Shares plummet as Victoria Oil & Gas reports equity placing

Shares in Cameroon-focussed mining company Victoria Oil & Gas fell sharply on Wednesday after the company reported it had oversubscribed a 23m pound equity placing.

Shares in Cameroon-focussed mining company Victoria Oil & Gas fell sharply on Wednesday after the company reported it had oversubscribed a 23m pound equity placing.

The AIM-listed company reported that it had raised £23m of equity and was fully funded to meet its long-term corporate objectives to monetise the Logbaba Gas discovery and to meet its production target for 2013.

The company announced that the board planned to further strengthen itself with the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer to implement the production and revenue phase of the company's growth.

Kevin Foo, Chairman of Victoria Oil & Gas, commented: "With this capital injection, combined with the reserve-based bank facility, the company can cover the last yards in our progression to substantial cash flow. While the thermal customer business is growing solidly, the bulk of the forecast sales growth will be derived from power clients".

He added: "As a shareholder, I am acutely aware that dilution of existing shareholders is a major concern. However, I feel that ensuring we are fully funded to meet our production and cash flow targets is the best way to deliver shareholder value. There is still great uncertainty ahead in equity markets but I am greatly encouraged by the support shown from the institutional investors."

Victoria Oil & Gas' share price was down 15.33% to 1.74p at 10:28 on Wednesday.

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