Orca Exploration Group, a public company registered in the British Virgin Islands and focused on natural gas exploration, production, development and marketing, made an announcement that its Board of Directors approved raising of approximately Cdn$19.2 mln before expenses. The transaction will be conducted by way of rights issue. Under the terms of the rights issue, the BVI company will issue maximum of approximately 4,915,687 Class B shares, which makes approximately 18% of Class B Shares currently issued and outstanding.
The subscription price is Cdn$3.90, representing a 11% discount to the closing price of the Class B shares on 14 June, 2010, which was Cdn$4.40.
The completion of the rights issue is not conditional upon Orca Exploration receiving any minimum amount of subscriptions. According to the Chairman and CEO of the BVI company, the capital raised by the rights issue, along with cash coming from expanding Tanzanian operations, will be used to add value through the exploration prospects in the Elsa field offshore Italy and the other offshore Tanzania. The received funds will also strengthen company’s ability to take advantage of additional exploration and development opportunities.