Shareholders with priority to Australia's newest uranium float, Toro Energy Limited (ASX: TOE), will dominate the Company's share register after the completion by Directors of the allocation of shares for the heavily backed capital raising and planned ASX listing.
Toro will join the Australian Stock Exchange lists on Friday this week with 5,607 shareholders.
The Company's listing follows the early closure of Toro's $18 million Initial Public Offer which attracted applications for $63.6 million worth of shares - over 3 times that of the Prospectus offering - as at the close of the offer on Monday, 6 March at 12.00 noon, ACDT. Oversubscriptions were not permitted to be accepted under the terms of the Toro Energy prospectus.
Directors said today that virtually all of the available shares had been allocated to those priority shareholders of the listed Minotaur Exploration Limited (ASX: MEP) and Oxiana Limited (ASX: OXR) who lodged their applications before the close of the Offer.
Minotaur and Oxiana's uranium assets in SA were vended into the new explorer.
Toro Chairman, Dr Ian Gould, said today that Directors were overwhelmed by the strength of support for the issue and had little choice but to take the responsible decision to close the Offer early.
"While there will be obvious disappointment among some applicants who were eligible priority shareholders and were scaled back, or who were not able to get their application in before the Offer closed, the prospectus clearly defines that while these shareholders have a priority, it does not automatically guarantee or entitle them to an allocation," Dr Gould said.
"The large number of Oxiana and Minotaur priority applicants, and the diverse size and structure of applications received, impacted on the allocation policy.
"This necessitated an across-the-board heavy scale-back in allocations but all applicants eligible for shares at the early close of the Offer, received at least the minimum allocation."
Toro's largest single shareholders at listing will be Minotaur and Oxiana, each with 24.74%, along with Newmont Capital (1.6 million shares, 1.1%); and BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)(1.5 million shares, 1.03%).
Toro will have 145.5 million ordinary shares on issue at listing. The Company will list on ASX at 11.00am this Friday, 24 March 2006.
About TORO ENERGY LIMITED: Uranium and Energy
About BHP BILLITON LIMITED: Minerals exploration, production and processing (particularly coal, iron ore, copper and manganese ore) and hydrocarbon exploration, production and refining.
About MINOTAUR EXPLORATION LTD: Mining exploration
About OXIANA LIMITED: Oxiana produces gold and copper from two mines in Laos and studies are also underway to expand both these operations. The Golden Grove zinc/copper mine in West Australia was purchased in mid 2005 while the Prominent Hill copper/gold project in South Australia is targeting a 2008 start-up. An aggressive exploration program is underway at all the above as well as in China and Thailand.
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