AssetCo PLC (“the Company”) Company Update and Offer Talks Discontinued

14/02/2011
 
The Company announced on 8 February 2011 that it had a shorter term debt requirement of approximately £4.0 million and that it was pursuing various alternatives to satisfy this. Since that time the Directors have been engaged in discussions with various parties with respect to the short term needs of the business.
 
The short term funding issues have arisen as a result of delays to the refinancing of non-recourse asset  financing facilities of the business (the “Refinancing”). The current net book value of the assets which are the subject of the Refinancing is approximately £62.4 million. It is planned that as a result of the Refinancing the current debt of £50.6 million which is secured on these assets will be repaid and approximately £8.5 million of capital (net of fees and the cost of interest rate hedges) will be released to fund the working capital needs of the business.
 
Whilst the Directors remain confident that the Refinancing will be delivered before the financial year end, the delay has led to a significant strain on the cash resources of the business.  
 
In order to meet its immediate needs the Company is in advanced discussions in relation to a short term debt facility of £3.5 million which will be used to satisfy the majority of the Company's immediate requirements and is seeking to release further amounts from other facilities available to it. At the same time the Company expects to receive waivers from certain technical breaches of its banking conditions. However, the Company will still require the Refinancing to meet the short term working capital requirements of the business.
 
In light of the delays to the Refinancing, the Directors are now considering a number of other solutions to the capital requirements of the business including an equity fundraising.  

Consequently the Company announces that it has informed the potential offeror referred to in the announcement dated 31 January 2011 that it is discontinuing talks with it in order to concentrate on the Company's short term issues.
 
Notwithstanding the short term financing issues referred to above the Company’s existing contracts continue to perform as expected and the Company is in discussions in relation to additional contracts in the Middle East and elsewhere, which it expects to be in a position to announce shortly.

Enquiries:

AssetCo plc  +44 (0) 20 8515 3999 
John Shannon, Chief Executive Officer  
Tim Wightman, Chairman  
   
Evolution Securities Limited  +44 (0) 20 7071 4300
Stuart Andrews  
James Nevin  
   
Arden Partners plc +44 (0) 20 7614 5917
Richard Day  
Adrian Trimmings  
   
Cadogan PR +44 (0) 7771713608
Alex Walters   
Emma Wigan  

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Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant
securities of an offeree company or of any paper 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 paper 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 paper 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
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persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a paper offeror prior to the deadline
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relevant securities of the offeree company or of any paper offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the
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