Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - June 23, 2023) - Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX: BTE) (NYSE: BTE) ("Baytex" or the "company") is pleased to announce that the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") has accepted the company's notice of intention to renew its normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") to purchase up to 68,417,028 common shares during the 12-month period commencing June 29, 2023 and ending June 28, 2024 or such earlier time as the NCIB is completed or terminated at the option of Baytex.
Baytex's intention to renew its share buyback program is based on the strength of our balance sheet and our desire to offer direct shareholder returns. Baytex believes that repurchasing its common shares is an efficient means by which to return capital to its shareholders and the repurchase and cancellation of its common shares represents an opportunity to improve per share metrics.
The number of shares authorized for purchase represents 10% of Baytex's public float, as defined by the TSX, as of June 21, 2023. On June 21, 2023 Baytex had 856,922,879 common shares outstanding. Purchases will be made on the open market through the facilities of the TSX, the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") and/or alternative trading platforms in Canada and the United States at market prices prevailing at the time of acquisition, as well as by other means permitted by stock exchange rules and securities laws including Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. ("BMO") has agreed to act as the company's designated broker to make purchases of common shares pursuant to the NCIB. Baytex has also entered into an automatic share purchase plan/Rule 10b5-1 trading plan ("ASPP") with BMO allowing it to purchase common shares under the NCIB when the company would ordinarily not be permitted to purchase shares due to regulatory restrictions and customary self-imposed blackout periods. Pursuant to the ASPP, Baytex may provide instructions to BMO prior to a blackout period, which may not be varied or suspended during the blackout period. Purchases by Baytex's designated broker will be in accordance with stock exchange rules, applicable securities laws and the terms of the ASPP. All purchases made under the ASPP are included in computing the number of common shares purchased under the NCIB. The ASPP has been pre-cleared, as required by the TSX. Outside of these blackout periods, common shares may be purchased under the NCIB in accordance with management's discretion.
The actual number of common shares that may be purchased under the NCIB and the timing of any such purchases will be determined by Baytex. The average daily trading volume through the facilities of the TSX during the most recently completed six-month period was 3,892,898 common shares. Consequently, daily purchases through the facilities of the TSX will be limited to 973,224 common shares, which is equal to 25% of the average daily trading volume, other than block purchase exceptions. All common shares acquired by Baytex under the NCIB will be cancelled.
Under its prior NCIB, the company sought and obtained approval to purchase 56,300,143 common shares. Under its prior NCIB, which ran from May 8, 2022 to May 9, 2023, the company repurchased an aggregate of 24,317,822 common shares at a weighted-average price of $6.5304 per share, excluding brokerage fees. The company purchased all common shares through the facilities of the TSX and alternative trading platforms in Canada.
Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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"). Forward-looking information in this news release is identified by words such as "intention" or "will" or similar expressions and includes suggestions of future outcomes, events or performance. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date thereof and are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to but not limited to: acquiring and cancelling Baytex common shares under the NCIB, the number of common shares to be purchased under the NCIB, and the anticipated advantages to shareholders of the NCIB. Developing forward-looking information involves reliance on a number of assumptions and consideration of certain risks and uncertainties, some of which are specific to Baytex and others that apply to the industry generally. These risks relating to Baytex include, but are not limited to, that Baytex will not be able to achieve the anticipated benefits of the NCIB and may not purchase the maximum number of common shares or any common shares under the NCIB.
Readers are cautioned that other events or circumstances, although not listed above, could cause Baytex's actual results to differ materially from those estimated or projected and expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2022 and the management's discussion and analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2023 (the "MD&A") for additional risk factors relating to Baytex. These documents can be accessed on the Baytex website at www.baytexenergy.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on EDGAR at sec.gov.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
Baytex Energy Corp
Baytex Energy Corp. is an energy company with headquarters based in Calgary, Alberta and offices in Houston, Texas. 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 Eagle Ford in the United States. Baytex's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BTE.
For further information about Baytex, please visit our website at www.baytexenergy.com or contact:
Brian Ector, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations
Toll Free Number: 1-800-524-5521
To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/171173