Paramount Resources Ltd.’s board has approved Paramount implementing a normal course issuer bid, and a notice of intention to make a normal course issuer bid has been filed with and accepted by the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Paramount is implementing the normal course issuer bid as the company’s directors and management believe that from time to time the market price of Paramount’s Class A common shares does not reflect the underlying value of the common shares and that the purchase of common shares for cancellation at such times is a prudent corporate measure that will both increase the proportionate interest in the company of, and be advantageous to, all of the company’s remaining shareholders.
The normal course issuer bid will commence on Dec. 22, 2017, and will terminate on the earlier of: (i) Dec. 21, 2018; and (ii) the date on which the maximum number of common shares that can be acquired pursuant to the normal course issuer bid are purchased. Purchases of common shares under the normal course issuer bid will be effected through the facilities of the TSX or alternative Canadian trading systems at the market price at the time of purchase.
Paramount may purchase up to 7,497,530 common shares under the normal course issuer bid, which represents 10 per cent of the public float for the outstanding common shares as at Dec. 14, 2017. Pursuant to the rules of the TSX, the maximum number of common shares that the company may purchase under the normal course issuer bid in any one day is 102,659 common shares, which is 25 per cent of the average daily trading volume of the common shares on the TSX for the six months ended Nov. 30, 2017, of 410,637 common shares. Paramount may also make one block purchase per calendar week that exceeds such daily purchase restriction, subject to the rules of the TSX. Any common shares purchased pursuant to the normal course issuer bid will be cancelled by the company.
Under Paramount’s last normal course issuer bid (which was in place from Oct. 12, 2016, to Oct. 11, 2017), Paramount acquired an aggregate of 622,900 common shares at an average price of $15.56 per share.
Paramount may establish an automatic share purchase plan, under which the designated normal course issuer bid broker could purchase common shares pursuant to the normal course issuer bid based on parameters established by the company. Any such plan would be subject to the prior approval of the TSX.
Paramount is an independent, publicly traded Canadian energy company that explores and develops conventional and unconventional petroleum and natural gas prospects, including long-term unconventional exploration and predevelopment projects, and holds a portfolio of investments in other entities. The company’s principal properties are primarily located in Alberta and British Columbia.