Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (LNGL) has announced that it has entered into a binding subscription agreement for a share placement of fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of LNGL through an investment made by IDG Energy Investment Group Ltd (IDG Energy Investment), an investment holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and affiliated with IDG Capital.
The share placement will be undertaken pursuant to the company’s capacity under ASX Listing Rule 7.1 and no shareholder approval is required.
The share placement will raise gross proceeds of AUS$28.2 million before costs through the issuance of 56 444 500 ordinary shares at AUS$0.50 per ordinary share, representing a 14.1% premium to the volume weighted average price of LNGL shares on the ASX over the 30-trading day period ending 1 June 2018 of AUS$0.44. Following close of the share placement, IDG Energy Investment will hold a 9.9% interest in the company.
Net proceeds from the share placement shall be used in support of ongoing LNG offtake marketing efforts, focused on Magnolia LNG, and for general corporate purposes.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome IDG Energy Investment to LNGL’s investor group,” said Greg Vesey, LNGL’s Managing Director and CEO. “Proceeds from this share placement provide additional liquidity to LNGL, and the investment from IDG Energy Investment demonstrates a high level of confidence in our company, and particularly a strong confidence in the fully permitted, shovel ready Magnolia LNG project. We are confident that our strategic relationship with IDG Energy Investment will provide LNGL with additional opportunities to market LNG volumes given IDG Energy Investment’s portfolio of infrastructure investments, including regasification interests.”
IDG Energy Investment’s President, Liu Zhihai, stated: “We are excited to announce our investment in and support for LNGL and its Magnolia LNG project, which we see as one of the best positioned US liquefaction projects to deliver needed LNG exports to Asia. IDG Energy Investment is particularly bullish on the long-term outlook for US-sourced LNG into China, and we will immediately begin working with LNGL to assist them in unlocking this market.”
“The investment from IDG Energy Investment represents a ringing endorsement to the LNG buying community of LNGL’s business strategy, the OSMR® liquefaction technology, and the Magnolia LNG and Bear Head LNG projects, respectively.” added Paul Cavicchi, Chairman of LNGL. “We believe that the endorsement of LNGL from IDG Energy Investment positively positions our investors to benefit from the increased demand for LNG globally.”
Details of the share placement
Settlement is scheduled to be completed on or before 15 June 2018 and the placement shares are expected to be issued on that date. Settlement is not conditional on any Australian or foreign government approvals. The placement shares will rank equally with existing ordinary shares on issue but will be subject to voluntary escrow for 180 days after closing. The placement shares will be issued to Mulliner Investment Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of IDG Energy Investment.
Subject to the provision of a waiver by the ASX under Listing Rules 6.18, the subscription agreement requires that LNGL shall provide IDG Energy Investment with top-up (anti-dilution) rights such that if LNGL issues further ordinary shares or securities convertible into, or exchangeable for, ordinary shares, IDG Energy Investment will be entitled to maintain its pro rata shareholding. The top-up rights may be exercised in full or in part, subject to certain exceptions. LNGL will use its reasonable efforts to obtain a Listing Rule 6.18 waiver from the ASX.
IDG Energy Investment has no current intention of increasing its proportionate shareholding in LNGL above 9.9%.
The binding subscription agreement contains a number of additional terms that are considered customary and usual for subscriptions of this nature.
CIBC Capital Markets is acting as financial advisor to LNGL.
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