VANCOUVER, June 19 /CNW/ - Peru Copper Inc. (TSX:PCR/AMEX: CUP/BVL:CUP)
("Peru Copper" or the "Company") announced today that it has closed its
previously announced private placement of 13.2 million common shares at a
price of US$4.99 (C$5.30) per share for gross proceeds of US$65,868,000
(approximately C$70 million), following receipt by the Company of regulatory
approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. On
June 11, 2007 the Company announced that it had entered into a definitive
agreement pursuant to which Aluminum Corporation of China has agreed to make
an offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Peru Copper and make this
investment in Peru Copper through the private placement.
The common shares issued in the private placement have not been
registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or any state securities laws, and
unless so registered may not be offered or sold in the United States except
pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the
registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state
All of the common shares issued and sold pursuant to the private
placement were purchased and acquired by Chinalco Canada B.C. Holdings Ltd., a
wholly owned subsidiary of Aluminum Corporation of China.
As a result of the completion of the private placement, Chinalco now
indirectly beneficially owns approximately 9.9% of the outstanding common
shares of Peru Copper.
PERU COPPER STOCKHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ PERU COPPER'S
SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE 14D-9 WHEN IT IS
AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. THE
SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO
SHAREHOLDERS OF PERU COPPER AT NO EXPENSE TO THEM. THE SCHEDULE 14D-9 AND
OTHER FILED DOCUMENTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE WITHOUT CHARGE AT THE
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION'S WEBSITE AT WWW.SEC.GOV. THIS PRESS
RELEASE IS NEITHER AN OFFER TO PURCHASE NOR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO
SELL SECURITIES OF PERU COPPER. THE TENDER OFFER WILL BE MADE SOLELY BY
AN OFFER TO PURCHASE AND RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL TO BE DISSEMINATED
UPON THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE TENDER OFFER.
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING-STATEMENTS:
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" including, but
are limited to, statements with respect to the future price of copper and
molybdenum, the timing of exploration activities, the mine life of the
Toromocho Project, the economic viability and estimated internal rate of
return of the Toromocho Project, the estimation of mineral reserves and
mineral resources, the results of drilling, estimated future capital and
operating costs, future stripping ratios, projected mineral recovery rates and
Peru Copper's commitment to, and plans for developing, the Toromocho Project.
Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of
forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect",
"is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends",
"anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such
words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may",
"can", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved".
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of
activity, performance or achievements of Peru Copper to be materially
different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements,
including but not limited to: risks related to the exploration and potential
development of the Toromocho Project, risks related to international
operations, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions
of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be
refined, future prices of copper, silver, molybdenum and gold, as well as
those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Form F-3
as on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and
in the section entitled "Narrative Description of the Business -- Risks of the
Business" in the Annual Information Form of the Company dated March 28, 2007.
Although Peru Copper has attempted to identify important factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in
forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not
to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that
such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events
could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.
Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements. Peru Copper does not undertake to update any forward-looking
statements that are incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance
with applicable securities laws.
For further information:
For further information: Patrick De Witt, Director of Investor
Relations, at (604) 689-0234, or email@example.com