CONCORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2013) - Epsilon Energy Ltd. ("Epsilon" or the "Company") (TSX:EPS) today announced that the Board of Directors has formally engaged Evercore Group L.L.C. as its exclusive financial advisor to lead the process of soliciting and evaluating offers to acquire the Company.
Zoran Arandjelovic, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "In November 2012, as part of our Board's commitment to exploring all avenues for maximizing shareholder value, we announced that we would be conducting a formal review of strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of the Company. The appointment of Evercore as our exclusive financial advisor is the next step in this process.
Epsilon's recent reserve and production growth and both strategic and operation developments have driven a substantial narrowing of the gap between market price and analyst valuations of the Company. Our stock has rebounded over the last months, significantly outperforming the market and our peers. Considering the high quality asset base comprised of Marcellus midstream and upstream operations, Canadian oil development opportunities and solid cash flow generation we feel there is significant value in our Company that has not been recognized fully by the market that could be realized via a sale process. Our operations and financial strength have never been stronger and if a substantial premium can be realized through the sale of the Company we want to provide our shareholders the opportunity to maximize their returns.
Although there can be no assurance of any transaction at the end of the process, we expect Evercore to leverage its significant financial advisory experience and expertise in the energy M&A markets in assisting and advising us during the potential sale process. At the same time, we remain focused on our continued execution of our operating strategies for growing the Company."
The Company does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the progress of its sale process until such time as the Board has approved a transaction or otherwise deems disclosure appropriate.
Epsilon Energy Ltd. is a North American onshore exploration and production company with a current focus in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, Bakken Shale in Saskatchewan and Basal Belly River in Alberta.
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