M-REAL?S EUR 447.5 MILLION RIGHTS OFFERING FULLY SUBSCRIBED
NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN AUSTRALIA, CANADA,
FRANCE, THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLES
REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, SPAIN OR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
M-real Corporation Stock Exchange Bulletin 4 October 2004 at 2 p.m.
M-REALS EUR 447.5 MILLION RIGHTS OFFERING FULLY SUBSCRIBED
M-reals EUR 447.5 million rights offering was completed successfully
on 1 October, 2004. A preliminary assessment indicates that
approximately 148.6 million Series B shares were subscribed through
the exercise of primary subscription rights equaling approximately
99.6 percent of all the shares offered. Demand for shares in the
secondary subscription was approximately 31.1 million shares and
exceeded the number of shares available by approximately 57 times.
Consequently, there will be no subscription of shares by the
underwriters, Citigroup and Nordea Corporate Finance.
Hannu Anttila, Chief Operating Officer and President and CEO as from
1 January, said We are very pleased with the successful outcome of
the offering. The request for capital from our shareholders was
large. Many existing shareholders subscribed for their pro rata share
and we value their continued support. We also greatly appreciate the
number of new shareholders who have taken advantage of this
opportunity to invest in M-real and its future. The proceeds of the
offering will enable us to improve our financial flexibility and to
support the implementation of our revised business strategy.ö
The interim shares, representing the shares subscribed for in the
primary subscription, commenced trading today on the Helsinki Stock
Exchange. The increase in the share capital based on the primary
subscription will be registered with the Finnish Trade Register and
the interim shares will be combined with M-reals Series B shares on
7 October, 2004.
Allocation of the shares subscribed for in the secondary subscription
is expected to be completed on 12 October, 2004, at the latest. The
increase in the share capital based on the secondary subscriptions is
expected to be registered with the Finnish Trade Register and the new
shares issued and delivered to shareholders book-entry accounts and
commencing trading on the Helsinki Stock Exchange on 13 October,
2004, at the latest.
M-real will publish the final results of the Offering on 6 October,
2004, following the approval of the primary subscription by the Board
For additional information contact Chief Operating Officer Hannu
Anttila +358 10 4694 343 or Executive Vice President and CFO Juhani
Pöhö +358 10 4695 283
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