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Savannah Updates Seven Energy Transaction

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Savannah Petroleum entered into an implementation agreement with, inter alia, Seven Energy International, certain subsidiaries of Seven Energy and certain creditors of the Seven Group. The implementation agreement is legally binding and details the legal terms and steps according to which the acquisition of the Seven Assets, as initially detailed in the Company’s AIM Admission Document dated December 21, 2017, will be implemented.

The implementation agreement includes various agreed legal documents required to complete the transaction, and also includes provisions which commit the parties to support and deliver the Transaction (including the restructuring of Seven Group intra-group debt and triggering the controlled insolvency process in the Seven Group).

As a result of the signing Savannah has agreed to provide further liquidity to the Seven Group during the restructuring period by way of an increase in the size of the Liquidity Facility to up to $28 million.  The Liquidity Facility is a super senior secured revolving credit facility of an initial US$20m and was put in place in November 2017 alongside the signature of the Lock-up Agreement.  Certain advisory fees incurred by the Seven Group which become payable upon signature of the Implementation Agreement are expected to be funded through the increased Liquidity Facility.

Good progress continues to be made in relation to the remaining transaction workstreams, including, inter alia, the receipt of Ministerial Consent. The company continues to expect that the transaction will complete during Q1 2019, and the publication of a Supplemental Admission Document will follow in due course.

Andrew Knott, CEO of Savannah Petroleum plc, commented “The signing of the Implementation Agreement is a very important milestone in the Seven Energy Transaction, moving us closer to concluding this transformational acquisition.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parties involved, including the Savannah and Seven Energy teams as well as our advisors for their hard work in delivering this achievement.  The remaining legal and procedural Transaction workstreams are now subject to a pre-agreed sequence of events which will now commence. We expect to receive Ministerial Consent shortly and remain highly confident that the Transaction will complete during Q1 2019.  I look forward to providing further updates on the Transaction in due course.”