Tethys Announces Farm-out on Kazakhstan Assets
Tethys Petroleum Limited (“Tethys” or “the Company”) (TSX:TPL)(LSE:TPL), the oil and gas exploration and production company focused on Central Asia and the Caspian Region, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of 50% of its Kazakh oil & gas assets to SinoHan Oil and Gas Investment B.V. (“SinoHan”), part of HanHong, a Beijing, PRC based private equity fund.
Tethys will receive an initial payment of USD 75 million for this sale.
Additional performance bonus payments will be made to Tethys for the incremental discovery of 2P reserves achieved from the 2013 and 2014 drilling program, and also in profit sharing of excess profit at any exit by SinoHan from the project.
SinoHan will acquire a 50% + 1 share in Tethys Kazakhstan SPRL (“TK SPRL”), the wholly owned subsidiary of Tethys which holds the Kazakh assets.
Tethys will remain as the operator of the Kazakh assets with both partners having equal board representation in TK SPRL.
The sale achieves the following:
USD 75 million cash injection into Tethys, with the potential for future bonuses
Maintain 50% holding in producing asset with significant upside
Fund more extensive and accelerated work program in Kazakhstan
Strategic investor with access to capital and strong Chinese networks in the resource sector
The sale is subject to Kazakh State approvals, including the waiver on pre – emption (Article 36). Closing will take place once these approvals are received.
Dr. David Robson, Chairman and President of Tethys, commented, “We are pleased with this transaction with SinoHan. As well as receiving a USD 75 million cash payment, we have agreed a bonus payment system that provides further cash payments based on the success on our 2013 and 2014 drilling program in adding reserves. Of course, we still own 50% and will also share the success of any further discoveries through this equity ownership as well. It makes sense to us at this stage of our corporate growth to bring in a partner to share 50% of the risk and funding in Kazakhstan, adding to a balanced portfolio company-wide where we have a joint venture with CNPC and Total in Tajikistan, and also a partner on our projects in Georgia. We believe we have further demonstrated our ability to attract reliable, strategic partners to our projects in order to ensure we are fully funded to maximise the returns for shareholders.”
Mr Andrew Macintosh, Group CEO of HanHong Private Equity, commented, “HanHong Private Equity is dedicated to investment in natural resources around the world. Central Asia, especially Kazakhstan, is one of our focus areas. This investment marks the first major oil & gas investment by HanHong in Kazakhstan and we are most excited to form a partnership with Tethys Petroleum for its strong track record and excellent expertise in Central Asia. We strongly believe that the financial resources and Chinese connections of HanHong, together with the sector know-how of Tethys, will accelerate the success of our joint venture.”
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