Iona Energy Inc.
TSX VENTURE : INA

April 11, 2012 09:37 ET

Iona Energy Announces Closing of CAD$92 Million Equity Financing

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Iona Energy Inc. ("Iona" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:INA) announced today that it has closed its previously announced public offering (the "Offering") of common shares for gross proceeds of CAD$92 million. A total of 184,000,000 common shares were sold, which includes shares issued on the exercise in full of a 15% over-allotment option granted to the agents retained by the Company for purposes of the Offering. The sale price of each share sold in connection with the Offering was $0.50.

The Offering was led by Casimir Capital Ltd., and included a syndicate of agents consisting of Clarus Securities Inc., Mackie Research Capital Corporation, AltaCorp Capital Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering (i) to fund the Company's development of its Kells oil assets; (ii) to acquire the West Wick oil assets; (iii) for development engineering of the Orlando oil field; (iv) for general and administrative expenses; and (v) for working capital and general corporate purposes.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "intend", "expect", "may", "will", or similar words suggesting future outcomes. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements relating to the proposed use of proceeds of the Offering.

Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions and expectations of management of the Company as at the effective date of such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, such things as changes in general economic conditions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, changes in the financial markets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, the volatility of prices for oil and gas and other commodities, commodity supply and demand, fluctuations in currency and interest rates, the ability to obtain credit approval for the syndicated credit facility and all other required regulatory approvals on a timely basis and on satisfactory terms, and new laws and regulations (domestic and foreign). Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance upon the forward-looking statements contained in this news release and such forward-looking statements should not be interpreted or regarded as guarantees of future outcomes.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or to revise any of those forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable Canadian securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

The securities offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or applicable exemption from the registration requirement. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Iona Energy:

Iona Energy Inc. is an oil and gas exploration, development and production company focused on oil and gas development and exploration in the United Kingdom's North Sea.

Additional information relating to the Company is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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

  • Iona Energy Inc.
    Neill A. Carson
    Chief Executive Officer
    +011 (44) 7919 057989

    Iona Energy Inc.
    Brad G. Gunn
    Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 775-7442