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Altus Strategies PLC

12 August 2022

Altus Strategies plc / Index (EPIC): AIM (ALS) TSX-V (ALTS) OTCQX (ALTUF) / Sector: Mining

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF THAT JURISDICTION

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

12 August 2022

RECOMMED ALL-SHARE MERGER OF EQUALS

of

ALTUS STRATEGIES PLC

and

ELEMENTAL ROYALTIES CORP.

to be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement

under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006

COURT SANCTION OF SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT

On 14 June 2022, the boards of Altus Strategies plc ("Altus" or the "Company") and Elemental Royalties Corp. ("Elemental") announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended share-for-share merger of equals of Elemental and Altus with the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Altus being acquired by Elemental (the "Merger"). The Merger has been put forward to Scheme Shareholders by means of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act (the "Scheme"). The scheme document in connection with the Merger was published on 12 July 2022 (the "Scheme Document"). Capitalised terms in this announcement, unless otherwise defined, have the same meanings as set out in the Scheme Document. All references to times in this announcement are to London time unless otherwise stated.

On 8 August 2022, the Scheme was approved by the requisite majorities of Scheme Shareholders at the Court Meeting and the Special Resolution to implement the Scheme was approved by the requisite majority of Altus Shareholders at the General Meeting.

Altus is pleased to announce that the High Court of Justice of England and Wales has today made an order sanctioning the Scheme under section 899 of the Companies Act 2006 pursuant to which the Merger is being implemented.

Next steps

Altus confirms that the Scheme Record Time for the Scheme will be 10:00 p.m. on Monday 15 August 2022. Scheme Shareholders on Altus' register at the Scheme Record Time will, upon the Scheme becoming effective in accordance with its terms, be entitled to receive consideration as provided for in the Scheme Document.

It is anticipated that the Effective Date of the Scheme will be Tuesday 16 August 2022, when a copy of the Court Order is delivered to the Registrar of Companies. There has been no change to the expected timetable of principal events relating to the Scheme that was set out in the appendix to the announcement dated 12 July 2022.

As announced on 12 July 2022, a request has been made for the cancellation of the admission to trading of the Ordinary Shares of the Company ("Altus Shares") on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market and for the delisting of Altus Shares from TSX-V. Notice has also been given such that Altus Shares shall have their OTCQX designation withdrawn.

The last day of dealings in, and for the registration of transfers of, and disablement in CREST of, Altus Shares, is expected to be Monday 15 August 2022, and trading in Altus Shares will be suspended on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market and halted on the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSX-V") with effect from the commencement of trading on Tuesday 16 August 2022.

It is expected that, subject to the Scheme becoming Effective on Tuesday 16 August 2022:

(i) the admission to trading of Altus Shares on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market will be cancelled (at 7:00 a.m. (London time) on Wednesday 17 August 2022);

(ii) the Altus Shares' OTCQX designation shall be withdrawn (at 9:00 a.m. (New York time) on Wednesday 17 August 2022); and

(iii) the Altus Shares will be delisted from the TSX-V (at 4:30 p.m. (Toronto time) on Wednesday 17 August 2022).

Further announcements will be made when the Scheme becomes Effective and when the admission to trading of Altus Shares has been cancelled on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market, Altus Shares have been delisted from TSX-V and Altus Shares have had their OTCQX designation withdrawn.

For further information you are invited to visit the Company's website www.altus-strategies.com or contact:

 
                                                 +44 (0) 1235 511 
 Altus Strategies plc                             767 
 Steven Poulton, Chief Executive 
 UBS (Financial Adviser to Altus)                +44 (0) 20 7567 8000 
 Jason Hutchings 
 Sandip Dhillon 
 Frank Geary 
 SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (Nominated 
  Adviser)                                       +44 (0) 20 3470 0470 
 Richard Morrison 
  Adam Cowl 
 SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (Broker) 
  Grant Barker 
  Rob Rees                                       +44 (0) 20 3470 0471 
 Shard Capital Partners LLP (Broker) 
  Damon Heath 
  Isabella Pierre                                +44 (0) 20 7186 9927 
 Yellow Jersey PR (Financial PR & IR to 
  Altus)                                         +44 (0) 20 3004 9512 
 Charles Goodwin 
 Henry Wilkinson 
                                                 +44 (0) 7554 872 
 Elemental Royalties Corp.                        794 
 Frederick Bell, CEO and Director 
 Canaccord Genuity Limited (Financial Adviser 
  to Elemental)                                  +44 (0) 20 7523 8000 
 Raj Khatri 
 James Asensio 
 David Sadowski 
 Brad Cameron 
 Longview Communications & Public Affairs 
  (Financial PR & IR to Elemental)               +1 604 694 6035 
 Alan Bayless 
 Fasken Martineau LLP is retained as legal 
  adviser to Elemental                           +44 (0) 20 7917 8500 
 Norton Rose Fulbright LLP is retained as 
  UK legal adviser to Altus                      +44 (0) 20 7283 6000 
 

About Altus Strategies plc

Altus Strategies plc (AIM: ALS, TSX-V: ALTS & OTCQX: ALTUF) is an income generating mining royalty company, with a diversified portfolio of production, pre-production and discovery stage assets. The Company's differentiated approach of generating royalties on its own discoveries in Africa and acquiring royalties globally through financings and acquisitions with third parties has attracted key institutional investor backing. Altus has established a global portfolio comprising 33 royalty interests and 26 project interests across nine countries and nine metals. The Company engages constructively with all stakeholders, working diligently to minimise its environmental impact and to promote positive economic and social outcomes in the communities where it operates. For further information, please visit www.altus-strategies.com .

Further Information

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval pursuant to the Merger, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, invitation or solicitation is unlawful.

The Merger will be made solely by means of the Scheme Document, which contains the full terms and conditions of the Merger including details of how to vote in respect of the Scheme.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or a prospectus equivalent document.

This announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with English law, any applicable securities laws in Canada and the United States, the AIM Rules, the rules of the London Stock Exchange and the Takeover Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside of England.

Important notices relating to financial advisers

UBS AG London Branch ("UBS") is authorised and regulated by the Financial Market Supervisory Authority in Switzerland. It is authorised by the PRA and subject to regulation by the FCA and limited regulation by the PRA in the United Kingdom and is acting as financial adviser to Altus and for no one else in connection with the Merger and other matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Altus for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Merger, the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement. Neither UBS nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of UBS in connection with any matter referred to in this announcement or otherwise.

SP Angel is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom and is acting as nominated adviser and broker to Altus and for no one else in connection with the Merger and other matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Altus for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Merger, the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement. Neither SP Angel nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of SP Angel in connection with any matter referred to in this announcement or otherwise.

Canaccord Genuity Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, and Canaccord Genuity Corp. (together, Canaccord Genuity) are acting as financial adviser to Elemental and for no one else in connection with the Merger and other matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Elemental for providing the protections afforded to their clients or for providing advice in relation to the Merger, the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement. Neither Canaccord Genuity nor any of their subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Canaccord Genuity in connection with any matter referred to in this announcement or otherwise.

Overseas shareholders

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in, into or from jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States may be restricted by law. Therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States, or Altus Shareholders who are not resident in and citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States, should inform themselves of and observe any applicable requirements. Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Elemental and Altus and persons involved in the Merger, disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person. In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States to vote their Altus Shares with respect to the Scheme at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting, or to execute and deliver Forms of Proxy appointing another to vote at the Court Meeting or the General Meeting on their behalf, may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdiction in which they are located.

This announcement is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities of Elemental, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction: (i) in which such offer or invitation is not authorised; (ii) in which the person making such offer or invitation is not qualified to do so; or (iii) in which, or to any person to whom, it is unlawful to make such offer, solicitation or invitation or would impose any unfulfilled registration, publication or approval requirements on Altus, Elemental, or any of their respective directors, officers, agents and advisers. The Merger will be made solely by means of the Scheme Document, which contains the full terms and conditions of the Merger including details of how to vote in respect of the Scheme. Any vote in respect of the Scheme or other response in relation to the Merger should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document.

Unless otherwise determined by Altus or Elemental or required by the Takeover Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, this announcement will not be made available, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction and no person may vote in favour of the Merger within a Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of that jurisdiction.

It is the responsibility of any person into whose possession this announcement comes to satisfy themselves as to their full observance of the laws of the relevant jurisdiction in connection with the Merger, the distribution of this announcement, including the obtaining of any governmental, exchange control or other consents which may be required and/or compliance with other necessary formalities which are required to be observed.

Further details in relation to Overseas Shareholders are contained in the Scheme Document.

Notice to US investors in Altus

US Altus Shareholders should note that the Merger relates to the shares of an English company and is proposed to be made by means of a scheme of arrangement provided for under, and governed by, the laws of England and Wales.

Any securities issued by Elemental as a result of this Merger by means of a scheme of arrangement will be issued in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act, pursuant to the exemption from registration set forth in Section 3(a)(10) thereof. Accordingly, the Scheme will be subject to disclosure requirements and practices applicable in the UK to schemes of arrangement, which are different from the disclosure requirements that would be applicable in the US if the securities were registered under the US Securities Act.

Except as described in the Scheme Document under the heading 'Non-IFRS financial measures', the annual financial statements included or incorporated in this announcement or in the Scheme Document have been prepared in accordance with IFRS and the interim financial statements included or incorporated by reference below have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards (IAS) 34, Interim Financial Reporting. As such, the financial statements included below or incorporated by reference 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 US. If Elemental exercises its right to implement the Merger of the Altus Shares in accordance with the Co-operation Agreement by way of a Takeover Offer, such offer will be made in compliance with applicable US laws and regulations, including the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the tender offer rules under the Exchange Act and any applicable exemptions provided thereunder.

Neither the Merger nor the Scheme Document have been approved or disapproved by the SEC, any state securities commission in the United States or any other US regulatory authority, nor have any such authorities passed upon or determined the adequacy or accuracy of the information contained in this announcement or the merits of the Merger. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

It may be difficult for US Altus Shareholders to enforce their rights and any claim arising out of the US federal laws or to enforce against them a judgment of a US court predicated upon the securities laws of the United Kingdom, since Elemental and Altus are incorporated in a non-US jurisdiction, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of countries other than the United States. US Altus Shareholders may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of the US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgement.

In accordance with normal UK practice, Elemental or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, Altus Shares outside of the US, other than pursuant to the Merger, until the date on which the Merger and/or Scheme becomes effective, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the UK, will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com .

Additional information for Altus Shareholders in Canada

No securities commission or similar authority of Canada, or any other jurisdiction, has reviewed or in any way passed upon this announcement or the merits of the securities described herein, and any representation to the contrary is an offence.

Altus Shareholders in Canada should note that the Merger relates to the acquisition of shares of an English company and is proposed to be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement provided for under, and governed by, the laws of England and Wales.

If Elemental exercises its right to implement the Merger of the Altus Shares in accordance with the Co-operation Agreement by way of a Takeover Offer, such Takeover Offer will be made in compliance with applicable Canadian securities laws or pursuant to an exemption therefrom.

The enforcement by Altus Shareholders in Canada of civil liabilities under the Canadian securities laws may be affected adversely by the fact that Altus is incorporated or organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than Canada, that some or all of Elemental's and Altus' officers and directors are and will be residents of countries other than Canada, that some or all of the experts named in the Scheme Document may be residents of countries other than Canada, and that all or a substantial portion of the assets of Elemental, Altus and such persons are and will be located outside Canada. As a result, it may be difficult or impossible for Altus Shareholders in Canada to effect service of process within Canada upon Altus, Elemental's and Altus' respective officers or directors or the experts named herein, or to realize against them, upon judgments of courts of Canada predicated upon liabilities under Canadian securities laws. In addition, Altus Shareholders in Canada should not assume that the courts of England and Wales: (a) would enforce judgments of Canadian courts obtained in actions against such persons predicated upon civil liabilities under Canadian securities laws; or (b) would enforce, in original actions, liabilities against such persons predicated upon civil liabilities under the Canadian securities laws.

The distribution of the New Elemental Shares pursuant to the Merger will constitute a distribution of securities that is exempt from the prospectus requirements of Canadian securities law. The New Elemental Shares received pursuant to the Merger will not be subject to resale restrictions and may be resold through registered dealers in each of the provinces and territories of Canada provided that (i) the trade is not a "control distribution" as defined in Canadian securities law, (ii) no unusual effort is made to prepare the market or to create a demand for Elemental Shares, (iii) no extraordinary commission or consideration is paid to a person in respect of such sale, and (iv) if the selling security holder is an insider or officer of Elemental, as the case may be, the selling security holder has no reasonable grounds to believe that Elemental, as the case may be, is in default of applicable Canadian securities law.

Altus Shareholders in Canada should be aware that the Merger described in the Scheme Document may have tax consequences in Canada and should consult their own tax advisors to determine the particular tax consequences to them of the Merger in light of their particular circumstances, as well as any tax consequences that may arise under the laws of any other relevant foreign, state, local or other taxing jurisdiction.

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains certain forward looking statements with respect to Altus, Elemental and the Merger which are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information", each as defined under applicable securities laws (collectively, forward-looking statements). Forward-looking statements are prospective in nature and are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections of the management of Elemental and Altus about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements often, but not always, use words such as "anticipate", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "goal", "believe", "hope", "aims", "continue", "will", "may", "should", "would", "could", or other words of similar meaning or derivatives thereof (including negative and grammatical variations). These statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by Elemental and/or Altus in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, future developments and other factors they believe appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty, because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and the factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this announcement could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements and as such are qualified in their entirety. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are changes in the global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates and future business combinations or dispositions.

The forward-looking statements contained in this announcement include statements related to: the Merger including statements with respect to the implementation thereof; the benefits of the Merger to the Altus Shareholders; the timing for and receipt of all required regulatory, court, stock exchange and shareholder approvals and approvals to complete the Merger; the ability of Altus to satisfy other conditions to, and to complete the Merger; the anticipated timing for completion of the Merger; the closing of the Merger; the expected effects of the Merger on Altus, the expected timing and scope of the Merger and other statements other than historical facts; the intention to seek a delisting of the Altus Shares from AIM and the TSX-V and the Altus Shares will no longer be quoted on the OTCQX market in the United States; and the intention for Altus to make an application to certain Canadian securities commissions after the Effective Date to cease to be a reporting issuer in Canada.

In respect of forward-looking statements and information concerning the anticipated completion of the proposed Merger and the anticipated timing for completion of the proposed Merger, Elemental and Altus have provided them in reliance on certain assumptions and believe that they are reasonable at this time, the ability of the applicable parties to receive, in a timely manner, the necessary regulatory, shareholder, court, stock exchange and relevant authority approvals, and the ability of the parties to satisfy, in a timely manner, the other conditions to the closing of the Merger. These dates may change for a number of reasons, including unforeseen delays in preparing meeting materials, inability to secure necessary approvals in the time assumed or the need for additional time to satisfy the other conditions to the completion of the Merger. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information in this announcement concerning these times.

Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, and uncertainties and other important factors that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Such risks, uncertainties and factors may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Elemental or Altus to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and factors include, without limitation: risks associated with the Merger and Mergers generally; the Co-operation Agreement may be terminated in certain circumstances; there can be no certainty that all conditions precedent to the Merger will be satisfied; and the parties will incur costs even if the Merger is not completed and Elemental may have to pay a break fee to Altus if the Co-operation Agreement is terminated in certain circumstances; all necessary approvals may not be obtained. Additional risks, uncertainties and factors include changes in the global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates and future business combinations or disposals. For a discussion of important factors which could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements in relation to Elemental or Altus, refer to the Scheme Document.

No member of the Altus Group, nor any of their respective associates, directors, officers, employees or advisers, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement will actually occur.

Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and you are therefore cautioned not to place any reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as at the date of this announcement. It is expected that these expectations will change as new information is received. Altus does not assume any obligation to update or correct the information contained in this announcement (whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise), except as required by applicable law. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to their inherent uncertainty.

Publication on website

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Takeover Code, a copy of this announcement will be made available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on Altus' website at https://Altus-strategies.com/ and Elemental's website at https://www.Elementalroyalties.com by no later than 12 noon on the first Business Day following the date of this announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, neither the contents of these websites nor any website accessible from hyperlinks is incorporated into or forms part of this announcement.

This announcement will also be available on SEDAR under Altus's profile at www.sedar.com .

Hard copy documents

In accordance with Rule 30.3 of the Takeover Code, Altus Shareholders, persons with information rights and participants in the Altus Share Plan may request a hard copy of this announcement by contacting Altus' registrar, Computershare on +44 (0) 370 707 1884. Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Computershare is open between 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales; or (ii) by submitting a request in writing to Computershare, The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road, Bristol, BS13 8AE, United Kingdom. Please note that Computershare cannot provide any financial, legal or tax advice and calls may be recorded and monitored for security and training purposes. For persons who receive a copy of this announcement in electronic form or via a website notification, a hard copy of this announcement will not be sent unless so requested. Such persons may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to them in relation to the Merger should be in hard copy form.

Information relating to Altus Shareholders

Please be aware that addresses, electronic addresses and certain other information provided by Altus Shareholders, persons with information rights and other relevant persons for the receipt of communications from Altus may be provided to Elemental during the Offer Period as required under Section 4 of Appendix 4 of the Takeover Code to comply with Rule 2.11(c) of the Takeover Code.

Disclosure Requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Takeover Code, any person who is interested in one per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified.

An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) of the Takeover Code applies must be made by no later than 3:30 p.m. on the 10th Business Day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3:30 p.m. on the 10th Business Day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Takeover Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in one per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8 of the Takeover Code. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) of the Takeover Code applies must be made by no later than 3:30 p.m. on the Business Day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4 of the Takeover Code).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk , including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

Market Abuse Regulation Disclosure

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

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