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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Atlas, Aurox Merger Clears Final Hurdle

Atlas, Aurox Merger Clears Final Hurdle

The merger between Australian iron ore miners Aurox Resources and Atlas Iron have cleared its final regulatory hurdle on Thursday when the country’s Federal Court approved the $A143 million deal.

As a result of the approval, shares in Aurox will cease to be traded on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday with shares in the merged entity set to be traded from Monday.

Under the merger deal, shareholders in Aurox will receive one Atlas share
for every three Aurox shares held, a deal that values Aurox at 74 cents a share, a 173 premium to Aurox’s share price prior to the deal being announced on 9 March 2010.

The merged entity will have up to 33 million tonnes per year of allocated port capacity in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Atlas commenced DSO mining at its Wodgina iron ore project in the Pilbara region
on 20 June. Atlas plans to export iron ore from Wodgina and its Pardoo project in the Pilbara at an annualised rate of 6 million tonnes by the end of the year and 12 million tonnes by 2012.

The company is also developing the Balla Balla project in the West Pilbara area with a mineral resource of 456 million tonnes and ore reserves of 238 million tonnes.

The company will also benefit from Aurox’s allocation of 6 million tonnes a year at the Utah Point berth at Port Hedland.

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