Rule 8.3 AXA IM UK Ltd/AXA Framlington IM Ltd:Venture Production Plc

FORM 8.3 DEALINGS BY PERSONS WITH INTERESTS IN SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE (Rule 8.3 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) 1. KEY INFORMATION +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Name of person dealing (Note 1) | AXA Investment Managers UK | | | Limited/AXA Framlington | | | Investment Management Limited | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Company dealt in | Venture Production Plc | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Class of relevant security to | Ordinary shares | | which the dealings being | | | disclosed relate (Note 2) | | |-----------------------------------+-------------------------------| | Date of dealing | 19/05/09 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 2. INTERESTS, SHORT POSITIONS AND RIGHTS TO SUBSCRIBE (a) Interests and short positions (following dealing) in the class of relevant security dealt in (Note 3) +-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | Long | Short | | | | | |---------------+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------------| | |Number |Number | | | (%) | (%) | |---------------+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------------| |(1) Relevant |1, 959, 509 (1,| | |securities |31%) | | | | | | |---------------+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------------| |(2) Derivatives| | | |(other than | | | |options) | | | | | | | |---------------+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------------| |(3) Options and| | | |agreements to | | | |purchase/sell | | | | | | | |---------------+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------------| |Total |1, 959, 509 (1,| | | |31%) | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Interests and short positions in relevant securities of the company, other than the class dealt in (Note 3) +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ |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 3) +---------------------------------------+ | Class of relevant security: | Details | | | | |-----------------------------+---------| | | | +---------------------------------------+ 3. DEALINGS (Note 4) (a) Purchases and sales +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | Purchase/sale | Number of securities | Price per unit (Note 5) | | | | | |---------------+----------------------+-------------------------| | Buy | 5, 862 | 8, 10p | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product | Long/short (Note | Number of securities | Price per | | name, | 6) | (Note 7) | unit (Note | | e.g. CFD | | | 5) | |----------+------------------+------------------------+------------| | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (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 7) | |etc. | |5) | | | | | | | | | |---------+------------+-------------------+--------+----------+------+--------------| | | | | | | | | +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ (ii) Exercising +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Product name, e.g. | Number of securities | Exercise price per | | call option | | unit (Note 5) | | | | | |--------------------+----------------------+-----------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ (d) Other dealings (including new securities) (Note 4) +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Nature of transaction | Details | Price per unit (if applicable) | | (Note 8) | | (Note 5) | | | | | |-----------------------+---------+---------------------------------| | | | | | | | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ 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 8 attached? (Note 9) NO +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Date of disclosure | 20 May 2009 | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Contact name | Kyere Tabiri | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | Contact number | 0207 003 1510 | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | If a connected EFM, name of offeree/offeror with | N/A | | which connected | | |---------------------------------------------------+---------------| | If a connected EFM, state nature of connection | N/A | | (Note 10) | | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ Notes The Notes on Form 8.3 can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk ---END OF MESSAGE--- This announcement was originally distributed by Hugin. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.