Samarkand Group plc (SMK)
2 November 2022
Samarkand Group plc
("Samarkand", the "Company" or together with its subsidiaries the "Group")
Director/PDMR Shareholding and Employee Share Options
Samarkand Group plc, the cross-border eCommerce technology solution provider, today announces the exercise of 353,200 options and the grant of 1,033,297 options, further details of which are set out below.
The Company announces today that two Group employees have exercised 353,200 options in line with the Option Exchanges set out in the
The options are satisfied by the transfer of 176,600 existing ordinary shares held by David Hampstead and 176,600 existing ordinary shares held by Simon Smiley, pursuant to the terms of the Hedging Agreement, further details of which are set out below. As such, this transaction does not constitute a sale of shares by David Hampstead or Simon Smiley but a transfer according to pre-arranged agreements.
Following the transfer of shares, David Hampstead is interested in 7,916,169 ordinary shares in the Company and Simon Smiley is interested in 7,301,011 ordinary shares in the Company.
Option Exchanges and Hedging Agreement
Pursuant to certain Option Exchanges, the Company granted options to certain Group employees to acquire a total of 992,000 ordinary shares in the Company in consideration of them surrendering options granted by Samarkand Holdings. The options are to be satisfied by the transfer of ordinary shares held by David Hampstead and Simon Smiley pursuant to the terms of a hedging agreement.
Samarkand Holdings, David Hampstead, Simon Smiley and the Company entered into a hedging agreement (the “Hedging Agreement”) on 16 February 2021 pursuant to which Messrs Hampstead and Smiley each agreed to transfer such number of their ordinary shares to satisfy the outstanding options granted to employees pursuant to the Option Exchanges subject to a maximum of 992,000 ordinary shares, of which it is expected Mr Hampstead will transfer 486,400 ordinary shares and Mr Smiley will transfer 505,600 ordinary shares upon the exercise of the options by employees.
Following the transfer of 353,200 ordinary shares, the total number of options outstanding pursuant to the Option Exchanges is 565,000, it is expected Mr Hampstead will be obliged to transfer a further 272,900 ordinary shares and Mr Smiley will be obliged to transfer a further 292,100 ordinary shares under the Hedging Agreement upon the exercise of the options by employees. Options over 73,800 ordinary shares have lapsed as a result of cessation of employment of the holders of such options.
As the options are being satisfied by the transfer of existing ordinary shares there is no change in the issued share capital of the Company, which remains 58,358,201 ordinary shares. The figure 58,358,201 may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they can determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
Grant of Options
The Company further announces that on the 1 November 2022, the Company granted options over a total of 1,033,297 ordinary shares of
Following the grant of options, the total number of options outstanding over unissued ordinary shares is 1,674,642 representing 2.87% of the Company’s Issued Share Capital.
The notification below, made in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation, provides further detail.
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Notes to Editors
Samarkand is a cross-border eCommerce technology and retail group focusing on connecting International Brands with
Founded in 2016, Samarkand is headquartered in
For further information please visit https://www.samarkand.global/
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