Lekoil agrees capital re-financing deal, completes new debt facility

*Oil platform facility.

*Oil platform facility.

20 June 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos — West Africa-focused energy company Lekoil announced Monday the refinancing of an existing debt facility and the completion of a new debt facility raising, in aggregate, $20 million.

Lekoil has refinanced its existing $10 million Notes Issuance Agreement (NIA) with FBN Capital Limited and has secured a new 2 billion Naira (approximately $10 million) facility from FBN.

The $10 million facility has a maturity of three years and is repayable quarterly after a six-month moratorium. The existing NIA bridge facility, of which $5 million was due May 2016, has been extended to August 2016 and subsequently refinanced into the new USD facility.

The new 2 billion Naira ($10 million) facility has a maturity of three years, and is repayable quarterly with ten quarterly instalment after a six-month moratorium.

Following the successful drill stem tests at Otakikpo, which produced oil flows in excess of company expectations, the company reconfirmed that it is on track to complete Otakikpo within the original $82 million capital expenditure budget that was estimated in 2014.

“I am delighted that we have secured this facility with local lender FBN,” said Lekan Akinyanmi, Lekoil’s CEO, in a company statement.

“This funding represents a strong endorsement of our asset’s value in this market environment and provides validation of our strategy to secure non-dilutive funding from near term commercial production. We appreciate FBN’s support, and look forward to building a long-term relationship with them,” he added.

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