CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Jan. 4, 2016) – Suncor Energy today urged shareholders of Canadian Oil Sands Limited (“COS”) to tender their shares to Suncor’s offer before it expires at 6:00 p.m. MT (8:00 p.m. ET) on Fri. January 8, 2016 and recommended that shareholders get instructions to brokers immediately to ensure that they are processed in time as certain brokers and intermediaries will have tender deadlines on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.
As announced on October 5, 2015, Suncor is proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of COS. Under the terms of the offer, each COS shareholder will receive consideration of 0.25 of a Suncor share per COS share. Based on the closing price of Suncor’s shares on December 31, 2015, the offer currently represents an implied value of $8.93 per COS share or a significant 44% premium to the pre-offer trading price of $6.19 per COS share.
In addition, COS shareholders will receive a 45% cash dividend increase. COS shareholders will also benefit from ongoing ownership in shares of Suncor, Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s integrated business model and strong balance sheet have consistently delivered superior returns to shareholders throughout the price cycle. Over the five years ending October 2, 2015, through changing oil price environments, Suncor increased its dividend by 190% and delivered a total shareholder return of over 15%. During that same period, Canadian Oil Sands cut its dividend by 90% and its shareholders endured a negative total return of 69%.
“We are urging COS shareholders to act now to protect the value of their investment by tendering their shares to our offer,” said Steve Williams, Suncor’s president and chief executive officer. “In the ten months since we first approached COS about a friendly business combination, we believe COS’ prospects as an independent company in a ‘lower for even longer’ oil price environment have worsened considerably. We have made a full and fair offer that provides immediate value, a safer haven as compared to COS in an extremely difficult market environment and significant upside when commodity prices finally improve. That said, we can only invest so much time and money in this effort and will feel compelled to move on to other opportunities if we don’t see substantial support for our bid on Friday.”
Suncor urges COS shareholders to consider the following facts
- If the offer is rejected, shares of COS may drop in value well below the unaffected pre-bid price of $6.19, based on other recent examples in the marketplace1, the 20% drop in the price of benchmark WTI crude oil since Suncor announced its offer on October 5, 2015 and the continued operating challenges at Syncrude.
- Based on the current oil price outlook, it could be many years before COS is able to pay down its debt levels and increase its dividend. 2
- COS’ only operating asset, Syncrude, continues to suffer operational challenges and has failed for the fourth consecutive year to achieve even the lowest-end of COS’ annual production guidance range. By tendering, COS shareholders will join Suncor, and we believe Suncor will have the capability and influence to drive real production improvements at Syncrude.
“We would be very pleased to welcome COS shareholders to Suncor,” said Mr. Williams. “Suncor’s integrated business model and strong balance sheet have consistently delivered superior returns to shareholders throughout the price cycle. We are well-positioned for the current market environment, and to fully capitalize when conditions improve. If we are successful, we will move quickly to eliminate COS’ administration costs and devote the resources necessary to work with our partners at Syncrude to achieve what we believe can be real and lasting operational improvements and create significant value for all of our shareholders.”