Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
TSX : PBG

Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

June 16, 2009 13:49 ET

Petrobank Noteholders Agree to Convert 98% of Outstanding Convertible Notes

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. ("Petrobank") (TSX:PBG) is pleased to announce that holders ("Noteholders") of Petrobank's US$250,000,000 principal amount convertible notes ("Notes") have agreed to convert US$244,900,000 principal amount of Notes to common shares of Petrobank in accordance with such Noteholders' existing conversion right and the previously announced conversion incentive period ("Conversion Incentive Period"). The amount of Notes to be converted to common shares pursuant to the Conversion Incentive Period represents 98% of the outstanding Notes.

The transaction allows Petrobank to eliminate US$244.9 million of our debt obligations, strengthen our balance sheet and enhance liquidity. The Conversion Incentive Period process was managed for Petrobank by ABG Sundal Collier Norge ASA.

Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. is a Calgary-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in western Canada and Latin America. The Company operates high-impact projects through three business units and a technology subsidiary. The Canadian Business Unit is focused on developing a solid production platform from the Bakken light oil play in southeast Saskatchewan, and exploiting a large undeveloped land base through the application of new technology to large oil and gas resource opportunities. The Latin American Business Unit, operated by Petrobank's 66.7% owned TSX-listed subsidiary, Petrominerales Ltd. (TSX:PMG), is a Latin American-based exploration and production company producing oil in Colombia with 16 exploration blocks covering a total of 1.9 million acres in the Llanos and Putumayo Basins of Colombia and 2.6 million acres in the Ucayali Basin of Peru. Whitesands Insitu Partnership, a partnership between Petrobank and its wholly-owned subsidiary Whitesands Insitu Inc., owns 75 net sections of oil sands leases in Alberta, 36 sections of oil sands licenses in Saskatchewan and operates the Whitesands project which is field-demonstrating Petrobank's patented THAI™ heavy oil recovery process. THAI™ is an evolutionary in-situ combustion technology for the recovery of bitumen and heavy oil that integrates existing proven technologies and provides the opportunity to create a step change in the development of heavy oil resources globally. THAI™ and CAPRI™ are registered trademarks of Archon Technologies Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobank.

Contact Information

  • Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    John D. Wright
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 750-4400
    or
    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    Chris J. Bloomer
    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Heavy Oil
    (403) 750-4400
    or
    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    Corey C. Ruttan
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 750-4400
    or
    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    R. Gregg Smith
    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada
    (403) 750-4400
    (403) 266-5794 (FAX)
    Email: ir@petrobank.com
    Website: www.petrobank.com