Not for distribution in or into the United States

SOCO International plc

The following prospectus has been approved by the UK Listing Authority and is available for viewing:
Prospectus regarding SOCO Finance (Jersey) Limited U.S.$250,000,000 4.50 per cent. Guaranteed Convertible Bonds due 2013 unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by SOCO International plc.

This document will shortly be available for inspection at the UK Listing Authority’s Document Viewing Facility, which is situated at:
The Financial Services Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London E14 5HS

Copies of the document are also available from Merrill Lynch International, Merrill Lynch Financial Centre, 2 King Edward Street, London, EC1A 1HQ

To view the full document, please paste the following URL into the address bar of your browser
http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/8429c_-2006-5-11.pdf


For further information please contact:

SOCO International plc
Tel: +44 20 7747 2000
Roger Cagle, Deputy CEO and CFO

Merrill Lynch International
Tel: +44 20 7996 1000
Michael Hammond
Andrew Osborne
Russell Alton

Pelham PR
Tel: +44 20 7743 6676
James Henderson
Alisdair Haythornthwaite


This press release is for information only and does not constitute an offer to sell, purchase, exchange or transfer any securities or a solicitation of any such offer in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. Neither SOCO nor any other participant in the transactions described herein intends to register any securities under the Securities Act or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States in connection with the proposed transactions described in this announcement. This communication is directed only at persons who (i) are outside the United Kingdom (other than in Jersey) or (ii) have professional experience in matters relating to investments or (iii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc") of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Securities to be issued pursuant to any offer may not be offered to, sold to or purchased or held by, or for the account of, persons resident for income tax purposes in Jersey (other than financial institutions in the normal course of business).

In member states of the European Economic Area ("EEA"), this announcement and any offer if made subsequently is directed only at persons who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Directive 2003/71/EC (the "Prospectus Directive") ("Qualified Investors"). Any person in the EEA who acquires the securities in any offer (an "investor") or to whom any offer of the securities is made will be deemed to have represented and agreed that it is a Qualified Investor. Any investor will also be deemed to have represented and agreed that any securities acquired by it in the offer have not been acquired on behalf of persons in the EEA other than Qualified Investors or persons in the UK and other member states (where equivalent legislation exists) for whom the investor has authority to make decisions on a wholly discretionary basis, nor have the securities been acquired with a view to their offer or resale in the EEA to persons where this would resulting a requirement for publication by SOCO or Merrill Lynch International of a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive. SOCO and Merrill Lynch International and any of their respective affiliates, and others will rely upon the truth and accuracy of the foregoing representations and agreements.

Merrill Lynch International is acting solely for SOCO and no-one else and will not be responsible for providing the protections afforded to customers of Merrill Lynch International, respectively nor for providing advice in relation to the transaction. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Merrill Lynch International or by any of their affiliates or agents as to or in relation to the accuracy or completeness of this release, or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers and any liability therefore is hereby expressly disclaimed. The distribution of this announcement and the offering or sale of the securities in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by SOCO, Merrill Lynch International or any of their respective affiliates that would permit an offering of the securities or possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such securities in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions. Merrill Lynch International is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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