HOUSTON,Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) (“Callon” or the “Company”) today issued the following statement regarding its previously announced pending all-stock acquisition of Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) (“Carrizo”).
Yesterday, Callon filed an investor presentation highlighting the benefits of the Carrizo transaction. The presentation is available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://ir.callon.com/ as well as on https://www.sec.gov/.
As the presentation makes clear, Callon is led by an experienced Board of Directors and management team with a track record of successful value-enhancing acquisitions, significant cost savings, and productivity improvements. The Carrizo acquisition is compelling and we expect it will also deliver substantial value to shareholders. Far from precluding any future alternatives for Callon, this transaction improves strategic optionality and creates a stronger and more attractive company for investors as well as prospective buyers or merger partners.
By contrast with a letter and presentation which Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson”) issued the same day, and which contain a number of objectively false and misleading statements about the merger, our investor presentation and proxy statement lay out the salient facts clearly and in detail – including that:
Callon management incentives are aligned with shareholders and there is no transaction “success fee” – Paulson falsely claims that Callon executives are entitled to a “success fee” in connection with the Carrizo transaction. To the contrary, and as we have stated clearly in the proxy statement and other materials, any potential benefits are payable ONLY if the executive is terminated in connection with the transaction and are pursuant to a broad-based severance program for all employees.
The transaction is immediately accretive to free cash flow per share – Paulson erroneously claims that the transaction is highly dilutive to free cash flow per share. This is fundamentally incorrect and misleading as Paulson’s purported conclusion is derived from inconsistent methodologies: Paulson’s calculation of Callon’s stand-alone free cash flow EXCLUDES capitalized G&A and interest while their pro forma free cash flow figure INCLUDES capitalized G&A and interest. To the contrary, Callon reiterates that the combined company is projected to generate highly accretive free cash flow per share for Callon shareholders, including over $300 million1 of free cash flow in 2020-2021 at recent strip pricing.
Research analysts overwhelmingly support the transaction – In a section entitled “Sell Side Research,” Paulson selected dated and misleading quotes from research analysts while conveniently failing to acknowledge the fact that the vast majority of analysts have expressed support for the combination and maintain a buy recommendation for Callon – including a majority of the analysts quoted. Independent third parties agree that Callon will be a stronger company, including Callon being placed on positive credit watch by S&P after announcement of the transaction.
Additional facts about the transaction are included in an investor presentation and the definitive proxy statement in connection with the transaction, both of which are available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://ir.callon.com/ as well as on https://www.sec.gov/.
The Callon Board unanimously recommends shareholders vote “FOR” the Carrizo merger agreement as well as all other proposals set forth in the proxy materials at the upcoming Special Meeting. The Special Meeting will be held on November 14, 2019, at 9:00 A.M. Central Time in the Advice & Counsel meeting room of the Hotel ZaZa, 9787 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas. All shareholders of record of Callon common stock as of the close of business on October 7, 2019, will be entitled to vote their shares either in person or by proxy at the shareholder meeting. Each vote is very important, regardless of the number of shares owned. Your failure to vote your shares of common stock or your abstention from voting will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the transaction.
Callon expects that the transaction will close during the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to approval by both Callon and Carrizo shareholders and other customary closing conditions.
If you have any questions, need assistance in completing the proxy card, or need additional copies of the proxy materials, please call the firm assisting Callon with the solicitation of proxies:
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JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to Callon and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving legal advisor to Callon.
Callon is an independent energy company focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional onshore oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas. This news release is posted on Callon’s website at www.callon.com, and will be archived for subsequent review under the “News” link on the top of the homepage.
No Offer or Solicitation
Communications herein do not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval with respect to the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Communication herein do not constitute a notice of redemption with respect to or an offer to purchase or sell (or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or sell) any preferred stock of Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed transaction, Callon) has filed, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has declared effective, a registration statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”), which contains a joint proxy statement of Callon and Carrizo that also constitutes a prospectus of Callon. This communication is not a substitute for the joint proxy statement/prospectus or the Registration Statement or for any other document that Callon or Carrizo may file with the SEC and/or send to Callon’s shareholders and/or Carrizo’s shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CALLON AND CARRIZO ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AS EACH MAY BE AMENDED OR SUPPLEMENTED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED BY CALLON AND CARRIZO WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CALLON, CARRIZO AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.
Investors will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and joint proxy statement/prospectus, as each may be amended from time to time, and other relevant documents filed by Callon and Carrizo with the SEC (when they become available) through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Callon will be available free of charge from Callon’s website at www.callon.com under the “Investors” tab or by contacting Callon’s Investor Relations Department at (281) 589-5200 or IR@callon.com. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Carrizo will be available free of charge from Carrizo’s website at www.carrizo.com under the “Investor Relations” tab or by contacting Carrizo’s Investor Relations Department at (713) 328-1055 or IR@carrizo.com.
Participants in the Proxy Solicitation
Callon, Carrizo and their respective directors and certain of their executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Callon’s shareholders and Carrizo’s shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the executive officers and directors of Callon is included in its definitive proxy statement for its 2019 annual meeting filed with the SEC on March 27, 2019. Information regarding the executive officers and directors of Carrizo is included in its definitive proxy statement for its 2019 annual meeting filed with the SEC on April 2, 2019. Additional information regarding the persons who may be deemed participants and their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the Registration Statement and joint proxy statement/prospectus and other materials when they are filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described in the paragraphs above.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements in this communication concerning the proposed transaction, including any statements regarding the expected timetable for completing the proposed Carrizo transaction, the results, effects, benefits and synergies of the proposed transaction, future opportunities for the combined company, future financial performance and condition, guidance and any other statements regarding Callon’s or Carrizo’s future expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, financial conditions, assumptions or future events or performance that are not historical facts are “forward-looking” statements based on assumptions currently believed to be valid. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than statements of historical facts. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “ensure,” “expect,” “if,” “intend,” “estimate,” “probable,” “project,” “forecasts,” “predict,” “outlook,” “aim,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “potential,” “may,” “might,” “anticipate,” “likely” “plan,” “positioned,” “strategy,” and similar expressions or other words of similar meaning, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are intended to be subject to the safe harbor provided by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, failure to obtain the required votes of Callon’s shareholders or Carrizo’s shareholders to approve the transaction and related matters; whether any redemption of Carrizo’s preferred stock will be necessary or will occur prior to the closing of the transaction; the risk that a condition to closing of the proposed transaction may not be satisfied, that either party may terminate the merger agreement or that the closing of the proposed transaction might be delayed or not occur at all; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues; the ultimate timing, outcome and results of integrating the operations of Callon and Carrizo; the effects of the business combination of Callon and Carrizo, including the combined company’s future financial condition, results of operations, strategy and plans; the ability of the combined company to realize anticipated synergies in the timeframe expected or at all; changes in capital markets and the ability of the combined company to finance operations in the manner expected; regulatory approval of the transaction; the effects of commodity prices; and the risks of oil and gas activities. Expectations regarding business outlook, including changes in revenue, pricing, capital expenditures, cash flow generation, strategies for our operations, oil and natural gas market conditions, legal, economic and regulatory conditions, and environmental matters are only forecasts regarding these matters.
Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described above can be found in Callon’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and in its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, and the quarter ended June 30, 2019, each of which is on file with the SEC and available from Callon’s website at www.callon.com under the “Investors” tab, and in other documents Callon files with the SEC, and in Carrizo’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and in its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, and the quarter ended June 30, 2019, each of which is on file with the SEC and available from Carrizo’s website at www.carrizo.com under the “Investor Relations” tab, and in other documents Carrizo files with the SEC.
All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and are based on information available at that time. Neither Callon nor Carrizo assumes any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements were made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events except as required by federal securities laws. As forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, caution should be exercised against placing undue reliance on such statements.
Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This communication includes free cash flow, which is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that is used by management and external users of our financial statements to assess our liquidity. We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities before changes in working capital less capital expenditures (inclusive of operational capital expenditures, seismic, leasehold and other expenditures, as well as capitalized general and administrative expense and capitalized interest expense). Management believes that free cash flow provides useful information in assessing the impact of our ability to generate cash flow in excess of capital requirements and to return cash to shareholders. Free cash flow should not be considered an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other GAAP measures. We have not provided a reconciliation of projected free cash flow to projected net cash provided by operating activities and capital expenditures used in net cash provided by investing activities, the most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. We are unable to project net cash provided by operating activities for any future period because such metric includes the impact of changes in operating assets and liabilities related to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements that may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occurred. We are unable to project these timing differences with any reasonable degree of accuracy without unreasonable efforts such as predicting the timing of our and our customers’ payments, with accuracy to a specific day, months in advance.