Husky Raises $1.2B to Boost Growth Strategy
Husky will raise approximately $1.2 billion offering of common shares by way of a bought deal (the "Public Offering") and a concurrent private placement of common shares (the "Private Placement") to its principal shareholders, L.F. Investments (Barbados) Limited, and Hutchison Whampoa Luxembourg Holdings S.a.r.l.
The Company has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters, led by RBC Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs Canada Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., and J.P. Morgan Securities Canada Inc. (the "Underwriters") under which the Underwriters have agreed to purchase for resale to the public, on a bought deal basis, 36,968,500 common shares in the capital of Husky (the "Common Shares"), at a price of $27.05 per Common Share resulting in aggregate gross proceeds of $1 billion. The Public Offering is made pursuant to a prospectus supplement to the Company's universal base shelf prospectus filed November 26, 2010 with the securities regulatory authorities in all provinces of Canada and to the Company's universal base shelf prospectus filed June 13, 2011, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
Pursuant to the Private Placement, the principal shareholders L.F. Investments (Barbados) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Luxembourg Holdings S.a.r.l. will subscribe for a combined total of $200 million in Common Shares (a total of 7,393,714 Common Shares) on a private placement basis at the same price as the Public Offering.
The Company continues to execute on its strategic initiatives to accelerate near-term production and reserve growth. Husky expects production for 2011 to be towards the higher end of its previously announced guidance range.
The Public Offering and Private Placement is a key strategic element of the Company's proactive financing plan announced in November 2010 and will provide additional financial flexibility to advance its growth strategy. Proceeds will be used to accelerate exploration and development of the Company's emerging oil and gas resource portfolio and the continued development of its growth pillars in the Oil Sands, South East Asia and the Atlantic Region, including the Liwan Gas Project offshore China and Phase 2 of the Sunrise Energy Project in the oil sands of northern Alberta.
With the additional capital raised, the Company projects that production for the 2011 to 2015 time frame will be towards the high end of previous guidance of three to five percent average annual growth and is expected to be sustained at three to five percent average annual growth through to 2021. It is also anticipated an annual reserves replacement ratio of 140 percent will be achieved through the same period.
The Public Offering and Private Placement are expected to close on or around June 29, 2011 and are subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval for listing of the additional Common Shares on the TSX.
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