Toople PLC

Introduction of new Long Term Incentive Plan

RNS Number : 6073Y
Toople PLC
14 May 2021
 

For release: 07.00 a.m., 14 May 2021  

 

Toople PLC

 

("Toople" or the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Introduction of new Long Term Incentive Plan

 

Toople PLC (LSE: TOOP), a provider of bespoke telecom services to UK SMEs, announces that it has introduced a new Long Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") designed to incentivise the Group's Executive Directors and Non-executive Directors (the "Participants").  Key staff members may also be invited to participate in the LTIP from time to time. 

 

The LTIP has been established to encourage long-term value creation for the Group's shareholders and to align the interests of the Participants with shareholders.

 

Awards under the LTIP take the form of:

 

· An approved EMI share option scheme for the Group's Executive Directors; and

· An unapproved share option scheme for the Group's Non-executive Directors.

 

For both schemes, the grant price will be the average of the market closing price two days preceding the date of grant, or the nominal value of the share - whichever is higher. The vesting period will be three years, with an exercise period of ten years, starting from the date of grant.

 

On 13th May options over 464,000,000 Ordinary shares of 0.0667p each in Toople Plc (the 'Options') were granted to certain of its directors, PDMRs, and other members of staff. All of these options have an exercise price of 0.07p per share, being the market value at the time the options were granted.

 

Options over 253,000,000 ordinary shares were granted under the Group's EMI share option scheme to two Directors and one PDMR, as set out below.

 

 

Status

HMRC Approved EMI option scheme grant at 0.07p

No options held post grant

Current shareholding in Company

Andy Hollingworth

Group CEO

169,000,000

169,000,000

28,250,000

Paul White

CFO

42,000,000

42,000,000

-

John Carter

PDMR

42,000,000

42,000,000

-

Total

 

253,000,000

253,000,000

28,250,000

 

In addition, options of 126,000,000 ordinary shares were granted to two Non-Executive Directors under an unapproved share option scheme, as set out below.

 

 

Unapproved option scheme grant at 0.07p

No. of options held post grant

Current shareholding in Company

Current warrant holding in the Company

Richard Horsman

84,000,000

84,000,000

54,166,680

20,833,340

Kevin Lawrence

42,000.000

42,000,000

59,961,666

27,997,500

Total

126,000,000

126,000,000

114,128,346

48,830,840

 

The warrants held by Messrs Horsman and Lawrence have an exercise price of 0.1p.

 

Following these option grants, the Company has 464,000,000 shares under option, representing 10.97% of the current issued share capital of the Company.

 

 

This announcement contains information which, prior to its disclosure, was inside information as stipulated under Regulation 11 of the Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019/310 (as amended). 

 

The Directors of the Company take responsibility for this announcement.

 

 

Notification and public disclosure of transaction by person discharging managerial responsibilities:

 

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

 

1)  Andy Hollingworth

2) Paul White

3) Richard Horsman

4) Kevin Lawrence

5) John Carter

2

Reason for notification

 

 

 

 

a.

Position/Status

 

1)  Group CEO

2)  CFO

3)  NED

4) NED

5) PDMR

b.

Initial notification/

Amendment

 

Initial notification

3

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a.

Name

 

Toople Plc

b.

LEI

 

213800P3DSCKSEHPU161

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, type of instrument

Identification Code


 

Options over Ordinary shares of 0.0667p each

 

ISIN:  GB00BZ8TP087

b.

Nature of the transaction

 

Grant of options

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

Price

Volume

1)  0.07p

169,000,000

2)  0.07p

42,000,000

3) 0.07p

84,000,000

4) 0.07p

42,000,000

5) 0.07p

42,000,000

 

d.

Aggregated information

- Aggregated Volume

 

- Price

 

 

 379,000,000

 

0.07p

 

e.

Date of the transaction

 

14 May 2021

f.

Place of the transaction

 

Outside of a trading venue

         

 

 

 

 

For further information :

 

Toople PLC

Andy Hollingworth, Chief Executive Officer

Paul White, Chief Financial Officer

 

Tel: 0800 0499 499

Novum Securities Limited

David Coffman

 

Tel: 020 7399 9400

Belvedere Communications

John West / Llew Angus

 

Tel: 020 3687 2754

 

About Toople PLC

 

Toople PLC is incorporated in the UK and listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. 

 

The business currently trades under four main brands:  www.toople.com www.dmsluk.co.uk broadbandandphones.co.uk www.checkthatcompany.co.uk .

 

Toople.com  provides bespoke telecoms services for its fast growing target market of UK SMEs with between one and 500 employees.  Services offered by the Group include business broadband, fibre, EFM and Ethernet data services, business mobile phones, cloud PBX and SIP Trunking and Traditional Services (calls and lines) all of which are delivered and managed via the Group's proprietary software platform.  213800P3DSCKSEHPU161

 

In February 2020, Toople completed the acquisition of  DMS Holding (DMSL) .  DMSL commenced trading in 2002 and provides unified communication services in the UK, ranging from a single phone line to a multi-site unified comms VoIP platform, delivered via a network of telecoms and IT carriers and content providers across the UK including BT Business, BT Global Services, Gamma, EE, Vonage, TalkTalk Business and O2.

 

DMSL acts as a BT Premier re-seller for broadband connectivity, mobile and fixed voice and cloud services and is responsible for over 250,000 BT customers and over 400,000 Revenue Generating Units.

 

The acquisition of DMSL was transformational for Toople, as it also expanded the Group's reach into the UK residential market, which is experiencing a period of rapid change, as operational automation further develops and more people choose to (or are forced to) work from home.

 

The Company also owns a telecoms price comparison website and a service offering company credit reference checking and reports.  These complement the Group's IT and telecoms services.

 

All the Group brands seek to differentiate themselves by offering IT, telecoms and broadband solutions, with robust and reliable packages, that enhance a customers' business and are based on trust and transparency, with no hidden fees within pricing policies.  This provides customers with a clear understanding of cost and fixed prices for the duration of their contracts.

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