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CLA Celsius Resources Limited

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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Celsius Resources Limited LSE:CLA London Ordinary Share AU000000CLA6 ORD NPV (DI)
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.00% 0.61 0.57 0.65 0.61 0.61 0.61 0.00 08:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Miscellaneous Metal Ores,nec 26k -5.73M -0.0026 -3.85 22.11M

Celsius Resources Limited Proposed Placing to raise approximately £1 million

12/04/2024 4:35pm

RNS Regulatory News


RNS Number : 5043K
Celsius Resources Limited
12 April 2024
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THE APPENDICES AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN IS RESTRICTED AND IT IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR FORWARDING, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR IN OR INTO ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO MIGHT CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OR BREACH OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW OR REGULATION.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR CONTAIN ANY INVITATION, SOLICITATION, RECOMMENDATION, OFFER OR ADVICE TO ANY PERSON TO SUBSCRIBE FOR, OTHERWISE ACQUIRE OR DISPOSE OF ANY SECURITIES IN CELSIUS RESOURCES OR ANY OTHER ENTITY IN ANY SUCH JURISDICTION.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION AS STIPULATED UNDER THE UK VERSION OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU NO. 596/2014) AS IT FORMS PART OF UK LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018 ("UK MAR").

 

12 April 2024

Celsius Resources Limited

("Celsius" or the "Company")

 

Proposed Placing to raise approximately £1m

 

Celsius Resources Limited ("CLA" or "Celsius") (ASX, AIM: CLA)is pleased to announce its intention to raise gross proceeds of approximately £1 million by means of a placing (the "Placing") of new Ordinary Shares (the "Placing Shares") at a price of 0.6 pence per share (the "Placing Price"), with one free-attaching unlisted warrant for each Placing Share subscribed for, expiring on 31 December 2026 with an exercise price of 0.9 pence each (the "Placing Warrants").

 

The Placing Price represents a discount of approximately 17.24 per cent. to the Closing Price of 0.725 pence per Ordinary Share on 11 April 2024, being the latest practicable business day prior to the publication of this Announcement.

 

The Placing is to be conducted by way of an accelerated bookbuild process which will commence immediately following this Announcement and will be subject to the terms and conditions set out in Appendix II to this Announcement.

 

A further announcement confirming the closing of the Bookbuild and the number of Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing is expected to be made in due course.

 

Placing Summary

 

·     Placing to raise approximately £1m (before expenses) through the issue of approximately 164,808,329 Placing Shares at the Placing Price.

·     Placing to be conducted via an accelerated bookbuild process launching today.

·     The Placing Shares, assuming full take-up of the Placing, will represent approximately  6.84 per cent of the Enlarged Issued Share Capital.

·     The net proceeds of the Placing will be applied to deliver the Company's work programme as further detailed below, and for working capital purposes.

The Placing

 

The Company intends to issue 164,808,329 Placing Shares and 164,808,329 free attaching unlisted warrants, to raise gross proceeds of approximately £1m, to participants in the Placing. The Placing Shares are expected to be admitted to trading on AIM on or around 18 April 2024.

 

W H Ireland Limited ("WH Ireland") is acting as sole bookrunner in connection with the Placing.  The Placing Shares are being offered by way of an accelerated bookbuild (the "Bookbuild"), which will be launched immediately following this Announcement, in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in Appendix II to this Announcement.

                                                            

Admission of the Placing Shares is conditional, inter alia, upon the placing agreement dated 12 April 2024 between the Company and WH Ireland (the "Placing Agreement") not having been terminated and becoming unconditional in respect of such shares.

 

The Placing is conditional upon, amongst other things:

 

•       admission of the Placing Shares becoming effective by no later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 April 2024 (or such later time and / or date as the Company and WH Ireland shall agree, not being later than 18 May 2024);

•       the delivery by the Company to WH Ireland of certain documents required under the Placing Agreement;

•       the Company having fully performed its obligations under the Placing Agreement to the extent that such obligations fall to be performed prior to admission of the Placing Shares; and

•       the Placing Agreement not having been terminated by WH Ireland in accordance with its terms.

 

The timing of the closure of the Bookbuild and the allocation of the Placing Shares to be issued at the Placing Price are to be determined at the discretion of the Company and WH Ireland.

 

The Company also notes that Silvercorp Metals, Inc. ("Silvercorp") has participation rights under the subscription agreement it signed with the Company on 15 May 2023. These rights allow Silvercorp to invest on the same terms as other placees in the Placing. A further announcement will be made in due course, if Silvercorp opts to take up these rights.

 

Terms of the Placing Warrants

The Placing Warrants are exercisable at any time until 31 December 2026 at a price of 0.9 pence per Ordinary Share. The warrant certificates will be issued by the Company to the respective investors after the date of admission (which is expected to become effective on or around 18 April 2024).

 

 

Reasons for the Placing and Use of Proceeds

The Company is undertaking the Placing to progress its corporate and operational strategy and the net proceeds will therefore be applied towards:

·    Early development works at the MCB Project;

·    Permitting costs at the Sagay Copper-Gold Project;

·    Exploration costs at the Botilao Copper-Gold Prospect; and

·    General working capital

Admission to trading

 

Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM. It is expected that admission will become effective and dealings in the Placing Shares commence at 8.00 a.m. on or around 18 April 2024.

 

The Placing is not being underwritten and the Placing is not conditional on a minimum amount being raised.

 

For further information contact:

 

 

Celsius Resources Limited

 

Peter Hume

(Managing Director)

P: +61 8 9482 0500

E: info@celsiusresources.com.au

W: www.celsiusresources.com



Multiplier Media (Australian Media Contact)

Jon Cuthbert

 

M: +61 402 075 707

E: jon.cuthbert@multiplier.com.au

 

Tara Vivian-Neal

M: 0044 7394408654

E: tara.vivian-neal@tavistock.co.uk

 

Beaumont Cornish Limited (Nominated Adviser)

Roland Cornish/Felicity Geidt/Andrew Price

 

 

P: +44 (0) 207 628 3396

E: corpfin@b-cornish.co.uk

 

WH Ireland (Broker)

 P: +44 (0) 20 7220 1666

Harry Ansell / James Joyce / James Bavister / Isaac Hooper

 


Beaumont Cornish Limited ("Beaumont Cornish") is the Company's Nominated Adviser and is authorised and regulated by the FCA. Beaumont Cornish's responsibilities as the Company's Nominated Adviser, including a responsibility to advise and guide the Company on its responsibilities under the AIM Rules for Companies and AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers, are owed solely to the London Stock Exchange. Beaumont Cornish is not acting for and will not be responsible to any other persons for providing protections afforded to customers of Beaumont Cornish nor for advising them in relation to the proposed arrangements described in this announcement or any matter referred to in it.

 

 

Additional Information

Further details of the Placing

Pursuant to the Placing Agreement, WH Ireland, as agent for the Company, have conditionally agreed to use reasonable endeavours to procure subscribers at the Placing Price for the Placing Shares.

WH Ireland intends to conditionally place the Placing Shares with investors at the Placing Price.

The Company intends to issue approximately 164,808,329 Placing Shares, to raise gross proceeds of approximately £1m, pursuant to the Placing. The Placing Shares are expected to be admitted to trading on AIM on or around 18 April 2024 (or such later date and / or time as WH Ireland and the Company may agree, being no later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 May 2024).

Admission of the Placing Shares is conditional, inter alia, upon the Placing Agreement not having been terminated and becoming unconditional in respect of such shares.  

WH Ireland (acting in good faith) has the right to terminate the Placing Agreement in certain circumstances prior to Admission, including (but not limited to): in the event that there is a breach, or an alleged breach, of any of the warranties set out in the Placing Agreement or there is a Material Adverse Change. WH Ireland may also terminate the Placing Agreement if there has been a material adverse change in certain international financial markets, a suspension or material limitation in trading on certain stock exchanges or a material disruption in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance which, in the opinion of WH Ireland (acting in good faith), makes it impractical or inadvisable to proceed with the Placing. If this termination right is exercised or if the conditionality in the Placing Agreement is not satisfied, the Placing will not proceed.

The Placing Shares are not subject to clawback. The Placing is not being underwritten. The Placing is not conditional on a minimum amount being raised.

Placing Shares

The Placing Shares, when issued, will be fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the Existing Ordinary Shares in issue, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue.

Application has been made to London Stock Exchange for admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM.

It is expected that Admission will take place on or around 8.00 a.m. on 18 April 2024 and that dealings in the Placing Shares on AIM will commence at the same time.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

This Announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "forecasts", "plans", "prepares", "anticipates", "projects", "expects", "intends", "may", "will", "seeks", "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this Announcement and include statements regarding the Company's and the Directors' intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, amongst other things, the Company's prospects, growth and strategy. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. The Company's actual performance, achievements and financial condition may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this Announcement. In addition, even if the Company's results of operations, performance, achievements and financial condition are consistent with the forward-looking statements in this Announcement, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods. Any forward-looking statements that the Company makes in this Announcement speak only as of the date of such statement and (other than in accordance with their legal or regulatory obligations) neither the Company, nor WH Ireland nor any of their respective associates, directors, officers or advisers shall be obliged to update such statements. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

The content of this Announcement has not been approved by an authorised person within the meaning of the FSMA. Reliance on this Announcement for the purpose of engaging in any investment activity may expose an individual to a significant risk of losing all of the property or other assets invested. The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance, and persons needing advice should consult an appropriate independent financial adviser.

 

No prospectus will be made available in connection with the matters contained in this Announcement and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published. This Announcement and the terms and conditions set out herein are for information purposes only and are directed only at persons who are: (a) persons in Member States who are Qualified Investors; and (b) in the United Kingdom, Qualified Investors who are persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within the definition of "investment professionals" in article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"); (ii) are persons falling within article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc") of the Order; or (iii) are persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated; (all such persons together being referred to as relevant persons").

 

This Announcement and the terms and conditions set out herein must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Persons distributing this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so. Any investment or investment activity to which this Announcement and the terms and conditions set out herein relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.

 

No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by WH Ireland or by any of their respective  affiliates or agents as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

No statement in this Announcement is intended to be a profit forecast or estimate, and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company.

The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than AIM.

Neither the content of the Company's website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Company's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this Announcement.



APPENDIX I

Definitions

 

The following definitions apply throughout this Announcement, unless the context otherwise requires:

 

Act

the Companies Act 2006 (as amended);

Admission

admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM becoming effective in accordance with the AIM Rules;

AIM

AIM, a market of that name operated by the London Stock Exchange;

AIM Rules

the AIM Rules for Companies, as published by the London Stock Exchange and amended from time to time;

Announcement

this announcement (including the Appendices, which form part of this announcement);

Board or Directors

the directors of the Company or any duly authorised committee thereof;

Bookbuild

the accelerated bookbuild to be conducted by WHI pursuant to the Placing Agreement and this Announcement;

certificated or in certificated form

a share or other security not held in uncertificated form (that is, not in CREST);

Closing Price

the closing middle market price of an Existing Ordinary Share as derived from the AIM Appendix to the Daily Official List of the London Stock Exchange;

Company or Celsius

Celsius Resources Ltd, a company incorporated in Australia with company number ACN 009 162 949, whose registered office is at Level 5, 191 St. Georges Terrace, Perth, Australia, WA 6000;

CREST

 

the computerised settlement system (as defined in the CREST Regulations) operated by Euroclear UK & International Limited, which facilitates the holding and transfer of title to shares in uncertificated form;

CREST Regulations

 

the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001 (as amended);

Enlarged Share Capital

the issued share capital of the Company as enlarged by the issue of the Placing Shares;

Existing Ordinary Shares

the 2,246,051,662 Ordinary Shares in issue at the date of this Announcement;

EU Prospectus Regulation

Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and Council of 14 June 2017 and any relevant implementing measures in any Member State of the European Economic Area;

Financial Conduct Authority or FCA

the Financial Conduct Authority in its capacity as the competent authority for the purposes of Part IV of FSMA;

FSMA

the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended);

Group

the Company and its subsidiaries;

London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange plc;

Ordinary Shares

ordinary shares of 0.01 pence each in the capital of the Company;

Placees

subscribers for Placing Shares;

Placing

the conditional placing of the Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing Agreement;

Placing Agreement

the conditional agreement dated 12 April 2024 between the Company and WH Ireland in connection with the Placing;

Placing Price

0.6p;

Placing Shares

the 164,808,329 Ordinary Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing following the conclusion of the Bookbuild;

Placing Warrants

the warrants over Ordinary Shares in the Company issued at a ratio of one warrant for every one Placing Share subscribed for and exercisable at any time after the date of the Warrant Instrument until 31 December 2026 at a price of 0.9 pence per Ordinary Share

Publicly Available Information

any information announced through a Regulatory Information Service by or on behalf of the Company on or prior to the date of this Announcement;

Qualified Investors

in member states of the European Economic Area, "qualified investors" within the meaning of article 2(e) of the EU Prospectus Regulation, and in the UK, "qualified investors" within the meaning of article 2(e) of the UK Prospectus Regulation;

Regulatory Information Service

one of the regulatory information services authorised by the FCA to receive, process and disseminate regulatory information;

Shareholders

the holders of Ordinary Shares;

uncertificated or in uncertificated form

recorded on the register of members of Celsius as being held in uncertificated form in CREST and title to which, by virtue of the CREST Regulations, may be transferred by means of CREST;

UK or United Kingdom

the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

UK Prospectus Regulation

the EU Prospectus Regulation as it forms part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended;

US$

dollars, the lawful currency of the United States of America;

WH Ireland or WHI

W H Ireland Limited, a company incorporated in England and Wales with company number 02002044 whose registered office is situated at 24 Martin Lane, London EC4R 0DR; and

£, pounds, penny or pence

sterling, the lawful currency of the United Kingdom.

 

 

APPENDIX II

Terms and conditions of the Placing

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THE APPENDICES (TOGETHER, THE "ANNOUNCEMENT") AND THE INFORMATION IN IT IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

 

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THIS APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN ARE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE DIRECTED ONLY AT: (A) PERSONS WHO ARE IN A MEMBER STATE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA AND ARE, UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED BY WHI, QUALIFIED INVESTORS; AND/OR (B) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, PERSONS WHO ARE (I) QUALIFIED INVESTORS; AND "INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 19(5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 (AS AMENDED) (THE "ORDER"); (II) PERSONS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(A) TO (D) ("HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC") OF THE ORDER; OR (III) PERSONS TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE BE LAWFULLY COMMUNICATED (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS").

 

THIS APPENDIX, AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN, IS A FINANCIAL PROMOTION AND IS EXEMPT FROM THE GENERAL RESTRICTION IN SECTION 21 OF FSMA ON THE COMMUNICATION OF INVITATIONS OR INDUCEMENTS TO ENGAGE IN INVESTMENT ACTIVITY, ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT IS ONLY BEING DISTRIBUTED TO RELEVANT PERSONS. ACCORDINGLY, THIS APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS MAY BE RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED BY LAW. PERSONS DISTRIBUTING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO SO. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN RELATE IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER, SOLICITATION OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL UNDER THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER OF OR SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER 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 AS PART OF A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT. NEITHER THE UNITED STATES 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 THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN THE UNITED STATES. NO PUBLIC OFFERING OF SECURITIES IS BEING MADE IN THE UNITED STATES.

 

EACH PLACEE SHOULD CONSULT WITH ITS OWN ADVISERS AS TO THE LEGAL, TAX, BUSINESS AND RELATED IMPLICATIONS OF AN INVESTMENT IN THE PLACING SHARES AND THE INCOME FROM THEM (IF ANY) MAY GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP AND INVESTORS MAY NOT GET BACK THE FULL AMOUNT INVESTED ON A DISPOSAL OF THEIR SHARES.

 

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 or the South African Reserve Bank; and the Placing Shares have not been, nor will they be, registered or qualified for distribution, as applicable under or offered in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, or South Africa. 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 the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, or South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which such offer, sale, resale or delivery would be unlawful.

 

Market Abuse Regulation

Market soundings, as defined in the UK version ("UK MAR") of the Market Abuse Regulation No. 596/2014 ("EU MAR"), which is part of English law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended) were taken in respect of the Placing, with the result that certain persons became aware of inside information, as permitted by UK MAR. That inside information is set out in this announcement and has been disclosed as soon as possible in accordance with paragraph 7 of article 17 of UK MAR. Therefore, those persons that received inside information in a market sounding are no longer in possession of inside information relating to the Company and its securities.

Information to Distributors 

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within the FCA Handbook Product Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook (the "UK Product Governance Rules"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the UK Product Governance Rules) 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 investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each defined in the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook ("COBS"); and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by the UK Product Governance Rules (the "UK Target Market Assessment").

 

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" and/or "distributor" (for the purposes of the MiFID II 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) investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and (b) eligible counterparties (each as defined in MiFID II); and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "EU Target Market Assessment").

 

Notwithstanding the UK Target Market Assessment and the EU Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Ordinary Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; such securities offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in such securities 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.

 

Each of the UK Target Market Assessment and the EU Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Placing. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the UK Target Market Assessment and the EU Target Market Assessment, WHI will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties each as defined under COBS or MiFID II, as applicable.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, each of the UK Target Market Assessment and the EU Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of Chapters 9A or 10A respectively of COBS or MiFID II, as applicable; 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 this Appendix or the Announcement of which it forms part should seek appropriate advice before taking any action.

 

These terms and conditions apply to persons making an offer to acquire Placing Shares and should be read in their entirety. Each Placee hereby agrees with WHI and the Company to be bound by these terms and conditions. A Placee shall, without limitation, become so bound if WHI confirms to such Placee its allocation of Placing Shares.

 

Upon being notified of its allocation of Placing Shares, a Placee shall be contractually committed to acquire the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Placing Price and otherwise on the terms and conditions set out in this Announcement and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, will be deemed to have agreed not to exercise any rights to rescind or terminate or otherwise withdraw from such commitment.

 

In this Appendix, unless the context otherwise requires, "Placee" means a Relevant Person (including individuals, funds or others) on whose behalf a commitment to subscribe for or acquire Placing Shares has been given.

 

Details of the Placing Agreement and the Placing Shares

 

WHI and the Company have entered into a Placing Agreement, under which WHI has, on the terms and subject to the conditions set out therein, undertaken to use its reasonable endeavours to procure subscribers for the Placing Shares at the Placing Price. The Placing is not being underwritten by WHI or any other person.

 

The number of the Placing Shares will be determined following completion of the Placing.  The timing of the closing of the Placing and the number and allocation of Placing Shares to Placees and as between the tranches of the Placing, are at the discretion of WHI, following consultation with the Company. Allocations will be confirmed orally or by email by WHI following the close of the Placing. A further announcement confirming these details will then be made as soon as practicable following completion of the Placing.

 

The Placing Shares will, when issued, be subject to the Articles, will be credited as fully paid and rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions (if any) declared, made or paid on or in respect of Ordinary Shares after the date of issue of the Placing Shares.

 

Application for admission to trading on AIM

 

Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for admission to trading on AIM of the Placing Shares.  It is expected that settlement of the Placing Shares and Admission will become effective at 8.00 a.m. on 18 April 2024 and that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at that time.

 

Placing

 

WHI will today commence an accelerated bookbuilding process to determine demand for participation in the Placing by potential Placees at the Placing Price. This Appendix gives details of the terms and conditions of, and the mechanics of participation in, the Placing. No commissions will be paid to Placees or by Placees in respect of any Placing Shares.

 

WHI and the Company shall be entitled to effect the Placing by such alternative method to the Placing as they may, in their discretion, determine.

 

The principal terms of the Placing are as follows:

 

1.      WHI is arranging the Placing as agent for, and broker of, the Company.

2.      Participation in the Placing is only available to persons who are lawfully able to be, and have been, invited to participate by WHI.

3.      The bookbuild, if successful, will establish the number of Placing Shares to be issued at the Placing Price, which will be determined by WHI, in consultation with the Company, following completion of the Placing. The results of the Placing, including the number of Placing Shares, will be announced on a Regulatory Information Service following completion of the Placing.

4.      To bid in the Placing, prospective Placees should communicate their bid by telephone to their usual contact at WHI. Each bid should state the number of Placing Shares which the prospective Placee wishes to subscribe. Bids may be scaled down by WHI on the basis referred to in paragraph 8 below.

5.      The timing of the closing of the Placing will be at the discretion of WHI.  The Company reserves the right to reduce or seek to increase the amount to be raised pursuant to the Placing, in its absolute discretion.

6.      Allocations of the Placing Shares to Placees and as between the tranches of the Placing will be determined by WHI, following consultation with the Company. Each Placee's allocation will be confirmed to Placees orally, or by email, by WHI following the close of the Placing and a trade confirmation or contract note will be dispatched as soon as possible thereafter. Oral or emailed confirmation from WHI will give rise to an irrevocable, legally binding commitment by that person (who at that point becomes a Placee), in favour of WHI and the Company, under which it agrees to acquire by subscription the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Placing Price and otherwise on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in this Appendix and in accordance with the Articles. Except with WHI's consent, such commitment will not be capable of variation or revocation.

7.      The Company will make a further announcement following the close of the Placing detailing the results of the Placing and the number of Placing Shares to be issued at the Placing Price.

8.      Subject to paragraphs 4 and 5 above, WHI may choose not to accept bids and/or to accept bids, either in whole or in part, on the basis of allocations determined at its discretion (after consultation with the Company) and may scale down any bids for this purpose on such basis as it may determine. WHI may also, notwithstanding paragraphs 4 and 5 above, subject to the prior consent of the Company, allocate Placing Shares after the time of any initial allocation to any person submitting a bid after that time.

9.      A bid in the Placing will be made on the terms and subject to the conditions in the Announcement (including this Appendix) and will be legally binding on the Placee on behalf of which it is made and, except with WHI's consent, will not be capable of variation or revocation from the time at which it is submitted.

10.   Except as required by law or regulation, no press release or other announcement will be made by WHI or the Company using the name of any Placee (or its agent), in its capacity as Placee (or agent), other than with such Placee's prior written consent.

11.   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 "Registration and Settlement".

12.   All obligations of WHI under the Placing will be subject to fulfilment of the conditions referred to below "Conditions of the Placing" and to the Placing not being terminated on the basis referred to below under "Right to terminate the Placing Agreement".

13.   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.

14.   To the fullest extent permissible by law and the applicable rules of the FCA, neither WHI, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees 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. In particular, neither WHI, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees shall have any liability (including to the extent permissible by law, any fiduciary duties) in respect of WHI's conduct of the Placing or of such alternative method of effecting the Placing as WHI and the Company may determine.

 

15.    The Placing is not subject to any minimum fundraising and no element of the Placing is underwritten by WHI or any other person.

 

Conditions of the Placing

 

The Placing is conditional upon the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms.

 

WHI's obligations under the Placing Agreement are conditional on, inter alia:

1.      the delivery by the Company to WHI of certain documents required under the Placing Agreement;

2.      the Company having fully performed its obligations under the Placing Agreement to the extent that such obligations fall to be performed prior to Admission;

3.      the issue and allotment of the Placing Shares, conditional only upon Admission;

4.      Admission becoming effective by no later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 April 2024 or such other date and time as may be agreed between the Company and WHI, not being later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 May 2024 (the "Long Stop Date");

5.      the Placing Agreement not having been terminated by WHI in accordance with its terms.

If: (i) any of the conditions contained in the Placing Agreement, including those described above, are not fulfilled or (where applicable) waived by WHI by the respective time or date where specified (or such later time or date as WHI may notify to the Company, being not later than the Long Stop Date; (ii) any of such conditions becomes incapable of being fulfilled; or (iii) the Placing Agreement is terminated in the circumstances specified below, the Placing will not proceed and the Placees' rights and obligations hereunder in relation to the Placing shall cease and terminate at such time and each Placee agrees that no claim can be made by the Placee in respect thereof.

 

WHI may, at its discretion and upon such terms as it thinks fit, waive, or extend the period for (subject to the Long Stop Date), compliance by the Company with the whole or any part of any of the Company's obligations in relation to the conditions in the Placing Agreement, save that the conditions relating to either Admission taking place may not be waived. Any such extension or waiver will not affect Placees' commitments as set out in this Announcement.

 

Neither WHI nor the Company nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees 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 they 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 WHI.

 

Right to terminate the Placing Agreement

 

WHI is entitled, at any time before Admission, to terminate the Placing Agreement by giving notice to the Company in certain circumstances, including, inter alia:

1.      if any of the warranties given in the Placing Agreement are not true and accurate or are misleading in any material respect when given;

2.      the Company has failed to comply with its material obligations under the Placing Agreement in the period prior to Admission;

3.      any significant change or new matter arises, or is likely to arise, as a result of which any of the conditions set out in the Placing Agreement will not be satisfied or (if possible to be waived) waived by the requisite time and/or date;

4.      there has been any material change in, or any development likely to involve a prospective material change in, or affecting, the condition (financial, operational, legal or otherwise), earnings, business, management, properties, assets, rights, results of operations or prospects of any Group Company; or

5.      there has been, or is reasonably likely to occur, a material adverse change in national or international monetary, political, financial or economic conditions or currency exchange rates or foreign exchange controls which in the opinion of WHI has a material and adverse effect on the Placing or otherwise render the Placing temporarily or permanently impracticable or inadvisable.

The rights and obligations of the Placees will not be subject to termination by the Placees or any prospective Placees at any time or in any circumstances. By participating in the Placing, Placees agree that the exercise by WHI of any right of termination or other discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of WHI and that WHI need not make any reference to Placees in this regard and that neither WHI nor any of its respective affiliates shall have any liability to Placees whatsoever in connection with any such exercise or failure so to exercise.

 

No Admission Document or Prospectus

 

The Placing Shares are being offered to a limited number of specifically invited persons only and have not been nor will they be offered in such a way as to require the publication of a prospectus in the United Kingdom or in any other jurisdiction. No offering document, admission document or prospectus has been or will be submitted to be approved by the FCA or the London Stock Exchange in relation to the Placing or the Placing Shares, and

 

Placees' commitments will be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the Announcement (including this Appendix) and the Publicly Available Information.  Each Placee, by accepting a participation in the Placing, agrees that the content of this Announcement is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and confirms that it has not relied on any other information (other than the Publicly Available Information), representation, warranty, or statement made by or on behalf of the Company or WHI or any other person and neither WHI, the Company nor any other person will be liable for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement which the Placees may have obtained or received and, if given or made, such information, representation, warranty or statement must not be relied upon as having been authorised by WHI, the Company or their respective officers, directors, employees or agents. Each Placee acknowledges and agrees that it has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Company in accepting a participation in the Placing. Neither the Company nor WHI are making any undertaking or warranty to any Placee regarding the legality of an investment in the Placing Shares by such Placee under any legal, investment or similar laws or regulations. Each Placee should not consider any information in this Announcement to be legal, tax or business advice. Each Placee should consult its own solicitor, tax adviser and financial adviser for independent legal, tax and financial advice regarding an investment in the Placing Shares. Nothing in this paragraph shall exclude the liability of any person for fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

Registration and Settlement

 

Following closure of the Placing, each Placee allocated Placing Shares in the Placing will be sent a trade confirmation or contract note in accordance with the standing arrangements in place with WHI, stating the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Placing Price, the aggregate amount owed by such Placee (in pounds sterling) and a form of confirmation in relation to settlement instructions.

 

Each Placee will be deemed to agree that it will do all things necessary to ensure that delivery and payment is completed as directed by WHI in accordance with the standing CREST settlement instructions which they have in place with WHI.

 

Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares (ISIN: GB00BFD3VF20) following Admission will take place within CREST provided that, subject to certain exceptions, WHI reserves the right to require settlement for, and delivery of, the Placing Shares (or a portion thereof) to Placees by such other means that it deems necessary if delivery or settlement is not possible or practicable within CREST within the timetable set out in this Announcement or would not be consistent with the regulatory requirements in any Placee's jurisdiction.

 

It is expected that settlement will take place in accordance with the instructions set out in the contract note.

 

Interest is chargeable daily on payments not received from Placees on the due date(s) in accordance with the arrangements set out above at the rate of 4 percentage points above the prevailing Bank of England base rate as determined by WHI.

 

Each Placee is deemed to agree that, if it does not comply with these obligations, WHI may sell any or all of the Placing Shares allocated to that Placee on such Placee's behalf and retain from the proceeds, for WHI's account and benefit (as agent for the Company), an amount equal to the aggregate amount owed by the Placee plus any interest due. The relevant Placee will, however, remain liable and shall indemnify WHI on demand for any shortfall below the aggregate amount owed by it and may be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or securities transfer tax (together with any interest or penalties) which may arise upon the sale of such Placing Shares on such Placee's behalf. By communicating a bid for Placing Shares, each Placee confers on WHI such authorities and powers necessary to carry out any such sale and agrees to ratify and confirm all actions which WHI lawfully takes in pursuance of such sale. Legal and/or beneficial title in and to any Placing Shares shall not pass to the relevant Placee until it has fully complied with its obligations hereunder.

 

If Placing Shares are to be delivered to a custodian or settlement agent, Placees should ensure that the form of confirmation is copied and delivered immediately to the relevant person within that organisation.

 

Insofar as Placing Shares are registered in a Placee's name or that of its nominee or in the name of any person for whom a Placee is contracting as agent or that of a nominee for such person, such Placing Shares should, subject as provided below, be so registered free from any liability to UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or securities transfer tax. Neither WHI nor the Company will be liable in any circumstances for the payment of stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax or securities transfer tax in connection with any of the Placing Shares. Placees will not be entitled to receive any fee or commission in connection with the Placing.

 

Representations, Warranties and Further Terms

 

By participating in the Placing, each Placee (and any person acting on such Placee's behalf) irrevocably makes the following representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings (as the case may be) to WHI for itself and on behalf of the Company:

1.      that it has read and understood this Announcement, including this Appendix, in its entirety and that its subscription for Placing Shares is subject to and based upon all the terms, conditions, representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings and other information contained herein and undertakes not to redistribute or duplicate this Announcement;

2.      that its obligations are irrevocable and legally binding and shall not be capable of rescission or termination by it in any circumstances;

3.      that the exercise by WHI of any right or discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of WHI, and WHI need not have any reference to it and shall have no liability to it whatsoever in connection with any decision to exercise or not to exercise any such right and each Placee agrees that it has no rights against WHI or the Company, or any of their respective officers, directors, employees agents or advisers, under the Placing Agreement pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties Act) 1999;

4.      that these terms and conditions represent the whole and only agreement between it, WHI and the Company in relation to its participation in the Placing and supersedes any previous agreement between any of such parties in relation to such participation. Accordingly, each Placee, in accepting its participation in the Placing, is not relying on any information or representation or warranty in relation to the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any of the Placing Shares other than as contained in this Announcement and the Publicly Available Information, such information being all that it deems necessary to make an investment decision in respect of the Placing Shares. Each Placee agrees that neither the Company,  nor WHI, nor any of their respective officers, directors or employees will have any liability for any such other information, representation or warranty, express or implied;

5.      that 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 EU Prospectus Regulation and Article 5(1) of the UK Prospectus Regulation, (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 in any Member State of the European Economic Area which has implemented the EU Prospectus Regulation or the UK, respectively, other than Qualified Investors or in circumstances in which the prior consent of WHI 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, or the UK respectively, other than Qualified Investors, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the EU Prospectus Regulation or the UK Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons;

6.      that neither it nor, as the case may be, its clients expect WHI to have any duties or responsibilities to such persons similar or comparable to the duties of "best execution" and "suitability" imposed by the FCA's Conduct of Business Source Book, and that WHI is not acting for it or its clients, and that WHI will not be responsible for providing the protections afforded to customers of WHI or for providing advice in respect of the transactions described herein;

7.      that it has made its own assessment of the Placing Shares and has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Company in accepting a participation in the Placing and that it shall not be entitled to rely upon any material regarding the Placing Shares or the Company (if any) that WHI or the Company or any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees or any person acting on behalf of any of them has provided, other than the information in this Announcement and the Publicly Available Information; nor has it requested any of WHI, the Company or any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees or any person acting on behalf of any of them to provide it with any such information;

8.      that it is: (i) located outside the United States and is not a US Person as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act ("Regulation S") and is subscribing for and/or purchasing the Placing Shares only in "offshore transactions" as defined in and pursuant to Regulation S, and (ii) it is not subscribing for and/or purchasing Placing Shares as a result of any "directed selling efforts" as defined in Regulation S or by means of any form of "general solicitation" or "general advertising" as such terms are defined in Regulation D under the Securities Act;

9.      that the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or under the securities legislation of, or with any securities regulatory authority of, any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and accordingly the Placing Shares may not be offered, sold, pledged, resold, transferred, delivered or distributed into or within the United States except in compliance with the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities requirements or pursuant to exemptions therefrom;

10.   that the only information on which it is entitled to rely on and on which it has relied in committing to subscribe for the Placing Shares is contained in this Announcement and the Publicly Available Information, such information being all that it deems necessary to make an investment decision in respect of the Placing Shares and it has made its own assessment of the Company, the Placing Shares and the terms of the Placing based on this Announcement and the Publicly Available Information only;

11.   that neither WHI, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees has made any representation or warranty to it, express or implied, with respect to the Company, the Placing or the Placing Shares or the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the Publicly Available Information;

12.   that, unless specifically agreed with WHI, it is not and was not acting on a non-discretionary basis for the account or benefit of a person located within the United States or any US Person at the time the undertaking to subscribe for and/or purchase Placing Shares was given and it is not acquiring Placing Shares with a view to the offer, sale, resale, transfer, delivery or distribution, directly or indirectly, of any Placing Shares into the United States or to any US Person and it will not reoffer, resell, pledge or otherwise transfer the Placing Shares except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and otherwise in accordance with any applicable securities laws of any state or jurisdiction of the United States;

13.   that it is not a national or resident of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or a corporation, partnership or other entity organised under the laws of Australia, Canada,  Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa and that it will not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) offer, sell, renounce, transfer or deliver, directly or indirectly, any of the Placing Shares in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the Republic of South Africa or to or for the benefit of any person resident in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa and each Placee acknowledges that the relevant clearances or exemptions are not being obtained from the Securities Commission of any province or territory of Canada, that no prospectus has been or will be lodged with, filed with or registered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Japanese Ministry of Finance, the Securities Commission of New Zealand or the South African Reserve Bank and that the Placing Shares are not being offered for sale and may not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) be offered, sold, resold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which such offer, sale, resale or delivery would be unlawful;

14.   that it does not have a registered address in, and is not a citizen, resident or national of, any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make or accept an offer of the Placing Shares and it is not acting on a non-discretionary basis for any such person;

15.   that it has not, directly or indirectly, distributed, forwarded, transferred or otherwise transmitted, and will not, directly or indirectly, distribute, forward, transfer or otherwise transmit, any presentation or offering materials concerning the Placing or the Placing Shares to any persons within the United States or to any US Persons;

16.   that it is entitled to subscribe for and/or purchase Placing Shares under the laws 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 or otherwise and complied with all necessary formalities and that it has not taken any action which will or may result in the Company or WHI or any of their respective directors, officers, employees or agents acting in breach of any regulatory or legal requirements of any territory in connection with the Placing or its acceptance;

17.   that it has obtained all necessary consents and authorities to enable it to give its commitment to subscribe for and/or purchase the Placing Shares and to perform its subscription and/or purchase obligations;

18.   that where it is acquiring Placing Shares for one or more managed accounts, 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, acknowledgements, undertakings and agreements in this Appendix and the Announcement of which it forms part; and (c), if applicable, to receive on its behalf any investment letter relating to the Placing in the form provided to it by WHI;

19.   that it is either: (a) a person of a kind described in paragraph 5 of Article 19 (persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments and who are investment professionals) of the Order; or (b) a person of a kind described in paragraph 2 of Article 49(2)(A) to (D) (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, partnerships or trusts or their respective directors, officers or employees) of the Order; or (c) a person to whom it is otherwise lawful for this Announcement to be communicated and in the case of (a) and (b) undertakes that it will acquire, hold, manage or dispose of any Placing Shares that are allocated to it for the purposes of its business;

20.   that, unless otherwise agreed by WHI, it is a Qualified Investor;

21.   that, unless otherwise agreed by WHI, it is a "professional client" or an "eligible counterparty" within the meaning of Chapter 3 of the FCA's Conduct of Business Sourcebook and it is purchasing Placing Shares for investment only and not with a view to resale or distribution;

22.   that it has only communicated or caused to be communicated and will only communicate or cause to be communicated any invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of FSMA) relating to the Placing Shares in circumstances in which section 21(1) of FSMA does not require approval of the communication by an authorised person;

23.   that any money held in an account with WHI (or its nominee) on its behalf and/or any person acting on its behalf will not be treated as client money within the meaning of the rules and regulations of the FCA. Each Placee further acknowledges that the money will not be subject to the protections conferred by the FCA's client money rules. As a consequence, this money will not be segregated from WHI's (or its nominee's) money in accordance with such client money rules and will be used by WHI in the course of its own business and each Placee will rank only as a general creditor of WHI;

24.   that it will (or will procure that its nominee will) if applicable, make notification to the Company of the interest in its Ordinary Shares in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 5 of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the FCA);

25.   that it is not, and it is not acting on behalf of, a person falling within subsections (6), (7) or (8) of sections 67 or 70 respectively or subsections (2) and (3) of section 93 or subsection (1) of section 96 of the Finance Act 1986;

26.   that it will not deal or cause or permit any other person to deal in all or any of the Placing Shares which it is subscribing for under the Placing unless and until Admission becomes effective;

27.   that it appoints irrevocably any director of either of WHI 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;

28.   that the Announcement does not constitute a securities recommendation or financial product advice and that neither WHI nor the Company has considered its particular objectives, financial situation and needs;

29.   that it has sufficient knowledge, sophistication and experience in financial, business and investment matters as is required to evaluate the merits and risks of subscribing for or purchasing the Placing Shares and is aware that it may be required to bear, and it, and any accounts for which it may be acting, are able to bear, the economic risk of, and is able to sustain, a complete loss in connection with the Placing;

30.   that it will indemnify and hold the Company and WHI 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 this Appendix and further agrees that the Company and WHI will rely on the truth and accuracy of the confirmations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings herein and, if any of the foregoing is or becomes no longer true or accurate, the Placee shall promptly notify WHI and the Company. All confirmations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings given by the Placee, pursuant to this Announcement (including this Appendix) are given to WHI for itself and on behalf of the Company and will survive completion of the Placing and Admission;

31.   that time shall be of the essence as regards obligations pursuant to this Appendix;

32.   that it is responsible for obtaining any legal, financial, tax and other advice that it deems necessary for the execution, delivery and performance of its obligations in accepting the terms and conditions of the Placing, and that it is not relying on the Company or WHI to provide any legal, financial, tax or other advice to it;

33.   that all dates and times in this Announcement (including this Appendix) may be subject to amendment and that WHI shall notify it of such amendments;

34.   that (i) it has complied with its obligations under the Criminal Justice Act 1993, FSMA and UK MAR, (ii) in connection with money laundering and terrorist financing, it has complied with its obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as amended), the Terrorism Act 2000 (as amended), the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (as amended) and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any government agency having jurisdiction in respect thereof and the Money Laundering Sourcebook of the FCA and (iii) it is not a person: (a) with whom transactions are prohibited under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 or any economic sanction programmes administered by, or regulations promulgated by, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the United States Department of State; (b) named on the Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets maintained by HM Treasury of the United Kingdom; or (c) subject to financial sanctions imposed pursuant to a regulation of the European Union or a regulation adopted by the United Nations (together, the "Regulations"); and, if making payment on behalf of a third party, that satisfactory evidence has been obtained and recorded by it to verify the identity of the third party as required by 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 purchase, and it will provide promptly to WHI such evidence, if any, as to the identity or location or legal status of any person which WHI may request from it in connection with the Placing (for the purpose of complying with such Regulations 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 WHI on the basis that any failure by it to do so may result in the number of Placing Shares that are to be subscribed for by it or at its direction pursuant to the Placing being reduced to such number, or to nil, as WHI may decide in its absolute discretion;

35.   that it will not make any offer to the public within the meaning of the EU Prospectus Regulation or the UK Prospectus Regulation of those Placing Shares to be subscribed for and/or purchased by it;

36.   that it will not distribute any document relating to the Placing Shares and it will be acquiring the Placing Shares for its own account as principal or for a discretionary account or accounts (as to which it has the authority to make the statements set out herein) for investment purposes only and it does not have any contract, understanding or arrangement with any person to sell, pledge, transfer or grant a participation therein to such person or any third person with respect of any Placing Shares; save that if it is a private client stock, broker or fund manager it confirms that in purchasing the Placing Shares it is acting under the terms of one or more discretionary mandates granted to it by private clients and it is not acting on an execution only basis or under specific instructions to purchase the Placing Shares for the account of any third party;

37.   that it acknowledges that these terms and conditions and any agreements entered into by it pursuant to these terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and it submits (on behalf of itself and on behalf of any person on whose behalf it is acting) to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts as regards any claim, dispute or matter arising out of any such contract, except that enforcement proceedings in respect of the obligation to make payment for the Placing Shares (together with any interest chargeable thereon) may be taken by the Company or WHI in any jurisdiction in which the relevant Placee is incorporated or in which its assets are located or any of its securities have a quotation on a recognised stock exchange;

38.   that any documents sent to Placees will be sent at the Placees' risk. They may be sent by post to such Placees at an address notified to WHI;

39.   that WHI owes no fiduciary or other duties to any Placee in respect of any representations, warranties, undertakings or indemnities in the Placing Agreement;

40.    that WHI may, in its absolute discretion, agree to become a Placee in respect of some or all of the Placing Shares;

41.   that no prospectus or offering document has been or will be prepared in connection with the Placing and it has not received and will not receive a prospectus or other offering document in connection with the Placing or the Placing Shares;

42.    undertakes that it (and any person acting on its behalf) will make payment in respect of the Placing Shares allocated to it in accordance with this Appendix on the due time and date set out herein, failing which the relevant Placing Shares may be placed with other acquirers or sold as WHI may in its sole discretion determine and without liability to such Placee, who will remain liable for any amount by which the net proceeds of such sale falls short of the product of the Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares allocated to it and may be required to bear any stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes (together with any interest or penalties) which may arise upon the sale of such Placee's Placing Shares;

43.    that its allocation (if any) of Placing Shares will represent a maximum number of Placing Shares which it will be entitled, and required, to acquire, and that WHI and/or the Company may call upon it to acquire a lower number of Placing Shares (if any), but in no event in aggregate more than the aforementioned maximum; and

44.   that if it has received any confidential price sensitive information concerning the Company in advance of the publication of this Announcement, it has not: (i) dealt in the securities of the Company; (ii) encouraged, required, recommended or induced another person to deal in the securities of the Company; or (iii) disclosed such information to any person, prior to such information being made publicly available.

The Company, WHI and their respective affiliates will rely upon the truth and accuracy of each of the foregoing representations, warranties, acknowledgements and undertakings which are given to WHI for itself and on behalf of the Company and are irrevocable.

 

The provisions of this Appendix may be waived, varied or modified as regards specific Placees or on a general basis by WHI.

 

The agreement to settle a Placee's subscription and/or purchase (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, stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax may be payable, for which neither the Company or WHI 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 WHI in the event that any of the Company and/or WHI have 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 WHI 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 or purchase by them of any Placing Shares or the agreement by them to subscribe for or purchase any Placing Shares.

 

All times and dates in this Announcement (including the Appendices) may be subject to amendment. WHI shall notify the Placees and any person acting on behalf of the Placees of any changes.

 

This Announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility, of the Company. No representation or warranty express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by WHI or by any of its respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

 

 

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