Galleon Energy Inc.
TSX : GO

Galleon Energy Inc.

June 01, 2009 07:58 ET

Galleon Announces $36 Million Financing and Renewal of Bank Credit Facilities

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) -

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Galleon Energy Inc. ("Galleon") (TSX:GO) announces that it has entered into a financing agreement with an underwriting syndicate co-led by Scotia Capital Inc. and TD Securities Inc. and including GMP Securities L.P., Cormark Securities Inc., FirstEnergy Capital Corp., and HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. to issue on a "bought deal basis" 7,500,000 Class A shares ("Class A Shares") at $4.80 each for aggregate gross proceeds of $36 million. The Class A Shares will be offered in all provinces of Canada except Quebec pursuant to a short form prospectus.

The issue is subject to normal regulatory approvals including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and closing is expected on or about June 23, 2009. Proceeds from the issuance will initially be used for working capital purposes and to reduce bank indebtedness, which may be redrawn to fund a portion of Galleon's on-going capital investment program. Currently, approximately $263 million is drawn on the bank credit facilities. At June 23, 2009, after including the net proceeds from this issuance, the amount drawn on the bank credit facilities is estimated to be approximately $229 million.

Galleon is also pleased to announce that its banking syndicate has renewed Galleon's credit facilities in the amount of $310 million. The facilities consist of a $270 million extendible 364 day revolving facility plus a $40 million facility with repayment plans acceptable to the banking syndicate and Galleon at the time of drawdown.

Galleon is a technically oriented oil and gas company with focused operations in the Peace River area of Alberta. Galleon has assembled approximately 1 million gross acres of land and has an inventory of over 1,000 drilling locations.

Galleon has approximately 75.4 million Class A Shares outstanding which trade on the TSX under the symbol "GO".

The Class A Shares issued have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, or to a U.S. person, absent registration, or an applicable exemption therefrom.

ADVISORY: This press release contains forward-looking statements. More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning the anticipated closing date of the offering and the anticipated use of the net proceeds of the offering. Although Galleon believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because Galleon can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. The closing of the offering could be delayed if Galleon is not able to obtain the necessary regulatory and stock exchange approvals on the timelines it has planned. The offering will not be completed at all if these approvals are not obtained or some other condition to the closing is not satisfied. Accordingly, there is a risk that the offering will not be completed within the anticipated time or at all. The intended use of the net proceeds of the offering by Galleon might change if the board of directors of Galleon determines that it would be in the best interests of Galleon to deploy the proceeds for some other purpose, such as an acquisition and which may be subject to various risks including risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, environmental risks, competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, capital expenditure costs, including drilling, completion and facilities costs, unexpected decline rates in wells, wells not performing as expected, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could effect Galleon's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com), at Galleon's website (www.galleonenergy.com).

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Galleon undertakes no obligations to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

Contact Information

  • Galleon Energy Inc.
    Steve Sugianto
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 261-9287
    steves@galleonenergy.com
    or
    Galleon Energy Inc.
    Glenn R. Carley
    Executive Chairman
    (403) 261-9277
    glennc@galleonenergy.com
    or
    Galleon Energy Inc.
    Shivon Crabtree
    VP Finance and Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 261-9276