Brazilian mining group Vale S.A. announced on Monday an offering to sell shares in Norsk Hydro ASA through a wholly owned subsidiary. Through a book building process Vale sold 407,122,241 shares in Hydro.
After the completion of the transaction, assuming no exercise of the over-allotment option, Vale has reduced its shareholding, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, from 447,834,465 shares to 40,712,224 shares, thereby reducing its ownership share in Hydro from 21.6% to 2.0% of the shares authorized and issued, thus reducing its shareholding in Hydro below the 5% threshold set out in the Norwegian Securities Trading Act, Section 4-2.
If the over-allotment option is exercised in full, Vale will not hold any shares in Hydro.
The shares sold from Vale have been purchased by several investors.
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