Africa Energy boosts interest in Total’s South African block

Africa Energy has signed definitive agreements to increase its effective interest in the Total-operated Block 11B/12B, located offshore South Africa, from 4.9 per cent to 10 per cent. As part of the process, Impact and Arostyle will become significant shareholders of Africa Energy.

Deepsea Stavanger rig; Source: Aker BP
Deepsea Stavanger rig
Deepsea Stavanger rig; Source: Aker BP

Garrett Soden, the Company’s President and CEO, commented: “Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa contains one of the most exciting oil and gas exploration plays in the world today.

“In anticipation of the Luiperd-1X well results expected later this year, we have agreed with Impact and Arostyle to simplify and consolidate Main Street’s 10 per cent interest in Block 11B/12B under Africa Energy”.

Africa Energy currently holds 49 per cent of the shares in Main Street 1549, which has a 10 per cent participating interest in Block 11B/12B.

Total E&P South Africa B.V. is the operator and has a 45 per cent participating interest in Block 11B/12B, while Qatar Petroleum and CNR International have 25 per cent and 20 per cent participating interests, respectively.

Africa Energy is pursuing two transactions by which it will first secure the indirect financial interest held by Impact Oil & Gas Limited and then obtain an option from Arostyle Investments, which holds 51 per cent of the shares in Main Street, to acquire the entire participating interest after drilling the Luiperd-1X well.

The Luiperd-1X well will be drilled using the Deepsea Stavanger rig which was mobilized from Norway in early July.

The drilling operations are expected to start by the end of August. The rig is already in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Following the Impact transaction and exercise of the Arostyle option, subject to various consents and approvals, Africa Energy will directly hold the participating interest, and both Impact and Arostyle will be significant shareholders of Africa Energy.

Impact transaction

Africa Energy has entered into an investment agreement with Impact and Impact Oil & Gas SA Blocks 11B-12B Limited whereby Africa Energy will subscribe for new shares and thereby obtain control of Impact 11B/12B, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Impact, whose sole asset is the Arostyle loan agreement that provides for an indirect financial interest in Main Street.

Impact has also entered into a subscription agreement with Africa Energy to subscribe for 509,092,771 common shares of Africa Energy that is subject to completion of the investment.

The subscription shares will be issued shortly after the closing of the investment.

The investment agreement provides Impact with the right, for so long as it holds not less than 10 per cent of the common shares of Africa Energy, to appoint one nominee to the board of directors of Africa Energy.

The investment agreement also provides for certain orderly market covenants in respect of any dispositions by Impact of the subscription shares, customary standstill provisions for a period of 12 months and certain restrictions on the issuance of common shares (or securities convertible into common shares) by Africa Energy prior to the closing of the impact transaction.

The impact transaction is independent of the Arostyle transaction and is subject to Africa Energy disinterested shareholder approval and TSX Venture Exchange approval. Closing of the impact transaction is expected to occur in October 2020.

Arostyle transaction

In parallel with the Impact transaction, Africa Energy and Arostyle have entered into an implementation agreement that provides for certain amendments to the existing Main Street shareholders’ agreement and the Arostyle loan agreement, which among other things, provides for the Arostyle option.

The implementation agreement and the amendments to the Main Street SHA provide that Africa Energy has agreed effective immediately to fund 100 per cent of the obligations of Main Street for a risk-adjusted return linked to the proceeds on any future sale of Main Street or the Participating Interest.

In addition, the Main Street SHA provides for the Arostyle Option whereby either party has the right to trigger the sale of the Participating Interest to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Africa Energy.

The Arostyle Option will become exercisable by either party after completion of the Luiperd-1X well and is subject to receiving all required regulatory approvals and joint venture partner consents and waivers. Exercise of the Arostyle Option would result in Arostyle being issued 64,455,916 Common Shares.

In addition, the amendments to the Main Street SHA provide for a restriction on the issuance of common shares (or securities convertible into common shares), except for the Subscription Shares and for other corporate matters, prior to completion of the Luiperd-1X well.

Closing of the Arostyle transaction is dependent on closing the impact transaction and is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.

Upon completion of the impact transaction and the transactions contemplated by the Arostyle Option, Africa Energy will have acquired the entire participating interest, and Impact and Arostyle, in aggregate, will have subscribed for 573,548,687 Common Shares. 

Africa Energy currently has 798,984,935 common shares outstanding.