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Sirius Minerals plc Update on the alternative proposal

14/02/2020 11:51am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


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RNS Number : 0853D

Sirius Minerals plc

14 February 2020

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14 February 2020

RECOMMED CASH ACQUISITION

of

SIRIUS MINERALS PLC

by

ANGLO AMERICAN PROJECTS UK LIMITED

a wholly owned subsidiary of

Anglo American plc

Update on the alternative proposal

On 20 January 2020, the Boards of Sirius Minerals Plc (Sirius), Anglo American plc (Anglo American) and Anglo American Projects UK Limited (Bidco) announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Sirius by Bidco (the Acquisition), to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the Scheme).

Further to the publication of the circular in relation to the Scheme (the Scheme Document) by Sirius Minerals Plc (Sirius) on Friday 7 February 2020, the Sirius Board (the Board), in conjunction with its financial advisers, has continued to explore the potential debt financing proposal from a consortium of financial investors (the Alternative Proposal) to raise a US$680 million funding package to cover the initial scope of work. This would have been a precursor to needing to raise a further US$2.5 billion of capital to reach an installed and ramped up production capacity of 10 mtpa.

As described in the Scheme Document the terms and conditions required to satisfy the Alternative Proposal were the following: (i) Sirius to undertake a substantial new equity raising, (ii) concessions from some of Sirius' major creditors, (iii) certain local authority approvals, and (iv) further due diligence. The Board confirms that the Company has not been able to secure an institutional anchor investor willing to provide sufficient support for the Alternative Proposal which was part of the consortium's requirements. Without an institutional anchor investor providing the majority of the equity required, the consortium of financial investors have informed the Board that they do not consider the Alternative Proposal to be viable and have therefore ceased discussions with the Company.

As stated previously, if the Acquisition is not approved by shareholders and does not complete there is a high probability that the Sirius Board will place the business into administration or liquidation. Therefore, the Sirius Board unanimously recommend that Sirius Shareholders vote in favour of the Scheme at the Court Meeting, and that the Sirius Shareholders vote in favour of the Resolutions to be proposed at the General Meeting, as all of the Sirius Directors have irrevocably undertaken to do in respect of their own legal and/or beneficial holdings of Sirius Shares.

Enquiries:

 
 Sirius 
 Gareth Edmunds 
  Tristan Pottas                           +44 (0) 845 524 0247 
 Edelman (Sirius's PR adviser) 
 Alex Simmons 
  Ed Brown                                 +44 (0) 20 3047 2268 
 J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Lead Financial 
  Adviser to Sirius) 
 Jamie Riddell 
  James Robinson 
  Andrey Zhvitiashvili 
  Jonty Edwards                            +44 (0) 20 7742 4000 
 Lazard (Financial Adviser to Sirius) 
 Spiro Youakim 
  David Burlison 
  Victoria Varga                           +44 (0) 20 7187 2000 
 Liberum Capital (Joint Broker 
  to Sirius) 
 Clayton Bush                              +44 (0) 20 3100 2000 
 Shore Capital (Joint Broker to 
  Sirius) 
 Jerry Keen                                +44 (0) 20 7408 4090 
 Anglo American 
 Media                                     Investors 
  UK                                        UK 
  James Wyatt-Tilby                         Paul Galloway 
  james.wyatt-tilby@angloamerican.com       paul.galloway@angloamerican.com 
  +44 (0) 20 7968 8759                      +44 (0) 20 7968 8718 
 
  Marcelo Esquivel                          Robert Greenberg 
  marcelo.esquivel@angloamerican.com        robert.greenberg@angloamerican.com 
  +44 (0) 20 7968 8891                      +44 (0) 20 7968 2124 
 
  Katie Ryall                               Emma Waterworth 
  katie.ryall@angloamerican.com             emma.waterworth@angloamerican.com 
  +44 (0) 20 7968 8935                      +44 (0) 20 7968 8574 
 
 
  South Africa 
  Pranill Ramchander 
  pranill.ramchander@angloamerican.com 
  +27 (0) 11 638 2592 
 
  Sibusiso Tshabalala 
  sibusiso.tshabalala@angloamerican.com 
  +27 (0) 11 638 2175 
 Brunswick (PR adviser to Bidco 
  and Anglo American) 
 Jonathan Glass 
  Charles Pretzlik                         +44 (0) 20 7404 5959 
 Bank of America Securities (Joint 
  Financial Adviser to Bidco and 
  Anglo American) 
 Ben Davies 
  Geoff Iles 
  Peter Surr 
  Ben Winstanley                           +44 (0) 20 7628 1000 
 Centerview Partners UK LLP (Joint 
  Financial Adviser to Bidco and 
  Anglo American) 
 James Hartop 
  Edward Rowe 
  Fiona McHardy                            +44 (0) 20 7409 9700 
 Allen & Overy LLP are retained as legal adviser to Sirius. 
  Linklaters LLP are retained as legal adviser to Anglo American 
  and Bidco. 
 

Important Notices

J.P. Morgan Securities plc, which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove (J.P. Morgan Cazenove), is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the FCA. J.P. Morgan Cazenove is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Sirius and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Sirius for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan Cazenove, or for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Lazard & Co., Limited (Lazard), which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Sirius and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Sirius for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the matters set out in this announcement. Neither Lazard nor any of its affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Lazard in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein, the transaction described herein or otherwise.

Liberum Capital Limited (Liberum Capital), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as joint broker exclusively for Sirius and for no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Sirius for providing the protections afforded to clients of Liberum Capital, or for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited (Shore Capital), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as joint broker exclusively for Sirius and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Sirius for providing the protections afforded to clients of Shore Capital, or for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Merrill Lynch International (BofA Securities), which is authorised by the UK Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the FCA and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for Anglo American and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Anglo American for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the matters referred to in this announcement. Neither BofA Securities, nor any of its affiliates, owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of BofA Securities in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

Centerview Partners UK LLP (Centerview Partners) is authorised and regulated by the FCA. Centerview Partners is acting exclusively for Anglo American and no one else in connection with the matters referred to in this announcement. Centerview Partners is not and will not be responsible to anyone other than Anglo American for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to in this announcement. Neither Centerview Partners, nor any of its affiliates, owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever to any person who is not a client of Centerview Partners in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

The Acquisition shall be made solely by means of the Scheme Document which contains the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition, including details of how to vote in respect of the Acquisition.

Sirius, Anglo American and Bidco urge Sirius Shareholders to read the Scheme Document as it contains important information relating to the Acquisition.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus exempted document.

Further Information

This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise. The Scheme Document contains the full terms and Conditions of the Acquisition, including details of how to vote in respect of the Acquisition.

This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with the laws of England and Wales and the Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside England and Wales.

Overseas Shareholders

The availability of the Scheme and the Acquisition to Overseas Shareholders may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located. Overseas Shareholders should inform themselves about and should observe any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. It is the responsibility of all Overseas Shareholders to satisfy themselves as to the full compliance of the laws of the relevant jurisdiction in connection therewith, including the obtaining of any governmental, exchange control or other consents which may be required, or the compliance with other necessary formalities which are required to be observed and the payment of any issue, transfer or other taxes due in such jurisdiction.

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement and/or any accompanying documents in or into or from jurisdictions other than the UK may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the law of any jurisdiction other than the UK should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in the UK to vote their Sirius Shares with respect to the Scheme at the Court Meeting or the General Meeting, or to appoint another person as proxy may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located.

Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.

Unless otherwise determined by Bidco or required by the Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, no person may vote in favour of the Acquisition by any use, means, instrumentality or form within a Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of that jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this announcement and all documents relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction, and persons receiving this announcement and all documents relating to the Acquisition (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise distribute or send them in, into or from such jurisdictions where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction.

Forward-looking statements

This announcement (including information incorporated by reference in this announcement), oral statements made regarding the Acquisition, and other information published by Sirius, Anglo American or any member of the Anglo American Group contain statements which are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". Such forward-looking statements are prospective in nature and are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and on numerous assumptions regarding the business strategies and the environment in which Anglo American, any member of the Anglo American Group or the Enlarged Group shall operate in the future and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements.

The forward-looking statements contained in this announcement relate to Anglo American, any member of the Anglo American Group or the Enlarged Group's future prospects, developments and business strategies, the expected timing and scope of the Acquisition and other statements other than historical facts. In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "will look to", "would look to", "plans", "prepares", "anticipates", "expects", "is expected to", "is subject to", "budget", "scheduled", "forecasts", "synergy", "strategy", "goal", "cost-saving", "projects", "intends", "may", "will", "shall" or "should" or their negatives or other variations or comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements may include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of Anglo American's, any member of the Anglo American Group's or Sirius's operations and potential synergies resulting from the Acquisition; and (iii) the effects of global economic conditions and governmental regulation on Anglo American's, any member of the Anglo American Group's or Sirius's business.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that shall occur in the future. These events and circumstances include changes in the global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates and future business combinations or disposals. If any one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialises or if any one or more of the assumptions proves incorrect, actual results may differ materially from those expected, estimated or projected. Such forward-looking statements should therefore be construed in the light of such factors.

Neither Sirius nor any of Anglo American nor any member of the Anglo American Group, nor any of their respective associates or directors, officers or advisers, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement shall actually occur. Given these risks and uncertainties, potential investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements speak only at the date of this announcement. All subsequent oral or written forward-looking statements attributable to any member of the Anglo American Group or Sirius Group, or any of their respective associates, directors, officers, employees or advisers, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statement above.

Sirius and Anglo American expressly disclaim any obligation to update such statements other than as required by law or by the rules of any competent regulatory authority, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

No profit forecasts or estimates

No statement in this announcement is intended as a profit forecast or estimate for any period and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share for Anglo American or Sirius, as appropriate, for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or earnings per share for Anglo American or Sirius, as appropriate.

Disclosure requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange 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 securities exchange 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 securities exchange 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 securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange 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 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange 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 securities exchange 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 securities exchange offeror, they shall 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 Panel's website at http://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.

Electronic Communications

Please be aware that addresses, electronic addresses and certain information provided by Sirius Shareholders, persons with information rights and other relevant persons for the receipt of communications from Sirius may be provided to Anglo American during the Offer Period as requested under Section 4 of Appendix 4 of the Code to comply with Rule 2.11(c) of the Code.

Publication on website and availability of hard copies

A copy of this announcement shall be made available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on Anglo American's and Sirius's websites at www.angloamerican.com/offer and www.siriusminerals.com/investors/firm-offer-from-anglo-american-plc respectively by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the Business Day following the publication of this announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of these websites are not incorporated into and do not form part of this announcement.

You may request a hard copy of this announcement by contacting Sirius's registrars, Link Asset Services, during business hours on 0371 664 0321 or at The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TU. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the Acquisition should be in hard copy form.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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