The oil company has signed an agreement with Houston-based Entero Capital LLC to create an asset-backed energy security coin using blockchain technology that the oil company intends to use as an alternative form of financing.
CEO Don Currie said in a statement that the company plans to use Western Canadian reserves and production as the value basis for its ICO in order to attract a broader spectrum of investors.
“An ICO is considered to be a particularly effective funding alternative for Hillcrest as it may provide access to substantial capital funding to deliver value growth from our existing and new Western Canadian oil and gas projects, without exposing existing shareholders to potential dilution through conventional equity funding,” Currie said.
Entero will advise and assist Hillcrest to raise capital through the ICO offering and assist in identifying and evaluating potential investors.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Hillcrest will administer the offering to investors in Canada, the U.S. and other countries.
Hillcrest shares jumped 23% to US$0.80 on the news.