06/11/2008 - 13:37

Jupiter, Pallinghurst in takeover deal

06/11/2008 - 13:37

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Shareholders in Jupiter Mines will decide whether to hand control of the company to the Brian Gilbertson-led Pallinghurst Resources, which intends to spend $50 million to advance Jupiter's projects.

Jupiter, Pallinghurst in takeover deal

Shareholders in Jupiter Mines will decide whether to hand control of the company to the Brian Gilbertson-led Pallinghurst Resources, which intends to spend $50 million to advance Jupiter's projects.

In a statement today, Jupiter said it had entered into a definitive agreement with Pallinghurst and Red Rock Resources, both major shareholders. The agreement was first flagged last month.

Under the two-tiered agreement, shareholders will consider the vending of a portfolio of Australia iron ore and manganese assets into Jupiter in exchange for the company's shares.

Under stage one of the deal, Red Rock would vend its Mt Alfred iron ore project in Western Australia and over 1.5 million Mindax shares into Jupiter for consideration of 23.84 million Jupiter shares.

Pallinghurst would vend an additional 11.6 million Mindax shares plus pay $1 million cash to Jupiter, for a total consideration of 47.34 million Jupiter shares. Pallinghurst would then have the right to proceed with stage two of the deal in the form of an option over the Oakover manganese project.

At the end of stage one, Jupiter will hold a 10.2 per cent interest in Mindax.

Under stage two of the agreement, Jupiter would issue 81 million shares for the purchase of Oakover, subject to Red Rock obtaining unencumbered beneficial title to the tenements within two years.

Of the 81 million shares, 54.1 million would be issued to Red Rock and 26.8 million to Pallinghurst.

At the end of the transactions, Red Rock will hold about 78 million Jupiter shares while Pallinghurst will hold around 74.2 million shares.

Currently Jupiter has 169.2 million shares on issue, giving the company a market capitalisation of $21.1 million with shares last trading at 12.5 cents at 15:39 AEDT.

The transactions are subject to shareholder approval with a meeting anticipated to be held early next year. An independent expert report is currently being compiled.

Jupiter said the new assets will add to the company's iron ore asset base in the Central Yilgarn region of WA and provide a new manganese exploration target.

Additionally, Pallinghurst said it has allocated an additional $50 million for exploration works and mining activities towards the Yilgarn region.

 

The announcement is pasted below:

 

Jupiter Mines Limited (ASX: JMS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Definitive Agreement with its major shareholders, Pallinghurst and RRR, which will allow shareholders to consider the vending of a portfolio of Australian iron ore, manganese and liquid assets into Jupiter in exchange for an issue of Jupiter shares carrying effective control of Jupiter.

The transaction to be considered by shareholders, if approved, would be undertaken in two stages and result in a significant expansion and diversification of Jupiter's asset base, as well as the transfer of control of the Company to its major shareholder group. If acquired, the new assets would complement Jupiter's existing Steel feed materials asset portfolio and expand its iron ore footprint in the Yilgarn region.

The agreement to be placed before shareholders comprises two phases.

Phase 1

Under Phase 1 of the agreement, RRR would vend the Mt Alfred Iron Ore Project (EL29/581), located in the Central Yilgarn region of Western Australia, and 1,512,404 ordinary shares in Mindax Limited into Jupiter. The total consideration for these assets would be the issue of 23,839,183 Jupiter shares to RRR, subject to shareholder approval.

Pallinghurst would vend an additional 11,670,675 Mindax shares plus A$1 million cash into Jupiter. The total consideration for these assets would be the issue of 47,339,148 Jupiter shares to Pallinghurst and the right to proceed with Phase 2 in the form of an option over the Managanese tenements, subject to shareholder approval.

An Independent Expert's Report will be commissioned immediately by the committee of independent directors. It is expected that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Jupiter shareholders would then be held early in 2009 to consider this transaction.

The Mt Alfred Iron Ore Project is located approximately 60km from Jupiter's high-priority Central Yilgarn Iron Project in Western Australia, and would, if acquired, significantly expand the Company's footprint in this highly prospective iron ore mining region.

The acquisition of the Mt Alfred Project is subject to a Bonus Option, which specifies that in the event that an Independent Expert certifies the existence of in excess of 10 million tonnes of JORC Compliant indicated or measured resources of saleable Direct Shipping Ore at the Mt Alfred Project, Jupiter would then issue additional shares to Pallinghurst and RRR to the value at that time of $2 multiplied by the independently certified resource in excess of 10 million tonnes, with the shares to be split equally between Pallinghurst and RRR. The Mt Alfred Bonus Option will expire on the second anniversary of the date on which such 10 million tonne resource is certified as existing, provided such certification occurs within two years from the date of issue of such option.

A 10.2% stake in Mindax would, if approved, further expand Jupiter's indirect interest in a mineral exploration portfolio within the Central Yilgarn region, providing exposure to Mindax's iron ore asset portfolio, including the Mt Forrest Project.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of the agreement provides for the vending of manganese exploration and mining rights into Jupiter for the Oakover Project - a portfolio of tenements (E45/2638, E45/2639, E45/2640 and E45/2641) which lie to the north of Consolidated Minerals Ltd's world class Woodie Woodie Manganese Mine in Western Australia.

The Oakover Project is currently held by RRR, and the agreement is subject to RRR obtaining unencumbered beneficial title to the tenements within a period of two years of signing the Definitive Agreement.

Conditional on RRR gaining title to the tenements, Jupiter would then issue 81,000,596 ordinary shares in consideration for the assets, of which 54,155,579 shares would be issued to RRR and 26,845,017 would be issued to Pallinghurst.

The Oakover Project is located in a well known manganese producing region, and historic rock chip sampling within the tenements has reported the presence of manganese mineralisation.

Rationale

The portfolio of new assets being vended by Pallinghurst and RRR would add to Jupiter's iron ore asset base in the Central Yilgarn region of WA, provide the Company with a new manganese exploration target once titles for the Oakover Project are issued, and increase its cash and share investment holdings.

In addition, further to the agreement outlined above, Pallinghurst has advised Jupiter it has allocated an additional A$50 million to further advancing the consolidation, exploration and mining activities in the Yilgarn region, subject to Pallinghurst's investment criteria, and has offered Jupiter the opportunity to participate in future Pallinghurst steel feed projects in Australia on terms no less favourable to those on which Pallinghurst is offered participation. Both the financial and growth commitments of Pallinghurst are potentially value accretive to the Shareholders and more so in the current volatile and challenging financial markets.

Shareholder Approval

The shareholders will be given the opportunity at the EGM to decide whether or not they consider that these new assets, alongside the potential for future project participation opportunities with Pallinghurst, will provide significant value to the Company, taking into account that control of Jupiter would pass to the major shareholding group on approval of the proposal.

A report from an Independent Expert will be distributed to shareholders well ahead of the meeting advising whether or not, in the opinion of the Independent Expert, the proposals from Pallinghurst and Red Rock Resources are considered to be "fair and reasonable". The individual independent directors will also provide shareholders with their views of the proposals in documents accompanying the notice of the proposed EGM

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