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LR 13.4 Class 1 circulars

Class 1 circulars

LR 13.4.1RRP

A class 1 circular must also include the following information:

  1. (1)

    the information given in the notification (see LR 10.4.1R);

  2. (2)

    the information required by LR 13 Annex 1;

  3. (3)

    the information required by LR 13.5 (if applicable); and

  4. (4)

    a declaration by its directors in the following form (with appropriate modifications):

    "The directors of [the company], whose names appear on page [ ], accept responsibility for the information contained in this document. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case) the information contained in this document is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.";

  5. (5)

    a statement of the effect of the acquisition or disposal on the group's earnings and assets and liabilities; and

  6. (6)

    if a statement or report attributed to a person as an expert is included in a circular (other than a statement or report incorporated by reference from a prospectus or listing particulars), a statement to the effect that the statement or report is included, in the form and context in which it is included, with the person's consent.

LR 13.4.1AGRP

1The information necessary under LR 13.3.1R (3) includes all the material terms of the class 1 transaction including the consideration.

LR 13.4.2RRP

If a class 1 circular contains a modified accountant's report, as described in LR 13.5.25 R, the class 1 circular must set out:

  1. (1)

    whether the modification is significant to shareholders;

  2. (2)

    if the modification is significant to shareholders, the reason for its significance; and

  3. (3)

    a statement from the directors explaining why they are able to recommend the proposal set out in the class 1 circular notwithstanding the modified accountant's report.

Takeover offers

LR 13.4.3RRP
  1. (1)

    If a class 1 circular relates to a takeover offer which is recommended by the offeree's board and the listed company has had access to due diligence information on the offeree at the time the class 1 circular is published, the listed company must prepare and publish the working capital statement on the basis that the acquisition has taken place.

  2. (2)

    If a class 1 circular relates to a takeover offer which has not been recommended by the offeree's board or the listed company has not had access to due diligence information on the offeree at the time the class 1 circular is published, then the listed company must comply with paragraphs (3) to (6).

  3. (3)

    The listed company must prepare and publish the working capital statement on the listed company on the basis that the acquisition has not taken place. The working capital statement prepared on the basis that the acquisition has taken place must be updated and published and sent to shareholders within 28 days of the offer becoming or being declared wholly unconditional. The circular must state that the statements on a combined basis will be made available as soon as possible.

  4. (4)

    Other information on the offeree required by LR 13 Annex 1 should be disclosed in the class 1 circular on the basis of information published or made available by the offeree and of which the listed company is aware and is free to disclose.

  5. (5)

    If the takeover offer becomes unconditional, any change or addition to the information disclosed which is material in relation to the listed company, should be disclosed in a circular published (in the absence of exceptional circumstances) within 28 days after the offer becoming or being declared wholly unconditional.

  6. (6)

    If the takeover offer has been recommended but the listed company does not have access to due diligence information on the offeree, the listed company must disclose in the class 1 circular why access has not been given to that information.

Acquisition or disposal of property

LR 13.4.4RRP

If a class 1 transaction relates to:

  1. (1)

    the acquisition or disposal of property; or

  2. (2)

    the acquisition of a property company that is not listed;

the class 1 circular must include a property valuation report.

LR 13.4.5RRP

If a listed company makes significant reference to the value of a property in a class 1 circular, the class 1 circular must include a property valuation report.

Acquisition or disposal of mineral resources

LR 13.4.6RRP

If a class 1 transaction relates to an acquisition or disposal of mineral resources the class 1 circular must include:

  1. (1)

    a mineral expert's report; and

  2. (2)

    a glossary of the technical terms used in the mineral expert's report.

LR 13.4.7GRP

For a disposal, the FSA may modify the information requirements in LR 13.4.6 R if the information would not provide significant additional information.

Acquisition of a scientific research based company or related assets

LR 13.4.8RRP

If a class 1 transaction relates to the acquisition of a scientific research based company or related assets, the class 1 circular must contain an explanation of the transaction's impact on the acquirer's business plan and the information set out in Section 1c of Part III (Scientific research based companies) 1of the CESR recommendations.

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