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Press release from CNW Group

Sterling Resources announces increase in bought deal financing to $40 million

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sterling Resources announces increase in bought deal financing to $40 million10:39 EDT Thursday, July 22, 2010/NOT FOR DISSEMINATION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/CALGARY, July 22 /CNW/ - Sterling Resources Ltd., (TSX-V:SLG) ("Sterling" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has reached an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Wellington West Capital Markets Inc. (the "Underwriters") to increase its previously announced Offering to a total size of $40,004,500. Under the agreement, the Underwriters will now purchase from Sterling 21,055,000 Common Shares at an issue price of $1.90 per Common Share. All other terms and conditions of the Offering remain the same as previously announced.The net proceeds of this issue will be used towards the required equity component of the financing of the Breagh project in the United Kingdom North Sea, for which Sterling recently announced an offer of up to (pnds stlg)100 million of project financing from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).The Offering is subject to certain conditions including normal regulatory approval, including approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The Common Shares will be offered by way of a short form prospectus in all of the provinces of Canada (excluding Quebec) and on a private placement basis elsewhere including the United Kingdom and Europe. Closing is anticipated to occur on or about August 12, 2010.This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction. The Common Shares will not and have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration of an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.Sterling Resources Ltd. is a Canadian-listed international oil and gas company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with assets in the United Kingdom, Romania, and France. The shares are listed and posted for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "SLG".The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.Forward-Looking StatementsAll statements included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Sterling expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding the expected closing date of the Offering and the anticipated amount and use of proceeds. In addition, statements relating to reserves or resources are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions that the reserves and resources described can be profitably produced in the future.These forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions made by Sterling based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. In addition, these statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other-forward looking statements will prove inaccurate, certain of which are beyond Sterling's control, including: the impact of general economic conditions in the areas in which Sterling operates, civil unrest, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties associated with oil and gas operations. Readers should also carefully consider the matters discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form.Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. Sterling's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of the press release. Sterling does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.Financial outlook information contained in this press release about prospective results of operations, financial position or cash flows is based on assumptions about future events, including economic conditions and proposed courses of action, based on management's assessment of the relevant information currently available. Readers are cautioned that such financial outlook information contained in this press release should not be used for purpose other than for which it is disclosed herein.%SEDAR: 00002072EFor further information: visit www.sterling-resources.com or contact: Mike Azancot, President and Chief Executive Officer, Phone: (44) 77404-32883, Fax: (44) 13308-20670, mike.azancot@sterling-resources.co.uk; Ian Hornby-Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Phone: (403) 215-9264, Fax: (403) 215-9279, ian@sterling-resources.com; George Kesteven, Manager, Corporate & Investor Relations, Phone: (403) 215-9265, Fax: (403) 215-9279, george@sterling-resources.com