RNS Number : 2146D
11 May 2012
11 May 2012
('Coms', the 'Company' or the 'Group')
Recruits New Sales Team and Launches Enterprise Division with first Corporate and Public Sector Customers
Placing and Issue of Equity
The following replaces the announcement released on 30 April 2012 under RNS number 2975C.
The changes to the announcement are as follows:
In the announcement made on 30 April 2012, following the placing announced at that time, the number of ordinary shares of 0.1p held by MXC Capital Limited should be 55,145,833 ordinary shares of 0.1p in the Company representing 24.04 per cent. of the Company's enlarged issued share capital and not 53,446,680 ordinary shares representing 23.30 per cent of the Company's enlarged issued ordinary share capital, as previously announced.
The full text of the amended announcement can be read below.
Coms is pleased to announce the launch of Coms Enterprise Limited ('Enterprise Division'), a new business division, together with the recruitment of an experienced sales and account management team from Obsidian Limited ('Obsidian'), a mobile telecoms business services provider.
The Enterprise Division has entered into an outsource agreement with Obsidian under which Coms will provide a range of telephony services to the customers of Obsidian and for the new sales and account management team to sell Com's full range of Internet Telephony products to the extended customer base. The new sales team will focus on enabling these corporate and public sector customers to use the Coms VoIP service, delivering recurring revenues into the business.
The sales team will sell the full suite of Coms solutions and have already successfully delivered their first customers onto the Coms platform. The Enterprise Division's agreement with Obsidian will see its customers provided with services which can support up to 5 million call minutes to mobile phones in the UK. This arrangement is expected to make the new business division immediately cash flow neutral and the unit is expected to be earnings enhancing later in the current financial year.
The Obsidian customer base consists of 195 Customers, based on 24 month managed service contracts with a total of GBP2.36 million of billable airtime revenue p.a. representing 118 million mobile minutes.
The Coms Enterprise Division team will be lead by Paul Sweetland and Gary Day who are responsible for delivering the new Division's targets. Coms has issued 13,365,708 EMI options at an option price of 1p to Paul Sweetland and 8,910,472 EMI options at an option price of 1p to Gary Day, that are conditional upon achieving GBP1 million of profit before tax in Coms Enterprise within the next 2 years. The EMI options are in 5 equal tranches, with the first tranche exercisable once Coms Enterprise has become cash flow positive and the four further tranches exercisable on Coms Enterprise achieving Gross Profit milestones of GBP250,000, GBP500,000, GBP750,000 and 1,000,000 respectively.
Coms is also pleased to announce a share placing (the 'Placing') of 43,750,000 new ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each in the capital of the Company ('New Ordinary Shares') to new and existing investors at a price of 0.8p pence per share raising GBP350,000 before expenses.
The net proceeds of the Placing will be used by the Company to provide working capital for the development of the Company's enlarged operations.
MXC Capital Limited ('MXC'), a technology, media and telecommunications sector focused consultancy and a significant shareholder in the Company, has participated in the Placing and as a result its shareholding will increase from 43,750,000 ordinary shares to 55,145,833 ordinary shares of 0.1p in the Company representing 24.04 per cent. of the Company's enlarged issued ordinary share capital following the Placing).
The New Ordinary Shares to be issued will represent approximately 19.07 per cent of the Company's enlarged issued ordinary share capital following the Placing.
Application will be made for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. It is expected that Admission will be effective and that dealings in the shares will commence on Thursday, 3 May 2012.
The New Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares.
The Company's enlarged issued ordinary share capital immediately following the Placing will be 229,384,894 ordinary shares. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
Richard Bennett, CEO, commented: "The market for VoIP services continues to expand and I am excited that this proven sales team will actively promote the Coms proposition of reduced costs and increased functionality to corporate and government customers. The sales team has hit the ground running leveraging off the existing contracts of Obsidian with significant new customers and a substantial pipeline of almost 200 prospects which, I believe, they have an excellent chance of winning given the team's customer retention record at their previous home."
Richard Bennett +44 (0) 20 7148 3148
Northland plc (Nominated Adviser and Broker)
Luke Cairns /Rod Venables +44 (0) 20 7796 8800 XCAP Securities Limited (Broker)
Karen Kelly / John Belliss +44 (0) 20 7101 7070
Newgate Threadneedle (PR)
Graham Herring +44 (0) 20 7653 9858
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