Shares in LGO Energy (LSE: LGO) have fallen by as much as 12% today after the company made two separate announcements regarding its finances. The first is news that two placings of the companys shares have been conducted, with 6.72m being successfully raised in the last two days. This will be used for, among other things, to further develop LGOs assets in Trinidad and Spain, to repay existing short-term debt of 3m, and also to satisfy the liquidity tests so that LGO can proceed with its long-term financing deal.
In addition, LGO has announced a 16m long-term oil swap agreement with BNP Paribas. This will be used to fund the ongoing development drilling programme in the Goudron field in Trinidad and has been structured to allow repayment via future sales of oil.
Clearly, the placing and debt issue will allow LGO to continue to make progress at its Goudron field in Trinidad and, as such, are positive news for the company. Certainly, the outcome of the planned drilling programme is uncertain but, with the finances to execute its strategy, LGO could see investor sentiment improve moving forward and allow it to continue the run that has seen its share price soar by 210% in the last year.
Shares in BowLeven (LSE: BLVN) are 10% higher today after investors reacted positively to news that the sale of part of its stake in the Etinde project to LUKOIL and Newage has been formally approved by the President of Cameroon. This means that BowLeven will receive around $250m in total from the two companies in return for a 30% stake (LUKOIL) and further 10% stake (NewAge) in the project, with BowLeven set to receive $170m of the funds within the next three weeks.
As a result of todays deal, BowLeven will still hold a stake of around 20% in the Etinde project and the addition of a new partner will strengthen the joint venture even further. In addition, the cash flow from the sale should allow BowLeven to participate in the near-term appraisal of the Intra Isongo formation.
As such, it seems to put BowLeven in a much stronger position, both financially and in regard to its future prospects. Therefore, its shares could continue to benefit from upward momentum in the short run and, while its longer-term future remains relatively risky, it could prove to be a strong performer.
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