During the second quarter of 2012, the Company's $1,500 million revolving syndicated credit facility was extended to June 2016. Additionally, the Company issued $500 million of 3.05% medium-term notes due June 2019. Proceeds from the securities issued were used to repay bank indebtedness and for general corporate purposes. After issuing these securities, the Company has $2,500 million remaining on its outstanding $3,000 million base shelf prospectus that allows for the issue of medium-term notes in Canada, which expires in November 2013. If issued, these securities will bear interest as determined at the date of issuance.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company repaid US$350 million of 5.45% unsecured notes. The Company has US$2,000 million remaining on its outstanding US$3,000 million base shelf prospectus that allows for the issue of US dollar debt securities in the United States, which expires in November 2013. If issued, these securities will bear interest as determined at the date of issuance.
Subsequent to December 31, 2012, $400 million of 4.50% medium term notes and US$400 million of 5.15% unsecured notes were repaid. This indebtedness was retired utilizing cash flow from operations generated in excess of capital expenditures and available bank credit facilities as necessary, while maintaining the ongoing dividend program. On a pro forma basis, reflecting the retirement of this indebtedness at December 31, 2012, the available credit under its bank credit facilities would amount to $2,863 million.
Long-term debt was $8,736 million at December 31, 2012, resulting in a debt to book capitalization ratio of 26% (September 30, 2012 - 26%; December 31, 2011 - 27%). This ratio is within the 25% to 45% internal range utilized by management. This range may be exceeded in periods when a combination of capital projects, acquisitions, or lower commodity prices occurs. The Company may be below the low end of the targeted range when cash flow from operating activities is greater than current investment activities. The Company remains committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet, adequate available liquidity and a flexible capital structure. The Company has hedged a portion of its crude oil production for 2013 at prices that protect investment returns to ensure ongoing balance sheet strength and the completion of its capital expenditure programs. Further details related to the Company's long-term debt at December 31, 2012 are discussed in note 5 to the Company's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.
The Company's commodity hedging policy reduces the risk of volatility in commodity prices and supports the Company's cash flow for its capital expenditures programs. This policy currently allows for the hedging of up to 60% of the near 12 months budgeted production and up to 40% of the following 13 to 24 months estimated production. For the purpose of this policy, the purchase of put options is in addition to the above parameters. As at March 6, 2013, approximately 48% of currently forecasted 2013 crude oil volumes were hedged using price collars. Further details related to the Company's commodity related derivative financial instruments outstanding at December 31, 2012 are discussed in note 13 to the Company's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.
As at December 31, 2012, there were 1,092,072,000 common shares outstanding and 73,747,000 stock options outstanding. As at March 5, 2013, the Company had 1,092,589,000 common shares outstanding and 68,482,000 stock options outstanding.
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