ASPO Plc STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE April 12, 2011 at 13:45 pm.
Not for release, publication or distribution in or into the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong or Singapore.
Aspo Plc supplements the prospectus for the rights offering
Aspo Plc ("Aspo" or "Company") has supplemented the prospectus published on April 11, 2011 relating to the rights offering with advance financial information announced separately earlier today and with auditors' statement on the profit estimate for the first quarter of year 2011. The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority has today April 12, 2011 approved the supplement.
The supplement is available in printed form at the subscription places, at Aspo's headquarters at Lintulahdenkuja 10, FI-00500 Helsinki, Finland, and at the office of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd at Fabianinkatu 14, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland, as well as in electronic form on Aspo's website www.aspo.fi and on the lead manager's website www.op.fi/merkinta.
Helsinki, April 12, 2011
Harri Seppälä, Group Treasurer, Aspo Plc, +358 9 5211 or +358 400 617 201
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
Aspo is a conglomerate that owns and develops businesses in Northern Europe and growth markets focusing on demanding B-to-B customers. The aim of our strong corporate brands - ESL Shipping, Leipurin, Telko and Kaukomarkkinat - is to be the market leaders in their sectors. They are responsible for their own operations, customer relationships and the development of these. Together they generate Aspo's goodwill. Aspo's Group structure and business operations are developed persistently without any predefined schedules.
This press release is not an offer for subscription for shares in the Company. The Prospectus and supplement relating to the Rights Offering referred to in this press release and the subsequent listing of the offer shares on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki have been approved by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority.
The distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and persons into whose possession it or any part of it comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restrictions. The information in this press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the securities referred to herein in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would require preparation of further prospectuses or other offer documentation, or be unlawful prior to registration, exemption from registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
This press release has not been approved by any regulatory authority. This press release is not a prospectus and investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this press release except on the basis of information provided in the prospectus to be published by the Company on its website in due course.
Pohjola Corporate Finance Ltd is acting for the Company and no one else in connection with the Rights Offering and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Rights Offering and/or any other matter referred to in this announcement.
Pohjola Corporate Finance Ltd accepts no responsibility whatsoever and makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, for the contents of this announcement, including its accuracy, completeness or verification or for any other statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with the Company and the offer shares, or the Rights Offering, and nothing in this announcement is, or shall be relied upon as, a promise or representation in this respect, whether as to the past or future.
Pohjola Corporate Finance Ltd disclaims to the fullest extent permitted by law all and any responsibility and liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise which they might otherwise have in respect of this announcement or any such statement.
This press release does not constitute or form part of an offer or solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an exemption therefrom. No public offering of the securities referred to herein is being made in the United States. Copies of this announcement are not being, and may not be, distributed or sent, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, into the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan or Singapore.
European Economic Area
The Company has not authorised any offer to the public of shares or rights in any Member State of the European Economic Area other than Finland. With respect to each Member State of the European Economic Area other than Finland (each, a "Relevant Member State"), no action has been undertaken to date to make an offer to the public of shares or rights requiring a publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State. As a result, the shares or rights may only be offered in Relevant Member States in circumstances, not requiring the company to publish a prospectus as provided under the Directive 2003/71/EC.
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