CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 15, 2018 – High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (TSX: HWO) (“High Arctic” or the “Corporation”) is
pleased to announce that it has made the necessary filings and received the necessary approvals to conduct a normal course
issuer bid (“NCIB”) through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).
The TSX has accepted the Corporation’s notice to conduct the NCIB to purchase outstanding common shares on the open
market, in accordance with the rules of the TSX. As approved by the TSX, the Corporation is authorized to purchase up to
2,700,386 common shares, representing approximately 10% of the public float of High Arctic, being 27,003,864 as of
November 12, 2018. As of November 12, 2018 there were 51,176,765 common shares outstanding. The maximum number of
common shares that High Arctic may purchase on any given day is 9,544 common shares, which is 25% of the Corporation’s
average daily trading volume on the TSX for the previous six months. High Arctic may also make one weekly block repurchase
which exceeds the daily limit subject to prescribed rules. All common shares acquired under the NCIB will be cancelled.
The Corporation is authorized to make purchases during the period from November 19, 2018 to November 18, 2019, or until
such earlier time as the NCIB is completed or terminated at the option of the Corporation. Any common shares the
Corporation purchases under the NCIB will be purchased on the open market through the facilities of the TSX or alternative
Canadian markets, at the prevailing market price at the time of the transaction. The Corporation has appointed National Bank
Financial as its broker to conduct the NCIB transactions under an automatic purchase plan agreement (“APPA”) dated
November 14, 2018. The APPA will allow National Bank Financial to purchase common shares under the bid during internal
blackout periods when the Corporation would normally not be permitted to trade in its shares. Such purchases will be at the
sole discretion of National Bank Financial based on direction received from High Arctic prior to any blackout period and in
accordance with all regulatory and securities law.
Management of the Corporation believes that from time to time the market price of the High Arctic common shares may not
reflect their underlying value and that, at such times, the purchase of common shares for cancellation will increase the
proportionate interest of, and be advantageous to, all remaining shareholders. In addition, the purchases by High Arctic under
the NCIB may increase liquidity to the Corporation’s shareholders wishing to sell their common shares. The Corporation’s
previous NCIB expired on September 18, 2018 and under that program, a total of 2,227,774 common shares at a weighted
average price of $3.94 per share have been repurchased for cancellation.
About High Arctic
High Arctic is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HWO”. The Corporation’s
principal focus is to provide drilling and specialized well completion services, equipment rentals and other services to the oil
and gas industry.
High Arctic is a market leader providing drilling and specialized well completion services and supplies rig matting, camps and
drilling support equipment on a rental basis in Papua New Guinea. The Canadian and US operation provides well servicing,
well abandonment, snubbing and nitrogen services and equipment on a rental basis to a large number of oil and natural gas
exploration and production companies operating in Western Canada and the United States.
For more information, please contact:
J. Cameron Bailey
President & CEO
Chief Financial Officer