InterOil Corporation will buy up to US$50 million of its own Class A common shares within the next 12 months.
The InterOil board has authorised the buy-back to be done periodically on the open market, based on the stock price and other market factors.
InterOil’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hession, said the move made strategic sense at current share valuations.
“In the past six months, we have signed a multi-billion-dollar LNG development program with Total, secured our highly prospective exploration acreage for up to another 11 years, and divested our refinery and downstream assets so we can fully focus on exploration and LNG development,” Hession said.
“At the same time, we have strengthened our balance sheet and have more than US$580 million in cash, an undrawn credit facility of US$300 million, and only the US$70 million Convertible Notes due 2015 outstanding,” adds Hession.
“With our drilling campaign fully funded through to the end of 2015 and significant growth prospects in our development and exploration program, we fully expect this buy-back to deliver long-term shareholder value,” he concluded.
Macquarie Capital has been appointed to act for the company during the buy-back process.
Press Release, July 23, 2014; Image: InterOil