Trading Update and Announcement of General Meeting
to effect Share Consolidation and Subdivision
As the Company is approaching its accounting year-end of 31 December, the Board is pleased to report the following figures from its unaudited management accounts for the period (
The Company expanded its operations in
The Company will begin operations in
The Company is pleased to announce that it has agreed a settlement with the
General Meeting ("
The Company has today issued a notice of an
Application will be made for the admission of the New Ordinary Shares for trading on AIM subject to the Company receiving approval for the Capital Reorganisation. No admission will be sought for the Deferred Shares which will have no material value.
A letter from the Chairman of the Company, which is set out in the circular accompanying the notice of the
For further information, please contact:
Richard Poulden, Chairman Tel: +971 43 43 5134
(Nominated Adviser and NEX Exchange Corporate Adviser)
EXPECTED TIMETABLE OF PRINCIPAL EVENTS
Publication of this Document 19 December 2019
Latest time and date for return of Forms of Proxy 10:00 a.m. (CET),
Latest time and date for return of Forms of Instruction 10:00 a.m. (CET),
General Meeting 10:00 a.m. (CET), 10 January 2020
Record Time for the Capital Reorganisation and final date of
trading for the Existing Ordinary Shares
Admission effective and dealings in the New Ordinary Shares
expected to commence on AIM and CREST accounts credited 8:00 a.m., 13 January 2020
Expected date for despatch of definitive certificates for
New Ordinary Shares 14 days after Admission
LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF WISHBONE GOLD PLC
Proposed Capital Reorganisation, amendments to the Memorandum and Articles of Association and Notice of General Meeting
It is proposed that at a forthcoming General Meeting, Shareholders will be asked to approve the Capital Reorganisation.
The Company currently has 2,845,878,980 Existing Ordinary Shares. The Directors consider that it is in the best interests of the Company's long term development as a public quoted company to have a more manageable number of issued ordinary shares and to have a higher share price.
The Capital Reorganisation, which comprises a consolidation and subdivision of shares, has been structured in such a way that each of the New Ordinary Shares created pursuant to the Capital Reorganisation shall have a nominal value of
All of the Existing Ordinary Shares are proposed to be consolidated, meaning that whilst the number of shares held will change, the proportion of issued ordinary shareholdings in the Company held by each Shareholder immediately before and immediately after the Consolidation will remain unchanged, save for fractional entitlements (which are described below). This should also mean that the value of existing shareholdings in the market also will not change although the price per share will do so.
The purpose of this Document is to provide Shareholders with details of the Capital Reorganisation and to explain why the Directors are recommending Shareholders vote in favour of these resolutions at the General Meeting.
Following the Capital Reorganisation, assuming the resolutions are passed, the issued share capital of the Company will comprise 28,458,790 New Ordinary Shares and 28,458,790 Deferred Shares and the total issued share capital of the Company will be
2. Purpose of the Capital Reorganisation
The Company's issued ordinary share capital currently consists of 2,845,878,980 Existing Ordinary Shares. As a result of the number of shares in issue, which is significantly higher than many companies whose shares are traded on AIM, the Board believes that the low share price affects investor perception of the Company and share price volatility. Further, as a Gibraltar incorporated public company, the Company is unable to issue shares for less than the nominal value of its Ordinary Shares.
Accordingly, the objective of the Capital Reorganisation is to reduce the number of Existing Ordinary Shares to a level which is more in line with other comparable AIM-traded companies with the intention of also creating a higher share price per ordinary share in the capital of the Company. The Directors believe that the Capital Reorganisation should improve the liquidity and marketability of the Ordinary Shares.
3. Proposed Capital Reorganisation
The proposed Capital Reorganisation will comprise three elements:
i. Amendment of memorandum and articles of association (the "New Articles").
ii. Consolidation - Every 100 Existing Ordinary Shares will be consolidated into one Consolidated Share.
iii. There will then be a Subdivision, immediately following the Consolidation, such that each Consolidated Share will then be sub-divided into one New Ordinary Share of
The Capital Reorganisation requires the passing of the shareholder resolutions in relation to the amendment of the memorandum and articles of association of the Company and the Capital Reorganisation, being resolutions numbered 1 and 2, at the General Meeting, which is to be held at held at Suite 16, Watergardens 5,
4. Memorandum and Articles of Association
Due to the proposed Capital Reorganisation the Company needs to amend its memorandum and articles of association to establish the Deferred A Shares. The overall rights attaching to any deferred shares are already covered by Article 26A in the Articles of Association.
Application will be made for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is currently expected that admission to trading in the New Ordinary Shares will become effective and dealings commence at
At the General Meeting, the Directors are inviting Shareholders to approve the Resolutions, which will authorise the Consolidation pursuant to which every 100 Existing Ordinary Shares will be consolidated into one Consolidated Share.
In anticipation of the Resolutions being passed by the Shareholders, the Company will, immediately prior to the General Meeting, issue such number of additional Ordinary Shares as will result in the total number of Ordinary Shares in issue being exactly divisible by 100. Assuming no other Ordinary Shares are issued between the date of this Document and immediately before the General Meeting, this will result in 20 additional Ordinary Shares being issued and will create 28,458,790 Consolidated Shares (subject to any revision to the Company's issued share capital between the date of this Document and the Record Time).
As all of the Existing Ordinary Shares are proposed to be consolidated, the proportion of issued ordinary shareholdings in the Company held by each Shareholder immediately before and immediately after the Consolidation will, save for fractional entitlements, remain unchanged.
In the event that the number of Existing Ordinary Shares attributed to a Shareholder is not exactly divisible by 100, the Consolidation will generate an entitlement to a fraction of a Consolidated Share. On the Subdivision, such fractional entitlements will be carried over to the relevant New Ordinary Shares but not the Deferred Shares, and the New Ordinary Shares which comprise fractional entitlements will then be sold or passed to charity (see further explanation at paragraph 7 below, Fractional Entitlements to Consolidated Shares, below).
Accordingly, following the implementation of the Capital Reorganisation, any Shareholder, who as a result of the Consolidation has a fractional entitlement to any New Ordinary Shares, will not have a proportionate shareholding of New Ordinary Shares exactly equal to their proportionate holding of Existing Ordinary Shares.
Furthermore, any Shareholders holding fewer than 100 Existing Ordinary Shares as at the Record Time will cease to be a shareholder of the Company. The minimum threshold to receive Consolidated Shares will be 100 Existing Ordinary Shares.
Immediately following the Consolidation, each Consolidated Share will be subdivided into one New Ordinary Share and one Deferred [A] Share. The Subdivision has been structured in such a way so that each of the New Ordinary Shares will have a nominal value of
7. Fractional Entitlements to Consolidated Shares
The Share Consolidation will give rise to fractional entitlements to a Consolidated Share where any holding is not precisely divisible by 100. On Subdivision of any such Consolidated Share, which occurs immediately thereafter, the same fractional entitlement will apply to each New Ordinary Share but not a Deferred Share then arising. As regards the New Ordinary Shares, no certificates regarding fractional entitlements will be issued. Instead any New Ordinary Shares in respect of which there are fractional entitlements will be aggregated and sold or passed to charity. The Board is of the view that, as a result of the disproportionate costs, it would not be in the best interests of the Company to distribute the proceeds of a sale on a pro rata basis to shareholders.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Company is only responsible for dealing with fractions arising on registered holdings. For Shareholders whose shares are held in the nominee accounts of UK stockbrokers, the effect of the Capital Reorganisation on their individual shareholdings will be administered by the stockbroker or nominee in whose account the relevant shares are held. The effect is expected to be the same as for shareholdings registered in beneficial names, however, it is the stockbroker's or nominee's responsibility to deal with fractions arising within their customer accounts and not that of the Company.
8. Resulting issued share capital
The issued share capital of the Company immediately following the Capital Reorganisation (assuming it is approved by the Shareholders) is expected to comprise 28,458,790 New Ordinary Shares and 28,458,790 Deferred Shares.
9. Admission of the New Ordinary Shares
As stated above, application will or has been made for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM in place of the Existing Ordinary Shares. It is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings in the New Ordinary Shares will commence on
The Company has applied for a new ISIN and SEDOL, which will become effective following the Capital Reorganisation. The new ISIN and SEDOL will be notified to the market via an RIS provider in due course.
Shareholders who hold Existing Ordinary Shares in uncertificated form via depositary interests will have such shares disabled in their CREST accounts on the Record Time, and their CREST accounts will be credited with the New Ordinary Shares following Admission.
Following the Capital Reorganisation, existing share certificates will cease to be valid and new share certificates are expected to be despatched to those Shareholders who hold their Existing Ordinary Shares in certificated form on or around 14 days after Admission. No share certificates will be issued in respect of Consolidated Shares or Deferred Shares.
10. Effects on options, warrants and other instruments
The entitlements to Ordinary Shares of holders of securities or instruments convertible into Ordinary Shares (such as share options and warrants) will be adjusted to reflect the Capital Reorganisation.
11. Share capital authorities
Following the Capital Reorganisation, assuming the issued share capital of the Company will comprise 28,458,790 New Ordinary Shares and 28,458,790 Deferred Shares, the total issued share capital of the Company will be
12. General Meeting
You will find set out at the end of this Document a notice convening the General Meeting to be held at Suite 16, Watergardens 5,
13. Taxation in relation to the Capital Reorganisation
If any shareholder is uncertain about their own tax position, they should seek independent financial advice.
14. Action to be taken
Holders of Existing Ordinary Shares will find enclosed with this Document a Form of Proxy and Form of Instruction for use by them at the General Meeting. Whether or not you are able to attend the General Meeting, you are requested to complete the enclosed Form of Proxy or Form of Instruction and return it to the Company's Registrars,
The Directors consider that the Capital Reorganisation and the other Resolutions are fair and reasonable and are in the best interests of the Company and its Shareholders as a whole and will promote the success of the Company. The Directors therefore recommend you to vote in favour of each of the Resolutions as they intend to do in respect of their own shareholdings in the Company.
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