EPT Disclosure - BHP Billiton Ltd

DEALINGS BY CONNECTED EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADERS WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS, OR WITH RI STATUS BUT NOT DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY (Rule 38.5(b) of the Takeover Code) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of exempt principal trader | HSBC Financial Products | | | (France) SNC | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Company dealt in | BHP Billiton ltd | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Class of relevant security to which the | Ordinary | | dealings being disclosed relate (Note | | | 1) | | |-----------------------------------------+-------------------------| | Date of dealing | 31.01.08 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. INTERESTS, SHORT POSITIONS AND RIGHTS TO SUBSCRIBE (a) Interests and short positions (following dealing) in the class of relevant security dealt in (Note 2) +----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Long | Short | | | | | |---------------+--------------------------+---------------------------------------------| | |Number |Number | | | (%) | (%) | |---------------+--------------------------+---------------------------------------------| |(1) Relevant |179,816 (0%) | | |securities | | | | | | | |---------------+--------------------------+---------------------------------------------| |(2) Derivatives| | | |(other than | | | |options) | | | | | | | |---------------+--------------------------+---------------------------------------------| |(3) Options and| | | |agreements to | | | |purchase/sell | | | | | | | |---------------+--------------------------+---------------------------------------------| |Total |179,816 (0%) | | | | | | +----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Interests and short positions in relevant securities of the company, other than the class dealt in (Note 2) +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Class of | Long | Short | |relevant | | | |security: | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| | |Number |Number | | | (%) | (%) | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(1) Relevant | | | |securities | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(2) Derivatives| | | |(other than | | | |options) | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |(3) Options and| | | |agreements to | | | |purchase/sell | | | | | | | |---------------+----------------------------+-----------------------------| |Total | | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Rights to subscribe (Note 2) +---------------------------------------+ | Class of relevant security: | Details | | | | |-----------------------------+---------| | | | +---------------------------------------+ 3. DEALINGS (Note 3) (a) Purchases and sales +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | Purchase/sale | Number of securities | Price per unit (Note 4) | | | | | |---------------+----------------------+-------------------------| | Purchase | 20,500 | AUD 36.50 | | | | | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product | Long/short (Note | Number of securities | Price per | | name, | 5) | (Note 6) | unit (Note | | e.g. CFD | | | 4) | |----------+------------------+------------------------+------------| | | | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |Product |Writing, |Number of |Exercise|Type, e.g.|Expiry|Option money | |name, |selling, |securities to which|price |American, |date |paid/received | |e.g. call|purchasing, |the option relates | |European | |per unit (Note| |option |varying etc.|(Note 6) | |etc. | |4) | | | | | | | | | |---------+------------+-------------------+--------+----------+------+--------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit (Note 4) | | | | | |--------------------+----------------------+-----------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (d) Other dealings (including new securities) (Note 3) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Nature of transaction | Details | Price per unit (if applicable) | | (Note 7) | | (Note 4) | | | | | |-----------------------+---------+---------------------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 4. OTHER INFORMATION Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding | | between the person disclosing and any other person relating to | | the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option | | referred to on this form or relating to the voting rights or | | future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to | | which any derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If | | none, this should be stated. | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Is a Supplemental Form 38.5(b) attached? (Note 8) NO +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 01.02.08 | |------------------------------------------+------------------------| | Contact name | Frédéric Boulier | |------------------------------------------+------------------------| | Telephone number | +33 1 5652 4277 | |------------------------------------------+------------------------| | Name of offeree/offeror with which | BHP Billiton plc / BHP | | connected | Billiton ltd | |------------------------------------------+------------------------| | Nature of connection (Note 9) | Connected advisor | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 38.5(b) can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE---