Calfrac says US court sides with company in fight with Wilks Brothers
By CP STAFFGeneral Energy Oil & Gas Calfrac oil well restructuring takeover Wilks
Calgary well services company calls Wilks a "wolf in sheep's clothing'' whose real goal is a corporate takeover.
CALGARY — Calfrac Well Services Ltd. says a US court has sided with the company in its fight with Texas-based Wilks Brothers LLC as it seeks to complete its recapitalization plan.
The Calgary-based company says the US court ruling to recognize its reorganization proceedings underway in an Alberta court stops the latest Wilks Brothers’ effort to obstruct the plan.
The battle for Calfrac has pitched debtholders against shareholders, with the company noting its proposal has the backing of 78% of holders of senior unsecured notes and Wilks Brothers, which owns almost 20% of the shares, urging fellow shareholders to turn down the deal.
Calfrac has called Wilks Brothers, which owns US oilfield services rival ProFrac Services, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” whose real goal is a corporate takeover.
The reorganization under the Canada Business Corporations Act must be supported by two-thirds of Calfrac’s debtholders and shareholders to proceed. Votes are to be held Sept. 17.
Wilks Brothers says its proposal – which it argues offers better recoveries for stakeholders and a stronger capital structure for Calfrac – will remain on the table if shareholders vote down the company plan.