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PIERIDAE OBTAINS SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL FOR BRIDGE LOAN CONVERSION
CALGARY, ALBERTA – December 8, 2023 - Pieridae Energy Limited (“Pieridae” or the “Company”) (TSX: PEA) announces that it has obtained the requisite shareholder approval to (i) issue the common shares issuable to its lender, Prudential, pursuant to the share purchase warrants granted to Prudential in June 2023 and (ii) repay in full the remaining principal amount, accrued interest and conversion fee owing to Erikson National Energy Inc. under the CAD$20 million bridge loan provided by Erikson on June 13, 2023, via the issuance of common shares of the Corporation, at any point prior to maturity of the Bridge Loan on December 13, 2024. Pieridae intends to repay a portion, or all, of the amounts drawn under the Bridge Term Loan with cash proceeds arising from potential non-core divestitures. Following the conclusion of any such divestitures, the Company plans to repay the remaining residual principal amount, if any, via the conversion of such amount into common shares, such conversion to occur at some point prior to maturity in December 2024.
As previously announced on June 13, 2023, Pieridae Energy Limited’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pieridae Alberta Production Ltd. (“PAPL” or the “Borrower”), successfully completed a debt refinancing transaction, resulting in new credit facilities with Prudential Private Capital (“Prudential”) and Voya Investment Management, totaling USD$150 million (the “Financing”). The Financing consisted of (1) an USD $120 million 45-month senior secured credit facility (the “Senior Facility”) that bears interest at Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) + 6.75%, consisting of (i) a USD $25 million revolving loan, (ii) a USD $85 million amortizing term loan, and (iii) a USD $10 million delayed-draw amortizing term loan; and (2) a USD $30 million 51-month subordinated term loan (the “Subordinated Notes”) that bears interest at a 13% fixed rate.
In addition, at the time of completion of the Financing, Pieridae issued 18,596,322 common share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”) to Prudential (the “Holder”) as additional consideration for the Subordinated Notes. Each Warrant is exercisable to purchase one common share (a “Common Share”) in the capital of the Corporation at an exercise price of $0.49 per Common Share (the “Exercise Price”) (the Exercise Price being equal to the market price of the Common Shares at the time of issuance of the Warrants). As an alternative to payment of the aggregate Exercise Price of the Warrants upon exercise, the Warrants permit the Holder to exercise the Warrants, on a net basis without the exchange of any funds (the “Cashless Exercise”), such that the Holder receives, in lieu of the number of Common Shares purchasable upon exercise of Warrants otherwise than pursuant to a Cashless Exercise (the "Total Share Number"), the Total Share Number less the number of Common Shares equal to the quotient obtained by dividing (a) the product of the Total Share Number and Exercise Price by (b) the five day volume weighted average trading price of the Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange prior to but excluding the date of the Cashless Exercise of the Warrants. The expiration date of the Warrants is June 13, 2030. The Warrants represent 9.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of PEL on a fully diluted basis and 11.7% of basic shares currently outstanding. Prior to the Financing, the Holder did not own any of Pieridae’s Common Shares; following exercise of the Warrants, the Holder will become an insider of the Corporation, owning more than 10% of the Corporation’s issued and outstanding Common Shares.
Concurrently with the completion of the Financing, the Corporation also secured a CAD $20 million senior secured 18-month term loan (the “Bridge Term Loan”) from Erikson National Energy Inc., an affiliate of Third Eye Capital Corporation (“TEC”), the proceeds of which were contributed to PAPL for general corporate purposes and repayment of indebtedness. As disclosed at the time the Bridge Term Loan was obtained, the Corporation agreed with TEC to seek disinterested shareholder approval to amend the Bridge Term Loan credit agreement to permit the conversion of the Bridge Term Loan into Common Shares of the Corporation.
As at the date hereof, the full CAD$20 million has been drawn by the Corporation under the Bridge Term Loan. However, neither Erikson nor the Corporation is obligated to deliver the conversion notice at any prescribed time, and thus, the total amount owing to Erikson to repay the Bridge Term Loan will continue to increase until the maturity date of the Bridge Term Loan on December 13, 2024, as interest will continue to accrue, reflecting a total amount due and owing to Erikson, at maturity, of CAD$30,058,521 (the “Maximum Conversion Amount”), inclusive of accrued interest and conversion fee. The number of Common Shares required to be issued to satisfy the payment in full of the Maximum Conversion Amount, at the expiration of the Bridge Term Loan, should a notice of conversion be issued by Erikson or the Corporation at such time, depends on the five-day volume weighted average price of the Common Shares (the “Conversion Price”) at the time the notice of conversion is issued. Thus, based on a sensitivity analysis reflecting a range of Conversion Prices from $0.40 to a low of $0.15, the Corporation has obtained shareholder approval to issue the number of Common Shares required to repay, in full, the Maximum Conversion Amount of the Bridge Term Loan on December 13, 2024, such Maximum Conversion Amount comprised of the sum of (i) the principal amount of CAD$20 million, (ii) accrued interest thereon of CAD$6 million and (iii) the conversion fee of CAD$4 million. For illustrative purposes only, below is a table that sets forth the number of Common Shares that would be needed to settle the Maximum Conversion Amount based on a range of volume weighted average prices of the Corporation’s common shares:
- Equal to the quotient of Total Common Shares to be Issued / Number of Issued and Outstanding Common Shares (159,087,336 as at December 6, 2023), as per TSX policies.
- Equal to the quotient of ((Total Common Shares to be Issued) + (Common Shares to be Issued upon exercise of PCEP Warrants)) / Number of Issued and Outstanding Common Shares (159,087,336 as at December 6, 2023), as per TSX policies. As the PCEP Warrants have a strike price of CAD$0.49, the above table does not reflect dilution when such PCEP Warrants are “in-the-money”, as that would require a share price of $0.50 or higher. There are 5,000,000 warrants issuable for 5,000,000 shares at a strike price of $0.70 that expire March 31, 2026 held by Erickson and there are 18,596,322 warrants issuable for 18,596,322 shares at a strike price of $0.49 that expire June 13, 2030 held by Prudential.
In addition, the terms of the Bridge Term Loan provide that the Corporation has up to 60 days to issue the Common Shares required to repay the Maximum Conversion Amount, which exceeds the 45 days permitted by the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).
As the Bridge Term Loan could not have been completed without the completion of the Financing, and vice versa, under the policies of the TSX, both are viewed as connected transactions, notwithstanding the fact that TEC and Prudential are arm’s length parties. Accordingly, since the issuance of the 18,596,322 Common Shares issuable under the Warrants and the issuance of the Common Shares to Erikson, under all of the sensitivity analyses referenced above, to satisfy payment of the Maximum Conversion Amount, will exceed 25% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares, shareholder approval was required. Shareholder approval was also required to permit the issuance of the Common Shares to occur 60 days after the conversion notice is submitted.
In addition, the issuance of the Common Shares to Erikson to satisfy the Maximum Conversion Amount (i) is expected to exceed TSX insider participation limits (calculated as 10% of issued and outstanding shares prior to the issuance) and (ii) will result in Erikson beneficially owning more than 20% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares of the Corporation, resulting in Erikson becoming a “control person” of the Corporation, ranging from Erikson owning, if the Maximum Conversion Amount is settled, 42% of the issued and outstanding shares (on a fully diluted basis) at a Conversion Price of $0.40 to 62% of the issued and outstanding shares (on a fully diluted basis) at a Conversion Price of $0.15. Creation of a new control person also requires shareholder approval, on a disinterested basis, under the policies of the TSX.
Lastly, as Erikson was an insider of the Corporation at the time the Bridge Term Loan was completed, payment of the 20% conversion fee to Erikson was required under Part V of the TSX Company Manual. The Board of Directors of the Corporation reviewed the conversion fee payable to Erikson and concluded that it was in the best interests of the Corporation to complete the Refinancing, including the Bridge Term Loan (which included the conversion fee).
Pieridae has received permission from the TSX to rely on the exemption provided in section 604(d) of the TSX Company Manual that allows shareholder approval to be obtained by written consent executed by holders of more than 50% of Pieridae’s outstanding Common Shares, excluding Common Shares held, directly or indirectly, by Erikson, rather than at a meeting of shareholders.
Pieridae has received written consent from holders of more than 50% of its issued and outstanding Common Shares, excluding Common Shares held by Erikson, approving (i) the issuance of Common Shares in excess of 25% dilution, (ii) the creation of Erikson as a control person, (iii) the payment of the conversion fee of 20% to Erikson in connection with the conversion of the Bridge Term Loan and (iv) the issuance of the Common Shares to satisfy the Maximum Conversion Amount occurring up to 60 days after the delivery of the notice of conversion.
Accordingly, Pieridae has satisfied all shareholder approval requirements required by the TSX in connection with the Financing and the repayment of the Bridge Term Loan via the issuance of Common Shares.
Pieridae is a Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. The Company is a significant upstream producer of conventional natural gas, NGLs, condensate and sulphur from the Canadian Foothills of Alberta and northeast British Columbia. Pieridae’s vision is to provide responsible, affordable natural gas and derived products to meet society’s energy security needs. Pieridae’s common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol “PEA”.
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