A special meeting of holders of common shares and debentures in Arcan Resources Ltd (TSX-V: ARN) failed to approve the proposed acquisition and recapitalization of the company by Aspenleaf Energy Ltd. As a result, the deal, which has been estimated to value $325 million, has been terminated. Founded in 2013, the Calgary-based Aspenleaf is backed by Canadian energy-focused private equity firm ARC Financial Corp, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and other investors. Led by CEO Bryan Gould, it is pursuing an acquisition and exploit strategy in Western Canada focused on light oil and liquids-rich gas opportunities.
Proposed Arrangement Terminated
Arcan Plans Winter Drilling Program
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Aug. 20, 2014) – Arcan Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ARN) announces that at the special meeting held today in Calgary of holders of Arcan’s common shares and debentures, the securityholders did not provide the requisite approvals for the previously announced plan of arrangement that would have seen Arcan acquired by Aspenleaf Energy Limited. As a result, Arcan and Aspenleaf have terminated the Arrangement Agreement between them.
“We began working to restructure the operational and financial underpinnings of Arcan about two years ago. Our proposed agreement with Aspenleaf, developed after a comprehensive series of professional and productive negotiations, provided a viable path forward. We completed a very thorough process that provided extensive opportunity for securityholders to evaluate this proposal, and they chose not to support it. Given the results, we are moving forward, releasing our second quarter results shortly and looking to carry out our winter drilling program, which will continue to generate cash flow and position Arcan to capture its full asset value. We will also continue to look for other solutions to mitigate our debt burden,” said Terry McCoy, Arcan’s CEO.
“We thank the employees of Arcan who have displayed relentless dedication through this process, and who will continue to work hard building value for shareholders. We also thank our Board of Directors for its diligent efforts and wise counsel in developing and putting forth to securityholders the proposed transaction,” McCoy said.
Arcan plans to report on its second quarter 2014 financial and operating results by August 28, 2014.
About Arcan Resources Ltd.
Arcan Resources Ltd. is an Alberta, Canada corporation that is principally engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of petroleum and natural gas located in Canada’s Western Sedimentary Basin. Additional information about the Corporation is available under Arcan’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and its website, www.arcanres.com.
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