CALGARY, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Oando Energy Resources Inc. ("OER" or the "Company") (TSX:OER), a company focused on oil exploration and production in Nigeria, today announced that it has agreed to extend the repayment date under the loan made by Oando Plc ("Oando"), to December 31, 2013. Oando is a 94.6% shareholder of OER. As previously announced, pursuant to the loan agreement, Oando provided a facility (the "Facility") to the Company of up to US$386,000,000, bearing an annual interest rate of 5%. Of the Facility, US$362,000,000 plus accrued interest was required to be repaid by September 30, 2013, while the remainder of the Facility was required to be repaid on or before December 31, 2013. Pursuant to the amendment agreements, the repayment date of the entire Facility, and an associated repayment deed giving the Company the right to repay the Facility by the issuance of securities under certain conditions, has been extended to December 31, 2013.
The Corporate Governance Committee of OER, comprising independent directors unrelated to Oando, unanimously recommended approval of the amendment agreements to the loan agreement and repayment deed to the board of OER, which then approved it (with directors affiliated with Oando abstaining from the vote). The extension to the repayment date was approved in line with the revised outside date of November 30, 2013 for the completion of the proposed acquisition of ConocoPhillips' Nigerian upstream oil and gas business, as announced on September 16, 2013.
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Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to: risks related to international operations, the actual results of current exploration and drilling activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined and the future price of crude oil. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.
Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company's financial results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) for the Company. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
SOURCE: Oando Energy Resources Inc.
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Pade Durotoye, CEO
Oando Energy Resources Inc.
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Oando Energy Resources Inc.
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