VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 25, 2014) - Esrey Energy Ltd. ("Esrey") (TSX VENTURE:EEL) announces that it has entered into a debt settlement agreement to settle a portion of the non-revolving credit facilities owed by the Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary Kaynes Capital S.a.r.l. ("Kaynes") to arm's length creditors. Esrey proposes to settle US$2,636,363 (CDN $2,900,000) of the principal amount and accumulated interest of such indebtedness through the issuance to a series of creditors of an aggregate of 10,943,396 common shares at a price of CDN $0.265 per share (the "Debt Settlement"). As at March 19, 2014, Kaynes owed approximately US$5,763,080 under the credit facilities and after giving effect to the Debt Settlement will continue to owe approximately US$3,126,717. The conversion price is an approximately 18% premium to Esrey's 30 day VWAP.
The Debt Settlement is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The shares to be issued under the Debt Settlement will be subject to a four month hold period.
Esrey is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on developing oil and gas properties in Papua New Guinea, Poland and Bulgaria. Esrey holds in Papua New Guinea a 16.85% net interest in PPL 319 and an 84.25% interest in 3 additional PPLs in northern Papua New Guinea (which collectively cover approximately 5.5 million gross acres) and a 20% net interest in PRL 13 (which covers approximately 42,000 gross acres). Esrey has entered into a farm-in agreement with subsidiaries of Heritage Oil PLC under which those subsidiaries acquired an 80% interest in PPL 319 and PRL 13, subject to fulfillment of work commitments under the farm-in agreement. Esrey has a 42.96% net interest in approximately 734,000 gross acres of prospective shales in Poland together with BNK Petroleum Inc. Esrey is operator and has a 50% net interest in approximately 360,000 gross acres of prospective shales in Poland together with San Leon Energy. Esrey has entered into a farm-in agreement relating to 405,080 acres of prospective argillite formation in Bulgaria with Direct Petroleum Bulgaria EOOD, a subsidiary of TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. Esrey also holds a 100% working interest (80% net revenue interest) in approximately 2,250 net mineral acres of oil and gas leases in Daniels and Sheridan Counties located in north east Montana as well as a 100% working interest (79% net revenue interest) in approximately 46,700 net acres of oil and gas leases in Cascade County, in western Montana. Esrey shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EEL".
ESREY ENERGY LTD.
David Nelson, President & CEO
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking information" as such term is used in applicable Canadian securities laws, including information regarding the proposed debt settlement. Forward-looking information is based on plans and estimates of management at the date the information is provided and certain factors and assumptions of management. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause plans, estimates and actual results to vary materially from those projected in such forward-looking information. Factors that could cause the forward-looking information in this news release to change or to be inaccurate include, but are not limited to, the risks related to unsatisfactory results of due diligence, international operations and doing business in foreign jurisdictions, risks associated with the oil and gas industry and exploratory and development activities generally (e.g., operational risks in development, exploration and production, delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures, risks associated with equipment procurement and equipment failure), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, risks related to future royalty rate changes, and risks and uncertainties associated with securing and maintaining necessary regulatory approvals, and counterparty risk related to the stability and viability of the Company's joint venture participants.
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