Pacific Rubiales Energy Completes Buy of C&C Energia

Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., a Canadian producer of natural gas and heavy crude oil, closed its acquisition of C&C Energia Ltd. The deal, which Reuters has estimated to be valued at approximately C$500 million, and will enhance Pacific Rubiales’ presence in Columbia-based energy exploration and development.  C&C Energia previously received backing from private equity firms, including ARC Financial Corp. and 32 Degrees Capital.


Pacific Rubiales Closes C&C Energia Acquisition and Participating Interest in Block Z-1, and Announces 2012 Exit Production Above Targets

TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2013 – Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX: PRE; BVC: PREC; BOVESPA: PREB) is pleased to announce today that it closed the acquisition of C&C Energia Ltd. (“C&C Energia”) by way of a plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”).  Pursuant to the Arrangement, a new exploration company, Platino Energy Corp. (TSXV: PZE) (“Platino”) was formed.

With the completion of the Arrangement, Pacific Rubiales has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of C&C Energia and each share of C&C Energia has been exchanged for 0.3528 of a common share of Pacific Rubiales (approximately 22.8 million Pacific Rubiales common shares), Cdn.$0.001 cash and one common share of Platino.  Pacific Rubiales has retained a 5% equity interest in Platino.

Platino acquired C&C Energia’s interests in the Coati, Andaquies, Morpho and Putumayo-8 blocks in Colombia and has also received cash from C&C Energia in the amount of approximately U.S.$88.5 million.

Ronald Pantin, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented: 

“With this acquisition, Pacific Rubiales adds four new development blocks to its Colombian production portfolio (Cravoviejo, Cachicamo, Pájaro Pinto, and Llanos-19 blocks), which are all in the prolific onshore Llanos basin and in close proximity to the Company’s existing heavy oil production and infrastructure. 

“In addition, the Company is pleased to announce that the President of Peru has signed the Supreme Decree authorizing the ammendment recognizing Pacific Rubiales’ acquisition of a 49% participating interest in the offshore Block Z-1 in Peru. 

“I am particularly pleased that we were able to close both acquisitions prior to year-end, which will allow the booking of reserves associated with these properties in our 2012 year-end reserves report. These assets add light oil production and reserves at attractive and accretive metrics and whose value can be increased through accelerated activity, transportation and marketing synergies in the case of the C&C assets, and development drilling in the case of Block Z-1.”

“I am also able to report that the Company’s 2012 exit production is expected to be in the range of 290 to 295 Mboe/d gross total field or approximately 115 Mboe/d net after royalty (excluding the C&C Energia volumes), approximately 16% above 2011 exit production, and surpassing our target of 280 to 285 Mboe/d (about 113 Mboe/d net after royalty).”

Pacific Rubiales’ address is 333 Bay Street, Suite 1100, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2R2. To obtain a copy of the report filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities relating to the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of C&C Energia, please contact the Company’s Deputy General Counsel and Secretary, Michael Galego at (416) 362-7735 x234.  Prior to the Arrangement, Pacific Rubiales did not hold any shares of C&C Energia.

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.  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.

SOURCE: Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp.

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