Canadian Superior Energy Inc. (925991 / SNG) AMEX
0815ax : Canadian Superior Energy Inc. (925991 / SNG) AMEX
Canadian Superior Energy Inc.
(403) 216-2374 (FAX)
Canadian Superior Energy Inc.
Suite 2700, 605 - 5th Avenue S.W.
Canada T2P 3H5
Dec 18, 2009 1:54:00 PM MST
Canadian Superior Energy raises $50 million, adds oilpatch veteran to board (Canadian-Superior)
Reknown oilpatch veteran Clay Riddell is making a big investment in Canadian Superior Energy Inc. (TSX:SNG), a Calgary-based natural gas producer that has seen a great deal of upheaval in the past year.
"I´m excited about their project in Trinidad," said Riddell in an interview, referring to an offshore block believed to contain between three and five trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
When asked what about the offshore Trinidad natural gas field piqued his interest, Riddell said bluntly: "It´s big."
A long-time investor in Canadian Superior, Riddell had been following the evolution of exploration Block 5 (c), in which Canadian Superior used to have a controlling stake.
After a series of developments over the past year _ including a dispute with one joint venture partner and the takeover of another _Canadian Superior now has a 25 per cent interest in the field, which is believed to contain between three and five trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Canadian Superior said Friday it plans to raise up to $50 million through a non-brokered private placement issue of up to 96.2 million common shares. The company said it will issue the stock at 52 cents each.
Shares in the company soared 15.7 per cent to 59 cents on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.
The financing is slated to close Jan. 14, and the money raised will be used for exploration and development and for general corporate purposes.
Treherne Resources Ltd., a private company controlled by Riddell, has subscribed for $20 million of that private placement.
Riddell, or someone else from Treherne, was offered a spot on Canadian Superior´s board, which was overhauled at the behest of a major shareholder in September.
"I´ll have such a large interest in the company and I´d like to participate in how it goes forward," Riddell said.
The Riddell name is well known in Alberta´s oil and gas industry.
A geologist by trade, Riddell founded Paramount Resources Ltd. in 1974, which has since been spun off into different firms.
His daughter Sue Riddell Rose runs Paramount Energy Trust (TSX:PET.UN) and his son Jim Riddell is chief utive of Trilogy Energy Trust (TSX:TET.UN).
He is also the chairman and chief utive of another company he founded, Arctic natural gas explorer MGM Energy Corp. (TSX:MGX).
In February, a partner in the Trinidad block, U.K.-based BG Group, persuaded an Alberta judge to put Canadian Superior´s stake under the control of a receiver.
BG had feared final testing and completion of a well would not be completed, given the financial problems of Canadian Superior and a third partner in the project, Challenger Energy Corp.
A month later, Canadian Superior and Challenger both filed for protection from creditors under the Companies´ Creditors Arrangement Act.
In May, Canadian Superior sold its 45 per cent stake in the Trinidad field for US$142.5 million to BG Group.
And then in June, Canadian Superior agreed to merge with Challenger in a friendly deal worth $77.8 million.
Canadian Superior explores for and produces oil and natural gas and is developing a liquefied natural gas project.
In addition to its venture in Trinidad and Tobago, Canadian Superior is also active in Western Canada, North Africa, off Eastern Canada and the United States.
0815ax : SNG Provides Operational and Financial Update
NYSE Amex: SNG
Dec 21, 2009 08:46 ET
Canadian Superior Energy Inc. Provides Operational and Financial Update
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire ? Dec. 21, 2009) ? Canadian Superior Energy Inc. ("Canadian Superior" or the "Company") (TSX:SNG)(NYSE Amex:SNG) today provided an update to its shareholders.
"Since the Company's restructuring concluded in September, we have been increasing production levels and moving forward on a number of different fronts," said Marvin Chronister, Canadian Superior's Chairman of the Board, and "Today's report on our activities demonstrates a renewed commitment to keeping Canadian Superior's shareholders informed on the progress their company is making."
Daily average production for the week ending December 2, 2009 is approximately 3,112 boe/d, an increase of approximately 410 boe/d or 13% from the third quarter 2009 daily average production. Canadian Superior has been focused on spending its remaining flow-through expenditure commitments during the fourth quarter 2009. Subject to any operational disruptions, management expects that the entire flow-through expenditure commitment will be satisfied by year end. The Company currently has five rigs operating in Alberta, drilling exploration wells for both oil and natural gas targets.
Trinidad and Tobago
Geophysical, petrophysical and geological work is being done to advance the appraisal strategy on Block 5c. Operator BG is considering the location and timing of the first appraisal well of the Bounty discovery. Commercial discussions with BG and the Ministry of Energy are ongoing in relation to monetization options for Block 5c's natural gas discoveries.
Canadian Superior is in discussion with potential rig operators and expects to commence drilling its first well on the 7th of November Block by August 2010. This appraisal well will seek to prove the extension of the Tunisia Zarat oil field into the 7th of November Block.
Liberty Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project
Canadian Superior is on track to file, by the third quarter 2010, US Federal and State permit applications required for construction of the Liberty LNG import project and natural gas pipeline. The Company believes market conditions for importing LNG into the New York metropolitan area remain favourable and the Liberty LNG Project's choice of environmentally favourable technology continues to receive strong local support. The Liberty LNG Project anticipates first gas imports into the region by year-end 2013.
In consideration of today's industry environment and market conditions, Canadian Superior has allowed the Mayflower and Marauder (Exploration Licenses 2406 and 2415) to lapse in favour of focusing on Trinidad and other areas of greater oil prospectivity. Canadian Superior has decided to extend the Mariner Block (Exploration License 2409) until at least December 31, 2010.
In December 2009, the Company entered into a financial hedge whereby a Canadian chartered bank will buy 5500 GJ/day from Canadian Superior for the period January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 at $5.50 CAD/GJ against the AECO monthly average index. In entering into the hedge, the Company seeks to limit and reduce the risk of cash flow uncertainty that it is exposed to during the course of normal operations.
On December 18, 2009 the Company announced that it intends to raise up to CDN$50,000,000 through a non-brokered private placement issue (the "Private Placement") of up to 96,153,846 common shares at CDN$0.52 per Common Share which is the Market Price as of December 16, 2009. (Market Price has the meaning ascribed thereto in the TSX Company Manual.) Treherne Resources Ltd., a private company controlled by Mr. Clay Riddell, has subscribed for CDN$20,000,000 of the Private Placement. Closing of the Private Placement is expected to occur on or about January 14, 2010 and is subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. Proceeds from the Private Placement will be used for the Company's exploration and development activities in its domestic and international operations and for general corporate purposes. For additional details, please refer to the full press release dated December 18, 2009 at www.cansup.com.
Mr. Chronister continued "We anticipate that the financial flexibility provided by the $50 million private placement combined with solid progress in developing our global portfolio of assets, positions Canadian Superior to turn the corner."
Canadian Superior Energy Inc. is a Calgary, Alberta, Canada based diversified global energy company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas and in the development of a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") project. Its operations are located offshore Trinidad and Tobago, Western Canada, North Africa, offshore Eastern Canada, and offshore Eastern United States. See Canadian Superior's website at www.cansup.com to review further detail on Canadian Superior's operations.
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