RECOMMENDED CASH OFFER BY LAZARD AND J.P. MORGAN ON BEHALF OF AGIP INVESTMENTS FOR LASMO
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21st December, 2000
RECOMMENDED CASH OFFER BY LAZARD AND J.P. MORGAN
ON BEHALF OF AGIP INVESTMENTS FOR LASMO
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Eni and LASMO announce that they have agreed the terms of a recommended cash offer for LASMO to be made by Lazard and J.P. Morgan on behalf of Agip Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eni.
The Offer will be 200 pence in cash for each LASMO Share, valuing the whole of the issued share capital of LASMO at approximately £2,690 million.
The Offer represents a premium of approximately 12 per cent. over the Amerada Hess cash and share offer for LASMO as at 20 December 2000, the last business day prior to this announcement, and approximately 75 pence per LASMO Share more in cash than the Amerada Hess offer.
The Offer represents a premium of approximately 42 per cent. to the Closing Price of 141 pence per LASMO Share on 3 November 2000 the last business day prior to the announcement of the Amerada Hess offer on 6 November 2000.
Agip Investments has received irrevocable undertakings from certain institutional investors to accept the Offer in respect of a total of 341,666,329 LASMO Shares, representing over 25 per cent. of the issued share capital of LASMO.
A Loan Note Alternative will also be made available.
Commenting on the announcement
Mr Vittorio Mincato, Chief Executive of Eni, said:
"With the acquisition of LASMO, we will achieve our announced production target of at least 1.5 million barrels per day and further strengthen our position in two of Eni's core areas: North Africa and the North Sea.
We will also establish a foothold in the Asian gas market and an operating presence in Venezuela. The acquisition meets our strict financial criteria and it will be value enhancing."
Antony Hichens, Chairman of LASMO said:
"Today's all cash offer from Eni unlocks even greater value for LASMO shareholders than the Amerada Hess offer.
Talks on asset disposals held earlier in the year which led to the offers for the company highlight the value of LASMO's asset portfolio and its attraction to a growth-oriented industry buyer such as Eni.
In recommending the higher cash offer today, the board of LASMO is following its commitment to crystallise and deliver maximum value for shareholders."
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