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Gran Tierra to acquire PetroLatina Energy in Colombia for $250M

Deal will increase its land position and add 53 million barrels to its proven and probable reserves


CALGARY — Gran Tierra Energy Inc. has lined up its third major Colombian acquisition of 2016, agreeing to pay US$525 million cash for PetroLatina Energy Ltd.

The Calgary-based company says the PetroLatina acquisition will increase its land position in a prolific part of Colombia and add 53 million barrels to its proven and probable reserves.

It will raise $173.5 million from a syndicated equity issue and get up to $130 million in bridge financing from Scotiabank, its lead lender. Gran Tierra also had $163.3 million of cash as of May 31.

In January, Gran Tierra completed the acquisitions of Petroamerica Oil Corp. and PetroGrenada Ltd. as part of a strategy to grow and diversify its holdings throughout Colombia.

In May, the company announced its 2016 capital budget would be increased to between US$140 million and US$150 million, from the previously announced US$107 million.

The PetroLatina deal was announced late last week and is expected to close by Oct. 31.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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