First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
Kiwara PLC

Kiwara PLC

January 29, 2010 09:00 ET

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. and Kiwara PLC Announce Completion of Acquisition

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) and Kiwara PLC ("Kiwara") (AIM:KIW)(JSE:KWR) (Registration number:01760458)(ISIN:GB0007702953) today announce that further to the news release dated 28 January 2010 regarding Court approval of the Reduction of Capital and sanctioning of the proposed scheme of arrangement pursuant to which First Quantum would acquire the entire issued share capital of Kiwara (the "Scheme"), the Scheme has now become effective in accordance with its terms and the acquisition has been completed.

The Court Order has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies in England and Wales today, 29 January 2010.

The final number of New First Quantum Shares to be issued pursuant to the Scheme will be announced on or about 8 February 2010. An application has been made to the London Stock Exchange plc for the New First Quantum Shares to be admitted to trading on the Official List. Furthermore, application has been made to the TSX for the New First Quantum Shares to be admitted to trading on the TSX. These shares will rank pari passu with First Quantum's existing ordinary shares and it is expected that the New First Quantum Shares will be admitted to trading on the Official List and the TSX at 8.00 a.m. local time on 1 February 2010.

Trading in Kiwara Shares on AIM will be cancelled with effect from 7.00 a.m. on 1 February 2010. In accordance with the requirements of the JSE, the listing of Kiwara Shares on the JSE is expected to terminate with effect on the commencement of business on 9 February 2010.

Any capitalised term used but not defined in this announcement is as defined in the shareholder circular relating to the Scheme dated 18 December 2009 (the "Scheme Document").


Effective Date of the Scheme Friday 29 January 20101
Time of registration of the Court Order with the Registrar of Companies 4.30 p.m. on Friday 29 January 20101
Last Date to Trade in Kiwara Shares on the JSE Friday 29 January 20101
Cancellation of admission of Kiwara Shares to trading on AIM 7.00 a.m. on Monday 1 February 20101
Suspension of trading of the Kiwara Shares on the JSE at commencement of trade Monday 1 February 20101
Listing of New First Quantum Shares on the Official List at commencement of trade Monday 1 February 20101
Listing of New First Quantum Shares on the TSX in respect of Kiwara shares on the UK Register at commencement of trade Monday 1 February 20101
CREST stock accounts credited with new First Quantum Shares in uncertificated form Monday 1 February 20101
JSE Record Date Friday 5 February 2010
Latest date for dispatch of certificated New First Quantum Shares Monday 8 February 20102,3
Latest date for dispatch of cheques Monday 8 February 20101
First Quantum JSE Settlement Date Monday 8 February 20101
Dematerialised Scheme Shareholders' accounts (held at their CSDP or broker) updated with the Cash Consideration on or about Monday 8 February 20101
Termination of listing of Kiwara Shares on the JSE 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday 9 February 2010

All references in this news release to time are to UK times unless otherwise stated or the context requires otherwise.

  1. Pending the dispatch of certificates for New First Quantum Shares to Kiwara shareholders on the UK Register, transfers of New First Quantum Shares in certificated form will be certified against First Quantum's share register. Temporary documents of title have not been and will not be issued in respect of New First Quantum Shares.
  2. Shares recorded in the SA Register may not be dematerialised after 29 January 2010.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.   Kiwara Plc
G. Clive Newall   Colin Bird
President   Executive Chairman

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This announcement is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer or an invitation to purchase or sell any shares of either First Quantum or Kiwara or any other securities pursuant to the Scheme or otherwise. The offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Kiwara by First Quantum (the "Offer) is made solely by the Scheme Document which contains the full terms and conditions of the Offer, including details of how the Offer may be accepted and the Scheme approved.

The availability of the Offer to persons not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom, or who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom, should inform themselves about and observe any applicable requirements. Further details in relation to overseas shareholders are set out in the Scheme Document.

This announcement is not directed to, or intended for distribution or use by, any person or entity that is a citizen or resident or located in any jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to any law or regulation or would require any registration, licensing or other permission. Neither this announcement nor any copy of it nor the information contained in it may be taken or transmitted in or into USA, Republic of Ireland and Japan, or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into USA, Republic of Ireland and Japan, or distributed or redistributed in Japan or to any resident thereof. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of USA, Republic of Ireland and Japanese securities laws. The distribution of this announcement in other jurisdictions may be restricted by law, and persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, any such restrictions.

This announcement has been prepared in accordance with English law, the AIM Rules and the JSE Listings Requirements and information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been prepared in accordance with the law of jurisdictions outside England. The Offer is subject to the applicable rules and regulations of the Financial Services Authority, LSE, and the JSE.

This announcement and the information contained herein are not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Neither Kiwara nor First Quantum securities may be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Neither Kiwara nor First Quantum intend to register an offering of their respective securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of any of their respective securities in the United States.

Neither Kiwara nor First Quantum's securities have been or will be registered under the applicable securities laws of any state or jurisdiction of USA, Republic of Ireland and Japan and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered or sold within USA, Republic of Ireland and Japan or to or for the benefit of any national, resident or citizen of USA, Republic of Ireland and Japan.

Certain statements in this announcement may constitute "forward-looking statements". Such forward-looking statements or information include but are not limited to statements or information with respect to future price of copper or gold, estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources, our exploration and development program, estimated future expenses, exploration and development capital requirements, and our goals and strategies. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate" or "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. These statements reflect the beliefs and expectations of the First Quantum and Kiwara directors and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among other factors, changing business or other market conditions and the prospects for growth anticipated by the management of Kiwara and First Quantum. These and other factors could adversely affect the outcome and financial effects of the plans and events described herein. As a result, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. First Quantum, Kiwara and their respective advisors and each of their respective members, directors, officers and employees disclaim any obligation to update their view of such risks and uncertainties or to publicly announce the result of any revision to the forward-looking statements made herein, except where it would be required to do so under applicable law. With respect to forward-looking statements and information contained herein, First Quantum and Kiwara have made numerous assumptions including among other things, assumptions about the price of copper and gold, anticipated costs and expenditures and our ability to achieve our goals. Although their respective managements believe that the assumptions made and the expectations represented by such statements or information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that a forward-looking statement or information herein will prove to be accurate. Forward-looking statements and information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.

See First Quantum's annual information form and quarterly and annual management's discussion and analysis for additional information on risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to the forward-looking statements and information. Although First Quantum has attempted to identify factors that would cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause actual results, performances, achievements or events not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. Also, many of the factors are beyond First Quantum's control. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information. First Quantum undertake no obligation to reissue or update forward-looking statements or information as a result of new information or events after the date hereof except as may be required by law. All forward-looking statements and information made herein, are qualified by this cautionary statement.

Nothing in this announcement is intended, or is intended to be construed, as a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of First Quantum or Kiwara.

Contact Information

  • Kiwara PLC
    Raju Samtani
    +44 (0) 20 7581 4477
    First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
    Clive Newall
    +44 140 327 3484
    First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
    Sharon Loung
    +1 647 346 3934 or +1 888 688 6577
    FinnCap, London
    Matthew Robinson/Ed Frisby
    +44 (0) 20 7600 1658
    Sasfin Capital
    Brian Chistie
    +27 (0) 11 809 7500
    Hogarth Partnership Ltd.
    Simon Hockridge
    +44 (0) 20 7357 9477
    Bishopsgate Communications
    Suzanne Johnson-Walsh
    +44 (0) 20 7562 3350