Pogo Adds Third Point Reps to Board
Pogo Producing Co. and Third Point LLC have reached an agreement under which Pogo's Board of Directors will be expanded from eight to 10 members and Daniel S. Loeb and Bradley L. Radoff of Third Point will be appointed to the board effective immediately.
As permitted by the agreement, Pogo may at a later date offer to appoint Robert B. Rowling of TRT Holdings, Inc. to an additional seat on Pogo's Board of Directors. Third Point and its affiliates have agreed not to solicit proxies in connection with Pogo's 2007 annual meeting or take certain other stockholder actions.
As previously announced, Pogo and its financial advisors, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and TD Securities Inc., are actively exploring strategic alternatives, including the sale or merger of Pogo. In addition, Pogo will continue to simultaneously pursue the potential sale of significant assets including its Canadian, Gulf of Mexico or other properties.
"We are pleased that this matter has been resolved in a manner that we believe serves the best interests of all Pogo shareholders," said Paul G. Van Wagenen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pogo. "Through this agreement, we will avoid a potentially costly and disruptive proxy contest at a time when Pogo is exploring a range of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value. I would like to welcome our new Board members and believe that their experience and insights will benefit Pogo and its shareholders."
Pogo Producing Company explores for, develops and produces oil and natural gas. Headquartered in Houston, Pogo owns approximately 4,800,000 gross leasehold acres in major oil and gas provinces in North America, 6,354,000 acres in New Zealand and 1,480,000 acres in Vietnam.
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