Eastern Platinum Limited

Eastern Platinum Limited

May 06, 2008 10:17 ET

Eastern Platinum Limited Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Eastern Platinum Limited (TSX:ELR)(AIM:ELR)(JSE:EPS)("Eastplats") announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the adoption of a Shareholder Rights Plan Agreement (the "Rights Plan"). The Rights Plan is being adopted to ensure the fair treatment of all Eastplats shareholders in connection with any take-over bid for the outstanding common shares of Eastplats. The Rights Plan will provide shareholders with adequate time to properly evaluate and assess a take-over bid without facing undue pressure or coercion. The Rights Plan also provides the Board with additional time to consider any take-over and, if applicable, to explore alternative transactions in order to maximize shareholder value.

The Rights Plan is not designed to prevent take-over bids that treat Eastplats shareholders fairly. Pursuant to the terms of the Rights Plan, any bid that meets certain criteria intended to protect the interests of all shareholders are deemed to be "Permitted Bids". A Permitted Bid must be made by way of a take-over bid circular prepared in compliance with applicable securities laws and, in addition to certain other conditions, must remain open for 60 days. In the event a take-over bid does not meet the Permitted Bid requirements of the Rights Plan, the rights issued under the plan will entitle shareholders, other than any shareholder or shareholders involved in the take-over bid, to purchase additional common shares of Eastplats at a significant discount to the market price of the common shares at that time. The Rights Plan is not being adopted in response to any proposal to acquire control of Eastplats.

The Rights Plan has been accepted by the Toronto Stock Exchange and will be presented for ratification by the shareholders at the Eastplats annual general meeting to be held on June 4, 2008. If ratified by shareholders, the Rights Plan will have a term of three years.

Total shares issued and outstanding: 678,405,204

Certain statements included herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions by Eastplats and Barplats and as such are not a guarantee of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to factors such as general economic and market conditions, increased costs of production and a decline in metal prices. Eastplats is under no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.

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