MEG Energy announces a $800 million equity financing

CALGARY, ALBERTA (December 10, 2012) — MEG Energy Corp. ("MEG") reported today
that it has entered into agreements to offer a total of 24,246,212 MEG common shares at a
price of CDN$33.00 per share to raise gross proceeds of approximately CDN$800 million.
Under the agreements, 12,125,000 MEG common shares will be issued on a bought deal basis
through a syndicate of underwriters co-led by BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities
(Canada), Inc., Barclays Capital Canada Inc. and RBC Capital Markets (the "Public Offering").
An additional 12,121,212 MEG common shares will be issued on a private placement basis at
the same price of CDN$33.00 per share to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (the
"Caisse"), an existing shareholder of MEG (the "Private Placement"). Completion of the Public
Offering and the Private Placement are each conditional on the completion of the other offering.

The net proceeds of the Public Offering and the Private Placement, together with cash on hand
and MEG's projected 2013 cash flow, are expected to fully fund MEG’s 2013 capital budget,
which was also announced today and is available on MEG’s website at www.megenergy.com or
on www.sedar.com.

Public Offering of Common Shares

Under the Public Offering, the underwriters will purchase 12,125,000 MEG common shares for
proceeds of approximately CDN$400 million. MEG has also granted the underwriters an overallotment
option to purchase, on the same terms, up to an additional 1,818,750 MEG common
shares for proceeds of up to approximately $60 million. This option is exercisable, in whole or in
part, by the underwriters at any time up to 30 days after closing. If the over-Allotment Option is
exercised in full, the gross proceeds raised under the Public Offering will be approximately
CDN$460 million. Closing is expected to occur on or about December 28, 2012, and is subject
to customary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The
Public Offering will be an underwritten, bought deal public issue in all provinces and territories of
Canada by way of a short form prospectus. This offering will also be extended to Qualified
Institutional Buyers in the United States, pursuant to the registration exemptions provided by
Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933 and internationally, as permitted.

Concurrent Private Placement of Common Shares

MEG and the Caisse have entered into a binding agreement, pursuant to which the Caisse will
purchase, on a private placement basis, 12,121,212 common shares (the "Placement Shares")
at a price of $33.00 per Placement Share for gross proceeds to the Corporation of
approximately $400 million. Closing of the Private Placement is expected to occur on or about
December 28, 2012, concurrent with the closing of the Public Offering. Upon closing, the Caisse
will be entitled to a non-refundable capital commitment payment equal to 1% of the aggregate
purchase price for the Placement Shares. Assuming completion of the Private Placement and
the Public Offering, but not the exercise of the over-allotment option, the Caisse will beneficially
own approximately 9.0% of the issued and outstanding common shares of MEG. The
Placement Shares will be subject to a four month statutory hold period. BMO Capital Markets
and Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc. are acting as joint agents to MEG on the Private
Placement.

Notices to Readers

The preliminary prospectus for the Public Offering, which contains important information relating
to MEG and the Public Offering, will be filed by December 12, 2012 and may be obtained on the
SEDAR website at www.sedar.com under MEG's profile. The preliminary prospectus will be
subject to completion or amendment. There will not be any sale or acceptance of an offer to buy
the common shares issued pursuant to the Public Offering until a receipt for the final prospectus
has been issued.

The common shares subject to the Public Offering and the Private Placement have not been
registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in
the United States absent such registration or an applicable exemption from such registration
requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer
to buy nor shall there be any sale of the common shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer,
solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

This news release contains forward-looking information including but not limited to the
completion of the Public Offering, the Private Placement and the issuance of common shares
pursuant thereto, the use of proceeds from such offerings, projected 2013 cash flow and the
ability to fully fund the 2013 capital budget. Such forward-looking information is based on certain
assumptions and analysis made by MEG in light of its experience and perception of current
conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors it believes are appropriate
in the circumstances. However, whether actual results, performance or achievements will
conform to MEG’s expectations and predictions is subject to market conditions and a number of
known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially
from MEG’s expectations. Other factors which could materially affect such forward-looking
information are described in the risk factors detailed in the continuous disclosure documents
filed by MEG on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and will be further described in the preliminary
prospectus prepared in connection with the Public Offering.

MEG Energy Corp. is focused on sustainable in situ oil sands development and production in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta, Canada. MEG is actively developing enhanced oil recovery projects that utilize SAGD extraction methods. MEG's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MEG."


 

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