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Merger Update

Tue, 6th Dec 2016 12:56

RNS Number : 1046R
Sierra Rutile Limited
06 December 2016

DIS                                                   Statement regarding the disposal of a company or assets


Not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in, into or from the United States or from any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws or regulations of such jurisdiction.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              6 December 2016


Merger Update


Further to the recent announcement of 29 November 2016 relating to the statutory merger between Sierra Rutile Limited ("SRL") and Iluka Investments (BVI) Limited ("Iluka Newco") under section 170 of the BVI Business Companies Act ("Merger"), the board of SRL wish to provide the following update.


Closing Date


Since 29 November 2016, SRL and Iluka have been in discussions on how to proceed with closing of the Merger which was expected to become effective on 29 November 2016. SRL is pleased to announce that SRL and Iluka have agreed that all the conditions precedent to the Merger have been satisfied and that the Merger is now expected to become effective and closing is expected to occur on 7 December 2016.


As announced on 25 November 2016, SRL has made an application to the London Stock Exchange for the suspension and cancellation of the admission to trading on AIM of, and cessation of dealings in, SRL Shares. Suspension is expected to occur at 7.30 a.m. on 7 December 2016 and cancellation is expected to become effective at 7.00 a.m. on 8 December 2016. Upon the Merger becoming effective, all SRL Shares will be cancelled and any share certificates in respect of the Depositary Interests will cease to be valid and the Depositary Interests held in CREST will be cancelled. 


SRL Dams


SRL wishes to provide the following information to its shareholders and stakeholders regarding the integrity of SRL dams and associated facilities at its mining operations in Sierra Leone.


Dam construction standards: The construction of SRL's engineered dams are considered to be compliant with appropriate industry standards. With regard to references made to seepage, it is a feature of such engineered earthen dams that sand blankets are incorporated into the dam design in order to promote controlled seepage. In addition to the engineered dams, SRL's mining operation contains multiple bunds for material and water containment. As with most minerals sands mining operations, bunds are intended to be dynamic and subject to on-going development and periodic relocation.


Operating standards: SRL has in place a Dams Operations, Maintenance and Surveillance manual which accords with appropriate industry standards. As part of its internal controls and processes, SRL conducts regular inspections of its dams.


Dam inspections: Inspections of SRL's engineered dams by an independent expert were conducted in 2015 and 2016 in the ordinary course of business. The most recent inspection of SRL's engineered dams was conducted from 3 to 5 November 2016 which confirmed that SRL dams are structurally sound, and do not pose any immediate risk to its operations, employees or surrounding communities. With regards to its bunds, following the 2016 wet season in Sierra Leone, which was characterised by precipitation well in excess of the last 15-years average, it was observed by SRL that one bunded area had reached a freeboard below SRL's typically maintained level. Rectification of this involves ordinary course maintenance activities to manage water levels, which has been completed at no material cost or impact to production.


Defined terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meanings set out in the Circular.




Person making this notification:


Sierra Rutile Limited

John Nagulendran

Company Secretary                                             +44 (0)20 7074 1800


Investec Bank plc Financial Adviser, Nominated Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker

Chris Sim                                                           +44 (0)20 7597 4000

Jeremy Ellis

George Price

Jonathan Wynn


RBC Capital Markets Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker

Richard Horrocks-Taylor                                       +44 (0)20 7653 4000

Jonathan Hardy   

Paul Betts


Numis Securities Limited Joint Corporate Broker

John Prior                                                           +44 (0)20 7260 1000


Further information

This announcement is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, any offer to sell or subscribe for or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Merger or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of SRL in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. 

Any vote in respect of the Merger should only be made on the basis of the information contained in the Circular of 9 August 2016, which contained the full terms and conditions of the Merger (including details of how to vote). SRL Shareholders and holders of Depositary Interests are advised to read the formal documentation in relation to the Merger carefully.

Please be aware that addresses, electronic addresses and certain other information provided by SRL Shareholders, holders of Depositary Interests, persons with information rights and other relevant persons in connection with the receipt of communications from SRL may be provided to Iluka during the period until implementation of the Merger.

Investec Bank plc ("Investec"), which is authorised by Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting for SRL and no-one else in connection with the Merger and will not be responsible to anyone other than SRL for providing the protections afforded to clients of Investec nor for providing advice in relation to the Merger. Neither Investec nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or 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 Investec in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein or otherwise.

RBC Europe Limited (trading as "RBC Capital Markets"), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting for SRL and no one else in connection with the Merger and will not be responsible to anyone other than SRL for providing the protections afforded to clients of RBC Capital Markets, or for providing advice in connection with the Merger.

Overseas jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in or into jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves about and observe any applicable restrictions. SRL Shareholders and holders of Depositary Interests who are in any doubt regarding such matters should consult an appropriate independent adviser in the relevant jurisdiction without delay. Any failure to comply with such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

This announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with the AIM Rules and the relevant procedural requirements of the articles of association of SRL 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 the United Kingdom and the British Virgin Islands.

Additional information for US investors in SRL

These materials are not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia). These materials do not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States.

Shareholders and holders of Depositary Interests in the United States should note that the Merger relates to the shares of a BVI company and is proposed to be made by means of a merger provided for under, and governed by, BVI law. Neither the proxy solicitation nor the tender offer rules under the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "US Exchange Act"), will apply to the Merger. Moreover the Merger will be subject to the disclosure requirements, rules and practices applicable in the BVI to statutory mergers, which differ from the disclosure requirements of the US proxy solicitation rules and tender offer rules. Financial information included in this Circular has been or will be prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards adopted for use by the European Union and may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

SRL is incorporated under the laws of the BVI, Iluka is incorporated under the laws of Australia and Newco is incorporated under the laws of the BVI. The vast majority of the officers and directors of SRL and Iluka are residents of countries other than the United States. It may not be possible to sue SRL, Iluka, Newco or their respective officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. It may be difficult to compel SRL, Iluka or Newco or their respective affiliates to subject themselves to the jurisdiction and judgment of a US court.

The Merger is expected to be made in accordance with, and in reliance on, certain applicable laws of the United States, including section 14(e) of the US Exchange Act and Regulation 14E thereunder, as exempted thereunder by Rule 14d-1(c). The Merger is not expected to be subject to the requirements of Regulation 14D of the US Exchange Act and as such, is not expected to be submitted to, nor reviewed by, the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

To the extent permitted by applicable law, and to the extent permitted by normal UK practice and Rule 14e-5 under the US Exchange Act, Iluka or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, SRL Shares outside of the United States, other than pursuant to the Acquisition, until the date on which the Acquisition becomes Effective, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. If such purchases or arrangements to purchase are made they will be made outside the United States and will comply with applicable law, including the US Exchange Act.

Forward-looking statements

This announcement may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Iluka, Iluka Newco and SRL's plans, objectives and expected performance. Such statements relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. There are a number of factors which could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including among others, the enactment of legislation or regulation that may impose costs or restrict activities; the re-negotiation of contracts or licences; fluctuations in demand and pricing in the mining industry; fluctuations in exchange controls; changes in government policy and taxations; industrial disputes; and war and terrorism. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement.

Application of the Code

SRL is a company incorporated and registered in the BVI and, as such, is not subject to the jurisdiction of the UK Takeover Panel or the Code. 

Shareholders and holders of Depositary Interests are reminded that SRL's articles of association require certain offers to be made on terms that would be required by the Code, save to the extent that the SRL Board otherwise determines. The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers does not, however, have responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Code in respect of the Merger and is not able to answer Shareholders' or holders of Depositary Interests' queries in relation to SRL, Iluka, Newco or the Merger. However, the SRL Board has, and intends to continue to, take into account guidance issued by the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers in connection with the exercise of its discretion.

In particular, the SRL Board has confirmed to Iluka and Newco that it does not intend to require announcements to be made by Shareholders pursuant to Rule 8 of the Code (disclosure of dealings and positions). Shareholders are reminded that public disclosures consistent with the provision of Rule 8.3 of the Code should not be e-mailed to the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers.

Publication of this announcement

A copy of this announcement will be available, subject to restrictions relating to persons resident in certain restricted jurisdictions on

The contents of SRL's website are not incorporated into and do not form part of this announcement.



Glossary of Terms


bund                               an embankment or dyke used to control the flow of water and material between two areas.


freeboard                         the vertical distance between the crest/top of the embankment (dam or bund) and the water surface.









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