CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 -- Gold Ridge Exploration Corp. (TSX VENTURE: GEA) ("Gold Ridge" or the "Corporation"), a junior mining exploration and development company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent ("Letter of Intent") effective as of January 30, 2013 with Richfield Oils Inc. ("Richfield") with respect to a proposed acquisition by the Corporation (the "Acquisition") of Richfield's interests in certain oil and gas properties located in the Chigwell area of central Alberta (the "Richfield Assets"). It is intended that the Acquisition will constitute a Change of Business Transaction ("Transaction") of the Corporation in accordance with Policy 5.2 of the TSXV.
The Proposed Acquisition
The Letter of Intent contemplates that, in exchange for the Richfield Assets, Gold Ridge shall issue to Richfield an aggregate of 3,000,000 common shares in the capital of Gold Ridge at a deemed price of $0.10 per common share for total consideration of $300,000.
The completion of the Acquisition and the Offering, as such term is defined below, are subject to the approval of the TSXV and all other necessary regulatory approvals. The completion of the Acquisition is also subject to certain other additional conditions precedent, including, but not limited to: (i) the entering into of a definitive agreement by Gold Ridge and Richfield on or before February 6, 2013 (the "Definitive Agreement"); (ii) completion of satisfactory due diligence by each of Gold Ridge and Richfield; (iii) completion of an engineering report on the Richfield Assets, which report shall be satisfactory to Gold Ridge and shall be compliant with the requirements of National Instrument 51-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities; (iv) the approval of the Acquisition by the TSXV; (v) approval of each of Gold Ridge's and Richfield's respective board of directors; (vi) completion of the Offering; (vii) the absence of any material change or change in a material fact which might reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the financial and operational conditions or the assets of each of the parties to the Definitive Agreement; and (ix) certain other conditions typical in a transaction of this nature.
Upon completion of the Transaction, the Corporation's listing status will change from that of a junior mining company to an oil and gas exploration and development company. The proposed Transaction will be at arm's length, and accordingly, will not require approval by the majority of the minority shareholders of the Corporation.
A Filing Statement in respect of the proposed Transaction will be prepared and filed in accordance with Policy 5.2 of the TSXV on SEDAR at www.sedar.com no less than 7 business days prior to the closing of the proposed Transaction. A press release will be issued once the Filing Statement has been filed as required pursuant to TSXV policies.
About the Assets
Richfield is a private company incorporated under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) on September 26, 1980 under the name 252904 Alberta Ltd. The company changed its name to "Richfield Oils Inc." on November 1, 1996.
The Richfield Assets are located in the Chigwell area of central Alberta and are comprised of a 100% working interest in NW/4/ of Section 18, Range 41, Township 24 W4M representing 160 gross acres. A 3D seismic survey was shot in the early 1990's resulting in the drilling of two oil wells which have produced approximately 430,000 bbls of oil. The two wells were suspended in 2000 and may be re-completed and placed back on production. A National Instrument 51-101 compliant Reserve and Economic Evaluation report is being prepared and will be submitted to the TSXV for review and the detailed results will be disclosed in a subsequent press release.
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