Disclaimer – IMPORTANT
RECOMMENDED MANDATORY CASH OFFER (“OFFER”) FOR HIGHLAND GOLD MINING LIMITED (“HGML”) BY FORTIANA HOLDINGS LIMITED (“FHL”) (OR ITS AFFILIATE)
ACCESS TO THIS AREA OF THE WEBSITE (“MICROSITE”) MAY BE RESTRICTED UNDER SECURITIES LAWS OR REGULATIONS IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS. THIS NOTICE REQUIRES YOU TO CONFIRM CERTAIN MATTERS (INCLUDING THAT YOU ARE NOT RESIDENT IN SUCH A JURISDICTION), BEFORE YOU MAY OBTAIN ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION ON THIS MICROSITE. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT DIRECTED AT OR INTENDED TO BE ACCESSIBLE BY PERSONS RESIDENT IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION OR WOULD RESULT IN A REQUIREMENT TO OBTAIN ANY CONSENT OR COMPLY WITH ANY OTHER FORMALITY WHICH HGML REGARDS AS UNDULY ONEROUS.
THIS MICROSITE CONTAINS CERTAIN ANNOUNCEMENTS, DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION (TOGETHER, THE “INFORMATION”) PUBLISHED BY HGML AND/OR FHL RELATING TO THE OFFER IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM’S CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (“CODE”). THE INFORMATION IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN GOOD FAITH AND FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY, AND ITS AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT BELOW.
The full terms and conditions of the Offer are set out in the formal offer document published by FHL on 21 September 2020. In deciding whether or not to accept the Offer, shareholders of HGML should rely only on the information contained and procedures described in the formal Offer Document.
Access to information relating to the Offer
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If you would like to view the Information in this Microsite, please read this notice carefully – it applies to all persons who view this Microsite and, depending upon whom you are and where you live, it may affect your rights or responsibilities. This notice and the information contained herein may be altered or updated from time to time by HGML, and should be read carefully each time you visit this Microsite. In addition, the contents of this Microsite may be amended at any time, in whole or in part, at the sole discretion of HGML.
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The Information is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, into any jurisdiction where local laws or regulations may result in a significant risk of civil, regulatory or criminal exposure for HGML or FHL or would otherwise violate the law of that jurisdiction (a Restricted Jurisdiction) and the availability of the Information to shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of relevant jurisdictions. Accordingly, viewing the Information may not be lawful if you are resident or located in a Restricted Jurisdiction. In certain jurisdictions, including Restricted Jurisdictions, only certain categories of person may be allowed to view such materials. Any person (including custodians, nominees and trustees) resident or located outside the United Kingdom who wishes to view the Information contained in this Microsite must first satisfy themselves that they are not subject to any local requirements that prohibit or restrict them from doing so and should inform themselves about, and observe, any legal or regulatory requirements applicable in their jurisdiction.
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Various contents of this Microsite have been prepared in accordance with English law and the Code, and, accordingly, the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been made available in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.
Notice to US investors
The Offer is being made to HGML Shareholders resident in the United States in reliance on, and compliance with, Regulation 14E and the related rules promulgated under the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “US Exchange Act”), and otherwise in accordance with the requirements of the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers, the UK Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, the London Stock Exchange and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. The Offer is being made in the United States by FHL and no one else.
The Offer relates to the shares of a Jersey incorporated company that is not registered under the US Exchange Act and is admitted to trading on AIM and is subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements, format and style which are different from those in the United States including with respect to withdrawal rights, offer timetable and settlement procedures. However, FHL will, to the extent practicable, comply with US requirements where they relate to the timing of payments.
For the avoidance of doubt, although the payment and settlement procedures with respect to the Offer are subject to the relevant UK rules, which differ from US payment and settlement procedures, FHL will, to the extent practicable, pay consideration promptly so as to comply with US requirements.
Financial information included on this website has been or will be prepared in accordance with accounting standards applicable in Jersey and Cyprus as applicable, and may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
The receipt of consideration by a US holder for the transfer of its HGML Shares pursuant to the Offer may be a taxable transaction for United States federal income tax purposes and under applicable United States federal, state and local, as well as non-US and other, tax laws. Each HGML Shareholder is urged to consult their independent professional adviser immediately regarding any acceptance of the Offer including, without limitation, the tax consequences of the Offer applicable to them, including under applicable United States federal, state and local, as well as non-US and other, tax laws.
It may be difficult for US holders to enforce their rights, effect service of process within the United States and/or enforce any claim and claims arising out of the US federal securities laws, since HGML is incorporated under the laws of Jersey and FHL is organised under the laws of Cyprus, and the majority of the officers and directors of HGML and FHL are residents of countries other than the United States. It may not be possible to sue FHL or HGML, or any of their respective directors, officers or affiliates, in a non-US court for violations of US laws, including US securities laws. It may be difficult to compel FHL, HGML and their respective directors, officers and affiliates to subject themselves to the jurisdiction of a US court. There is doubt as to the enforceability in the United Kingdom or Jersey of original actions, or of actions for enforcement of judgments of US courts, based on civil liability provisions of US federal securities laws and judgments of a US court.
Neither the SEC nor any US state securities commission has approved or disapproved the Offer, or passed upon the fairness of the Offer or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of the information contained on this Microsite. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.
No offer to acquire securities or to exchange securities for other securities has been made, or will be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by the use of the mails of, or by any means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce or any facilities of a national securities exchange of, the United States or any other country in which such offer may not be made other than: (i) in accordance with the tender offer requirements under the US Exchange Act, or the securities laws of such other country, as the case may be; or (ii) pursuant to an available exemption from such requirements.
This notice shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, English law.
This Microsite and the Information may contain certain “forward-looking statements” regarding the financial position, business strategy or plans for future operations of HGML and its group of companies and FHL and its group of companies. These statements are statements of future expectation that are based on the current expectations and assumptions of the management of HGML and/or FHL (as applicable) and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in any document, are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements also often use words such as “will”, “may”, “should” “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “probably”, “seek”, “intend”, “anticipate” and words of a similar meaning. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by them. Much of the risk and uncertainty relates to factors that are beyond the companies’ abilities to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions and the behaviours of other market participants; fluctuations in interest and exchange rates; the occurrence of unforeseen disasters or catastrophes; political or economic instability in principal markets; adverse outcomes in litigation; and general, local and global economic, political, business and market conditions and therefore undue reliance should not be placed on such statements which speak only as at the date of the relevant document, and investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this Microsite speaks only as at the specified date of the relevant document within which the statement is contained. None of HGML and FHL nor any of their respective affiliates assumes any obligation to, and does not intend to, revise or update any forward-looking statements (whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise), except as required pursuant to applicable law or regulation. Readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.
Unless expressly stated otherwise, no statement in this Microsite is intended to constitute a profit forecast for any period and no statement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share will necessarily be greater or lesser than those for the relevant preceding financial periods for HGML.
Basis of access to Information
Access to the electronic version of any Information relating to the Offer is being made available by HGML in good faith and for information purposes only. Any person seeking access to the Information on this Microsite represents and warrants to HGML that he or she is doing so for information purposes only. Making Information relating to the Offer available in electronic format on this Microsite is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an invitation or offer to sell or dispose of or the solicitation of an offer to buy, acquire or subscribe for, shares in HGML nor does it constitute an invitation, solicitation or recommendation by HGML or FHL or any other person to any other person to take any other action in relation to the Offer.
You should not forward, transmit or show the information contained in this Microsite to any person. In particular, you should not forward or transmit the information contained in this Microsite in or into any Restricted Jurisdiction. Electronic versions of these materials are not directed at or accessible by persons resident in any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws of such jurisdiction.
If you are in any doubt about the contents of this Microsite or, where applicable, the action you should take, you should seek your own financial advice from an independent financial adviser authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 or, if you are located outside the United Kingdom, from an appropriately authorised independent financial adviser. Any actions or decisions required by HGML’s shareholders in connection with the Offer should only be made on the basis of the information set out in documents sent to or made available to HGML’s shareholders.
This notice, and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with this notice, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.
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