ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron announce take-up of over 90% of Baffinland shares and extend offer until February 17, 2011
Toronto 7 February 2011 / Luxembourg 7 February 2011 - ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition Inc. (" Nunavut Iron " and, together with ArcelorMittal, the " Offerors ") announced that they have taken-up an additional 89,710,019 common shares (the " Common Shares ") of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (" Baffinland ") under their outstanding offer (the " Offer ") of C$1.50 per Common Share and C$0.10 per common share purchase warrants issued pursuant to a warrant indenture dated 31 January 2007 (the " 2007 Warrants ") of Baffinland.
The additional Common Shares taken-up, together with Common Shares held by the Offerors, represent over 90% of the outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis (or approximately 89% of the outstanding Common Shares on an in-the-money, fully diluted basis).
The Offerors also announced that they have taken-up an additional 1,862,806 2007 Warrants under the Offer. The additional 2007 Warrants taken-up, together with the 2007 Warrants held by the Offerors represent approximately 76% of the outstanding 2007 Warrants.
To provide Baffinland securityholders who have not yet tendered their securities a final opportunity to accept the Offer and ensure receipt of prompt payment for their Common Shares and 2007 Warrants, the Offerors have announced that the time for acceptance of the Offer has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on 17 February 2011 (the " Expiry Time "). Common Shares and 2007 Warrants tendered to the Offer will be promptly taken-up prior to the Expiry Time. Payment for such taken-up securities will be made within three business days of the take-up. Securityholders are encouraged to tender their remaining Common Shares and 2007 Warrants to the Offer as soon as possible and in any event prior to the Expiry Time to ensure they receive prompt payment for their Baffinland securities.
Holders of Common Share purchase warrants issued pursuant to a warrant indenture dated December 10, 2009 between Baffinland and Computershare Investor Services Inc., as warrant agent (the " 2009 Warrants "), are encouraged to promptly exercise their 2009 Warrants in order to acquire Common Shares sufficiently in advance of the Expiry Time to tender such Common Shares under the terms of the Offer, as described in the take-over bid circular in respect of the Offer, as amended and supplemented (the " Circular ").
Following the Expiry Time, the Offerors intend to effect one or more Second Step Transactions, as described in the Circular, to acquire any remaining Common Shares (on an in the money, fully-diluted basis) and 2007 Warrants. The timing and details of any such transaction(s) will necessarily depend on a variety of factors, as described in the Circular, however under such transaction(s) all such Common Shares and 2007 Warrants will be mandatorily acquired at the same price of $1.50 per Common Share and $0.10 per 2007 Warrant as under the Offer. Completion of such transaction(s) could take up to 60 days from the expiry of the Offer. As a result, Baffinland securityholders should be aware that if they tender to the Offer they will receive payment promptly, whereas if they do not tender and one or more Second Step Transactions are completed, while Common Shares and 2007 Warrants will be acquired at the same price as paid under the Offer, payment will not be made until after completion of such transaction(s).
Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada Inc. has been retained as information agent in connection with the Offer. Computershare Investor Services Inc. is the depositary for the Offer.
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About Nunavut Iron and Iron Ore Holdings, LP
Nunavut Iron was incorporated under the laws of Canada on August 27, 2010 and is wholly owned by Iron Ore Holdings, LP.
Iron Ore Holdings, LP is a limited partnership formed under the laws of Delaware and is owned by Bruce Walter, the Chairman of Nunavut Iron, Jowdat Waheed, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nunavut Iron, and funds managed by The Energy & Minerals Group. The Energy & Minerals Group is a private investment firm with a family of funds with over US$2 billion under management that invest in the energy and minerals sectors.