Empire Energy Group (ASX:EEG) - Managing Director, Alex Underwood
Managing Director, Alex Underwood
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  • Empire Energy Group (EEG) has signed a binding sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of Pangaea NT’s asset portfolio
  • The company will acquire Pangaea’s majority interest in five Beetaloo Basin tenements for a combination of cash, shares and unlisted options
  • Pending Northern Territory Ministerial approval and Empire shareholder approval, the acquisition’s completion is expected in June 2021
  • The company has also announced that is conducting a capital raise, but has not yet released further details
  • Empire Energy Group is in a trading halt, and last traded at 36 cents per share

Empire Energy Group (EEG) has signed a binding sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of Pangaea NT’s asset portfolio.

Under the agreement, Empire Energy will acquire Pangaea NT’s 82.5 per cent interest in five Beetaloo Basin tenements. The company will pay Pangaea a combination of cash, ordinary shares and unlisted options as consideration for the acquisition.

Empire Energy will pay Pangaea $5 million in cash and issue 140 million of its ordinary shares upon the transaction’s completion. The company will also issue eight million unlisted options, with an exercise price of 70 cents each.

Empire Energy Group’s Managing Director, Alex Underwood, commented the acquisition transaction significantly increases the company’s operated acreage, prospective resources and contingent resources in this key region.

“Empire now controls a globally significant gas resource which strengthens our early commercialisation strategies,” he said.

“Pangaea’s tenements overlap the Amadeus Gas Pipeline, which, in addition to the McArthur River Mine Gas Pipeline that crosses EP187, provides Empire with multiple pathways to market utilising existing infrastructure,” he added.

Empire Energy is already in discussions with the Energy and Minerals Group (EMG) of Texas, U.S., which holds the remaining 17.5 per cent interest in the Beetaloo Basin tenements. The company also hopes to acquire EMG’s interest in order to secure 100 per cent ownership of the assets.

The acquisition of Pangaea NT’s assets is subject to the standard Northern Territory Ministerial approvals, as well as the approval of Empire Energy’s shareholders. The company will seek its shareholders’ approval for the issue of consideration shares and options at an extraordinary general meeting as soon as is practicable.

Pending these approvals, Empire Energy hopes to see the acquisition completed by the end of June 2021.

In addition to this acquisition news, Empire Energy has announced the company is carrying out a capital raising. However, the company has not yet released any further details about its planned fundraising.

Empire Energy Group is in a trading halt and last traded at 36 cents per share. The company’s shares are likely to remain in the trading halt until it releases additional information about its pending capital raise.

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