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Vedanta Resources PLC
02 December 2008
2 December 2008
Vedanta Resources plc announces share buyback programme
Vedanta Resources Plc ('Vedanta' or the 'Group') today announced a $250 million share buy-back programme to purchase up to 10% of the ordinary shares ('Ordinary Shares') in issue. Given the recent share price decline and current market conditions, the Board of Vedanta believes that such a buyback programme would be value enhancing for its shareholders. In addition, the Board will continue to seek opportunities to consolidate minorities within the Group, in line with its stated strategy. Vedanta's major shareholder, Volcan Investments Limited, will not participate in the buyback. Vedanta will only use a small part of its substantial cash balances of over $5.0 billion and the Group will remain well capitalised to fund its organic growth programme.
The Ordinary Shares may be purchased by Vedanta or any of its affiliates from time to time in the open market at management's discretion, in compliance with applicable laws and subject to and within the limits of an outstanding authorisation granted to the Board by the shareholders of Vedanta. The shares will be held in treasury for subsequent cancellation or sale. Any share purchases during close periods will be made according to irrevocable mandates issued prior to the periods concerned.
For further information, please contact:
Director - Investor Relations
Vedanta Resources plc
Tel: +44 20 7659 4732 / +91 22 6646 1531
Tel: +44 20 7251 3801
About Vedanta Resources plc
Vedanta Resources plc ('Vedanta') is a London listed FTSE 100 diversified metals and mining major. The group produces aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, iron ore and commercial energy. Vedanta has operations in India, Zambia and Australia and a strong organic growth pipeline of projects. With an empowered talent pool of 29,000 employees globally, Vedanta places strong emphasis on partnering with all its stakeholders based on the core values of entrepreneurship, excellence, trust, inclusiveness and growth. For more information visit www.vedantaresources.com
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