Hillsborough Resources Limited

Hillsborough Resources Limited

July 21, 2009 09:00 ET

Hillsborough Resources Receives Notice of Unsolicited Bid From Vitol

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 21, 2009) - Hillsborough Resources Limited (TSX:HLB) ("Hillsborough" or the "Corporation") announces that its Board of Directors has today formed a special committee of its members ("Special Committee") comprised of Michael Fitch (Chair), Barry Irvine and Emmet McGrath to address the announcement made by Vitol Anker International B.V. ("Vitol Anker") of its intention to make an unsolicited take-over bid to acquire all of the common shares of the Corporation not owned by Vitol Anker or its affiliates at CAD$0.45 per share. (Please refer to the announcement by Vitol Anker on July 20, 2009).

In relation to discussions with Vitol Anker earlier this year in respect of a possible consensual transaction, the Corporation had established a special independent committee, which committee was disbanded when those discussions terminated. No independent valuation of the Corporation was completed at that time.

In accordance with applicable law and upon its receipt of a written request from Vitol Anker to do so at the expense of Vitol Anker, the new Special Committee will be responsible to supervise the preparation of a formal valuation of the Corporation and expects to be in a position to respond to Vitol Anker's proposal after the formal valuation is complete. The Board of Directors will communicate further with its shareholders in due course, including if and when a take-over bid is mailed to its shareholders.

About the Corporation

Hillsborough Resources Limited is a coal mining company that:

- Operates the Quinsam underground thermal mine near Campbell River, British Columbia, serving the local and west-coast U.S. cement industry and the export market.

- Is a limited partner in the Peace River Coal Limited Partnership (with 13.36 %), which has substantial metallurgical coal properties both in production (Trend Mine) and under development near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.

- Owns the Crossville Mine in Tennessee on which options for new mine development are being evaluated but the mine remains in reclamation at this time.

- Holds the Wapiti thermal coal property north of Tumbler Ridge, and is planning development of a mine.

- Holds the Bingay Creek metallurgical coal property located in the Elk Valley region of southeast British Columbia.

Certain statements and information herein, including all statements that are not historical facts, contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward-looking statements or information include but are not limited to statements or information as to estimates, forecasts, future financial or operating performance of the Corporation, future production, costs of production, capital requirements, operating expenditures, reserve potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and activities and events or developments that we expect to occur. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as "may", "will", "should", "plans", "expects", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "budget", "forecasted" and "scheduled" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology.

With respect to forward-looking statements and information contained herein, we have made numerous assumptions including among other things, assumptions about prices, anticipated costs and our ability to achieve our goals. In particular, our statements regarding future production expectation is based on current existing current resource/reserve estimates, production contracts in place, historical costs and mining conditions.

Forward-looking statements and information are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered by management to be reasonable and to be based on reasonable assumptions, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies and involve known and unknown risks. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements and information are not guarantees and there can be no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Corporation's expectations include adverse exploration or development results; interruptions in the ability of the Corporation to produce coal from any of its mines; inability to meet production volumes required; adverse due diligence findings; re-assessments of corporate or development objectives and requirements; additional technical developments and considerations; unexpected increases in the costs of producing coal; changes in international coal or transportation markets; a rapid change in the value of the Canadian dollar particularly with respect to the US dollar; a fundamental slow down in the North American, Asian or worldwide economies; and other factors. See our recent annual information form and quarterly and annual management's discussion and analysis filed on SEDAR for additional information on risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to the forward-looking statements and information.

Although we have identified 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, performance, achievements or events not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements or information. We expressly disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. All written and oral forward-looking statements and information attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.

Contact Information

  • Hillsborough Resources Limited
    David Slater
    President & C.E.O.
    (604) 684-9288
    Hillsborough Resources Limited
    Ian Kirk, C.A.
    (604) 684-9288
    (604) 684-3178 (FAX)