Greenfields Announces Access to Funding Through the Execution of a US$25 million Loan Agreement
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Houston, Texas – (November 25, 2013) – Greenfields Petroleum Corporation ("Greenfields" or the "Company"; TSX-VENTURE: GNF and GNF.DB), an independent exploration and production company with assets in Azerbaijan, is pleased to announce that it has secured a US$25 million loan facility (“Loan”) through an arm’s length third party (the “Lender”). The funds available under the Loan are intended to be used primarily to finance the Company’s ongoing development operations in Azerbaijan as it relates to the Gum Deniz Oil Field and Bahar Gas Field.
Pursuant to the terms of the loan agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) dated November 25, 2013 among the Lender, the Company, Greenfields Petroleum Holdings Ltd. and Greenfields Petroleum International Company Ltd., as guarantors (“Guarantors”), the Company is entitled to draw up to an aggregate of US$25 million in tranches based upon the achievement of certain operational milestones, as set forth in the Loan Agreement. The amount drawn under the Loan bears interest at a rate of between 15% and 20%. The Loan has a maturity date of December 31, 2015. The Loan is subject to a 2.5% cash structuring fee payable on each tranche advance in accordance with the Loan Agreement.
In consideration of the Loan, the Company has agreed to issue to the Lender common shares of the Company as bonus shares (the “Bonus Shares”). The Bonus Shares will be subject to resale restrictions expiring four months from the date of issuance. On closing the Loan, the Company has issued 524,476 Bonus Shares to the Lender. The number of Bonus Shares to be issued at future Loan milestones and advances will be dependent upon the trading price of the common shares of the Company on the TSX Venture Exchange at the time of each issuance of Bonus Shares.
The Company intends on continuing its discussions with potential lenders with respect to eventually replacing the loan on more favorable terms with reserve based lending.
The Loan is secured by first priority liens on the existing and future assets of the Company and the Guarantors and is subject to final acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.
About Greenfields Petroleum Corporation
Greenfields is a junior oil and natural gas corporation focused on the development and production of proven oil and gas reserves principally in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Company plans to expand its oil and gas assets through further farm-ins and acquisitions of Production Sharing Agreements from foreign governments containing previously discovered but under-developed international oil and gas fields, also known as "greenfields". More information about the Company may be obtained on the Greenfields website at www.greenfields-petroleum.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. More particularly, this press release may include, but is not limited to, statements concerning the intended use of the funds from the Loan and with respect to obtaining reserve based lending. In addition, the use of any of the words “initial, “scheduled”, “can”, “will”, “prior to”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “forecast”, “future”, “continue”, “may”, “expect”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company, including, but not limited to, expectations and assumptions concerning the success of optimization and efficiency improvement projects, the availability of capital, current legislation, receipt of required regulatory approval, the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of existing wells, the performance of new wells, general economic conditions, availability of required equipment and services, weather conditions and prevailing commodity prices. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general (e.g., operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses; and health, safety and environmental risks), commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations, changes in legislation affecting the oil and gas industry and uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company’s operations and financial results are included under the headings "Risk Factors" in Greenfield’s Annual Information Form, its Management Information Circular and similar headings in the Company’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis which may be viewed on www.sedar.com.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
For more information, please contact
Greenfields Petroleum Corporation
John W. Harkins A. Wayne Curzadd
Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer
(832) 234-0836 (832) 234-0835