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Zoltav Resources Inc - Shareholder Loan

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Zoltav Resources Inc
03 April 2018

3 April 2018

Zoltav Resources Inc.

("Zoltav" or the "Company")


Shareholder Loan


Zoltav (AIM: ZOL), the Russia-focused oil and gas exploration and production company, provides an update on financing for the ongoing exploration programme to assess the resource potential of the Carbonian and Devonian structures in the Western Fields of the Bortovoy Licence, Saratov.  


As previously stated, Zoltav believes there is potential to yield substantial additional reserves and production from the Carbonian and Devonian horizons which, if proven, would have a transformational impact on the size of the Bortovoy asset. An exploration programme to assess these structures began in 2017 with the acquisition of 180 sq km of 3D seismic (which is currently being processed); and the Company announced in January 2018 the initiation of the next phase of the work programme with the acquisition of up to a further 536 sq km of 3D seismic (of which 140 sq km has been completed to date).


In support of the ongoing exploration programme, Zoltav's two largest shareholders, ARA Capital Holdings Limited (the parent company of the direct shareholder, ARA Capital Limited) and Bandbear Limited, have entered into an agreement with the Company for the provision of an unsecured loan facility of up to an aggregate US$12 million (the "Loan Facility"). The Loan Facility will be made available for a period of up to two years with a 0 per cent interest rate for that period; and a 10 per cent interest rate thereafter if not repaid within two years. It may be drawn down by the Company in instalments according to its requirements. Any amounts drawn down under the facility are repayable on demand.


ARA Capital Holdings Limited and Bandbear Limited are substantial shareholders of the Company and are therefore regarded as related parties as defined by the AIM Rules for Companies (the "AIM Rules"). The Loan Facility as described above is a related party transaction for the purposes of Rule 13 of the AIM Rules. The directors of Zoltav, with the exception of Andrey Immel who is a representative of Bandbear Limited,    consider, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP, that the terms of the related party transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as the shareholders of the Company are concerned.


Lea Verny, Independent Non-executive Chairman, commented:


"We are pleased that our two largest shareholders have provided a loan facility in support of our work programme. The exploration programme targeting the deeper structures at Bortovoy could, if successful, yield a significant uplift in the size of the Bortovoy resource. We look forward to reporting progress as the programme advances."


Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.



Zoltav Resources Inc.

Tel. +44 (0)20 7830 9704

Lea Verny, Independent Non-executive Chairman

(via Vigo Communications)

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Tel. +44 (0)20 3470 0470               

John Mackay / Jeff Keating / Soltan Tagiev

Panmure Gordon (Joint Broker)

Tel. +44 (0)20 7886 2500

Adam James / Tom Salvesen

Vigo Communications

Tel. +44 (0)20 7830 9704

Ben Simons / Kate Rogucheva

[email protected]


About Zoltav

Zoltav is an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on Russia.

Zoltav holds the Bortovoy Licence in the Saratov region of South Western Russia, a 3,215 square kilometre area along the northern margin of the Pre-Caspian basin, one of the largest hydrocarbon basins in the CIS.

The Bortovoy Licence contains a number of productive gas fields, a processing plant and significant exploration prospectivity. It holds Proved plus Probable reserves of 750 bcf (21.3 bcm) of gas and 3.8 mmbbls (484 mT) of oil and condensate. In 2016, the Bortovoy Licence produced approximately 3.3 mmboe (450 mToe).

Zoltav also holds the Koltogor E&P Licence, a 528 square kilometre area in the Khantiy-Mansisk Autonomous Okrug of Western Siberia, one of Russian's most prolific oil producing regions. The Koltogor E&P Licence contains the Koltogor oil field with Proved plus Probable reserves of 79.2 mmboe (10.8 mToe). Additionally, Zoltav holds Koltogor E&P Licence 10, a 167 square kilometre area due west of the Koltogor E&P Licence, containing the West Koltogor oil field.

For further information on Zoltav or to sign up for our news alert service visit: www.zoltav.com.

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Quick facts: Zoltav Resources Inc

Price: 32.84

Market: AIM
Market Cap: £45.43 m

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