CAMAC Energy Announces Divestiture of China Gas Block
HOUSTON, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CAMAC Energy Inc. (NYSE Amex: CAK) today announced that it has signed a definitive share sale and purchase agreement to divest its interest in the Zijinshan Gas Block in China to Leyshon Resources Limited (AIM/ASX:LRL) ("Leyshon"), a natural resources mining company based in Beijing.
Under the agreed terms, CAMAC Energy will divest its wholly-owned Hong Kong subsidiary Pacific Asia Petroleum Limited (PAPL) for a cash consideration of $2.5 million and 10 million fully paid ordinary shares in Leyshon. The transaction is expected to close within 14 days.
The Company was advised by Somerley Limited in Hong Kong.
"CAMAC Energy is pleased to execute this definitive share sale and purchase agreement with Leyshon Resources for the sale of our Chinese assets," said Chairman and CEO, Dr. Kase Lawal. "In addition to providing a cash infusion and a shareholder interest in Leyshon, this transaction also eliminates the Company's future financial obligations for overhead and exploration expense in China. All proceeds and savings will be reinvested in our African exploration projects. Finally, I'd like to thank all of our employees in China for their years of dedicated service, and I wish them well as they join the team at Leyshon Resources."
About CAMAC Energy Inc.
CAMAC Energy Inc. (NYSE Amex: CAK) is a U.S.-based energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Company currently has operations in Nigeria and, through its Pacific Asia Petroleum subsidiaries, in China. The Company's principal assets include interests in OML 120 and OML 121, offshore oil and gas leases in deep water Nigeria which include the currently producing Oyo Oilfield, and a 100% interest in the Zijinshan Block gas asset located in the Shanxi Province, China. CAMAC Energy has recently acquired six exploration blocks in Kenya and Gambia and is currently pursuing further additions to its exploration portfolio in East and West Africa. The Company was founded in 2005 and has offices in Houston, Texas, Beijing, China, and Lagos, Nigeria.
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About Leyshon Resources Inc.
Leyshon Resources Limited (AIM & ASX:LRL) was on the ground in 2003 when China opened its mining sector to foreign investment. It has been fully engaged in China since then with its main operating office located in Beijing. The Company is planning to invest in high quality coal assets in Xinjiang and South West Mongolia which will sell into the escalating demand for thermal and metallurgical coal across China over the next ten years.
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