9.4 CONSIDERATION TO BE OFFERED

(a) An offer made under Paragraph 9 must, in respect of each class of share capital involved, be in cash or be accompanied by a cash alternative at not less than the highest price paid by the Bidder or any person acting in concert with it for any interest in shares of that class during the 12 months prior to the announcement of that offer. The Panel should be consulted where there is more than one class of share capital involved.
(b) If, after an announcement of an offer made under Paragraph 9 for a class of share capital and before the offer closes for acceptance, the Bidder or any person acting in concert with it acquires any interest in shares of that class at above the offer price, it shall increase its offer for that class to not less than the highest price paid for the interest in shares so acquired. Immediately after the acquisition, an appropriate announcement must be made in accordance with Paragraph 7.1.
(c) In certain circumstances, the Panel may determine that the highest price calculated under paragraphs (a) and (b) should be adjusted.
(d) The cash offer or the cash alternative must remain open after the offer has become unconditional as to acceptances for not less than 14 days after the date on which it would otherwise have expired (see Paragraph 31.4).