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FOR: Baytex Energy Corp.
TSX SYMBOL: BTE
NYSE SYMBOL: BTE
APRIL 14, 2014
Baytex Provides Update on Aurora Acquisition
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2014) - Baytex Energy Corp.
("Baytex") (TSX:BTE)(NYSE:BTE) provides an update on the status of
its proposed acquisition of all of the shares of Aurora Oil & Gas Limited
("Aurora") pursuant to a scheme of arrangement under Australian law
The Federal Court of Australia has approved the dispatch of the scheme booklet
and ordered that a meeting of Aurora shareholders be convened to consider and
vote on the Arrangement. The scheme meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 21,
2014 at 9:30 a.m. (Perth time).
As a part of the process of completing the Arrangement, Aurora previously filed
a draft scheme booklet with the Australian Securities Investments Commission
("ASIC"). ASIC has registered the scheme booklet in relation to the
proposed Arrangement. A copy of the scheme booklet will be available under
Aurora's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Aurora's website at
www.auroraoag.com.au. Printed copies of the scheme booklet will be sent to
Aurora shareholders over the next few days.
In connection with the Arrangement, the board of directors of Aurora retained
an independent expert, Grant Samuel & Associates Pty Limited (the
"Independent Expert"), to review the transaction. The Independent
Expert has assessed the underlying value of Aurora at between A$3.76 and A$4.29
per share. As the consideration under the Arrangement of A$4.10 per share falls
within this valuation range, the Independent Expert concluded that the
Arrangement is fair and reasonable and in the best interests of Aurora
shareholders. A copy of the Independent Expert's report is contained in
the scheme booklet.
Aurora's directors unanimously recommend that shareholders vote in favour
of the resolution required to implement the Arrangement, in the absence of a
superior proposal. The Aurora directors also intend to vote all Aurora shares
that they control in favour of the Arrangement, in the absence of a superior
proposal, which amount to approximately 5.5% of the total current Aurora shares
Baytex has also received written notification from the Australian Foreign
Investment Review Board that it has no objection to the Arrangement. Completion
of the Arrangement is anticipated to occur in the first half of June.
Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
In the interest of providing Baytex's shareholders and potential investors
with information regarding Baytex, including management's assessment of
Baytex's future plans and operations, certain statements in this press
release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the
United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and
"forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable
Canadian securities legislation (collectively, "forward-looking
statements"). Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking
statements relating to: the timing of dispatching the scheme booklet to Aurora
shareholders and completion of the Arrangement. The forward-looking statements
contained in this press release speak only as of its date and are expressly
qualified by this cautionary statement.
These forward-looking statements are based on certain key assumptions
regarding, among other things, the receipt of regulatory, shareholder and other
approvals for the Arrangement. Readers are cautioned that such assumptions,
although considered reasonable by Baytex at the time of preparation, may prove
to be incorrect.
Actual results achieved during the forecast period will vary from the
information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and
uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to:
the Arrangement may not be completed on the terms contemplated or at all;
failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the Arrangement; and closing of
the Arrangement could be delayed or not completed if we are not able to obtain
the necessary stock exchange, shareholder and regulatory approvals or any other
approvals required for completion or, unless waived, some other condition to
closing is not satisfied. These and additional risk factors are discussed in
our Annual Information Form, Annual Report on Form 40-F and Management's
Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2013, as filed with
Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange
There is no representation by Baytex that actual results achieved during the
forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as those forecast and
Baytex does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of
the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by
applicable securities law.
Baytex Energy Corp.
Baytex Energy Corp. is a dividend-paying oil and gas corporation based in
Calgary, Alberta. The company is engaged in the acquisition, development and
production of crude oil and natural gas in the Western Canadian Sedimentary
Basin and in the Williston Basin in the United States. Approximately 88% of
Baytex's production is weighted toward crude oil. Baytex pays a monthly
dividend on its common shares which are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange
and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BTE. The subscription receipts
issued by Baytex to fund a portion of the purchase price for Aurora Oil &
Gas Limited trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BTE.R.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Brian Ector, Vice President
Toll Free Number: 1-800-524-5521
INDUSTRY: Energy and Utilities - Oil and Gas
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