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Touchstone Explrtn. (TXP)


Tuesday 22 December, 2020

Touchstone Explrtn.


RNS Number : 4929J
Touchstone Exploration Inc.
22 December 2020



Calgary, Alberta - December 22, 2020 - Touchstone Exploration Inc. ("Touchstone" or the "Company") (TSX / LSE: TXP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Beverley Smith to Touchstone's Board of Directors (the "Board") as of December 22, 2020. Ms. Smith will also serve on the Board's Compensation and Governance Committee and on the Health, Safety, Environment and Reserves Committee.


Ms. Smith is a chartered geologist and an accomplished business leader with over thirty years of experience in the oil and gas sector, having delivered a portfolio of achievements in a successful international career with BG Group, as Vice President Exploration and Growth for Europe and most recently as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Hurricane Energy plc. Ms. Smith has a background in development and production geology and subsurface management, notably in Trinidad (Hibiscus, Poinsettia and Ixora fields), Tunisia (Hasdrubal field) and various operated developments in the United Kingdom including Mercury, Neptune, Minerva, Apollo, Fleming, Drake and Jackdaw fields as well as other non-operated developments. Ms. Smith brings further corporate governance expertise to the Board with a proven track record of improving risk management capabilities, safety frameworks, and ensuring accountability and transparency. Ms. Smith is an independent non-executive director at Hurricane Energy plc and the President of The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a Master of Science degree in petroleum geology.


John D. Wright, Chairman of the Board, commented, "We are delighted that Beverley has joined the Board. Her expertise in international oil and gas, specifically her background in Trinidad, will be instrumental as we continue to explore and develop the Ortoire block."


Regulatory disclosures (in accordance with Rule 17 and Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies)


The following directorships and partnerships are currently held by Ms. Smith or have been held in the past five years:


Current Directorships


Bas Advisory Limited

Hurricane Energy plc

The Kimmeridge Trust

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain

Petroleum Geology Conferences Limited


Previous Directorships


Hurricane (Strathmore) Limited

Hurricane (Whirlwind) Limited

Hurricane Basement Limited

Hurricane Gla Limited

Hurricane Group Limited

Hurricane Gwa Limited

Hurricane Holdings Limited

Hurricane Petroleum Limited

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POWERful Women


Aside from the information set out above, there are no further disclosures to be made in accordance with Rule 17 and Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies in respect of the appointment of Beverley Ann Smith, aged 55. Ms. Smith does not currently hold an interest in the Company's share capital.


The Company granted Ms. Smith 115,000 share options on December 22, 2020 in accordance with the Company's shareholder approved stock option plan.   The share options were issued with an exercise price of C$2.07 per common share, which was measured by reference to the five-day weighted average trading price of the Company's common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange to the close of trading on December 21, 2020. The share options have a five-year term and vest one third on each of the next three anniversaries of the grant date.


The notification below, made in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation, provides further detail regarding the share option award.


Touchstone Exploration Inc.


Touchstone Exploration Inc. is a Calgary, Alberta based company engaged in the business of acquiring interests in petroleum and natural gas rights and the exploration, development, production and sale of petroleum and natural gas. Touchstone is currently active in onshore properties located in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Company's common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol " TXP " .


For further information about Touchstone, please visit our website at or contact:


Touchstone Exploration Inc.

Mr. Paul Baay, President and Chief Executive Officer  Tel: +1 (403) 750-4487

Mr. Scott Budau, Chief Financial Officer


Shore Capital (Nominated Advisor and Joint Broker)

Nominated Advisor: Edward Mansfield / Daniel Bush / Michael McGloin  Tel: +44 (0) 207 408 4090

Corporate Broking: Jerry Keen


Canaccord Genuity (Joint Broker) 

Adam James / Henry Fitzgerald O'Connor / Thomas Diehl   Tel: +44 (0) 207 523 8000


Camarco (Financial PR)

Nick Hennis / Billy Clegg    Tel: +44 (0) 203 781 8330




Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulations.



Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated



Beverley Smith


Reason for the notification



Non-Executive Director


Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification


Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor



Touchstone Exploration Inc.






Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted


Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument



Identification code

Options over common shares of no par value in the capital of Touchstone Exploration Inc., each with an exercise price of C$2.07 and an expiry date of 21 December 2025.




Nature of the transactions

Grant of share options to Non-Executive Director



Prices and volumes


Effective price






Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

Aggregate volumes


Aggregate prices



Date of the transaction

22 December 2020


Place of the transaction

Outside a trading venue




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