NZOG Independent Directors Back O.G. Oil & Gas Offer
New Zealand Oil & Gas Independent Directors unanimously recommend increased offer from O.G. Oil & Gas
• OGOG will increase offer price for New Zealand Oil & Gas to NZ$0.78 per share
• New Zealand Oil & Gas Independent Directors unanimously recommend that shareholders accept OGOG’s increased offer
9 October 2017
OGOG AGREES TO INCREASE OFFER PRICE FOR NZOG
O.G. Oil and Gas (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (‘‘OGOG’’) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to increase the price it will offer to shareholders of New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited under its partial takeover offer for up to 67.55% of the New Zealand Oil & Gas shares that it does not already hold or control.
The increased offer price is NZ$0.78 per New Zealand Oil & Gas share, up from NZ$0.77 per share.
This offer price is within the independent advisor’s valuation range identified in the independent adviser’s report contained in the New Zealand Oil & Gas Target Company Statement prepared in response to the offer by Zeta Energy Pte. Limited (“Zeta”) dated 5 September 2017. The price represents a premium of 24.8% over the closing share price on 9th August 2017, being the last date prior to Zeta publicly releasing its notice of intention to make a takeover offer, and a premium of 28.5% over the VWAP for the onemonth period up to and including 9th August 2017.
OGOG already owns shares representing approximately 4.29% of New Zealand Oil & Gas’ fully paid ordinary shares. Under OGOG’s offer, OGOG’s holding may increase to a maximum of 70% of the fully paid ordinary shares. While OGOG’s offer allows for it to hold up to 70% of the fully paid ordinary shares, the minimum acceptance threshold will be met once acceptances result in OGOG holding or controlling more than 50% of the voting rights in New Zealand Oil & Gas.
OGOG’s offer document, including the revised terms, is expected to be released to NZX later this week and mailed to shareholders early next week. New Zealand Oil & Gas’ target company statement, setting out the reasons for the Independent Directors' recommendation, will be released and posted at the same time.
The offer will be open for 30 days from the date of the offer document (unless extended in accordance with the Takeovers Code) and remains conditional upon, amongst other things, OGOG obtaining all consents required under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 and the Overseas Investment Regulations 2005.
Alastair McGregor, Chief Executive of OGOG, said: “We believe the increased offer for New Zealand Oil & Gas is fair and one that we are confident that shareholders will find attractive. OGOG believes strongly in the potential of the New Zealand Oil & Gas assets and is excited to have the opportunity to invest in New Zealand, a country where OGOG affiliates have worked successfully in the past.”
INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMEND THAT SHAREHOLDERS ACCEPT OGOG’S INCREASED OFFER
The Independent Directors of New Zealand Oil & Gas unanimously recommend that shareholders accept OGOG’s revised offer of NZ$0.78 per New Zealand Oil & Gas share.
“The Independent Directors have unanimously voted to support the OGOG offer,” New Zealand Oil & Gas Chairman Rodger Finlay said. “We are pleased that OGOG’s vision for New Zealand Oil & Gas aligns strongly with our own strategy. I am confident that with OGOG's backing we will see New Zealand Oil & Gas invest in exciting new opportunities for growth.”
“I encourage all
shareholders to read the target company statement carefully,
in making their own decision on the OGOG offer. Personally,
I think it is important that the OGOG offer succeeds, so I
will accept the OGOG offer for all of the New Zealand Oil &
Gas shares that I own or control (comprising approximately
0.5% of the total New Zealand Oil & Gas shares).”