Ormonde Mining plc: Approach from Almonty Industries
The proposal from Almonty is conditional, inter alia, upon the recommendation of the Board of Ormonde. The Board of Ormonde considers this unsolicited approach from Almonty to be speculative, opportunistic and lacking in both strategic and economic merit for Ormonde shareholders. In addition the Board of Ormonde believes there would be negligible support from its shareholders for the proposal. Accordingly the Board of Ormonde has unanimously rejected this approach.
Commenting on the approach, Mike Donoghue, Chairman of Ormonde stated:
“The key focus for Ormonde at this time is on making significant progress towards the development of its flagship tungsten project at Barruecopardo in Spain. Ormonde is not surprised that Almonty recognises the attractions of Barruecopardo. However, Ormonde’s Board sees no merit for Ormonde shareholders exchanging shares in Ormonde for shares in Almonty at a value which the Board believes significantly undervalues Ormonde. The proposal would result in a significant dilution of Ormonde shareholders’ownership of Barruecopardo, whilst not providing funds required to develop the Barruecopardo Project.”
Ormonde Shareholders are strongly advised to take no action with respect to the approach from Almonty.
This announcement is made in accordance with the requirements of Rule 2.2 of the Irish Takeover Rules.
Ormonde Mining plc
Kerr Anderson, Managing Director
Tel: +353 (0)1 8253570
Davy Corporate Finance
(Nomad / ESM Adviser and Financial Adviser to Ormonde)
Eugenée Mulhern / Roland French
Tel: +353 (0)1 6796363
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP
Ewan Leggat / Katy Birkin
Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 2260
Tel: +44 (0)20 7367 8888
Mob: +44 (0)7703 167065
Tel: +353 (0)1 4980300
Mob: +353 (0)86 803 7155
The Directors of Ormonde accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement, save that the only responsibility accepted by the Directors of Ormonde in respect of the information in this announcement relating to Almonty, the Almonty Industries Group, the board of directors of Almonty and the persons connected with them, which has been compiled from published sources, has been to ensure that such information has been correctly and fairly reproduced or presented (and no steps have been taken by the Directors of Ormonde to verify this information). To the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors of Ormonde (having taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.
Any holder of 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of Ormonde or of Almonty may have disclosure obligations under Rule 8.3 of the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997, Takeover Rules 2007 (asamended).
No statement in this announcement is intended to be an asset valuation or a profit forecast and profits and earnings per share will not necessarily be changed.
Davy and Davy Corporate Finance each of which are regulated in Ireland by the Central Bank of Ireland, are acting for Ormonde and no one else in relation to the matters referred to herein. In connection with such matters, Davy and Davy Corporate Finance, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents will not regard any other person as their client, nor will they be responsible to anyone other than Ormonde for providing the protections afforded to their clients or for providing advice in connection with the matters described in this announcement or any matter referred to herein.