Dallas, Texas (December 27, 2011) – StockGuru Shines its Spotlight on Mainland Resources, Inc., (OTCBB: MNLU)(OTCQB: MNLU)(FRANKFURT: 5MN)(WKN: A0ND6N) announce on December 23, 2011, it reached an Agreement in Principle, subject to certain conditions precedent, including entering into a definitive agreement, to purchase, from the owner, all rights, title and interest in and to approximately 4,580 acres of oil and gas leases located on the Buena Vista prospect in Mississippi (collectively the “Leases”). The Leases were previously held by American Exploration Corporation (“American”). As consideration for the purchase, the Company has agreed to issue 15,000,000 shares of its capital stock to the owner and has agreed to grant the owner a 5 percent working interest, after payout (100% recovery of all drilling and completion costs), of any wells drilled and completed on the approximately 12,800 acres (including the Leases) initially contributed to the Buena Vista Joint Operating Agreement by Mainland and American. The Company closed on December 23, 2011, at $0.175, trading in a fifty-two week range of $1.045 – 0.082.
The Leases were previously held by American by way of an Option Purchase Agreement. American was unable to provide reasonable financial consideration acceptable to the owner of the Leases and was deemed to be in default of the provisions of the Option Purchase Agreement. As a result, American automatically forfeited and transferred to the owner all rights under the Option Purchase Agreement including, but not limited to, the Leases. The owner retained all payments made by American under the Option Purchase Agreement and all improvements made to the Leases. American will retain a 20% working interest in the 8,225 acres in the Buena Vista prospect contributed by Mainland to the Joint Operating Agreement.
Based on these events, Mainland and American have agreed to terminate their contemplated merger. The 15,000,000 Mainland shares being issued to purchase the Leases represent approximately the same number of shares that would have been issued to the shareholders of American on completion of the contemplated merger.
Mike Newport, President of Mainland, states, “We are extremely pleased to have succeeded in reaching an agreement in principle to purchase this acreage, which will complete the assembly of the entire land package representing the Buena Vista prospect turtle back structure target first discovered by the Chevron Long Well and confirmed by Mainland’s Burkley Phillips No. 1 well.”
The Company is considering several alternatives including joint venture partners and equity financing in order to fund the well completion and testing. A completion program has been developed and will be commenced once acceptable funding or partnership and site access issues are resolved.
About Mainland Resources, Inc.
Mainland and its working interest partners control approximately 17,265 net acres or 28 sections on the Buena Vista prospect area where the Burkley-Phillips No. 1 well was drilled to 22,000 feet, cored and logged. Upon completion of the purchase of the Leases, Mainland would own 92% before payout of approximately 9,040 acres and 72% before payout of the remaining approximately 8,225 acres comprising the total 17,265 acres in the Buena Vista prospect. As recently announced, core analysis has determined that gas in place in the Buena Vista prospect could be up to 500 BCF/section based on the cored interval.
Mainland is engaged in the exploration of oil and gas resources. The Company’s current initiatives are focused on the acquisition and development of acreage in emerging and early developing oil and gas regions with the potential for material discoveries. For information see: http://www.mainlandresources.com.
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