About Us - Press Release - CEMEX extends its offer to acquire Rinker. Rinker shareholders to retain final dividend. Perpetual to accept CEMEX offer
May 6, 2007
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: CX) announced today that it has agreed to make the following changes to its Offer to acquire shares of Rinker Group Limited ("Rinker") (ASX: RIN, NYSE ADR: RIN):
- CEMEX will extend the offer until 7:00 P.M. (Sydney time) / 5:00 A.M. (New York time) on June 8, 2007; and
- CEMEX will waive the 90% minimum acceptance condition if its aggregate interest in Rinker shares exceeds 50% on or before June 8, 2007 (1).
CEMEX also announced that Rinker shareholders who are entitled to the final dividend of A$0.25 per share (announced by Rinker on April 27, 2007)2 will retain that dividend, irrespective of when they accept the CEMEX Offer. CEMEX has confirmed it will not exercise its right to deduct that dividend from its Offer price of $US 15.85 per share. 3
CEMEX understands that Rinker's largest shareholder, Perpetual Group ("Perpetual"), will accept the CEMEX Offer for all of its Rinker shares on Monday, May 7, 2007 (Sydney time).
Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Chairman of the Board and CEO of CEMEX, said: "We are pleased that Perpetual has agreed to accept the CEMEX Offer. What we have announced today provides further benefits to Rinker shareholders who will now receive both the Rinker final dividend and the Offer of US$15.85 per share. CEMEX has made arrangements for Rinker shareholders to receive the dividend irrespective of when they accept the Offer, which provides further incentive for shareholders to accept the CEMEX offer immediately."
"The CEMEX Offer for your Rinker shares has the unanimous recommendation of the Rinker Board and is now supported by Rinker's largest shareholder. All Rinker directors intend to accept the Revised Offer for their own shares in the absence of a superior proposal."
The CEMEX Offer has been declared final as to price, in the absence of a superior offer. Therefore, CEMEX encourages shareholders to accept the Revised Offer as soon as possible and to realize maximum value for their shares.
Waiver of minimum acceptance condition
CEMEX will declare its Offer to be unconditional if CEMEX's aggregate interest in Rinker Shares exceeds 50% on or before June 8, 2007 4 . If the Offer becomes unconditional before June 8, 2007, CEMEX will register share transfers after June 8, 2007 therefore accepting shareholders will be deemed as holding their shares on June 8, 2007 which is the Record date for the dividend. By taking these steps, CEMEX has ensured that Rinker shareholders will receive the announced dividend which has a record date of June 8, 2007 in all circumstances.
Once the Offer is declared unconditional, acceptances received at that time will be processed immediately for payment.
Other features of the CEMEX Offer remain unchanged, including the option for Rinker shareholders to accept a fixed amount of A$19.50 per share for the first 2,000 Rinker shares they hold.
A Supplementary Bidder's Statement reflecting these changes will be mailed to shareholders in the coming days.
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(1) That declaration will not be made before May 18, 2007.
(2) A person who is the registered holder of Rinker shares on the dividend record date of June 8, 2007 will be entitled to the final dividend.
(3) However, CEMEX reserves the right to reduce the Offer price for any subsequent dividends or distributions by Rinker.
(4) That declaration will not be made before May 18, 2007.
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