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Pala Closes Successful Offer for Sierra Rutile Limited
LONDON, ENGLAND – 18 November 2011: Pala Investments Holdings Limited ("Pala"),
through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pala Minerals Limited ("PML"),
is pleased to announce that its successful cash offer for Sierra Rutile
Limited (AIM:SRX) ("Sierra Rutile") closed today. Following
the close of the Offer, Pala’s interest in Sierra Rutile is 54.75 per
cent. of Sierra Rutile's issued share capital.
Pala’s Commitment to Sierra Rutile
The Offer is indicative of Pala’s commitment to its long-term
partnership with Sierra Rutile. Pala remains focused on supporting
Sierra Rutile in its efforts to maximize value for all shareholders.
Since the time of Pala’s initial acquisition of an approximately 30%
interest in Sierra Rutile in September 2010, and the accompanying
substantial strengthening of the independent board of directors, Sierra
Rutile has focused on unlocking the value of its world-class asset,
including the following key achievements:
implementing significant operational improvements;
augmenting the company’s talented management team with the additional
skills required to execute the its expansion plans; and
exiting from legacy sales contracts, enabling the company to benefit
from further forecast rutile price increases.
Going forward, Pala will continue to support Sierra Rutile’s pursuit of
its strategic growth plans, including:
further increasing performance and optimisation of the existing assets;
increasing natural rutile production by 90% within two years through
the implementation of the dry mining and Mogbwemo tails projects; and
completing a detailed feasibility study into the construction of a new
large dredge that is expected to increase production to more than
200,000 tonnes of rutile per annum.
Pala believes that Sierra Rutile’s current board of directors and
management is well positioned to drive the company forward in executing
these strategic growth plans and looks forward to working together with
Background to the Offer
On 7 September 2011 Pala, acting through PML, made a cash offer to
acquire all the shares of Sierra Rutile not already owned by Pala, at a
price of 25 pence per Sierra Rutile Share which was increased to 30
pence per Sierra Rutile Share on 3 October 2011 (the "Offer").
On 4 November 2011, Pala announced that the Offer was unconditional in
all respects. Pala also announced that in accordance with Rule 31.4 of
the Code, the Offer would continue to remain open for acceptances until
1.00 p.m. (London time) today, 18 November 2011.
Pala is pleased to announce that the Offer was closed at 1.00 p.m. today.
Levels of Acceptances
As at 1.00 p.m. (London time) today, being the closing date of the
Offer, valid acceptances of the Offer have been received in respect of
25,721,082 Sierra Rutile Shares, representing 5.05 per cent. of Sierra
Rutile's issued share capital.
At that time, Pala held or had agreed to acquire by private treaty or
market purchases 253,071,882 Sierra Rutile Shares, representing 49.69
per cent. of Sierra Rutile's issued share capital. This figure is
comprised of 192,273,344 Sierra Rutile Shares, representing 37.76 per
cent. of Sierra Rutile's issued share capital, which Pala held on the
date of the Original Offer Announcement and 60,798,538 Sierra Rutile
Shares, representing 11.94 per cent. of Sierra Rutile's issued share
capital, acquired or agreed to be acquired by Pala during the course of
the Offer period either through private treaty or market purchases. This
also includes 75,000 Sierra Rutile Shares, representing 0.01 per cent.
of Sierra Rutile's issued share capital relating to market purchases
undertaken by Pala which have not yet settled.
In aggregate, therefore, the total number of Sierra Rutile Shares which
Pala has acquired or agreed to acquire and for which PML has received
acceptances is 278,792,964 Sierra Rutile Shares, representing 54.75 per
cent. of Sierra Rutile's issued share capital.
This announcement should be read in conjunction with the full text of
the announcements of 7 September 2011 and 3 October 2011 (including
their respective Appendices) and 11 October 2011, 25 October 2011, 28
October 2011 and 4 November 2011. The Acceptance Condition and the
further terms of the Offer are set out in Appendix I to the Original
Offer Announcement (as modified by paragraph 4 of the Improved Offer
Announcement). Unless the context otherwise requires, definitions used
in the Original Offer Announcement and Improved Offer Announcement also
apply to this announcement.
Unless otherwise stated, the closing prices for Sierra Rutile Shares
referred to in this announcement are closing middle market quotations
sourced from Bloomberg.
Pala Investments AG
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Pala Investments Holdings Limited is a multi-strategy investment company
dedicated to investing in, and creating value across, the mining sector
in both developed and emerging markets. Pala's exclusive investment
advisor, Pala Investments AG, has extensive experience within the mining
sector. Pala seeks to assist companies in which it has long-term
shareholdings by providing strategic advice and innovative financing
solutions. For more information, visit www.pala.com.
Publication of this announcement
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by no later than 12.00 p.m. (London time) on the business day after the
date of this announcement. You can obtain a hard copy of this
announcement or any information incorporated by reference by contacting
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