Canadian focused oil and gas company Madalena Energy Inc. made an announcement that Hispania Petroleum S.A. has assigned the convertible loan, provided by Hispania to the company, to KD Energy International Capital Limited, incorporated in the British Virgin Islands.
The Canadian company has provided its consent to the assignment, which is required pursuant to the terms of the Capex Loan, as the assignment was undertaken by Hispania and BVI-based KD Energy for succession planning of holding of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of each Hispania and KD Energy.
Under the terms of the loan, KD Energy will acquire or have the possibility to acquire more
than 20 per cent of the outstanding common shares in the capital of Madalena and become the control person of the company. It is expected that Madalena shareholder approval for the transaction will be sought at the company’s upcoming annual meeting of shareholders.
According to the study made by British company Capital Economics and funded by the BVI government, the banks operating in the jurisdiction are owed US$919 million which are loans to the customers, and more than 90 per cent of the customers are from the BVI territory.
The report stated that there are six deposit-taking licences issued by the regulatory authority, and banking services are mostly limited to deposit taking and direct lending. The sources of most part of deposits into the BVI banks are domestic. Along with customer deposits, which made about 66% of funding on the BVI banking balance sheet in 2015, there are US$189 million of interbank deposits and US$623 million of issued debt, shareholder’s equity and other instruments. As at September 2015, the BVI banking system has US$2.4 billion in assets.
Capital Economics reported that much of the funding collected by BVI banks goes to their Caribbean and Latin America’s parents operations, so BVI is providing liquidity in US dollars to the neighbouring economies.
The banking sector of the British Virgin Islands employs 270 people. In 2016 it contributed US$34 million in gross value added, and paid US$5 million in taxes.
BVI-registered Talon Metals Corp. announced that it has received the unsecured loan in the amount of US$4,000,000 from Kennecott Exploration Company, which is a subsidiary of the Rio Tinto Group. The unsecured loan will be used by Talon Metals to continue to fund exploration activities at the Tamarack Project in Minnesota, USA. The maturity date of the loan is December 21, 2015. The loan will bear interest at the rate of LIBOR plus 8 per cent per annum.
Talon Metals and Kennecott have agreed on the deferral of a US$2,500,000 option payment due by the BVI corporation to Kennecott on June 26, 2015, under the terms of the Exploration and Option agreement signed on June 25, 2014, until December 21, 2015. Also, Kennecott will not make further cash calls beyond the amount of the loan, until the fourth quarter of this year.
Kennecott and Talon have started planning for the next phase of exploration at the Tamarack Project.
Canadian Quantum Energy Corporation, TSX-listed company actively engaged in exploring oil and gas opportunities in Western Canada, has entered into an investment agreement with British Virgin Islands-registered company Lang International Holdings Limited. Under the terms of the agreement, on or before May 2, 2014 the BVI company or any of its associates will provide a short term loan to Canadian Quantum, in the amount of US$350,000. This loan, secured against the personal property of the Canadian company, will be repaid on the earlier of the closing of the Equity Private Placement, no later than May 30, 2014. If any amount of the loan is unpaid following the Maturity Date, it will bear interest of 12 per cent per annum.
Canadian Quantum intends to complete a private placement offering of Common Shares (Equity Private Placement) pursuant to which Lang or any of its associates would purchase 12,750,000 Common Shares at a price of US$0.10 per Common Share for gross proceeds of US$1,275,000. Concurrently with the closing of the Equity Private Placement, a subsidiary of Canadian Quantum will purchase certain seismic equipment from Lang at a purchase price of 10,971,000 Common Shares. Canadian Quantum also intends to complete a private placement offering of series 1 convertible secured debentures in the aggregate principal amount of up to US$1,875,000, pursuant to which Lang or any of its associates will purchase Series 1 Debentures and the remaining amount will be subscribed for by the holders of the currently outstanding debentures.