CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Dec. 23, 2016) – US Oil Sands Inc. (“US Oil Sands” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:USO), an innovator of oil extraction technologies, announces an update on its previously announced financing and the PR Spring Project (the “Project“).
The Company has made application to the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange“) for approval of certain terms of the US$7.5 million financing (the “Financing”) with ACMO S.à R.L. (“ACMO“), the Company’s largest shareholder. The Exchange has indicated its approval of the Financing subject to certain conditions. The Company is working to satisfy these conditions. Should these conditions be met, the Company intends to close the Financing on or before January 6, 2017.
The Company successfully completed equipment preservation and lay-up of its oil sand extraction facility and intends to resume activities at the Project site upon completion of the Financing.
CONDITIONS OF EXCHANGE APPROVAL
As a condition of approval, the Exchange requires a majority of disinterested shareholders to provide their written consent. ACMO is the only shareholder who has an interest in the Financing and would be excluded from providing consent for purposes of satisfying this condition.
The Company has determined that holding a special meeting of shareholders to obtain approval would unnecessarily delay closing and resumption of Project activities. Accordingly, the Company has prepared a form of shareholder consent letter which provides shareholders the opportunity to provide their consent for the Financing. The Company will immediately contact its largest shareholders to request their consent.
A second condition of approval imposed by the Exchange is the consolidation of the Company’s common shares (the “Consolidation“). The Consolidation was approved at the May 18, 2016 Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders pursuant to a special resolution to consolidate the issued and outstanding common shares on the basis of one post-consolidation common share for up to every 100 pre-consolidation common shares or such lesser ratio that the directors in their sole discretion determine to be appropriate. The Company has initiated the process to undertake the Consolidation of one post-consolidation common share for every 50 pre-consolidation common shares. The Consolidation is subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals.
“This is an important step for all stakeholders of the Company,” said Cameron Todd, CEO of US Oil Sands. “This capital is necessary to allow the Company to proceed with the final commissioning steps and enabling us to start-up and operate the PR Spring Project. Without this Financing, the Company would not have the necessary capital to demonstrate the Company’s value proposition and environmental benefits of its proprietary patented technology, both of which we believe will enhance shareholder value. This Financing is believed to be in the best interest of all shareholders. We are looking forward to making first oil early into 2017 and profitably demonstrating the Company’s commercial technology.”
ABOUT US OIL SANDS INC.
US Oil Sands is engaged in the exploration and development of oil sands properties and, through its wholly owned United States subsidiary US Oil Sands (Utah) Inc., has a 100% interest in bitumen leases covering 32,005 acres of land in Utah’s Uinta Basin. The Company plans to develop its oil sands properties using its proprietary extraction process which uses a bio-solvent to extract bitumen from oil sands without the need for tailings ponds. The Company is in the pre-production stage, anticipating the commencement of bitumen production and sales once it has completed commissioning and start-up of the Project.