Pacific Energy Resources Ltd.
TSX : PFE

Pacific Energy Resources Ltd.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
NYSE : GS

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

August 27, 2007 15:53 ET

Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.: Early Warning Report and Press Release

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2007) - Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. (TSX:PFE) and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) -

EARLY WARNING REPORT AND PRESS RELEASE

Report Pursuant to

SECTION 111 OF THE SECURITIES ACT (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

SECTION 176 OF THE SECURITIES ACT (ALBERTA)

SECTION 101 OF THE SECURITIES ACT (ONTARIO)

NATIONAL INSTRUMENT 62-103

1. Name and address of the offeror

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ("GS Group"),

85 Broad Street, New York, NY, 10004

Goldman, Sachs & Co. ("GS & Co."), 85 Broad Street, New York, NY, 10004

GS Group and GS & Co. are hereinafter referred to collectively as the "Offeror".

2. The designation and number or principal amount of securities and the offeror's securityholding percentage in the class of securities of which the offeror acquired ownership or control in the transaction or occurrence giving rise to the obligation to file the news release, and whether it was ownership or control that was acquired in those circumstances.

Since the date of the last early warning report and press release of the Offeror dated December 1, 2006, the Offeror has acquired ownership and control of 6,232,307 common shares issued by Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. (the "Company") and warrants carrying rights to acquire a total of 2,178,654 common shares in the Company (collectively, the "Securities"). Notwithstanding the increase in the total number of Securities held by the Offeror since December 1, 2006, the Offeror's ownership and control of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company has decreased from 20.38% to 15.25%, calculated on a partially diluted basis (i.e. where the common shares issuable on the exercise of the Offeror's warrants are deemed to be outstanding common shares of the Company, but no other shares issuable on the exercise or conversion of convertible securities held by persons other than the Offeror are deemed to be outstanding).

3. The designation and number or principal amount of securities and the offeror's securityholding percentage in the class of securities immediately after the transaction or occurrence giving rise to the obligation to file a news release.

After giving effect to the acquisition of the Securities noted in item 2 above, the Offeror owned and controlled 6,232,307 common shares and warrants carrying rights to acquire a total of 18,722,041 common shares in Company, in the aggregate representing approximately 15.25% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company on a partially diluted basis.

4. The designation and number or principal amount of securities and the percentage of outstanding securities of the class of securities referred to in paragraph 3 over which:

(i) the offeror, either alone or together with joint actors, has ownership and control,

After giving effect to the acquisition of the Securities noted in item 2 above, the Offeror owned and controlled 6,232,307 common shares and warrants carrying rights to acquire 18,722,041 common shares of the Company, in the aggregate representing approximately 15.25% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company on a partially diluted basis. See item 8, below.

(ii) the offeror, either alone or together with joint actors, has ownership but control is held by other persons or companies other than the offeror or any joint actor.

Not applicable.

(iii) the offeror, either alone or together with joint actors, has exclusive or shared control but does not have ownership.

Not applicable.

5. The name of the market in which the transaction or occurrence that gave rise to the news release took place.

The Securities were acquired directly by the Offeror from the Company on a private placement basis.

6. The purpose of the offeror and any joint actors in effecting the transaction or occurrence that gave rise to the news release, including any future intention to acquire ownership of, or control over, additional securities of the reporting issuer.

The Securities issued to the Offeror were issued in connection with an equity private placement and as partial consideration for the Offeror entering into a loan arrangement with the Company. In addition, the loan arrangement provides the Offeror with a right to acquire a minimum of 500,000 and a maximum of 1,875,000 common shares of the company, contingent upon the amount of equity raised by the Company.

The Securities were acquired in the ordinary course of the Offeror's investment and lending activities. The Offeror may exercise the Warrants and may sell the underlying securities of the Company in the future on the open market or in private transactions, depending on market conditions and other factors material to the Offeror's investment decisions. The Offeror may purchase securities of the Company in the future depending on market conditions and other factors material to the Offeror's investment decisions, however the Offeror does not intend to acquire ownership of, or control over, additional securities of the Company where such acquisition of ownership of, or control over, additional securities would trigger the take-over bid rules under applicable Canadian securities laws.

7. The general nature and the material terms of any agreement, other than lending arrangements, with respect to securities of the reporting issuer, entered into by the offeror, or any joint actor, and the issuer of the securities or any other entity in connection with the transaction or occurrence giving rise to the news release, including agreements with respect to the acquisition, holding, disposition or voting of any securities.

Not Applicable

8. The names of any joint actors in connection with the disclosure required by this form.

The securities being reported on by GS Group, as a parent holding company, are owned, or may be deemed to be beneficially owned, by GS & Co. GS & Co. is a direct and/or indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of GS Group.

In accordance with Section 5.1 of National Instrument 62-103 (the "National Instrument"), this filing reflects the securities beneficially owned or controlled by certain business units of GS Group and its subsidiaries and affiliates which include business units engaged in principal investing activities, managing discretionary accounts and customer facilitation trading (collectively, the "Goldman Sachs Reporting Unit"). This filing does not reflect securities, if any, beneficially owned or controlled by any business units of GS Group whose beneficial ownership of or control over securities is disaggregated from that of the Goldman Sachs Reporting Unit in accordance with the National Instrument.

The Goldman Sachs Reporting Unit disclaims beneficial ownership of the securities beneficially owned by (i) any client accounts with respect to which the Goldman Sachs Reporting Unit or its employees have voting or investment discretion, or both and (ii) certain investment entities of which the Goldman Sachs Reporting Unit acts as the general partner, managing general partner or other manager, to the extent interests in such entities are held by persons other than the Goldman Sachs Reporting Unit.

9. In the case of a transaction or occurrence that did not take place on a stock exchange or other market that represents a published market for the securities, including an issuance from treasury, the nature and value of the consideration paid by the offeror.

The Securities described in item 2 above were issued in connection with an equity private placement and as partial consideration for the Offeror entering into a loan arrangement with the Company. In connection with the equity private placement, the Offeror paid an aggregate of $5,664,499.10 for 4,357,307 common shares and 2,178,654 warrants. Under the loan arrangement, the Company issued 1,875,000 common shares to the Offeror as partial consideration for fees payable to the Offeror.

10. If applicable, a description of any change in any material fact set out in a previous report by the entity under the early warning requirements or Part 4 in respect of the reporting issuer's securities.

Please see items 2 and 6 above.

DATED August 27, 2007.

Contact Information

  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
    Andrea Louro DeMar
    Vice President
    (212) 357-6360