Camber Energy, Inc. Announces Closing of Preferred Stock Redemption Agreement
HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / January 3, 2020 / Camber Energy, Inc. (NYSE American:CEI) ("Camber" or the "Company") based in Houston, Texas, announced today that it is has entered into and closed the transactions contemplated by a Preferred Stock Redemption Agreement.
The redemption agreement, entered into with Lineal Star Holdings, LLC ("Lineal Star"), Lineal Star's wholly-owned subsidiaries and the holders of the Company's Series E and F Preferred Stock, resulted in the redemption and cancellation of all of the Company's outstanding Series E and F Preferred Stock in consideration for the return to the Series E and F Preferred Stock holders (i.e., the holders of the outstanding interests of Lineal Star prior to the Company's acquisition via merger of Lineal Star in July 2019), of 100% of the outstanding interests of Lineal Star.
The mutual determination to move forward with such redemption transaction was due partially to the fact that the parties have, since the date of the July 2019 merger, been, for various reasons, unable to complete a further acquisition or combination which would allow the post-merger combined company to meet the initial listing standards of the NYSE American. This was a requirement to the Company having to seek shareholder approval for the terms of the Series E Preferred Stock (including the voting rights (i.e., the right, together with the Series F Preferred Stock, to vote 80% of the Company's voting shares) and conversion rights (i.e., the right to convert into between 67-70% of the Company's post-shareholder approval capitalization) associated therewith). Consequently, and because no definitive timeline was able to be established for when the Company believed it would meet the NYSE American initial listing standards and consequently, when shareholder approval would be sought or received for the terms of the Series E Preferred Stock and Series F Preferred Stock, the parties determined it was in their mutual best interests to unwind the merger by way of the redemption.
The redemption agreement also provides for (i) mutual general releases by (a) Lineal, its subsidiaries, and each preferred holder, subject to certain limited exceptions in the event of a third-party claim and (b) the Company; (ii) non-disparagement and confidentiality obligations of the parties and (iii) indemnification obligations, each as described in greater detail in the redemption agreement.
As part of the redemption transaction, the Company loaned $800,000 to Lineal and Lineal and the Company increased the amount of the prior $1,050,000 promissory note evidencing amounts loaned by the Company to Lineal at the closing of the merger, to approximately $1.5 million, to evidence additional amounts loaned by the Company to Lineal from July to December 2019.
The result of the redemption was to effectively unwind the July 2019 merger (and related transactions), effective as of December 31, 2019. As a result of the redemption, the agreements entered into with the holders of the Company's Series C Preferred Stock in July 2019, relating to planned exchange of Series C Preferred Stock for shares of Series D Preferred Stock and termination of certain other obligations of the Company, were automatically terminated pursuant to their terms.
More information regarding the redemption agreement and effects of the redemption are described in the Current Report on Form 8-K which the Company filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Following the redemption, the Company plans to refocus on its pre-merger oil and gas exploration and production assets and operations and continue searching for further acquisitions and/or combinations which the Company believes will grow shareholder value.
About Camber Energy, Inc.
Based in Houston, Texas, Camber Energy's (NYSE American: CEI) is a growth-oriented, independent oil and gas company engaged in the development of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in the Texas Panhandle. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.camber.energy.
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Released January 3, 2020