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CALGARY, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - HSE Integrated Ltd. ("HSE" or the "Company") (TSX-HSL) announced today that its Board of Directors has adopted a limited duration Shareholder Rights Plan (the "Plan") to provide the Company and its shareholders with sufficient time to properly assess any unsolicited takeover bid. The Plan gives HSE's Board of Directors additional time to consider other options to any unsolicited takeover to provide shareholders with alternatives intended to provide higher value and equal treatment for their shares. The terms of HSE's Plan are consistent with many plans adopted by other Canadian companies.
The Plan is subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and has a duration of 180 days, following which it will expire automatically.
To implement the Plan, the Board of Directors has authorized the issuance of one right (a "Right") for each outstanding common share of the Company to holders of record at 4 p.m. (Calgary time) on October 3, 2009 and for any future issuance of common shares. Initially, each Right will be attached to the corresponding HSE common share and will be represented by the certificate representing such share or the corresponding entry in the shareholder's register.
Upon the occurrence of certain triggering events - including the acquisition by a person or group of persons of 20% or more of the Company's outstanding common shares in a transaction that is not a "Permitted Bid" under the Plan - the Rights will separate from the common shares and will entitle holders (other than the acquiring person or group of persons) to acquire common shares of the Company at a substantial discount to the prevailing market price at that time.
The Rights will not be triggered by purchases of common shares made pursuant to a "Permitted Bid" under the Plan, being, among other things, a bid made to all of the Company's shareholders for all of the Company's outstanding common shares on identical terms and which remains open for acceptance for not less than 60 days. The purpose of the Permitted Bid mechanism is to give HSE shareholders more time to consider the bid and any other options that may be available before deciding whether or not to tender shares. Under the Plan, the Company's Board of Directors will have additional time to consider and pursue alternatives and make recommendations in the best interests of shareholders.
HSE is an integrated, national supplier of industrial Health, Safety and Environmental services. From its head office in Calgary, Alberta, it serves its clients from field service locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Michigan. HSE also operates in Midland, Texas, through a jointly owned company called Boots & Coots HSE Services LLC. HSE trades on the TSX under the symbol "HSL".
Certain statements in this release constitute "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended) or "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation). No assurance can be given that the results discussed herein will be attained, and certain important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially are contained in HSE's 2008 Annual Report and in other filings with securities commissions in Canada as reported on the Company's profile at www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statements in this news release speak only as of the date of this hews release. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances.
SOURCE HSE Integrated Ltd.
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