HARBIN, China and NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China North East Petroleum Holdings Limited (the "Company") (NYSE AMEX: NEP), a leading independent oil producing and oilfield services company in Northern China, today announced that it has repaid in full its 8% Secured Debenture (the "Debenture") plus accrued interest to Lotusbox Investments Limited Investor ("Lotusbox").
As of January 11, 2010, the total amount owed on the $15.0 million Secured Debenture issued in February 2008 was approximately $10.7 million, which includes remaining principal plus accrued interest. In addition to using the proceeds from its December 2009 public offering, the Company also applied the aggregate exercise price of approximately $2.0 million from Lotusbox's exercise of Series B Common Stock Purchase Warrants to offset the full repayment of the Secured Debenture. The Debenture would have matured on February 28, 2012. No early termination or prepayment penalties were incurred by the Company in connection with such termination.
Mr. Hongjun Wang, President of China North East Petroleum commented, "We are pleased to retire our debt obligations to one of our major investors. This transaction will strengthen our balance sheet and further enhance our capital structure ultimately providing us with greater flexibility to support our strategic expansion and development of new growth initiatives."
Additional information about this transaction can be found in the Company's most recent 8-k filing with the SEC.
ABOUT CHINA NORTH EAST PETROLEUM
China North East Petroleum Holdings Limited is an independent oil company that engages in the production of crude oil in Northern China. The Company is a pioneer in China's private oil exploration and production industry, and the first Chinese non-state-owned oil company trading on the NYSE Amex.
The Company has a guaranteed arrangement with the PetroChina to sell its produced crude oil for use in the China marketplace. The Company currently operates four oilfields in Northern China. The Company also recently added an oil service subsidiary through its acquisition of Song Yuan Tiancheng Drilling Engineering Co. Ltd. ("Tiancheng"). For more information about the Company, please visit http://www.cnepetroleum.com .
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