SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
(Amendment No. 7)
TENDER OFFER STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 14(D)(1) OR 13(E)(1)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Petroteq Energy Inc.
(Name of Subject Company (Issuer))
2869889 Ontario Inc.
an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of
Viston United Swiss AG
(Parent of Offeror)
(Names of Filing Persons)
(Title of Class of Securities)
(CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)
Viston United Swiss AG
Haggenstreet 9, 9014
+49 7136 9918888
(Name, address, and telephone number of person authorized to receive notices and communications on behalf of filing persons)
Jonathan A. Van Horn
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
TD Canada Trust Tower
161 Bay Street, Suite 4310
Toronto, ON Canada M5J 2S1
CALCULATION OF FILING FEE
|Transaction Valuation*||Amount of Filing Fee**|
Estimated solely for purposes of calculating the filing fee. The transaction value was calculated by adding the sum of (i) 564,293,279, which is the estimated number of issued and outstanding common shares (the Common Shares) of Petroteq Energy Inc. (the Company), multiplied by $0.5989***; (ii) 3,000,000, which is the estimated number of Common Shares issuable pursuant to outstanding options with an exercise price less $0.5989, multiplied by $0.5139, which is $0.5989 minus the weighted average exercise price for such options of $0.0850; (iii) 77,304,886, which is the estimated number of Common Shares issuable pursuant to outstanding warrants with an exercise price less than $0.5989, multiplied by $0.5128, which is $0.5989 minus the weighted average exercise price for such warrants of $0.0861***; and (iv) 151,452,347, which is the estimated number of Common Shares issuable pursuant to outstanding convertible debentures of the Company, multiplied by $0.5989. The foregoing figures are based solely on the information contained in the Companys Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended May 31, 2021 (as filed on August 19, 2021) and disclosure contained in subsequent filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are estimated as of October 22, 2021, the most recent practicable date.
The filing fee was calculated in accordance with Rule 0-11 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Fee Rate Advisory No. 1 for Fiscal Year 2022, issued August 23, 2021, by multiplying the transaction value by 0.00009270.
$0.5989 is the U.S. Dollar equivalent of the offer price of Cdn$0.74, based on the daily exchange rate of the Canadian dollar, expressed in United States dollars, as quoted by the Bank of Canada on October 22, 2021, of U.S.$1.00 = Cdn$1.2357. $0.0861 is the U.S. Dollar equivalent of Cdn$0.1064, which is the weighted average exercise price, based on the daily exchange rate of the Canadian dollar, expressed in United States dollars, as quoted by the Bank of Canada on October 22, 2021, of U.S.$1.00 = Cdn$1.2357.
Check box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by Rule 0-11(a)(2) and identify the filing with which the offsetting fee was previously paid. Identify the previous filing by registration statement number, or the Form or Schedule and the date of its filing.
|Amount Previously Paid: $43,554.51||Filing Party: 2869889 Ontario Inc. and Viston United Swiss AG|
|Form or Registration No.: Schedule TO-T||Date Filed: October 25, 2021|
Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications made before the commencement of a tender offer.
Check the appropriate boxes below to designate any transactions to which the statement relates:
third-party tender offer subject to Rule 14d-1.
issuer tender offer subject to Rule 13e-4.
going-private transaction subject to Rule 13e-3.
amendment to Schedule 13D under Rule 13d-2.
Check the following box if the filing is a final amendment reporting the results of the tender offer. ☐
This Amendment No. 7 (Amendment No. 7) amends and supplements the Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (together with any amendments and supplements hereto, the Schedule TO) originally filed by (i) 2869889 Ontario Inc., an Ontario corporation (the Offeror) and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Viston United Swiss AG, a company limited by shares (AG) (Viston) and (ii) Viston. The Schedule TO relates to the offer (the Offer) by the Offeror to purchase all of the issued and outstanding common shares (the Common Shares) of Petroteq Energy Inc., an Ontario corporation (the Company), which includes any Common Shares that may become issued and outstanding after the date of the Offer but prior to the expiry time of the Offer (the Expiry Time) upon the exercise, exchange or conversion of the options to acquire Common Shares granted pursuant to the the Companys stock option plan, the warrants, the convertible debentures and any securities of the Company that are exercisable or exchangeable for or convertible into Common Shares, at a purchase price of Cdn$0.74 in cash per Common Share net to the seller in cash, without interest thereon and subject to any required tax withholding, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the offer to purchase dated October 25, 2021 (the Offer to Purchase) and the circular in connection with the accompanying Offer to Purchase, dated October 25, 2021 (the Circular, and collectively, the Offer to Purchase and Circular), as amended and supplemented by the notice of variation and extension, dated February 1, 2022 (the Notice of Variation and Extension), the Second Notice of Extension, dated February 24, 2022 (the Second Notice of Extension) and the Third Notice of Extension, dated April 14, 2022 (the Third Notice of Extension) and in the related letter of transmittal (the Letter of Transmittal) and notice of guaranteed delivery (the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery), copies of which are attached hereto as Exhibits (a)(1)(i), (a)(1)(vii), (a)(1)(viii), (a)(1)(ix), (a)(1)(ii) and (a)(1)(iii), respectively.
On May 18, 2022, Viston and the Offeror issued a press release providing an update on the Offer. The press release is filed herewith as Exhibit (a)(5)(x). All information contained in the Schedule TO is hereby incorporated into this Amendment No. 7 by reference, except that such information is hereby amended and supplemented to the extent specifically provided herein. All capitalized terms used in this Amendment No. 7 without definition have the meanings ascribed to them in the Schedule TO.
The items of the Schedule TO are hereby amended and supplemented as set forth below:
|Item 12.|| |
Item 12 of the Schedule TO is hereby amended and supplemented by adding the following exhibits:
|(a)(5)(x)||Press Release, dated May 18, 2022, relating to an update on the Offer.|
After due inquiry and to the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.
Date: May 18, 2022
2869889 Ontario Inc.
Name: Zbigniew Roch
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Viston United Swiss AG
Name: Zbigniew Roch
|(a)(1)(i)||Offer to Purchase and Circular, dated October 25, 2021.*|
|(a)(1)(ii)||Letter of Transmittal.*|
|(a)(1)(iii)||Notice of Guaranteed Delivery.*|
|(a)(1)(iv)||Letter to Brokers, Dealers, Commercial Banks, Trust Companies and Other Nominees.*|
|(a)(1)(v)||Letter to Clients.*|
|(a)(1)(vi)||Summary Advertisement, as published in The Wall Street Journal on October 27, 2021.*|
|(a)(1)(vii)||Notice of Variation and Extension, dated February 1, 2022.*|
|(a)(1)(viii)||Second Notice of Extension, dated February 24, 2022.*|
|(a)(1)(ix)||Third Notice of Extension, dated April 14, 2022.*|
|(a)(5)(i)||Press Release, dated October 25, 2021, relating to the launch of the Offer.*|
|(a)(5)(ii)||Content from the website www.PetroteqOffer.com, publicly available as of October 25, 2021.*|
|(a)(5)(iii)||Content from the website www.PetroteqOffer.com, publicly available as of October 27, 2021.*|
|(a)(5)(iv)||Press Release, dated January 10, 2022, relating to the update on the Offer.*|
|(a)(5)(v)||Email Template to Petroteq Shareholders relating to the Offer.*|
|(a)(5)(vi)||Press Release, dated February 1, 2022, relating to the Notice of Variation and Extension.*|
|(a)(5)(vii)||Press Release, dated February 9, 2022, relating to an update on the Offer.*|
|(a)(5)(viii)||Press Release, dated February 24, 2022, relating to the Second Notice of Extension and update on the Offer*|
|(a)(5)(ix)||Press Release, dated April 14, 2022, relating to the Third Notice of Extension and update on the Offer.*|
|(a)(5)(x)||Press Release, dated May 18, 2022, relating to an update on the Offer.|
|(b)(1)||Long-Term Debt Financing Agreement, dated October 22, 2021, between Viston United Swiss AG and Uniexpress Investment Holding Plc.*|
|(d)(1)||Confidentiality Agreement, effective September 17, 2021, between Viston United Swiss AG and Petroteq Energy Inc.*|
|(g)(1)||Call Flow Script.*|
Viston United Swiss AG provides CFIUS Update in Connection with All-Cash Offer to Acquire Petroteq Energy Inc.
● CFIUS Notice formally submitted by Offeror and Petroteq
TORONTO, May 18, 2022 Viston United Swiss AG (Viston) and its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, 2869889 Ontario Inc. (the Offeror) today confirmed that the Offeror and Petroteq have formally submitted the voluntary notice seeking clearance with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in connection with its all-cash offer (the Offer) to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares (Common Shares) of Petroteq Energy Inc. (Petroteq) (TSX-V: PQE; OTC: PQEFF; FSE: PQCF).
Background to the CFIUS Condition
CFIUS is a group of Cabinet-level officials in the U.S. government who are authorized to review certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United States, in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States. On January 6, 2022, the Offeror made a voluntary declaration filing (the Declaration) with CFIUS. The Declaration was made for the purpose of securing a clearance by CFIUS that the Offerors acquisition of Common Shares pursuant to the Offer and the subsequent second-step acquisition by the Offeror of any Common Shares not acquired by it in the Offer (the Transactions) as reflected in (i) a written notice from CFIUS that the Transactions do not constitute a covered transaction under relevant government regulations, (ii) a written notice from CFIUS that it has completed its assessment, review, or investigation of the Transactions and has concluded all action under Section 721 of the U.S. Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (the DPA), or (iii) an announcement by the President of the United States, made within the period required by the DPA, of a decision not to take any action to suspend or prohibit the Transactions (each of (i), (ii), or (iii) being a Clearance).
On February 24, 2022, Viston announced that following the expiration of the assessment period, CFIUS notified the Offeror that it was unable to complete action under the DPA and grant a Clearance on the basis of the Declaration.
Accordingly, Viston and the Offeror determined to file a voluntary notice (the Notice) with CFIUS seeking a Clearance, in order to satisfy the conditions to the Offer. Viston and the Offeror commenced the preparation of the Notice with the objective of preparing the Notice on an expedited basis, submitting the Notice to CFIUS and commencing the 45-day notice review period as soon as practicable.
Pursuant to the February 25, 2022 Petroteq announcement of its willingness to assist Viston with the CFIUS filings, and following discussions between representatives of the Offeror and Petroteq, the Offerors U.S. counsel engaged with representatives of Petroteq in order to jointly prepare the Notice. Further to the Declaration filed by the Offeror, the Notice includes additional required information in respect of Petroteq provided by Petroteq.
On April 6, 2022, the Offeror and Petroteq pre-filed the Notice with CFIUS. After responding to comments and questions from CFIUS on the pre-filing materials, the Offeror and Petroteq formally submitted the Notice to CFIUS on May 16, 2022.
The Offeror has not yet been advised by CFIUS that the 45-day notice review period has commenced. Viston and the Offeror expect to issue a further update once the Offeror receives notice from CFIUS that the 45-day notice review period has commenced.
Summary of Offer Details
Viston reminds Shareholders of the following key terms and conditions of the Offer:
Shareholders will receive C$0.74 in cash for each Common Share. The Offer represents a significant premium of approximately 279% based on the closing price of C$0.195 per Common Share on the TSX-V on August 6, 2021, being the last trading day prior to the issuance of a cease trade order by the Ontario
Securities Commission at which time the TSX-V halted trading in the Common Shares. The Offer also represents a premium of approximately 1,032% to the volume weighted average trading price of C$0.065 per Common Share on the TSX-V for the 52-weeks preceding the German voluntary public purchase offer in April 2021.
The Offer is expressed in Canadian dollars but Shareholders may elect to receive their consideration in the U.S. dollar equivalent amount.
The Offer is currently open for acceptance until 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on June 17, 2022, unless the Offer is extended, accelerated or withdrawn by the Offeror in accordance with its terms.
Registered Shareholders may tender by sending their completed Letter of Transmittal, share certificates or DRS statements and any other required documents to Kingsdale, as Depositary and Information Agent. Registered Shareholders are encouraged to contact Kingsdale promptly to receive guidance on the requirements and assistance with tendering.
Beneficial Shareholders should provide tender instructions and currency elections to their financial intermediary. Beneficial Shareholders may also contact Kingsdale for assistance.
The Offer is subject to specified conditions being satisfied or waived by the Offeror. These conditions include, without limitation: the Canadian statutory minimum tender condition of at least 50% +1 of the outstanding Common Shares being validly deposited under the Offer and not withdrawn (this condition cannot be waived); at least 50% +1 of the outstanding Common Shares on a fully diluted basis being validly deposited under the Offer and not withdrawn; the Offeror having determined, in its reasonable judgment, that no Material Adverse Effect exists; and receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals. Assuming that the statutory minimum tender condition is met and all other conditions are met or waived, the Depositary will pay Shareholders promptly following the public announcement of take-up and pay.
For More Information and How to Tender Shares to the Offer
Shareholders who hold Common Shares through a broker or intermediary should promptly contact them directly and provide their instructions to tender to the Offer, including any U.S. dollar currency election. Taking no action and not accepting the Offer comes with significant risks of shareholder dilution and constrained share prices. The deadline for Shareholders to tender their shares is currently June 17, 2022.
For assistance or to ask any questions, Shareholders should visit www.petroteqoffer.com or contact Kingsdale Advisors, the Information Agent and Depositary in connection with the Offer, within North America toll-free at 1-866-581-1024, outside North America at 1-416-867-2272 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Offeror has engaged Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP to advise on certain Canadian legal matters and Dorsey & Whitney LLP to advise on certain U.S. legal matters. Kingsdale Advisors is acting as Information Agent and Depositary.
About the Offeror
The Offeror is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Viston, a Swiss company limited by shares (AG) established in 2008 under the laws of Switzerland. The Offeror was established on September 28, 2021 under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The Offerors registered office is located at 100 King Street West, Suite 1600, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5X 1G5. The registered and head office of Viston is located at Haggenstreet 9, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Viston was created to invest in renewable energies and clean technologies, as well as in the environmental protection industry. Viston aims to foster innovative technologies, environmentally-friendly and clean fossil fuels and to help shape the future of energy. Since October 2008, Viston has undertaken its research, development and transfer initiatives in Saint Gallen, Switzerland. Viston has been working to optimize and adapt these technologies to current market requirements to create well-engineered products. Vistons work also includes the determination of technical and economic risks, as well as the search for financing opportunities.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release contain forward-looking information and are prospective in nature. Forward-looking information is not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as plans, expects, intends, anticipates, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results may, could, should, would, might or will be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information contained in this news release includes, but is not limited to, statements relating to the expectations regarding the process for, and timing of, obtaining regulatory approvals; expectations relating to the Offer; estimations regarding the issued and outstanding Common Shares, including as measured on a fully-diluted basis; and the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to consummate the Offer.
Although the Offeror and Viston believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking information, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Offeror or the completion of the Offer to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information include, among other things, the ultimate outcome of any possible transaction between Viston and Petroteq, including the possibility that Petroteq will not accept a transaction with Viston or enter into discussions regarding a possible transaction, actions taken by Petroteq, actions taken by security holders of Petroteq in respect of the Offer, that the conditions of the Offer may not be satisfied or waived by Viston at the expiry of the Offer period, the ability of the Offeror to acquire 100% of the Common Shares through the Offer, the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and meet other closing conditions to any possible transaction, including any necessary shareholder approvals, potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement, pendency or completion of the Offer transaction or any subsequent transaction, competitive responses to the announcement or completion of the Offer, unexpected costs, liabilities, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction, exchange rate risk related to the financing arrangements, litigation relating to the proposed transaction, the inability to engage or retain key personnel, any changes in general economic and/or industry-specific conditions, industry risk, risks inherent in the running of the business of the Offeror or its affiliates, legislative or regulatory changes, Petroteqs structure and its tax treatment, competition in the oil & gas industry, obtaining necessary approvals, financial leverage for additional funding requirements, capital requirements for growth, interest rates, dependence on skilled staff, labour disruptions, geographical concentration, credit risk, liquidity risk, changes in capital or securities markets and that there are no inaccuracies or material omissions in Petroteqs publicly available information, and that Petroteq has not disclosed events which may have occurred or which may affect the significance or accuracy of such information. These are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any of the Offerors forward-looking information. Other unknown and unpredictable factors could also impact its results. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors beyond the Offerors ability to control or estimate precisely. Consequently, there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Offeror will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences for, or effects on, the Offeror, its future results and performance.
Forward-looking information in this news release is based on the Offeror and Vistons beliefs and opinions at the time the information is given, and there should be no expectation that this forward-looking information will be updated or supplemented as a result of new information, estimates or opinions, future events or results or otherwise, and each of the Offeror and Viston disavows and disclaims any obligation to do so except as required by applicable Law. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to be a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of the Offeror or any of its affiliates or Petroteq.
Unless otherwise indicated, the information concerning Petroteq contained herein has been taken from or is based upon Petroteqs and other publicly available documents and records on file with the Securities Regulatory Authorities and other public sources at the time of the Offer. Although the Offeror and Viston have no knowledge that would indicate that any statements contained herein relating to Petroteq, taken from or based on such documents and records are untrue or incomplete, neither the Offeror, Viston nor any of their respective officers or directors assumes any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information, or for any failure by Petroteq to disclose events or facts that may have occurred or which may affect the significance or accuracy of any such information, but which are unknown to the Offeror and Viston.
This news release relates to a tender offer which Viston, through the Offeror, has made to Shareholders. The Offer is being made pursuant to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (including the Offer to Purchase and Circular, the Notice of Variation and Extension dated February 1, 2022, the Second Notice of Extension dated February 24, 2022, the Third Notice of Extension dated April 14, 2022, the letter of transmittal and other related offer documents) initially filed by Viston on October 25, 2021, as subsequently amended. These materials, as may be amended from time to time, contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the Offer. Subject to future developments, Viston (and, if applicable, Petroteq) may file additional documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). This press release is not a substitute for any tender offer statement, recommendation statement or other document Viston and/or Petroteq may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. Investors and security holders of Petroteq are urged to read the tender offer statement (including the Offer to Purchase and Circular, the Notice of Variation and Extension dated February 1, 2022, the Second Notice of Extension dated February 24, 2022, the Third Notice of Extension dated April 14, 2022, the letter of transmittal and other related offer documents) and any other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety if and when they become available as they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. Any investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Viston through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or by contacting Kingsdale Advisors, the Information Agent and Depositary in connection with the offer, within North America toll-free at 1-866-581-1024, outside North America at 1-416-867-2272 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information
Vice President, Strategic Communications and Marketing
For assistance in depositing Petroteq Common Shares to the Offer, please contact:
130 King Street West, Suite 2950
Toronto, ON M5X 1E2
North American Toll Free: 1-866-581-1024
Outside North America: 1-416-867-2272