Universal Energy Group Ltd.

Universal Energy Group Ltd.

October 02, 2007 08:41 ET

Universal Energy Group Ltd. Completes $90 Million Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debenture Offering

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) -


Universal Energy Group Ltd. ("Universal Energy Group" or the "Company") (TSX:UEG) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced $90.0 million bought deal offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (the "Debentures"). The Debentures are due September 30, 2014 and have a coupon rate of 6.00% per annum payable semi-annually on March 31 and September 30 commencing on March 31, 2008. Each $1,000 principal amount of the Debentures is convertible at any time prior to maturity or the date fixed for redemption, at the option of the holder, into approximately 41.67 common shares of Universal Energy Group representing a conversion price of $24.00 per common share. The underwriting syndicate was led by National Bank Financial Inc. and included GMP Securities L.P. and CIBC World Markets Inc.

The majority of the net proceeds to Universal Energy Group will be used to provide an available source of funding for potential future acquisition opportunities in the retail energy business. In addition, a portion of the proceeds may also be used for working capital purposes.

The securities offered have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States absent registration or an exemption from the registration requirements. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

The Debentures and Universal Energy Group's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols "UEG.DB" and "UEG", respectively. Universal Energy Group sells electricity and natural gas in Ontario and natural gas in British Columbia (through its subsidiary Universal Energy Corporation) to residential, small to mid-size commercial and small industrial customers and sells natural gas in Michigan (through its subsidiary Universal Gas & Electric Corporation) to residential, small to mid-size commercial and small industrial customers. Universal Energy Group (through its subsidiary Terra Grain Fuels Inc.) is constructing an ethanol facility near Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan that is designed to produce approximately 150 million litres of ethanol annually. Additional information about Universal Energy Group and the offering is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

Statements made in this news release, other than those concerning historical financial information, should be considered forward-looking and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs and assumptions regarding the information currently available. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause results to vary include, among other things, those expressed in the Company's filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. All information presented herein should be read in conjunction with such filings.

Contact Information

  • Universal Energy Group Ltd.
    Stephen Plummer
    Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 673-1160
    Email: splummer@universalenergy.ca
    Universal Energy Group Ltd.
    Shawn Dym
    Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations
    (416) 673-4761
    Email: sdym@universalenergy.ca