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Tuesday 05 July, 2022

Rockhopper Exp plc

Results of Open Offer & Total Voting Rights

RNS Number : 3700R
Rockhopper Exploration plc
05 July 2022
 

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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO BUY, ACQUIRE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR (OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, ACQUIRE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR) ORDINARY SHARES TO ANY PERSON. IN PARTICULAR, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR CONTAIN ANY INVITATION, SOLICITATION OR OFFER TO ANY PERSON WITH A REGISTERED ADDRESS IN, LOCATED IN, OR WHO IS A RESIDENT OF, THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, RUSSIA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH INVITATION, SOLICITATION OR OFFER WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR CONTRAVENE ANY REGISTRATION OR QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY SUCH JURISDICTION.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

5 July 2022

   

Rockhopper Exploration plc
("Rockhopper" or the "Company")


Results of Open Offer and Total Voting Rights

 

Rockhopper Exploration plc (AIM: RKH), the oil and gas exploration and production company with key interests in the North Falkland Basin, is pleased to announce the results of its Open Offer pursuant to the Capital Raising announced on 15 June 2022.

The Company has received valid acceptances from Qualifying Shareholders in respect of 39,652,160 Open Offer Units, representing a take-up of over 69 per cent. of the 57,310,264 available Open Offer Units. Accordingly, the Open Offer has raised total gross proceeds of approximately US$3.4 million (£2.8 million).

Each Open Offer Unit subscribed for comprises one Open Offer Share and, for every two Open Offer Shares subscribed for, one Warrant. Accordingly, 39,652,160 Open Offer Shares and 19,825,849 Open Offer Warrants will be issued pursuant to the Open Offer. 

As a result, the Company has raised in aggregate gross proceeds of approximately US$10.4 million (£8.5 million) pursuant to the Capital Raising (including pursuant to the Placing, the Subscription and the Open Offer) through the issue of a total of 121,834,936 New Ordinary Shares and 60,917,237 Warrants.

Total Voting Rights

The issue and admission to trading on AIM of the Placing Shares and Subscription Shares has already taken place.

The Company has applied for the admission to trading on AIM of the New Ordinary Shares to be issued pursuant to the Open Offer. Second Admission will occur at 8.00 a.m. on 7 July 2022. Upon Second Admission, the Company will have 580,317,053 Ordinary Shares in issue and there are no shares held in treasury. This figure may be used by Shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

Unless otherwise defined, capitalised terms have the same meaning as per the Company's announcement dated 15 June 2022. 

Sam Moody, CEO of Rockhopper Exploration, said:

"We are delighted that our investors have taken the opportunity to subscribe to the Open Offer and strengthened their support for the company - we are very grateful and look forward to progressing our plans for Sea Lion with our new partner Navitas."

Enquiries:

 

Rockhopper Exploration plc

Jan Davies, Company Secretary

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7390 0230 (via Vigo Communications)

 

Canaccord Genuity Limited (NOMAD and Joint Broker)

Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor/Gordon Hamilton

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7523 8000

 

Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Broker)

Richard Crichton/Alexander Allen

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7418 8900

 

Vigo Communications

Patrick d'Ancona/Ben Simons

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7390 0234



 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 (as amended) as it forms part of the domestic law of the United Kingdom by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended). Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

This announcement contains (or may contain) certain forward-looking statements with respect to certain of the Company's plans and its current goals and expectations relating to its future financial condition and performance and which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers that no forward-looking statement is a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements sometimes use words such as "aim", "anticipate", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "goal", "believe", or other words of similar meaning. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, including, but not limited to, economic and business conditions, the effects of continued volatility in credit markets, market-related risks such as changes in the price of commodities or changes in interest rates and foreign exchange rates, the policies and actions of governmental and regulatory authorities, changes in legislation, the further development of standards and interpretations under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") applicable to past, current and future periods, evolving practices with regard to the interpretation and application of standards under IFRS, the outcome of pending and future litigation or regulatory investigations, the success of future explorations, acquisitions and other strategic transactions and the impact of competition. A number of these factors are beyond the Company's control. As a result, the Company's actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals, and expectations set forth in the Company's forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements made in this announcement by or on behalf of the Company speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by the FCA, the London Stock Exchange or applicable law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement to reflect any changes in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

This Announcement is for information purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to buy, sell, issue, or subscribe for, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, sell, issue, or subscribe for any securities, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unauthorised or unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.

 

This Announcement is not an offer of securities for sale in or into the United States. The Units, New Ordinary Shares, Warrants and Open Offer Entitlements have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, delivered, transferred, or taken up, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The Company does not intend to register any portion of the Capital Raising in the United States or to conduct an offering of securities in the United States.

 

This Announcement does not contain an offer or constitute any part of an offer to the public within the meaning of Sections 85 and 102B of the FSMA or otherwise. This Announcement is not an "approved prospectus" within the meaning of Section 85(7) of the FSMA and a copy of it has not been, and will not be, delivered to the FCA in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation Rules or delivered to any other authority which could be a competent authority for the purpose of the Prospectus Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "EU Prospectus Regulation") or the UK version of Prospectus Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as it forms part of retained EU law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (the "UK Prospectus Regulation"). Its contents have not been examined or approved by the London Stock Exchange, nor has it been approved by an "authorised person" for the purposes of Section 21 of the FSMA. This Announcement is being distributed to persons in the United Kingdom only in circumstances in which section 21(1) of the FSMA does not apply.

 

This Announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by the Joint Bookrunners (apart from the responsibilities or liabilities that may be imposed by the FSMA or other regulatory regime established thereunder) or by any of their respective affiliates or agents as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed.

 

Canaccord Genuity Limited ("Canaccord"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as nominated adviser and joint bookrunner for the Company and for no-one else in connection with the Capital Raising, and Canaccord will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its customers or for providing advice to any other person in relation to the Capital Raising or any other matter referred to herein.

 

Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel Hunt"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as joint bookrunner for the Company and for no-one else in connection with the Capital Raising, and Peel Hunt will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its customers or for providing advice to any other person in relation to the Capital Raising or any other matter referred to herein.

 

The distribution of this Announcement and the offering of the Units in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company or the Joint Bookrunners that would permit an offering of such securities or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such securities in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

 

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