MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Austin Exploration Limited (ASX: AKK)(OTCQX: AUNXY) is pleased to advise that it has resolved to raise up to approximately $20 million through a placement of up to approximately 690 million fully paid ordinary shares ("Shares") to domestic and international institutional and sophisticated investors ("Placement"). The Placement is being undertaken at an issue price of 2.9 cents per Share, together with a 1 for 2 free attaching listed option, exercisable at$0.055 cents, expiring on 6 July 2013 (AKKOA). Hartleys Limited is Broker to the Offer.
In addition, Austin will undertake a shareholder share purchase plan ("SPP") which will be capped at $5 million, allowing Austin shareholders registered on Monday 20 February 2012 to subscribe for Shares up to the amount of $15,000 each. The issue price of Shares under the SPP will also be 2.9 cents per Share.
The Placement, which was strongly oversubscribed, is a considerable milestone for the Company, which together with the appointment of Mr Richard Cottee as the new Chairman of Austin on the 22nd March 2012 provides a strong financial platform to expand activities across the Company's Eagle Ford and Niobrara acreage.
The Company intends to use funds raised pursuant to the Placement and SPP to undertake the following activities:
Commenting on the success of the Placement, Austin's CEO Mr Guy Goudy said, "We are delighted by the strong support received for the Placement, which was significantly oversubscribed, and strengthensAustin's Share register. We see this as an important step in the transformation of Austin into a significant onshore USA producer of oil and gas and one of the ASX's premier exposures to the highly successfulUSA shale sector. By their subscription Investors have given a resounding endorsement of the decision to appoint Mr Cottee as Chairman thereby accessing his exceptional experience in growing companies in the unconventional onshore oil and gas sector."
Dr Mark Hart, Austin's President and Executive Director, commented, "The tremendous success of this capital raising will fund the Company through a multi well program in 2012, and is a testament to the quality of the assets secured by the Company in 2011. Austin holds a highly prospective portfolio of oil and gas assets onshore USA and with the success of this placement the Company now has the funds to properly evaluate and progress development of these assets."
About Austin Exploration Limited
Austin Exploration Limited is an Oil and Gas Company with assets in Australia and the United States.Austin has strategically shifted its core focus towards non–conventional shale exploration in the United Sates. The Company has now established a major presence in two of America's most prolific oil and gas basins. Austin controls more than 11,000 acres in Colorado in the Niobrara Shale and over 5,000 acres inTexas in the Eagle Ford Shale. Austin has producing wells in Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky. Austinalso has a highly prospective Oil and Gas License, PEL 105, in the Cooper Basin of South Australia. The company's wholly owned US Subsidiary, Aus-Tex Exploration Inc, turned cash flow positive in January 2011. Austin Exploration's common stock is listed on the Australian Exchange (ASX) and trades under the symbol "AKK". Austin Exploration's ADR is listed in the United States on the OTC market (OTCQX) and trades under the symbol "AUNXY", where each ADR represents 100 ordinary shares of common stock.