Statement re Press Speculation

31/01/2011
 

AssetCo PLC ("AssetCo" or "the Company")

 

Statement re Press Speculation
 

The board of the Company notes the recent press speculation and announces that it is in discussions with a third party that may or may not lead to an offer being made for the Company. The third party is not J O Hambro. Shareholders should note that there is no certainty that any offer will be made or as to the terms of any offer were one to be made.
 

The Company has appointed Evolution Securities Limited to advise it in connection with these discussions.

 

In accordance with Rule 2.10 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code"), the Company  confirms that, as at the close of business on 28 January 2010, it has 90,712,740 ordinary shares ("Ordinary Shares") in issue The International Securities Identification Number for the Ordinary Shares is GB0033997387.

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Enquiries:
 
John Shannon, Chief Executive Officer       +44 (0) 20 8515 3999 
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

Alex Walters                                           +44 (0) 7771713608
 
 
 

Dealing Disclosure Requirements

 

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 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 paper offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a paper 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% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any paper offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any paper 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 paper 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 paper offeror, they will 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 Takeover Panel's website at 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.

 


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