Gunsynd PLC - Posting of Circular and Notice of General Meeting
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Gunsynd PLC
16 November 2020
 

Gunsynd PLC

("Gunsynd" or the "Company")

Posting of Circular and Notice of General Meeting

 

Gunsynd (AIM: GUN, AQSE: GUN) announces that, further to the Placing and Conditional Placing to raise £1,130,000 announcement released by the Company on 13 November 2020, it will today post a Circular to Shareholders ("the Circular") together with a Notice of General Meeting ("GM").

 

The GM will be held at 12:00 p.m. on 2 December 2020 at 78 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ES.

 

A copy of the Circular will be posted to shareholders today and will be available to download from the Company's website at http://www.gunsynd.com and the full text of the Letter from the Chairman is included below this announcement.

 

Shareholders should note the advice set out below regarding the potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on attendance at the General Meeting.

 

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014. 

 

The Directors of Gunsynd accept responsibility for this announcement.

 

For further information, please contact:

Gunsynd plc

Hamish Harris

  

+44 (0) 78 7959 4153

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP

James Caithie / Liam Murray

+44 (0) 20 7213 0880

Peterhouse Capital Limited

Lucy Williams

+44 (0) 20 7469 0930

 

 

 

Notice of General Meeting

 

1.         Introduction

 

I am writing to invite you to the general meeting (the "General Meeting") of the Company to be held at 78 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ES at 12 p.m. on 2 December 2020. This letter explains why the Directors recommend that shareholders of the Company (the "Shareholders") vote in favour of the resolutions being proposed at the General Meeting (the "Resolutions").

 

 

 

 

2.         The Placing

 

The Company announced on 13 November 2020 that it had raised £1.13m by way of a placing of 113,000,000 Placing Shares with existing and new investors at a placing price of 1 pence per Placing Share. The placing consists of the Firm Placing and the Conditional Placing.

 

The Placing Shares will represent approximately 30.76 per cent. of the Company's Enlarged Share Capital on Admission.

 

The Firm Placing Shares were placed pursuant to existing authorities granted to the Directors at the Company's general meeting held on 30 June 2020 and the Conditional Placing Shares are being placed conditional, inter alia, on the passing of the Resolutions being proposed at the General Meeting.

 

The Firm Placing is unconditional and the issue and allotment of the Firm Placing Shares shall take place at approximately 8.00 a.m. on or around 19 November 2020. The Conditional Placing is conditional, inter alia, upon Second Admission (which is expected to become effective with dealings in the Conditional Placing Shares to commence on or around 4 December 2020). The Placing has not been underwritten.

 

For the Conditional Placing to proceed, the Company requires Shareholder approval to authorise the Directors to allot the Conditional Placing Shares and dis-apply statutory pre-emption rights in relation to the issue of the Conditional Placing Shares.

 

3.         Details of the Placing

 

The Placing has raised approximately £1.13m (before expenses) pursuant to the placing of 113,000,000 Placing Shares at the Placing Price with new and existing investors.

 

All of the Firm Placing Shares have been placed pursuant to existing authorities granted to the Directors at the Company's general meeting held on 30 June 2020 whilst the Conditional Placing Shares are being placed conditional, inter alia, on the passing of the Resolutions at the General Meeting. It is expected that all of the Firm Placing Shares will be admitted to trading on AIM and AQSE at 8.00 a.m. on or around 19 November 2020 whilst it is expected that the Conditional Placing Shares will be admitted to trading on AIM and AQSE at 8.00 a.m. on or around 4 December 2020.

 

The Firm Placing is unconditional. The Conditional Placing is conditional, inter alia, on the passing of the Resolutions at the General Meeting.

 

If such conditions are not satisfied or, if applicable, waived, by the date(s) and time(s) referred to above the Conditional Placing will not proceed.

 

Subject to shareholder approval at the General Meeting for the requisite authorities, investors subscribing for Placing Shares will also receive one Placing Warrant for every 2 ordinary shares subscribed for, exercisable at 2 pence and expiring on the 18-month anniversary of the date of issue. In aggregate, 56,500,000 Placing Warrants have been conditionally issued.

 

4.         Director Participation

 

Peter Ruse and Donald Strang, Directors of the Company, have, on the same terms as the placees above, subscribed for £30,000 in aggregate, being 3,000,000 new ordinary shares in the placing representing 2.7% of the total Placing ("Director Participation"). The Director Participation shares will be issued as part of the Conditional Placing. Further, as participants in the Placing on the same terms as the placees above, Peter Ruse and Donald Strang will each receive Placing Warrants, issued conditionally at one warrant for every two ordinary shares subscribed for on the same terms as the placees.

 

The shareholdings of the Directors in question, both prior to and subsequent to the Director Participation, are as follows:

 

Director

No. of shares

Subscription shares

Resultant no. of shares

% of issued share capital

Peter Ruse

3,164,706

1,000,000

4,164,706

1.1

Donald Strang

10,820,211

2,000,000

12,820,211

3.5

 

 

5.         General Meeting

 

Set out at the end of this Document is the Notice of General Meeting convening the General Meeting to be held at 12 p.m. on 2 December 2020 at 78 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ES, at which the Resolutions will be proposed.

 

Resolution 1 - Directors' Authority to Allot Shares

 

This is an ordinary resolution to grant the Directors with authority to allot and issue shares and grant rights to subscribe for shares in the Company for the purposes of Section 551 of the Act up to the maximum aggregate nominal amount of £318,750. This resolution replaces any existing authorities to issue shares in the Company and the authority under this resolution will expire at the conclusion of the next annual general meeting of the Company (unless renewed, varied or revoked by the Company prior to or on that date).

 

Resolution 2 - Disapplication of Pre-emption Rights

 

Resolution 2 proposes to dis-apply the statutory rights of pre-emption in respect of the allotment of equity securities for cash under Section 561(1) of the Act. This is a special resolution authorising the Directors to issue equity securities as continuing authority up to an aggregate nominal amount of £318,750 for cash on a non pre-emptive basis pursuant to the authority conferred by Resolution 1 above.

 

6.         Action to be taken by Shareholders

 

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in line with the guidelines and restrictions on travel, movement and public gatherings imposed by the Government ("Government Measures"), the Board is adopting a number of changes to the traditional running of the General Meeting. In order to reduce the risk of infection and ensure shareholders can comply with the current Government Measures, we are asking Shareholders to not attend the General Meeting which will end immediately following the formal business. Any Shareholders who do attend will not be admitted.

 

Arrangements will be made by the Company to satisfy the requirements of a quorum for the General Meeting so that it may proceed. We encourage Shareholders to appoint the Chairman as their proxy with their voting instructions rather than attend the General Meeting in person.

 

Although the Notes to the Notice of the General Meeting refer to Shareholders being able to appoint a proxy or proxies, the Company would remind Shareholders that, in light of the current Government Measures, they will not be allowed entry to the General Meeting. However, the Company does value Shareholder participation and values the votes of Shareholders, so it would encourage all Shareholders to exercise their voting rights BUT ONLY by appointing the Chairman of the General Meeting to be their proxy. Any proxy received appointing a person other than the Chairman of the General Meeting as the Shareholder's proxy will deemed to have appointed the Chairman of the General Meeting as that Shareholder's proxy.

 

Shareholders will find enclosed with this letter a form of proxy for use at the General Meeting. The form of proxy should be completed and returned in accordance with the instructions printed on it so as to arrive at the Company at 78 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ES as soon as possible and in any event not later 12:00 p.m. on 30 November 2020.

 

7.         Recommendation

 

The Directors unanimously believe that the Resolutions are in the best interests of the Company and its Shareholders and unanimously recommend you vote in favour of the Resolutions as they intend to do in respect of their own beneficial holdings.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Hamish Harris

Executive Chairman

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