Hathor Exploration Limited
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Hathor Exploration Limited

November 17, 2011 14:16 ET

Hathor Board Recommends Rio Tinto's Increased All-Cash Offer of C$4.70 Per Share for Hathor Exploration

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2011) - Hathor Exploration Limited (TSX:HAT) -

Hathor Exploration Limited ("Hathor") announces that Rio Tinto plc. (LSE:RIO)(ASX:RIO)(NYSE:RIO), through an indirect wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary ("Rio Tinto"), has increased its all-cash offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Hathor to $4.70 per share (the "Increased Rio Offer"). All other terms of the offer will remain the same as those described in the Rio Tinto offer and the takeover bid circular dated October 25, 2011. Rio Tinto's increased offer values Hathor at approximately C$654 million on a fully-diluted basis and represents a premium to Cameco Corporation's unsolicited revised offer of C$4.50 per common share made on November 14, 2011 (the "Cameco Offer").

Hathor's board of directors, after receiving the recommendation of its special committee and the oral opinion of its financial advisor as to the fairness, from a financial standpoint, of the Increased Rio Offer, has unanimously determined that the Increased Rio Offer is in the best interests of Hathor's shareholders and reaffirms its support of Rio Tinto's increased offer and unanimously recommends that Hathor shareholders accept and tender their common shares to the Increased Rio Offer and reject the Cameco Offer.

The support agreement between the Rio Tinto and Hathor has been amended by the parties to reflect Rio Tinto's increased offer and remains in effect. The lock-up agreements with Hathor directors and senior officers also remain in effect.

The Increased Rio Offer remains open for acceptance until 5:00pm (Toronto time) on November 30, 2011, unless extended or withdrawn in accordance with its terms. Full details of the Increased Rio Offer will be included in a notice of variation that will be mailed by Rio Tinto to Hathor securityholders shortly and filed on SEDAR. The Increased Rio Offer is subject to customary conditions, as described in the original offer and takeover bid circular dated October 25, 2011 and previously delivered to Hathor securityholders.

If shareholders wish to obtain any information about existing offers, please contact Hathor's information agent, Phoenix Advisory Partners, at 1-800-243-1162.

For more information on Hathor, please visit the Company's website at www.hathor.ca.

Dr. Michael H. Gunning, President & CEO

Hathor Exploration Limited

This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking information concerns Hathor's anticipated operations in future periods, planned exploration and development of its properties, and plans related to its business and other matters that may occur in the future. This information relates to analyses and other information that is based on expectations of future performance and planned work programs. Statements concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if a mineral property is developed. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information, including, without limitation: exploration hazards and risks; risks related to exploration and development of natural resource properties; uncertainty in Hathor's ability to obtain funding; precious and base metal price fluctuations; recent market events and conditions; risks related to the uncertainty of mineral resource calculations and the inclusion of inferred mineral resources in economic estimation; risks related to governmental regulations; risks related to obtaining necessary licenses and permits; risks related to Hathor's business being subject to environmental laws and regulations; risks related to Hathor's mineral properties being subject to prior unregistered agreements, transfers, or claims and other defects in title; risks relating to competition from larger companies with greater financial and technical resources; risks relating to Hathor's inability to meet its financial obligations under agreements to which it is a party; ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel; and risks related to Hathor's directors and officers becoming associated with other natural resource companies which may give rise to conflicts of interests. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect Hathor's forward-looking information. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking information. Hathor's forward-looking information is based on the reasonable beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made and Hathor does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management's beliefs, expectations or opinions change, except as required by law. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. For a complete discussion, please refer to Hathor's Annual Information Form and unaudited financial statements and MD&A for its most recently completed financial year on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Neither the TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Hathor Exploration Limited
    Tony Nunziata
    403-560-7040

    Hathor Exploration Limited
    Kelsea Murray
    604-684-6707
    www.hathor.ca