TORONTO, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX: PRE; BVC: PREC; BOVESPA: PREB) announced today that it has filed a Notice of Intention with the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") to commence a normal course issuer bid. Under the bid, which is subject to acceptance by the TSX, the Company will have the right to purchase up to a maximum of 31,075,887 common shares in the capital of the Company (the "Common Shares") through the standard facilities of the exchanges on which the Common Shares are listed. This amount represents 10% of the public float (the issued and outstanding Common Shares not held by insiders) of the Company as of April 26, 2013, determined in accordance with the applicable rules of the TSX.
There were a total of 322,853,070 Common Shares issued and outstanding as of April 26, 2013. Management of the Company intends to purchase up to 31,075,887 Common Shares and will determine the timing of any such purchases, subject to compliance with applicable TSX rules. Daily purchases will be limited to 240,239 Common Shares, other than block purchase exceptions. Purchases made pursuant to the bid will be made in the open market through the standard facilities of the exchanges on which the Common Shares are listed and the price that the Company will pay for any such Common Shares will be the market price at the time of the acquisition. All purchases will be made in accordance with the requirements of the TSX, La Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (the Colombian Stock Exchange) (the "BVC") and Brazil's Bolsa de Valores Mercadorias e Futuros (the "BOVESPA").
The Company is proposing to commence the bid on May 1, 2013, and have it remain open until the earlier of April 30, 2014 or the date on which the Company has purchased the maximum number of Common Shares permitted under the bid. The Company has not purchased any Common Shares during the previous year pursuant to any issuer bid.
The Company intends to make the bid because it believes: (i) that the Common Shares may be undervalued from time to time in relation to its current and future business prospects; and (ii) that Common Shares may become available during the period of the bid at prices that would make the purchase of such Common Shares an appropriate use of available funds and in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. Upon purchase, the common shares will not be automatically cancelled and a portion of the purchased Common Shares may be held by the Company's pension fund administrator under a portfolio of oil & gas and mining investments.
Pacific Rubiales, a Canadian company and producer of natural gas and crude oil, owns 100% of Meta Petroleum Corp., which operates the Rubiales, Piriri and Quifa heavy oil fields in the Llanos Basin, and 100% of Pacific Stratus Energy Colombia Corp., which operates the La Creciente natural gas field in the northwestern area of Colombia. Pacific Rubiales has also acquired 100% of PetroMagdalena Energy Corp., which owns light oil assets in Colombia, and 100% of C&C Energia Ltd., which owns light oil assets in the Llanos Basin. In addition, the Company has a diversified portfolio of assets beyond Colombia, which includes producing and exploration assets in Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Guyana and Papua New Guinea.
The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and La Bolsa de Valores de Colombia and as Brazilian Depositary Receipts on Brazil's Bolsa de Valores Mercadorias e Futuros under the ticker symbols PRE, PREC, and PREB, respectively.
Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements regarding estimates and/or assumptions in respect of production, revenue, cash flow and costs, reserve and resource estimates, potential resources and reserves and the Company's exploration and development plans and objectives) are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs, production estimates and estimated economic return; the possibility that actual circumstances will differ from the estimates and assumptions; failure to establish estimated resources or reserves; fluctuations in petroleum prices and currency exchange rates; inflation; changes in equity markets; political developments in Colombia, Guatemala or Peru; changes to regulations affecting the Company's activities; uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future; the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological data; and the other risks disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's annual information form dated March 14, 2012 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
In addition, reported production levels may not be reflective of sustainable production rates and future production rates may differ materially from the production rates reflected in this news release due to, among other factors, difficulties or interruptions encountered during the production of hydrocarbons.
This news release was prepared in the English language and subsequently translated into Spanish and Portuguese. In the case of any differences between the English version and its translated counterparts, the English document should be treated as the governing version.
SOURCE Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp.