Placing of 46,938,775 Ordinary Shares at 42 pence per share and Re- Admission to trading on AIM
Rurelec announces that, at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company held today, its shareholders have approved the acquisition of a controlling stake in Empresa Electrica Guaracachi SA ("Guaracachi" or "EGSA"), Bolivia's largest power generation company. The acquisition is to be funded by a placing of 46,938,775 Ordinary Shares in Rurelec at a price of 42 pence per share. The new shares are expected to be admitted to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange on 6 January 2006, upon which the acquisition will complete.
Rurelec's wholly owned subsidiary, Birdsong Overseas Limited, is expected to acquire Bolivia Integrated from Southern Integrated for a total consideration of up to US$ 35 million. Bolivia Integrated indirectly owns a controlling stake of 50.00125 per cent, of Guaracachi.
Guaracachi was formed in 1995 as part of the privatisation of the Bolivian electricity industry. Following an international public tender, a 50 per cent. stake in Guaracachi was transferred to a subsidiary of GPU Inc, the US utility, in return for a cash investment of US$ 47 million into Guaracachi. The Bolivian state's shares in Guaracachi were in turn transferred to two Bolivian pension funds with a small number of shares allocated to employees of the state power company, ENDE. In 1999, GPU was permitted to take Board control of Guaracachi and increase its stake to 50.00125 per cent. of the Company.
On 29 June, 2005 the share capital of Guaracachi was listed on the Bolivian stock exchange.
Guaracachi has three existing power plants with a total installed capacity of 360 MW. They are located in Santa Cruz (292 MW), Sucre (39 MW) and Potosi (27 MW). The latter plant's Olympus gas turbine is believed to be the highest operational gas turbine of any power plant in the world. Guaracachi currently has two new power plant additions under construction for commissioning in 2006. These two plant additions in Sucre and Santa Cruz will add 79 MW of new nominal installed capacity, an increase of 22 per cent. compared with the current installed capacity.
Longer term, in 2007 and beyond, Guaracachi expects to add 80 MW of combined cycle capacity in Santa Cruz following the recent approval by the United Nations Clean Development Methodology Committee of the CCGT conversion methodology for calculating carbon emission reductions, Bolivia's first UN approved carbon credits.
Guaracachi also expects to finalise a 120 MW Yacuiba export project for the sale and export of electricity to Argentina. Preliminary power purchase and fuel supply agreements for this project have already been reached respectively with CEMSA, the subsidiary of Endesa of Spain, and Chaco, the Bolivian subsidiary of BP, and a preliminary finance agreement has also been agreed with a group of domestic
financial institutions for a privately placed bond issue in support of the export project. The governments of Bolivia and Argentina announced this initiative in August 2005.
Both the CCGT conversion project and the Yacuiba export project are expected to be commissioned during 2007 and to make full year contributions from 2008 onwards. The consideration of US$ 35 million comprises a cash payment of US$ 30 million on completion and a loan note of US$ 5 million repayable upon the receipt of certain dividends or no later than 31 December 2010.
The Company will raise approximately £18,529,285, before expenses, through the issue of 46,938,775 Placing Shares, to institutional and other investors, at a price of 42 pence per Placing Share to finance the Acquisition. The Placing Shares represent approximately 68.7 per cent. of the Enlarged Share Capital. At today's share price of 50 pence, the Company will, on Admission, have a market capitalisation of £34.14 million.
Owing to its size and the interests of certain Directors, the transaction constitutes both a "reverse takeover" and a Related Party Transaction for the purpose of the AIM Rules and was conditional on shareholder approval. A circular comprising an Admission Document under the AIM rules was sent to Shareholders on 13 December 2005.
For further information contact:
Managing Director, Rurelec PLC
Tel: +44 (0)20 7793 7676
Daniel Stewart & Co. plc
020 7776 6550
Hichens Harrison & Co. plc
020 7588 5171
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