Fri, 2nd Oct 2020 11:43
UK Oil & Gas PLC
("UKOG" or the "Company")
Funding of initial Turkey operations costs achieved via £2.2 million placing
UK Oil & Gas PLC (London AIM: UKOG) is pleased to announce that further to the 23 July 2020 announcement of its agreement to take a 50% interest in the Turkish Resan oil appraisal and exploration project, it has successfully raised £2.2 million to fund its share of initial drilling and seismic costs through a placing ("Placing") of 1,374,999,993 new ordinary shares ("Placing Shares").
The Placing's issue price of 0.16 pence per share ("Placing Price"), represents approximately a 15.8% discount to the closing price of the Company's ordinary shares on 01 October, the business day prior to the placing's close.
Turkey Resan Licence Interest
On 23 July 2020 the Company announced that it had signed a binding heads of agreement with Aladdin Middle East Ltd ("AME"), an independent oil company with 60 years of operational experience in Turkey, to take a 50% non-operated working interest in the 305 km² Resan Licence ("Licence"). UKOG intends to take an active technical role in the Licence's 5-well oil appraisal and step-out exploration drilling and 2D seismic programme, which, Covid and weather permitting, is expected to commence this year.
The Company is currently in the final stages of negotiations to conclude the participation agreement ("PA") and joint operating agreement ("JOA") with respect to the Licence. Execution of the PA and JOA will be reported in due course.
Use of funds
The Proceeds of the Placing will, therefore, be used primarily to support and fund UKOG's share of initial Turkish Licence operations costs, to include the purchase of long-lead drilling equipment, construction of a drilling pad and necessary preparations for seismic acquisition. In the unexpected event that the PA and JOA are not entered into, the Company will deploy the proceeds of the Placing for working capital and to further developing its existing UK assets.
The Appendix to this Announcement contains the detailed terms and conditions of the Placing and the basis on which investors agreed to participate in the Placing. The Placing has not been underwritten by WH Ireland. Placees are deemed to have read and understood this Announcement in its entirety, including the Appendix, and to have made their offer on the terms and subject to the conditions contained herein and to have given the representations, warranties, undertakings and acknowledgements contained in the Appendix to this Announcement.
The Placing Shares will be issued, credited as fully paid, and will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares in issue in the capital of the Company, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions (if any) declared, made or paid on or in respect of such shares after the date of their issue.
Admission and Settlement
Application will be made for the admission to trading on the AIM market ("AIM") of London Stock Exchange plc ("LSE") of the Placing Shares ("Admission"). Admission is expected to occur on or around 08 October 2020. Following Admission, the Company will have 12,474,385,050 Ordinary Shares in issue. There are no shares held in treasury. The total voting rights in the Company is therefore 12,474,385,050 and Shareholders may use this figure as the denominator by which they are required to notify their interest in, or change to their interest in, the Company under the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
Qualified Person's Statement
Matt Cartwright, UKOG's Commercial Director, who has over 36 years of relevant experience in the global oil industry, has approved the information contained in this announcement. Mr Cartwright is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
For further information, please contact:
UK Oil & Gas PLC
Stephen Sanderson / Kiran Morzaria Tel: 01483 941493
WH Ireland Ltd (Nominated Adviser and Broker)
James Joyce / James Sinclair-Ford Tel: 020 7220 1666
Harry Ansell / Daniel Bristowe
Brian Alexander Tel: 01483 941493
The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014
WH Ireland Limited, which is a member of the London Stock Exchange, is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and is acting as financial adviser, nominated adviser and broker for the purposes of the AIM Rules for Companies. WH Ireland Limited is acting exclusively for the Company in connection with the matters referred to in this Announcement and for no-one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for providing any advice in relation to the contents of this Announcement or any transaction, arrangement or matter referred to herein.
This Announcement is released by the Company and contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 ("MAR"), encompassing information relating to the Placing raising up to £2.2 million and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE PLACING
THE PLACING ANNOUNCEMENT ("ANNOUNCEMENT") OF UK OIL & GAS PLC (THE "COMPANY" OR "UKOG) ACCOMPANIES THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM A PROHIBITED JURISDICTION.
TERMS DEFINED IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANINGS IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, SAVE AS DEFINED OR PROVIDED FOR OTHERWISE.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE PLACING FOR INVITED PLACEES ONLY.
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN ARE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE DIRECTED ONLY AT: (A) PERSONS IN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA WHO ARE QUALIFIED INVESTORS AS DEFINED IN SECTION 86(7) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 AS AMENDED, ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS") AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE 2(E) OF THE EU PROSPECTUS REGULATION (WHICH MEANS REGULATION (EU) 2017/1129) (THE "PROSPECTUS REGULATION"); AND (B) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, QUALIFIED INVESTORS WHO ARE PERSONS WHO (I) HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS AND ARE "INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS" FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 19(5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 (THE "ORDER''); (II) ARE PERSONS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(A) TO (D) ("HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC") OF THE ORDER; AND (C) PERSONS OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE BE LAWFULLY COMMUNICATED IN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE IN WHICH THEY ARE A NATIONAL AND/OR RESIDENT (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS").
THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN RELATE IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DO NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY. THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER OF OR SOLICITATION TO PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES.
THE SECURITIES REFERRED TO HEREIN HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "SECURITIES ACT"), AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN APPLICABLE EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF SECURITIES IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. NEITHER THE U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOR ANY SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF ANY STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED OF AN INVESTMENT IN THE SECURITIES OR PASSED UPON OR ENDORSED THE MERITS OF THE PLACING OR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THE CONTENTS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN THE UNITED STATES.
EACH PLACEE (BEING THE PERSON PROCURED BY WH IRELAND LIMITED ("WH IRELAND")) TO SUBSCRIBE FOR PLACING SHARES SHOULD CONSULT WITH ITS OWN ADVISERS AS TO LEGAL, TAX, BUSINESS AND RELATED ASPECTS OF ANY INVESTMENT IN PLACING SHARES.
Persons who are invited to and who choose to participate in the Placing, by making (or on whose behalf there is made) an oral or written offer to subscribe for Placing Shares (the "Placees"), will be deemed to have read and understood the Announcement, including these Terms and Conditions, in its entirety and to be making such offer on the terms and conditions, and to be providing the representations, warranties, acknowledgements, and undertakings contained in these Terms and Conditions. In particular, each such Placee represents, warrants and acknowledges to WH Ireland and the Company that:
1. it is a Relevant Person (as defined above) and undertakes that it will acquire, hold, manage or dispose of any Placing Shares that are allocated to it in that capacity; and
2. in the case of any Placing Shares acquired by it as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the Prospectus Regulation, (a) the Placing Shares acquired by it in the Placing have not been acquired on behalf of, nor have they been acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in any Member State of the European Economic Area (the "EEA") other than Qualified Investors or in circumstances in which the prior consent of WH Ireland has been given to the offer or resale; or (b) where Placing Shares have been acquired by it on behalf of persons in any member state of the EEA other than Qualified Investors, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons.
The Company and WH Ireland will rely upon the truth and accuracy of the foregoing representations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings. WH Ireland does not make any representation to any Placees regarding an investment in the Placing Shares referred to in the Announcement (including these Terms and Conditions).
This Announcement does not constitute an offer, and may not be used in connection with an offer, to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for Placing Shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is or may be unauthorised or unlawful and any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of applicable securities laws in such jurisdiction. This Announcement and the information contained herein is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, to persons in any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to do so ("Prohibited Jurisdiction"). Persons (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees and trustees) into whose possession the Announcement and these Terms and Conditions may come are required by the Company to inform themselves about and to observe any restrictions of transfer of the Announcement. No public offer of securities of the Company is being made in the United Kingdom, the United States or elsewhere.
In particular, the Placing Shares referred to in the Announcement have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or any laws of or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered, sold, pledged or otherwise transferred within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the Placing Shares or any other securities is being made in the United States. No money, securities or other consideration from any person inside the United States is being solicited pursuant to the Announcement or the Placing and, if sent in response to the information contained in the Announcement, will not be accepted. This Announcement is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States.
The Placing Shares have not been approved or disapproved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, any state securities commission or other regulatory authority in the United States, nor have any of the foregoing authorities passed upon or endorsed the merits of the Placing or the accuracy or adequacy of the Announcement. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.
The relevant clearances have not been, nor will they be, obtained from the securities commission of any province or territory of Canada; no prospectus has been lodged with or registered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or the Japanese Ministry of Finance; and the Placing Shares have not been nor will they be, registered under or offered in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of a Prohibited Jurisdiction. Accordingly, the Placing Shares may not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) be offered, sold resold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into a Prohibited Jurisdiction.
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Placing Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Placing Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of (a) retail investors, (b) investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and (c) eligible counterparties (each as defined in MiFID II); and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Placing Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Placing Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Placing Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the offer.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Placing Shares.
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Placing Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.
Persons (including, without limitation, nominees and trustees) who have a contractual or other legal obligation to forward a copy of these Terms and Conditions or the Announcement of which it forms part should seek appropriate advice before taking any action.
Terms defined elsewhere in the Announcement have the same meaning in these Terms and Conditions, unless the context requires otherwise.
Various dates referred to in the Announcement are stated on the basis of the expected timetable for the Placing. It is possible that some of these dates may be changed. The expected date for Admission is 08 October 2020 and, in any event, the latest date for Admission is 09 November 2020 (the "Long Stop Date").
WH Ireland has entered into a Placing Agreement with the Company under which WH Ireland has undertaken to use its reasonable endeavours to procure subscribers for the Placing Shares at the Placing Price, being 0.16 pence per Placing Share, on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in these Terms and Conditions. To the extent WH Ireland does not procure subscribers for Placing Shares as required, including those Placees procured by the Company, WH Ireland will not itself subscribe for such shares.
These Terms and Conditions give details of the terms and conditions of, and the mechanics of the participation of the Placees in, the Placing.
The Placing Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Ordinary Shares in issue ("Existing Ordinary Shares"), including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions (if any) declared, made or paid on or in respect of the Existing Ordinary Shares after the date of issue of the Placing Shares.
WH Ireland and the Company reserve the right to scale back the number of Placing Shares to be allotted to any Placee in the event of an oversubscription under the Placing. WH Ireland and the Company also reserve the right not to accept offers for Placing Shares or to accept such offers in part rather than in whole.
Each Placee will be required to pay to WH Ireland, on the Company's behalf, an amount equal to the product of the Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares that such Placee is required to be allotted in accordance with the terms set out in or referred to in these Terms and Conditions. Each Placee's obligation to be allotted and pay for Placing Shares under the Placing will be owed to each of the Company and WH Ireland. Each Placee will be deemed to have read these Terms and Conditions in their entirety.
Neither WH Ireland nor or any shareholder, director, officer, employee or agent of WH Ireland or any of their group companies will have any liability (subject to applicable legislation and regulations) to Placees or to any person other than the Company in respect of the Placing.
Application for Admission to Trading on AIM
Application will be made to the LSE for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. It is expected that Admission will take place at 8.00 am on 08 October 2020 (or such later date as may be agreed between the Company and WH Ireland, provided that such date is no later than 09 November 2020 (the "Long Stop Date").
Participation in, and principal terms of, the Placing
Participation in the Placing is only available to persons who may lawfully be, and are, invited to participate in it by WH Ireland.
1. WH Ireland is arranging the Placing as sole placing agent and broker of the Company.
2. Participation in the Placing will only be available to persons who may lawfully be, and are, invited to participate by WH Ireland. WH Ireland and its respective affiliates are entitled to acquire Placing Shares as principal.
3. The Company reserves the right to reduce or seek to increase the amount to be raised pursuant to the Placing, in its absolute discretion. The final allocations of the Placing Shares (including as to the identity of the Placees and the number of shares allocated to each Placee at the Placing Price) shall be determined by WH Ireland in their absolute discretion.
4. Each Placee's allocation will be confirmed to Placees orally, or by email, by WH Ireland and a trade confirmation or contract note will be dispatched as soon as possible thereafter (the "Contract Note"). These Terms and Conditions will be deemed to be incorporated into the Contract Note. WH Ireland's oral or emailed confirmation to such Placee will constitute an irrevocable and legally binding commitment upon such person (who will at that point become a Placee) in favour of WH Ireland and the Company, under which it agrees to subscribe for the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Placing Price on the terms and conditions set out in these Terms and Conditions (which are deemed to be incorporated in such trade confirmation or contract note) and in accordance with the Company's articles of association ("Articles of Association").
5. Any acquisition of Placing Shares will be made on the terms and subject to the conditions in these Terms and Conditions and will be legally binding on the Placee on behalf of which it is made and, except with WH Ireland's consent, will not be capable of variation or revocation after the time at which it is submitted. Each Placee will also have an immediate, separate, irrevocable and binding obligation, to pay WH Ireland (or as WH Ireland may direct) in cleared funds an amount equal to the product of the Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares for which such Placee has agreed to subscribe. Each Placee's obligations will be owed to WH Ireland.
10. Irrespective of the time at which a Placee's allocation pursuant to the Placing is confirmed, settlement for all Placing Shares to be acquired pursuant to the Placing will be required to be made at the same time, on the basis explained below under "Settlement".
11. All obligations under the Placing will be subject to fulfilment of the conditions referred to below under "Conditions to the Placing" and to the Placing not being terminated on the basis referred to below under "Conditions to the Placing".
12. By participating in the Placing, each Placee agrees that its rights and obligations in respect of the Placing will terminate only in the circumstances described below and will not be capable of rescission or termination by the Placee.
13. To the fullest extent permissible by law and the applicable rules of AIM, neither WH Ireland not any of its respective affiliates shall have any liability to Placees (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise whether or not a recipient of these terms and conditions) in respect of the Placing. Each Placee acknowledges and agrees that the Company is responsible for the allotment of the Placing Shares to the Placees and WH Ireland shall not have any liability to the Placees for the failure of the Company to fulfil those obligations. In particular, neither WH Ireland nor any of its affiliates shall have any liability (including to the extent permissible by law, any fiduciary duties) in respect of the Placing.
14. In making an investment decision, Placees must rely on their own examination of the Company and its prospects and the terms of the Placing, including the merit and risks involved in investing in the Placing Shares.
15. Settlement will occur on a date to be advised but is expected to be on or around 08 October 2020 ("Closing Date").
All such times and dates will be subject to amendment at WH Ireland's discretion, except that in no circumstances will the date scheduled for Admission be later than the Long Stop Date.
The Placing Shares are being offered to a limited number of specifically invited persons only and will not be offered in such a way as to require a prospectus in the United Kingdom or in any other jurisdiction. No offering document or prospectus has been or will be submitted to be approved by the Financial Conduct Authority, the LSE or any other regulatory body in relation to the Placing and Placees' commitments in respect of Placing Shares will be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the Announcement and the terms and conditions contained in these Terms and Conditions.
Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares will take place inside the CREST system.
Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares will, unless otherwise agreed, take place on a delivery versus payment basis within the CREST system administered by Euroclear UK and Ireland Limited ("CREST").
The Company will procure the delivery of the Placing Shares to CREST accounts operated by WH Ireland for the Company and WH Ireland will enter its delivery (DEL) instructions into the CREST system. The input to CREST by each Placee of a matching or acceptance instruction will then allow delivery of the relevant Placing Shares to that Placee against payment.
The Company reserves the right to require settlement for and delivery of the Placing Shares (or a portion thereof) to any Placee in any form it requires if, in WH Ireland's opinion, delivery or settlement is not possible or practicable within CREST or would not be consistent with the regulatory requirements in the Placee's jurisdiction.
Following the close of the Placing, each Placee allocated Placing Shares in the Placing will be sent a trade confirmation or contract note stating the number of Placing Shares, the Placing Price and the subscription amount payable to be allocated to it and will be required to provide WH Ireland with funds sufficient to purchase such securities prior to the Closing Date.
Each Placee is deemed to agree that, if it does not comply with these obligations, the Company may sell any or all of the Placing Shares allocated to that Placee on such Placee's behalf and retain from the proceeds, for the Company's account and benefit, an amount equal to the aggregate amount owed by the Placee plus any interest due. The relevant Placee will, however, remain liable for any shortfall below the aggregate amount owed by it and may be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax (together with any interest or penalties) which may arise upon the sale of such Placing Shares on such Placee's behalf.
It is expected that settlement will take place on or about 08 October 2020 in CREST on a T+4 basis in accordance with the instructions set out in the trade confirmation. Settlement will be through WH Ireland against CREST ID: 601 A/C: WRCLT.
Following the close of the Placing, each Placee allocated Placing Shares in the Placing will be sent a trade confirmation(s) stating the number of Placing Shares to be allocated to it at the Placing Price and settlement instructions.
Each Placee agrees that it will do all things necessary to ensure that delivery and payment is completed in accordance with the applicable registration and settlement procedures, including if applicable, CREST rules and regulations and settlement instructions that it has in place with WH Ireland.
If the Placing Shares are to be delivered to a custodian or settlement agent, Placees should ensure that the trade confirmation is copied and delivered immediately to the relevant person within that organisation.
Trade date: 02 October 2020
Settlement date: 08 October 2020 (Electronic)
ISIN code for the Placing Shares: GB00B9MRZS43
No UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax should be payable to the extent that the Placing Shares are issued into CREST to, or to the nominee of, a Placee who holds those shares beneficially (and not as agent or nominee for any other person) within the CREST system and registered in the name of such Placee or such Placee's nominee provided that the Placing Shares are not issued to a person whose business is or includes issuing depositary receipts or the provision of clearance services or to an agent or nominee for any such person.
The agreement to settle a Placee's subscription (and/or the subscription of a person for whom such Placee is contracting as agent) free of stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax depends on the settlement relating only to a subscription by it and/or such person direct from the Company for the Placing Shares in question. Such agreement assumes that the Placing Shares are not being subscribed for in connection with arrangements to issue depositary receipts or to transfer the Placing Shares into a clearance service. If there are any such arrangements, or the settlement relates to any other subsequent dealing in the Placing Shares, UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax may be payable, for which neither the Company nor WH Ireland will be responsible, and the Placee to whom (or on behalf of whom, or in respect of the person for whom it is participating in the Placing as an agent or nominee) the allocation, allotment, issue or delivery of Placing Shares has given rise to such UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax undertakes to pay such UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax forthwith and to indemnify on an after-tax basis and to hold harmless the Company and WH Ireland in the event that the Company or WH Ireland has incurred any such liability to UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax. If this is the case, each Placee should seek its own advice and notify WH Ireland accordingly.
In addition, Placees should note that they will be liable for any stamp duty and all other stamp, issue, securities, transfer, registration, documentary or other duties or taxes (including any interest, fines or penalties relating thereto) payable outside the UK by them or any other person on the subscription by them of any Placing Shares or the agreement by them to subscribe for any Placing Shares.
WH Ireland has entered into the Placing Agreement with the Company under which WH Ireland has agreed on a conditional basis to use its reasonable endeavours as agent of the Company to procure Placees at the Placing Price for the Placing Shares.
Conditions to the Placing
The Placing is conditional on, among other things:
1. the Company having complied with its obligations and satisfying all conditions to be satisfied by them under the Placing Agreement or these Terms and Conditions which fall to be performed or satisfied on or prior to Admission;
2. the Placing Agreement not being terminated in accordance with its terms by WH Ireland;
3. Admission taking place by the relevant time and date to be stated in the Announcement; and
4. the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional in all other respects.
· any of the conditions contained in the Placing Agreement in relation to the Placing Shares are not fulfilled or waived (if capable of being waived) by WH Ireland by the respective time or date where specified (or such later time or date as the Company and WH Ireland may agree);
· any of such conditions becomes incapable of being fulfilled; or
· the Placing Agreement is terminated in the circumstances specified below,
the Placing in relation to the Placing Shares will lapse and the Placee's rights and obligations hereunder in relation to the Placing Shares shall cease and terminate at such time and each Placee agrees that no claim can be made by the Placee in respect thereof.
WH Ireland may, in its absolute discretion, upon such terms as it thinks fit, waive compliance by the Company with certain of the Company's obligations in relation to the conditions in the Placing Agreement save that the certain conditions including the condition relating to Admission taking place may not be waived. Any such extension or waiver will not affect the Placees' commitments as set out in the Announcement.
WH Ireland reserves the right to waive or extend the time and or date for the fulfilment of any of the conditions in the Placing Agreement to a time no later than 8.00 a.m. on the Long Stop Date.
If any condition in the Placing Agreement is not fulfilled or waived by WH Ireland by the relevant time, the Placing will lapse and each Placee's rights and obligations in respect of the Placing will cease and terminate at such time.
Neither the Company nor WH Ireland shall have any liability to any Placee (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise) in respect of any decision it may make as to whether or not to waive or to extend the time and /or date for the satisfaction of any condition to the Placing nor for any decision they may make as to the satisfaction of any condition or in respect of the Placing generally and by participating in the Placing each Placee agrees that any such decision is within the absolute discretion of the Company and WH Ireland.
The Placing Agreement may be terminated by WH Ireland at any time prior to Admission in certain circumstances including, among other things, following the Company failing to comply with its obligations under the Placing Agreement or the occurrence of certain force majeure events. The exercise of any right of termination pursuant to the Placing Agreement, any waiver of any condition in the Placing Agreement and any decision by WH Ireland whether or not to extend the time for satisfaction of any condition in the Placing Agreement will be within the absolute discretion of WH Ireland. Following Admission, the Placing Agreement is not capable of rescission or termination in respect of the Placing.
The rights and obligations of the Placees shall terminate only in the circumstances described in these terms and conditions and will not be subject to termination by the Placee or any prospective Placee at any time or in any circumstances. By participating in the Placing, Placees agree that the exercise by WH Ireland of any right of termination or other discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of WH Ireland, and that WH Ireland need not make any reference to Placees and that it shall have no liability to Placees whatsoever in connection with any such exercise.
The offering of Placing Shares and the agreement arising from acceptance of the Placing is personal to each Placee and does not constitute an offering to any other person or to the public. A Placee may not assign, transfer, or in any other manner, deal with its rights or obligations under the agreement arising from the acceptance of the Placing, without the prior written agreement of WH Ireland in accordance with all relevant legal requirements.
A Placee's entitlement to receive any Placing Shares under the Placing will be conditional on WH Ireland's receipt of payment in full for such Placing Shares by the relevant time to be stated in the written confirmation referred to above, or by such later time and date as WH Ireland and the Company may in their absolute discretion determine, and otherwise in accordance with that confirmation's terms.
If any Placee fails to make such payment by the required time for any Placing Shares:
(1) the Company may release itself, and (if at its absolute discretion it decides to do so) will be released from, all obligations it may have to allot and/or issue any such Placing Shares to such Placee or at its direction which are then unallotted and/or unissued;
(2) the Company may exercise all rights of lien, forfeiture and set-off over and in respect of any such Placing Shares to the full extent permitted under its Articles of Association or by law and to the extent that such Placee then has any interest in or rights in respect of any such shares;
(3) the Company or WH Ireland may sell (and each of them is irrevocably authorised by such Placee to do so) all or any of such shares on such Placee's behalf and then retain from the proceeds, for the account and benefit of the Company relating to (or where applicable and in relation to (iii) below only, WH Ireland): (i) any amount up to the total amount due to it as, or in respect of, allotment monies, or as interest on such monies, for any Placing Shares, (ii) any amount required to cover any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax arising on the sale, and (iii) any amount required to cover dealing costs and/or commissions necessarily or reasonably incurred by it in respect of such sale; and
(4) such Placee will remain liable to the Company and to WH Ireland for the full amount of any losses and of any costs which either of them may suffer or incur as a result of it (i) not receiving payment in full for such Placing Shares by the required time, and/or (ii) the sale of any such Placing Shares to any other person at whatever price and on whatever terms as are actually obtained for such sale by or for it. Interest may be charged in respect of payments not received by WH Ireland for value by the required time referred to above at the rate of two percentage points above the base rate of Barclays Bank plc.
Placees' representations, warranties and undertakings to the Company and WH Ireland
By agreeing with WH Ireland to acquire Placing Shares under the Placing, each Placee (and any person acting on a Placee's behalf) irrevocably acknowledges and confirms and represents and warrants and undertakes to, and agrees with, each of the Company and WH Ireland (in its capacity as placing agent) and each of its affiliates, in each case as a fundamental term of such Placee's acceptance of its Placing participation and of the Company's obligation to allot and/or issue any Placing Shares to it or at its direction, that:
(a) it has read the Announcement in full, including these Terms and Conditions, and agrees to and accepts all the terms set out in the Announcement, including these Terms and Conditions and that its acquisition of the Placing Shares is subject to and based upon all the terms, conditions, representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings and other information contained therein;
(b) its rights and obligations in respect of the Placing will terminate only in the circumstances referred to in these Terms and Conditions and will not be subject to rescission or termination by it in any circumstances;
(c) it accepts that the content of the Announcement is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and that neither WH Ireland nor any person acting on its respective behalf has or shall have any liability for any information, representation or statement contained in the Announcement or any information previously published by or on behalf of the Company and will not be liable for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any information, representation or statement contained in the Announcement or otherwise;
(d) the only information on which it is entitled to rely and on which such Placee has relied in committing itself to subscribe for the Placing Shares is contained in the Announcement and any information previously published by the Company by notification to a Regulatory Information Service, such information being all that it deems necessary to make an investment decision in respect of the Placing Shares and that it has neither received nor relied on any other information given or representations, warranties or statements made by any WH Ireland or the Company or their respective directors, employees, officers or agents or any other person and neither of WH Ireland nor the Company, including employees or agents nor any person acting on behalf of any of WH Ireland or the Company will be liable for any Placee's decision to accept an invitation to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement;
(e) it has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Company in deciding to participate in the Placing;
(f) it has not been, and will not be, given any warranty or representation in relation to the Placing Shares or to the Company or to any other member of its Group in connection with the Placing, other than (i) as included in the Announcement by the person(s) responsible for the Announcement, (ii) by the Company as included in this document, and (iii) by the Company to the effect that (1) the Announcement will comply with all relevant requirements of the AIM Rules for Companies at the time of its publication and (2) at the time that the Placee enters into a legally binding commitment to be allotted Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing the Company will not then be in breach of its obligations under the AIM Rules for Companies or applicable law to disclose publicly in the correct manner all such information as is required to be so disclosed by the Company;
(g) it has not relied on any representation or warranty in reaching its decision to be allotted Placing Shares under the Placing, save as given or made by the Company as referred to in the previous paragraph;
(h) it is not a client of WH Ireland in relation to the Placing and WH Ireland is not acting for it in connection with the Placing and will not be responsible to it in respect of the Placing for providing protections afforded to it or its clients under the rules of the FCA (the "FCA Rules") or for advising it with regard to the Placing Shares and WH Ireland shall not be responsible to it or any other person for providing the protections afforded to its customers whether under the FCA Rules or otherwise, or for advising it or any other person in respect of or in connection with such arrangements. In addition any payment by it will not be treated as client money governed by the FCA Rules. It agrees that WH Ireland shall not be liable to it for any matter arising out of its role as placing agent or otherwise in connection with the Placing and that, where any such liability nevertheless arises as a matter of law, it will immediately waive any claim against WH Ireland which it may have in respect thereof;
(i) it (or any person acting on its behalf) will pay the full allotment amount at the Placing Price as and when required in respect of all Placing Shares for which it is required to be allotted under its Placing participation and will do all things necessary on its part to ensure that payment for such shares and their delivery to it or at its direction is completed in accordance with the standing CREST instructions (or, where applicable, standing certificated settlement instructions) that it has or puts in place with WH Ireland, failing which the relevant Placing Shares may be placed with other placees or sold as WH Ireland may, in its sole discretion and without liability to such Placee decide, and it will remain liable for the shortfall below the net proceeds of such sale and the placing proceeds of the Placing Shares, and may be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax which may arise upon the placing or sale of such Placee's Placing Shares on its behalf;
(j) its allocation (if any) of Placing Shares will represent a maximum number of Placing Shares which it will be entitled, and required, to be allotted, and that the Company and/or WH Ireland may call upon it to be allotted a lower number of Placing Shares (if any), but in no event in aggregate more than the aforementioned maximum;
(k) it is entitled to be allotted Placing Shares under the laws of all relevant jurisdictions which apply to it and it has complied, and will fully comply, with all such laws (including where applicable, the Criminal Justice Act 1993 ("CJA"), Market Abuse Regulation EU No 596/2014 ("The Market Abuse Regulation"), money laundering and terrorist financing under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Terrorism Act 2000, the Terrorism Act 2003, the Terrorism Act 2006, the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and part VIII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the "Regulations")) and has obtained all governmental and other consents (if any) which may be required for the purpose of, or as a consequence of, such allotment, and it will provide promptly to WH Ireland such evidence, if any, as to the identity or location or legal status of any person which WH Ireland may request from it in connection with the Placing (for the purpose of complying with any such laws or ascertaining the nationality of any person or the jurisdiction(s) to which any person is subject or otherwise) in the form and manner requested by WH Ireland on the basis that any failure by it to do so may result in the number of Placing Shares that are to be allotted and/or issued to it or at its direction pursuant to the Placing being reduced to such number, or to nil, as WH Ireland may decide at its sole discretion;
(l) unless paragraph (m) below applies, it has neither received nor relied on any inside information (for the purpose of and section 56 of the CJA) in relation to its participation in the Placing;
(m) if it has received any inside information (for the purposes of the Market Abuse Regulation and section 56 of the CJA) in relation to the Company and its securities, it confirms that it has not: (a) dealt (or attempted to deal) in the securities of the Company; (b) encouraged, recommended or induced another person to deal in the securities of the Company; or (c) unlawfully disclosed inside information to any person, prior to the information being made publicly available;
(n) that it has identified its clients in accordance with the Regulations and that it has complied fully with its obligations pursuant to the Regulations;
(o) it has observed the laws of all requisite territories, obtained any requisite governmental or other consents, complied with all requisite formalities and paid any issue, transfer or other taxes due in connection with its application in any territory and that it has not taken any action which will or might result in the Company, or WH Ireland acting in breach of the regulatory or legal requirements of any territory in connection with the Placing, application for Placing Shares or the admission to AIM of the Placing Shares;
(p) it will not distribute any press announcement relating to the Placing or any other offering material, directly or indirectly, in or into a Prohibited Jurisdiction;
(q) it has complied and will comply with all applicable provisions of FSMA with respect to anything done or to be done by it in relation to any Placing Shares in, from or otherwise involving the United Kingdom and it has not made or communicated or caused to be made or communicated, and it will not make or communicate or cause to be made or communicated, any "financial promotion" in relation to Placing Shares in contravention of section 21 of FSMA;
(r) it is a Relevant Person and it is acting as principal only in respect of the Placing or, if it is acting for any other person (i) it is duly authorised to do so, (ii) it is and will remain liable to the Company and/or WH Ireland for the performance of all its obligations as a Placee in respect of the Placing (regardless of the fact that it is acting for another person), (iii) it is both an "authorised person" for the purposes of FSMA and a "qualified investor" as defined at Article 2(E) of the Prospectus Regulation acting as agent for such person, and (iv) such person is either (1) a Qualified Investor or (2) its "client" (as defined in section 86(2) of FSMA) that has engaged it to act as his agent on terms which enable it to make decisions concerning the Placing or any other offers of transferable securities on his behalf without reference to him;
(s) in the case of a Relevant Person who acquires any Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing acquired by it as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the Prospectus Regulation, it represents and warrants that:
(i) the Placing Shares acquired by it in the Placing have not been acquired on behalf of, nor have they been acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons other than Relevant Persons or in circumstances in which the prior consent of WH Ireland has been given to the offer or resale; or
(ii) where Placing Shares have been acquired by it on behalf of persons in any member state of the EEA other than Relevant Persons, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons;
(t) the Placee acknowledges that no offering document, admission document or prospectus has been, or will be, prepared in connection with the Placing and it has not received a prospectus, admission document or other offering document in connection therewith;
(u) it has not and will not make any offer to the public of the Placing Shares for the purposes of section 102B FSMA;
(v) it agrees to be bound by the terms of the Articles of Association;
(w) nothing has been done or will be done by it in relation to the Placing or to any Placing Shares that has resulted or will result in any person being required to publish a prospectus in relation to the Company or to any shares in the capital of the Company in accordance with FSMA or the UK Prospectus Rules or in accordance with any other laws applicable in any part of the European Union or the European Economic Area;
(x) (i) it is not, and is not acting in relation to the Placing as nominee or agent for, a person who is or may be liable to stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax in respect of any agreement to acquire (or any acquisition of) shares or other securities at a rate in excess of 0.5% (including, without limitation, under sections 67, 70, 93 or 96 of the Finance Act 1986 concerning depositary receipts and clearance services), and the allocation, allotment, issue and/or delivery to it, or any person specified by it for registration as holder, of Placing Shares will not give rise to a liability under any such section, (ii) the person whom it specifies for registration as holder of Placing Shares will be the Placee or the Placee's nominee, and (iii) neither WH Ireland nor the Company will be responsible to it or anyone else for any liability to pay stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax resulting from any breach of, or non-compliance, with this paragraph. Each Placee and any person acting on behalf of such Placee agrees to participate in the Placing and it agrees to indemnify the Company and WH Ireland in respect of the same on the basis that the Placing Shares will be allotted to the CREST account or its affiliate or agent who will hold them as nominee on behalf of such Placee until settlement in accordance with its standing settlement instructions;
(y) it will not treat any Placing Shares in any manner that would contravene any legal or regulatory requirement applicable in any territory or jurisdiction and no aspect of its participation in the Placing will contravene any legal or regulatory requirement applicable in any territory or jurisdiction in any respect or cause the Company or WH Ireland or their respective directors, officers, employees or agents to contravene any such legal or regulatory requirement in any respect and it has obtained all governmental and other consents which may be required under the laws of the applicable territory or jurisdiction;
(z) if a Placee is a resident in the UK: i) it is a "qualified investor" within the meaning of Section 86(7) of FSMA; ii) it is a person of a kind described in Article 19 and/or Article 49 and/or 43 (2) of the Order and it understands that the information contained in these Terms and Conditions is only directed at any of the following: (A) persons falling within Article 19 of the Order having professional experience in matters relating to investments; (B) persons falling within Article 49 of the Order (including companies and unincorporated associations of high net worth and trusts of high value); or (C) persons to whom it would otherwise be lawful to distribute it; and that, accordingly, any investment or investment activity to which these Terms and Conditions relates is available to it as such a person or will be engaged in only with it as such a person;
(aa) if a Placee is an investor located within a member state of the European Economic Area, it is a "Qualified Investor" within the meaning of Article 2(E) of the Prospectus Regulation;
(bb) (applicable terms and expressions used in this paragraph have the meanings that they have in Regulation S made under the US Securities Act) (i) the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act or under the securities laws of any State of or other jurisdiction within the United States, (ii) the Placing Shares will not be offered or sold, resold, or delivered, directly or indirectly, into or within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, any US person (as defined in Regulation S under the US Securities Act), (iii) it has not offered, sold or delivered and will not offer sell or deliver any of the Placing Shares to persons within the United States, directly or indirectly, (iv) neither it, its affiliates, nor any persons acting on its behalf, has engaged or will engage in any directed selling efforts with respect to the Placing Shares, (v) it will not be receiving Placing Shares with a view to resale in or into the United States, and (vi) it will not distribute this document or any offering material relating to Placing Shares, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States or to any persons resident in the United States;
(cc) it is not and, if different, the intended beneficial owner of the Placing Shares allocated to it is not, and at the time the Placing Shares are acquired will not be, a resident or national of a Prohibited Jurisdiction or a corporation, partnership or other entity organised under the laws of a Prohibited Jurisdiction, and the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the securities legislation of a Prohibited Jurisdiction and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered, sold, taken up, renounced or delivered or transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into a Prohibited Jurisdiction;
(dd) the Placee has consented to receive information in respect of securities of the Company and other price-affected securities (as defined in FSMA) which makes it an "insider" for the purposes of Part V of FSMA and the Market Abuse Regulation, and it agrees not to deal in any securities of the Company until such time as the inside information (as defined in FSMA) of which it has been made aware has been made public for purposes of FSMA or it has been notified by WH Ireland or the Company that the proposed Placing will not proceed and any unpublished price sensitive information of which the Placee is aware has been publicly announced, and, other than in respect of its knowledge of the proposed Placing, it has neither received nor relied on any confidential price sensitive information concerning the Company or the Placing Shares;
(ee) where the Placee is acquiring Placing Shares for one or more managed accounts, it represents and warrants that it is authorised in writing by each managed account: (a) to acquire the Placing Shares for each managed account; (b) to make on its behalf the representations, warranties, acknowledgments, undertakings and agreements in these Terms and Conditions; and (c) to receive on its behalf any investment letter relating to the Placing in the form provided to it by WH Ireland;
(ff) WH Ireland may (at its absolute discretion) satisfy its obligations to procure Placees by itself agreeing to become a Placee in respect of some or all of the Placing Shares or by nominating any other WH Ireland person to do so;
(gg) time is of the essence as regards its obligations under these Terms and Conditions;
(hh) each right or remedy of the Company and WH Ireland provided for in these Terms and Conditions is in addition to any other right or remedy which is available to such person and the exercise of any such right or remedy in whole or in part will not preclude the subsequent exercise of any such right or remedy;
(ii) any document that is to be sent to it in connection with the Placing will be sent at its risk and may be sent to it at any address provided by it to WH Ireland:
(jj) nothing in these Terms and Conditions will exclude any liability of any person (i) for any contents of the Announcement as a result of such person being responsible for such contents pursuant to the AIM Rules for Companies or applicable law or (ii) for fraud on its part, and all times and dates in these Terms and Conditions are subject to amendment at the discretion of WH Ireland except that in no circumstances will the date scheduled for Admission be later than the Long Stop Date;
(kk) none of its rights or obligations in respect of the Placing is conditional on any other person agreeing to be allotted any Placing Shares under the Placing and no failure by any other Placee to meet any of its obligations in respect of the Placing will affect any of its obligations in respect of the Placing;
(ll) it has substantial experience in evaluating and investing in shares of companies similar to the Company such that it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of an investment in the Company, it has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters as to be capable of protecting its own interests and evaluating the merits and risks of an investment in the Company and it is able to bear the economic risk of a complete loss of its investment in the Company;
(mm) it has made an investigation of the pertinent facts relating to the operation of the Company to the extent it deems necessary in order to be fully informed with respect thereto;
(nn) it will indemnify on an after tax basis and hold the Company and WH Ireland and their respective affiliates harmless from any and all costs, claims, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees and expenses) arising out of or in connection with any breach of the representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings in these Terms and Conditions and further agrees that the provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall survive after completion of the Placing;
(oo) WH Ireland does not have any duty to it similar or comparable to rules of "best execution", "suitability" and "risk warnings" as set out in the Conduct of Business Sourcebook of the FCA;
(pp) it accepts that it is not relying on WH Ireland to advise whether or not the Placing Shares are in any way a suitable investment for it;
(qq) it is entitled to subscribe for or purchase the Placing Shares under the laws and regulations of all relevant jurisdictions which apply to it and that it has fully observed such laws and obtained all governmental and other consents which may be required thereunder and complied with all necessary formalities;
(rr) it irrevocably appoints any director or employee of WH Ireland as its agent for the purpose of executing and delivering to the Company and/or its registrars any document on its behalf necessary to enable it to be registered as the holder of the Placing Shares being issued to it;
(ss) it is not presently acting in concert, as defined in the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers, with any existing shareholder or other Placee;
(tt) each right or remedy of the Company and WH Ireland provided for in these Terms and Conditions is in addition to any other right or remedy which is available to such person and the exercise of any such right or remedy in whole or in part shall not preclude the subsequent exercise of any such right or remedy;
(uu) none of its rights or obligations in respect of the Placing is conditional on any other person agreeing to acquire any Placing Shares under the Placing and no failure by any other Placee to meet any of its obligations in respect of the Placing shall affect any of its obligations in respect of the Placing;
(vv) WH Ireland does not owe any fiduciary or other duties to any Placee in respect of any representations, warranties, undertakings or indemnities in the Placing Agreement; and
(ww) the Placee agrees that the Company and WH Ireland will rely upon the truth and accuracy of the foregoing conformations, representations, warranties, acknowledgements undertakings and agreements which are given by each Placee (or persons acting on their behalf) to WH Ireland and the Company and are irrevocable.
The terms set out in the Announcement (including these Terms and Conditions) and the allocation of Placing Shares (including the subscription amount payable) as confirmed to a Placee, constitute the entire agreement to the terms of the Placing and a Placee's participation in the Placing to the exclusion of prior representations, understandings and agreements between them. Any variation of such terms must be in writing.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
The agreement arising out of acceptance of the Placing and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Placing or formation thereof (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England. Each Placee irrevocably agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England to settle any claim or dispute that arises out of or in connection with the agreement arising out of acceptance of the Placing or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).