TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 23, 2017) - Changfeng Energy Inc., (TSX VENTURE:CFY) ("Changfeng" or the "Company") an energy provider in China, is pleased to announce that Sanya Changfeng New Energy Investment Co., Ltd. ("Sanya"), a wholly-owned, Chinese subsidiary of the Company, and Hunan Zhongyou Gas Co., Ltd. ("Zhongyou Gas"), the joint shareholders of Pingxiang Changfeng Gas Co., Ltd. (the "Project Company"), which invests in and operates the natural gas distribution project in Pingxiang District and the Ceramic Industry Park (the "Pingxiang Project"), have entered into an Equity Restructuring Agreement (the "Agreement") with Xin'ao Gas Development Co. Ltd. and Xin'ao Gas (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (collectively, "Xin'ao Gas") with respect to the Project Company.
The Agreement provides that, upon the completion of the equity restructuring, i) the registered capital of the Project Company will increase from the current registered capital of RMB 20,000,000 to a registered capital of RMB 80,000,000; ii) Xin'ao Gas will infuse capital into the Project Company, resulting in a dilution of Changfeng's indirect 75.5% interest in the Project Company to 40%; iii) the Project Company will repay an outstanding loan of RMB 46,767,800 owing to Changfeng; and iv) Xin'ao Gas will acquire the 24.5% interest of the Project Company held by Zhongyou Gas by way of a cash payment, and as a result hold an aggregate 60% interest in the Project Company. The value of the transaction is based on an independent third-party valuation.
The Agreement also provides that Sanya Changfeng and Zhongyou Gas will commit to repay Xin'ao Gas the full amount of the infused capital and repurchase its interest in the Project Company if: i) the Project Company fails to sign a Concession Agreement (in the form issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC); or ii) the operation of the Project Company is suspended as a result of failing to sign the above noted Concession Agreement within two years from the date the Agreement is signed.
The Pingxiang Project began in 2010 and was operational by 2012. The proposed pipeline connecting the Pingxiang Project to the main provincial pipelines is pending review, and accordingly the Pingxiang Project has historically relied on LNG/CNG to supply natural gas to the district. Changfeng is confident that given the experience and influence of Xin'ao Gas in natural gas distribution, Xin'ao Gas will be better positioned to coordinate natural gas supply to the region.
The transaction is in support of Changfeng's previously announced intention to strategically shift its corporate focus towards sustainable energy in combination with natural gas to become an integrated energy provider in the PRC. The introduction of Xin'ao Gas as the majority shareholder of the Pingxiang Project will free up the Company's cash flow and human capital to undertake projects in alignment with Changfeng's strategic goals.
About Xin'ao Gas
Xin'ao Gas (also known as "ENN Group") is one of the largest private energy companies in China focused on providing cleaner energy to support sustainable growth. It has a fast-growing natural gas business that supplies city gas to more than 152 cities in China, operates the country's largest private liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station network and is building the country's first private LNG receiving terminal in Zhejiang Province. Its gas sales in 2015 were 11.3 billion cubic metres (or 423 pJ). Across all its businesses, it touches the lives of 65 million people in China and 9 million internationally, primarily through city gas networks in Vietnam and LNG refueling in North America and Europe. The Group controls and operates more than 300 subsidiaries, employing more than 35,000 people, that are also involved in solar energy, clean coal chemical technology, intelligent and integrated energy systems as well as real estate, culture, health, and marine tourism.
About Changfeng Energy Inc.
Changfeng Energy Inc. is a Canadian public company currently traded on the Toronto Venture Exchange ("TSX-V") under the stock symbol "CFY". It is an integrated energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in the People's Republic of China. Changfeng strives to combine leading clean energy technology with natural gas usage to provide sustainable energy to its customer base in the PRC. In 2009, Changfeng was recognized as being one of China's the Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the Natural Gas Industry.
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "Forward-Looking Statements"). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included or incorporated by reference in this document are Forward-Looking Statements, including statements regarding activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future. These Forward-Looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "will", "expect", "intend", "plan", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe" or "continue" or similar words or the negative thereof. No assurance can be given that the plans, intentions or expectations or assumptions upon which these Forward-Looking Statements are based will prove to be correct and such Forward-Looking Statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. Forward-Looking Statements in this news release include, but are not limited to statements regarding: completion of the equity restructuring as set out in the Agreement, including the capital infusion by Xin'ao Gas and the repayment of the loan, expectations regarding the Project Company entering into a Concession Agreement, the ability of Xin'ao Gas to coordinate natural gas supply for the region, Changfeng's strategic shift and the impact of the transaction on the Company's cash flow and human capital and ability to undertake projects in alignment with the Company's strategic goals.
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