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Costain Group PLC (COST)

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Thursday 24 February, 2011

Costain Group PLC

Response to announcement by Mouchel Group plc

RNS Number : 7983B
Costain Group PLC
24 February 2011
 



 

 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION.  THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FALLING UNDER RULE 2.4 OF THE TAKEOVER CODE (THE "CODE").  IT DOES NOT REPRESENT A FIRM INTENTION TO MAKE AN OFFER UNDER RULE 2.5 OF THE CODE.  ACCORDINGLY, THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT ANY OFFER WILL ULTIMATELY BE MADE.

 

 

Costain Group PLC

("Costain" or the "Group")

 

Response to announcement by Mouchel Group plc ("Mouchel")

 

This is an announcement falling under Rule 2.4 of the Code.  It does not represent a firm intention to make an offer under Rule 2.5 of the Code.  Accordingly, there can be no certainty that any offer will ultimately be made.

 

The Board of Costain notes the announcement by Mouchel earlier today and confirms that Costain is not the party which is in advanced discussions with Mouchel.

 

Following the completion of comprehensive initial due diligence, including management meetings with Mouchel, the Board of Costain confirms that it approached the Board of Mouchel on 17 February 2011 with a revised proposal* to make a recommended share and cash offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Mouchel.  

 

Costain is fully committed to delivering its 'Choosing Costain' strategy and is progressing a number of options.

 

* The making of any offer will be subject to a number of pre-conditions, including the satisfactory completion of due diligence and the recommendation of the Board of Mouchel.  Costain reserves the right to waive any or all of such pre-conditions.  In addition, Costain reserves the right to make an offer at an exchange ratio and / or level of cash on less favourable terms in the event that (i) the Board of Mouchel agrees and recommends any such change, (ii) a third party announces a firm intention to make an offer for Mouchel, or (iii) Mouchel announces, declares or pays a dividend or any other distribution or other payments to its shareholders, in which case there would be an equivalent reduction in the value of Costain's offer.  Further, Costain reserves the right to vary the form and/or mix of consideration and/or introduce other forms of consideration.

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Costain Group PLC

Tel: +44 1628 842 444

Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive


Tony Bickerstaff, Finance Director


Graham Read, Communications Director




Investec Investment Banking (Financial adviser & broker to Costain)

Tel: +44 20 7597 5970

David Currie


Charles Batten


James Rudd




College Hill (PR adviser to Costain)

Tel: +44 20 7457 2020

Mark Garraway


Mike Davies


 

A copy of this announcement will shortly be available, free of charge, on the Group's website at www.costain.com

 

 

 

Investec (which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority) is acting exclusively for Costain and for no one else in connection with the possible offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than Costain for providing the protections afforded to Investec clients nor for providing advice in relation to the possible offer orany other matters referred to in this announcement.

 

This announcement does not constitute an offer to purchase any securities, or an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any offer to purchase or sell securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.  No offering of securities may be made in the United States except pursuant to registration under the US Securities Act of 1933 or an exemption from registration.

 

The release, distribution or publication of this announcement in jurisdictions other than the UK may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the UK should inform themselves about and observe any applicable requirements.  If you are resident outside the UK, you are responsible for first satisfying yourself as to the full observance of the laws and regulatory requirements of your jurisdiction.

 

Unless otherwise determined by Costain, this announcement and any proposed offer will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws of that jurisdiction (a "Restricted Jurisdiction") or the United States, or by the use of any means or instrumentally (including, without limitation, telex, facsimile transmission, telephone, internet or other forms of electronic communication) of interstate or foreign commerce, or of any facility of a national securities exchange of any Restricted Jurisdiction or the United States.  Unless so determined by Costain, the proposed offer will not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means or instrumentally or facility of any Restricted Jurisdiction or the United States.

 

Copies of this announcement and documents relating to any offer will not be, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded (including, without limitation, by telex, facsimile transmission, telephone, internet or other forms of electronic communication), distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction or the United States.

 

 

Forward looking statements

 

This announcement contains statements about Costain and Major that are or may be forward looking statements.  All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement may be forward looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "plans" "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "estimates", "projects" or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward looking statements.  Forward looking statements include statements relating to, among other things: the expected benefits of the proposed combination of Costain and Major.

 

Such forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward looking statements, including, among others, risks relating to the successful combination of Major with Costain; higher than anticipated costs relating to the combination of Major with Costain; and facts relating to Major that may impact the timing or amount of benefit realised from the combination that are unknown to Costain.  Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  Costain disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking or other statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law.

 

 

Disclosure requirements of the Code

 

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any paper offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any paper offeror is first identified.  An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any paper offeror(s).  An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any paper offeror is first identified.  Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a paper offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

 

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any paper offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any paper offeror.  A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any paper offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8.  A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

 

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a paper offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

 

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

 

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure, you should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.


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