OPTI Canada Inc.

OPTI Canada Inc.

June 25, 2009 23:59 ET

OPTI provides update on equity offering

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) -


OPTI Canada Inc. (TSX:OPC) ("OPTI" or the "Company") is providing an update on its previously announced public offering (the "Offering") of common shares (the "Common Shares") conducted through a syndicate of underwriters led by TD Securities Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc. and RBC Capital Markets as joint bookrunners, together with Scotia Capital Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., FirstEnergy Capital Corp., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc. (the "Underwriters"). After conducting a broad, overnight marketed offering that was fully subscribed, OPTI reached an agreement with its Underwriters yesterday morning to issue 88,250,000 Common Shares at a price of $1.70 per share ("Offering Price") for total gross proceeds of approximately $150 million. OPTI also agreed to grant the Underwriters a 15% over-allotment option.

As with any public issue, OPTI requires Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") approval in order to complete the Offering. In considering the offering yesterday, the TSX exercised its discretion to apply its private placement rules to the prospectus offering and informed OPTI that it was not prepared to approve the Offering without OPTI shareholder approval as the Offering Price, in the specific circumstances of OPTI, was at a greater than 20% discount relative to the volume weighted average price of OPTI shares for the preceding five trading days. Given the length of time required to provide proper notice and conduct a shareholders meeting, OPTI believes this requirement to be impracticable.

OPTI's shares are expected to resume trading today after the dissemination of this press release. At this time, OPTI and the Underwriters intend to continue marketing the Offering and to re-seek approval for the Offering when the Offering meets the TSX requirements.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction outside of Canada, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Common Shares offered have not been, and will not be, registered under the 1933 Act, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act and applicable state securities laws.

About OPTI

OPTI is a Calgary, Alberta-based company focused on developing major oil sands projects in Canada using its proprietary OrCrude™ process. OPTI's first project, Phase 1 of the Long Lake Project, consists of 72,000 barrels per day of SAGD oil production integrated with an upgrading facility. The Upgrader uses the OrCrude™ process combined with commercially available hydrocracking and gasification. Through gasification, this configuration substantially reduces the exposure to and the need to purchase natural gas. On a 100 percent basis, the Long Lake Project is expected to produce 58,500 bbl/d of products, primarily 39 degree API Premium Sweet Crude with low sulphur content, making it a highly desirable refinery feedstock. Due to its premium characteristics, OPTI expects PSC™ to sell at a price similar to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil. The Long Lake Project is a joint venture with the Operator, Nexen Inc. OPTI holds a 35 percent working interest in the joint venture. OPTI's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol OPC.

Additional information regarding the Long Lake Project is available at http://www.longlake.ca.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are forward-looking statements, including statements relating to OPTI's financing plans; OPTI's operations, business prospects, expansion plans and strategies; OPTI's plans and expectations concerning the use and performance of the OrCrude™ process and other related technologies; the cost, development and operation of the Long Lake Project and OPTI's relationship with Nexen Inc. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "intends," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "potential," "could," "plan" or similar words suggesting future outcomes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information because it is possible that expectations, predictions, forecasts, projections and other forms of forward-looking information will not be achieved by OPTI. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties. A change in any one of these factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Although OPTI believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, OPTI can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by OPTI and described in the forward-looking statements or information including the risk that OPTI may not be able to satisfy the covenants or conditions of its credit facilities and the potential accelerated repayment of such credit facilities and its senior secured notes. The forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect. In addition to other assumptions identified herein, OPTI has made assumptions regarding, among other things: market costs and other variables affecting operating costs of the Project; the ability of the Long Lake joint venture partners to obtain equipment, services and supplies, including labour, in a timely and cost-effective manner; the availability and costs of financing; oil prices and market price for the PSC™ output of the OrCrude™ Upgrader; foreign currency exchange rates and hedging risks; government regulations and royalty regimes; the degree of risk that governmental approvals may be delayed or withheld; other risks and uncertainties described elsewhere in this document or in OPTI's other filings with Canadian securities authorities.

Readers should be aware that the list of factors, risks and uncertainties set forth above are not exhaustive. Readers should refer to OPTI's current Annual Information Form which is available at www.sedar.com, for a detailed discussion of these factors, risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements or information contained in this document are made as of the date hereof and OPTI undertakes no obligation 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 laws or regulatory policies.

Contact Information

  • OPTI Canada Inc.

    (403) 249-9425