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SalvaRx Group plc Posting of Circular and Notice of AGM

27/11/2018 7:01am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


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SalvaRx Group plc

27 November 2018

SalvaRx Group plc

("SalvaRx" or the "Company")

Posting of Circular and Notice of AGM

Further to its announcements of 14 and 28 August 2018 and 21 November 2018, SalvaRx Group plc (AIM: SALV) confirms that it has posted, or otherwise made available, a circular to shareholders (containing a notice convening the Annual General Meeting) in connection with the proposed disposal of its interest in SalvaRx Limited to Portage Biotech Inc. ("Portage") and the Demerger of Consideration Shares (the "Circular").

The Annual General Meeting of the Company is to be held at 3.00 p.m. on 8 January 2019 (the "AGM") at The Claremont Hotel, 18-22 Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2LX.

In addition to resolutions covering the normal business to be considered at such a meeting, the AGM will also consider resolutions to approve the following matters:

(i) the disposal of the Company's interest in SalvaRx Limited, its 94.2 per cent. owned subsidiary, to Portage Biotech Inc. for a consideration of US$67.5 million (the "Consideration"), to be satisfied by the issue of 757,943,784 new shares in Portage (the "Consideration Shares") (the "Disposal");

(ii) the transfer of not less than 660,593,556 of the Consideration Shares (the "Demerger Shares") on a pro-rata basis to the Company's shareholders on the register for the Demerger Record Date (being 5.00 p.m. on 8 January 2019) (the "Demerger");

(iii) the adoption of new articles of association in substitution for its existing articles of association;

(iv) following completion of the Disposal, the purchase by the Company of outstanding options over 2,767,470 new Ordinary Shares in consideration for the grant by the Company, to holders of such options, of new options over a total of 40,692,697 Consideration Shares (the "New Options"); and

(v) the appointment of Denham Eke as Chief Financial Officer and as a director of the Company.

The Disposal and the Demerger will constitute a fundamental change of business under Rule 15 of the AIM Rules. On completion of the Disposal and the Demerger, the Company would cease to own, control or conduct all, or substantially all, of its existing trading business activities or assets. It would therefore be classified as an AIM Rule 15 cash shell and as such will be required to make an acquisition or acquisitions which constitutes a reverse takeover under AIM Rule 14 (or seek re-admission as an investing company (as defined under the AIM Rules)) on or before the date falling six months from completion of the Disposal and the Demerger, failing which, the Company's Ordinary Shares would then be suspended from trading on AIM pursuant to AIM Rule 40. Admission to trading on AIM would be cancelled six months from the date of suspension should the reason for the suspension not have been rectified.

A copy of the Circular and the Company's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 for use in connection with the AGM are available on the Company's website:

https://www.salvarx.io/investors/aim-rule-26.html

The key dates applicable to the Disposal, the Demerger and the Option Redemption are expected to be as follows:

 
                               SALVARX GROUP PLC 
 Latest time and date for receipt of Forms           By 3.00 p.m. on 4 January 
  of Proxy                                            2019 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Annual General Meeting                              3.00 p.m. on 8 January 
                                                      2019 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Demerger Record Date                                5.00 p.m. on 8 January 
                                                      2019 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Issue of Redeemable Shares                          5.00 p.m. on 8 January 
                                                      2019 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Portage registers the allotment of the              5.30 p.m. on 8 January 
  Consideration Shares to the Company                 2019 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Company registers Redemption of Redeemable          5.30 p.m. on 8 January 
  Shares and Portage registers transfer of            2019 
  Demerger Shares by the Company to Qualifying 
  Shareholders 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Ordinary Shares marked "ex-entitlement"             8.00 a.m. on 9 January 
  by the London Stock Exchange                        2019 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Expected date for despatch of definitive            On or around 15 January 
  shares certificates for the Demerger Shares         2019 
  (except to US Persons subject to safe-keeping 
  and custody arrangements) 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 End of Restricted Period                            8 July 2019 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 Expected date for despatch of definitive            On or around 8 July 
  share certificates for Demerger Shares              2019 
  and Option Redemption Shares no longer 
  subject to safe-keeping and custody arrangements 
                                                    -------------------------- 
 

The times and dates set out above may be adjusted by the Company and Portage in consultation with Northland, London Stock Exchange PLC, the CSE and the OTC, in which event details of the new times and dates will be notified via a Regulatory Information Service.

All references in this announcement to times are to London (GMT) time unless otherwise stated.

Defined terms in this announcement have the same meaning as set out in the Circular.

Enquiries

 
 SalvaRx Group plc 
 Ian B. Walters, MD (Chief Executive)         Tel: +1 203 441 5451 
 Northland Capital Partners Limited           Tel: +44 (0) 20 3861 
  Nominated Adviser and Broker                                6625 
 Matthew Johnson / Edward Hutton (Corporate 
  Finance) 
 Vadim Alexandre (Corporate Broking) 
 Peterhouse Capital Limited                   Tel: +44 (0) 20 7469 
  Joint Broker                                                0932 
  Lucy Williams / Duncan Vasey 
 
 

APPIX

The following information is extracted without material adjustment from the Circular being sent to Shareholders. Capitalised terms used in the summary below are defined at the end of this announcement.

   1.            Introduction 

SalvaRx Group Plc is a drug development company focused on cancer immunotherapy and complementary areas of oncology. Following a group restructuring conducted in March 2017, all investments and business interests of the Company are held by SalvaRx Limited ("Target"), the Company's 94.2 per cent. owned subsidiary.

On 14 August 2018, the Company announced that it had entered into a conditional Sale Agreement for the disposal of its 94.2 per cent. interest in Target to Portage Biotech Inc. ("Portage"), in consideration of US$67.5 million, to be satisfied by Portage issuing and allotting 757,943,784 new Portage Shares (the "Consideration Shares") to the Company. The Sale Agreement includes the following Conditions Precedent:

   (i)           Portage issuing and allotting the Consideration Shares to the Company; 
   (ii)          receipt of the Portage Approval; 
   (iii)        receipt of the Rule 15 Approval; 
   (iv)         approval of the Demerger. 

Concurrent with the Disposal (and as a condition of the Sale Agreement), the Company will complete the Demerger, whereby not less than 660,593,556 of the Consideration Shares (the "Demerger Shares") will be distributed to Qualifying Shareholders on a pro-rata basis, as explained below (the number of Demerger Shares increasing by 18 Portage Shares for each new Ordinary Share issued by the Company on exercise of the Northland Warrants prior to the Demerger Record Date).

The Demerger of the Consideration Shares is a condition of the Sale Agreement. Accordingly Shareholders are required to approve the Demerger as a condition of approving the Disposal (should they wish to do so). In particular, in relation to the Demerger, Shareholders are required to approve:

a) the Company undertaking the Share Split, pursuant to which (i) Qualifying Shareholders will receive one Redeemable Share for each Ordinary Share recorded against their name in the Shareholder Register on the Demerger Record Date and (ii) each Qualifying Shareholder shall continue to hold the same number of Ordinary Shares of the same nominal value per share; and

b) immediately following the Share Split, the Company redeeming all Redeemable Shares and, in consideration for the Redemption, the Company shall transfer the Demerger Shares to Qualifying Shareholders on the basis of eighteen (18) Demerger Shares for each Redeemable Share held.

Portage is seeking the authority of its shareholders at the Portage Meeting of Shareholders to consolidate its issued and to be issued share capital by a ratio of up to 120:1 Portage Shares at a future date which currently remains to be determined (the "Portage Consolidation"). The Portage Consolidation, if approved and implemented by the Portage board, would result in an adjustment to any Demerger Shares and New Option Shares on the effective date of the Portage Consolidation. Further details in relation to the Portage Consolidation are set out in the Portage Shareholder Circular, which will be available for Shareholders to download, without charge, at the following web addresses as from 26 November 2018:

https://www.portagebiotech.com/investors/shareholder-circular.html

https://thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/portage-biotech-inc

At the Portage Share Price (being, US$0.089), the Disposal valued the Company's interest in Target at US$67.5 million. As at the close of trading on 19 March 2018, the value of Portage Shares on the OTC was US$0.087. The "A" Independent Directors and the Portage Independent Director agreed to use US$0.089 as the implied value of Portage Shares for the purpose of the Disposal, reflecting share prices and volumes of trading on this date.

The closing price of Portage Shares on the OTC on 10 August 2018 (being the last practicable trading date prior to announcement of the Disposal by the Company) was US$0.10, valuing the Consideration Shares at approximately US$75,794,000. Trading in Portage Shares on the CSE remains subject to a temporary suspension imposed by IIROC, whereas trading on the OTC was subject to a temporary suspension during the period 10 August 2018 to 20 November 2018. Portage will release an announcement on or around the date of this Document to confirm the date of the Portage Meeting of Shareholders and a trade resumption date for the CSE. As at the close of trading on 10 August 2018, the last recorded trading price of Portage Shares on CSE was US$0.105 and was, therefore, marginally higher than the closing price for Portage Shares on the OTC on 10 August 2018. On 10 August 2018, the market capitalisation of the Company at the Exchange Rate was approximately US$21,046,000.

As at the date of this Document, there are 2,949,803 Options over Ordinary Shares issued and outstanding and held by directors, management, consultants, advisers and other persons who have contributed to the growth of the Company.

On 14 August 2018, the Board approved a decision allowing all Option Holders (excluding Northland) to sell back a total of 2,676,470 vested and unvested Options to the Company (the "Redemption Options") in consideration for the transfer by the Company to each New Option Holder of a number Consideration Shares (each transferred at an implied price equal to the Portage Share Price) as reflected the value of the Redemption Options (over and above the respective exercise prices) based on the Per Share Consideration Value. This would have resulted in the Company transferring a total of 40,692,697 Consideration Shares, in consideration for the sale and purchase of their Redemption Options.

Following recent advice from the Company's tax advisers, the Board has formed the view that the New Option Holders can be compensated on a more tax efficient basis by exchanging their Redemption Options for New Options, subject to certain vesting conditions. Applying the same basis of valuation of the Redemption Options (outlined in the paragraph, above), the Company shall, instead, grant options over 40,692,697 Consideration Shares held by the Company to the New Option Holders (the "New Options") in consideration for the sale and purchase of their Redemption Options.

Accordingly, the Company entered into option purchase agreements with each of the New Option Holders on 26 November 2018, pursuant to which the New Option Holders have agreed to sell, and the Company has agreed to purchase their respective Redemption Options (the "Option Purchase Agreements") in consideration for the grant of the New Options. Subject to completion of the purchase of the Redemption Options by the Company, the Board has resolved to cancel all Redemption Options irrevocably. The Option Purchase Agreements and the terms governing the grant of the New Options are summarised in paragraph 8 below.

Following the Disposal and the Demerger, the Company shall retain up to 56,657,531 Consideration Shares (the "Retained Shares"), to meet its working capital requirements, and the number of Retained Shares may increase by up to 40,692,697 Consideration Shares in the event that certain New Options remain unexercised by 5.00 p.m. on 8 January 2020. The number of Retained Shares shall decrease by 18 Portage Shares for each new Ordinary Share issued by the Company to Northland in the event of the exercise of the Northland Warrants prior to the Demerger Record Date. At the Portage Share Price, and on the basis that no further Ordinary Shares are issued, the Retained Shares are valued at approximately US$5,043,000 (GBP3,897,000 at the Exchange Rate). Based on the closing price of Portage Shares of US$0.10 on the OTC on 10 August 2018 (being the last practicable trading date prior to announcement of the Disposal by the Company), the Retained Shares had a market value of approximately US$5,666,000 (GBP4,379,000 at the Exchange Rate).

The Disposal and the Demerger are both subject to the Rule 15 Approval, and the Disposal is also subject to the Portage Approval.

Given the relatively disappointing share price of the Company's shares on AIM prior to the announcement of the Disposal on 14 August 2018, the Directors determined that the Disposal and the Demerger was the best way to unlock and maximise value for Shareholders without causing dilution through raising additional funds at a price which the Directors believed did not reflect the value of the Company's underlying assets. The Company is, therefore, seeking the approval of Shareholders to undertake the Disposal and the Demerger at the AGM.

The Disposal and the Demerger will constitute a fundamental change of business under Rule 15 of the AIM Rules. On completion of the Disposal and the Demerger, the Company would cease to own, control or conduct all, or substantially all, of its existing trading business activities or assets. It would therefore be classified as an AIM Rule 15 cash shell and as such will be required to make an acquisition or acquisitions which constitutes a reverse takeover under AIM Rule 14 (or seek re-admission as an investing company (as defined under the AIM Rules)) on or before the date falling six months from completion of the Disposal and the Demerger failing which the Company's Ordinary Shares would then be suspended from trading on AIM pursuant to AIM Rule 40. Admission to trading on AIM would be cancelled six months from the date of suspension should the reason for the suspension not have been rectified.

The purpose of this Document is to:

   --           set out the background and reasons for the Disposal and the Demerger; 

-- explain why the Board believes that the Disposal and the Demerger are in the best interests of Shareholders as a whole;

   --           explain how the Disposal and the Demerger will impact the Company; 

-- explain the Option Redemption by the Company and terms on which the New Options are granted;

-- explain the resolutions to be put to Shareholders at the AGM of the Company to be held on 8 January 2019;

-- explain how Shareholders can deal in their Demerger Shares and/or New Option Shares; and

-- set out the US securities law restrictions on all Shareholders and the safe-keeping and custody arrangements approved by the Company in relation to US Persons.

   2.            Background and Reasons for the Disposal and the Demerger 

The Directors anticipate that Target will require significant funding over the next several years to support the businesses forming part of its portfolio, to develop clinical proof of concept in cancer immunotherapies and, in addition, to undertake further investments in and/or acquisitions of businesses which are complementary to the Target Portfolio.

The value of the Company's Ordinary Shares on the AIM Market prior to the announcement of 14 August 2018 did not, in the opinion of the Directors, reflect the true value of the Target Portfolio. Despite the Company undergoing a restructuring exercise in March 2017 resulting in all investments being transferred to Target, the Company had not been able to secure additional third party funding for the Target Portfolio, or for new businesses and/or investment opportunities, at a valuation which the Directors consider acceptable for Shareholders. Any funding proposals which the Company had received were at valuations that cause significant dilution to Shareholders.

Given the difficulty in funding the Target Portfolio (and potential new acquisition or investment opportunities) the Board executed the LOI and commissioned the Valuation Report. The Valuation Report, by PharmaVentures, provided a range of valuations for the Target Portfolio of between US$67,000,000 and US$188,000,000 (or between approximately GBP51,777,000 and GBP145,286,000 at the Exchange Rate).

Following receipt of the Valuation Report, the "A" Independent Directors negotiated with the Portage Independent Director and agreed the terms of the Sale Agreement. This included a review by the "A" Independent Directors of the Portage Portfolio, its current and future value (further details of which are set out at paragraph 3 below).

Portage has a history of creating value for its shareholders. One of its portfolio companies, Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd (NYSE: BHVN) ("Biohaven"), was the second largest biotech IPO on NYSE in 2017, generating gross proceeds of approximately US$193.5 million from the fundraising. On 24 January 2018, Portage announced a distribution in specie of its stock in Biohaven to its shareholders.

The "A" Independent Directors believe that the terms of the Disposal and the Demerger will enable Shareholders to realise the value of the Target Portfolio without significant dilution caused by equity fundraising directly by the Company. In addition, as the Consideration is to be satisfied by issue of the Consideration Shares, Shareholders may retain their interest in the Target Portfolio (through their resultant interest in Portage following completion of the Demerger).

   3.            Financial Information on Portage 

Portage recently published its: (a) audited consolidated financial statements for the years ended 31 March 2018 and 31 March 2017; (b) annual report in Form F-20 for the year ended 31 March 2018; (c) unaudited consolidated interim financial statements for the three months ended 30 June 2018 (published on 28 August 2018); (d) discussion and analysis by management of the financial condition and financial results for Portage for the three months ended 30 June 2018; and (e) unaudited consolidated interim financial statement for the three and six months ended 30 September 2018.

The audited accounts of Portage for the period to 31 March 2018 and the unaudited interim financial statements for the three month period ended 30 June 2018 are hereby incorporated by reference and are available for Shareholders to download, without charge, at the following web addresses:

https://www.sedar.com/DisplayCompanyDocuments.do?lang=EN&issuerNo=00008656

http://thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/portage-biotech-inc

Shareholders can also view historic financial information and reports relating to Portage, by going to the 'financial and regulatory reports' section of the Portage website, located at the follow web address:

https://www.portagebiotech.com/investors/financial-and-regulatory-reports.html

For the financial year ended 31 March 2018, Portage had net operating costs of approximately US$2.3 million and realised gain on disposal of investment of US$126 million resulting in net income of US$124 million compared to an operating cost of US$36 million and a net loss of US$0.6 million in the year ended 31 March 2017. Portage had net assets of approximately US$9.6 million as at 31 March 2018 of which cash on hand was US$7.5 million.

A significant decline in overall expenses during the fiscal year 2018 compared to prior years was mainly due to non-consolidation of Biohaven. There was also a slow-down in development activities at PPL and EyGen during the fiscal year 2018 compared to prior years as Portage sought to raise the funds needed to complete potential IND filings and partnership possibilities with other pharmaceutical companies.

During the fiscal year 2018, Portage distributed 6,102,730 shares of Biohaven held by it as an investment to its shareholders on a pro-rata basis as a dividend and sold 236,770 shares of Biohaven in the open market for an average price of US$30.79 per share for total proceeds of approximately US$7.3 million.

Portage invested US$950,000 in iOx by way of a convertible note and acquired an equity interest in an associate, Stimunity SAS, for approximately US$681,000.

The Portage Directors believe that Portage and the Portage Portfolio are well placed for strong growth in the coming years and beyond, as a result of the track record and strength of the team.

Portage's investment of US$7 million in Biohaven between the years 2014 and 2016, and guidance from the Portage Directors, led to the second largest biotech IPO on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in 2017. Portage's investment in Biohaven was worth in excess of US$100 million at the time of the IPO in 2017, and has almost doubled since then. Biohaven is now worth approximately US$1.3 billion, and Portage distributed the majority of these gains (as outlined above) to its shareholders and sold some of these shares to fuel the growth of the next round of companies. Portage has provided seed capital to four other biotech companies, and will seek to evaluate new opportunities with the help of Target's CEO, Dr Ian Walters.

Due to their track record and the company's cash reserves, the Portage management is confident in their ability to further support the development of Target and the Target Portfolio.

   4.            Summary of the Sale Agreement 

The Company, James Mellon, Dr Greg Bailey and Portage have entered into the Sale Agreement, pursuant to which the Company, James Mellon and Dr Greg Bailey have together agreed to sell to Portage the entire issued share capital of Target. Mr Mellon and Dr. Bailey each hold 2,000 shares of Target representing in aggregate approximately 5.8 per cent. of Target's issued shares. Accordingly each of Mr Mellon and Dr. Bailey shall receive 23,563,141 Portage Shares as consideration for the disposal of their interest in Target subject to approval of the proposed Disposal.

The Sale Agreement is conditional upon the satisfaction of certain Conditions Precedent, including inter alia: (i) issuing and allotting the Consideration Shares to the Company; (ii) receipt of the Portage Approval; (iii) receipt of the Rule 15 Approval; and (iv) approval of the Demerger.

The Conditions Precedent under the Sale Agreement are required to be satisfied by no later than midnight on 31 January 2019.

Under the Sale Agreement, the Company, James Mellon, Dr Bailey and Portage have each provided basic title and capacity warranties, and the Company is providing other limited warranties in relation to Target relating to such matters as their solvency, certain accounting and financial information, litigation and disputes.

   5.            Demerger 

The Demerger is to be undertaken immediately following completion of the Disposal. The only condition to the Demerger is completion of the Disposal (the "Demerger Condition"). The Demerger is a contractual obligation of the Sale Agreement.

Subject to the approval of the Demerger Condition, the Demerger shall result in:

 
          (i) Adoption of the                    new memorandum and articles will be 
           New Articles                           adopted by the Company setting out the 
                                                  rights of Shareholders and the Company 
                                                  in relation to a new class of Redeemable 
                                                  Shares 
          (ii) Share Split                       Each Qualifying Shareholder will be 
                                                  allotted one Redeemable Share for each 
                                                  Ordinary Share recorded against their 
                                                  name in the Shareholder Register as 
                                                  at the Demerger Record Date (1) 
          (iii) Redemption of                    immediately following the allotment 
           Redeemable Shares                      of the Redeemable Shares (in accordance 
                                                  with (ii)), the Company shall redeem 
                                                  all Redeemable Shares in accordance 
                                                  with the New Articles 
          (iv) Transfer of Portage               the Redemption of the Redeemable Shares, 
           Shares                                 will be satisfied by the Company transferring 
                                                  to each Qualifying Shareholder 18 Demerger 
                                                  Shares for each Redeemable Share recorded 
                                                  against their name in the Shareholder 
                                                  Register as at the Demerger Record Date 
                                                  (2) 
      Notes: 
       (1) Qualifying Shareholders will not receive a share certificate 
       in respect of their Redeemable Shares. 
       (2) At the Portage Share Price of US$0.089 (based on a valuation 
       of US$25 million as agreed by the parties on the date of the 
       LOI), this will constitute a distribution to Qualifying Shareholders 
       of approximately US$1.60 per Ordinary Share. 
 

Qualifying Shareholders will receive their pro-rata entitlement to Demerger Shares in certificated form, and will have to make arrangements with their own broker to dematerialise certificates should they so wish. The Applicable Restrictions described in paragraph 6 below shall apply to the Consideration Shares during the Restricted Period. Further details regarding the dematerialisation of Portage Shares is set out at paragraph 8 below.

The Redeemable Shares issued pursuant to the Share Split shall be subject to the following rights and restrictions: (a) non-voting; (b) non-transferrable other than to the Company; and (c) the Company has a right to redeem the Redeemable Shares at any time, in its absolute discretion on such terms as it sees fit. The Redeemable Shares will not be admitted to trading on AIM or on any other exchange or trading platform.

All Ordinary Shares shall be subject to the same rights and restrictions as under the existing articles of association and will continue to be traded on AIM.

6. Applicable Restrictions, Safe-Keeping and Custody Arrangements and Rights of Demerger Shares

Applicable Restrictions

For a period of six months from the date of the Demerger (the "Restricted Period"), Demerger Shares (a) are not permitted to be held by, transferred to, or in any way benefit (whether by way of legal, beneficial or economic ownership or control), any person, company, limited partnership or other undertaking, who or which is a US national or otherwise domiciled or resident anywhere in the US or holds a US passport; and (b) may not be traded on the OTC market or any other trading platform in the United States (including by Shareholders resident or domiciled in the United Kingdom) ((a) and (b) together the "Applicable Restrictions")). It is illegal for any Demerger Share to be distributed in any way by any Shareholder into the United States for the duration of the Restricted Period.

Any purported transfer of Demerger Shares in breach of the Applicable Restrictions will be rejected by the Company, Portage and TSX Trust.

During the Restricted Period, the Demerger Shares may be traded by any non-US Person (such as a Shareholder resident or domiciled in the United Kingdom), other than "Control Persons" (as defined under Canadian securities laws, if any), through the facilities of the CSE.

All Demerger Shares will carry the following legend:

"FOR A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE BY THE COMPANY (THE "RESTRICTED PERIOD"), THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED HEREBY ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE HELD BY, TRANSFERRED TO, OR IN ANY WAY BENEFIT (WHETHER BY WAY OF LEGAL, BENEFICIAL OR ECONOMIC OWNERSHIP OR CONTROL), ANY PERSON, COMPANY, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OR OTHER UNDERTAKING, WHO OR WHICH IS A US NATIONAL OR OTHERWISE DOMICILED OR RESIDENT ANYWHERE IN THE US OR HOLDS A US PASSPORT. THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED HEREBY HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMED (THE "1933 ACT"), OR ANY STATE SECURITIES LAWS. DURING THE RESTRICTED PERIOD, THESE SECURITIES (A) ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRADE THROUGH THE FACILITIES OF ANY STOCK EXCHANGE OR QUOTATION SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES (B) MAY ONLY BE OFFERED, SOLD OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES IN CONFORMITY WITH RULE 904 OF REGULATION S UNDER THE 1933 ACT, (C) IN CONFORMITY WITH AN EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE 1933 ACT, IF AVAILABLE, AND IN CONFORMITY WITH ANY APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS, OR (D) IN A TRANSACTION THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION UNDER THE 1933 ACT OR ANY APPLICABLE STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS, GOVERNING THE OFFER AND SALE OF SECURITIES.

SUBJECT TO COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE CANADIAN SECURITIES LAWS, THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED HEREBY MAY BE FREELY TRADED BY ANY NON-US PERSON THROUGH THE FACILITIES OF THE CSE OR ANY OTHER CANADIAN STOCK EXCHANGE UPON WHICH THE SECURITIES BECOME LISTED."

Safe-Keeping and Custody Arrangements in respect of the Demerger Shares applicable to US Persons

To ensure compliance with Applicable Restrictions (including but not limited to the restrictions under the Securities Act) Qualifying Shareholders who are US Persons will not receive their Demerger Shares and will be prohibited from dealing in Demerger Shares for the duration of the Restricted Period. Under the terms of the New Articles, consideration paid by the Company on redemption of the Redeemable Shares can be held in escrow, or subject to safe-keeping and custody arrangements on such terms and for such period as the Company determines in its sole discretion.

The Company has accordingly agreed to the appointment of the Custodian who shall hold in custody all Demerger Shares which cannot be held by US Persons for the duration of the Restricted Period. Accordingly, US Persons will not receive possession or have entitlement to Demerger Shares until expiry of the Restricted Period. Portage has approved the appointment of the Custodian and the arrangements to ensure its continued compliance with the Securities Act and will direct its transfer agent to send relevant share certificates directly to the Custodian on completion of the Demerger.

For further details regarding the safe-keeping and custody arrangements, US Persons should contact the Custodian directly by email to michael.corcoran@hilldickinson.com.

Rights of Demerger Shares

In addition to the Applicable Restrictions, the Demerger Shares received by Shareholders of the Company will be subject to the following rights and restrictions:

(i) Rights on Voting: each Demerger Share shall entitle the holder to one vote per Demerger Share on any resolution put to the shareholders of Portage.

(ii) Rights on Income: each Demerger Share confers an equal right to participate in any dividend declared by Portage.

(iii) Rights in the event of a winding-up of Portage: in the event of a winding up and a distribution of assets, each Demerger Share shall have equal rights with regard to the distribution of the surplus assets of Portage.

(iv) Rights on Transfers: the Demerger Shares are transferrable provided that the transfer is made pursuant to an appropriate instrument of transfer, subject to the memorandum and articles of Portage.

(v) Rights of Pre-emption (first refusal): in respect of any future issue by Portage of any equity securities, rights of pre-emption under BVI Companies Act 2004 do not apply to Portage.

Subject to approval of the Disposal and the Demerger, it is expected that share certificates in respect of the Demerger Shares will be posted on or around 15 January 2019. Share certificates in respect of Demerger Shares which are subject to safe-keeping and custody arrangements will be held by the Custodian until the expiration of the Restricted Period.

The CSE is a junior stock market in Canada and is not widely traded by investors in the UK. A number of UK-based brokers do, however, offer a trading platform for investors to dematerialise their Demerger Shares (should they wish to do so) and deal in Portage Shares electronically. Shareholders wishing to hold their Demerger Shares in dematerialised form should, in the first instance, speak to their existing broker to see whether they provide this service. If they do not provide this service, such Shareholders should contact other brokers. The Company makes no recommendation regarding which brokers Shareholders should contact regarding new accounts (if their existing brokers do not provide a CSE trading facility), but the Company has contacted an established London broker, Peterhouse Capital Limited ("Peterhouse"), who have consented to their contact details being included in this Document. Any engagement is subject to the standard terms and conditions of Peterhouse for new clients and Shareholders should satisfy themselves in this regard that they understand and accept the proposed terms. The Company accepts no liability or responsibility for the appointment of any broker, or the terms of such appointment, by Shareholders.

 
            Contact Name                      Email                          Telephone 
           Lucy Williams              lw@peterhousecap.com              +44 (0)20 7469 0930 
                           --------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
            Duncan Vasey              dv@peterhousecap.com              +44 (0)20 7469 0930 
                           --------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 
   7.            The Company's operations following the Disposal and the Demerger 

The Disposal and the Demerger, if approved, will result in the divestment of substantially all of the Company's existing business, assets and investments. Thereafter, the Company will be classified as an AIM Rule 15 cash shell and as such will be required to make an acquisition or acquisitions which constitutes a reverse takeover under AIM Rule 14 (or seek re-admission as an investing company (as defined under the AIM Rules)) on or before the date falling six months from completion of the Disposal failing which the Ordinary Shares would then be suspended from trading on AIM pursuant to AIM Rule 40. Admission to trading on AIM would be cancelled six months from the date of suspension should the reason for the suspension not have been rectified.

On 26 June 2018, Jim Mellon (via Galloway Limited) and Dr Greg Bailey each agreed to loan US$500,000 to the Company (the "Shareholder Loans") to fund the operational activities and the investments of the Company. The Shareholder Loans are required to be repaid by the Company within twelve months (the "Loan Term") from the date of the loan and shall accrue interest at a rate of 7 per cent. per annum in the first twelve months. If the Shareholder Loans are not repaid within the Loan Term, the interest rate shall be increased to 18 per cent. per annum. Unless new debt or equity funding is available to the Company during the Loan Term, it is expected that the Shareholder Loans will be repaid prior to expiry of the Loan Term out of the proceeds of sale of some or all of the Retained Shares.

The Shareholder Loans have been reduced by, in aggregate, approximately GBP40,000 following the exercise of options by Jim Mellon and Dr Greg Bailey, as detailed in the announcement released by the Company on 6 November 2018.

In the event that the Disposal and the Demerger are approved, the Directors will ensure that steps are taken to minimise the Company's costs and to preserve capital.

Dr Ian Walters, Kam Shah, Richard Armstrong and Colin Weinberg shall each resign as Directors of the Company with immediate effect from the conclusion of the AGM. By recommendation of the Board, Denham Eke shall stand for appointment as a director of the Company at the AGM. A biography for Denham Eke is set out in paragraph 10 below. As from the conclusion of the AGM, the Company shall have no independent directors and the Company is therefore seeking to appoint at least one independent non-executive director. The Company will release an announcement reporting on the progress with regard to such an appointment or appointments in due course.

In addition to the Shareholder Loans and the fees of Directors, the Company will otherwise be required to meet its general overheads and the costs of maintaining a listing of the Company's shares on AIM.

Following the completion of the Disposal and the Demerger, the Company will have limited cash reserves and its principal assets will be up to 56,657,531 Retained Shares worth approximately US$5,043,000 at the Portage Share Price (approximately, GBP3,897,000 at the Exchange Rate), which are to be set aside for general working capital requirements. In the event that the New Options remain unexercised by 5.00 p.m. on 8 January 2020 the number of Retained Shares could increase by up to 40,692,697 Portage Shares. The number of Retained Shares shall decrease by 18 Portage Shares (US$1.60 at the Portage Share Price) for each new Ordinary Share issued by the Company following any exercise of the Northland Warrants prior to the Demerger Record Date.

The Company's available resources to undertake an evaluation of and to complete a reverse takeover will depend upon the value of the Retained Shares (to the extent they continue to be held by the Company at such time) and its existing cash reserves. In the event that the cash reserves and any value realised from the Retained Shares are insufficient to undertake a reverse takeover, the Directors may seek further funding, including by a further issue of Ordinary Shares.

   8.            Company Options, the Option Redemption and New Options 

There are 2,949,803 Options over Ordinary Shares outstanding as at the date of this Document. The Options were granted to the directors, management team, consultants and to certain advisers of the Company during the period from 29 April 2015 to 23 March 2016. As at the date of this Document, 2,113,539 of the outstanding Options have vested; a further 836,264 Options will vest on the third anniversary of the RTO Admission.

Existing Company Options

The table below provides a summary of the Options currently in issue:

 
           Name of Option               Date of               Exercise               Number of               Number of 
           Holder                        Grant                  Price                 vested                  unvested 
                                                                                      Options                 Options 
           Richard 
            Armstrong                 29.04.2015               23.2p                  86,231                     - 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Colin Weinberg             29.04.2015               23.2p                  86,231                     - 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Catalyst 
            Corporate 
            Consultants 
            Limited                   29.04.2015               23.2p                  86, 231                    - 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Northland 
            Capital 
            Partners 
            Limited                   22.03.2016                71p                   182,333                    - 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Anthony Chow               22.03.2016               35.5 p                 243,110                 121,556 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Declan Doogan              22.03.2016               35.5 p                 243,110                 121,556 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Alexander 
            Pickett                   22.03.2016               35.5 p                 243,110                 121,556 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Kam Shah                   22.03.2016               35.5 p                 243,110                 121,556 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Dr Ian Walters 
            *                         22.03.2016               35.5 p                 285,857                 142,929 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Robert Kramer 
            **                        22.03.2016               35.5p                  171,109                 85,555 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Catalyst 
            Corporate 
            Consultants 
            Limited                   22.03.2016               35.5 p                 121,555                 60,778 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Richard 
            Armstrong                 22.03.2016               35.5p                  60,776                  30,389 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Colin Weinberg             22.03.2016               35.5 p                 60,776                  30,389 
                           ----------------------  -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Totals:                                                                   2,113,539                836,264 
                                                   -------------------  ------------------------  -------------------- 
           Total Options:                                                                       2,949,803 
                                                   -------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
 

*granted to his personal services company Value Driven Drug Solutions LLC

**granted to his personal services company RA Kramer Consulting LLC

Should Northland exercise some or all of the Northland Warrants prior to the Demerger Record Date, the new Ordinary Shares issued to it would be eligible for the Demerger and the number of Retained Shares would therefore decrease by 18 Portage Shares for each new Ordinary Share issued by the Company.

Option Redemption and grant of New Options

The table below summarises the number of Redemption Options held by each Option Holder and the number of New Options each New Option Holder will be granted, in accordance with the terms of the Option Purchase Agreements referred to in paragraph 1 above:

 
           Name of New Option                 Number of                Implied gain on                 Number of New 
           Holder                             Redemption              sale of Redemption               Options granted 
                                               Options                  Options based 
                                                                         on value of 
                                                                        Consideration 
                                                                        Shares on the 
                                                                        Diluted Basis 
           Richard Armstrong                   177,396                    US$243,202                     2,730,871 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Colin Weinberg                      177,396                    US$243,202                     2,730,871 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Catalyst Corporate 
            Consultants 
            Limited                            268,564                    US$361,251                     4,056,417 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Anthony Chow                        364,666                    US$472,187                     5,302,094 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Declan Doogan                       364,666                    US$472,187                     5,302,094 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Alexander Pickett                   364,666                    US$472,187                     5,302,094 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Kam Shah                            364,666                    US$472,187                     5,302,094 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Dr Ian Walters*                     428,786                    US$555,213                     6,234,373 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Robert Kramer**                     256,664                    US$332,341                     3,731,789 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
           Totals:                            2,767,470                  US$3,623,959                    40,692,697 
                                  ----------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 

*granted to his personal services company Value Driven Drug Solutions LLC

**granted to his personal services company RA Kramer Consulting LLC

Terms of New Options

Subject to the approval of the Demerger, the Company shall grant the New Options to the New Option Holders on the following terms and conditions:

(a) Exercise Period: the New Options are exercisable during the period commencing three months from the Date of Grant and expiring on the first anniversary of the Date of Grant, being, 5.00 p.m. on 8 January 2020; and

(b) Vesting Condition: the Portage Shares have traded above US$0.03 (three cents) for a period of at least five consecutive trading days during the Exercise Period.

The New Options will lapse irrevocably in the event that they are not exercised before the expiry of the Exercise Period.

Safe-Keeping and Custody Arrangements in respect of the New Option Shares

To the extent that New Option Holders who are US Persons exercise their New Options during the Restricted Period, any New Option Shares issued will be subject to the following safe-keeping and custody arrangements during the Restrictive Period.

To ensure compliance with Applicable Restrictions (including but not limited to the restrictions under the Securities Act) Option Holders (who are US Persons) who elect to exercise their New Options will not receive certificates representing their New Option Shares and will be prohibited from dealing in their New Option Shares for the duration of the Restricted Period.

The Company has accordingly agreed to the appointment of the Custodian who shall hold in custody any New Option Shares which cannot be held by US Persons for the duration of the Restricted Period. Accordingly, New Option Holders who are US Persons will not receive possession or have entitlement to New Option Shares required to be issued pursuant to the exercise of the New Options until expiry of the Restricted Period. Portage has approved the appointment of the Custodian and the arrangements to ensure its continued compliance with the Securities Act and will direct its transfer agent to send relevant share certificates, representing New Option Shares, pursuant to the exercise of New Options by US Persons during the Restricted Period directly to the Custodian on completion of the Option Redemption.

For further details regarding the safe-keeping and custody arrangements, affected New Option Holders should contact the Custodian directly by email to michael.corcoran@hilldickinson.com.

All New Option Shares will carry the legend described in paragraph 8 of this Document.

   9.            Related Party Transactions 

The Disposal

The Disposal is a related party transaction under Rule 13 of the AIM Rules by virtue of the commonality in the share ownership structure and management boards of Portage and the Company.

The Directors of the Company hold the following positions on the senior management board of Portage: (i) Dr Greg Bailey, Chairman; (ii) Kam Shah, Chief Financial Officer; (iii) Jim Mellon, Director; and (iv) Dr Ian Walters, Director.

As at the date of this Document, Dr Greg Bailey and Jim Mellon, respectively, hold a legal and beneficial interest in approximately 23.92 per cent. and 16.38 per cent. of the issued share capital of Portage, and are also vendors under the Sale Agreement in relation to their personal holdings of shares in Target. Shareholders should also be aware that the Acquisition constitutes a related party transaction for Portage under Canadian securities legislation and, as such, approval is required from a majority of the disinterested Portage shareholders. Portage shares held by Messrs. Bailey and Mellon will therefore not be eligible to vote on the Portage Approval.

Kam Shah and Dr Ian Walters each hold a minority interest of less than 3 per cent. of the issued share capital of Portage, as at the date of this Document.

Richard Armstrong, and Colin Weinberg, being the "A" Independent Directors for the purposes of AIM Rule 13, having consulted with Northland, the Company's Nominated Adviser, consider that the terms of the Disposal are fair and reasonable insofar as Shareholders are concerned. In particular, it is noted that the value of the Disposal values the Target Portfolio at substantially more than the Company's valuation on the AIM Market on 13 August 2018, the date before the announcement by the Company of the terms of the Disposal.

The Option Redemption

The Option Redemption is a related party transaction under Rule 13 of the AIM Rules.

Mr James Mellon and Dr Greg Bailey are deemed to be independent directors for the purposes of the Option Redemption. Mr James Mellon and Dr Greg Bailey, being the "B" Independent Directors for the purposes of AIM Rule 13, having consulted with Northland, the Company's Nominated Adviser, consider that the terms of the Option Redemption are fair and reasonable insofar as Shareholders are concerned, particularly noting:

(a) key management and consultants who hold Redemption Options are to transfer to Portage (subject to completion of the transaction) in order to continue to operate the Target Portfolio and are standing down from their respective duties with the Company on completion. During the course of negotiations with Portage it was made clear that the services of such parties were required for the continued development of the Target Portfolio and the value of their respective Options should be respected (as the burden of rewarding each individual for past endeavour should not rest with Portage and was the responsibility of the Company);

(b) as the holders of Redemption Options will not be involved in the day-to-day operations and management of the Company following completion of the Disposal, the "B" Independent Directors do not believe that it will be beneficial to Shareholders as a whole for such holders to exercise their options to be eligible for Demerger Shares (given the likelihood that such holders will dispose of their Ordinary Shares post-transaction which would have a negative impact on the Company's share price); and

(c) the advice of the Company's UK legal counsel that the existing option holders would not be compensated in the event of a transfer of assets by the Company as a distribution in specie (thereby reducing the value of the Company's assets and its net asset value per share) under the terms of the existing option arrangements, and that it was common for option schemes in the UK to provide for terms to be adjusted or to permit a "cashless exercise" in such circumstances (and in this regard the "B" Independent Directors considered the terms of the existing option arrangements to be unfair as management and consultants and advisers were not protected where assets were transferred by the Company as a distribution in specie).

   10.          AGM 

Resolution 1 - Receiving the Financial Statements and Reports for 2017

Shareholders are being asked to receive the financial statements of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2017 (including the Directors' and auditors' reports thereon).

Resolution 2 - Appointment of a Director and Note on Retirement of Directors

In accordance with the Current Articles and corporate governance policy, one third of the Directors are required to stand for re-election by rotation at every annual general meeting.

On this occasion, Kamlesh Shah and Dr Ian Walters have agreed to retire by rotation but not to offer themselves for re-appointment at the AGM. Richard Armstrong and Colin Weinberg will also retire as directors of the Company with effect from the conclusion of the AGM.

The Board are therefore proposing the appointment of Denham Eke as the chief financial officer and as a director of the Company at the AGM in accordance with article 88 of the Current Articles. The board of directors following the AGM will comprise James Mellon, Dr Greg Bailey and, if elected, Denham Eke. A biography for Denham Eke is set out below.

Biography - Denham Eke

Denham Eke is the Managing Director of Burnbrae Group Limited, a private international asset management company. He began his career in stockbroking with Sheppards & Chase before moving into corporate planning for Hogg Robinson Plc, a major multinational insurance broker. He is a director of many years' standing of both public and private companies involved in the financial services, property, mining, and manufacturing sectors. He is chairman of Webis Holdings Plc, chief executive officer of Manx Financial Group Plc, chief finance officer of Port Erin Biopharma Investments Limited, and a non-executive director of Billing Services Group Limited - all quoted on the London AIM market. Mr Eke is also a non-executive director of Juvenescence Ltd., a life science and artificial intelligence company focussed on advancements in the field of longevity.

Resolution 3 - Appointment of Auditors and Determination of their Remuneration

The Company is required to appoint or re-appoint auditors at each general meeting at which financial statements are presented. It is proposed that RSM UK Audit LLP be re-appointed as the Company's auditors, and to authorise the Board to determine their remuneration.

Resolution 4 - Disapplication of pre-emption rights

Article 4.2 of the Company's Current Articles and Article 4.2 of the New Articles contain pre-emption rights that require all shares which the Company proposes to allot for cash to be first offered to existing Shareholders in proportion to existing shareholdings, unless a special resolution is passed to dis-apply such rights. Such rights do not apply to an issue otherwise than for cash, such as an issue in consideration of an acquisition.

It is proposed that the Directors be authorised to allot for cash, on a non-pre-emptive basis, ordinary shares in the capital of the Company for an aggregate par value of up to GBP500,000, as if the pre-emption rights of the Shareholders contained in Current Articles and the New Articles did not apply to such allotment(s), such authority to expire (unless and to the extent previously revoked, varied or renewed by the Company in a general meeting) at the conclusion of the next annual general meeting of the Company. The purpose of this special resolution is to give the Directors the flexibility to take advantage of specific investment and funding opportunities as they arise, without the need to revert to Shareholders for further approval.

Resolution 5 - Adoption of New Articles

Resolution 5 which will be proposed as a special resolution is to approve the adoption of the New Articles in substitution and to the exclusion of the Current Articles.

Resolution 6 - Disposal and Demerger

Resolution 6 which will be proposed as a special resolution and which is conditional on the passing of Resolution 5, is to approve: (i) the Disposal in accordance with the terms of the Sale Agreement and as required under Rule 15 of the AIM Rules; (ii) the Share Split, resulting in the creation of the Redeemable Shares; and (iii) the redemption of the Redeemable Shares by the Company in consideration for the transfer of the Demerger Shares to Shareholders.

Resolution 7 - Redemption of Options

Resolution 7 which will be proposed as a special resolution and which is conditional on the passing of Resolutions 5 and 6 is to approve and authorise the purchase of the Redemption Options in consideration of the grant of the New Options to the New Option Holders.

   11.          Action to be taken 

A Form of Proxy for use at the AGM is enclosed with this Document.

Shareholders holding Ordinary Shares in certificated form should complete and sign the Form of Proxy and return it to Link Asset Services, PXS, 34 Beckenham Road, Kent BR3 4TU as soon as possible but in any event to be received not later than 3.00 p.m. on 4 January 2019 or 48 hours before any adjourned meeting.

The return of a Form of Proxy will not, however, prevent a Shareholder from attending the AGM and voting in person, should he/she wish to do so. Shareholders who wish to attend in person should contact Link Asset Services in advance to confirm what identity documents they should bring with them and to complete a form of representation (available on request from Link Asset Services) if necessary.

Shareholders holding their interest in uncertificated form may vote via their CREST provider (please see CREST instructions in the Notice of Meeting notes section).

   12.          Recommendation 

The Board considers that the resolutions to be proposed at the AGM are in the best interests of Shareholders as a whole. In relation to the Rule 15 Approval and the Demerger Resolution, for the reasons set out in paragraph 2 of this Document and following the process undertaken by the Board, the Board is of the view that the proposals are in the best interests of Shareholders.

Accordingly, the Board recommends that Shareholders vote in favour of the Resolutions to be proposed at the AGM as they intend to do in respect of their own beneficial holdings of 26,920,780 Ordinary Shares in aggregate representing 73.35 per cent. of the current issued share capital of the Company.

   13.          Undertakings 

The Company has received signed irrevocable undertakings from James Mellon and Dr Greg Bailey, shareholders holding, in aggregate 26,813,042 Ordinary Shares as at the date of this Document and which together represents 73.12 per cent. of the current issued ordinary share capital of the Company, confirming that they shall vote in favour of all Resolutions being proposed at the AGM.

On the basis of the signed irrevocable undertakings, it is likely that the Resolutions put to Shareholders at the AGM will be approved.

DEFINITIONS

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

 
 ""A" Independent Director"               Colin Weinberg and Richard Armstrong, 
                                           being the independent directors of 
                                           the Company for the purpose of the 
                                           Disposal, being a related party transaction 
                                           pursuant to Rule 13 of the AIM Rules 
 "Acquisition"                            the proposed acquisition from the 
                                           Company of a 94.2 per cent. interest 
                                           in Target by Portage in accordance 
                                           with the terms of the Sale Agreement 
 "AGM"                                    the annual general meeting of Shareholders 
                                           to be held at 3.00 p.m. on 8 January 
                                           2019, notice of which is set out 
                                           at Part III of this Document, or 
                                           any adjournment of that meeting 
 "AIM"                                    the AIM Market operated by the London 
                                           Stock Exchange 
 "AIM Rules"                              together the AIM Rules for Companies, 
                                           the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers 
                                           and the AIM Dis-ciplinary Procedures 
                                           and Appeals Handbook as published 
                                           from time to time 
 "Applicable Restrictions"                any restrictions on Shareholders 
                                           under the Securities Act (as more 
                                           particularly set out at paragraph 
                                           6 of this Document) 
 "Articles Resolution"                    the resolution numbered 5 set out 
                                           in the Notice in relation to the 
                                           approval and adoption of the New 
                                           Articles 
 "B" Independent Director"                James Mellon and Dr Greg Bailey, 
                                           being independent directors of the 
                                           Company for the purpose of the Option 
                                           Redemption, a related party transaction 
                                           pursuant to Rule 13 of the AIM Rules 
 "BVI"                                    the British Virgin Islands 
 "Company"                                SalvaRx Group Plc, a company incorporated 
                                           and domiciled in the Isle of Man 
                                           with Company Number 000258V 
 "Conditions Precedent"                   the conditions precedent to the Disposal 
                                           by the Company, and the Acquisition 
                                           by Portage, set out in the Sale Agreement 
                                           and as more particularly set out 
                                           at paragraph 4 of this Document 
 "Consideration"                          US$67.5 million to be satisfied by 
                                           the issue of the Consideration Shares 
 "Consideration Shares"                   757,943,784 Portage Shares, issued 
                                           as fully paid shares at an implied 
                                           price per share equal to the Portage 
                                           Share Price 
 "CREST"                                  the computerised settlement system 
                                           used to facilitate the transfer of 
                                           title to shares in uncertificated 
                                           form 
 "CSE"                                    the Canadian Securities Exchange 
 "CREST Regulations"                      the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 
                                           2006 (SD No. 743/06) of the Isle 
                                           of Man 
 "Current Articles"                       the current Articles of Association 
                                           of the Company as at the date of 
                                           this Document 
 "Custodian"                              Hill Dickinson LLP, the Company's 
                                           UK legal counsel 
 "Date of Grant"                          8 January 2019, subject to the approval 
                                           of the Resolutions 
 "Demerger"                               together the proposed Share Split 
                                           and Redemption in accordance with 
                                           the Demerger Resolution to be considered 
                                           and, if thought fit, approved by 
                                           Shareholders at the AGM 
 "Demerger Record Date"                   5.00 p.m. on 8 January 2019 
 "Demerger Resolution"                    the resolution numbered Error! Reference 
                                           source not found. set out in the 
                                           Notice 
 "Demerger Shares"                        not less than 660,593,556 Portage 
                                           Shares, to be distributed to Shareholders, 
                                           as part of the Demerger (such figure 
                                           increasing by 18 Portage Shares for 
                                           each new Ordinary Share issued by 
                                           the Company on exercise of any Northland 
                                           Warrants prior to the Demerger Record 
                                           Date) 
 "Diluted Basis"                          39,234,089 Ordinary Shares, representing 
                                           the total number of Ordinary Shares 
                                           in issue as at 14 August 2018 (being 
                                           36,466,619 Ordinary Shares) plus 
                                           2,767,470 Ordinary Shares in respect 
                                           of the notional exercise of the Redemption 
                                           Options 
 "Directors" or the "Board"               the directors of the Company whose 
                                           names are set out on page 11 of Part 
                                           I of this Document 
 "Disposal"                               the proposed sale by the Company 
                                           of its 94.2 per cent. interest in 
                                           Target to Portage in accordance with 
                                           the terms of the Sale Agreement 
 "Document"                               this document 
 "Euroclear"                              Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited, a 
                                           company incorporated in England and 
                                           Wales and the operator of CREST 
 "Exchange Rate"                          GBP1: US$1.294, being the Sterling 
                                           / US Dollar exchange rate as published 
                                           by The Financial Times, London, on 
                                           7 August 2018 as at 3.00 p.m. 
 "Existing Ordinary Shares"               the 36,699,642 Ordinary Shares of 
                                           the Company in issue at the date 
                                           of this Document 
 "EyGen"                                  EyGen Limited, a company incorporated 
                                           and registered in the BVI 
 "Form of Proxy"                          the form of proxy for use by the 
                                           Shareholders in connection with the 
                                           AGM 
 "Group"                                  the Company and its subsidiary undertaking 
                                           at the date of this Document 
 "Intensity"                              Intensity Therapeutics Inc., a company 
                                           incorporated and domiciled in Delaware, 
                                           USA 
 "Immunova"                               Immunova LLC, a company incorporated 
                                           and domiciled in Delaware, USA 
 "IOM"                                    the Isle of Man 
 "iOx"                                    IOX Therapeutics Ltd, a company incorporated 
                                           and registered in England and Wales 
                                           with company number 09430782 
 "IIROC"                                  Investment Industry Regulatory Organization 
                                           of Canada 
 "LOI"                                    the non-binding letter of intent 
                                           dated 19 March 2018 between the Company 
                                           and Portage in relation to the Disposal 
 "Nekonal"                                Nekonal SARL, a company incorporated 
                                           in Luxembourg, focused on developing 
                                           antibodies for autoimmune diseases 
 "Nekonal Oncology"                       Nekonal Oncology Ltd, a company incorporated 
                                           and registered in the BVI 
 "New Articles"                           subject to approval of the Resolutions, 
                                           the new memorandum and articles of 
                                           association to be adopted by the 
                                           Company at the AGM 
 "New Option Holders"                     means the holders of New Options 
                                           as set out at paragraph 8 of this 
                                           Document 
 "New Options"                            the new options over 40,692,697 Consideration 
                                           Shares granted by the Company to 
                                           the New Option Holders, as set out 
                                           at paragraph 8 of this Document 
 "New Option Shares"                      means up to 40,692,697 Portage Shares 
                                           capable of being transferred by the 
                                           Company to the New Option Holders, 
                                           pursuant to the exercise of the New 
                                           Options 
 "Northland"                              Northland Capital Partners Limited, 
                                           the Company's Nominated Adviser as 
                                           at the date of this Document 
 "Northland Warrants"                     outstanding warrants held by Northland 
                                           over 182,333 Ordinary Shares as at 
                                           the date of this Document (more particularly 
                                           set out at paragraph 8 of this Document) 
 "Notice"                                 the notice of the AGM set out at 
                                           the end of this Document 
 "NYSE"                                   the New York Stock Exchange 
 "Option Holders"                         the holders of Redemption Options 
                                           as set out at paragraph 8 of this 
                                           Document 
 "Option Purchase Agreements"             the agreements between the New Option 
                                           Holders and the Company in connection 
                                           with the Option Redemption 
 "Option Redemption"                      the purchase of the Redemption Options 
                                           from the New Option Holders in consideration 
                                           of the grant of the New Options as 
                                           set out at paragraph 8 of this Document 
 "Options"                                all options and warrants over Ordinary 
                                           Shares outstanding as at the date 
                                           of this Document and more particularly 
                                           as set out at paragraph 8 of this 
                                           Document 
 "Ordinary Shares"                        the ordinary shares of the Company 
                                           of 2.5 pence each 
 "OTC"                                    the stock market operated in the 
                                           USA by the OTC Markets Group 
 "Overseas Shareholders"                  Shareholders with registered addresses 
                                           outside the UK or who are incorporated 
                                           in, registered in or otherwise resident 
                                           or located in, countries outside 
                                           the UK 
 "Per Share Consideration Value"          US$1.75 per Ordinary Share, being 
                                           the value of the Consideration divided 
                                           by the number of Ordinary Shares 
                                           in issue at 13 August 2018 (after 
                                           allowing for the notional exercise 
                                           of the Redemption Options) 
 "PGL"                                    Portage Glasgow Limited, a company 
                                           incorporated in Scotland with company 
                                           number SC583928 
 "PharmaVentures"                         PharmaVentures Limited, a company 
                                           incorporated and registered in England 
                                           and Wales with registered number 
                                           03419584 and having its registered 
                                           office at Triumph House, Parkway 
                                           Court, Oxford Business Park, Oxford 
                                           OX4 2JY 
 "Portage"                                Portage Biotech Inc., a company incorporated 
                                           and domiciled in the BVI with company 
                                           registration no. 1784969 
 "Portage Approval"                       approval of the Acquisition by a 
                                           majority of the disinterested Portage 
                                           shareholders at the Portage Meeting 
                                           of Shareholders 
 "Portage Independent Director"           Steven Mintz (for the purpose of 
                                           the Acquisition) 
 "Portage Meeting of Shareholders"        the Annual and Special Meeting of 
                                           Portage for the purpose of, inter 
                                           alia, considering and if thought 
                                           fit approving the Acquisition 
 "Portage Portfolio"                      the portfolio of investments, subsidiaries 
                                           and interests of Portage 
 "Portage Shareholder Circular"           the circular to Portage shareholders 
                                           dated 26 November 2018 setting out 
                                           the reasons for, and terms of, the 
                                           Acquisition, and including notice 
                                           of the Portage Meeting of Shareholders 
 "Portage Share Price"                    US$0.089, being the implied valuation 
                                           of each Portage share agreed between 
                                           the parties on 19 March 2018, being 
                                           the date of the LOI (giving an aggregate 
                                           value for Portage of approximately 
                                           US$25 million) 
 "Portage Shares"                         the common shares in the issued share 
                                           capital of Portage of no par value, 
                                           which shares are traded on the CSE 
                                           and the OTC 
 "PPL"                                    Portage Pharmaceuticals Limited, 
                                           a company incorporated in the BVI 
 "Prohibited Territories"                 Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic 
                                           of South Africa and the US 
 "Qualifying Shareholders"                Shareholders of the Company recorded 
                                           on the Shareholder Register on the 
                                           Demerger Record Date 
 "Redeemable Shares"                      subject to approval of the Share 
                                           Split Resolution at the AGM, the 
                                           redeemable shares of no par value 
                                           each in the Company, with the rights 
                                           set out in the New Articles 
 "Redemption"                             subject to approval of the Resolutions, 
                                           the redemption of all Redeemable 
                                           Shares by the Company on the date 
                                           of the Demerger in consideration 
                                           of the transfer to shareholders of 
                                           not less than 660,593,556 Demerger 
                                           Shares in aggregate (such figure 
                                           increasing by 18 Portage Shares for 
                                           each new Ordinary Share issued by 
                                           the Company on exercise of the Northland 
                                           Warrants prior to the Demerger Record 
                                           Date) 
 "Redemption Options"                     Options over a total of 2,767,470 
                                           new Ordinary Shares outstanding as 
                                           at the date of this Document (being 
                                           all of the outstanding Options other 
                                           than Northland Warrants), as more 
                                           particularly set out at paragraph 
                                           8 of this Document 
 "Resolutions"                            the resolutions set out in the Notice 
                                           to be proposed at the AGM 
 "Restricted Period"                      the period of six months from the 
                                           date of completion of the Demerger 
 "Retained Shares"                        up to 56,657,531 Portage Shares not 
                                           subject to New Options to be retained 
                                           by the Company following completion 
                                           of the Demerger and Option Redemption, 
                                           such figure decreasing by 18 Portage 
                                           Shares for each new Ordinary Share 
                                           issued by the Company on exercise 
                                           of a Northland Warrant prior to the 
                                           Demerger Record Date) 
 "Rift"                                   Rift Biotherapeutics Inc., a company 
                                           incorporated and registered in Delaware, 
                                           USA 
 "RTO Admission"                          the re-admission of the Ordinary 
                                           Shares of the Company to trading 
                                           on AIM on 22 March 2016 
 "Rule 15 Approval"                       approval by Shareholders of the disposal 
                                           by the Company of its interest in 
                                           Target (pursuant to Rule 15 of the 
                                           AIM Rules) 
 "Sale Agreement"                         the conditional sale agreement between 
                                           the Company, James Mellon, Dr Greg 
                                           Bailey and Portage dated 13 August 
                                           2018 setting out the terms of the 
                                           Disposal and Acquisition, and the 
                                           Conditions Precedent to the transaction 
 "Saugatuck"                              Saugatuck Therapeutics Ltd, a company 
                                           incorporated and registered in the 
                                           BVI 
 "Securities Act"                         the United States Securities Act 
                                           of 1933, as amended, and the rules 
                                           and regulations promulgated thereunder 
 "Sentien"                                Sentien Biotechnologies Inc., a company 
                                           incorporated and registered in Delaware, 
                                           USA 
 "Shareholder Loans"                      the aggregate loan of US$1m from 
                                           James Mellon (via Galloway Limited) 
                                           and Dr Greg Bailey to the Company 
 "Shareholder Register"                   the register of members of the Company 
 "Shareholders"                           holders of Ordinary Shares in the 
                                           Company 
 "Share Split"                            the allotment of one Redeemable Share 
                                           for each Ordinary Share in issue 
                                           as at the Demerger Record Date 
 "Share Split Resolution"                 the resolution numbered 6 set out 
                                           in the Notice 
 "Stimunity"                              Stimunity S.A.S. a company incorporated 
                                           and registered in France 
 "Target"                                 SalvaRx Limited, a company incorporated 
                                           and registered in the BVI with Company 
                                           Registration Number 1873006 
 "Target Portfolio"                       the portfolio of investments and 
                                           interests held by Target as at the 
                                           date of this Document 
 "TSX Trust"                              TSX Trust Company, being the registrar 
                                           and transfer agent of Portage 
 "uncertificated" or "in uncertificated   recorded on the Shareholder Register 
  form"                                    as being held in uncertificated form 
                                           in CREST, entitlement to which, by 
                                           virtue of the CREST Regulations, 
                                           may be transferred by means of CREST 
 "US Person"                              a US Person under the definition 
                                           set out in Regulation S of the Securities 
                                           Act, including inter alia any person, 
                                           company, limited partnership or other 
                                           undertaking, who or which is a US 
                                           national or otherwise domiciled or 
                                           resident anywhere in the US or holds 
                                           a US passport 
 "Valuation Report"                       the independent valuation report 
                                           prepared by PharmaVentures in relation 
                                           to the Target Portfolio dated 23 
                                           July 2018, jointly commissioned by 
                                           the Company and Portage in accordance 
                                           with the terms of the LOI 
 

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