1st NRG Corp. Announces Conversion of Preferred Class A Shares into Common Shares
Series A Preferred Shares
1st NRG Corp closed a transaction with nine qualified investors in January 2011, pursuant to which the Investors purchased a private placement of Units consisting of Preferred Shares which have been converted into 44,926,902 Common Shares together with Warrants to purchase additional Common Shares. The total Unit purchase was $14,452,014.45 (16,057.79 per Unit or $0.322 per converted Common Share) and is currently reflected on the Company's Balance Sheet as restricted cash. Under the terms of the Unit Subscription Agreement (USA), the Investor's cash and the converted Common Shares are held in a restricted account with an Intermediary where an Account Management Agreement (AMA) between the Investors, the Company and the Intermediary governs the release of funds to the Company from the restricted account.
The AMA provides that the "Breakout" of funds from the restricted account to the Company can be released to the Company in 36 periodic installments pursuant to the AMA schedule which was approved by the Company and the Investors. Trading volumes at or above a minimum bid price will release a percentage of each periodic "Breakout" funds to the Company and Common Shares to the Investors.
Mr. Kevin Norris, CEO, said, "The ability of the Company to access the $14 million dollars coupled with the previously announced $7 million dollar credit facility will enhance development on its core properties in the Powder River Basin, the Utica Shale in Ohio and the Niobrara Shale in Nebraska." Mr. Norris went on to say, "These funds will also enable the Company to evaluate and acquire other properties as we work to grow the Company."
Utica Shale - Eastern Ohio
Previously announced, the Company is finalizing agreements to develop approximately 7,150 acres in Eastern Ohio, one of the most active areas for oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids exploration in the United States. Recently the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released estimates of the possible Utica-Point Pleasant recoverable reserve potential in Ohio to be between 3.75 to 15.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.3 to 5.5 billion barrels of oil. Recently the USGS released its first estimates of the reserve potential of the Utica Shale to be about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of natural gas liquids. The USGS estimates included part of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Niobrara Shale - Western Nebraska
The Company also has entered into an agreement which will deliver an Oil and Gas Lease and surface use agreement for 1,370 acres located in Banner County, Nebraska. We expect the area to have possibilities to develop the Niobrara Shale which is being compared to the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. Located in the Denver Julesburg Basin which extends from Southeast Wyoming and Southwest Nebraska into Northeast Colorado the acreage will provide the company with possible oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids development in the Niobrara Shale, as well as the Codell, Greenhorn, D and J Sands. Industry estimates of the possible Niobrara Original Oil in Place (OOIP) are 30 million BOE per section, however recoverable oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids will vary by area, thickness, porosity and fracture systems.
CBM - Northern Wyoming
Clabaugh Ranch - Clabaugh Ranch was acquired in October 2010 and consists of various working interests in forty two producing coal bed methane (CBM) wells. Coal bed methane is a source of clean natural gas. Along with the forty two (1.22 net) drilled and producing wells, the Company holds an interest in eight (6.00 net) permitted locations which we intend to drill in the fourth quarter 2012. The field currently produces 1,200 - 1300 MCFD and we estimate our reserves to be about 4.8 BCF (3P).
1st NRG Corp. (OTC Markets: FNRC.PK) is an exploration and production company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Company currently holds natural gas (CBM) assets in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. We own working interests in producing and prospective CBM wells in the Clabaugh Ranch Field, a development of 6,025 gross acres in the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming. The Powder River Basin is a major source of coal bed methane - clean natural gas. We are expanding our activities into unconventional shale potential which includes 1,370 acres in the Niobrara Shale in Western Nebraska and 7,150 acres the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio. The Niobrara Shale and the Utica Shale not only have potential oil reserves, but also natural gas and natural gas liquids.
See the company website for updates, at http://1stnrg-corp.com.
This Press Release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. A statement identified by the words "expects," "projects," "plans," "feels," "anticipates" and certain of the other foregoing statements may be deemed "forward-looking statements." Although 1st NRG believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future activities and results to be materially different from those suggested or described in this press release. These include risks inherent in the drilling of oil and natural gas wells, including risks of fire, explosion, blowout, pipe failure, casing collapse, unusual or unexpected formation pressures, environmental hazards, and other operating and production risks inherent in oil and natural gas drilling and production activities, which may temporarily or permanently reduce production or cause initial production or test results to not be indicative of future well performance or delay the timing of sales or completion of drilling operations; risks with respect to oil and natural gas prices, a material decline in production which could cause the Company to delay or suspend planned drilling operations or reduce production levels; and risks relating to the availability of capital to fund drilling operations that can be adversely affected by adverse drilling results, production declines and declines in oil and gas prices and other risk factors.
Brad Holmes, 713-654-4009
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