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Monday 16 October, 2017

Augean Plc

Board Changes and Trading Update

RNS Number : 6244T
Augean Plc
16 October 2017


16 October 2017

Augean plc

("Augean" or the "Group")


Board changes and trading update


Augean, one of the UK's leading specialist waste management businesses, today announces changes to its board and also provides an update on trading.


The new board will comprise:


Executive Chairman

Jim Meredith (previously Non-Executive Chairman)

Finance Director

Mark Fryer (existing Finance Director)

Senior Independent Director

John Grant (existing Senior Independent Director)

Non-Executive Director

Rod Holdsworth (existing Non-Executive Director)

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Bryce (existing Non-Executive Director)

Non-Executive Director

Christopher Mills (newly appointed)

Non-Executive Director

Roger McDowell (newly appointed)


Resignation of Chief Executive


Stewart Davies has resigned from his position as CEO of Augean by mutual consent with immediate effect.


Appointment of Executive Chairman


Jim Meredith, currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the Group, will expand his role to that of Executive Chairman and lead the business through its ongoing re-structuring and cost reduction programmes.


Appointment of Non-Executive Directors


Christopher Mills and Roger McDowell have been appointed to the board as Non-Executive Directors with effect from 16 October 2017.


Christopher founded Harwood Capital Management in 2011, a successor from its former parent company J O Hambro Capital Management, which he co-founded in 1993. He is investment manager of North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and is a non-executive director of several companies. Christopher was a director of Invesco MIM, where he was head of North American investments and venture capital, and of Samuel Montagu International.


Roger returns to Augean having previously been a board member of the Group for 11 years between November 2004 and June 2015. Roger brings valuable experience as a successful businessman and entrepreneur, with a strong record of driving shareholder value and serving on the boards of public companies across a range of sectors.  


During his previous tenure on Augean's Board, Roger held the position of Interim CEO (2006 - 2007) and Interim Chairman (2010 - 2012). He was Managing Director of Oliver Ashworth for eighteen years before its sale to St. Gobain. He is currently serving as Non-Executive Chairman of Avingtrans plc, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Servelec Group plc and is also a Non-Executive Director of ThinkSmart plc, Tribal Group plc, Proteome Sciences plc and Swallowfield plc.



Trading and HMRC update


As previously announced, Augean remains in active discussions with HMRC with regard to a landfill tax assessment. The impact of the HMRC assessment, which the board believes will not be resolved imminently, as well as a continued weaker trading performance, is expected to lead to full year profit being below the level of 2016 with 2018 also expected to be lower than previous expectations. The Board has therefore implemented a further round of cost reduction including a management re-organisation, to save at least a further £1.7m of cost annually. This is incremental to the saving of £1.3m already announced in September. The one-off cost of this will be approximately £0.9m and will be shown as an exceptional cost (in addition to the £0.7m for the first round of cost saving). The additional cost savings are expected to be realised fully in 2018 with the one-off exceptional costs incurred in 2017.


Jim Meredith, Executive Chairman, commented: "These new appointments greatly enhance the breadth and depth of the board as well as adding additional commercial experience. We are pleased to welcome back Roger who has extensive operational experience of Augean from his previous 11 year tenure as a director. In addition, Christopher brings with him significant experience of achieving operational excellence and growth while seeing through efficiency and cost reduction programmes.


"We wish Stewart well in his future endeavours and thank him for his efforts whilst Chief Executive of Augean.


"The Group has been through a difficult period but I believe its underlying business remains strong and that our strategy and new board now in place will see the Group make solid progress."


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Augean plc

Jim Meredith, Executive Chairman

Mark Fryer, Group Finance Director


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Regulatory disclosures


In accordance with Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules, Christopher Harwood Bernard Mills (aged 64) holds or has held in the past 5 years the following directorships and partnerships:



Past five years

North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC

Indoor Bowling Acquisitions Limited

Consolidated Venture Finance Limited

Indoor Bowling Equity Limited

Growth Financial Services Limited

Essenden Limited

Harwood Holdco Limited

Kelvinhaugh Student Accommodation Limited

Cross-Border Publishing (London) Limited

Baltimore Capital PLC

IR Media Group Limited

Izodia Plc

Hampton Investment Properties Limited

Bionostics Ltd

Catalyst Media Group PLC

Bionostics Holdings Ltd

Alternateport Limited

Second London America Trust PLC

Sports Information Services (Holdings) Limited

Alba Investment Properties Intermediate Holdings Ltd

62 Pont Street (Freehold) Limited

Orthoproducts Ltd

Catalyst Media Holdings Limited

Baltimore Technologies (UK) Limited

Alba Investment Properties Limited

Baltimore Technologies (Holdings) Limited

Alba Investment Properties Holdings Limited

Merchant Properties General Partner Ltd

Assetco PLC

Merchant Properties Nominees Ltd

Harwood Capital Management Limited

Merchant Properties Two Nominee 1 Ltd

Harwood Real Estate Limited

Merchant Properties Two Nominee 2 Ltd

Bioquell PLC

Merchant Properties Two General Partner Ltd

Harwood Capital Nominees Limited

Darby Group Limited

GTL Resources Overseas Investments Ltd

Tramworks Limited

Sinav Ltd

Stratton Street (Anthony) Limited

GTL Resources Ltd

Harwood Multi Manager Limited

Forefront Group Ltd

Stratton Street (Mouse No.1) Limited

Valient Sports Holdings Ltd

MJ Gleeson PLC

Team Rock Limited

Journey Group PLC

Toftplan Property Ltd

B&G (Europe) Holding Limited

Academic Research Ltd

Agrisense Industrial Monitoring Limited

M J Gleeson Group Ltd

Jaguar Holdings Limited

Jarvis Porter (Property Holdings Ltd)

Coventbridge Group Limited

W G Mitchell (Fifteen) Ltd

Harwood Wealth Management Group PLC

W G Mitchell (Charlotte Square) Ltd

EFK Diagnostics Holdings PLC

W G Mitchell (2005) Ltd

Goals Soccer Centres PLC

W G Mitchell (Seven) Ltd

Sherwood Holdings Limited

W G Mitchell (George Street) Ltd

Quantum Pharma PLC

W G Mitchell Enterprises Ltd

Oryx International Growth Fund Limited

CCH Advisers Ltd

Sunlink Health Systems, Inc

Stratifer Ltd

The Tagos Group North Atlantic PC Holdings, Inc

Nationwide Accident Repair Services Ltd

Utitec Holdings, Inc

Harwood Capital LLP

Curtis Gilmour Holding Company Inc

Celsis International Ltd

Celsis Group Ltd

Nastor Investments Ltd

Quarto Group Inc

Cyprotex PLC

Valiant Sports Holdings Limited


Christopher Mills is interested in 18,400,000 ordinary shares being 17.89% of the Company's issued share capital. 10,800,000 ordinary shares are held by North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust Plc ("NAIT"), 7,500,000 ordinary shares are held by Oryx International Growth Fund Limited ("Oryx) and 100,000 ordinary shares are held by Harwood Capital LLP ("Harwood"). Harwood is investment manager to NAIT and investment adviser to Oryx. Harwood is a limited liability partnership of which Christopher Mills is a partner and Chief Investment Officer. Christopher Mills is also a shareholder and director of both NAIT and Oryx.

Christopher Mills has been a director of the following companies which have been placed into liquidation or receivership/administration:


All creditors paid in full:


·      Nationwide Security Group plc - Receivership completed 2 March 2005

·      Tricor plc - resigned 3 February 2003 - Voluntary arrangement completed 2 April 2014


Companies that went into administration and creditors lost money as a result of liquidation:


·      Valiant Sports Holdings Limited - Creditors' voluntary liquidator appointed on 2 April 2013.  The estimated deficiency to investors and creditors was £2,667,085

·      Jarvis Porter Group plc - Administration completed 28 August 2008 - a dividend of 3 pence per share was paid to unsecured creditors

·      United Industries plc - resigned 28 October 2005 - Administration completed 26 January 2008. The estimated deficiency to investors and creditors was £48,142,869

·      Versatile Group Limited - Administrative receiver appointed 3 September 1998 by Bank of Scotland who had charges and cross guarantees supporting a debt of £2.4 million. In addition, the group had estimated deficiencies as regards creditors of £0.6 million and total estimated deficiencies in excess of £0.7 million. Versatile Group Limited was struck off the register on 15 May 2001


Administration ongoing:


·      Team Rock Limited - Christopher Mills is no longer a director - Administrator appointed 12 December 2016


Christopher Mills was appointed a director of the following companies on 23 December 2009 after they were purchased by J O Hambro on 23 December 2009 whilst they were in Administration. The preferential creditor agreed to discharge part of the claim it held against the company and all other creditors were paid in full:


·      W.G. Mitchell (2005) Limited

·      W.G. Mitchell (Charlotte Square) Limited

·      W.G. Mitchell (George Street) Limited

·      W.G. Mitchell (Enterprises) Limited

·      W.G. Mitchell (Fifteen) Limited

·      W.G. Mitchell (Seven) Limited


Save for the disclosures above, there are no further disclosures to be made in accordance with Rule 17 and Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules in respect of Christopher Mills.


In accordance with Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules, Roger Steven McDowell (aged 62) holds or has held in the past 5 years the following directorships and partnerships:



Past five years

ThinkSmart plc

Corsair Techinvest Ltd

Tribal Group plc

Augean plc

Proteome Sciences plc

Renovo plc / Inspired Capita plc

Servelec plc

Alkane Energy plc

Swallowfield plc

Premier Technical Services Group plc

D4t4 Solutions plc

Ultimate Finance Group plc

Avingtrans plc

Dovehoco 201 ktd

Disperse Ltd

Fineguard Ltd


Roger McDowell is interested in 3,000,000 shares in Augean representing 2.92% of the current issued share capital.


Save for the disclosures above, there are no further disclosures to be made in accordance with Rule 17 and Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules in respect of Roger McDowell.



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