Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
TSX : PBG

Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

December 24, 2008 09:20 ET

Petrobank Announces Closing of Private Placement of Flow-Through Common Shares

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 24, 2008) -

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Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. ("Petrobank" or the "Company") (TSX:PBG) is pleased to announce that we have closed our previously announced private placement of flow-through common shares. Pursuant to the private placement an aggregate of 285,795 flow-through shares were sold at a price of $33.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $9,431,235. The underwriting syndicate was led by GMP Securities L.P. and included CIBC World Markets Inc., FirstEnergy Capital Corp., Haywood Securities Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc., and Fraser Mackenzie Limited. The flow-through shares issued pursuant to this private placement are subject to a four month hold. The proceeds from the financing will be used to fund exploration expenditures.

Petrobank has also increased the borrowing base under our secured credit facilities to $380 million which, combined with our strong base of cash flow and the proceeds from this financing, provide strong financial flexibility as we execute another exciting capital program through 2009.

Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. is a Calgary-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in western Canada and Colombia. The Company operates high-impact projects through three business units and a technology subsidiary. The Canadian Business Unit is focused on developing a solid production platform from the Bakken light oil play in southeast Saskatchewan, and exploiting a large undeveloped land base through the application of new technology to large oil and gas resource opportunities. The Latin American Business Unit, operated by Petrobank's 76.4% owned TSX-listed subsidiary, Petrominerales Ltd. (TSX:PMG), is a Latin American-based exploration and production company producing oil in Colombia with 17 exploration blocks covering a total of 1.9 million acres in the Llanos and Putumayo Basins of Colombia and 2.6 million acres in the Ucayali Basin of Peru. Whitesands Insitu Partnership, a partnership between Petrobank and its wholly-owned subsidiary Whitesands Insitu Inc., owns 75 net sections of oil sands leases in Alberta, 36 sections of oil sands licenses in Saskatchewan and operates the Whitesands project which is field-demonstrating Petrobank's patented THAI™ heavy oil recovery process. THAI™ is an evolutionary in-situ combustion technology for the recovery of bitumen and heavy oil that integrates existing proven technologies and provides the opportunity to create a step change in the development of heavy oil resources globally. THAI™ and CAPRI™ are registered trademarks of Archon Technologies Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobank.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information provided in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate", "expect", "project", "estimate", "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Actual results achieved during the forecast period will vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors. You can find a discussion of those risks and uncertainties in our Canadian securities filings. Such factors include, but are not limited to: applicable regulations, required regulatory approvals, general economic, market and business conditions; fluctuations in oil prices; the results of exploration and development drilling, recompletions and related activities; timing and rig availability, outcome of exploration contract negotiations; fluctuation in foreign currency exchange rates; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; changes in environmental and other regulations; risks associated with oil and gas operations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. There is no representation by Petrobank that actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as those forecast. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Petrobank assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy the flow-through common shares in any jurisdiction. The flow-through common shares will not be and have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

Contact Information

  • Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    John D. Wright
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 750-4400
    or
    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    Chris J. Bloomer
    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Heavy Oil
    (403) 750-4400
    or
    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    Corey C. Ruttan
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 750-4400
    or
    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    R. Gregg Smith
    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada
    (403) 750-4400
    Email: ir@petrobank.com
    Website: www.petrobank.com