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 that following satisfaction of the requisite conditions precedent, the disposal of Rockhopper Egypt Pty Limited to United Oil and Gas plc (“United”) has now completed.

As previously announced, the US$16.0 million consideration payable to Rockhopper under the transaction comprises:

  • cash of $11.5 million; and
  • the issue of 114,503,817 Consideration Shares (at an issue price of 3 pence) representing approximately 18.5% of United’s enlarged ordinary share capital.

Consideration Shares held by Rockhopper in United are subject to certain lock-up and orderly market disposal provisions for a period of up to 12 months from completion.

It is anticipated that Stewart MacDonald, Rockhopper’s Chief Financial Officer, will be appointed as a non-executive director of United.

Hannam & Partners acted as financial adviser to Rockhopper in relation to this Transaction.

Enquiries:

Rockhopper Exploration plc

Sam Moody – Chief Executive Officer
Stewart MacDonald – Chief Financial Officer

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7390 0234 (via Vigo Communications)

Canaccord Genuity Limited (NOMAD and Joint Broker)

Henry Fitzgerald-O’Connor/James Asensio
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7523 8000

Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Broker)

Richard Crichton
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7418 8900

Vigo Communications

Patrick d’Ancona/Ben Simons
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7390 0234