SOLIDIUM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE €260 MILLION RIGHTS ISSUE OF TALVIVAARA14.2.2013
Solidium to subscribe its pro rata entitlement and to make an additional subscription commitment of up to €30 million
Solidium Oy has decided to participate in the €260 million rights issue announced today by Talvivaara Mining Company Plc. Solidium has committed to subscribe for Talvivaara’s new shares for its pro rata entitlement, corresponding to approximately €23 million. Furthermore, Solidium has committed to subscribe for a maximum of €30 million of Talvivaara’s new shares in the secondary subscription in the event that the shares offered in the rights issue are not fully subscribed for. Talvivaara will pay a fee for the subscription commitment corresponding with the market practise.
“As a responsible owner, Solidium wants to ensure that the company is able to solve its environmental issues and ramp-up its production to the full capacity. In addition, Solidium wants to participate in the development of the Finnish mining expertise. “, says Kari Järvinen, Solidium’s Managing Director.
Talvivaara has published more detailed information about the share issue today 14 February 2013 in the morning.
Talvivaara is an internationally significant base metals producer with its primary focus on nickel and zinc using a technology known as bioheapleaching to extract metals out of ore. Bioheapleaching makes extraction of metals from low grade ore economically viable. The Talvivaara deposits comprise one of the largest known sulphide nickel resources in Europe. The ore body is estimated to support anticipated production for several decades. Talvivaara has secured a 10-year off-take agreement for 100 per cent of its main output of nickel and cobalt to Norilsk Nickel and entered into a long-term zinc streaming agreement with Nyrstar NV. Talvivaara is listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market and NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. Solidium has an 8.89 % holding in the company prior to the rights issue.
Further information: Managing Director Kari Järvinen, Solidium Oy, tel. +358 (0)10 830 89 05
Solidium is a limited company wholly owned by the State of Finland. Its mission is to strengthen and stabilise Finnish ownership in nationally important companies and increase the value of its holdings in the long term. Investment activities are based on financial analysis. The core of Solidium’s investment strategy is proper, value enhancing asset management of the current holdings. Through its stakes, Solidium is a minority owner in eleven listed companies: Elisa, Kemira, Metso, Outokumpu, Outotec, Rautaruukki, Sampo, Stora Enso, Talvivaara Mining Company, TeliaSonera and Tieto. The market value of Solidium’s equity investments is approximately EUR 7.4 billion at the date of this press release. Further information: www.solidium.fi