CALGARY, July 16 /CNW/ - (TSX - PWT.UN; NYSE - PWE) Penn West Energy Trust ("Penn West") announces it priced a proposed offering of notes to be issued on a private placement basis, primarily in the United Kingdom. The placement is expected to consist of 6.95 percent notes due in 2018 with an aggregate principal amount of approximately CDN$114 million, after the effect of transacted cross-currency swaps.
The notes will be unsecured and rank equally with Penn West's bank facilities and outstanding senior notes issued in May 2007 and May 2008. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the offering is expected to close on or about July 28, 2008. Penn West intends to use the proceeds of the note offering to repay a portion of its advances on its syndicated bank facilities.
The notes have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.
Penn West also confirms that its July 2008 cash distribution will be CDN$0.34 per trust unit payable on August 15, 2008 to unitholders of record on July 31, 2008. The ex-distribution date is July 29, 2008.
The CDN$0.34 per unit is equivalent to approximately US$0.34 per unit (before deduction of any applicable Canadian withholding tax), using a par U.S./Canadian exchange rate. Registered unitholders with U.S. addresses will receive their distributions directly from Penn West's transfer agent, and will be paid in U.S. currency using the exchange rate in effect on the record date. Non-registered U.S. unitholders will receive their distributions through their brokers.
Penn West trust units and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols PWT.UN, PWT.DB.A, PWT.DB.B, PWT.DB.C, PWT.DB.D, PWT.DB.E and PWT.DB.F and Penn West trust units are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PWE.
Advisory Regarding Forward-looking statements: Certain statements contained in this document constitute forward-looking statements or information (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of the "safe harbour" provisions of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "project", "could", "plan", "intend", "should", "believe", "outlook", "potential", "target" and similar words suggesting future events or future performance. In particular, this document contains forward-looking statements pertaining to, without limitation, the offering size, terms, use of proceeds and closing date of the proposed debt offering.
With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this document, we have made assumptions regarding, among other things: investor demand for Penn West's notes; the successful completion of due diligence; the timing of closing the proposed debt offering; and our ability to obtain all necessary approvals. Although Penn West believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained in this document, and the assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements included in this document, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause Penn West's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, general economic conditions in Canada, the U.S. and globally, and the possibility that due diligence may not be completed satisfactorily or that the closing conditions for the offering are not satisfied or that closing will be delayed or not occur at all. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive.
The forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of this document. Except as expressly required by applicable securities laws, Penn West does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
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