Glencore International plc announces "best and final" offer of C$12.50 to holders of Viterra's C$200 million 6.406% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2021
BAAR, Switzerland, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Glencore International plc ("Glencore") announced today that it will increase the proxy payment (the "Proxy Payment") with respect to its previously announced proxy solicitation (the "Proxy Solicitation") with respect to Viterra Inc.'s ("Viterra") 6.406% Senior Unsecured Notes due February 16, 2021 (CUSIP 92849TAL2/92849TAM0) (the "2021 Notes"). The Proxy Payment is increased to C$12.50 from C$5.00 per C$1,000 principal amount of 2021 Notes in respect of proxy forms that are validly delivered (and not subsequently revoked) appointing Glencore nominees designated in the proxy form as proxyholders and containing instructions to vote in favour of the 2021 Noteholder Resolution. Glencore also announces that this increase represents its "best and final" offer and that it will not further increase the Proxy Payment. Glencore further advises that, as described below, holders of 2021 Notes should not expect that any "make-whole" premium will be paid.
Holders of 2021 Notes are referred to Glencore's consent and proxy solicitation statement dated July 9, 2012 ("Consent Solicitation Statement") for the detailed terms and conditions of the Proxy Solicitation. The terms and conditions of the Proxy Solicitation as set out in the Consent Solicitation Statement remain unchanged except for the increase in Proxy Payment. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement have the respective meanings ascribed to them in the Consent Solicitation Statement.
Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions relating to the proposed amendments to the 2021 Notes, holders of 2021 Notes who have previously delivered valid proxies appointing the Glencore nominees designated in the proxy form as proxyholders and containing instructions to vote in favour of the 2021 Noteholder Resolution need not take any further action to receive the increased Proxy Payment.
Glencore advises that, even if the proposed amendments are not approved, Glencore will not request or cause Viterra to redeem the 2021 Notes, and consequently no "make-whole" premium will be paid or payable to holders of 2021 Notes and Glencore (a) would proceed with the acquisition of Viterra in accordance with the terms of the Arrangement Agreement; and (b) intends to consummate the sale of the Agrium Assets to Agrium and the Richardson Assets to Richardson which transactions are permitted under the Indentures and do not require the consent or approval of noteholders. Further, if the proposed amendments are not implemented, Glencore will not pay any Consent Fees or Proxy Payment and the guarantees described in the Consent Solicitation will not be implemented.
The adjourned 2021 Noteholders Meeting is scheduled to take place at 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time) on July 30, 2012 at Suite 3400, One First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1A4.
The proxy cut-off for delivering proxies with respect to the 2021 Noteholders Meeting has been extended to prior to the start of the adjourned meeting which cut-off time is therefore expected to be 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time) on July 30, 2012.
About Glencore International plc
Glencore is one of the world's leading integrated producers and marketers of commodities, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, and listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. Glencore has worldwide activities in the production, sourcing, processing, refining, transporting, storage, financing and supply of Metals and Minerals, Energy Products and Agricultural Products.
About Viterra Inc.
Viterra provides premium quality ingredients to leading global food manufacturers. Headquartered in Canada, the global agri-business has operations across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and China, as well as a growing international presence that extends to offices in Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Switzerland, Italy, Ukraine, Germany, Spain and India. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Viterra operates three distinct business segments: Grain Handling and Marketing, Agri-Products and Processing. Viterra's expertise, close relationships with producers and superior logistical assets allow Viterra to consistently meet the needs of the most discerning end-use customers, helping to fulfill nutritional needs of people around the world. Viterra shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Viterra CHESS Depository Interests (CDIs) representing beneficial interests in Viterra shares trade on the Australian Securities Exchange.
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