For immediate release
17 January 2011
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Sound Oil PLC
("Sound Oil" or "the Company")
Placing to Raise £3.22 million
Sound Oil (AIM: SOU), the upstream oil and gas company with assets in Indonesia and Italy, today announces that it has raised £3.22 million before expenses in response to institutional investor demand through a placing (the "Placing") of 230,000,000 new ordinary shares of 0.1p each ("Ordinary Shares") at 1.4p per share (the "Placing Shares").
The Company announced a placing of Ordinary Shares on 15 December 2010 in conjunction with the acquisition of Consul Oil & Gas Limited. The placing in December raised £3.7 million for the Company which, together with a £10 million Standby Equity Distribution Agreement ("SEDA") signed with YA Global Master SPV Ltd, an investment fund managed by Yorkville Advisors LLC, will be used to fund the enlarged group's work programme for an initial 12 months. This additional Placing will provide the Company with further working capital headroom allowing a faster approach to the planned work programme on the Company's Italian assets.
Application has been made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and dealings are expected to commence in the Placing Shares on 20 January 2011.
Commenting on the Placing, Gerald Orbell, Chief Executive of Sound Oil said:
"We are extremely pleased with the support the Company has received from its investors in recent weeks. This latest fundraising, which was heavily oversubscribed, will allow Sound to develop its recently acquired Italian assets at a faster rate than originally planned."
For further information please contact:
Gerald Orbell, Chief Executive
Tony Heath, Finance Director
Tel: 44 (0)1372 371010
Tel: 44 (0)1372 371010
Tel: 44 (0)207 466 5000
Clive Carver (Nominated Adviser)
Tel: 44 (0)207 600 1658
SHARE CAPITAL AND PLACING STATISTICS
Number of Ordinary Shares in issue as at the date of this document 1,285,306,331
Number of Placing Shares 230,000,000
Number of Ordinary Shares in issue on Admission of the Placing Shares 1,515,306,331
Net proceeds of the Placing due to the Company £3 million
Market capitalisation of the Company on Admission of the Placing Shares approx. £21.18 million
at the Placing Price