Sydney, Jan 9, 2009 (ABN Newswire) - AUDIO: Bandanna Energy Limited (ASX:BND)(formerly Enterprise Energy Limited) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the transaction previously announced to the market on 7 May 2008. The transaction entailed acquisition of all the issued share capital of Bandanna Coal Pty Ltd, a 1 for 10 consolidation of shares, a capital raising of A$10 million and a change of company name, following shareholder approval on 15 September 2008.
The new Chairman of Bandanna Energy Limited ("Bandanna") Mr Jeremy Barlow said that this marks the beginning of an exciting time for the Company which now has transformed itself into a significant mid-tier coal explorer holding a portfolio of valuable development and exploration coal assets in the Bowen and Galilee Basins in Queensland.
"We look forward to developing the near term coal production potential in the highly prospective portions of the Bowen Basin of Queensland" said Jeremy Barlow. "The Company expects the demand for coal internationally to remain robust. The Company intends to maintain its innovative approach to tenement acquisition, run an efficient exploration program and look for new joint venture opportunities".
Although Bandanna Energy's focus has shifted to coal exploration, it maintains interests in a number of petroleum exploration licences, mostly located in the Cooper Basin in South Australia and Queensland, namely PEL 88, PEL 100, PEL 106, ATP 549P and ATP 539P.
Resumption of trading - new ASX Code (BND)
Following completion of the Transaction the Company now expects the suspension of its shares to be lifted, and trading on ASX to resume, later this week (subject to the Company complying with all ASX conditions for reinstatement). The new ASX Code will be BND.
Board changes and change of name
As part of the transaction David Graham and Robert Johansen have been appointed non-executive Directors, and Norman Zillman, Mark Elliott and David Lindh have resigned from the Board of Bandanna Energy. Ray Shaw has moved from his previous role as Executive Chairman, to fill the new role of Managing Director.
Chairman Jeremy Barlow, who is well known and widely respected in the coal industry, was formerly a principal of the Barlow Jonker consulting group, and was a founding director of CH4 Gas Ltd. He is currently also a non-executive director of Arrow Energy Ltd.
The Company has changed its name from 'Enterprise Energy Ltd' to 'Bandanna Energy Ltd', to reflect its new focus on coal exploration, the Bandanna Formation being a geological unit in the Bowen Basin well known for its coal bearing potential.
Capital consolidation As part of the Transaction the Company has also implemented the 1 for 10 capital consolidation, previously approved by Shareholders. Trading on the ASX will commence on a post-consolidation basis.
The consideration for the purchase of 100% of the issued shares in Bandanna Coal was the issue of 301,875,006 ordinary shares (post capital consolidation), to the vendors of Bandanna Coal.
Each of those vendors is restricted from trading those shares for periods of either 12 months or 24 months, with the majority of those shares (approximately 80%) subject to a 24 month restriction period.
About Bandanna Energy Limited
Bandanna Energy Limited (ASX:BND) is uniquely positioned to become Australia's next coal producer. The company's core activities are exploration, project evaluation and development of thermal and PCI coal assets located in Queensland, Australia.
Bandanna Energy is the only ASX listed company with substantial coal assets in both the Bowen and Galilee basins subject to EIS and advanced mine studies. The company is committed to working constructively with the communities in which it operates, and delivering growing returns to shareholders, government and the community.
Bandanna Energy's Springsure Creek underground thermal coal project is scheduled to commence production in mid-2015. Bandanna is a 14% shareholder in Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) Stage 1 at Gladstone, with port allocation of 4Mtpa for the Springsure Creek Project, and has also secured the necessary infrastructure capacity for the integrated rail haulage of coal from the Springsure Creek Project to port.
Ray Shaw Managing Director Bandanna Energy Limited +61 2 9923 1520
Jeremy Barlow Chairman Bandanna Energy Limited +617 3118 8562