Conquest Mining Limited (ASX:CQT) Takeover Offer For North Queensland Metals (ASX:NQM) Declared Unconditional
Conquest Mining Limited (ASX:CQT) Takeover Offer For North Queensland Metals (ASX:NQM) Declared Unconditional

Perth, Aug 17, 2010 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Conquest Mining Limited (googlechartASX:CQT) (googlechartPINK:CQMLF) announces that it has declared its takeover offer ("Offer") for North Queensland Metals Limited (googlechartASX:NQM) ("NQM") to be unconditional.

The Offer provides both the certainty of a substantial cash return to NQM shareholders as well as the opportunity to participate in the potential future value of the combined company.

By accepting the Offer, NQM shareholders will become shareholders in a larger, growth oriented company which offers:

- A board with an excellent track record of increasing shareholder value.

- A gold-focused company with exposure to development of the Mt Carlton gold-silver-copper project(1).

- Increased share liquidity and likely better access to capital markets.
- A strong platform for growth.

- Asset and risk diversification.

Since launching the Offer for NQM Conquest has continued to advance and de-risk its flagship Mt Carlton gold-silver-copper project in north Queensland. This has included successful metallurgical testwork; formal expressions of interest for offtake from two Chinese smelting groups; appointment of Calder Projects Services to undertake the optimisation engineering and costing study; and the purchase of a SAG mill from Hillgrove Resources (googlechartASX:HGO) (googlechartPINK:HLGVF).

To date, Conquest has received Offer acceptances for 21.84% of the NQM shares.

Payment of Offer consideration

As a result of the Offer being declared unconditional, in accordance with the Offer terms Conquest will provide the Offer consideration (0.5 Conquest shares and A$0.15 cash for each NQM share) to accepting NQM shareholders as follows:

- in respect of those NQM shareholders who have already accepted the Offer or who accept the Offer today, Conquest will provide the Offer consideration by the earlier of 1 month from today and 21 days after the end of the Offer period; and

- in respect of those NQM shareholders who accept the Offer after today, Conquest will provide the Offer consideration by the earlier of 1 month after the acceptance date and 21 days after the end of the Offer period.

Offer closing date

The Offer is scheduled to close at 7.00pm (Sydney time) on 3 September 2010 (unless extended further in accordance with the Corporations Act).

Statutory notice

Attached is a notice under section 650F of the Corporations Act in which Conquest formally declares its Offer to be unconditional.

(1) There are a number of risks associated with the Mt Carlton project, which are described in sections 1.2 and 7 of Conquest's replacement bidder's statement dated 29 June 2010.

Contact

Jake Klein
Executive Chairman
Conquest Mining Limited
Tel: +61-411-422-474
www.conquestmining.com.au



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