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K3 Business Technology Group Plc LSE:KBT London Ordinary Share GB00B00P6061 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  1.00 0.56% 178.50 172.00 185.00 178.50 177.50 177.50 0.00 13:42:49
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Software & Computer Services 48.8 -20.9 -49.3 - 57

K3 Business Technology Group PLC Shareholder Loan Conversion

30/03/2021 7:30am

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K3 Business Technology Group PLC

30 March 2021

AIM: KBT

30 March 2021

K3 Business Technology Group plc

("K3", "the Company" or "Group")

Shareholder Loan Conversion,

Notification of PDMR Dealings

and

Total Voting Rights

Further to the announcement earlier today of the Company's results for the year to 30 November 2020, the Company reports that it has reached agreement with two of its major shareholders, Kestrel Partners LLP (through its discretionary clients) ("Kestrel") (represented by Non-executive Director Oliver Scott) and Johan Claesson (also Non--executive Director) via his associated company, CA Fastigheter AB (together "the Lenders") to convert the full principal amount of the GBP3.0m shareholder loans ("Shareholder Loans") into ordinary shares of 25p each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares") (the "Loan Conversion") at a conversion price of GBP1.68 per Ordinary Share (being the prevailing bid-price on 26 March 2021).

Taking in to account this Loan Conversion and the receipt of the Starcom disposal proceeds, the Group's consolidated pro forma net cash position as at 28 February 2021 was GBP5.8m.

The Shareholder Loans were made on an unsecured basis on 1 April 2020 to strengthen the Group's liquidity position during the initial period of the Coronavirus pandemic (at which point the closing price of K3 Ordinary Shares was 80p per Ordinary Share) and repayment was due in full on 30 June 2021 together with accrued interest.

As part of the process of extending the Group's bank facilities, the independent directors of K3 (being all directors excluding Johan Claesson and Oliver Scott) ("Independent Directors") have agreed with the Lenders to fully convert the Shareholder Loans into Ordinary Shares. Taking into account the Company's future plans, the Independent Directors believe that the Loan Conversion is an advantageous way of further strengthening the Group's balance sheet.

The main terms of the conversion of the Shareholder Loans are as follows:

- conversion is at a price of GBP1.68 per Ordinary Share (being the prevailing bid-price on 26 March 2021);

- upon conversion of the Shareholder Loans CA Fastigheter AB and discretionary clients of Kestrel will receive 892,857 Ordinary Shares each (1,785,714 Ordinary Shares in aggregate) (together the "Conversion Shares");

- payment of accrued interest and conversion costs amounting to an aggregate amount of GBP552,064 will be paid by the Company to the Lenders in cash on or around the date of conversion; and

- the warrants over 1.2m Ordinary Shares granted to the Lenders at the date of the Shareholder Loans have not been exercised and will remain in place.

The Loan Conversion will increase the Company's issued share capital by 1,785,714 new Ordinary Shares, representing 4.16% of the Company's current issued share capital. The Conversion Shares will be allotted pursuant to existing general authorities granted to the Directors at last year's AGM. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Conversion Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM which is expected to occur on 7 April 2021.

The revised shareholdings of Kestrel and Mr Claesson following the issue of the Conversion Shares will be:

Kestrel

 
 Shareholder                        Ordinary Shares   Percentage of issued 
                                                             share capital 
 Kestrel Opportunities (a client 
  of Kestrel)                             8,490,479                 18.98% 
 Kestrel other clients                    2,823,569                  6.31% 
 Total                                   11,314,048                 25.29% 
 

Mr Scott is a partner of and holds a beneficial interest in Kestrel. Mr Scott is also a shareholder in one of Kestrel's clients ("Kestrel Opportunities").

Mr Claesson

 
 Shareholder                    Ordinary Shares   Percentage of issued 
                                                         share capital 
 PJ Claesson                          5,072,926                 11.34% 
 Johan och Marianne Claesson 
  AB                                  1,947,461                  4.35% 
 Fastighets AB Bremia                   567,500                  1.27% 
 CA Fastigheter AB                    3,133,893                  7.01% 
 Total                               10,721,780                 23.97% 
 

Further disclosures regarding the above PDMR dealings are set out at the foot of this announcement.

Related party transactions

The agreements reached by K3 with each of Kestrel (and its underlying clients) and Mr Claesson in order to give effect to the Loan Conversion and the payment of the associated interest and conversion costs constitute related party transactions under the AIM Rules, by virtue of Kestrel and Mr Claesson each being substantial shareholders in the Company (as defined in the AIM Rules) and Mr Claesson and Mr Scott each being a Non-executive Director of the Company.

Having consulted with finnCap (as the Company's nominated adviser), the Independent Directors consider that the terms of the related party transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's Shareholders are concerned.

Total Voting Rights

Following the Loan Conversion, the issued share capital of the Company is 44,732,379 Ordinary Shares. There are no shares held in treasury and thus the total number of voting rights in the Company is 44,732,379, which 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 Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

Enquiries:

 
 K3 Business Technology           Marco Vergani, CEO  T: 0161 876 4498 
  Group plc                           Rob Price, CFO 
finnCap Limited (NOMAD   Julian Blunt/James Thompson  T: 020 7220 0500 
 & Broker)                       (Corporate Finance) 
                            Richard Chambers, Sunila 
                                 De Silva (Corporate 
                                            Broking) 
KTZ Communications              Katie Tzouliadis/Dan  T: 020 3178 6378 
                                             Mahoney 
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION EU NO. 596/2014, AS RETAINED AND APPLICABLE IN THE UK PURSUANT TO S3 OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018 ("MAR").

 
1.  Details of Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibilities "PDMR" / person closely associated 
     with them ('PCA') 
a)  Name                                     Oliver Scott 
2.  Reason for notification 
b)  Position / status                        Non-executive director 
c)  Initial notification / amendment         Initial Notification 
3.  Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer 
     or auction monitor 
b)  Name                                     K3 Business Technology Group plc 
c)  LEI                                      213800QOJ9OF2AV81748 
4.  Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) 
     each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been 
     conducted 
a)  Description of the financial instrument  ordinary shares of 25p each 
     Identification code 
                                              GB00B00P6061 
b)  Nature of the transaction                Subscription for new ordinary shares of 25p each by clients of Kestrel 
                                             Partners LLP (in which 
                                             Mr Scott is a partner) by way of loan conversion 
c)  Price(s) and volume(s)                    Volume: 892,857 
                                               Price: GBP1.68 per Ordinary Share (by way of loan conversion) 
d)  Aggregated information                   n/a 
     Aggregated volume Price 
e)  Date of the transaction                  30 March 2021 
f)  Place of the transaction                 Outside a trading venue 
 
 
Details of Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibilities "PDMR" / person closely associated 
 with them ('PCA') 
Name                                     Per Johan Claesson 
Reason for notification 
Position / status                        Non-executive director 
Initial notification / amendment         Initial Notification 
Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer 
 or auction monitor 
Name                                     K3 Business Technology Group plc 
LEI                                      213800QOJ9OF2AV81748 
Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) 
 each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been 
 conducted 
Description of the financial instrument  ordinary shares of 25p each 
 Identification code 
                                          GB00B00P6061 
Nature of the transaction                Subscription for new ordinary shares of 25p each by CA Fastigheter AB (a 
                                         company controlled 
                                         by Mr Claesson) by way of loan conversion 
Price(s) and volume(s)                    Volume: 892,857 
                                           Price: GBP1.68 per Ordinary Share (by way of loan conversion) 
Aggregated information                   n/a 
 Aggregated volume Price 
Date of the transaction                  30 March 2021 
Place of the transaction                 Outside a trading venue 
 
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