Golar LNG: Share Options Exercise and Amendments (Bermuda)
In January 2006 Golar LNG Limited issued options to employees and directors of the Company with a five year term expiring in January 2011. It has been resolved to extend the maturity of these options for relevant Board members and Management by two years from January 2011. The extension is to align the long-term interests of shareholders with the Board and Management.
Mr. John Fredriksen, Chairman of the Board, President and Director of Golar has exercised 300,000 share options in Golar. The options have a strike price of $10.37 per share. Mr. Fredriksen has sold the same shares at NOK 100.50 per share.
An affiliated party of Mr. Fredriksen, World Shipholding, has subsequently purchased a TRS agreement in respect of the same number of shares. The TRS agreement matures August 24, 2011 and has a strike price of NOK 102.82. After this transaction World Shipholding, a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by Mr. Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family, owns 31,203,900 shares and has TRS agreements with exposure to a further 500,000 shares. Mr. Fredriksen’s and World Shipholding’s effective combined exposure to Golar LNG stock remain unchanged after these transactions.
Option holder Mr. Tor Olav Troim has exercised 150,000 share options in Golar with a strike price of $10.37 per share. Through Drew Investments Ltd., a company controlled by Mr. Troim, he has acquired the shares and therefore remains the holder
Primary Insiders have been granted extensions of option exercise period as noted above as follows:
Kate Blankenship 75,000
Graham Robjohns 75,000
Total holdings of these primary insiders after this amendment are:
Kate Blankenship 75,000 ( Options) 6,500 (Shares)
Graham Robjohns 175,000 2,500
A further 246,834 options have also been exercised by employees who are non- primary insiders.
These options have been exercised at a strike price of $10.48. Golar LNG has sold 150,000 treasury shares in relation to these option exercises and after these transactions does not own any of its own shares.
The total outstanding number of shares in Golar after these options have been exercised is 68,123,700.
Source: Golar LNG, January 28, 2011;