Birch Lake Energy Inc.
TSX VENTURE : BLK

July 07, 2011 16:46 ET

Birch Lake Announces Increase to Private Placement Financing and Closing of First Tranche

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2011) - Birch Lake Energy Inc. ("Birch Lake" or the "Corporation) (TSX VENUTRE:BLK) announced today that it has increased the size of its previously announced non-brokered private placement of common units and flow-through units. The private placement offering will now consist of up to 12,500,000 common units at $0.16 per common unit and up to 15,000,000 flow-through units at $0.20 per flow-through unit, for aggregate total gross proceeds of up to $5,000,000. Each common unit will consist of one common share and one common share purchase warrant. Each flow-through unit will consist of one common share to be issued on a "flow-through" basis and one common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire one common share at a price of $0.30 per share for a period of one year after the closing. If, at any time after the expiry of the 4 month hold period, the closing price of the common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange is at least $0.45 for a period of 5 consecutive trading days, the Corporation may, at its option, accelerate the expiry date of the warrants by giving written notice thereof to all holders of warrants, and, in such case, the warrants will expire on the date which is the earlier of: (i) the 21st day after the date on which such written notice is given by the Corporation; and (ii) the original expiry date.

Birch Lake also announced that is has completed the first tranche of the private placement, subject to approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. Birch Lake issued 1,048,750 common units and 11,070,000 flow-through units, for aggregate total gross proceeds of $2,381,800. The securities issued in connection with the offering will be subject to a four month hold period that expires on November 8, 2011. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to finance the Corporation's continuing capital program and for general working capital purposes.

Finders acting in connection with the private placement received aggregate fees of $166,726 and 848,313 finder's warrants. Each finders warrant entitles the holder to purchase one common share at exercise prices ranging from $0.16 to $0.20 per share for a period of one year after the closing.

William Petrie, President and CEO of Birch Lake, states "We are pleased with the initial response to our offering in this uncertain market. The first tranche funds the Corporation's immediate drilling activities and we expect that a second tranche will further strengthen our financing position."

Forward Looking Statements:

This press release contains certain statements which constitute forward-looking statements or information ("forward-looking statements"), including statements regarding Birch Lake's business, such as the review of strategic alternatives and establishing a portfolio base and developing a new web-site which by their nature are forward-looking statements and which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Birch Lake's control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry 2 conditions, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, operational risks in exploration and development, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility and the ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Although Birch Lake believes that the expectations in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, our forward-looking statements have been based on factors and assumptions concerning future events which may prove to be inaccurate. Those factors and assumptions are based upon currently available information. Such statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results or events and cause actual results or events to differ materially from those stated, anticipated or implied in the forward looking information. As such, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward looking information, as no assurance can be provided as to future results, levels of activity or achievements. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as of the date of this document and, except as required by applicable law, Birch Lake does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

About Birch Lake Energy Inc.

Birch Lake is a junior oil and gas company engaged in the exploration for and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves. The Corporation's common shares are listed to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "BLK".

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Birch Lake Energy Inc.
    William H. Petrie
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 457-1944