CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 4, 2014) - MENA Hydrocarbons Inc. ("MENA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:MNH) is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of its Montana non-core oil and gas leases to an arm's length third party for USD$625,000. The proceeds from the sale are being used to reduce the Company's indebtedness and to fund ongoing operations.
In addition, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Hearst as Chief Financial Officer and Director. Mr. Hearst is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry, including 15 years as Chief Financial Officer of junior public companies with both international and domestic operations. Most recently Mr. Hearst was CFO of Canacol Energy Ltd. with operations in Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana, and together with the Canacol management team grew company production from gross 1,000 barrels of oil per day before government royalty and production share to gross approximately 40,000 barrels of oil per day. Prior positions involved operations in Russia, India, and Alberta. Mr. Hearst is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada. Mr. Hearst is also a director of Gold Royalties Corp., a public Alberta company with investments in royalties in junior Canadian mining companies.
Mr. Hearst has had extensive experience managing and overseeing start up, financial, internal control, continuous disclosure and operating activities. These experiences include inter-listing on the TSX and Colombia Stock Exchange and London AIM Exchange, capital and debt raising activities, establishing international and local banking relationships, tax planning, and setting up offshore structures.
In addition to Mr. Hearst's appointment, the Company also announces that Mr. Guirguis Ropheal and Mr. David Parry have resigned their positions as directors, and in Mr. Ropheal's case, as an officer, of MENA effective today. Mr. Ropheal will, however, continue to work in our MENA International Egypt operation.
About MENA Hydrocarbons
MENA Hydrocarbons is an international oil and gas company focused on growing an asset base of production, development and high impact exploration in the Middle East and North Africa region. In Egypt, MENA owns and operates the development lease for the Lagia oil field, a 32 square kilometer onshore block located on the Sinai Peninsula, directly adjacent to the Gulf of Suez. In Syria, MENA owns a 30% participating interest in Block 9 in Syria, a 10,032 square kilometer onshore block prospective for crude oil, natural gas and condensate. MENA's shares currently trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "MNH".
This news release contains forward-looking information relating to the Company's expected use of the proceeds from the sale of its Montana non-core assets . Such forward-looking information is subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The results or events predicated in this forward-looking information may differ materially from actual results or events. As a result, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking information.
Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things: the availability of financing on acceptable terms or at all and the timing such financing is needed; the general stability of the economic and political environments in which the Company operates or owns interests; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the ability of the Company to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; drilling results; the ability of the operator of the projects which the Company has an interest in to operate the field in a safe, efficient and effective manner; field production rates and decline rates; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of the Company to secure adequate product transportation; future oil and natural gas prices; currency, exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and environmental matters in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates; the ability of the Company to successfully market its oil and natural gas products, and other similar matters. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.
Forward looking-information is subject to certain factors, including risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is currently expected. These factors include risks associated with the Company's ability to successfully maintain its stock exchange listing, the availability of capital on acceptable terms or at all and the timing such capital is needed, instability of the economic and political environments in which the Company operates or owns interests, oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions, the inability to settle the definitive terms of the farmout arrangements, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, reliance on key personnel, regulatory risks and delays, including risks relating to the acquisition of necessary licenses and permits, environmental risks and insurance risks.
You should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. While the Company may elect to, the Company is under no obligation and does not undertake to update this information at any particular time, except as required by law.
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