Oil, Gas Roundup

Northern Petroleum (LON:NOP) has agreed to divest interests in its assets to High Power Petroleum LLC (H2P), for $2.5m cash and the application of $0.25m of well stimulation services by Blue Spark Energy Inc., an affiliate of H2P.

The Company also announces a proposed direct subscription, subject to shareholder approval, to raise gross proceeds of up to £5.1m at a price of 3.5p a share via two tranches.

The Issue Price represents a premium of 12% to the middle-market closing price per ordinary share of 3.125p on 29 November 2016, being the last business day prior to this announcement.

A proposed open offer for up to 21,500,000 new ordinary shares with nominal value of 1 pence each in the capital of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") at the Issue Price, raising up to an additional £0.8 million, will be made to existing qualifying shareholders.

Total funds realised from the Consideration, the Subscription and Open Offer will total up to $9.7m (c.£7.8m).


Subject to the approval of the Subscription by shareholders, the Company will divest to H2P for the Consideration the following interests in the Group's assets (the "Disposals"):

- a 25 per cent. interest in all of the Company's Canadian licences, wells and facilities ("Canadian Assets");

- a 10 per cent. interest in the Company's Italian offshore southern Adriatic exploration permits ("Italian Permits") and exploration permit applications ("Italian Applications"), if granted; and

- a 25 per cent. interest in the Company's onshore Australian licence ("Australian Asset").

The Company has also agreed to grant H2P options to increase its interest in the Group's assets as follows:

- an increase in the Canadian Assets from 25 per cent. to 50 per cent. by agreeing to pay an additional US$4 million before 31 December 2017;

- an increase in the Italian Permits and Italian Applications, if granted, from 10 per cent. to 50 per cent. by funding an appraisal well on the Giove oil discovery in permit FR.40 up to a cap of US$15 million; and

- an increase in the Australian Asset from 25 per cent. to 50 per cent. by funding US$1 million of seismic acquisition and processing.

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President Energy (LON:PPC) has signed the conditional subscription agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, for an investment of about $2.8m.

The IFC subscription forms part of the proposed US$20.0 million Fundraising.

The IFC has agreed to subscribe for 37,474,240 Subscription Shares at the Placing Price of 6 pence per share.

The IFC's shareholding will, following the completion of the Fundraising, represent 11.7 per cent. of the Enlarged Share Capital.

Completion of the Subscription is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.

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Nighthawk Energy (LON:HAWK) says production continued to remain strong during the first ten months of 2016. It said the effects of a natural water drive in the Arikaree Creek field, along with the efforts from the production operations team, had kept 2016 production relatively flat for the year to October.

Gross output in October was 39,672 barrels compared with 49,724 barrels a year ago. Net output was 32,246 barrels against 40,769 in October last year.

Gross output for the first 10 months totalled 412,818 barrels - down from 561,530 barrels a year ago. Net production was 337,409 barrels compared with 462,172 a year ago.

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The sector's biggest risers were Premier Oil (LON:PMO) and Cairn Energy (LON:CNE) - up by more than 17.1% and over 14.3% respectively in late trading. The biggest fallers were Gulfsands Petroleum (LON:GPX) and Tower Resources (LON:TRP) - down by more than 18.5% and over 10.5% respectively.

At 4:09pm:

(LON:AUR) Aurum Mining PLC share price was +0.1p at 4.6p

(LON:BOR) Borders Southern Petroleum PLC share price was -0.01p at 2.54p

(LON:CHAR) Chariot Oil Gas Ltd share price was -0.45p at 7.71p

(LON:CNE) Cairn Energy PLC share price was +26.5p at 209.2p

(LON:ENQ) EnQuest Plc share price was +2.13p at 29.63p

(LON:GKP) Gulf Keystone Petroleum share price was +0.01p at 1.19p

(LON:GPX) Gulfsands Petroleum PLC share price was -1.25p at 5.5p

(LON:HAWK) Nighthawk Energy PLC share price was -0.07p at 1.35p

(LON:INDI) Indus Gas Ltd share price was -2.62p at 287.38p

(LON:NOP) Northern Petroleum PLC share price was +0.38p at 3.5p

(LON:PET) Petrel Resources PLC share price was -0.13p at 5.63p

(LON:PMO) Premier Oil PLC share price was +8.88p at 59.13p

(LON:PPC) President Energy Plc share price was +0.01p at 5.85p

(LON:RKH) Rockhopper Exploration PLC share price was +0.63p at 21.88p

(LON:RPT) Regal Petroleum PLC share price was +0.01p at 3.74p