REG-TOTAL Total has received a firm offer from Borealis for its majority interest in Belgium’s Rosier S.A.

Thu Feb 7, 2013 2:00am EST

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PARIS--(Business Wire)--

Press release issued under Article 8, paragraph 1 of the Belgian Royal Decree of
April 27, 2007 on public takeover bids.

Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT) has received a firm offer from Borealis
for its entire 56.86% interest in Belgium`s Rosier S.A., listed on NYSE Euronext
Brussels. A leading international provider of chemical solutions, Borealis is
already active in nitrogen fertilizers in Central Europe, as well as in France
following its acquisition of PEC-Rhin S.A. in early 2012. Borealis has offered
€200 per share for Total`s majority interest. 

This offer as well as Borealis` offer (described in a separate press release) to
acquire all outstanding shares in France`s GPN will now be presented to the
employee representatives concerned, as part of the information and consultation

The proposed transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant authorities,
in particular the antitrust authorities in the countries concerned. The proposed
acquisition of Rosier shares will furthermore only be completed if Borealis
simultaneously acquires all outstanding shares of France`s GPN. 

In the event Borealis acquires the 56.86% interest in Rosier, it will be
required to launch a mandatory public takeover bid for the remaining outstanding
shares. In application of Article 53 of the Belgian Royal Decree of April 27,
2007 on public takeover bids and on the basis of a decision by the Autorité des
services et marchés financiers ("FSMA"), Belgium`s market regulator, Borealis
will under such a bid offer a price of EUR 211.38 per Rosier share, coupons n°
27 and following attached. The offer price corresponds to the volume weighted
average price of Rosier shares on the NYSE Euronext Brussels stock exchange for
the 30 calendar days period ending on, and including, the day of announcement of
the proposed transaction (i.e., February 6, 2013). This price is higher than the
price per share offered by Borealis for Total`s 56.86% interest in Rosier.
Borealis has informed Total that it has not traded in Rosier shares over the
last 12 months. As a result, the offer price meets the minimum price requirement
under Belgian takeover legislation. Borealis has informed Total that it intends
to proceed with a squeeze-out if it obtains 95% or more of the Rosier shares by
the end of the bid. 


Rosier is a mineral fertilizer manufacturer with two production facilities, in
Moustier, Belgium and Sas van Gent in the Netherlands. Its products are marketed
in more than 80 countries worldwide. Rosier is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels.
The company has 250 employees and revenue of €265 million.


Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of
polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With sales of €7.1 billion in 2011,
customers in over 120 countries and around 5,300 employees worldwide, Borealis
is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Borealis is owned 64% by the International
Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading
energy group in the European growth belt.


Total is a leading international oil and gas company with operations in more
than 130 countries. We are also a world-class chemical producer. Our 96,000
employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry -
exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, new
energies, trading and chemicals. Total is working to keep the world supplied
with energy, both today and tomorrow.

Matthieu GOT
Tel. : (33) 1 47 44 58 53
Fax : (33) 1 47 44 58 24
Robert HAMMOND (U.S.)
Tel. : (1) 713-483-5070
Fax : (1) 713-483-5629

Total S.A. 

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