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Axxis Geo : Private placement successfully placed

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Private placement successfully placed

Lysaker, 10 October 2019

Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement from Axxis Geo Solutions
ASA
("Axxis" or the "Company") published on 10 October 2019 regarding a
contemplated private placement.

The Company announces that it has raised approximately NOK 225 million in gross
proceeds through a private placement (the "Private Placement") of 37,500,000 new
shares ("Offer Shares"), at a price per share of NOK 6. The Private Placement
took place through an accelerated bookbuilding process managed by ABG Sundal
Collier ASA
, Fearnley Securities AS and SpareBank 1 Markets AS (together the
"Managers") as Joint Bookrunners after close of Oslo Stock Exchange on 10
October 2019
.

Net proceeds from the Private Placement will be used: (i) to fund further growth
and capital expenditures needed to meet increased ocean bottom node activity,
upscaling its operations with a second crew as well as general corporate
purposes (approximately USD 10 million); (ii) to strengthen the working capital
balance by repaying trade debt (approximately USD 6 million); (iii) to repay USD
7.5 million
of the promissory note to TGS in regard to the Utsira multi-client
library investment. Following the repayment of USD 7.5 million, the remaining
amount of USD 9.6 million of the promissory note will fall due on 30 September
2020
. Note that the net outstanding amount in the promissory note to TGS is USD
6.7 million
as AGS has sold additional data with a value of USD 2.9 million.
According to the current agreement between AGS and TGS, the USD 2.9 million is
to be used as repayment to TGS.

The Private Placement is divided into two tranches. Tranche 1 consists of up to
9,435,074 Offer Shares (the "Tranche 1") and is based on an existing
authorisation granted to the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") by the
Company's annual general meeting held on 16 May 2019. Tranche 2 (the "Tranche
2") consists of 28,064,926 Offer Shares and is subject to approval by an
extraordinary general meeting of the Company expected to be held on or about 1
November 2019
(the "EGM"). Applicants are allocated Offer Shares on a pro rata
basis between Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 of the Private Placement. Tranche 1 is not
conditional upon the completion of Tranche 2 and will be completed irrespective
of completion of Tranche 2.

Notification of the partly conditional allocation is expected to be sent by the
Managers on or about 11 October 2019.

The settlement date for Tranche 1 is expected to be on or about 15 October 2019.
Investors will in Tranche 1 receive existing and unencumbered shares in the
Company that are already listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, pursuant to a share
lending agreement between Songa Investments AS, Havila Holding AS, Rome AS and
Bjarte Bruheim, the Managers and the Company. The Tranche 1 Offer Shares
delivered to the Applicants are thus tradable on Oslo Stock Exchange upon
allocation. The Managers will settle the share loan with new shares in the
Company to be issued on or about 18 October 2019. The new shares delivered to
Songa Investments AS, Havila Holding AS, Rome AS and Bjarte Bruheim will be
issued on a separate ISIN and will not be tradable on Oslo Stock Exchange until
a listing prospectus has been approved by the Financial Supervisory Authority of
Norway
, expected early November 2019. The settlement date for Tranche 2 is
expected to be shortly after the EGM, expected to be held on or about 1 November
2019
.

The Board, together with the Company's management and the Managers, has
considered various transaction alternatives to secure new financing. Based on an
overall assessment, taking into account inter alia the need for funding,
subscription price, execution risk, possible alternatives and overall costs, the
Board has on the basis of careful considerations decided that the Private
Placement is the alternative that best protects the Company's and the
shareholders' joint interests. Thus, a waiver of the preferential rights for
existing shareholders to subscribe shares will be proposed to be waived as this
is considered necessary and to be in the Company's best interest.

The Board will propose to carry out a subsequent repair offering of up to
8,333,333 new shares (the "Subsequent Offering") directed at its existing
shareholders as of close of trading on 10 October 2019, as recorded in the VPS
on 14 October 2019, who were not allocated shares in the Private Placement and
who are not resident in a jurisdiction where such offering would be unlawful, or
would (in jurisdictions other than Norway) require any prospectus filing,
registration or similar action. The subscription price in the Subsequent
Offering will be the same as in the Private Placement, i.e. NOK 6 per share. The
Subsequent Offering will inter alia be conditional upon (i) completion of the
Private Placement, (ii) approval of the share capital increase pertaining to the
Subsequent Offering by the extraordinary general meeting, expected to be held on
or about 1 November 2019, and (iii) approval and publication of a prospectus
regarding, inter alia, the Subsequent Offering, and (iv) prevailing market
conditions.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5
-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

For further information:
Lee Parker, CEO
Lee.Parker@axxisgeo.com

Svein Knudsen, CFO
Svein.Knudsen@axxisgeo.com
+47 906 94 170

About AGS
Axxis Geo Solutions (AGS) is a pure-play ocean bottom node seismic company
uniquely positioned to pursue both contract and multi-client seismic. AGS
specializes on delivering tailored seismic solutions and flexible project
management and execution to oil and gas companies world-wide. Its operations are
based on a scalable asset-light setup through chartering of vessels and nodes to
complete seismic surveys.

AGS is listed on Oslo Axess and traded under the ticker AGS.

More information on www.axxisgeo.com

Important information:

The release is not for publication or distribution, in whole or in part directly
or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, Japan or the United States
(including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and
the District of Columbia). This release is an announcement issued pursuant to
legal information obligations, and is subject of the disclosure requirements
pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. It is issued
for information purposes only, and does not constitute or form part of any offer
or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities, in the United States or
in any other jurisdiction. The securities mentioned herein have not been, and
will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as
amended (the "US Securities Act"). The securities may not be offered or sold in
the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration
requirements of the US Securities Act. The Company does not intend to register
any portion of the offering of the securities in the United States or to conduct
a public offering of the securities in the United States. Copies of this
announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into
Australia, Canada, Japan or the United States. The issue, subscription or
purchase of shares in the Company is subject to specific legal or regulatory
restrictions in certain jurisdictions. The Company does not assume any
responsibility in the event there is a violation by any person of such
restrictions. The distribution of this release may in certain jurisdictions be
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Forward-looking statements: This release and any materials distributed in
connection with this release may contain certain forward-looking statements. By
their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because
they reflect the Company's current expectations and assumptions as to future
events and circumstances that may not prove accurate. A number of material
factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.


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