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Alto Metals fields competing takeover proposal from Habrok

The Habrok offer at 6.6 cents per share will not be conditional on due diligence, financing, regulatory approval or further internal approvals.

Alto Metals Ltd - Alto Metals fields competing takeover proposal from Habrok
Directors advise that shareholders should take no action at this stage

Alto Metals Ltd (ASX:AME) has received a proposal from privately-owned Habrok (Alto) Pty Limited to make an off-market takeover offer for all of AME’s shares for 6.6 cents per share.

This proposal is in competition with the offer from Goldsea Australia Mining Pty Ltd of 6.5 cents per share which was recommended for acceptance by the Alto Metals board.

Take no action

Company directors advise that shareholders should take no action in respect of the competing offer until they receive further advice from the Alto board.

Alto will consider the impact of the new proposal on the Goldsea offers and the Alto board’s recommendation.

AME’s shares last traded at 6.2 cents and are up from 3 cents in early February, before the Goldsea takeover activity.

Unconditional offer

Habrok, which is controlled by Habrok Mining Pty Limited, has made the offer on an unconditional basis and as such, it is not conditional on due diligence, financing, regulatory approval or further internal approvals.

Parent company Habrok Mining is a privately-owned investment company established in 2019 which has interests in both gold and iron ore projects in Western Australia.

Its investments include assets in pre-feasibility, production and care and maintenance projects.

Evaluating options offer

Habrok is also evaluating but has not determined to make, a takeover bid for Alto's options at or above the price offered by Goldsea, subject to receiving ASIC relief.

In its letter to Alto Metals, Habrok said it expected to lodge its bidder's statement for the offer with Alto over the coming weeks.

The bidder said it “would look to discuss with Alto an accelerated timetable for the dispatch of bidder's statement possibly in conjunction with Alto's target statement”.

Has a substantial interest

Habrok also informed that it had acquired a relevant interest in 36.825 million shares for a 12.04% stake with a substantial holder notice subsequently filed.

“This relevant interest arises from acquisition agreements with Adaman Minerals Pty Ltd and Mostia Dion Nominees Pty Limited.”

In trading halt

Alto Metals has an announcement pending in relation to a resource upgrade at Lord Nelson deposit of the Sandstone Gold Project in WA and has been granted a trading halt by the ASX.

The halt will remain in place until the earlier of the start of normal ASX trading on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, or when the announcement is released to the market.

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