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Shoreline Shops $2 bn For Africa Asset Hunt

Nigerian company with interests in oil and gas, Shoreline Group, has stated it is exploring debt options in order to raise some two billion dollars to enable it acquire assets across active petroleum plays in Africa. The company which claims to be operating in six African countries said it plans to sell $2 billion in debt to buy crude and gas assets on the continent, with special focus in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania.

The debut issue of as much as $500 million of five- to seven-year Eurobonds will probably happen before the end of the year, Chief Executive Officer Kola Karim is quoted as saying in Lagos. He was speaking after a two-week roadshow in the U.S. and Middle East, arranged by two international banks he declined to identify. “The winner of this market is going to be the guy who has access to not only local, but international capital. I’m bullish about gas and gas infrastructure.

If this country is going to grow that’s going to be huge,” said Karim. Shoreline is seeking to profit from energy deficits in Nigeria, a gap Shoreline says it could full with its operations that span infrastructure and engineering, power and telecommunications. Founded in 1997, Shoreline produces about 60,000 barrels of oil a day, with crude accounting for around 60 percent of its overall business, he said.

Shoreline is one of at least five local businesses that bought fields in the Niger Delta region after foreign companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA and Eni SpA sold onshore assets. More than a dozen small indigenous producers account for about 20 percent of Nigeria’s production of 1.9 million barrels a day. Investors would be keen to “back the right horse” even after a drop of more than 40 percent in crude prices over the past year, Karim told secondary sources. Karim said he has approached all three major international ratings companies and is looking to sell the $2 billion of bonds in three or four tranches.

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