CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Nov. 25, 2014) –
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Contact Exploration Inc. (“Contact” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:CEX) reports that it has mailed a joint information circular and proxy statement of Contact and Donnycreek Energy Inc. (“Donnycreek“) and related meeting materials (collectively, the “Meeting Materials“) in connection with the annual and special meeting of the securityholders of Contact currently scheduled to be held in the Mayfair Room of the Westin Calgary, 320 – 4th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta at 9:00 a.m. (Calgary time) on December 19, 2014 (the “Meeting“). At the Meeting, securityholders of Contact will be asked to consider and vote upon, among other things, a plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement“) under the provisions of the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) among Contact, Donnycreek, the shareholders and optionholders of Contact and the shareholders and optionholders of Donnycreek.
Pursuant to the Arrangement, Contact and Donnycreek will amalgamate to form Kicking Horse Energy Inc. (“Kicking Horse“) on the basis of 0.075 of a common share of Kicking Horse (each, a “Kicking Horse Share“) being issued in exchange for each outstanding common share of Contact (the “Contact Shares“) and 0.6 of a Kicking Horse Share being issued in exchange for each outstanding common share of Donnycreek (the “Donnycreek Shares“). Immediately following the closing of the Arrangement, the former Donnycreek shareholders will hold approximately 56% of the outstanding Kicking Horse Shares and the former Contact shareholders will hold approximately 44% of the outstanding Kicking Horse Shares.
Pursuant to the letter of transmittal mailed to Contact shareholders as part of the Meeting Materials, the exchange of the Contact Shares for Kicking Horse Shares by a registered holder of Contact Shares will occur upon the registered holder tendering their share certificate(s) representing Contact Shares, together with the duly completed letter of transmittal, to Computershare Investor Services Inc., Contact’s depositary under the Arrangement. Shareholders whose Contact Shares are registered in the name of a broker, dealer, bank, trust company or other nominee must contact their nominee to deposit their Contact Shares. At the time the Arrangement is completed, all Contact Shares and Donnycreek Shares will be deemed to be cancelled and will represent only an entitlement to receive Kicking Horse Shares.
Kicking Horse will be managed by Steve Harding as President and CEO, Raymond Sully as COO, Chad Kalmakoff as VP Finance and CFO, Mark Hadley as VP Exploration and Paul Poohkay as Production Manager. Pursuant to the terms of the Arrangement, the Board of Directors of Kicking Horse will initially consist of 7 members, being Robert Hodgins, Ken Bowie, Bruce Allford and Steve Harding, each of whom is currently a director of Contact, and Randy Kwasnicia, Bruce Pachkowski and Colin Watt, each of whom has been nominated by Donnycreek and agreed to by Contact in accordance with the terms of the Arrangement. Additionally, the first auditors of Kicking Horse will be KPMG LLP.
Contact and Donnycreek also amended and restated the arrangement agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement“) entered into in connection with the Arrangement to address certain “housekeeping” type items, which included naming the full board of directors of Kicking Horse and naming the auditor of Kicking Horse.
Donnycreek also reports that the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (the “Court“) granted an interim order concerning the Arrangement containing declarations and directions with respect to the Arrangement and the holding of the Meeting.
Closing of the Arrangement is subject to, among other conditions, the approval by holders of at least 66 2/3% of the Contact Shares and by holders of at least 66 2/3% of the Donnycreek Shares (and by a majority of holders of the minority of Donnycreek Shares) voted at each of the parties’ respective securityholder meetings, the approval of the Court, the receipt of all necessary regulatory and stock exchange approvals and satisfaction of certain other closing conditions that are customary for a transaction of this nature. Assuming receipt of shareholder approval, Contact and Donnycreek anticipate making a joint application to the Court for the final order approving the Arrangement on December 19, 2014. Assuming receipt of the final order and that all other conditions specified in the Arrangement are satisfied or waived, the Arrangement is anticipated to close on December 19, 2014.
The board of directors of Contact has considered the Arrangement and has unanimously concluded that the Arrangement is in the best interests of Contact and, based upon the fairness opinion provided by Canaccord Genuity Corp., determined that the consideration to be received by Contact securityholders pursuant to the Arrangement is fair, from a financial point of view to the Contact securityholders and unanimously recommends that Contact securityholders vote in favour of the Arrangement. Further details on the proposed Arrangement, including relevant Canadian Federal income tax information, are included in the Meeting Materials.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements and information (“forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws and is based on the expectations, estimates and projections of management of Contact as of the date of this news release, unless otherwise stated. The use of any of the words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “objective”, “ongoing”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, “plans”, “intends” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. More particularly and without limitation, this news release contains forward-looking statements concerning: the timing and anticipated receipt of required regulatory, court and securityholder approvals for the Arrangement; the ability of Contact to satisfy the other conditions to, and to complete, the Arrangement; the anticipated timing of the holding of the securityholder meeting of Contact, the receipt of the final order and the anticipated closing date of the Arrangement; the anticipated name of the company to be formed following the Arrangement; the anticipated management team and board of directors of Kicking Horse; and the anticipated percentage of Kicking Horse Shares held by former Contact shareholders and Donnycreek shareholders. Such forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Investors are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes, such as making investment decisions.
In respect of the forward-looking statements concerning the anticipated timing for completion of the Arrangement, Contact has provided such in reliance on certain assumptions that it believes are reasonable at this time, including assumptions as to the ability of each of Contact and Donnycreek to receive, in a timely manner, the necessary regulatory, court, securityholder, stock exchange and other third party approvals and the ability of each of Contact and Donnycreek to satisfy, in a timely manner, the other conditions to the closing of the Arrangement.
The anticipated dates provided may change for a number of reasons, including the inability to secure necessary securityholder, regulatory, court or other third party approvals in the time assumed or the need for additional time to satisfy the other conditions to the completion of the Arrangement. In addition, there are no assurances the Arrangement will be completed. The completion of the Arrangement also involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including the risk that the assumptions set forth herein may not be accurate, that additional conditions or requirements to complete the Arrangement will be imposed such that the Arrangement and the Meeting cannot be completed and held, as applicable, in the manner set forth herein, or at all, which risks may cause actual results in the future to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information regarding some of these risks, expectations or assumptions and other factors may be found in the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis prepared for the year ended March 31, 2014 and other documents found on the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Contact undertakes no obligations to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities within the United States. The securities to be offered have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of such act or other laws.
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