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Rangers takeover complete

Whyte acquires majority holding from Murray International Holdings

Last Updated: 07/05/11 9:28am

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Craig Whyte has finally acquired a majority shareholding in Rangers after a lengthy takeover process.

The buy-out sees Whyte take 85.3 per cent of shares in the club and replace Sir David Murray's Murray International Holdings (MIH) as majority shareholder.

In a statement released to the stock exchange on Friday evening it was confirmed that Wavetower, a company owned by Whyte, had completed the purchase of MIH's shares.

The statement read: "Wavetower is pleased to announce that it has today acquired 92,842,388 ordinary shares, representing approximately 85.3% of the issued share capital in The Rangers Football Club PLC (the "Club"), for a consideration of GBP1.

"Wavetower acquired its interest in the Club (the "Acquisition") from Murray MHL Limited.

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"The Acquisition would ordinarily have required Wavetower to make a general offer in cash under Rule 9 of the Takeover Code to all other shareholders in the Club but, as the consideration paid by Wavetower for the shares acquired is GBP1, the Takeover Panel has granted Wavetower a dispensation from making such an offer.

"Wavetower intends to post a circular to the Club's shareholders by 16th May, 2011 containing background information on Wavetower and other relevant information.

"Wavetower intends to maintain the club's listing on PLUS Markets for a minimum of 12 months from the date of this announcement.

"Wavetower is 100 per cent owned by Liberty Capital, a company which is ultimately owned by Craig Whyte.

"Craig is a lifelong Rangers supporter and is very much looking forward to guiding and assisting Rangers in its development over the coming years."

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