Canadian Manufacturing

Wilks Brothers sweetens Calfrac takeover offer to 25 cents from 18 cents

The bid carries a maximum cash payout of $21.1 million

October 5, 2020  The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Texas-based suitor Wilks Brothers, LLC, is sweetening its hostile takeover offer for Calgary-based Calfrac Well Services Ltd. by raising its bid to 25 cents per share from 18 cents.

The bid carries a maximum cash payout of $21.1 million, which Wilks says would cover all of the shareholders other than Matco Investments Ltd. (controlled by Calfrac chairman Ron Mathison) and officers and directors of Calfrac, as well as Wilks’ stake of just under 20%.

It says those shareholders have said they won’t sell to Wilks anyway, so the cash will go to those who will. It says it will guarantee in any case that each shareholder would be able to get at least 18 cents in cash.

Wilks opposes management proposals for a court-supervised reorganization under the Canada Business Corporations Act, the latest of which would allow each shareholder to elect to be paid 15 cents per share in cash, from a maximum pool of $10 million.

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The company has also offered to issue two warrants per share allowing the holder to buy more shares at an exercise price of five cents each for three years.

Calfrac says its senior unsecured noteholders, who hold US$431.8 million in debt plus interest, continue to support the amended plan which would allow it to carry on as an independent company. Its reorganization must be supported by two-thirds of debtholders and shareholders in separate votes to be held Oct. 16.


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