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”.
Miles Pelham – Chairman
+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)
+44 (0)20 3463 5000
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.
Terms of the Argento Preference share
Issue Date 1st December 2016
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.