The 8.8 million new shares representing the entitlements of ineligible shareholders and rights which were not exercised, will be offered to institutions and other investors under a bookbuild, with any surplus above the $2.70/£1.09 issue price being distributed pro rata to ineligible shareholders and persons who did not take up their rights. The bookbuild was set to be conducted by the underwriter, UBS AG, on Monday.
The rights issue, which will raise gross proceeds of about $219 million, will enable ROC to reduce debt and will provide the company with greater financial flexibility.
Roc expects to issue the new shares on Friday, 8 December 2006 and, where applicable, holding statements will be despatched on Monday, 11 December 2006. Normal trading in these shares is expected to commence on ASX and AIM from Tuesday, 12 December 2006. CREST accounts in the UK are also expected to be credited on that date. As a result of the rights issue Roc's issued capital will increase by approximately 81.2 million shares (37.6%) to 297.8 million shares.
Roc also said that, pursuant to ASX Listing Rule 6.22, following completion of the Rights Issue the exercise price for all employee and executive options currently on issue will be decreased by 22 cents with effect from Tuesday, 12 December 2006.
Commenting on the rights issue, Roc's CEO, John Doran, stated that:
"An overall take up of over 91% by eligible shareholders – including strong institutional support in the UK - makes for a successful rights issue and it is fitting that this has been achieved towards the end of a year which has seen the company transform itself through successful exploration, development and asset acquisition."
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