W.H. Ireland Group PLC
25 April 2008
25th April 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WH Ireland Group plc ('WH Ireland')
Rule 2.10 Announcement
Relevant Securities in Issue
In accordance with Rule 2.10 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers, WH
Ireland confirms that on 25th April 2008 it has 17,316,591 ordinary shares of 5p
each in issue.
The ISIN reference for these securities is GB0009241885.
Dealing Disclosure Requirements
Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the
'Code'), if any person is, or becomes, 'interested' (directly or indirectly) in
1% or more of any class of 'relevant securities' of WH Ireland, all ' dealings'
in any 'relevant securities' of that company (including by means of an option in
respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such 'relevant securities') must
be publicly disclosed by no later than 3:30pm (London time) on the London
business day following the date of the relevant transaction. This requirement
will continue until the date on which the offer becomes, or is declared,
unconditional as to acceptances, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn or on which
the 'offer period' otherwise ends. If two or more persons act together pursuant
to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire an
'interest' in 'relevant securities' of WH Ireland, they will be deemed to be a
single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.
Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Code, all 'dealings' in 'relevant
securities' of WH Ireland by the offeror or WH Ireland, or by any of their
respective 'associates', must be disclosed by no later than 12:00 noon (London
time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction.
A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose 'relevant
securities' 'dealings' should be disclosed, and the number of such securities in
issue, can be found on the Takeover Panel's website at
'Interests in securities' arise, in summary, when a person has long economic
exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of
securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an 'interest' by
virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by the virtue of any option
in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities.
Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Code, which can also be found on the
Panel's website. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required
to disclose a 'dealing' under Rule 8, you should consult the Panel.
Mike Frame 0161 832 2174
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