Adding (later): At least nobody can accuse him of front-running anything. Practically pegged the bottom there.
Thanks to the indispensable Otto Rock, always with his ear to the ground for community (ahem) issues, I hear about this situation in Puerto Gaitan.
Following several days of protest around the Pacific Rubiales offices in Puerto Gaitan, Meta, a group of about 60 indigenous people entered and took over the multinational’s premises. The natives of the community Vencedor-Pirirí arrived with clubs and bows to demand that Pacific fulfill agreements it had with them, including maintenance of the Puerto Gaitan-Rubiales road, schools, and health centers. The situation in the morning became tense over the situation of Pacific employees, so the police intervened.
A police officer goes on to explain that some workers were briefly held captive until the police moved in. The host comes back to say that several vehicles have been burned in the protest.
In other news, a pal in Bogotá says Pacific has already taken its name down from its headquarters building, and I heard third-hand that signs in the oilfields are being replaced with signs that don’t have Pacific’s name. If anyone could get me a photo of either of those, I’d be quite grateful. I’d be happy to post it here with or without attribution, your choice.
I never thought I’d just repost a press release from Orlando Alvarado on my blog. An Orlando Alvarado was at one point CFO of Derwick Associates, according to a lawsuit that company filed in 2012, and Alek Boyd says he confirmed somehow that one of these companies includes in its owners the chairman of Derwick Associates. So, this all looks terribly Derwicky, though the documentation is as yet a bit thin.
And I don’t even know what to say about this. All very strange. Theories and speculation are welcome in comments or in my inbox. Continue reading
UPDATE: companies confirm, see end of story
Meanwhile, the official method of informing the market:
And the share price after Bloomberg ran its first headlines:
Never change, guys.
Update 12:35 pm Eastern Time, 11:35 in Mexico. ALFA makes it official! And someone on the Twitter points out that Pacific also posted a statement, though it’s not yet on SEDAR or on the company’s own home page.
Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX: PRE) (BVC: PREC) announces that it has entered into exclusive discussions in respect of an offer from ALFA, S.A.B. de C.V. (“ALFA”) and Harbour Energy Ltd. (“Harbour Energy”), whereby they would acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares in the capital of the Company (“Common Shares”) not owned by ALFA for a price of C$6.50 per share, subject to completion of definitive documentation and final Board approvals. The Company’s Board has constituted a Special Committee comprised of independent directors, which has engaged an independent financial advisor to deliver a formal valuation in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.
Together, ALFA and Harbour Energy have completed technical, financial and legal due diligence. ALFA and Harbour Energy have agreed with the Company to work toward completion of definitive documentation expeditiously. The contemplated transaction would be subject to a number of conditions and there can be no assurance that any transaction will be completed.
ALFA currently holds 59,897,800 Common Shares, representing approximately 18.95% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares.
Pacific Rubiales, ALFA and Harbour Energy do not intend to provide further updates, except as required by applicable laws.
UPDATE2: And then there’s this. WTF, really?
Yesterday was a good day for the guys in charge of Derwick Associates.
Last week, a group of three companies, two in Panama and one in Barbados, disclosed they had bought a bit more than 10% of Pacific Rubiales Corp. The Panama companies were well anonymized, but the Barbados one less so. Alek Boyd said on Twitter April 28 that he got the paperwork for the Barbados company. It belongs, he says, to Alejandro Betancourt, chairman of Derwick Associates. This was a surprise, given as I’ve covered each of those companies extensively and the last we heard, a top Pacific Rubiales executive was saying he didn’t know the Derwick guys. Continue reading
A few interesting Pacific Rubiales items recently, picked up by the always attentive Otto at IKN. Go over there, he’s better at this blogging stuff than I am.
For what it’s worth I watched the video he linked there, and I thought it desperately needed an edit. And I hate, hate hate documentaries with looming drama music. But if for nothing else, it’s worth watching the video to see the spectacular video of the Colombian llanos that are being exploited for both petroleum and palm oil these days. Good to know what kind of paradise you’re wrecking every time you fire up the old V-8.
ALFA, a big Mexican conglomerate, said in May it had bought 31,437,700 shares of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (PRE.to), or 10% of the company. It disclosed after buying some shares for $18.43, which at the time was a low price for PRE.
Then, in August, Alfa announced it had bought 9 million shares of PRE.to at $21 a share, bringing its total holding to 17%.
We don’t know exactly how much Alfa spent on its PRE.to shares, but we know from Canadian regulatory filings that from May 20 to August 20, Alfa paid an average $21.03 per share, or $489 million.
At that point, things were looking good. Those 53,657,900 shares closed that day at $21.65 apiece, for a total value of C$1,162 million.
Price action since then:
At the current price of $17.88, that decline works out to a paper loss of $200 million on Alfa’s shares since that Aug. 20 press release. (From $1,162 million to $961 million. Feel free to check my math, I failed basic arithmetic.)
I’m no expert in trading patterns, but I have a theory here.