WestSide Recommends Shareholders Accept Landbridge's Takeover Offer
WestSide Corporation Limited, a firm with gas production, reserves and exploration interests in Queensland, Australia, referred Friday to the July 4 announcement by Landbridge Energy Australia Pty Ltd that it now has a relevant interest of 31.04 percent in WestSide. WestSide understands that this most recent increase in Landbridge's shareholding is, in part, a result of its acquisition of WestSide shares from WestSide's second largest shareholder, New Hope Corporation.
WestSide also understands that New Hope Corporation intends to sell the remainder of its shareholding in WestSide in the coming days. This means that Landbridge is likely to be able to exert significant influence over WestSide in the future.
WestSide’s Directors have consistently recommended that Shareholders take no action in relation to Landbridge’s offer because, amongst other things, it fails to adequately recognize the full value for Shareholders from the GLNG GSA and other assets owned by the Company. WestSide has worked hard to solicit alternative interest in WestSide, but despite discussions with a number of parties no alternative proposal has been forthcoming to date.
Landbridge’s likely effective control of WestSide means that it will be in a position to substantially control the composition of the WestSide Board and senior management and control the strategic direction of WestSide, including the method and source of funding for the development of WestSide’s assets.
If Landbridge acquires a majority, but not all of the WestSide Shares, the number of WestSide Shares traded on the ASX in the future could be significantly reduced, thereby potentially lessening the value of the shareholdings of those WestSide Shareholders who do not accept the Offer. WestSide Shares could become illiquid and infrequently traded and, as such, the ASX market price may no longer be a reliable indicator of value.
Having regard to all of these matters, WestSide’s Directors have accordingly, and reluctantly, unanimously determined to recommend to remaining Shareholders that they accept Landbridge’s Offer (subject to no higher offer being received). The Directors intend to follow that recommendation in respect of the WestSide Shares held by them or entities controlled by them.
Those Shareholders who choose not to accept Landbridge’s Offer may enjoy future benefits if WestSide’s current plans can be realized, but there are risks to this occurring which shareholders need to consider in making their decision.
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