Published: 2010-11-30 08:30:00 CET
Afarak Group Plc
Tender offer
LEVEL OF ACCEPTANCES AND EXTENSION OF THE OFFER AND THE WARRANT OFFER
07:30 London, 09:30 Helsinki, 30 November 2010 - Ruukki Group Plc, Stock       

Exchange Release                                                             
  

LEVEL OF ACCEPTANCES AND EXTENSION OF THE OFFER AND THE WARRANT OFFER    
      

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN
WHOLE OR  
IN PART, IN OR INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR
JAPAN OR ANY
OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF
THE RELEVANT  
LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION                                      
                

30 November 2010                                           
                    


 Recommended Cash Offer by Synergy Africa Limited
(“Synergy Africa”) (a company 
51 per cent. owned by Ruukki Group Plc and 49
per cent. owned by Kermas Limited)
for the entire issued and to be issued
ordinary share capital of Chromex Mining 
               plc (“Chromex”) is
unconditional as to acceptances               

Level of acceptances and
extension of the Offer and the Warrant Offer           

On 30 September
2010, the boards of Ruukki, Kermas and Chromex announced that   
they had
reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer for the     
entire
issued and to be issued share capital of Chromex. The terms of, and     

conditions to, the Offer were set out in the Offer Document posted to Chromex
  
Shareholders on 18 October 2010.                                           
    

As at 1.00 p.m. (London time) on 29 November 2010, being the Second
Closing Date
of the Offer, Synergy Africa had received valid acceptances in
respect of       
81,747,478 Chromex Shares, representing approximately 91.68
per cent. of the    
current issued share capital of Chromex.                 
                      

This total includes acceptances received in respect
of 46,025,000 Chromex       
Shares, representing in aggregate approximately
51.6 per cent. of the issued    
share capital of Chromex, which were subject
to irrevocable undertakings        
obtained by Synergy Africa from certain
Chromex Shareholders.                   

As at 1.00 p.m. (London time) on 29
November 2010, being the Second Closing Date
of the Warrant Offer, Synergy
Africa had received valid acceptances in respect  
of 2,570,781 Chromex
Warrants, representing approximately 95.93 per cent. of the
total number of
Chromex Warrants in issue.                                      

As
announced on 17 November 2010, Ruukki Shareholders approved the Related
Party
Transaction arrangements in connection with the Offer at the EGM which
was held 
on 17 November 2010, fulfilling one of the then remaining conditions
of the     
Offer.                                                            
             

The South African Competition Commission has extended the
maximum period it may 
consider the acquisition, for a period of 40 business
days ending on 20 January 
2011, which is in the normal course of business.   
                            

The Offer, which remains subject to the terms
and the conditions set out or     
referred to in the Offer Document posted to
Chromex Shareholders on 18 October  
2010, is extended to, and will remain
open for acceptance until, 1.00 p.m. on 20
December 2010 (the “Third Closing
Date”). If the South African Competition      
Commission has not completed
its review by the Third Closing Date, then the     
period for extension, if
any, in order to satisfy this condition, will be       
subject to the
approval of the Panel. A further announcement will be made in due
course.     
                                                                   

The
Warrant Offer, which remains subject to the terms and the conditions set
out
or referred to in the Offer Document posted to Chromex Shareholders and   
     
Warrantholders on 18 October 2010, is extended to, and will remain open
for     
acceptance until, 5.00 p.m. (London time) on the date being 10
business days    
after the Offer is declared unconditional in all respects or
until the Offer    
lapses (as applicable).                                   
                     

Procedure for acceptance of the Offer and the Warrant
Offer                     

To accept the Offer in respect of Chromex Shares
held in certificated form      
and/or the Warrant Offer in respect of Chromex
Warrants held in certificated    
form, Chromex Shareholders and Chromex
Warrantholders should complete, sign and 
return the Offer Form of Acceptance
and/or the Warrant Offer Form of Acceptance 
(as applicable), together with
their share certificate(s) and/or warrant        
certificates (as
applicable), in accordance with the instructions contained     
therein and
set out in the Offer Document, to Capita Registrars at Corporate    
Actions,
The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Kent BR3 4TU, as soon as possible, but
in any
event so as to arrive not later than 1.00 p.m. (London time) on 20      

December 2010 (in the case of the Offer) and not later than 5.00 p.m. (London
  
time) on the date 10 business days after the Offer is declared
unconditional in 
all respects (if applicable) (in the case of the Warrant
Offer).                

To accept the Offer in respect of Chromex Shares
held in CREST, and the Warrant 
Offer in respect of Chromex Warrants held in
CREST, Chromex Shareholders and    
Warrantholders should follow the procedure
for electronic acceptance through    
CREST in accordance with the
instructions set out in the Offer Document so that 
the TTE Instruction
settles as soon as possible and, in any event, not later    
than 1.00 p.m. on
20 December 2010 (in the case of the Offer) and not later than
5.00 p.m.
(London time) on the date 10 business days after the Offer is
declared
unconditional in all respects (if applicable) (in the case of the
Warrant       
Offer).                                                        
                

If you have any questions on the completion of the Form(s)
of Acceptance or wish
to receive additional Form(s) of Acceptance, please
telephone Capita Registrars 
on 0871 664 0321 from within the United Kingdom
or on +44 20 8639 3399 if       
calling from outside the United Kingdom. This
helpline is available from 9.00   
a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (London time) Monday to
Friday (except UK public holidays).   
Calls to the 0871 664 0321 number cost
10 pence per minute (including VAT) plus 
your service provider's network
extras. Calls to the helpline from outside the  
United Kingdom will be
charged at applicable international rates. Different     
charges may apply to
calls from mobile telephones and calls may be recorded and 
randomly monitored
for security and training purposes. The helpline cannot      
provide advice
on the merits of the Offer or the Warrant Offer or give any      
financial,
legal or tax advice.                                                


Further Information                                                        
    

Copies of the Offer Document, the Offer Form of Acceptance and the
Warrant Offer
Form of Acceptance are available (during normal business hours)
from Capita     
Registrars, Corporate Actions, The Registry, 34 Beckenham
Road, Kent BR3 4TU.   

Copies of the Offer Document, the information
incorporated by reference into it,
the Offer Form of Acceptance and the
Warrant Offer Form of Acceptance are       
available at the offices of
Herbert Smith LLP, Exchange House, Primrose Street, 
London EC2A 2HS, during
usual business hours on any weekday (Saturdays and      
public holiday
excepted) and on Ruukki's website at http://www.ruukkigroup.fi,  
subject to
certain restrictions relating to persons resident in the United      
States,
Australia, Canada and Japan.                                           


Copies of all announcements made by Synergy Africa, including this
announcement 
are available on Ruukki's website at http://www.ruukkigroup.fi,
subject to      
certain restrictions relating to persons resident in the
United States,         
Australia, Canada and Japan.                          
                         

Save as disclosed above, neither Synergy Africa
nor any person acting in concert
with Synergy Africa for the purposes of the
Offer is interested in or has any   
rights to subscribe for any Chromex
Shares nor does any such person have any    
short position or any arrangement
in relation to Chromex Shares. For these      
purposes "arrangement" includes
any agreement to sell or any dealing obligation 
or right to require another
person to purchase or take delivery of, and         
borrowing or lending of,
Chromex Shares. An "arrangement" also includes any     
indemnity or option
arrangement, any agreement or understanding, formal or      
informal, of
whatever nature, relating to Chromex Shares which may be an        
inducement
to deal or refrain from dealing in such securities. "Interest"       
includes
any long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes
in the
prices or securities and a person is treated as having an "interest" by 

virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option
in 
respect of, or derivative referenced to securities.                       
     

The expressions used in this announcement, unless the context
otherwise         
requires, bear the same meaning as in the Offer Document
dated 18 October 2010. 


Enquiries:                                        
                             

Ruukki Group Plc / Synergy Africa Limited     
                                 

Dr Danko Koncar / Alex Buck     Tel: +44
(0)20 7368 6763                        
Thomas Hoyer, CFO               Tel:
+358 (0)10 440 7000                        

Investec Bank plc (financial
advisers to Ruukki and Synergy Africa)             

David Currie            
       Tel: +44 (0)20 7597 5970                        
Patrick Robb          
                                                         
Daniel Adams        
                                                           
Stephen Cooper    
                                                             


Investec
Bank Plc, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by   
the
Financial Services Authority is acting exclusively for Ruukki and Synergy  

Africa and no one else in connection with the Offer and Warrant Offer and
will  
not be responsible to anyone other than Ruukki and Synergy Africa for
providing 
the protections afforded to clients of Investec Bank plc or for
providing advice
in connection with the Offer and the Warrant Offer.          
                  

The release, publication or distribution of this
announcement in jurisdictions  
other than the United Kingdom may be
restricted by law and therefore persons in 
such jurisdictions into which this
announcement is released, published or       
distributed should inform
themselves about, and observe, any applicable         
requirements. The
following Announcement has been prepared in accordance with   
English law and
the Code and information disclosed may not be the same as that  
which would
have been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions     
outside
England.                                                               


This Announcement does not constitute an offer or an invitation to purchase
or  
subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval
in any 
jurisdiction pursuant to the Offer, the Warrant Offer or otherwise.
The Offer   
and the Warrant Offer are made solely by means of the Offer
Document, an        
advertisement published in the London Gazette and the
London edition of the     
Financial Times, and the Form of Acceptance (in
respect of Chromex Shares in    
certificated form) and the Warrant Offer Form
of Acceptance (in respect of the  
Chromex Warrants in certificated form),
which contain the full terms and        
conditions of the Offer and the
Warrant Offer, including details of how the     
Offer and the Warrant Offer
may be accepted. Any acceptance or other response to
the Offer or the Warrant
Offer should be made only on the basis of the          
information in the
Offer Document and the Form of Acceptance (in the case of    
Chromex Shares
in certificated form) and the Warrant Offer Form of Acceptance   
(in respect
of the Chromex Warrants in certificated form) (as applicable).      

Unless
otherwise determined by Synergy Africa and permitted by applicable law   
and
regulation, the Offer and the Warrant Offer are not being, and will not be,

made, directly or indirectly, in, into, or by use of the mail, or by any
means  
or instrumentality (including, without limitation, telephonically or  
         
electronically) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or by any
facility of a   
national securities exchange, of the United States, Canada,
Australia, or Japan 
or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a
violation of the       
relevant laws of such jurisdiction and the Offer and
the Warrant Offer will not 
be capable of acceptance by any such use, means,
instrumentality or facilities. 
Accordingly, copies of this announcement, the
Offer Document, the Form(s) of    
Acceptance and any other documents relating
to the Offer are not being, and must
not be, directly or indirectly, mailed,
or otherwise forwarded, distributed or  
sent, in whole or in part, in, into
or from the United States, Canada,          
Australia, or Japan or any other
jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a    
violation of the relevant laws
of such jurisdiction and persons receiving such  
documents (including
custodians, nominees and trustees) must not directly or    
indirectly mail,
transmit or otherwise forward, distribute or send them in, into
or from any
such jurisdiction as to do so may invalidate any purported         

acceptance of the Offer and the Warrant Offer. Doing so may render invalid
any  
purported acceptance of the Offer and the Warrant Offer.  The
availability of   
the Offer and the Warrant Offer to persons who are not
resident in the United   
Kingdom should inform themselves about and observe
any applicable requirements. 

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who
is "interested" in 1 per cent. or 
more of any class of "relevant securities"
of an offeree company or of any paper
offeror (being any offeror other than an
offeror in respect of which it has been
announced that its offer is, or is
likely to be, solely in cash) must make an   
"Opening Position Disclosure"
following the commencement of the "offer period"  
and, if later, following
the announcement in which any paper offeror is first   
identified. An
"Opening Position Disclosure" must contain details of the        
person's
interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any"   

relevant securities" of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any paper   
  
offeror(s). An "Opening Position Disclosure" by a person to whom Rule
8.3(a)    
applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the
10th business
day following the commencement of the "offer period" and, if
appropriate, by no 
later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day
following the         
announcement in which any paper offeror is first
identified. Relevant persons   
who "deal" in the "relevant securities" of the
offeree company or of a paper    
offeror prior to the deadline for making an
"Opening Position Disclosure" must  
instead make a "Dealing Disclosure".     
                                      

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any
person who is, or becomes, "interested" in 1 
per cent. or more of any class
of "relevant securities" of the offeree company  
or of any paper offeror must
make a "Dealing Disclosure" if the person "deals"  
in any relevant securities
of the offeree company or of any paper offeror. A    
"Dealing Disclosure"
must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the   
person's interests
and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any     
"relevant
securities" of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any paper    

offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed
  
under Rule 8. A "Dealing Disclosure" by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b)
applies    
must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the
business day         
following the date of the relevant dealing.             
                       

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an
agreement or understanding,  
whether formal or informal, to acquire or
control an interest in relevant       
securities of an offeree company or a
paper offeror, they will be deemed to be a
single person for the purpose of
Rule 8.3.                                      

"Opening Position
Disclosures" must also be made by the offeree company and by  
any offeror and
"Dealing Disclosures" must also be made by the offeree company, 
by any
offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 
8.1,
8.2 and 8.4).                                                             


Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant  
    
securities "Opening Position Disclosures" and "Dealing Disclosures" must
be made
can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel's website at        
         
www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of
relevant        
securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when
any offeror was   
first identified. If you are in any doubt as to whether you
are required to make
an "Opening Position Disclosure" or a "Dealing
Disclosure", you should contact  
the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44
(0)20 7638 0129.                    

Terms in quotation marks are defined in
the Code, which can also be found on the
Panel's website.                     
                                          

In accordance with Rule 19.11 of
the Code, a copy of this Announcement will be  
published on the Ruukki
website: www.ruukkigroup.fi.