The Takeovers Panel has received two applications from Australian Gas Light in relation to its bid for Alinta Limited and the bid by Alinta Group Holdings Pty Ltd for AGL. In its first application AGL seeks orders that Alinta will not declare its offer free from the defeating condition unless Alinta has acquired at least 50.1 per cent of AGL shares through on-market acquisition of AGL Shares or the receipt of valid acceptances of the Alinta offer. AGL also seeks orders that the Alinta Offer will immediately terminate if AGL acquires at least 50.1 per cent of Alinta shares as a result of on-market acquisitions of Alinta shares or receipt of valid acceptances of the AGL Offer. AGL's second application is in relation to disclosure issues with the content of Alinta's Bidder's Statement and Supplementary Bidder's Statement. Specifically, it has issues with Alinta's intentions regarding the implementation of a demerger in both the control situation, where it holds at least 50.1 per cent of AGL but does not wholly own AGL, and the situation where it is able to achieve total ownership of AGL.Also at issue for AGL is the proposition that Alinta can control and ensure the implementation of the AGL only demerger, Alinta's intentions if it acquires total ownership of AGL, and discussions in Alinta's bidder's statement on the mechanics of a full demerger. AGL sought an interim order that Alinta be restrained from dispatching its bidder's statement to AGL Shareholders pending the hearing of the application by the Panel. The Panel has not decided whether to conduct proceedings in relation to the applications and makes no comment on the merits of the applications. It also notes that it has not received submissions from the other parties to the application and it is, therefore, unaware of its views. The President of the Panel is appointing a sitting Panel to consider the application.
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