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Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Gemfields Group Ltd

Results of Virtual Annual General Meeting

RNS Number : 9733Q
Gemfields Group Limited
24 June 2020
 


 

GEMFIELDS GROUP LIMITED

(Incorporated in Guernsey)

(Guernsey registration Number: 47656)

(South African external company registration number 2009/012636/10)

Share code on JSE:GML  / AIM:GEM / BSX:GML.BH

  ISIN: GG00BG0KTL52  LEI: 21380017GAVXTCYS5R31

("Gemfields" or the "Company")

 

 

24 June 2020 

 

Results of Virtual Annual General Meeting

 

Shareholders are advised that, at the Company's Virtual Annual General Meeting ("VAGM"), held today Wednesday 24 June 2020, with the exception of Special Resolution 1,  all of the remaining binding resolutions set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting and proposed at the VAGM were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders.

The Company acknowledges that more than 25% of shareholders have voted against the two non-binding advisory votes, these being the endorsement of the Company's Remuneration Policy and Remuneration Implementation Report. As such, in keeping with the principles of the King IV Corporate Governance Code, the Company will host a shareholders' conference call at 3pm British Summer Time on Thursday 16 July 2020, in order to further engage with shareholders in respect of remuneration. Further details regarding this call will be made available shortly on our website at www.gemfieldsgroup.com .

 

 

Details of the voting results at the VAGM are as follows:

 

Total issued number of ordinary shares (with voting rights)

1,168,756,030

Total number of shares present/represented including proxies at the meeting (including shares abstained from voting)

 

672,468,522

Percentage* of ordinary shares represented at the meeting

57.54%

 

 

Resolution proposed

For

Against

  Abstain**





Ordinary Resolution 1:




To adopt Gemfields' Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2019.

672,216,711

40,603

211,208

99.99%

0.01%

0.02%





Ordinary Resolution 2:




To re-elect Martin Tolcher, who is retiring by rotation, as a director of Gemfields.

578,233,560

94,026,554

208,408

86.01%

13.99%

0.02%





Ordinary Resolution 3:




To re-elect Lumkile Mondi, who is retiring by rotation, as a director of Gemfields.

672,176,033

84,081

208,408

99.99%

0.01%

0.02%





Ordinary Resolution 4:




To elect each of Carel Malan, Martin Tolcher (subject to his re-election pursuant to resolution 2) and Lumkile Mondi (subject to his re-election pursuant to resolution 3) to the Gemfields' Audit Committee. 

 

 

578,213,982

94,026,554

227,986

86.01%

13.99%

0.02%

 

Ordinary Resolution 5:




To reappoint BDO LLP as Gemfields' auditor (until the conclusion of the 2021 annual general meeting) and to authorise the Directors to fix their remuneration.

 

576,603,250

95,643,055

222,217

85.77%

14.23%

0.02%

 

Special Resolution 1:




To authorise the directors of Gemfields pursuant to Article 5 of the Articles of Incorporation to issue up to 116,875,603 ordinary shares for cash subject to the conditions more particularly set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting.

 

447,545,809

224,660,937

261,776

66.58%

33.42%

0.02%

 

Special Resolution 2: 




To provide general authority to Gemfields and/or any subsidiary thereof, from time to time, to acquire (repurchase) ordinary shares in the share capital of the Company from any person subject to the conditions more particularly set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting.

672,187,320

99.99%

61,776

0.01%

219,426

0.02%





Special Resolution 3: 




To provide general authority to Gemfields and/or any subsidiary thereof, to cancel any shares in Gemfields (including ordinary shares and/or treasury shares) which Gemfields holds in itself subject to the conditions more particularly set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting.

 

 

 

672,036,555

99.99%

 

 

 

68,821

0.01%

 

 

 

363,146

0.03%

 

Special Resolution 4:




To amend the articles of incorporation of Gemfields as set out in the amended version of the articles attached as Appendix A to the Notice of Annual General Meeting.




672,171,385

99.99%

58,739

0.01%

238,398

0.02%

 

Non-binding advisory vote: 




To endorse the Company's Remuneration Policy (as set out within the Remuneration Committee Report).

310,736,019

360,926,525

805,978

46.26%

53.74%

0.07%





Non-binding advisory vote: 




To endorse the Company's Remuneration Implementation Report (as set out within the Remuneration Committee Report).

350,375,252

321,379,421

713,849

52.16%

47.84%

0.06%

 

* All percentage figures are rounded to two decimal places.

**Abstentions are represented as a percentage of total issued number of ordinary shares (with voting rights).

 

Further information on Gemfields Group Limited can be found at www.gemfieldsgroup.com

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Enquiries:



Gemfields

Nominated Adviser and Broker (AIM)

Sean Gilbertson / David Lovett / Mark Lawrie

finnCap

Tel: +44(0) 20 7518 3400

Christopher Raggett / Edward Whiley


Tel: +44(0) 20 7220 0500



Sponsor (JSE)

IR / Financial PR

Investec Bank Limited

Camarco


Gordon Poole / Jennifer Renwick / Nick Hennis


Tel: +44(0) 20 3757 4980

 

Additional information on Gemfields

 

Gemfields is a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones. Gemfields is the operator and 75% owner of both the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia (believed to be the world's single largest producing emerald mine) and the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique (one of the most significant recently discovered ruby deposits in the world). In addition, Gemfields also holds controlling interests in various other gemstone mining and prospecting licenses in Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Madagascar.

 

Gemfields' outright ownership of Fabergé - an iconic and prestigious brand of exceptional heritage - enables Gemfields to optimise positioning, perception and consumer awareness of coloured gemstones, advancing the wider group's "mine and market" vision.

 

Gemfields has developed a proprietary grading system and a pioneering auction and trading platform to provide a consistent supply of coloured gemstones to downstream markets, a key component of Gemfields' business model and has played an important role in the growth of the global coloured gemstone sector.

 

 


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