Subsidiary Preference Share Subscription Update

Obtala Limited (AIM: OBT), the African focused agricultural and forestry company, is pleased to announce that it has raised an additional $3 million from a further subscription for  preference shares in Argento Limited (Obtala’s 75% owned forestry subsidiary) in accordance with the terms announced on 1st December 2016.

Negotiations continue with a major Asian financial institutional investor but with their internal processes dragging on the Board decided it was in the best interests of the Company to fulfill excess demand remaining from the 1st December transaction.  Dialogue continues with the institutional investor which could lead to future partnership however since the Argento Preference share is almost fully subscribed an investment is not expected in the near-term.

8,573 additional Argento Preference shares are to be issued at a price of US$350 per share, bringing the total in issue to 69,000 out of the maximum 75,000 available Preference Shares leaving a further 6,000 available.  There were 6 investors which were a mix of HNWs and a Commodities Trading House.

Proceeds from the committed US$3.0m are to be received during the following settlement periods:

                On or before:

                31st March 2017                                 US$550,000

                30th June 2017                                    US$150,000

                30th September 2017                      US$2,300,000



Miles Pelham, Chairman of Obtala, commented “Near completion of this funding represents a significant step for the company as we move forward with the monetization of latent assets.

“Management and operational teams have been strengthened and significant planning has been completed during the rainy season.  Project teams are working through land purchase, lease negotiation and site surveys in preparation for construction of the new Sawmill and Packhouse facilities that will change the basis of our production capabilities by the end of 2017”.





Obtala Limited

Miles Pelham – Chairman
Paul Dolan – CEO


+44 (0)20 7099 1940

ZAI Corporate Finance Limited (Nomad)                

Ray Zimmerman/ Peter Trevelyan-Clark / John Treacy


+44 (0)20 7060 2220

Brandon Hill Capital (Broker)     

Jonathan Evans



+44 (0)20 3463 5000


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


Further Information

Terms of the Argento Preference share

Issue Date                                      1st December 2016

Tenor                                               Perpetual

Denomination                                $350

Preferred Dividend                        5%

Ordinary Dividend                         Yes

Takeover ratchet                            Yes, 150% upon change of control

Drag along rights                            Yes

Tag along rights                              Yes

Convertible period                         30th August 2017 and perpetually onwards

Conversion property                      Either of the following, at the choice of Preference share holder:

a.   Into Argento Limited ordinary shares on 1-for-1 basis

b.   Into Obtala Limited ordinary shares on a 1-for-1435 basis

Obtala Conversion price                20p (using deal FX rate of 1.22)

Dilution protection                         Yes


Full conversion of the 8,573 Preference shares now agreed to be issued into new Obtala ordinary shares would result in the issue of a further 12,302,255 new Obtala ordinary shares, representing approximately 4.43 per cent. of Obtala’s existing issued ordinary share capital.