ExxonMobil said it has rejected an unsolicited mini-tender offer by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 2 million shares of ExxonMobil common stock.
The company said the planned purchase will represent approximately 0.05 percent of the shares outstanding as of the March 13, 2017 offer date. TRC Capital’s offer price of $78 per share is approximately 4.42 percent lower than the $81.61 closing share price of ExxonMobil’s common stock on March 10, 2017 – the business day prior to the date of the offer.
ExxonMobil advised its stockholders do not tender their shares in response to TRC Capital’s offer because the offer is at a price below the current market price for ExxonMobil’s shares and subject to numerous conditions. ExxonMobil is not affiliated or associated in any way with TRC Capital, its mini-tender offer or the offer documentation.
TRC Capital has made many similar mini-tender offers for shares of other companies. Mini-tender offers seek to acquire less than 5 percent of a company’s shares outstanding, thereby avoiding many disclosure and procedural requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that apply to offers for more than 5 percent of a company’s shares outstanding. As a result, mini-tender offers do not provide investors with the same level of protections as provided by larger tender offers under U.S. securities laws.
The SEC has cautioned investors that some bidders making mini-tender offers at below-market prices are “hoping that they will catch investors off guard if the investors do not compare the offer price to the current market price.” More on the SEC’s guidance to investors on mini-tender offers is available at www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/minitend.htm.
ExxonMobil urges investors to obtain current market quotations for their shares, to consult with their broker or financial advisor and to exercise caution with respect to TRC Capital’s offer. ExxonMobil recommends that shareholders who have not responded to TRC Capital’s offer take no action. Shareholders who have already tendered their shares may withdraw them at any time prior to the expiration of the offer, in accordance with TRC Capital’s offering documents. The offer is currently scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. TRC Capital may extend the offering period at its discretion.
ExxonMobil encourages brokers and dealers, as well as other market participants, to review the SEC’s letter regarding broker-dealer mini-tender offer dissemination and disclosure.
ExxonMobil requests that a copy of this news release be included with all distributions of materials relating to TRC Capital’s mini-tender offer related to ExxonMobil shares of common stock.