BNK Petroleum Inc. announces the approval of US $30 million credit facility

    CALGARY, July 16 /CNW/ - BNK Petroleum Inc. (TSX: BKX) is pleased to
announce that it has entered into a binding commitment with the Energy Banking
division of Capital One, N.A. through its wholly owned subsidiary Bankers
Petroleum (US) Inc., for two loan facilities (Capital One Facilities).
    "We are extremely pleased with our financial partnership with Capital One
in this early stage of our development. We are looking forward to a long
lasting and mutually beneficial relationship." said Wolf Regener, President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
    The Facility A is a senior revolving credit facility secured by a
US $23 million certificate of deposit which will be funded by a loan from
Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (Bankers, TSX: BNK) pursuant to a subordinated loan
agreement (the Subordinated Loan) between Bankers and the Company. The
Facility B is a US $50 million senior secured revolving credit facility
subject to a borrowing base and secured by all proved oil and gas properties
and undeveloped acreage of the Company. The initial borrowing base was
determined as US $7 million. The borrowing base will be determined at least
semi-annually on April 1 and October 1. Any increase in the borrowing base
will result in the release of all or a part of the US $23 million cash deposit
on a dollar for dollar basis.
    The Facility A bears interest at 1% over the interest rate paid on the
underlying deposit. The Facility B bears interest at US prime rate plus a
margin which ranges from 0 basis points (bps) to 25 bps based on the facility
usage. In addition the Company pays commitment fees ranging from 25 bps to
50 bps on the unutilized portion of the Facility B. The Company also pays a
100 bps facility fee on the initial borrowing base and 50 bps on any
subsequent increase in the borrowing base.
    The Capital One Facilities have no scheduled repayment terms and mature
in three years from closing unless terminated earlier by the Company without
    The Company expects to use the proceeds from the Capital One Facilities
in the development of its Tishomingo Gas Field in Ardmore County, Oklahoma and
general working capital purposes.
    The Subordinated Loan payable to Bankers bears interest at LIBOR plus
3.5% and is secured by a floating charge debenture and a general security
agreement. The Company will repay to Bankers up to US $12.5 million of the
Subordinated Loan in the event of an equity offering. The proceeds from any
subsequent equity offerings will be directed to the repayment of the
Subordinated Loan as to 50%. The Company additionally will repay 100% of the
proceeds of any debt issued by the Company and its subsidiaries and 90% of any
increase in the borrowing base at each determination date to Bankers. The
Subordinated Loan matures on the fourth anniversary of the closing of the
Capital One Facilities.


    About BNK Petroleum Inc.

    BNK Petroleum Inc. is a California based oil and gas exploration and
production company focused on finding and exploiting large oil and gas
resource plays. The Company holds an average of 50% interest in the Tishomingo
gas field in Oklahoma and varied interests in three other areas in the
Northern and Central regions of the United States, where it is currently
pursuing the exploration, development and production of shale and tight sand
gas plays. The Company's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the stock symbol BKX.

For further information:

For further information: Wolf Regener, President and Chief Executive
Officer, (805) 484-3613; Juneyt Tirmandi, Chief Financial Officer, (403)
541-5319, Email:, Website:

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