Empire Energy Announces Completion of Significant Financingadmin
Empire Energy Corporation International announces that it has concluded new financing arrangements initially announced November 15, 2006 with an international investor group that will provide the capital to enable it to continue to execute major oil and gas exploration over its Tasmanian license area commencing early in 2007. Empire has received to date $8.5 million and through exercise of warrants could obtain an additional $5 million.
Great South Land Minerals, Ltd. (GSLM), Empire’s wholly-owned subsidiary issued a note in the principal amount of US$ 4 million with Wind City, Inc. The note pays interest at 4% over the prime rate and is repayable on or before 31st May 2008. Wind City, Inc is a Delaware corporation and is part of a group of companies owned by Mr. Brian Caffyn, including the UPC Group of companies involved in wind and renewable energy projects in the United States, Europe and Asia.
A portion of the funds were used to purchase a new mobile oil drilling rig. Various ancillary equipment for the drilling rig will be purchased for a total commitment of approximately US$ 2 million. The drilling rig has been shipped and the related equipment is due to be shipped shortly and GSLM expects to commence drilling operations in Tasmania during the second quarter of 2007. A further commitment of US$ 2.0 million was made in the form of payment to Terrex Pty for the acquisition of at least 700 km of seismic during 2007. The program builds on the information acquired from the 2006 seismic survey which enabled GSLM to develop a refined exploration programme. When processed with previously acquired data, the new information will materially assist GSLM in identifying well sites with high prospectivity and will provide GSLM a geological prognosis for the drilling programme.
As part of the financing, Empire’s wholly-owned subsidiary Cyber Finance Group Limited sold 4,500,000 shares of common stock of Zeehan Zinc Limited at a price of US$ 1 per share. Proceeds of this sale of US$ 4,500,000 will primarily be invested in the oil and gas exploration program in Tasmania.
Cyber will retain a balance of 2.78 million Zeehan Shares which it may sell at a later date to raise further capital for Empire’s main focus, which is the development of oil and gas in Tasmania.
Empire also issued to Wind City warrants to acquire 60,000,000 shares of Empire Class A common stock at a price of US$ 0.15 per share. The warrants are issued in two tranches. Wind City may at its option apply the principal due under the note issued by GSLM to the subscription price for 26,666,667 shares of Empire Common Stock under tranch A. The tranch B warrant provides Wind City the right to subscribe for 33,333,333 million shares of Empire common stock and will, if exercised in full, raise a further US $5 million before expenses. Wind City has until the 30th of November 2007 to exercise its rights to the tranch B warrants.
Empire’s Chairman and CEO Malcolm Bendall said “I am extremely pleased to announce these transactions and appreciative of the confidence placed in Empire by the Wind City organization. The capital provided will enable GSLM to commence a major exploration programme within the highly prospective Tasmanian Basin. Market conditions are extremely favourable and this programme represents the culmination of over 20 years work in developing GSLM’s oil and gas acreage potential.”
The company has accepted the resignation of Director Keith W. Laing effective January 18, 2007. No replacement director has been appointed to date.
For and on Behalf of the Board
Malcolm Bendell, President
Empire is traded on the OTC market in the USA OTC market under the symbol EEGC.OB
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