Published: 2010-12-09 08:00:00 CET
Afarak Group Plc
Tender offer
OFFER WHOLLY UNCONDITIONAL
7.00 a.m. London, 9.00 a.m. Helsinki, 9 December 2010 - Ruukki Group Plc, Stock

Exchange Release                                                             
  

OFFER WHOLLY UNCONDITIONAL                                               
      

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                                      
                

9 December 2010                                            
                    

Embargoed for release at 7.00 a.m.                     
                        


 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
declared wholly unconditional                

On 8 December Synergy Africa
received clearance from the South African          
Competition Commission
that the acquisition of Chromex by Synergy Africa can    
proceed. As
clearance from the South African Competition Commission was the last
remaining
substantive condition of the Offer, Synergy Africa is pleased to     

announce that the Offer is declared unconditional in all respects. The
Warrant  
Offer was conditional on the Offer becoming or being declared
unconditional in  
all respects and Synergy Africa is pleased to announce that
the Warrant Offer   
has therefore become unconditional in all respects.      
                      

On 30 November 2010, Synergy Africa announced that
the Offer was extended to,   
and will remain open for acceptance until, 1.00
p.m. on 20 December 2010.       
Synergy Africa is now extending the time and
date for acceptance indefinitely.  
In addition, the Warrant Offer was
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). The Warrant Offer will now close at 5.00 p.m. (London   
time) on
23 December 2010.                                                     


Chromex Warrantholders are reminded that, in accordance with the terms of
the   
Chromex Warrants, if they have not either: (i) exercised the
subscription right 
to subscribe for Chromex Shares in accordance with the
terms of the Chromex     
Warrants; or (ii) accepted the Warrant Offer in
accordance with its terms, in   
each case by 5.00 p.m. (London time) on 23
December 2010, any remaining Chromex 
Warrants will lapse at that time.       
                                       

As at 1.00 p.m. (London time) on 8
December 2010, being the latest practicable  
date before this announcement,
Synergy Africa had received valid acceptances in 
respect of 81,755,153
Chromex Shares, representing approximately 91.69 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 8 December 2010, being the latest
practicable  
date before this announcement, 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.                         

Cancellation of trading in Chromex Shares   
                                   

As previously stated, now that the Offer
has been declared unconditional in all 
respects and the acceptance level is
over 90 per cent., Synergy Africa has      
requested Chromex to make an
application to the London Stock Exchange for the   
cancellation of trading in
Chromex Shares on AIM. It is anticipated that such   
cancellation will take
effect no earlier than 11 January 2011, being 20 business
days from the date
of this announcement.                                        

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. In 
the case of the Warrant Offer this
should be no later than 5.00 p.m. (London    
time) on 23 December 2010.      
                                               

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. In the case of the Warrant    

Offer this should be no later than 5.00 p.m. (London time) on 23 December
2010. 

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)45 6700 491                        

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.