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Cadogan Petroleum Plc - Proger Update

Press Release                     

29 July 2019

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Cadogan Petroleum Plc

(“Cadogan” or the “Company”)

Proger’s financial results for 2018

Cadogan Petroleum plc (“Cadogan”), an independent, diversified oil & gas company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange is pleased to report that Proger’s 2018 full year financial results confirm strong growth. EBITDA saw a 24% year-on-year increase, to €11.3 million and pre-tax profit increased to €6.1 million, a nearly 4% year-on-year increase, notwithstanding a €1.5 million of contributions to reserves.

Cadogan provided Proger’s parent company with a €13.4m loan in February 2019 to subscribe a capital increase in Proger. Proger is an international, Rome based, engineering company which offers services in a range of fields, including oil & gas. The agreement also provided an option to convert the loan into an anticipated indirect 22% equity interest in Proger, via a capital increase.  The option offers Cadogan’s shareholders exposure to Proger’s growth, in addition to income, synergies and diversification, in-line with Cadogan’s strategy.

Following the capital increase taking place, Cadogan’s indirect interest in Proger is now anticipated to increase to ca. 25% and the 2018 financial results would increase the value of Cadogan’s indirect participating interest, should the Company’s shareholders approve the exercise of the conversion option.

The loan, which was executed in February 2019, carries an interest of 5.5% per year. The funds from the loan are being used by Proger to finance their business plan, which is targeting a material increase in EBITDA over the next 5 years.

Proger’s financial results for 2018 were approved by its shareholders on July 26, having first been audited by Ernst & Young. The results will now be filed at the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, from where they can be downloaded.

Guido Michelotti, Cadogan Petroleum CEO, commented:

“Proger’s 2018 results confirm that the convertible loan agreement offers exposure to realizable growth at a balanced level of risk to Cadogan shareholders; it also diversifies Cadogan’s portfolio, which is a key pillar of our strategy. We look forward to a positive 2019, with Proger delivering on its business plan, using the financial resources made available to them at the beginning of this year”.

About
Cadogan
is an independent, diversified oil and gas company, which operates exploration and production licenses in Western Ukraine, conducts gas trading operations, and provides services to E&P companies.

Proger is a Rome-based, international company that offers state of the art engineering and management expertise in a broad range of fields, spanning from oil & gas, to renewable energy, infrastructure and security. Proger has amongst its shareholders SIMEST, the company of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group that specializes in supporting Italian companies which want to grow on the global market.

The convertible loan agreement was executed in February this year, has a principal of €13,385,000, is secured and carries an interest of 5.5% per year, payable at maturity (which is 24 months after the execution date). The loan also carries a call option to convert, at Cadogan’s sole discretion, the principal into an indirect  interest in Proger; the call option can be exercised at any time between the 6th and  24th months following the execution date of the loan agreement and subject to Cadogan shareholders approving the exercise of the call. The obligation to pay interest is extinguished if the call option is exercised. For more information on the convertible loan go to http://otp.investis.com/clients/uk/cadogan-petroleum/rns/regulatory- story.aspx?cid=46&newsid=1236020.

For further information, please contact:

Cadogan Petroleum plc

Guido Michelotti    Chief Executive Officer           +380 (44) 594 5870
Ben Harber      Company Secretary             +44 0207 264 4366

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe      Broker to Cadogan Petroleum plc

David Porter           +44 (0) 20 7894 7000


Source: PR Newswire (July 29, 2019 - 10:17 AM EDT)

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