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Oil and gas explorer Blue Energy in $20m placement

Oil and gas junior Blue Energy was fronting investors with a $20 million share placement on Tuesday morning to pay for appraisal drilling and testing at its North Bowen basin and Surat basin projects.

John Ellice-Flint is Blue Energy’s largest shareholder, owning 8.23 per cent of the company before the placement. Diana Melfi

Blue Energy had Petra Capital and MST Financial Services offering shares at 6.2¢ each, which was a 17.3 per cent discount to the last close and 20.5 per cent discount to th e five day volume weighted average price.

The business owns domestic gas projects on the East Coast. The term sheet said it would spend $8 million of the raise on drilling at Bowen basin, $5.3 million on Surat basin drilling, $3.6 million at Northern Territory 2D seismic work, and $3.1 million on working capital and offer costs.

Potential investors were told the company was considering a share purchase plan to follow the placement.

Petra and MST were calling for bids by 3pm Tuesday.

Blue Energy had $114.6 million market capitalisation, $6.9 million cash and no debt.

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