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RNS Number : 7147Q

Tower Resources PLC

29 June 2022

29 June 2022

Tower Resources plc

Cameroon Financing and Resource Update

Tower Resources plc (the "Company" or "Tower" (TRP.L, TRP LN), the AIM-listed oil and gas company with a focus on Africa, is pleased to provide an update on activity in respect of its Thali Production Sharing Contract (PSC), in the Rio Del Rey sedimentary basin offshore Cameroon.

Cameroon Financing:

Tower is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Tower Resources Cameroon SA ("TRCSA"), has executed a term sheet with BGFI Bank Group ("BGFI"), the largest bank group in Central Africa, for a medium term loan of CAF 4.42 billion (equivalent to approximately US $7.1 million at the current exchange rate of 620 Central African Francs ("CAF") to the US dollar) as partial financing of the NJOM-3 well on the Thali block in Cameroon (the "Loan").

The Loan should cover around 40% of the roughly US$18 million cost of the well, with a further amount in excess of 25% already having been paid for by TRCSA, and the balance of 35% of the cost of the well also to be funded by TRCSA. The term of the loan is five years and it will be secured by a modest restricted cash balance (or bank guarantee) and a partial parent company guarantee, as well as a pledge of revenues from Njonji production in due course.

Interest on the Loan is to be 8% per annum, with a moratorium on interest payments during the first year of the facility, and commissions and fees for BGFI for arrangement, participation and acting as agent for the facility are as customary.

The term sheet is not yet binding, and the Loan will be subject to, inter alia, the execution of definitive documents and the availability of the remaining funding required for the NJOM-3 well.

Cameroon Resource Update:

The NJOM-3 well will appraise the reservoirs already discovered and connected to the NJOM-1 well, and will also test additional reservoirs which are visible on the 3D seismic data which we reprocessed in 2018 but which are not present at the edge of the Njonji structure where NJOM-1 was drilled.

The Company has prepared updated resource estimates for the reservoirs connected to the NJOM-1 discovery well, which are set out in detail in the linked presentation at page 8. These estimates are a little higher than the estimates contained in the OIL Reserve Report (24.9 million barrels pMean recoverable compared with 17.9 million barrels per OIL).

The main purpose of the updated resource estimate is not the slightly higher resource estimate per se, but the evaluation of additional potential reservoirs on a consistent basis in the Northern section of the Njonji structure, which have been identified on the reprocessed seismic and which were not evaluated in the OIL report. These could amount to up to 20 million bbls of further resource, with a pMean estimate of 10.8 million bbls, albeit subject to chances of success in the range 23-32%.

The Company has also updated its estimate of the NPV10 of the base volumes in the 24.9 million barrel pMean recoverable case, to $305 million, as set out in the linked presentation at page 11.

The Company will update its CPR to SPE/PRMS standards in due course to reflect the updated estimate.

Presentation:

A copy of the investor presentation will be available this evening following the conference at

www.towerresources.co.uk   and can also be accessed here: http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/7147Q_1-2022-6-29.pdf 

Jeremy Asher, Tower's Chairman and CEO, commented:

"We are delighted to announce this step forward in the financing of the NJOM-3 well, and also in our relationship with BGFI Bank Group. As we announced last month, the expected cost of the well has increased to approximately US$18 million, and so this facility and the US$4 million or so we have already invested, will still leave us with a balance - but a much smaller and more manageable balance - of the NJOM-3 well to finance. We are continuing to look at financing options at the asset level within TRCSA, including with Beluga Energy and its investors, though obviously for smaller amounts than discussed previously. We are also keeping an open mind on other financing alternatives, but whichever path we follow, as we explained in May, we expect the result to be considerably more favourable for shareholders than the farmout structure previously contemplated. We plan to conclude financing discussions in the third quarter of this year, as previously intimated, and then to press on with the well.

"As previously announced, long lead items for the well are already purchased, and the environmental and social impact assessment, site survey and site debris survey are already completed; and the initial exploration period of our Thali PSC has been extended expressly to accommodate this well.

"We are as excited as ever about the Thali PSC, as I plan to explain at the upcoming Proactive Investors conference in London this evening, 29 June 2022."

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ('MAR'). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service ('RIS'), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Contacts:

 
 Tower Resources plc             +44 20 7157 9625 
 Jeremy Asher 
  Chairman and CEO 
 
   Andrew Matharu 
   VP - Corporate Affairs 
 
 SP Angel Corporate Finance 
  LLP 
  Nominated Adviser and Joint 
  Broker 
  Stuart Gledhill 
  Caroline Rowe                  +44 20 3470 0470 
 Novum Securities Limited 
  Joint Broker 
  Jon Beliss 
  Colin Rowbury                  +44 20 7399 9400 
 
 Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited 
  Joint Broker 
  John Prior 
  Hugh Rich                      +44 20 7886 2500 
 

Notes:

BGFI Bank Group is a large financial services conglomerate in Central, West and East Africa, with subsidiaries in ten countries, including Gabon, where the Group was founded, and Cameroon. The member institutions serve both individuals and businesses, with emphasis on small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). As of December 2020, the Group's assets were in excess of EUR5 billion, and BGFI Bank Group is described as the largest bank group in Central Africa (the CEMAC zone).

In accordance with the guidelines for the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, Dr Mark Enfield, BSc, PhD, and a member of the Board of Tower Resources plc, who has over 30 years' experience in the oil & gas industry, is the qualified person that has reviewed and approved the technical content of this announcement.

Glossary:

Best Estimate: At least a 50% probability (P50) that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the Best Estimate (in statistical terms, a median).

Brent Forward Curve: the prices on a given day for Brent Crude Oil for forward delivery, month by month, ranging from the first traded month forward for ten years or more.

   Chance of Development:   The chance of discovery multiplied by the chance of commercial success. 

Contingent Resources: Those quantities of Petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations, by the application of development Project(s) not currently considered to be Commercial due to one or more contingencies.

DST: Drill Stem Test.

EMV10: Expected Monetary Value derived from a discount rate of 10%.

EWT: Extended Well Test.

High Estimate: At least a 10% probability (P10) that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the High Estimate.

Low Estimate: At least a 90% probability (P90) that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the Low Estimate.

MDT: Modular Dynamic Formation Test.

Mean Estimate: The expected value of the full probability distribution of resource volumes.

MMbbls : Millions of barrels.

NPV10: Net Present Value at a discount rate of 10%.

Prospective Resources : Those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects.

Recoverable : Those quantities of hydrocarbons which are estimated to be producible from accumulations, either discovered or undiscovered. Note that Contingent and Prospective Resources as estimated herein are all estimates of recoverable quantities.

Risked : Quantities that have been adjusted for the probability of success or loss/failure.

Swanson Rule: A methodology for calculating the EMV of an oil or gas prospect.

Unrisked : Quantities which have not been adjusted for the probability of success or loss/failure.

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