Maha Energy AB (publ) explores conditions for carrying out a directed new share issue of up to 23,900,000 shares


Maha Energy AB (publ) ("Maha" or the "Company") intends to carry out a directed new share issue of up to 23,900,000 shares to Swedish and international institutional, and other qualified, investors through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure (the “Directed New Share Issue”). Maha has engaged Pareto Securities as Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner (the "Manager") to explore the conditions for carrying out the Directed New Share Issue.

The Directed New Share Issue
The subscription price and allocation of shares in the Directed New Share Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, which will commence immediately after publication of this press release and is expected to end prior to the commencement of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm on 15 December 2022. The total number of shares issued, the subscription price and allotment in the Directed New Share Issue will be determined by Maha in consultation with the Manager. The Company will inform about the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue in a press release when the bookbuilding procedure has been completed. The bookbuilding procedure can, if the Company or the Manager chooses to do so, (i) end earlier or later than December 15, 2022, and (ii) at any time be cancelled.  Thus the Company can, in whole or in part, refrain from executing the Directed New Share Issue.

The Company’s largest shareholder with a holding of approximately 12 per cent of the shares in the Company, Turmalina Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia Investimento no Exterior (“Turmalina”), an investment fund managed by Starboard Asset Ltda., has expressed its intent to subscribe for a significant amount in the Directed New Share Issue on the same terms as other investors.

The Directed New Share Issue is intended to be carried out with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights and by virtue of the authorization granted by the annual general meeting held on 31 May 2022.

The net proceeds in the Directed New Share Issue are intended mainly for: i) necessary capital expenditures in exploration and production operation in Oman; ii) the Company’s general corporate purposes, including potential new business opportunities and M&As; iii) to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and working capital, all aligned with the reshuffle strategy being implemented by the Company’s new management team.

The Company’s Board of Directors has made an overall assessment and carefully considered the possibility of a rights issue to raise the required equity, but believes that this would, inter alia, entail a risk that the Company would not be able to meet its capital needs while maintaining an optimal capital structure. The Board of Directors has concluded that a rights issue would entail significantly longer execution time and thereby increased market risk exposure compared to a directed issue and could lead to loss of the opportunity to carry out potential acquisitions or other investments. In addition, given the market volatility that has been observed in 2022, and which is still ongoing, the Board of Directors has assessed that a rights issue would also require significant underwriting commitments from an underwriting syndicate, which would entail additional costs and/or additional dilution depending on the type of consideration paid for such underwriting commitments. The Board of Directors assesses that the need for additional capital is limited to such an extent that the costs for a preferential rights issue would be high in proportion to the capital raised. The Board of Directors has, in the choice of type of share issue, also considered it positive that Maha’s shareholder base, through the Directed New Share Issue, is further strengthened and diversified among Swedish and international institutional, and other qualified, investors. The Board of Directors' overall assessment is therefore that the reasons for conducting the Directed New Share Issue outweighs the reasons for the principal rule to issue shares to shareholders with preferential rights, and that a share issue with deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights therefore lies in the interest of the Company and all of its shareholders.

In light of the uncertainties that have been observed in the market and, as aforementioned, considering the interest expressed by Turmalina to invest a considerable amount in the Directed New Share Issue on the same terms as other investors, the Company's Board of Directors has considered whether Turmalina should also be allowed to invest in order to ensure that the required capital is obtained through the Directed New Share Issue. Taking the above into account, the Board of Directors has made the assessment that allowing Turmalina to invest is in the best interests of the Company's shareholders.

As the subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue will be determined in a bookbuilding procedure, it is the Board of Directors' assessment that the subscription price is determined in accordance with market conditions.

In connection with the Directed New Share Issue, the Company has undertaken, with customary exceptions (including acquisitions, strategic alliance or partnerships), not to issue new shares or sell any of its own shares at a subscription price below the price in the Directed New Share Issue for a period of 6 months from the completion of the Directed New Share Issue. All of the Company’s board members and senior executives have undertaken, with customary exceptions, not to sell or in other ways dispose their shares (and other securities) in the Company for a period of 90 calendar days after the announcement of the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue.

Pareto Securities acts as Sole Manager and Sole Bookrunner and Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB acts as legal adviser to the Company and Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB is legal adviser to Pareto Securities in connection with the Directed New Share issue.

For additional information, contact:
Paulo Thiago Mendonça, CEO
Phone: +46 8 611 05 11

Bernardo Guterres, CFO
Phone: +46 8 611 05 11

This information constitutes insider information that Maha Energy AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information in this press release was submitted for publication by the contact persons set out above, for publication at the time specified by Maha’s news distributor GlobeNewswire Nordic at the time of publication of this press release. The above persons can also be contacted for further information.

About Maha

Maha Energy AB (publ) is a listed, international upstream oil and gas company whose business activities include exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The strategy is to target and develop underperforming hydrocarbon assets on global basis. Maha operates four oil fields: Tartaruga and Tie in Brazil, Powder River (LAK Ranch) and Illinois Basin in the United States. The shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (MAHA A). The head office is in Stockholm, Sweden with a technical office in Calgary, Canada, as well as operations offices in Grayville, Illinois, USA and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. For more information, please visit our website

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This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Directed New Share issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company's shares. Such information has not been independently verified by the Manager. The Manager acts for the Company in connection with the transaction and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the transaction or any other matter referred to herein.

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Information to distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in Maha have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in Maha may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in Maha offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in Maha is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Directed New Share issue. Thereto, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, it shall be noted that the Manager will only provide investors who meet the criteria for professional clients and eligible counterparties.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the shares in Maha.

Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in Maha and determining appropriate distribution channels.