Amerigo Announces Shareholder Rights Plan
December 16, 2008
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA â€" December 16/CNW/ - Amerigo Resources Ltd. (TSX:ARG, "Amerigo" or the "Company") announced today that the Company's board of directors has approved a Shareholder Rights Plan (the 'Rights Plan') for the Company.
Due to the current volatility of financial markets, Amerigo's board of directors believes that the Company's share price is significantly below its asset value per share. As a result, the board has approved the Rights Plan to ensure the fair treatment of all shareholders in the event of any take-over offer for the Company's common shares. The Rights Plan is not intended to prevent take-over bids that treat shareholders fairly and offer fair value, and permits bids that meet certain requirements intended to protect the interests of all shareholders.
Amerigo is not adopting the Rights Plan in response to, or in anticipation of, any specific take-over bid or proposal to acquire control of the Company. The Rights Plan is similar to plans adopted by other Canadian companies, has been conditionally approved by the Toronto Stock Exchange, and is subject to ratification by the Company's shareholders at a meeting of shareholders within six months of its official implementation date. If ratified by the Company's shareholders, the Rights Plan will expire at the termination of the Company's annual meeting in 2011, unless extended upon reconfirmation by shareholders at that meeting. The Rights Plan must then be reconfirmed by shareholders at every third annual meeting of the Company.
Amerigo Resources Ltd. is a Canadian company producing copper and molybdenum from its MVC operations near Santiago, Chile. Tel: (604) 681-2802; Fax: (604) 682-2802; Web: www.amerigoresources.com; Listing: ARG:TSX
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Klaus Zeitler, President (604) 681-2802, (604) 218-7013
Amerigo Resources Ltd.
Certain of the information and statements contained herein that are not historical facts, constitute â€śforward-looking informationâ€ť within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario) and the Securities Act (Alberta) (â€śForward-Looking Informationâ€ť). Forward- Looking Information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as â€śseekâ€ť, â€śanticipateâ€ť, â€śbelieveâ€ť, â€śplanâ€ť, â€śestimateâ€ť, â€śexpectâ€ť and â€śintendâ€ť; statements that an event or result is â€śdueâ€ť on or â€śmayâ€ť, â€świllâ€ť, â€śshouldâ€ť, â€ścouldâ€ť, or mightâ€ť occur or be achieved; and, other similar expressions. More specifically, Forward-Looking Information contained herein includes, without limitation, information concerning future tailings production volumes and the Company's copper and molybdenum production, all of which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such Forward-Looking Information; including, without limitation, material factors and assumptions relating to, and risks and uncertainties associated with, the supply of tailings from El Teniente and extraction of tailings from the Colihues tailings impoundment, the achievement and maintenance of planned production rates, the evolving legal and political policies of Chile, the volatility in the Chilean economy, military unrest or terrorist actions, metal price fluctuations, favourable governmental relations, the availability of financing for activities when required and on acceptable terms, the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, current and future environmental and regulatory requirements, the availability and timely receipt of permits, approvals and licenses, industrial or environmental accidents, equipment breakdowns, availability of and competition for future mineral acquisition opportunities, availability and cost of insurance, labour disputes, land claims, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates, currency fluctuations, expectations and beliefs of management and other risks and uncertainties, including those described under Risk Factors in the Companyâ€™s Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2008, and in each subsequent Managementâ€™s Discussion and Analysis. Such Forward-Looking Information is based upon the Companyâ€™s assumptions regarding global and Chilean economic, political and market conditions and the price of metals, including copper and molybdenum, and future tailings production volumes and the Company's copper and molybdenum production.. Among the factors that have a direct bearing on the Companyâ€™s future results of operations and financial conditions are changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, interruptions in the supply of fresh tailings from El Teniente, further delays in the extraction of tailings from the Colihues tailings impoundment, a change in government policies, competition, currency fluctuations and restrictions and technological changes, among other things. Should one or more of any of the aforementioned risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from any conclusions, forecasts or projections described in the Forward-Looking Information. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on Forward-Looking Information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.