Polo Resources (AIM and TSX: POL) today announces that it has, on 30 January 2012, subscribed for a further 1,428,571 new shares in the African oil and gas exploration company Signet Petroleum Ltd, ("Signet") for total consideration of US$5 million, by exercising part of the option (the "Exercise") granted to the Company by Signet on 22 August 2011 (the "Call Option"). The proceeds of the Exercise will allow Signet to meet its short term working capital requirements and to fund the acquisition of 3D seismic in Tanzania and the purchase of seismic data in Burundi.
In consideration of the Exercise, Signet has agreed to an extension of the Call Option period with respect to up to 2,857,143 new Signet Shares (US$10 million at an exercise price of US$3.50 per share) from 31 January 2012 to 31 May 2012 (or earlier subject to agreed milestones being achieved by Signet).
Following the issue of the new shares Signet will have 32,852,379 issued ordinary shares ("Signet Shares"), of which Polo has as interest in 4,952,379 Signet Shares representing 15.07 per cent of Signet's issued shares, and 12.2 per cent of Signet's issued shares on a fully diluted basis (excluding shares still the subject of the Call Option).
Executive Co-Chairman of Polo, Neil Herbert commented:
"Signet is making significant progress with its African oil and gas projects and as a result I am very pleased to invest a further US$5 million and extend the option to invest up to a further $10 million at the same value per share."
Background information on Signet Petroleum Ltd
Signet was incorporated and registered as a private limited company in the British Virgin Islands on 18 June 2010. Since its incorporation Signet has acquired interests in exploration rights for hydrocarbons in four countries in Africa, namely, Tanzania, Burundi, Benin and Namibia. Further information on Signet is contained in the Circular sent to shareholders dated 15 September 2011.
By a resolution of shareholders at a general meeting of the Company on 6 October 2011, the Company's shareholders approved the exercise of the Call Option, such exercise to be made at the Directors' discretion.
For further information, please contact:
Polo Resources Limited
Ian Burns, Finance Director
+ 27 82 404 36 37
Neil Elliot, Chris Sim, George Price
+44 (0)20 7597 5970
Chris Bowman, Tim Graham
+44 (0) 20 3100 2228
Blythe Weigh Communications
Tim Blythe, Matthew Neal
+44 (0) 207 138 3204
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Jeffery Barnes, Terence Lui
+1 416 367 6229
About the Company
Polo Resources is a natural resources investment company focused on investing in undervalued companies and projects with strong fundamentals and attractive growth prospects. For complete details on Polo Resources: www.poloresources.com.
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