SeaBird Exploration Plc has announced the successful completion of a Private Placement of 11,000,000 new shares directed towards Norwegian and international institutional investors after the close of the Oslo Stock Exchange on 27 November 2012.
The over-subscribed placement was made at a subscription price of NOK 7.50 per share. Total gross proceeds from the Private Placement are NOK 82.5 million.
The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used for investments in seismic equipment including a 3D upgrade of Aquila Explorer as well as to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and liquidity position.
Following the registration of the new shares, the Company will have 42,425,972 shares outstanding.
The Company has entered into a share lending agreement with existing shareholders, and the Private Placement will be settled with borrowed shares that will be tradable immediately. Payment and delivery of allocated new shares to the investors is expected to be on or about 3 December 2012.
The Board of Directors of SeaBird will propose to an extraordinary general meeting to carry out a subsequent offering of 1,500,000 shares at NOK 7.50 as in the Private Placement, directed towards the Company’s shareholders as of 27 November 2012 (as documented by the shareholder register in the VPS on 30 November 2012) i) not being offered or invited to participate in the Private Placement or ii) holding less than 300,000 shares as of 27 November 2012 and not participating in the Private Placement.
The shares will trade excluding the right to participate in the subsequent offering from 28 November 2012.
Press Release, November 28, 2012