VANCOUVER, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Raytec Metals Corp. (the "Company" or
"Raytec") (TSX.V - RAY) announced today that it has entered into a binding
Letter of Intent ("LOI") with Lion Petroleum Corp. ("Lion"), subject to
certain conditions and completion of due diligence process. Lion is a
privately held oil and gas exploration company based in Vancouver, British
Columbia, with an exploration office in Nairobi, Kenya. Lion's principal
assets are Blocks 1 and 2B, both highly prospective exploration Blocks in
Blocks 1 and 2B:
Lion is party to Production Sharing Contracts ("PSC") with the Government
of the Republic of Kenya, relating to Blocks 1 and 2B. The PSCs grant Lion a
100% interest in the respective Blocks, subject only to an 18% back-in right
in favour of the Kenyan government.
Block 1 covers an area of approximately 31,781 square kilometers forming
part of the western portion of the Mandera-Lugh basin that occupies part of
the northeastern territory of Kenya and extends into Somalia and Ethiopia.
Lion has entered into a Farm-In Agreement with East African Exploration Ltd.
("EAX") of Dubai, UAE on the Block 1 concession. EAX may earn a 50% interest
in Block 1 by conducting a work program (minimum 600 kilometres 2D seismic)
and making all the financial commitments required of Lion to the Kenyan
government under the PSC.
Block 2B covers an area of approximately 7,807 square kilometers south of
Block 1 in Northeastern Kenya and covers three separate rift basins; the Anza,
Mandera-Lugh and Mochesa Basins.
Under the terms of the LOI, Raytec and Lion have agreed to enter into a
business combination pursuant to which Raytec, or a subsidiary of Raytec, will
acquire all of the 23,865,000 common shares issued and outstanding in the
capital of Lion, in consideration for the issuance of 28,399,350 common shares
in the capital of Raytec to Lion. In conjunction with the transaction, it is
proposed that Mr. Minaz ("Mike") Devji, President and CEO of Lion, become a
Director of Raytec, and then be appointed as Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Raytec.
Raytec president, Brian Thurston, stated: "We are very pleased to
announce this strategic partnership with Lion. Raytec is focused on becoming a
significant player in the developing oil and gas industry in East and Central
Africa. Raytec' Board members have laid out a critical path to achieve this
goal, the first part of which was the recently announced Farm-In agreement
with Africa Oil Corp. In this second step, Lion, with its fully staffed
offices in Nairobi, Kenya, has the infrastructure in place to allow Raytec to
continue building an Africa based portfolio of oil and gas assets."
Raytec and Lion expect to complete their respective due diligence
investigations, meet the conditions, and execute a definitive agreement
shortly. The transaction is subject to TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange")
acceptance, as well as approvals from the appropriate regulatory authorities
of the Republic of Kenya. A finders fee will be payable in accordance with
Lion Petroleum Corp., a privately held oil and gas exploration company
based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is active in the acquisition and
development of oil and gas concessions in Eastern and Central Africa through
an extensive network including its directors, officers and advisors.
Raytec Metals Corp. is a well-financed, Canadian exploration company with
a vision to become a significant player in the developing oil and gas industry
in East and Central Africa. Recently the Company signed an agreement with
Africa Oil Corp. that gives Raytec the right to earn an interest in five
highly prospective petroleum blocks located in the Republic of Kenya and in
Puntland, Somalia. The Company also holds 14.76% interest in Encanto Potash
Corp., a junior potash exploration company, and has invested $6.5 million into
a joint-venture to increase its holdings to approximately 29%. Raytec holds a
20% interest in Sulphur Solutions Inc., an emerging fertilizer company
developing state-of-the-art patented technology for the production of
micronized sulphur fertilizer. The Company is further diversified with a
uranium joint venture project in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan and an
iron ore project in Ontario.
On behalf of the Board,
RAYTEC METALS CORP.
"Brian Thurston", President and CEO
NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS
THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS NEWS RELEASE
This release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than
statements of historical facts, that address exploration drilling, exploration
activities and events or developments that the Company expects to occur, are
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release
include statements regarding the LOI and interests and shares to be
transferred there under, and any future exploration plans and expenditures.
Although, the Company believes the expectations expressed in such
forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such
statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or
developments may differ materially from those forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
forward-looking statements include market prices, exploration and exploration
successes, and continued availability of capital and financing and general
economic, market or business conditions. These statements are based on a
number of assumptions, including among others, assumptions regarding general
business and economic conditions, the timing and receipt of regulatory and
governmental approvals for the transactions described herein, the ability of
the Company and other parties to satisfy stock exchange and other regulatory
requirements in a timely manner, the availability of financing for the
Company's proposed transactions and programs on reasonable terms, and the
ability of third-party service providers to deliver services in a timely
manner. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of
future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially
from those projected on the forward-looking statements. The Company does not
assume any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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