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Angus Energy PLC

20 December 2023

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20 December 2023

Angus Energy Plc

("Angus Energy", the "Company" or together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")

(AIM:ANGS)

Non-binding Heads of Terms agreed for GBP20 million Global Refinance

Appointment of Subsurface and Wells Lead

-- GBP20m debt facility agreed with Trafigura PTE Ltd ("Trafigura") to refinance all existing debt and fund additional capex projects to raise production at Saltfleetby Field

-- 5 year amortising term with one year repayment grace period and reduced cash sweep for accelerated repayment

-- Interest margin over SONIA of 8% compared to 12% on existing senior debt and 15% on bridge facility

   --    All existing senior and bridge debt to be repaid 
   --    Medium-term capex needs fulfilled 
   --    Trafigura to act as Offtaker 
   --    Existing hedge contract to be replaced with a fixed price offtake 

-- Work on gas storage feasibility to be accelerated with funds from the new facility and revised subsurface mapping

Further to the Company's announcement of 14 July 2023 and subsequently, Angus is pleased to confirm that it has now entered into detailed, non-binding, heads of terms ("Heads of Terms") for a GBP20 million senior secured debt facility (the "Refinance Facility") with Trafigura and has received indicative approval from the lenders under the Company's existing senior secured loan facility to proceed. The Company has now to agree definitive documentation after which it will proceed to completion and drawdown. Trafigura has provided an expected closing date during the course of January 2024.

The Refinance Facility will be used to repay existing senior and bridge debt (presently c. GBP5 million and GBP6.7 million respectively) and reduce the deferred consideration due to Forum Energy (presently c. GBP5 million) as well as to initiate expenditure on a fourth well at Saltfleetby to be completed by Q1 2025.

As part of closing of the Refinance Facility, Trafigura will work with the Company's existing hedge provider to organise an orderly transfer of the existing hedge obligations which run until June 2025. A dynamic rolling gas price protection programme has been agreed which will provide protection at least until the scheduled maturity date of the Refinance Facility. The offtake arrangement with Trafigura will be substantially in line with the existing gas sales agreement; physical fixed price contracts will be entered into on part of the production to cover the existing hedge position until June 2025 and for risk management beyond that.

The headline term of the Refinance Facility is 5 years with even quarterly amortisation payments after an initial repayment holiday of 12 months. Additionally, there is a cash sweep whereby 50% of Angus' revenues (after deducting all group wide costs, including financing charges) are to be applied each quarter to redeem the loan. To the extent that sweep repayments are made, the even quarterly amortisation payments will be adjusted.

The Refinance Facility has been arranged by Aleph Commodities Limited ("Aleph"). Total arrangement fees to Aleph and Trafigura for the new facility are subject to final agreement. Final terms will be confirmed in an announcement of the definitive agreement and will be dealt with in accordance with AIM Rule 13 as appropriate at that time. Similarly, the revised arrangement with Forum Energy will be dealt with in accordance with AIM Rule 13 as appropriate at that time.

The Heads of Terms also include standard terms on change of control, covenants and events of default.

Detailed terms will be released on completion of documentation which is expected to conclude early in the New Year.

New Appointment

The Company is pleased to announce that Ross Pearson, former Technical Director of Star Energy plc (formerly IGAS plc) is joining the Company as the lead on all wells and subsurface activity. An options package of 25,000,000 options at 0.67p has been agreed with vesting dates being subject to contract milestones.

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   For further information on the Company, please visit   www.angusenergy.co.uk or contact: 

Enquiries:

   Angus Energy Plc                                             www.angusenergy.co.uk 

Richard Herbert Tel: +44 (0) 208 899 6380

   Beaumont Cornish Limited (Nomad)      www.beaumontcornish.com 
   James Biddle / Roland Cornish                   Tel: +44 (0) 207 628 3396 

WH Ireland Limited (Broker)

   Katy Mitchell / Harry Ansell                         Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666 
   Flagstaff PR/IR                                                  angus@flagstaffcomms.com 
   Tim Thompson / Fergus Mellon                 Tel: +44 (0) 207 129 1474 
   Aleph Commodities                                       info@alephcommodities.com 

Disclaimers - this Announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "forecasts", "plans", "prepares", "anticipates", "projects", "expects", "intends", "may", "will", "seeks", "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this Announcement and include statements regarding the Company's and the Directors' intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, amongst other things, the Company's prospects, growth and strategy. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. The Company's actual performance, achievements and financial condition may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this Announcement. In addition, even if the Company's results of operations, performance, achievements and financial condition are consistent with the forward-looking statements in this Announcement, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods. Any forward-looking statements that the Company makes in this Announcement speak only as of the date of such statement and (other than in accordance with their legal or regulatory obligations) neither the Company, nor the Bookrunner nor Beaumont Cornish nor any of their respective associates, directors, officers or advisers shall be obliged to update such statements. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

Beaumont Cornish Limited, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as nominated adviser to the Company in relation to the matters referred herein. Beaumont Cornish Limited is acting exclusively for the Company and for no one else in relation to the matters described in this announcement and is not advising any other person and accordingly will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Beaumont Cornish Limited, or for providing advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any matter referred to in it.

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