Hathor Provides Corporate Update
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Jan. 9, 2012) – Hathor Exploration Limited (HAT:TSX) ("Hathor") confirms that approximately 119,456,310 Hathor common shares have been validly tendered to Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO)(LSE:RIO)(ASX:RIO) as of 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 6, 2012, through an indirect wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary ("Rio Tinto"). The tendered common shares represent 93.76 per cent of the outstanding common shares of Hathor, on a fully diluted basis, other than the Hathor common shares already held by an affiliate of Rio Tinto.
Rio Tinto on December 22, 2011, extended its offer to acquire all the common shares of Hathor for C$4.70 in cash per common share until 5:00 pm EST on January 6, 2012 ("the Offer"). All Hathor common shares validly deposited and not withdrawn before the expiry of the Offer have been taken up and payment will be made for such shares within three business days of take-up.
Rio Tinto intends to acquire all outstanding Hathor common shares not tendered to the Offer through a compulsory acquisition under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Rio Tinto intends to apply to delist the Hathor common shares from the Toronto Stock Exchange as soon as practicable after the completion of the compulsory acquisition.
For more information on Hathor, please visit the Company's website at www.hathor.ca.
Dr. Michael H. Gunning, President & CEO
Hathor Exploration Limited
This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking information concerns Hathor's anticipated operations in future periods, planned exploration and development of its properties, and plans related to its business and other matters that may occur in the future. This information relates to analyses and other information that is based on expectations of future performance and planned work programs. Statements concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if a mineral property is developed. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information, including, without limitation: exploration hazards and risks; risks related to exploration and development of natural resource properties; uncertainty in Hathor's ability to obtain funding; precious and base metal price fluctuations; recent market events and conditions; risks related to the uncertainty of mineral resource calculations and the inclusion of inferred mineral resources in economic estimation; risks related to governmental regulations; risks related to obtaining necessary licenses and permits; risks related to Hathor's business being subject to environmental laws and regulations; risks related to Hathor's mineral properties being subject to prior unregistered agreements, transfers, or claims and other defects in title; risks relating to competition from larger companies with greater financial and technical resources; risks relating to Hathor's inability to meet its financial obligations under agreements to which it is a party; ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel; and risks related to Hathor's directors and officers becoming associated with other natural resource companies which may give rise to conflicts of interests. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect Hathor's forward-looking information. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking information. Hathor's forward-looking information is based on the reasonable beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made and Hathor does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management's beliefs, expectations or opinions change, except as required by law. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. For a complete discussion, please refer to Hathor's Annual Information Form and unaudited financial statements and MD&A for its most recently completed financial year on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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