Serinus Energy Inc. (“Serinus”, “SEN” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce the final closing of the sale of its interests in Ukraine to Resano Trading Ltd., an affiliate of the Burisma Group, a Ukraine entity actively involved in the upstream oil and gas industry in Ukraine.
Serinus sold all of the 70% of the outstanding shares of KUB-Gas Holdings Limited (“KHL”) owned by the Company. KHL in turn, owns 100% of the shares of KUB-Gas LLC (“KUB-Gas”). KUB-Gas (directly and indirectly through its subsidiary, KUB-Gas Borova LLC) owns 100% of and operates the six licences/permits in Ukraine which contain the Olgovskoye, Makeevskoye, Vergunskoye and Krutogorovskoye gas fields. KUB-Gas was assigned gross 2P reserves of 64.5 Bcf and 459 Mbbl of NGL’s (45.1 Bcf and 321 Mbbl SEN WI) at December 31, 2014. Estimated gross production in Q4 2015 was 22.9 MMcfe/d (16.0 MMcfe/d SEN WI), of which 98% was natural gas.
The effective date of the sale was December 31, 2015. Serinus received total cash consideration of $32.8 million including all working capital and inter-company adjustments. Subsequent to closing, the Company will repay a total of $19.2 million of debt and accrued interest to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development against its Tunisia and Romania credit facilities. The balance of the proceeds will be used to help fund development of the Moftinu gas discovery in Romania.
 As per independent 3rd party reserve evaluator as at December 31, 2014
About the Company
Serinus is an international upstream oil and gas exploration and production company with a diversified portfolio of projects in Ukraine, Brunei, Tunisia, Romania and Syria and with a risk profile ranging from exploration in Brunei, Romania and Syria to production and development in Ukraine and Tunisia. The common shares of the Company trade under trading symbol “SEN” on both the WSE (Warsaw Stock Exchange) and the TSX.
In Ukraine, Serinus owns an effective 70% interest in KUB-Gas LLC through its 70% shareholding of KUBGas Holdings Limited. The assets of KUB-Gas LLC consist of 100% interests in five licences near the City of Lugansk in the northeast part of Ukraine. Four of the licences are capable of gas production, although two are currently shut in due to security issues in the area.
In Tunisia, Serinus owns a 100% working interest in the Chouech Essaida, Ech Chouech, Sanrhar and Zinnia concessions, and a 45% working interest in the Sabria concession. Four of the concessions are currently producing oil or gas.
In Brunei, Serinus owns a 90% working interest in a production sharing agreement which gives the Company the right to explore for and produce oil and natural gas from Block L, a 1,123 square kilometre area covering onshore and offshore areas in northern Brunei.
In Romania, Serinus owns an undivided 60% working interest in the onshore Satu Mare concession, a 2,949 square kilometre exploration and development block, in north western Romania.
Serinus holds a participating interest of 50% in the Syria Block 9 production sharing contract which provides the right to explore for and, upon the satisfaction of certain conditions, to produce oil and gas from Block 9, a 10,032 square kilometre area in northwest Syria. The Company has an agreement to assign a 5% ownership interest to a third party which is subject to the approval of Syrian authorities. Serinus declared force majeure, with respect to its operations in Syria, in July 2012.
The main shareholder of the Company is Kulczyk Investments S.A., an international investment house founded by Polish businessman Dr. Jan Kulczyk.
This press release contains certain statements relating to Serinus that are based on the expectations of Serinus, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, Serinus, which may constitute forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. All such statements and disclosures, other than those of historical fact, which address activities, events, outcomes, results or developments that Serinus anticipates or expects may, or will occur in the future (in whole or in part) should be considered forward-looking information. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by terms such as “forecast”, “future”, “may”, “will”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “potential”, “enable”, “plan”, “continue”, “contemplate”, “pro-forma”, or other comparable terminology. In particular, this press release makes reference to the timing and listing of the Company’s common shares on the TSX, resumption of trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the anticipated increased working interest in the Satu Mare concession. Readers are cautioned that such events are subject to certain conditions being satisfied. Accordingly, there is no assurance that such conditions will be satisfied and therefore no assurance that the TSX listing, resumption of trading and increased working interest will be obtained in the time frames anticipated or at all. Many factors could cause the performance or achievement by Serinus to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the failure to satisfy the TSX listing conditions and to resume trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in a timely manner, failure to satisfy the conditions to obtain the increased interest in the Satu Mare concession, risks relating to the integration of Serinus and Winstar, the failure to realize anticipated synergies and incorrect assessments of the value of Winstar. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Serinus is not under any duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release or to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in the Company’s expectations and Serinus disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.
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