TORONTO, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
SHAWCOR LTD. (TSX: SCL.A, SCL.B) today announced changes in the shareholdings of Fineglade Limited and related arrangements. Fineglade Limited, which currently holds about 96% of the outstanding shares of Socotherm S.p.A, was owned 40% by ShawCor Ltd., 30% by Sophia Capital and 30% by 4D Global Energy Investments. 4D Global Energy Investments has sold its interest in Fineglade to Sophia Capital. Fineglade Limited is now owned 40% by ShawCor Ltd. and 60% by Sophia Capital.
ShawCor and Sophia Capital have agreed on certain arrangements that will govern Fineglade pursuant to which ShawCor has provided a €45 million secured loan to Sophia Capital due in 2013. Under these new arrangements, Socotherm will have a five person Board of Directors, ShawCor will have two nominees to the Board and ShawCor and Sophia Capital have entered into a put and call agreement whereby, commencing in 2013 and continuing for two years, Sophia Capital could require ShawCor to purchase Sophia Capital's 60% interest in Fineglade and ShawCor could require Sophia Capital to sell such interest to ShawCor at a formula price based, in part, on events transpiring throughout the remainder of this year.
Socotherm S.p.A., headquartered in Italy, is an international pipe coating contractor primarily serving the oil and gas industry from active operations in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, the Gulf of Mexico and Italy.
ShawCor Ltd. is an energy services company specializing in products and services for the pipeline and pipe services and the petrochemical and industrial segments of the oil and gas industry. The company operates through seven divisions with over seventy manufacturing and service facilities located around the world.
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