Oilsands Quest scraps $60M rights offering as it seeks corporate transaction

Oilsands Quest Inc. (NYSE Amex:BQI) has cancelled its $60 million rights offering of shares as the oilsands operator negotiates a potential deal that would change the Calgary company's financial position and financing needs.

Oilsands Quest cancels rights offer after finding potential white knight

After the market close on Monday Oilsands Quest announced it is cancelling a $60 million rights offer that only two weeks ago it extended for a second time. The embattled firm's shares spiked higher 22% to 25c, five cents above the offer price, in after-hours dealings following the news. Oilsands Quest said it was working with a third party on a deal that would "change the company's financial position and funding requirements," but has not ruled out a new rights offer. Investors in the AMEX-listed firm have been on a bumpy ride. The stock is down some 70% from its January highs of 64c and gained 63% in a single day after Saskatchewan granted the company 15-year leases, the first in the province. But recent investors can feel smug about the fact that they did not buy into the junior during the frothy 2006 market – the counter hit a peak of $7.76 in March that year.