The Alaska explorer in May offered 2.4 new 88 Energy shares for every 1 XCD share, and 0.7 88 Energy shares for every listed XCD share option. This is the best and final offer, and will not be increased, it has said.
It comes as 88 Energy nominees are appointed to a restructured XCD board.
Acceptances now amounted to 79.84% of XCD shares and 79.22% of listed share options, the AIM-quoted company said in a statement.
It noted that the offer has been recommended by XCD’s board - and board members previously accepted the offer in respect of their own shareholdings – and a week ago the offer became unconditional.
88 Energy repeated that it intends to move to compulsory purchase should acceptances reach 90% or more.
It also cautioned: “if remaining XCD Energy shareholders and listed options do not accept the offers, and 88 Energy does not reach compulsory acquisition thresholds by the closing date of the offers, they will remain a minority shareholder in XCD Energy with reduced influence in the running of the business.
“Further, 88 Energy’s controlling position may affect the liquidity of the minority holders of securities in XCD Energy. This may increase the difficulty for minority securityholders to sell their XCD Energy shares or listed options at an attractive price.”
88 Energy noted that XCD will be delisted from the ASX market, if it does not complete the acquisition of the company.