Zenith Energy Ltd. ("Zenith") (ZENA), the listed international oil & gas production company focused on pursuing African development opportunities, is pleased to announce that it has secured Norwegian institutional investment in Zenith by way of a private placement in Norway which has also attracted the participation of a high-net-worth private investor (the "Private Placement").
The Private Placement has resulted in the issuance of 60 million new common shares in the share capital of the Company (the "Private Placement Shares") for a total consideration of NOK 6,000,000 (approximately £ 522,000 or EUR 600,000). It is expected that the Private Placement Shares will be issued today: May 10, 2021.
The subscription price of the Placement Shares was NOK 0.10 (equivalent to approximately £0.087), a discount of approximately 8.75 percent in respect of the closing price of the Company's common shares admitted to trading on the Euronext Growth of the Oslo Stock Exchange on May 7, 2021.
Issue of Share Purchase Warrants
The Company has issued the following share purchase warrants (“Warrants”) as part of the Private Placement:
- 45 million Warrants with an exercise price of NOK 0.25 expiring within 12 months from the date of issuance
- 15 million Warrants with an exercise price of NOK 0.325 expiring within 12 months from the date of the issuance
Each Warrant will provide the investor the right to one new common share in the share capital of Zenith upon exercise.
Use of Proceeds
Proceeds from the Private Placement will be deployed to fund planned field development activities to be performed in the recently acquired Ezzaouia, El Bibane and Robbana concessions in Tunisia, as well as providing additional general working capital to support Zenith's broader development activities in Africa.
Total Voting Rights
The Company wishes to announce, in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and section 3.10 of the Euronext Growth Oslo Rule Book Part II, the following revised information resulting from the issuance of the Private Placement Shares.
Class of share
Total number of shares
Number of voting rights per share
Total number of voting rights per class of share
Common Shares in issue and admitted to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange 313,400,824 1 313,400,824
Common Shares in issue and admitted to trading on the Euronext Growth Market of the Oslo Bors - representing the total outstanding common share capital of the Company 1,268,889,331 1 1,268,889,331
The above figure for total number of common shares may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
Andrea Cattaneo, Chief Executive Officer of Zenith, commented:
"In view of an unsolicited expression of interest from a well-respected Norwegian institutional investor wishing to take a position in the share capital of Zenith, the Board is very pleased to accept this investment which enables the entry of what is hoped to be a long-term, potential cornerstone Norwegian institutional investor.
I am aware that this private placement might be perceived as in contradiction to my comment included in the market announcement dated April 30, 2021 in which I stated that additional capital raised by way of private placements would not be anticipated until the end of Q2 2021.
However, it is important to underline that this investment has been accepted on a strategic level and in order to reinforce the Zenith’s capital markets outlook in Norway, as well as providing additional funding for Zenith to implement its development and acquisition objectives.
The management team and I are currently in Africa and we look forward to reporting on additional progress in due course.”