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Lonrho PLC (LONR)

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Wednesday 09 December, 2009

Lonrho PLC

Private Placement

RNS Number : 8206D
Lonrho PLC
09 December 2009

December 2009


("Lonrho" or the "Company")

Lonrho private placement of £9 million


Lonrho Plc (AIM:LONR) is pleased to announce that following a successful £16.0placement at 10 pence per share to existing major shareholders, as announced on the 4th December 2009, an additional £9.1m has been placed with new and existing institutions ,at a placing price of 10 pence per share, subject to shareholder approvalThe two placings will provide a total of £25.1for working capital for the Group's existing businesses and will provide the Company with the ability to increase its equity stake in its core established businesses, including its agricultural and building divisions. 


The placing, announced today, has raised £9.1million (before expenses), equivalent to approximately US$ 14.8 million, by means of the issue of 90,925,000 new ordinary shares in the Company (the "Placing Shares") at 10 pence per Ordinary Share (the "Placing"). The issue of the Placing Shares is subject to shareholder approval at a general meeting of the Company, which is expected to be held on Tuesday 29th December 2009. Subject to passing the resolutions, the admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM will be on Wednesday 30th December 2009. The Placing Shares will rank pari passu with existing ordinary shares in issue.


The Placing Shares, when issued, would represent approximately 8.66% of the Company's enlarged issued share capital and application will be made for the admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM. It is expected that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at 8.00 a.m. on 30th December 2009. The total number of shares in issue following completion of the Placing would be 1,050,278,712


A circular convening the general meeting of the Company to approve, inter alia, the issue of the Placing Shares will be sent to shareholders.


David Lenigas, Executive Chairman of Lonrho commented :

"We are delighted with the support from both existing shareholders and some new significant institutions. I am confident that the £25m now raised will enable Lonrho to increase its stakes in its agriculture and building subsidiaries and puts the Company in a very strong position as we enter 2010."


Lonrho Plc

+44 (0)20 7016 5105

David Lenigas, Executive Chairman

+44 (0)20 7016 5105

Geoffrey White, Chief Executive Officer

+44 (0)20 7016 5105

David Armstrong, Finance Director

+44 (0)20 7016 5105




Pelham PR


Charles Vivian

+44 (0) 20 7743 6672


+44 (0) 7977 297903

James MacFarlane

+44 (0) 20 7743 6375


+44 (0) 7841 672831



Beaumont Cornish Limited


Rosalind Abrahams 

+44 (0) 20 7628 3396

Roland Cornish

+44 (0) 20 7628 3396

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