Norsk Hydro ASA (Hydro) has today published the prospectus in connection with its fully underwritten rights issue, the terms and conditions for which where were announced on June 21, 2010. The prospectus has been reviewed and approved by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.
The subscription price is NOK 26.30 per new share. Each existing shareholder will receive 7 subscription rights for every 23 existing shares held based on their shareholdings at the end of June 21, 2010 as registered in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository (VPS) as of June 24, 2010.
From and including June 25, 2010 until July 9, 2010 at 17:30 hours (Oslo time)
Trading in subscription rights
From and including June 25, 2010 until July 6, 2010 at 17:30 hours (Oslo time)
Note that subscription rights that are not used to subscribe for new shares before the end of the subscription period or not sold before July 6, 2010 at 17:30 (Oslo time) will lapse without compensation and consequently be of no value.
Subject to applicable local securities laws, the prospectus will be sent by mail to all shareholders registered in the VPS as of June 24, 2010, with the exception of those subscribing to electronically receive messages from the company, who will receive this information on e-mail or through “VPS investortjenester”. The prospectus is also available at www.hydro.com/rightsissue and www.dnbnor.no/emisjoner. The prospectus can also be obtained from DnB NOR Markets.
Contact DnB NOR Markets
Telephone +47 91508940
This announcement is not an offer for sale of securities in the United States or any other country. The securities referred to herein have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), and may not be sold in the United States absent registration or pursuant to an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act. Hydro does not intend to register any portion of the offering of the securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of the securities in the United States. Any offering of securities will be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from Hydro and that will contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan or any other jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures.
In any EEA Member State that has implemented Directive 2003/71/EC (together with any applicable implementing measures in any member State, the "Prospectus Directive"), this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive.
This announcement is only directed at (a) persons who are outside the United Kingdom; or (b) investment professionals within the meaning of Article 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order"); or (c) persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; or (d) persons to whom any invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity can be communicated in circumstances where Section 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 does not apply.
Certain statements included within this announcement contain forward-looking information, including, without limitation, those relating to (a) forecasts, projections and estimates, (b) statements of management's plans, objectives and strategies for Hydro, such as planned expansions, investments or other projects, (c) targeted production volumes and costs, capacities or rates, start-up costs, cost reductions and profit objectives, (d) various expectations about future developments in Hydro's markets, particularly prices, supply and demand and competition, (e) results of operations, (f) margins, (g) growth rates, (h) risk management, as well as (i) statements preceded by "expected", "scheduled", "targeted", "planned", "proposed", "intended" or similar statements.
Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, these forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions and forecasts that, by their nature, involve risk and uncertainty. Various factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in a forward-looking statement or affect the extent to which a particular projection is realized. Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to: our continued ability to reposition and restructure our upstream and downstream aluminium business; changes in availability and cost of energy and raw materials; global supply and demand for aluminium and aluminium products; world economic growth, including rates of inflation and industrial production; changes in the relative value of currencies and the value of commodity contracts; trends in Hydro's key markets and competition; and legislative, regulatory and political factors.
No assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Hydro disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.