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Baytex Energy to buy Aurora Oil & Gas for $2.6 billion

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Staff writer ▼ | February 7, 2014
Baytex EnergyBaytex Energy Corp. will acquire, through a scheme of arrangement under Australian law, 100% of the shares of Aurora Oil & Gas Limited, on a fully diluted basis, for AU$4.10 (Australian dollars) cash per share

The total consideration to be paid by Baytex is approximately $1.8 billion, plus assumed debt of approximately $744 million for a total transaction value of approximately $2.6 billion. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Baytex has committed to increase the monthly dividend on its common shares by 9% to $0.24 from $0.22 per share, subject to the completion of the acquisition. Based on the anticipated closing date of mid/late May 2014, the dividend increase is expected to take effect for the dividend payable on or about July 15, 2014.

Aurora's primary asset is 22,200 net contiguous acres in the prolific Sugarkane Field located in South Texas in the core of the liquids-rich Eagle Ford shale. Aurora's Q4/2013 gross production was 24,678 boe/d (82% liquids) of predominantly light, high-quality crude oil. The Sugarkane Field has been largely delineated with infrastructure in place which is expected to facilitate low-risk future annual production growth.

In addition, these assets have significant future reserves upside potential from well downspacing, improving completion techniques and new development targets in additional zones. In conjunction with the Acquisition, Baytex has entered into a $1.3 billion bought deal subscription receipt financing with a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Scotiabank and RBC Capital Markets, which is described in further detail below.

The Equity Financing is subject to customary closing conditions including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and is expected to close on or about February 24, 2014.

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