Company does not expect to make the cash interest payment due December 31 on convertible debentures
VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2014 /CNW/ – Ivanhoe Energy Inc. (TSX: IE; NASDAQ: IVAN) (TSX: IE.DB) announced today that the company’s Board of Directors has been engaged in a process with its financial advisors to devise and implement a strategy to address Ivanhoe’s liquidity, funding requirements and capital structure. Strategic and financial alternatives under consideration are focused on relieving the financial burden of the company’s current debt structure and obtaining additional financing necessary to fund ongoing operations. The alternatives under discussion and review include the sale of all or a portion of the company’s assets, recapitalization, debt restructuring or a combination of the foregoing.
The company also announced that it does not expect to make the cash interest payment (approx. C$2.1 million / US$1.8 million) due on December 31, 2014 in respect of its outstanding 5.75% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures. As previously disclosed in the company’s Form 10-Q Interim Report for the period ended September 30, 2014, material uncertainty exists as to the company’s ability to access additional financing. Without timely access to additional financing, there is significant doubt as to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.
The company will make additional disclosure respecting the status of this ongoing strategic and financial review process once the Board of Directors decides to pursue a specific transaction or series of transactions, or otherwise determines that disclosure is necessary or appropriate. There can be no assurance that the current process will result in a transaction or, if a transaction is undertaken, that it will be successfully concluded in a timely manner or at all.
Ivanhoe Energy is an independent international heavy oil exploration and development company focused on pursuing long-term growth in its reserves and production using advanced technologies, including its proprietary heavy oil upgrading process (HTL®). Core operations are in Canada, the United States and Ecuador, with business development opportunities worldwide. Ivanhoe Energy trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol IE and on the NASDAQ Capital Market with the ticker symbol IVAN. For more information about Ivanhoe Energy Inc. please visit www.ivanhoeenergy.com.
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