We advise you that currently two of these margin lenders with security over 22.1 million AFG shares and 22.6 million Allco HIT Limited shares, have exercised their power of sale over all of the AFG shares. The two margin lenders that have exercised their security have no other security and we understand that they have
sold the AFG shares on market today. API expects that its obligations to these margin lenders will be either fully discharged upon the exercise of the security or by API paying the balance of any outstanding amounts.
API will lodge further notification to the market as to the particulars of any sale pursuant to its statutory obligations to do so.
API is currently in constructive discussions with the remaining two margin lenders with a view to completing a standstill agreement between API and those lenders to ensure that, given the current market volatility, no further stock is sold. The intent of the proposed standstill arrangement is that it will be for a term that allows the market an opportunity to properly assess and absorb AFG’s interim and full year 2008 results.
This sale has been driven as a result of extreme market volatility and the current AFG share price. This sale is not reflective of AFG’s business, performance and prospects but is reflective of the fact that APT is a closed-end investment fund and is constrained from accessing further capital at short notice.