Cona Resources agrees to $90M privatization by Waterous Energy Fund

Cona Resources Ltd. (TSX: CONA) has entered into an arrangement with Waterous Energy Fund (WEF) pursuant to which WEF will take the company private at $2.55 per Cona common share.

The transaction values Cona Resources at approximately $#SUBSCRIBERS ONLY CONTENT – where and how did you get your news? Subscribe today to see our research on this and all other subscriber ONLY news. Be informed!#, or $89.9 million to minority shareholders.

Waterous Energy Fund, through Waterous Energy Fund (International) L.P. and Waterous Energy Fund (Canadian) L.P., acquired 67% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Cona Resources Ltd., then known as Northern Blizzard Resources Inc., from affiliates of Riverstone Holdings, LLC, and NGP Energy Capital Management, LLC at $3.60 per share for $243.9 million in May 2017.

CIBC World Markets Inc. and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP act as financial and legal advisor to Cona Resources.

photo credit: Cona Resources

News Release

Cona Resources Ltd. Enters into Arrangement Agreement with Waterous Energy Fund

CALGARY, ALBERTA (March 27, 2018) – Cona Resources Ltd. (“Cona” or the “Company”) (TSX: CONA) announced today that, further to its March 7, 2018 news release, it has entered into an arrangement agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement”) with certain affiliates of Waterous Energy Fund (collectively, “WEF”) whereby WEF would acquire all of the common shares of Cona (“Common Shares”) not currently owned by WEF pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) (the “Arrangement”). Under the terms of the Arrangement and subject to its successful completion, shareholders of Cona, other than WEF, will be entitled to receive $2.55 in cash per Common Share.

As previously announced, the board of directors of Cona (the “Cona Board”) formed a committee of independent directors (the “Independent Committee”) to consider the initial proposal from WEF regarding the Arrangement and to subsequently supervise and/or negotiate the Arrangement Agreement. The Independent Committee engaged CIBC World Markets Inc. (“CIBC”), as financial advisor, and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, as independent legal advisor. Following receipt of the results of the independent formal valuation prepared by CIBC under the supervision of the Independent Committee and in accordance with Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Securityholders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”), and the opinion of CIBC that, as of the date thereof and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications contained therein, the consideration to be received by Cona shareholders (other than WEF) under the Arrangement is fair from a financial point of view to Cona shareholders (other than WEF), the Independent Committee unanimously recommended to the Cona Board that the Arrangement be approved.

The Cona Board (with Mr. Adam Waterous, who is an interested director, abstaining), after receiving the unanimous recommendation of the Independent Committee, consideration of other available alternatives, and reviewing the terms of the Arrangement and the Arrangement Agreement with its counsel, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, has determined that the consideration to be received by Cona shareholders pursuant to the Arrangement is fair to Cona shareholders (other than WEF) and that the Arrangement is in the best interests of Cona. Accordingly, the Cona Board has approved the Arrangement and the Arrangement Agreement and resolved to recommend that all Cona shareholders vote in favour of the Arrangement at the annual and special meeting expected to be held on or about May 18, 2018 (the “Meeting”).

All of the members of the Cona Board (except for Mr. Adam Waterous) and certain executive officers have entered into voting and support agreements with WEF pursuant to which they have agreed, subject to provisions thereof, to vote their Common Shares in favour of the Arrangement.

The Arrangement is subject to the approval of Cona shareholders, including the approval of (i) at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast in person or by proxy at the Meeting, and (ii) the majority of the votes cast by Cona shareholders excluding votes cast by WEF and other Cona shareholders that may not be included in determining if minority approval is obtained pursuant to MI 61-101. WEF currently holds approximately 67% of the outstanding Common Shares. The Arrangement is also subject to approval by the Court of the Queen’s Bench of Alberta and involves a determination by such court that the Arrangement, and the procedures relating thereto, are fair and reasonable, substantively and procedurally, to the shareholders of Cona. Cona expects to mail an information circular in connection with the Meeting to Cona shareholders in mid-April 2018, which will contain full details on the Arrangement. If the Arrangement is completed, all of the Common Shares will be held by WEF and Cona will be de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange. As required by MI 61-101, a copy of CIBC’s formal valuation and details of the fairness opinion delivered to the Independent Committee will be included in the meeting materials to be sent to the Cona shareholders.

WEF has informed Cona that it does not intend to sell any of its interest in Cona at this time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Arrangement Agreement includes provisions relating to non-solicitation, and contains a customary “fiduciary out” provision that entitles the Cona Board to support a superior proposal for all of the outstanding Common Shares, where a failure to do so would be inconsistent with their fiduciary duties. The Arrangement Agreement also includes customary deal protection terms, including
a right to match any such superior proposal in favour of WEF.

The Arrangement Agreement will be available shortly on Cona’s website at www.conaresources.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under Cona’s profile.

Cona Resources Ltd.

Cona is a Canadian crude oil production and development company focused on maximizing recovery from its large-scale oil resource base. The Company’s operations, infrastructure and land position are located in southwest Saskatchewan. Cona’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CONA.

For further information about Cona Resources Ltd., please visit our website at www.conaresources.com or contact:

Cona Resources Ltd.
Telephone: 403-930-3000

Rob Morgan
President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael Makinson
Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer


Ted Liu
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