Using a Canadian to U.S. dollar exchange rate of 1.00, this cash consideration equates to US$26.75 per Unit. The actual U.S. dollar equivalent cash price per Unit will be based upon the Canadian to U.S. dollar exchange rate on the effective date of the Arrangement.
The aggregate value of the Arrangement, including the debt carried by PrimeWest and its subsidiaries, is approximately C$5.0 billion on a fully diluted basis. The consideration per Unit pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement represents a 26.5% premium over the 30 day weighted average trading price of the Units on the Toronto Stock Exchange up to and including September 21, 2007.
"We are pleased to announce that Purchaser and TAQA North have entered into an agreement for Purchaser to acquire the PrimeWest Units and Exchangeable Shares at a price that delivers substantial value to our investors. PrimeWest has built a high quality asset base with a large portfolio of development opportunities. This investment by Purchaser will result in ongoing development and growth of the asset base," stated Don Garner, President and CEO of PrimeWest.
The Arrangement Agreement also permits PrimeWest to maintain its current monthly distribution at an amount not greater than C$0.25 per Unit payable in each of the months of October and November 2007. Therefore, if the effective date of the Arrangement occurs in November, the final distribution to Unitholders will be paid on November 15, 2007. However, if the Unitholder meeting is held on or before November 30, 2007 and the effective date of the Arrangement is delayed beyond the third business day of the following month, the Arrangement Agreement permits PrimeWest to continue to pay monthly distributions. If PrimeWest is permitted to pay distributions after November, the distribution amount will be set at the discretion of the Board of Directors of PrimeWest but will not exceed $0.25 per Unit per month.
PrimeWest is suspending the operation of its premium distribution, distribution reinvestment and optional trust purchase plan with respect to any distribution on the Units occurring after October 15, 2007.
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