Suncor Energy and Canadian Oil Sands reach agreement to support acquisition

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Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX: SU; NYSE: SU) and Canadian Oil Sands Limited (TSX: COS) are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to support the offer by Suncor to purchase all of the shares of COS.

Under the terms of the support agreement (the "Agreement") Suncor has agreed to amend its offer (the "Amended Offer") to provide for an increase in the original offer to COS shareholders to 0.28 of a Suncor share for each COS share. The Amended Offer, with a total aggregate transaction value of approximately $6.6 billion including COS' estimated debt of $2.4 billion, has the support of the Boards of Directors of both companies.

The COS Board has received an opinion from its financial advisor, RBC Capital Markets, that, as of January 17, 2016, the consideration under the Amended Offer is fair, from a financial point of view, to COS shareholders. The COS Board has determined that the Amended Offer is in the best interests of COS and recommends that shareholders tender to the Amended Offer.

"We are pleased to have the support of the COS Board of Directors and shareholders, including Seymour Schulich, and have been advised of their intent to tender their shares" said Steve Williams, Suncor's president and chief executive officer. "We believe this transaction delivers excellent value to COS shareholders while maintaining Suncor's commitment to capital discipline, providing both companies' shareholders with near and long-term value. Together, we're bringing this full, fair and final offer to COS shareholders and we encourage everyone to tender their shares."

"Since Suncor made its initial offer, our Board has remained steadfast in our commitment to maximize value for all shareholders. This agreement fulfills that commitment, providing our shareholders with a higher exchange ratio for their shares despite a 37 percent decline in spot oil prices," said Don Lowry, Chairman of Canadian Oil Sands. "Our shareholders clearly signaled they expected more for their COS shares, and the Board has worked to secure that under very challenging circumstances. Given the current market for energy equities, we recommend shareholders tender their shares to Suncor's improved offer."

"I am pleased that working in conjunction with the COS Board, together we have been able to improve the terms of the offer for our shares. I will be tendering my shares, and consistent with the COS Board's recommendation, I encourage my fellow shareholders to tender their shares" said Seymour Schulich, a major holder of COS shares.


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