Wednesday 1 April 2015 9:42 am

Afren share price spikes as oil firm pledges to reveal new chief executive “imminently”

Afren will reveal the name of its future chief executive along with its full-year results "imminently" – as soon as it has ink a deal with its bondholders, the troubled oil explorer said today. 

The firm is still trying to hammer out a deal with investors for $200m-worth (£135m) of interim funding in the form of the super-senior private placement notes (PPNs). 
Afren had expected that the deal would have been agreed by now and the notes were due to be issued by the end of March. 
It said: 
The company is making good progress on satisfying the relevant conditions precedent to the provision of the interim funding and expects to finalise arrangements for completion of the interim funding imminently. 
Given the delay in completion of the interim funding, the company now expects to release the Group’s 2014 full year results at the same time as the issue of the PPNs. The company also expects to be able to announce the appointment of a new CEO at the same time.
Afren has also pushed back payment of $50m, which was originally due on January 31, until April 30. 
Afren's share price spiked at 9.7 per cent earlier today, with a second spike this afternoon of 8.4 per cent.