations."

Qualified Person's Statement:

The information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and approved by Neil Ritson, Chairman and Director for Solo Oil plc, who has over 38 years of relevant experience in the oil industry. Mr. Ritson is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), an Active Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (BGS).

For further information:

 
 Solo Oil plc 
  Neil Ritson / Dan Maling    +44 (0) 20 3794 9230 
 
 Beaumont Cornish Limited 
  Nominated Adviser and 
  Joint Broker 
  Roland Cornish              +44 (0) 20 7628 3396 
  Shore Capital 
   Joint Broker 
   Jerry Keen 
   Beaufort Securities 
   Joint Broker 
   Jon Belliss 
   Buchanan (PR)               +44 (0) 20 7408 4090 
   Ben Romney / Chris           +44 (0) 20 7382 8300 
   Judd / Henry Wilson          +44 (0) 20 7466 5000 
 

Glossary

 
 API gravity    a measure of oil density. API 
                 gravity is the inverse measure 
                 of a petroleum liquid's density 
                 relative to that of water, which 
                 is designated with a value 10. 
                 If one petroleum liquid is less 
                 dense than another, it has a 
                 greater API gravity 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 bcf            billion cubic feet 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 bopd           barrels of oil per day 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 discovery      a discovery is a petroleum accumulation 
                 for which one or several exploratory 
                 wells have established through 
                 testing, sampling and/or logging 
                 the existence of a significant 
                 quantity of potentially moveable 
                 hydrocarbons 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 gas in place   gas in place is the quantity 
  (OIP)          of gas that is estimated to exist 
                 originally in naturally occurring 
                 accumulations before any extraction 
                 or production 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 limestone      a sedimentary rock predominantly 
                 composed of calcite (a crystalline 
                 mineral form of calcium carbonate) 
                 of organic, chemical or detrital 
                 origin. Minor amounts of dolomite, 
                 chert and clay are common in 
                 limestones. Chalk is a form of 
                 fine-grained limestone 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 most likely    the most likely estimate of a 
                 parameter based on all available 
                 data, also often termed the P50 
                 (or the value of a probability 
                 distribution of outcomes at the 
                 50% confidence level) 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 PEDL           Petroleum Exploration and Development 
                 License, in the UK 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 PSC            Petroleum Sharing Contract 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 reservoir      a subsurface rock formation containing 
                 an individual natural accumulation 
                 of moveable petroleum 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 sandstone      a clastic sedimentary rock whose 
                 grains are predominantly sand-sized. 
                 The term is commonly used to 
                 imply consolidated sand or a 
                 rock made of predominantly quartz 
                 grains 
-------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 

Appendix I

Expected Timetable of events

 
 Publication of this document             19 May 2017 
  and posting to Shareholders 
 Latest time and date            10 am on 6 June 2017 
  for receipt of Forms 
  of Proxy 
 General Meeting                          8 June 2017 
 

Appendix II

18 May 2017

Dear Shareholders

   1                    Introduction 

The Company has today announced the convening of a General Meeting to propose the Resolutions in order to grant authority to the Board to allot shares and to do so for cash on a non pre-emptive basis and to seek Shareholders' approval for an update to the Company's investing policy to include any oil or gas assets and any subsurface gas assets of potential commercial significance. The Resolutions to be proposed at the General Meeting will enable the Board to complete the Second Stage Investment in HE1 and raise future funds for working capital and investment.

   2                    Background to the Resolutions 

Further to the announcement made by the Company on 22 March 2017, the General Meeting is being called in connection with the equity investment being made in HE1. In exchange for the First Stage Investment the Company acquired a 10 per cent interest in HE1.

The Second Stage Investment has now been modified and will give the Company an additional 9 per cent shareholding in HE1, increasing its stake to 19 per cent in aggregate The modified consideration payable is GBP3,000,000 in cash rather than GBP4,000,000 (GBP2,000,000 in cash and GBP2,000,000 in shares) as originally agreed. This Second Stage Investment is intended to close on or before 30 June 2017 with a long stop date of 31 July 2017 to provide for any delays in certain regulatory approvals in Tanzania.

   3                    Updated Investing Policy 

The Company's current Investing Policy, adopted in July 2009, is to acquire a diverse portfolio of direct and indirect interests in exploration, development and production oil and gas assets, which are based in the Americas, Europe or Africa.

To more closely reflect current market opportunities and portfolio interests the Board propose to include investments in any oil or gas assets and any subsurface gas assets of potential commercial significance within its investing policy and propose the following updated investing policy wording:

The Company's Investing Policy is to acquire a diverse portfolio of direct and indirect interests in exploration, development and production oil and gas assets, and any other subsurface gas assets of potential commercial significance, located worldwide but predominantly in the Americas, Europe or Africa.

   4                    The Second Stage Investment in HE1 

On completion of the First Stage Investment the Company was granted the Call Option to subscribe for such number of shares in HE1 as will give the Company a fully diluted percentage shareholding in HE1 on the date of exercise of the option of 19 per cent (being 9 per cent in addition to its existing 10 per cent shareholding in the issued share capital of HE1). The Call Option exercise price is now GBP3,000,000 in cash exercisable on or before 30 June 2017.

Upon exercising the Call Option HE1 shall grant to the Company the further right to subscribe for 1/4 of a share in HE1 for every one share subscribed for under the Call Option exercisable for a period expiring 31 December 2017 with an exercise price of US$0.40 per share.

Following completion of the First Stage Investment, the authorities granted by the Shareholders at the Company's last annual general meeting for the Directors to allot Shares and to do so for cash on a non pre-emptive basis have been utilised. Accordingly, to proceed with the proposed Second Stage Investment, the Company is seeking to be granted new authorities as set out below.

Section 551 of the Act (as amended) prohibits Directors from allotting any Ordinary Shares in the Company without prior authority from shareholders. Section 561 of the Act gives shareholders of the Company certain rights of pre-emption on the issue for cash of new equity securities.

The Company is therefore seeking a new section 551 authority in respect of an aggregate nominal amount of GBP250,000 and a disapplication of section 561 in respect of the allotment of equity securities for cash up to an aggregate nominal amount of GBP250,000 in order to facilitate the raising of capital necessary to make the Second Stage Investment and give the Company headroom for the future issue of new Ordinary Shares on a non pre-emptive basis. If such authority were to be granted, the shares would represent 31.9% per cent of the existing issued share capital.

These Resolutions will give the Board the flexibility to raise additional funds or make acquisitions as and when suitable opportunities arise. In light of the current market conditions such opportunities may arise in the near term and the authorities requested will allow the Board the scope to act expeditiously to take advantage of any opportunities presented. The Board seeks to make acquisitions that are accretive to the value of the Company and will at all times seek to avoid any unwarranted dilution in its pursuit of the approved Investment Policy.

The Second Stage Investment is conditional, amongst other things, on the passing of the Resolutions to be proposed at the General Meeting and the Admission becoming effective on or before 8:00 a.m. on 30 June 2017 (but not later than 31 July 2017).

   5                    Business to be transacted at the General Meeting 

Set out at the end of this document is a notice convening the General Meeting of the Company to be held at 10 a.m. on 8 June 2017 at which the following Resolutions will be proposed:

5.1 an ordinary resolution to approve and adopt the updated Investing Policy of the Company;

5.2 an ordinary resolution to authorise the Directors to allot relevant securities pursuant to section 551 of the Act up to an aggregate maximum nominal amount of GBP250,000; and

5.3 a special resolution to disapply the pre-emption provisions contained in section 561 of the Act in respect of the allotment and issue of equity securities in connection with offers to existing Shareholders where such offer is made in proportion to existing holdings and otherwise up to an aggregate nominal amount of GBP250,000.

   6                    Action to be taken 

Shareholders will find enclosed a Form of Proxy for use at the General Meeting. Whether or not Shareholders propose to attend the meeting, they are requested to complete and return the Form of Proxy in accordance with the instructions printed thereon as soon as possible and, in any event, so as to be received by not later than 48 hours before the meeting. The completion and return of the Form of Proxy will not prevent Shareholders from attending and voting in person at the General Meeting should they so wish.

   7                    Recommendation and voting intentions 

The Directors consider that the Resolutions are in the best interests of the Company and accordingly the Directors unanimously recommend all Shareholders to vote in favour of the Resolutions as they intend to do in respect of their own shareholdings, amounting in aggregate to 39,500,000 Ordinary Shares (representing 0.5 per cent of the current issued share capital of the Company).

Yours faithfully

Neil Ritson

Chairman

Definitions used in the Chairman's Letter

 
 "Act"                    the Companies Act 2006 (as amended) 
 "Admission"              the admission of the new Ordinary 
                           Shares to trading on AIM becoming 
                           effective in accordance with the 
                           AIM Rules 
 "AIM"                    AIM, a market of that name operated 
                           by the London Stock Exchange 
 "AIM Rules"              the AIM Rules for Companies published 
                           by the London Stock Exchange from 
                           time to time 
 "Board" or "Directors"   the directors of the Company whose 
                           names are set out overleaf 
 "Call Option"            a call option agreement dated 21 
                           March 2017 as amended on 18 May 
                           2017 between HE1 and the Company 
 "Company"                Solo Oil plc, a public limited company 
                           with registered number 05542880 
 "Existing Ordinary       the 7,846,756,009 ordinary shares 
  Shares"                  of 0.01p each in the Company in 
                           issue as at the date of this document 
 "First Stage             an investment of GBP2,550,000 for 
  Investment"              a 10 per cent share interest in 
                           HE1 pursuant to the Subscription 
                           Agreement 
 "Form of Proxy"          the form of proxy entitled "Solo 
                           Oil plc Form of Proxy" enclosed 
                           with this document 
 "General Meeting"        the general meeting of the Company 
                           convened for 8 June 2017 by the 
                           notice set out at the end of this 
                           document (and any adjournment thereof) 
 "HE1"                    Helium One Ltd, a company incorporated 
                           in the British Virgin Islands with 
                           company registration number 1888591, 
                           whose subsidiaries hold helium prospecting 
                           licences across a number of locations 
                           in Tanzania 
 "Investing Policy"       the investing policy approved by 
                           the Shareholders 
 "London Stock            London Stock Exchange plc 
  Exchange" 
 "Ordinary Shares         ordinary shares of 0.01p each in 
  or Shares"               the capital of the Company 
 "Resolutions"            the resolutions to be proposed at 
                           the General Meeting, which are set 
                           out at the end of this document 
 "Second Stage            an investment of GBP3,000,000 exercisable 
  Investment"              by 30 June 2017 for an additional 
                           9 per cent share interest in HE1 
                           pursuant to the Call Option 
 "Shareholders"           the holders of Ordinary Shares 
 "Subscription            the subscription agreement dated 
  Agreement"               21 March 2017 between HE1 and the 
                           Company as amended on 18 May 2017 
                           between HE1 and the Company 
 

This information is provided by RNS

The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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