BG Group plc on Monday announced that its wholly owned subsidiary BG International (AUS) Investments Pty Limited ("BG AUS") has at the close of trading on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday acquired a relevant interest in more than 90 percent of Queensland Gas Company Limited, under its unconditional on-market takeover bid for QGC.
BG AUS intends to compulsorily acquire the remaining QGC shares, but does not intend to commence the compulsory acquisition process until later in the offer period, which will expire on 15 December 2008, unless extended.
QGC shareholders should be aware that trading will be suspended in QGC shares five business days after a compulsory acquisition notice is sent by BG AUS.
This will mean that, if shareholders have not sold their shares into the bid by that time, BG AUS would not be able to purchase further shares on market under the bid and pay for those shares within three business days.
Instead, remaining shareholders would have to wait at least one month to be paid under the compulsory acquisition process.
BG Group plc is a world leader in natural gas, with a strategy focused on connecting competitively priced resources to specific, high-value markets. Active in 27 countries on five continents, BG Group has a broad portfolio of exploration and production, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), transmission and distribution and power generation business interests.