Aston Hill Financial closes on purchase of Capex Exploration Ltd.

    CALGARY, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Aston Hill Financial Inc. ("Aston Hill")
(TSXV: AHF) and Sword Energy Inc. ("Sword") are pleased to announce that the
Arrangement Agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of Capex Exploration
Ltd., a Calgary based private oil and gas exploration and production company,
closed on February 8, 2008.
    Sword is a private oil and gas company managed by Aston Hill, whose
shareholders include Canadian pension plans and a Canadian pension fund
manager. As a result of this transaction, Sword is producing over 9,000 BOE/d
of oil and natural gas in Western Canada in a growth vehicle that is tailored
for tax exempt investors. Aston Hill participated in this transaction by
investing $1.815 million in Sword to maintain its 2.42% interest alongside its
    As a result of this transaction, Aston Hill's Assets Under Management
("AUM") have increased to approximately $625 million. Aston Hill Financial
Inc. is an investment manager with expertise in oil and gas property
management, diversified income products, oil and gas portfolio management and
private equity.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the
    information contained herein.

For further information:

For further information: Eric Tremblay, Chief Executive Officer, Aston
Hill Financial Inc., (403) 770-4817; Larry Titley, Vice President and CFO,
Aston Hill Financial Inc., (403) 770-4808

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