BHP Billiton commenced mailing the Bidder’s Statement, together with WMC Resources Ltd’s Target's Statement, to WMC Resources Ltd’s shareholders today. The key dates for the offer are as follows:
Date of Offer 29 March 2005
Closing Date of Offer* 7.30 pm (Melbourne time) on 6 May 2005
*This date is indicative only and may change as permitted by the Australian Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
A copy of the Bidder's Statement as sent to WMC Resources Ltd’s shareholders is attached.
BHP Billiton also advises that all filings required under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 have been made and all applicable waiting periods under that Act have expired. Accordingly, the condition set out in clause 5.1(c) of the Bidder’s Statement has been fulfilled.