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Oslo, 9 March 2015 -- DNO ASA (OSE ticker code "DNO", the "Company"), the Norwegian oil and gas operator, is contemplating the placement of NOK 975 million in an equity offering which based on today's closing share price of NOK 14.72 represents approximately six to seven percent of the issued shares in the Company prior to the offering (the "Offering"). The shares placed in the Offering will include the 13,050,000 shares currently held in treasury by the Company together with new shares to be issued by the Company. The Company has retained Pareto Securities AS and DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, to act as Lead Managers and Bookrunners, and ABG Sundal Collier Norge as Lead Manager to advise on and assist in connection with the Offering. The Offering will be directed toward existing shareholders, in addition to new Norwegian and international institutional investors, subject to applicable exemptions from relevant registration, filing and prospectus requirements. As a result, no prospectus will be prepared in connection with the Offering.
The Offering will be carried out through an accelerated book-building process which will start 9 March 2015 at 16:30 CET and is expected to close before opening of the Oslo Stock Exchange on 10 March 2015. However, the Company and the Bookrunners reserve the right to close or extend the application period at any time. The Bookrunners, the Company and the Company's largest shareholder, RAK Petroleum Holdings B.V., have entered into a share lending agreement in order to facilitate delivery of the new shares issued by the Company on a delivery versus payment basis. As a result, the Offering will be settled with existing and unencumbered shares in the Company that are already listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and will be tradable immediately following allocation.
Net proceeds will serve to strengthen the Company's liquidity, financial flexibility and long-term financing. The new shares to be issued in connection with the Offering will be issued pursuant to the authorization granted to the Board of Directors by the Annual General Meeting held on 5 June 2014. The minimum application and allocation of shares per investor in the Offering is a NOK amount equal to EUR 100,000.
The Offering is subject to final approval by the Company's Board of Directors.
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This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer for sale of securities.
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This announcement may not be used for, or in connection with, and does not constitute, any offer to sell, or an invitation to purchase, any securities. The Offering will not be made in any jurisdiction or in any circumstances in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to US persons unless the securities are registered under the Securities Act, or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act is available. No public offering of the securities will be made in the United States.
In any EEA Member State that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in any relevant Member State) and includes any relevant implementing measure in the relevant Member State.
This announcement is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons in the United Kingdom that are (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order") or (ii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.
Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "intends", "may", "should", "will" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements.
The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice.
The contents of this announcement have been prepared by and are the sole responsibility of the Company. Pareto Securities, DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, and ABG Sundal Collier Norge are acting exclusively for the Company and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advice in relation to the contemplated Offering and the contents of this announcement or any of the matters referred to herein.
The distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the Offering may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
DNO ASA is an Oslo-listed, Middle East and North Africa focused oil and gas company holding stakes in 20 blocks in various stages of exploration, development and production both onshore and offshore in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Republic of Yemen, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, the Tunisian Republic and Somaliland.
This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.