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Monday 17 January, 2022

Chaarat Gold Hlgs Ld

Grant of waiver

RNS Number : 6653Y
Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd
17 January 2022
 

17 January 2022

 

Chaarat Gold Holdings Limited

("Chaarat" or the "Company")

 

Grant of waiver

 

Chaarat (AIM:CGH), the AIM-quoted gold mining company with an operating mine in Armenia, and assets at various stages of development in the Kyrgyz Republic, announces that an independent committee of Chaarat's board of directors (the "Board") has exercised its discretion to waive the requirement for a mandatory offer for the Company by Labro Investments Limited ("Labro") upon the acquisition of up to 9,000,000 ordinary shares of US$0.01 each in the Company ("OrdinaryShares") in the market, subject to such purchases being completed by 5.30pm UK time on 15 April 2022 and subject to receipt of all approvals required under the Company's share dealing code (the "Waiver").

 

Background to the Waiver

 

There is a provision in the Company's Articles of Association (Article 19) which states that the Board has the right to require any holder of more than 20% of the Ordinary Shares to make a mandatory offer to all the Company's shareholders to acquire their Ordinary Shares if they acquire an additional interest in any Ordinary Shares. The Board has previously exercised its discretion to waive the requirement for a mandatory offer when Labro (which holds more than 20% of the Ordinary Shares) has requested the acquisition of additional Ordinary Shares.

 

The Board most recently exercised the same discretion for the acquisition in the market of up to 10,000,000 Ordinary Shares by Labro (as announced on 5 August 2021).  Labro acquired 9,988,076 Ordinary Shares pursuant to that waiver which expired on 31 December 2021.

 

Shareholding impacts of the Waiver

 

Labro currently holds:

304,516,043 Ordinary Shares representing approximately 44.17 per cent of Chaarat's issued share capital; and

a loan note for US$1,000,000 (the "LoanNote") convertible into 3,579,089 Ordinary Shares assuming full conversion of principal and interest to maturity on 31 October 2022.

 

Chaarat's Executive Chairman, Mr Martin Andersson, who is indirectly beneficially interested in the majority of shares of Labro, is beneficially interested in 6,969,592 Ordinary Shares representing 1.01% of Chaarat's issued share capital.  Mr Andersson also holds options to acquire 16,300,639 Ordinary Shares under the Company's 2019 management incentive plan.

 

If the maximum number of Ordinary Shares permitted to be purchased are acquired by way of the acquisition of existing Ordinary Shares in accordance with the Waiver, Labro's, Mr Andersson's and their combined shareholdings in the Company would be as follows:

 

Undiluted*

Diluted for Loan Notes*

Fully diluted*

Labro

313,516,043

45.48%

317,095,132

45.76%

317,095,132

44.71%

Mr Andersson

6,969,592

1.01%

6,969,592

1.01%

23,270,231

3.28%

Combined

320,485,635

46.49%

324,064,724

46.76%

340,365,363

47.99%

* Undiluted

assumes 9m shares purchased subject to this waiver and no other issue of new Ordinary Shares, including on exercise of existing options or on conversion of any existing convertible loan notes.

* Diluted for Loan Notes

assumes 9m shares purchased subject to this waiver and full conversion by Labro of the Loan Note principal and interest to maturity, no options to subscribe for Ordinary Shares exercised, no other convertible loan notes converted, and no other Ordinary Shares issued.

* Fully diluted

assumes 9m shares purchased subject to this waiver and full conversion by Labro of the Loan Note principal and interest to maturity, no other convertible loan notes converted, the exercise in full by Mr Andersson of his existing share options, no other options to subscribe for Ordinary Shares exercised, and no other Ordinary Shares issued.

 

 

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Enquiries




Chaarat Gold Holdings Limited

+44 (0)20 7499 2612

Michael Fraser (Chief Executive Officer)

[email protected]



Canaccord Genuity Limited (NOMAD and Joint Broker)

+ 44 (0)20 7523 8000

Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor


James Asensio




finnCap Limited (Joint Broker)

+44 (0)20 7220 0500

Christopher Raggett




Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Joint Broker)

+44 (0)20 7886 2500

John Prior

Hugh Rich


 

 

About Chaarat

Chaarat is a gold mining company which owns the Kapan operating mine in Armenia as well as Tulkubash and Kyzyltash Gold Projects in the Kyrgyz Republic . The Company has a clear strategy to build a leading emerging markets gold company with an initial focus on the f ormer So viet Un ion through organic growth and selective M&A.

Chaarat is engaged in active community engagement programmes to optimise the value of the Chaarat investment proposition.

Chaarat aims to create value for its shareholders, employees and communities from its high-quality gold and mineral deposits by building relationships based on trust and operating to the best environmental, social and employment standards. Further information is available at www.chaarat.com .




 

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