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Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Eland Oil & Gas PLC

RESULTS OF THE COURT MEETING AND GENERAL MEETING

RNS Number : 1138U
Eland Oil & Gas PLC
20 November 2019
 

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 20 November 2019

RECOMMENDED CASH ACQUISITION

of

ELAND OIL & GAS PLC ("ELAND")

by

SEPLAT PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC ("SEPLAT") 

RESULTS OF THE COURT MEETING AND GENERAL MEETING

On 15 October 2019, the boards of Eland and Seplat announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition by Seplat of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Eland. The Acquisition is to be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 which requires the approval of the Scheme Shareholders and the sanction of the Court. A scheme document was posted to Eland Shareholders on 28 October 2019 setting out the terms of the Acquisition (the "Scheme Document").

A Court Meeting and General Meeting were held today at the offices of Mayer Brown International LLP, 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF to consider and approve the resolutions in relation to the Scheme.

Eland and Seplat are pleased to announce that at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting convened in relation to the proposed Scheme held today at 10.00 a.m. and 10.24 a.m., respectively, all the proposed resolutions were duly passed by the requisite majorities. Full details of the resolutions are set out in the notices of the Court Meeting and the General Meeting contained in the Scheme Document.

A summary of the voting results is set out below.

Court Meeting

At the Court Meeting, a majority in number of Eland Shareholders, who voted (either in person or by proxy) and who together represented at least 75 per cent. by value of the votes cast, voted in favour of the resolution to approve the Scheme and accordingly, the resolution to approve the Scheme was duly passed on a poll vote.

Result of the Court Meeting

No. of Scheme Shares voted

% of Scheme Shares voted

No. of Scheme Shareholders who voted

% of Scheme Shareholders who voted

No. of Scheme Shares voted as a % of Eland total issued share capital*

FOR

154,094,641

99.996%

60

98.361%

71.452%

AGAINST

6,049

0.004%

1

1.639%

0.003%

TOTAL

154,100,690

100%

61

100%

71.455%

 

* excludes ordinary shares held in treasury

General Meeting

At the General Meeting, the special resolution for the purpose of giving effect to the Scheme and associated amendments to the articles of association of the Company was duly passed on a show of hands, by the requisite majority and was supported by the following proxy votes cast before the General Meeting:


FOR

AGAINST

TOTAL

WITHHELD*


No. of Scheme Shares voted

% of Scheme Shares voted

No. of Scheme Shares voted

% of Scheme Shares voted

No. of Scheme Shares voted

No. of Scheme Shares

Special Resolution

153,995,029

99.996%

6,049

0.004%

154,001,078

432

 

*A vote withheld is not a vote in law and counts neither "For" nor "Against" the Special Resolution.

Timetable

The expected timetable of principal events for the implementation of the Scheme is set in the Scheme Document. Subject to the Court sanctioning the Scheme and the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions in the Scheme Document, the Scheme is expected to become Effective on 17 December 2019.

The condition requiring a joint notification having been made by Seplat and Eland to the Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources, notifying the Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources of the Acquisition and the acquisition of interests by Seplat in Eland, was deemed satisfied on 23 October 2019.

The condition requiring a joint notification having been made by Seplat and Eland to the Nigerian Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, notifying the Nigerian Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of the Acquisition and the indirect transfer of the business of Elcrest to Seplat, was deemed satisfied on 12 November 2019.

Defined terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meaning given to them in the Scheme Document.

Enquiries:

Eland

+44 (0) 20 7016 3180

George Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer


Ron Bain, Chief Financial Officer


Finlay Thomson, Investor Relations Manager




Evercore (Sole Financial Adviser to Eland)

+44 (0) 20 7653 6000

David Waring

Edward Banks

Gent Kadare




Peel Hunt (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker to Eland)

+44 (0) 20 7418 8900

Richard Crichton

Michael Nicholson

David McKeown




Stifel (Joint Broker to Eland)

+44 (0) 20 7710 7600

Callum Stewart

Nicholas Rhodes

Ashton Clanfield

 


Camarco (PR Adviser to Eland)

+44 (0) 20 3757 4980

Billy Clegg


 

Seplat

+234 (0) 1 277 0400

Austin Avuru, Chief Executive Officer


Roger Brown, Chief Financial Officer


Chioma Nwachuku, GM - External Affairs and Communications


Ayeesha Aliyu, Investor Relations




Citi
(Sole Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker to Seplat)

+44 (0) 20 7986 4000

Luke Spells


Shreyas Bordia


Tom Reid (Corporate Broking)




Investec

(Joint Corporate Broker to Seplat)

+44 (0) 20 7597 4000

Chris Sim


Tejas Padalkar


Lawrence Killian




FTI Consulting (PR Adviser to Seplat)

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Ben Brewerton


Sara Powell


 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Evercore Partners International LLP ("Evercore"), which is authorised and regulated by the FCA, is acting exclusively for Eland and no one else in connection with the Acquisition, the other matters referred to in this announcement and the Scheme Document, and will not be responsible to anyone other than Eland for providing the protections afforded to clients of Evercore, nor for providing advice in connection with the Acquisition or any matter or arrangement referred to herein. Neither Evercore nor any of its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Evercore in connection with the Acquisition or any statement contained herein or otherwise.

Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel Hunt"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for Eland and no-one else in connection with the Acquisition and/or any other matter referred to in this announcement and/or the Scheme Document, and will not be responsible to anyone other than Eland for providing the protections afforded to clients of Peel Hunt or for providing advice in connection with the Acquisition or any matter or arrangement referred to herein.

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited ("Stifel"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for Eland and no one else in connection with the Acquisition, the other matters referred to in this announcement and the Scheme Document, and will not be responsible to anyone other than Eland for providing the protections afforded to clients of Stifel or for providing advice in connection with the Acquisition or any matter or arrangement referred to herein. 

Citigroup Global Markets Limited ("Citi"), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting as sole financial adviser for Seplat and for no one else in connection with the Acquisition and other matters described in this announcement, and will not be responsible to anyone other than Seplat for providing the protections afforded to clients of Citi nor for providing advice in connection with Acquisition, the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement. Neither Citi nor any of its affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, in delict, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Citi in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein, the Acquisition or otherwise.

Investec Bank plc ("Investec") which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting as joint corporate broker to Seplat and for no one else in connection with the Acquisition and will not be responsible to anyone other than Seplat for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition, the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement. Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on Investec by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) or the regulatory regime established thereunder, Investec does not make any representation express or implied in relation to, nor accepts any responsibility whatsoever for, the Acquisition, the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement. Investec (and its affiliates) accordingly, to the fullest extent permissible by law, disclaims all and any responsibility or liability (save for any statutory liability) whether arising in tort, delict, contract or otherwise which it might have in respect of the Acquisition, the contents of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement.

Publication on a website

A copy of this announcement will be available free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, on Eland's and Seplat's websites at www.elandoilandgas.com and www.seplatpetroleum.com, respectively, by no later than 12.00 p.m. on the Business Day following the date of this announcement. Neither the contents of Eland's website, nor those of Seplat's website, nor those of any other website accessible from hyperlinks on either Eland's or Seplat's website, are incorporated into or form part of this announcement.

Request for hard copies

Eland Shareholders may request a hard copy of this announcement and the Scheme Document by contacting Computershare Investor Services PLC on +44 (0)370 707 1525. You may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to you in relation to the Acquisition should be in hard copy form. 

Important Information

If you are in any doubt about the contents of this announcement or the action you should take, you are recommended to seek your own independent financial advice immediately from your stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or independent financial advisor duly authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) if you are a resident in the United Kingdom or, if not, from another appropriately authorised independent financial advisor.

 


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