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Reference is made to Northern Drilling Limited’s (the “Company“) stock exchange announcement made on 19 October 2023 regarding an update on the Company’s financing situation and its intention to appeal on a point of law and to challenge on grounds of serious irregularity the Arbitration Tribunal’s awards in the arbitration proceedings between the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries West Aquila Inc. and West Libra Inc. and Hanwha Ocean Co., Ltd. (“Hanwha“) (together, the “Appeals Process“). Reference is further made to the Company’s stock exchange announcement made on 24 October 2023 regarding a private placement of new shares, raising gross proceeds of up to USD 3.5 million (the “Private Placement“).
The Appeals Process is still ongoing, and the final ruling concerning whether the Company will be granted leave to appeal is expected before the end of Q2 2024, and a ruling on the merits (subject to leave being granted) also expected before the end of Q2 2024.
As previously disclosed, the Company’s board of directors is of the opinion that the Company will need more funding for the Appeals Process and the Company intends to raise such capital in several equity transactions, of which the Private Placement which closed on 7 November 2023, was the first.
In relation to the arbitration proceedings ongoing between West Cobalt Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and Hanwha, these are still in its early stages. These proceedings will also require separate and further funding (unless the Company is successful in the Appeals Process), and it is not possible at this early stage to give any indication of timing of an award.
The Company will, in due course and as long as it remains a listed entity, inform the markets regarding its planned financing activities, as well as the developments in both the Appeals Process and the arbitration proceedings concerning West Cobalt Inc.
Scott McReaken, CEO
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Additional information about the Company can be found at: http://www.northerndrillingltd.com/
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