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Equal shareholder to support Petroflow deal

One of Equal Energy Ltd.’s largest shareholders has decided to vote in favor of the company’s proposed acquisition by Tulsa-based Petroflow Energy Corp.
By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer Published: June 29, 2014
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An Equal Energy Ltd. shareholder that has been critical of the company’s proposed sale to Petroflow Energy Corp. has decided to bless the deal.

Lawndale Capital Management LLC disclosed Friday it would vote in favor of the Petroflow acquisition “in the absence of a credible higher-valued alternative proposal.”

Lawndale owns nearly 1.8 million shares of Equal, or about 5 percent of its outstanding stock.

Petroflow’s $230 million offer for Equal must be approved by two-thirds of the company’s shareholders at a special July 8 meeting. Advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. also endorsed the deal this week.

Equal’s board voted unanimously in December to endorse the deal, according to the proxy state filed earlier this month.

Lawndale had been critical of the proposed acquisition since it was announced in December, arguing there might be a better deal for shareholders than Petroflow’s offer of $5.43 a share.

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