UPDATE 2-Pinecrest to buy Spartan for about C$427 mln

Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:37pm EST
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* Offer values Spartan at C$5.12 per share

* Pinecrest shares fall 2 pct, Spartan shares down 5 pct

Nov 21 (Reuters) - Light oil producer Pinecrest Energy Inc will buy Spartan Oil Corp for about C$427 million ($428 million) to raise its output from reserves in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Pinecrest will offer 2.738 shares for each Spartan share, valuing each Spartan share at C$5.12, the price it closed at on Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Several small-sized Canadian energy companies have merged in all-share deals for little or no premium to bulk up and cut costs. In August, Guide Exploration Ltd agreed to be sold to WestFire Energy Ltd for a discounted price of about C$198.2 million.

Spartan shares, having touched a life-high of C$5.59 earlier in the day, were trading down 5 percent at C$4.86 on Wednesday afternoon, while those of Pinecrest were down 2 percent at C$1.83 on the Toronto Venture Exchange.

Pinecrest will own 51 percent of the yet-to-be-named new company, which will be managed by its existing executive team and will focus on the cardium light oil resource field in central Alberta.

"Given the asset quality of these two companies, this will be one of the premier names over the next few years," said AltaCorp Capital analyst Jeremy McCrea.

Pinecrest estimated the combined company's average pro forma 2013 production at between 9,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) and 9,600 (boe/d). Pinecrest's second-quarter production averaged 2,951 boe/d.   Continued...