Atlas Iron Limited (ASX:AGO) Declares FerrAus (ASX:FRS) Takeover Offer Unconditional and Confirms Accelerated Payment Terms
Additionally, Atlas confirms that FerrAus Shareholders who validly accepted the Recommended Offer before it was declared unconditional will be issued their consideration within 3 business days of today's date (13 September 2011). FerrAus Shareholders who now validly accept the Recommended Offer will be issued with their Atlas Shares within 3 business days of their acceptance being processed.
On Thursday, 25 August 2011, Atlas announced its maiden unfranked dividend of $0.03 per Atlas Share with a record date of 26 September 2011. You will be entitled to receive the Atlas dividend if, prior to the close of trading on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, you have validly accepted the Offer.
If Atlas comes to hold relevant interests in 90% or more in FerrAus, it intends to proceed with compulsory acquisition of any outstanding FerrAus Shares under Part 6A of the Corporations Act. FerrAus Shareholders who have their FerrAus Shares acquired compulsorily will NOT be eligible for accelerated payment terms.
FerrAus Directors have unanimously recommended all FerrAus shareholders accept Atlas' Recommended Offer without delay, in the absence of a superior proposal.
Attached pursuant to section 650F(3)(a) of the Corporations Act, is the notice declaring that the Recommended Offer has been freed from all defeating conditions.
As at 5.00pm (AWST) 7 September 2011, Atlas had a relevant interest in 60.48% of FerrAus' Shares.
Atlas reminds FerrAus Shareholders that the Recommended Offer is currently scheduled to close on 5.00pm (AWST) Wednesday, 5 October 2011. Atlas urges all FerrAus Shareholders who have not yet accepted the Offer to ACCEPT WITHOUT DELAY and take advantage of the accelerated payment terms to become an Atlas Shareholder.
Mr. David Flanagan, Managing Director of Atlas commented:
"We are very pleased to have achieved this level of support for our Offer from shareholders of FerrAus only two days after the Offer has opened and we are looking forward to welcoming all FerrAus shareholders as new shareholders of Atlas, a rapidly growing, independent iron ore producer.
This is a very exciting time for Atlas following the recent announcement of our maiden annual profit and dividend, which we believe is only just the beginning in the building of a significant Australian mining company."
In accordance with the Bid Implementation Agreement, Atlas will now proceed to nominate candidates to the FerrAus Board such that following their appointment, Atlas nominee directors will represent the majority of the FerrAus Board.
About Atlas Iron Limited
Atlas Iron Limited (ASX:AGO) is an independent Australian iron ore company, mining and exporting Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) from its operations in the Northern Pilbara region of Western Australia. Since listing on the ASX in late 2004, Atlas has grown rapidly and is now a member of the ASX100 index.
About Ferraus Limited
FerrAus Limited has been delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange following its acquisition by Atlas Iron Limited. For all enquiries please visit the Atlas Iron website at www.AtlasIron.com.au
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