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Monday 11 June, 2018

Harvest Minerals Ltd

Proposed placing to raise approximately £9 million

RNS Number : 8620Q
Harvest Minerals Limited
11 June 2018
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (INCLUDING THE APPENDIX) (TOGETHER, THE "ANNOUNCEMENT") AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

 

Harvest Minerals Limited / Index: LSE / Epic: HMI / Sector: Mining

11 June 2018

Harvest Minerals Limited

("Harvest" or the "Company")

Proposed placing to raise approximately £9 million

 

The Board of Harvest, the AIM quoted natural fertiliser producer, is pleased to announce a placing of new ordinary shares of no par value in the share capital of the Company (the "Ordinary Shares") (the "Placing Shares") at a price of no less than 18.5p per Placing Share to raise approximately £9 million before expenses ("the Placing"). The Placing, conducted by way of an accelerated bookbuild, will be launched immediately following the release of this Announcement.

 

Transaction Highlights

·     Placing to raise approximately £9 million (before expenses) to certain new and existing institutional investors at a price of not less than 18.5p per Placing Share

·     Arden Partners plc ("Arden Partners") is acting as sole Bookrunner following its appointment today as joint broker to the Company with Shard Capital LLP ("Shard")

·     The Placing will be conducted by way of an accelerated bookbuild, launched immediately following release of this Announcement in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the appendix ("Appendix") to this Announcement, and which is expected to close no later than 4.30 p.m. (GMT+1) today (the "Bookbuild")

·     The Placing Shares are not being offered or otherwise made available to the public

·     The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares by reference to a record date on or after the date of Admission

·     The Board intends on using the net proceeds of the Placing to:

further develop the business at its Arapua Fertiliser Project ("Arapua") by expanding production capabilities to satisfy demand from incoming sales;

expand the Company's direct sale and marketing activities to support continued growth and diversification of its customer base in Brazil;

potentially advance the Company's additional assets in Brazil and/or identify new opportunities within the sector; and

provide general working capital to the Company.

 

Further details of the Placing

The Placing, which will be undertaken by way of the Bookbuild, will be made available to eligible existing and new institutional shareholders. Arden Partners and Shard are acting as joint brokers. Arden Partners is acting as sole bookrunner. The timing of the closing of the Bookbuild will be at the sole discretion of the Company and Arden Partners. The completion of the Bookbuild containing details of the Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares to be issued will be announced as soon as possible.

 

The Placing is subject to the terms and satisfaction of certain conditions set out in the Appendix. No element of the Placing is being underwritten.

 

Under the terms of the Placing, Arden intends to place the Placing Shares (on behalf of the Company) with eligible existing and new institutional shareholders. Members of the public are not entitled to participate in the Placing.

 

The Placing Shares, when issued, will be credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of issue of the Placing Shares.

 

The Placing Shares will represent, in aggregate, approximately 27 per cent. of the Company's issued Ordinary Shares as enlarged by the issue of the Placing Shares.

 

Director Participation and Related Party Transaction

The following Directors intend to participate in the Placing as follows:

 

Mr Luis Azevedo: Subscription for 135,135 Placing Shares, equating to an investment of £25,000

Mr Frank Moxon: Subscription for 10,810 Placing Shares, equating to an investment of £2,000

 

The intended participation in the Placing by Mr Luis Azevedo and Mr Frank Moxon, if confirmed, will be classified as a related party transaction under the AIM Rules. The Directors, other than Mr Azevedo and Mr Moxon consider, having consulted with Strand Hanson Limited as the Company's nominated adviser, that the terms of their participation is fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.

 

Admission

Application will be made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc.

 

Admission and commencement of dealings in the Placing Shares is expected to take place on or around 8.00 a.m. on 15 June 2018 and dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at that time.  Settlement is expected to occur by no later than 4.00 pm on 15 June 2018. The Placing is conditional on, inter alia, the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional in all respects and not being terminated and Admission becoming effective on or before 8.00 a.m. on 15 June 2018 (or such later time and/or date as the Company and Arden Partners may agree).

 

As noted below in "Dealing and Settlement", upon Admission, the new Placing Shares (as represented by Depository Interests) will be held in the CREST system with the ISIN AU000XINEAB4 .

 

The Appendix sets out further information relating to the Placing and the full Terms and Conditions of the Placing.

 

This Announcement should be read in its entirety. In particular, you should read and understand the information provided in the "Important Notices" section of this Announcement and the detailed Terms and Conditions and additional information relating to the Placing described in the Appendix.

 

Background to and reasons for the Capital Raising

 

Harvest is a Brazilian focused fertiliser producer advancing the 100% owned Arapua Fertiliser Project. The Company's shares have traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange since its IPO in September 2015. Harvest currently produces KPfértil, an organic fertiliser and remineraliser.

 

KPfértil is solely produced at Arapua (14,946 hectares), which is located in Minas Gerais, at the heart of the Brazilian agriculture belt. Arapua is a shallow, low cost mine with an indicated and inferred resource of 13.07MT at 3.1% K2O and 2.49% P2O5. This is based on drilling just 6.7% of the known mineralisation, leaving significant upside potential. This resource is equivalent to over 29 years' production and the known mineralisation expected to support 100+ years' production at 450,000 tonnes per annum.

 

On 7 March 2018, the Company announced that it had signed a sales contract with Agrocerrado Produtos Agrícolas e Assistência Técnica LTDA ("Agrocerrado"). The order was for 36,000 tonnes of KPfértil at a sale price of BRL200/T (c.US$53/t). This morning the Company announced that it had signed another major sales contract for 50,000 tonnes of KPfértil with a natural organic fertilizer producer based in Brazil.

 

To date, the Company has achieved significant operational milestones. Some of these milestones include:

·     identification of a JORC Indicated and Inferred Resource of 13.07 million tonnes at 3.1% K2O and 2.49% P2O5;

·     modular processing plant fabricated and installed, completing low-cost production chain;

·     application to MAPA to register KPfértil as a remineraliser product; and

·     total sales of over 80,000 tonnes.

 

Having validated the Company's business plan, the Board believes that the Placing will accelerate the scaling up of the Arapua operation and drive sales growth through investing in marketing.

 

The Board therefore believes that the Placing will deliver value for existing and new Shareholders.  Further information on the Company's projects is set out in the Company's AIM Admission Document and the Company's website: http://www.harvestminerals.net/.

 

Current trading and prospects

The Company's Interim Results to 31 December 2017 were released on 23 March 2018.  The Company subsequently announced on 14 May 2018 that it had been informed by the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil that it has conditionally approved the Company's application to register KPFértil as a remineraliser, pending the submission of additional materials.  As announced this morning, the Company has signed a further major sales contract.

 

Use of proceeds

The gross proceeds of the Placing, if fully subscribed, are expected to be approximately £9 million. The net proceeds of the Placing will be substantially applied to the development of production expansion at Arapua and product marketing as well as for general working capital requirements.

 

The Capital Raising

 

The Placing Agreement

Pursuant to the Placing Agreement, Arden Partners has conditionally agreed to use its reasonable endeavours to procure subscribers for the Placing Shares and to place the Placing Shares at the Placing Price.  Shard is assisting in these endeavours as a sales agent.  Details of the final number of Placing Shares, the Placing Price and the gross proceeds of the Placing will be announced as soon as practicable after the closing of the Bookbuild. The Placing is not being underwritten by Arden Partners or any other party.

 

The Placing Agreement contains certain customary warranties from the Company in favour of Arden Partners in relation to, inter alia, certain matters relating to the Company and its business. In addition, the Company has agreed to indemnify Arden Partners in relation to certain liabilities it may incur in respect of the Placing. Arden Partners has the right to terminate the Placing Agreement in certain circumstances prior to Admission including, without limitation, in the event of any material breach by the Company of its obligations under the Placing Agreement, the occurrence of a force majeure event or a material adverse change in the financial condition of the Group. Under the terms of the Placing Agreement the Company has agreed to pay Arden a commission based on the number of Placing Shares, which are the subject of the Placing together with reimbursement of certain costs and expenses in connection with its appointment.

 

The Placing is subject to the terms and conditions set out in the Appendix. 

 

US Securities Law Restrictions

This Announcement (including the Appendix) is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America. This Announcement is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States. This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or   indirectly, in or into, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

 

 

Dealing and Settlement

The Placing Shares will be allotted and issued fully paid and will, on issue, be identical in all respects to the Company's existing Ordinary Shares, free from all liens, charges and encumbrances of any kind. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM, which is expected to occur on or around 15 June 2018.

 

Expected Timetable of Events

Announcement of the Placing

Announcement of the closing of the Placing

11 June 2018

11 June 2018

Admission and commencement of dealings in the Placing Shares on AIM

8.00 a.m. on 15 June 2018

Placing Shares credited to CREST members' accounts

15 June 2018

Despatch of definitive share certificates in certificated form

within 10 business days of Admission

 

The times and dates above refer to London time and are subject to change by the Company. Any such change will be notified to Shareholders by an announcement through a Regulatory Information Service. 

 

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this Announcement shall have the meanings given to such terms in the section headed "Definitions" below save that any capitalised term defined in the Appendix shall have such meaning in the Appendix to the exclusion, in the Appendix only, of any definition of such term elsewhere in this Announcement.

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.  Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

ENDS

 

For further information please visit www.harvestminerals.net or contact:

 

Harvest Minerals Limited

Brian McMaster (Chairman)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7317 6629

 

 

 

Strand Hanson Limited

(Nominated & Financial Adviser)

James Spinney

Ritchie Balmer

Tel: +44 (0)20 7409 3494

 

 

 

Arden Partners plc

Joint Broker

Tim Dainton (Sales)

Paul Brotherhood/Chris Rylands

Paul Shackleton (Corporate Finance)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7614 5900

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7614 5950

Shard Capital Partners

(Joint Broker)

Damon Heath

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7186 9900

 

 

 

St Brides Partners Ltd

(Financial PR)

Isabel de Salis

Gaby Jenner

Tel: +44 (0)20 7236 1177

 

 

Notes:

Harvest Minerals (HMI.L) is a Brazilian focused fertiliser producer advancing the 100% owned Arapua Fertiliser Project, which produces KPfértil, a proven, multi-nutrient, slow release, organic fertiliser and remineraliser.  KPfértil offers many economic and agronomic benefits and addresses the significant demand for locally produced fertiliser in Brazil, with its abundant agricultural land; currently, the country imports 90% of the potash it uses but has a target to be self-sufficient in fertilisers by 2020.  Covering 14,946 hectares and located in the heart of the Brazilian agriculture belt in Minas Gerais, Arapua is a shallow, low cost mine with an indicated and inferred resource of 13.07Mt at 3.1% K2O and 2.49% P2O5.  This is based on drilling just 6.7% of the known mineralisation, leaving significant upside potential. This resource is equivalent to over 29 years' production and the known mineralisation expected to support 100+ years' production at 450,000 tonnes per annum

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

The information contained in this Announcement is for information purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy, fairness or completeness.

 

This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or offering memorandum or an offer in respect of any securities and is not intended to provide the basis for any decision in respect of the Company or other evaluation of any securities of the Company or any other entity and should not be considered as a recommendation that any investor should subscribe for or purchase any such securities.

 

This Announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility of, the Company. No undertaking, representation, warranty or other assurance, express or implied, is made or given by or on behalf of the Company or any member of the Company's group or Arden Partners or Shard or any of their respective directors, officers, partners, employees, agents or advisers or any other person as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained in this Announcement and no responsibility or liability is accepted by any of them for any such information or opinions or for any errors, omissions or misstatements, negligence or otherwise in this Announcement.

 

Arden Partners is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") in the United Kingdom and is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Placing, and Arden Partners will not be responsible to anyone (including any Placees) other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

 

Shard is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") in the United Kingdom and Shard will not be responsible to anyone (including any Placees) other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any other matters referred to in this Announcement.

 

No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Arden Partners or by any of its affiliates or agents as to, or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

 

No statement in this Announcement is intended to be a profit forecast or estimate, and no statement in this Announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company.

 

The information in this Announcement may not be forwarded or distributed to any other person and may not be reproduced in any manner whatsoever. Any forwarding, distribution, reproduction, or disclosure of this information in whole or in part is unauthorised. Failure to comply with this directive may result in a violation of applicable securities laws and regulations of other jurisdictions.

 

This Announcement contains (or may contain) certain forward-looking statements with respect to certain of the Company's current expectations and projections about future events and the Company's future financial condition and performance. These statements, which sometimes use words such as "aim", "anticipate'', "believe", "may", "will", "should", "intend", "plan", "assume'', "estimate", "expect' (or the negative thereof) and words of similar meaning, reflect the Directors' current beliefs and expectations and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control and difficult to predict, that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially from any expected future results or performance expressed or implied by the forward-looking statement. Any forward-looking statements made in this announcement by or on behalf of the Company speak only as of the date they are made. These forward looking statements reflect the Company's judgment at the date of this announcement and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results. Except as required by the FCA, the London Stock Exchange, the AIM Rules or applicable law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement to reflect any changes in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

APPENDIX

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE PLACING

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE PLACING FOR INVITED PLACEES ONLY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THIS APPENDIX AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN (TOGETHER, THIS "ANNOUNCEMENT") (WHICH IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY) ARE DIRECTED ONLY AT: (A) PERSONS IN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (THE "EEA") WHO ARE QUALIFIED INVESTORS WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2(1)(E) OF DIRECTIVE 2003/71/EC, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, INCLUDING BY DIRECTIVE 2010/73/EC TO THE EXTENT IMPLEMENTED IN THE RELEVANT MEMBER STATE AND INCLUDES ANY RELEVANT IMPLEMENTING DIRECTIVE MEASURE IN ANY MEMBER STATE (THE "PROSPECTUS DIRECTIVE") ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS"); AND (B) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, QUALIFIED INVESTORS WHO ARE PERSONS WHO (I) HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS WHO FALL WITHIN ARTICLE 19(5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 AS AMENDED (THE "ORDER")(INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS); (II) PERSONS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(A) TO (D) (HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC) OF THE ORDER; OR (III) ARE PERSONS TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE BE LAWFULLY COMMUNICATED (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS").

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION IN IT MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. PERSONS DISTRIBUTING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO SO. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF CONSTITUTE AN OFFER FOR THE SALE OR SUBSCRIPTION OF ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY.

The Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "US Securities Act") or under any securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, resold, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, US persons (as defined in regulation S under the US Securities Act ("Regulation S")) except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the US Securities Act and in compliance with the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The Placing Shares are being offered and sold only outside of the United States to non-US persons as defined in and in accordance with regulation s and otherwise in accordance with applicable laws. There will be no public offer of the securities mentioned herein in the United States.

This announcement and the information contained herein is restricted and is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into or from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which such release publication or distribution would be unlawful.

Each Placee should consult with its own advisors as to legal, tax, business and related aspects of a purchase of Placing Shares.

The distribution of this Announcement and/or the Placing and/or the issue of the Placing Shares in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company, Arden Partners or any of their respective affiliates, agents directors, officers or employees that would permit an offer of the Placing Shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such Placing Shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required by the Company and Arden Partners to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

This Announcement or any part of it does not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for any securities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or the Republic of South Africa or any other jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful. No public offering of the Placing Shares is being made in any such jurisdiction.

The relevant clearances have not been, nor will they be, obtained from the securities commission of any province or territory of Canada, no prospectus has been lodged with, or registered by, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or the Japanese Ministry of Finance; the relevant clearances have not been, and will not be, obtained for the South Africa Reserve Bank or any other applicable body in the Republic of South Africa in relation to the Placing Shares and the Placing Shares have not been, nor will they be registered under or offered in compliance with the securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, Japan or the Republic of South Africa. Accordingly, the Placing Shares may not (unless an exemption under the relevant securities laws is applicable) be offered, sold, resold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, Japan or the Republic of South Africa or any other jurisdiction outside the EEA.

Persons (including without limitation, nominees and trustees) who have a contractual right or other legal obligations to forward a copy of this Announcement should seek appropriate advice before taking any action.

This Announcement should be read in its entirety. In particular, you should read and understand the information provided in the "Important Notice" section of this Announcement.

By participating in the Bookbuild and the Placing, each Placee will be deemed to have read and understood this Announcement in its entirety, to be participating, making an offer and acquiring Placing Shares on the terms and conditions contained herein and to be providing the representations, warranties, indemnities, acknowledgements and undertakings contained in this Appendix.

In particular, each such Placee represents, warrants, undertakes, agrees and acknowledges (amongst other things) that:

1.               it is a Relevant Person and undertakes that it will acquire, hold, manage or dispose of any Placing Shares that are allocated to it for the purposes of its business;

2.               in the case of a Relevant Person in a member state of the EEA which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a "Relevant Member State") who acquires any Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing:

(a)                   it is a Qualified Investor within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive; and

(b)                   in the case of any Placing Shares acquired by it as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive:

(i)              the Placing Shares acquired by it in the Placing have not been acquired on behalf of, nor have they been acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in any Relevant Member State other than Qualified Investors or in circumstances in which the prior consent of Arden Partners have been given to the offer or resale;

(ii)             where Placing Shares have been acquired by it on behalf of persons in any Relevant Member State other than Qualified Investors, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the Prospectus Directive as having been made to such persons; and

3.               it is acquiring the Placing Shares for its own account or is acquiring the Placing Shares for an account with respect to which it has authority to exercise, and is exercising  investment discretion and has the authority to make and does make the representations, warranties, indemnities, acknowledgements, undertakings and agreements contained in this Announcement; and

4.               it understands (or if acting for the account of another person, such person has confirmed that such person understands) the resale and transfer restrictions set out in this Appendix;

5.               except as otherwise permitted by the Company and subject to any available exemptions from applicable securities laws, it (and any person on whose account it is acting, as referred to in paragraph 4 above) is not a US Person (as defined in Regulation S) and is located outside the United States and is acquiring the Placing Shares in an "offshore transaction" as defined in, and in accordance with, Regulation S;

6.               it has not offered, sold or delivered and will not offer to sell or deliver any of the Placing Shares to persons within the United States, directly or indirectly, or to, or for the account or benefit of, US Persons; neither it, its affiliates, nor any persons acting on its behalf, have engaged or will engage in any directed selling efforts (as defined in Regulation S) with respect to the Placing Shares; and it is not taking up the Placing Shares for resale in or into the United States.

No prospectus

The Placing Shares are being offered to a limited number of specifically invited persons only and will not be offered in such a way as to require any prospectus or other offering document to be published. No prospectus or other offering document has been or will be submitted to be approved by the FCA in relation to the Placing or the Placing Shares and Placees' commitments will be made solely on the basis of their own assessment of the Company, the Placing Shares and the Placing based on the information contained in this Announcement, the announcement of the pricing of the Placing (the "Placing Results Announcement") (together, the "Placing Documents") and any other information publicly announced through a regulatory information service ("RIS") by or on behalf of the Company on or prior to the date of this Announcement (the "Publicly Available Information") and subject to any further terms set forth in the contract note sent to individual Placees.

Each Placee, by participating in the Placing, agrees that the content of the Placing Documents is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and confirms that it has neither received nor relied on any information (other than the Publicly Available Information), representation, warranty or statement made by or on behalf of Arden Partners or the Company or any other person and neither Arden Partners, the Company nor any other person acting on such person's behalf nor any of their respective affiliates has or shall have any responsibility or liability for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement. Each Placee acknowledges and agrees that it has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Company in accepting a participation in the Placing. No Placee should consider any information in this Announcement to be legal, tax or business advice. Each Placee should consult its own attorney, tax advisor, and business advisor for legal, tax and business advice regarding an investment in the Placing Shares. Nothing in this paragraph shall exclude the liability of any person for fraudulent misrepresentation.

Details of the Placing Agreement and the Placing Shares

Arden Partners is acting as the sole Bookrunner in connection with the Placing and has been appointed as the Company's joint broker and has today entered into the Placing Agreement with the Company under which, on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the Placing Agreement, Arden Partners, as agent for and on behalf of the Company, has agreed to use its reasonable endeavours to procure placees for the Placing Shares.

The final number of Placing Shares and the Placing Price (as defined below) will be set out in a share placing supplement agreed between Arden Partners and the Company following the Bookbuild (the "Placing Supplement").

The Placing is not underwritten by Arden Partners.

The Placing Shares will, when issued, be credited as fully paid up and will be issued subject to the Company's articles of association and rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid on or in respect of the Ordinary Shares after the date of issue of the Placing Shares, and will on issue be free of all claims, liens, charges, encumbrances and equities.

Application for admission to trading

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange plc (the "London Stock Exchange") for the admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM ("Admission").

It is expected that Admission of the Placing Shares will occur at or before 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 15 June 2018 (or such later time and/or date as Arden Partners may agree with the Company) and that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at that time.

Bookbuild

Arden Partners will today commence the accelerated bookbuilding process to determine demand for participation in the Placing by Placees (the "Bookbuild"). This Announcement gives details of the terms and conditions of, and the mechanics of participation in, the Placing. No commissions will be paid to Placees or by Placees in respect of any Placing Shares.

Arden Partners shall be entitled to effect the Placing by such alternative method to the Bookbuild as it may, in its absolute discretion following consultation with the Company, determine.

Participation in, and principal terms of, the Placing

1.               Arden Partners is arranging the Placing as sole bookrunner and placing agent of the Company. Participation in the Placing will only be available to persons who may lawfully be, and are, invited to participate by Arden Partners. Arden Partners may itself agree to be a Placee in respect of all or some of the Placing Shares or may nominate any member of its group to do so.

2.               The Bookbuild, if successful, will establish a single price payable to Arden Partners as agent for the Company by all Placees whose bids are successful (the "Placing Price"). The Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares will be agreed by Arden Partners (in consultation with the Company) following completion of the Bookbuild. Subject to the execution of the Placing Supplement, the Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares to be issued will be announced on an RIS following the completion of the Bookbuild via the Placing Results Announcement.

3.               Allocations of the Placing Shares will be determined by Arden Partners after consultation with the Company (the proposed allocations having been supplied by Arden Partners to the Company in advance of such consultation). Subject to the execution of the Placing Supplement, allocations will be confirmed orally by Arden Partners and a contract note will be despatched as soon as possible thereafter. Arden Partner's oral confirmation to such Placee constitutes an irrevocable legally binding commitment upon such person (who will at that point become a Placee), in favour of Arden Partners and the Company, to acquire the number of Placing Shares allocated to it and to pay the Placing Price in respect of such shares on the terms and conditions set out in this Appendix and in accordance with the Company's articles of association. Except with Arden Partner's consent, such commitment will not be capable of variation or revocation after the time at which it is submitted.

4.               Each Placee's allocation and commitment will be evidenced by a contract note issued to such Placee by Arden Partners. The terms of this Appendix will be deemed incorporated in that contract note.

5.               Irrespective of the time at which a Placee's allocation pursuant to the Placing is confirmed, settlement for all Placing Shares to be subscribed for pursuant to the Placing will be required to be made at the same time, on the basis explained below under "Registration and Settlement".

6.               All obligations under the Bookbuild and the Placing will be subject to fulfilment or (where applicable) waiver of the conditions referred to below under "Conditions of the Placing" and to the Placing not being terminated on the basis referred to below under "Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement".

7.               By participating in the Placing, each Placee agrees that its rights and obligations in respect of the Placing will terminate only in the circumstances described below and will not be capable of rescission or termination by the Placee.

8.               To the fullest extent permissible by law, neither Arden Partners, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees shall have any responsibility or liability to Placees (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise). In particular, neither Arden Partners, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees shall have any responsibility or liability (including to the extent permissible by law, any fiduciary duties) in respect of Arden Partners' conduct of the Placing or of such alternative method of effecting the Placing as Arden Partners and the Company may determine.

9.               The Placing Shares will be issued subject to the terms and conditions of this Announcement and each Placee's commitment to subscribe for Placing Shares on the terms set out herein will continue notwithstanding any amendment that may in future be made to the terms and conditions of the Placing and Placees will have no right to be consulted or require that their consent be obtained with respect to the Company's or Arden Partner's conduct of the Placing.

10.             All times and dates in this Announcement may be subject to amendment. Arden Partners shall notify the Placees and any person acting on behalf of the Placees of any changes.

Conditions of the Placing

The Placing is conditional upon the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms. Arden Partners' obligations under the Placing Agreement are conditional on customary conditions including (amongst others) (the "Conditions"):

1.               certain announcement obligations;

2.               Admission occurring no later than 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 15 June 2018 (or such later time and/or date, not being later than 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 13 July 2018, as Arden Partners may otherwise agree with the Company) (the "Closing Date");

3.               none of the warranties being untrue or inaccurate or misleading to any material extent as at the date of the Placing Agreement or becoming untrue, inaccurate or misleading to any material extent at any time between the date of the Placing Agreement and Admission by reference to the facts and circumstances from time to time subsisting; and

4.               the Company having performed all of its obligations in all material respects under the Placing Agreement which fall to be performed or satisfied on or prior to Admission.

Arden Partners may, at its discretion and upon such terms as it thinks fit, waive compliance by the Company with the whole or any part of any of the Company's obligations in relation to the Conditions or extend the time or date provided for fulfilment of any such Conditions in respect of all or any part of the performance thereof. The condition in the Placing Agreement relating to Admission taking place may not be waived. Any such extension or waiver will not affect Placees' commitments as set out in this Announcement.

If: (i) any of the Conditions are not fulfilled or (where permitted) waived by Arden Partners by the relevant time or date specified (or such later time or date as the Company and Arden Partners may agree); or (ii) the Placing Agreement is terminated in the circumstances specified below under "Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement", the Placing will not proceed and the Placees' rights and obligations hereunder in relation to the Placing Shares shall cease and terminate at such time and each Placee agrees that no claim can be made by it or on its behalf (or any person on whose behalf the Placee is acting) in respect thereof.

Neither Arden Partners, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees shall have any liability to any Placee (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise) in respect of any decision they may make as to whether or not to waive or to extend the time and/or date for the satisfaction of any Condition to the Placing, nor for any decision they may make as to the satisfaction of any Condition or in respect of the Placing generally, and by participating in the Placing each Placee agrees that any such decision is within the absolute discretion of Arden Partners.

Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement

Arden Partners is entitled, at any time before Admission, to terminate the Placing Agreement in accordance with its terms in certain circumstances, including (amongst other things):

1.               where there has been a breach by the Company of any of the warranties or undertakings contained in the Placing Agreement or any other provision of the Placing Agreement;

2.               any statement contained in this Announcement or any other Placing Document or announcement that is issued in relation to the Placing has become or been discovered to be untrue, incorrect or misleading in any material respect;

3.               if any of the Conditions have (i) become incapable of satisfaction or (ii) not been satisfied before the latest time provided in the Placing Agreement and have not been waived if capable of being waived by Arden Partners;

4.               the Company has failed or will be unable to comply with any of its obligations under the Placing Agreement or Depositary Agreement or otherwise relating to the Placing in any material respect in the context of the Company, the Placing Agreement or the Placing; or

5.               the occurrence of a material adverse change in the financial position or prospects of the Company or certain force majeure events. 

Upon termination, the parties to the Placing Agreement shall be released and discharged (except for any liability arising before or in relation to such termination) from their respective obligations under or pursuant to the Placing Agreement, subject to certain exceptions.

By participating in the Placing, each Placee agrees that (i) the exercise by Arden Partners of any right of termination or of any other discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of Arden Partners and that it need not make any reference to, or consult with, Placees and that it shall have no liability to Placees whatsoever in connection with any such exercise or failure to so exercise and (ii) its rights and obligations terminate only in the circumstances described above under "Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement" and "Conditions of the Placing", and its participation will not be capable of rescission or termination by it after oral confirmation by Arden Partners of the allocation and commitments following the close of the Bookbuild.

Registration and Settlement

Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares (ISIN: AU000XINEAB4) following Admission will take place within the system administered by Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited ("CREST"), subject to certain exceptions. Arden Partners reserve the right to require settlement for, and delivery of, the Placing Shares (or any part thereof) to Placees by such other means that it may deem necessary if delivery or settlement is not possible or practicable within the CREST system or would not be consistent with the regulatory requirements in the Placee's jurisdiction.

Following the close of the Bookbuild, each Placee to be allocated Placing Shares in the Placing will be sent a contract note in accordance with the standing arrangements in place with Arden Partners stating the number of Placing Shares allocated to them at the Placing Price, the aggregate amount owed by such Placee to Arden Partners and settlement instructions. Each Placee agrees that it will do all things necessary to ensure that delivery and payment is completed in accordance with the standing CREST or certificated settlement instructions in respect of the Placing Shares that it has in place with Arden Partners.

The Company will deliver the Placing Shares (represented by the Depositary Interests) to a CREST account operated by Arden Partners as agent for the Company and Arden Partners will enter its delivery instruction into the CREST system.  The input to CREST by a Placee of a matching or acceptance instruction will then allow delivery of the relevant Placing Shares to that Placee against payment.

It is expected that settlement in respect of the Placing Shares will take place on 15 June 2018 on a delivery versus payment basis.

Interest is chargeable daily on payments not received from Placees on the due date in accordance with the arrangements set out above at the rate of two percentage points above LIBOR as determined by Arden Partners.

Each Placee is deemed to agree that, if it does not comply with these obligations, Arden Partners may sell any or all of the Placing Shares allocated to that Placee on such Placee's behalf and retain from the proceeds, for Arden Partners' account and benefit, an amount equal to the aggregate amount owed by the Placee plus any interest due. The relevant Placee will, however, remain liable for any shortfall below the aggregate amount owed by it and will be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other taxes or duties (together with any interest or penalties) imposed in any jurisdiction which may arise upon the sale of such Placing Shares on such Placee's behalf.

If Placing Shares are to be delivered to a custodian or settlement agent, Placees should ensure that the contract note is copied and delivered immediately to the relevant person within that organisation. Insofar as Placing Shares are issued in a Placee's name or that of its nominee or in the name of any person for whom a Placee is contracting as agent or that of a nominee for such person, such Placing Shares should, subject as provided below, be so registered free from any liability to UK stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax. If there are any circumstances in which any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes or duties (including any interest and penalties relating thereto) is payable in respect of the allocation, allotment, issue, sale, transfer or delivery of the Placing Shares (or, for the avoidance of doubt, if any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax is payable in connection with any subsequent transfer of or agreement to transfer Placing Shares), neither Arden Partners nor the Company shall be responsible for payment thereof.

Representations, warranties, undertakings and acknowledgements

By participating in the Placing each Placee (and any person acting on such Placee's behalf) irrevocably acknowledges, confirms, undertakes, represents, warrants and agrees (as the case may be) with Arden Partners (in its capacity as sole Bookrunner, joint broker and placing agents of the Company in respect of the Placing) and the Company, in each case as a fundamental term of their application for Placing Shares, the following:

General

1.               it has read and understood this Announcement in its entirety and its subscription for Placing Shares is subject to and based upon all the terms, conditions, representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings and other information contained herein and it has not relied on, and will not rely on, any information given or any representations, warranties or statements made at any time by any person in connection with the Placing, the Company, the Placing Shares or otherwise other than the information contained in the Placing Documents and the Publicly Available Information;

2.               the Ordinary Shares are admitted to trading on AIM and that the Company is therefore required to publish certain business and financial information in accordance with the rules and practices of AIM, which includes a description of the Company's business and the Company's financial information, including balance sheets and income statements, and that it is able to obtain or has access to such information without undue difficulty, and is able to obtain access to such information or comparable information concerning any other publicly traded companies, without undue difficulty;

3.               the person whom it specifies for registration as holder of the Placing Shares will be (a) itself or (b) its nominee, as the case may be. Neither Arden Partners nor the Company will be responsible for any liability to stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes or duties imposed in any jurisdiction (including interest and penalties relating thereto) ("Indemnified Taxes"). Each Placee and any person acting on behalf of such Placee agrees to indemnify the Company and Arden Partners on an after-tax basis in respect of any Indemnified Taxes;

4.               neither Arden Partners nor any of its affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees accepts any responsibility for any acts or omissions of the Company or any of the directors of the Company or any other person (other than Arden Partners) in connection with the Placing;

5.               time is of the essence as regards its obligations under this Announcement;

6.               any document that is to be sent to it in connection with the Placing will be sent at its risk and may be sent to it at any address provided by it to Arden Partners;

No distribution of Announcement

7.               it will not redistribute, forward, transfer, duplicate or otherwise transmit this Announcement or any part of it, or any other presentational or other material concerning the Placing (including electronic copies thereof) to any person and represents that it has not redistributed, forwarded, transferred, duplicated, or otherwise transmitted any such materials to any person;

No prospectus

8.               no prospectus or other offering document is required under the Prospectus Directive, nor will one be prepared in connection with the Bookbuild, the Placing or the Placing Shares and it has not received and will not receive a prospectus or other offering document in connection with the Bookbuild, the Placing or the Placing Shares;

Purchases by Arden Partners for its own account

9.               in connection with the Placing, Arden Partners and any of its affiliates acting as an investor for its own account may subscribe for Placing Shares in the Company and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for its own account such Placing Shares in the Company and any securities of the Company or related investments and may offer or sell such securities or other investments otherwise than in connection with the Placing. Accordingly, references in this Announcement to the Placing Shares being issued, offered or placed should be read as including any issue, offering or placement of such shares in the Company to Arden Partners or any of its affiliates acting in such capacity;

10.             Arden Partners and its affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which Arden Partners and any of its affiliates may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of such securities of the Company, including the Placing Shares;

11.             Arden Partners does not intend to disclose the extent of any investment or transactions referred to in paragraphs 10 and 11 above otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so;

No fiduciary duty or client of Arden Partners

12.             Arden Partners does not owe any fiduciary or other duties to any Placee in respect of any representations, warranties, undertakings or indemnities in the Placing Agreement;

13.             its participation in the Placing is on the basis that it is not and will not be a client of Arden Partners in connection with its participation in the Placing and that Arden Partners has no duties or responsibilities to it for providing the protections afforded to its clients or customers or for providing advice in relation to the Placing nor in respect of any representations, warranties, undertakings or indemnities contained in the Placing Agreement nor for the exercise or performance of any of their respective rights and obligations thereunder including any rights to waive or vary any conditions or exercise any termination right;

No responsibility of Arden Partners for information

14.             the content of the Placing Documents and the Publicly Available Information has been prepared by and is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and neither Arden Partners nor its affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees nor any person acting on behalf of any of them is responsible for or has or shall have any responsibility or liability for any information, representation or statement contained in, or omission from, the Placing Documents, the Publicly Available Information or otherwise nor will they be liable for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any information, representation, warranty or statement contained in the Placing Documents, the Publicly Available Information or otherwise, provided that nothing in this paragraph excludes the liability of any person for fraudulent misrepresentation made by such person;

Reliance on information regarding the Placing

15.            

(a)             the only information on which it is entitled to rely on and on which such Placee has relied in committing itself to subscribe for Placing Shares is contained in the Placing Documents, or any Publicly Available Information (save that in the case of Publicly Available Information, a Placee's right to rely on that information is limited to the right that such Placee would have as a matter of law in the absence of this paragraph 16(a)), such information being all that such Placee deems necessary or appropriate and sufficient to make an investment decision in respect of the Placing Shares;

(b)             it has neither received nor relied on any other information given, or representations, warranties or statements, express or implied, made, by any of Arden Partners or the Company nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees acting on behalf of any of them (including in any management presentation delivered in respect of the Bookbuild) with respect to the Company, the Placing or the Placing Shares or the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of any information contained in the Placing Documents, or the Publicly Available Information or otherwise;

(c)              neither Arden Partners, nor the Company, nor any of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees or any person acting on behalf of any of them has provided, nor will provide, it with any material or information regarding the Placing Shares or the Company or any other person other than the information in the Placing Documents or the Publicly Available Information; nor has it requested any of Arden Partners, the Company, any of their respective affiliates nor any person acting on behalf of any of them to provide it with any such material or information; and

(d)             neither Arden Partners nor the Company will be liable for any Placee's decision to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement,

provided that nothing in this paragraph excludes the liability of any person for fraudulent misrepresentation made by that person;

Conducted own investigation and due diligence

16.             it may not rely, and has not relied, on any investigation that Arden Partners, any of its affiliates or any person acting on its behalf, may have conducted with respect to the Placing Shares, the terms of the Placing or the Company, and none of such persons has made any representation, express or implied, with respect to the Company, the Placing, the Placing Shares or the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information in the Placing Documents, the Publicly Available Information or any other information;

17.             in making any decision to subscribe for Placing Shares it:

(a)             has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of subscribing for the Placing Shares;

(b)             will not look to Arden Partners for all or part of any such loss it may suffer;

(c)              is experienced in investing in securities of this nature in this sector and is aware that it may be required to bear, and is able to bear, the economic risk of an investment in the Placing Shares;

(d)             is able to sustain a complete loss of an investment in the Placing Shares;

(e)             has no need for liquidity with respect to its investment in the Placing Shares;

(f)              has made its own assessment and has satisfied itself concerning the relevant tax, legal, currency and other economic considerations relevant to its investment in the Placing Shares; and

(g)             has conducted its own due diligence, examination, investigation and assessment of the Company, the Placing Shares and the terms of the Placing and has satisfied itself that the information resulting from such investigation is still current and relied on that investigation for the purposes of its decision to participate in the Placing;

Capacity and authority

18.             it is subscribing for the Placing Shares for its own account or for an account with respect to which it exercises sole investment discretion and has the authority to make and does make the acknowledgements, representations and agreements contained in this Announcement;

19.             it is acting as principal only in respect of the Placing or, if it is acting for any other person, it is:

(a)             duly authorised to do so and has full power to make the acknowledgments, representations and agreements herein on behalf of each such person; and

(b)             and will remain liable to the Company and/or Arden Partners for the performance of all its obligations as a Placee in respect of the Placing (regardless of the fact that it is acting for another person);

20.             it and any person acting on its behalf is entitled to subscribe for the Placing Shares under the laws and regulations of all relevant jurisdictions that apply to it and that it has fully observed such laws and regulations, has capacity and authority and is entitled to enter into and perform its obligations as a subscriber of Placing Shares and will honour such obligations, and has obtained all such governmental and other guarantees, permits, authorisations, approvals and consents which may be required thereunder and complied with all necessary formalities to enable it to commit to this participation in the Placing and to perform its obligations in relation thereto (including, without limitation, in the case of any person on whose behalf it is acting, all necessary consents and authorities to agree to the terms set out or referred to in this Announcement) and will honour such obligations and that it has not taken any action or omitted to take any action which will or may result in Arden Partners, the Company or any of their respective directors, officers, agents, employees or advisers acting in breach of the legal or regulatory requirements of any jurisdiction in connection with the Placing;

21.             where it is subscribing for Placing Shares for one or more managed accounts, it is authorised in writing by each managed account to subscribe for the Placing Shares for each managed account;

22.             it irrevocably appoints any duly authorised officer of Arden Partners as its agent for the purpose of executing and delivering to the Company and/or its registrars any documents on its behalf necessary to enable it to be registered as the holder of any of the Placing Shares for which it agrees to subscribe for upon the terms of this Announcement;

Excluded territories

23.             the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered or otherwise qualified and that a prospectus will not be cleared in respect of any of the Placing Shares under the securities laws or legislation of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan or the Republic of South Africa, or any state, province, territory or jurisdiction thereof;

24.             the Placing Shares may not be offered, sold, or delivered or transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into the above jurisdictions or any jurisdiction (subject to certain exceptions) in which it would be unlawful to do so and no action has been or will be taken by any of the Company, Arden Partners or any person acting on behalf of the Company or Arden Partners that would, or is intended to, permit a public offer of the Placing Shares in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan or the Republic of South Africa or any country or jurisdiction, or any state, province, territory or jurisdiction thereof, where any such action for that purpose is required;

25.             no action has been or will be taken by any of the Company, Arden Partners or any person acting on behalf of the Company or Arden Partners that would, or is intended to, permit a public offer of the Placing Shares in the United States or in any country or jurisdiction where any such action for that purpose is required;

26.             unless otherwise specifically agreed with Arden Partners, it is not and at the time the Placing Shares are subscribed for, neither it nor the beneficial owner of the Placing Shares will be, a resident of, nor have an address in, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of South Africa or any province or territory of Canada;

27.             it may be asked to disclose in writing or orally to Arden Partners:

(a)             if he or she is an individual, his or her nationality; or

(b)             if he or she is a discretionary fund manager, the jurisdiction in which the funds are managed or owned;

28.             your acquisition of Placing Shares does not trigger, in the jurisdiction in which you are resident or located:

(a)             any obligation to prepare or file a prospectus or similar document or any other report with respect to such purchase;

(b)             any disclosure or reporting obligation of the Company; or

(c)              any registration or other obligation of the Company other than the Placing Documents;

Compliance with US securities laws

29.             it, and any prospective beneficial owner for whose account or benefit it is purchasing the Placing Shares, is (i) not a US Person (as defined in Regulation S) and is, and at the time the Placing Shares are subscribed for will be, located outside the United States and is acquiring the Placing Shares in an "offshore transaction" as defined in, and in accordance with, Regulation S; (ii) has not been offered to purchase or subscribe for Placing Shares by means of any "directed selling efforts" as defined in Regulation S;

30.             it understands that the Placing Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act and may not be offered, sold or resold in or into or from the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, US Persons (as defined in Regulation S) except pursuant to an effective registration under the US Securities Act, or pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act and in accordance with applicable state securities laws;

31.             it will not distribute, forward, transfer or otherwise transmit this Announcement or any part of it, or any other presentational or other materials concerning the Placing in or into or from the United States (including electronic copies thereof) to any person, and it has not distributed, forwarded, transferred or otherwise transmitted any such materials to any person;

Compliance with EEA selling restrictions and the Prospectus Directive

32.             if in a member state of the EEA, unless otherwise specifically agreed with Arden Partners in writing, it is a Qualified Investor;

33.             it has not offered or sold and will not offer or sell any Placing Shares to persons in the EEA except to Qualified Investors or otherwise in circumstances which have not resulted in and which will not result in an offer to the public in any member state of the EEA within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive;

34.             if a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive, the Placing Shares subscribed for by it in the Placing will not be acquired on a non-discretionary basis on behalf of, nor will they be acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in a member state of the EEA which has implemented the Prospectus Directive other than Qualified Investors, or in circumstances in which the prior consent of Arden Partners has been given to each proposed offer or resale;

Compliance with FSMA, the UK financial promotion regime and MAR

35.             if in the United Kingdom, that it is a person (i) having professional experience in matters relating to investments who falls within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Order or (ii) who falls within Article 49(2) (a) to (d) ("High Net Worth Companies, Unincorporated Associations, etc") of the Order, or (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated;

36.             it has not offered or sold and will not offer or sell any Placing Shares to persons in the United Kingdom, except to persons whose ordinary activities involve them in acquiring, holding, managing or disposing of investments (as principal or agent) for the purposes of their business or otherwise in circumstances which have not resulted and which will not result in an offer to the public in the United Kingdom within the meaning of section 85(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA");

37.             it has only communicated or caused to be communicated and will only communicate or cause to be communicated any invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of FSMA) relating to the Placing Shares in circumstances in which section 21(1) of FSMA does not require approval of the communication by an authorised person and it acknowledges and agrees that the Placing Documents have not and will not have been approved by Arden Partners in its capacity as an authorised person under section 21 of the FSMA and it may not therefore be subject to the controls which would apply if it was made or approved as a financial promotion by an authorised person;

38.             it has complied and will comply with all applicable laws with respect to anything done by it or on its behalf in relation to the Placing Shares (including all applicable provisions in FSMA and Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse ("MAR")) in respect of anything done in, from or otherwise involving, the United Kingdom);

Compliance with laws

39.             if it is a pension fund or investment company, its subscription for Placing Shares is in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations;

40.             it has complied with its obligations under the Criminal Justice Act 1993 and Articles 8, 10 and 12 of MAR and in connection with money laundering and terrorist financing under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as amended), the Terrorism Act 2000, the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any government agency having jurisdiction in respect thereof (the "Regulations") and the Money Laundering Sourcebook of the FCA and, if making payment on behalf of a third party, that satisfactory evidence has been obtained and recorded by it to verify the identity of the third party as required by the Regulations;

41.             in order to ensure compliance with the Regulations, Arden Partners (for itself and as agent on behalf of the Company) or the Company's registrars may, in their absolute discretion, require verification of its identity. Pending the provision to Arden Partners or the Company's registrars, as applicable, of evidence of identity, definitive certificates in respect of the Placing Shares may be retained at Arden Partners' absolute discretion or, where appropriate, delivery of the Placing Shares to it in uncertificated form may be delayed at Arden Partners' or the Company's registrars', as the case may be, absolute discretion. If within a reasonable time after a request for verification of identify Arden Partners (for itself and as agent on behalf of the Company) or the Company's registrars have not received evidence satisfactory to them, either Arden Partners and/or the Company may, at its absolute discretion, terminate its commitment in respect of the Placing, in which event the monies payable on acceptance of allotment will, if already paid, be returned without interest to the account of the drawee's bank from which they were originally debited;

Depositary receipts and clearance services

42.             the allocation, allotment, issue and delivery to it, or the person specified by it for registration as holder, of Placing Shares will not give rise to a stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax liability under (or at a rate determined under) any of sections 67, 70, 93 or 96 of the Finance Act 1986 (depositary receipts and clearance services) and that the Placing Shares are not being acquired in connection with arrangements to issue depositary receipts or to issue or transfer Placing Shares into a clearance service;

Undertaking to make payment

43.             it (and any person acting on its behalf) has the funds available to pay for the Placing Shares for which it has agreed to subscribe and acknowledges and agrees that it will make payment in respect of the Placing Shares allocated to it in accordance with this Announcement on the due time and date set out herein, failing which the relevant Placing Shares may be placed with other subscribers or sold as Arden Partners may in its sole discretion determine and without liability to such Placee, who will remain liable for any amount by which the net proceeds of such sale falls short of the product of the relevant Placing Price and the number of Placing Shares allocated to it and will be required to bear any stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax or other taxes or duties (together with any interest, fines or penalties) imposed in any jurisdiction which may arise upon the sale of such Placee's Placing Shares;

Money held on account

44.             any money held in an account with Arden Partners on behalf of the Placee and/or any person acting on behalf of the Placee and/or any person acting on behalf of the Placee will not be treated as client money within the meaning of the relevant rules and regulations of the FCA made under the FSMA. Each Placee acknowledges that the money will not be subject to the protections conferred by the client money rules: as a consequence this money will not be segregated from Arden Partners' money in accordance with the client money rules and will be held by it under a banking relationship and not as trustee;

Allocation

45.             its allocation (if any) of Placing Shares will represent a maximum number of Placing Shares which it will be entitled, and required, to subscribe for, and that Arden Partners or the Company may call upon it to subscribe for a lower number of Placing Shares (if any), but in no event in aggregate more than the aforementioned maximum;

No recommendation

46.             Neither Arden Partners, nor any of its respective affiliates, nor any person acting on behalf of them, is making any recommendations to it, advising it regarding the suitability of any transactions it may enter into in connection with the Placing;

Inside information

47.             if it has received any 'inside information' (for the purposes of MAR and section 56 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993) in relation to the Company and its securities  in advance of the Placing, it confirms that it has received such information within the market soundings regime provided for in article 11 of MAR and associated delegated regulations and it has not:

(a)             used that inside information to acquire or dispose of securities of the Company or financial instruments related thereto or cancel or amend an order concerning the Company's securities or any such financial instruments;

(b)             used that inside information to encourage, require, recommend or induce another person to deal in the securities of the Company or financial instruments related thereto or to cancel or amend an order concerning the Company's securities or such financial instruments; or

(c)              disclosed such information to any person, prior to the information being made publicly available;

Third Parties Rights

48.             your agreement with Arden Partners to acquire Placing shares shall be enforceable under the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by either the Company or any affiliate of Arden Partners;

Rights and remedies

49.             the rights and remedies of the Company and Arden Partners under the terms and conditions in this Announcement are in addition to any rights and remedies which would otherwise be available to each of them and the exercise or partial exercise of one will not prevent the exercise of others; and

Governing law and jurisdiction

50.             these terms and conditions of the Placing and any agreements entered into by it pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Placing, and all non-contractual or other obligations arising out of or in connection with them, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and it submits (on behalf of itself and on behalf of any person on whose behalf it is acting) to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts as regards any claim, dispute or matter arising out of any such contract (including any dispute regarding the existence, validity or termination of such contract or relating to any non-contractual or other obligation arising out of or in connection with such contract), except that enforcement proceedings in respect of the obligation to make payment for the Placing Shares (together with any interest chargeable thereon) may be taken by either the Company or Arden Partners in any jurisdiction in which the relevant Placee is incorporated or in which any of its securities have a quotation on a recognised stock exchange.

The foregoing representations, warranties, confirmations, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings are given for the benefit of the Company as well as Arden Partners and are irrevocable. Arden Partners, the Company and their respective affiliates and others will rely upon the truth and accuracy of the foregoing representations, warranties, confirmations, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings. Each prospective Placee, and any person acting on behalf of such Placee, irrevocably authorises the Company and Arden Partners to produce this Announcement, pursuant to, in connection with, or as may be required by any applicable law or regulation, administrative or legal proceeding or official inquiry with respect to the matters set forth herein.

Indemnity

By participating in the Placing, each Placee (and any person acting on such Placee's behalf) agrees to indemnify on an after tax basis and hold the Company, Arden Partners and their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers and employees harmless from any and all costs, claims, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees and expenses) arising out of or in connection with any breach of the representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings given by the Placee (and any person acting on such Placee's behalf) in this Announcement or incurred by Arden Partners, the Company or each of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees arising from the performance of the Placees' obligations as set out in this Announcement, and further agrees that the provisions of this Announcement shall survive after completion of the Placing.

Taxation

The agreement to allot and issue Placing Shares to Placees (and/or to persons for whom such Placee is contracting as agent) free of stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax relates only to their allotment and issue to Placees, or such persons as they nominate as their agents, direct from the Company for the Placing Shares in question. Such agreement also assumes that the Placing Shares are not being acquired in connection with arrangements to issue depositary receipts or to issue or transfer the Placing Shares into a clearance service. If there are any such arrangements, or the settlement relates to any other dealing in the Placing Shares, stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes or duties may be payable, for which neither the Company nor Arden Partners will be responsible and the Placees shall indemnify the Company and Arden Partners on an after-tax basis for any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax or other similar taxes or duties (together with interest, fines and penalties) in any jurisdiction paid by the Company or Arden Partners in respect of any such arrangements or dealings. If this is the case, each Placee should seek its own advice and notify Arden Partners accordingly. Placees are advised to consult with their own advisers regarding the tax aspects of the subscription for Placing Shares.

The Company and Arden Partners are not liable to bear any taxes that arise on a sale of Placing Shares subsequent to their acquisition by Placees, including any taxes arising otherwise than under the laws of the United Kingdom. Each prospective Placee should, therefore, take its own advice as to whether any such tax liability arises and notify Arden Partners and the Company accordingly. Furthermore, each prospective Placee agrees to indemnify on an after-tax basis and hold each of Arden Partners and/or the Company and their respective affiliates harmless from any and all interest, fines or penalties in relation to stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax and all other similar duties or taxes in any jurisdiction to the extent that such interest, fines or penalties arise from the unreasonable default or delay of that Placee or its agent.

In addition, Placees should note that they will be liable for any stamp duty and all other stamp, issue, securities, transfer, registration, documentary or other duties or taxes (including any interest, fines or penalties relating thereto) payable, whether inside or outside the UK, by them or any other person on the subscription, acquisition, transfer or sale by them of any Placing Shares or the agreement by them to subscribe for, acquire, transfer or sell any Placing Shares.

No statement in the Placing Documents is intended to be a profit forecast or estimate, and no statement in the Placing Documents should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company. Past performance is no guide to future performance and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.

The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance, and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.

The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange.

Neither the content of the Company's website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on the Company's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, the Placing Documents.

 

DEFINITIONS

The following definitions apply throughout this Announcement unless the context otherwise requires:

"Admission"

admission of the Placing Shares to trading on AIM becoming effective in accordance with Rule 6 of the AIM Rules

"Affiliates"

any person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls or is controlled by, or is under common control with, the person specified

"AIM"

the market of that name operated by the London Stock Exchange

"AIM Rules"

the AIM Rules for Companies as published by the London Stock Exchange from time to time

"Announcement"

means this announcement (including the Appendix to this announcement)

"Arden Partners"

Arden Partners plc

"Bookbuild"

the book-building exercise to be undertaken by Arden Partners in relation to the Placing

"Bookrunner"

Arden Partners

"Company" or "Harvest Minerals"

Harvest Minerals Ltd.

"CREST"

the relevant system (as defined in the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001) for the paperless settlement of trades and the holding of uncertificated securities operated by Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited

"Depositary"

Computershare Investor Services plc

"Depositary Interests"

dematerialised depositary interests representing underlying Ordinary Shares that can be settled electronically through and held in CREST, as issued by the Depositary or its nominees who hold the underlying securities on trust

"Depositary Agreement"

the agreement between the Company and the Depositary dated 14 August 2015 in connection with the Depositary performing depositary services to the Company and issuing the depositary deed poll

"Directors" or "Board"

the directors of the Company

"FCA"

the Financial Conduct Authority in its capacity as the competent authority for the purposes of Part VI of FSMA

"FSMA"

the Financial Services and Markets Act of 2000 (as amended)

"Group"

the Company and its subsidiary undertakings

"LIBOR"

London Interbank Offered Rate

"London Stock Exchange"

London Stock Exchange plc

"Ordinary Shares"

the ordinary shares of no par value in the capital of the Company

"Placees"

subscribers for Placing Shares pursuant to the Placing

"Placing"

the placing of the Placing Shares at the Placing Price by Arden Partners as agent for and on behalf of the Company pursuant to the terms of the Placing Agreement

"Placing Agreement"

the agreement dated 11 June 2018 between (i) the Company; and (ii) Arden Partners relating to the Placing, further details of which are set out in this Announcement

"Placing Documents"

all press announcements, presentation materials, this Announcement and any other document issued by or on behalf of the Company in connection with the Placing with the authority of the Company

"Placing Shares"

new Ordinary Shares placed by Arden Partners on behalf of the Company in connection with the Placing

"Placing Price"

the price at which Placing Shares will be offered to Placees pursuant to the Placing

"Prospectus Directive"

EU Directive 2003/71/EC

"Regulation S"

Regulation S under the Securities Act

"Regulatory Information Service"

any of the services set out on the list maintained by the London Stock Exchange as set out in the AIM Rules

"Securities Act"

the US Securities Act of 1933 (as amended)

"UK" or "United Kingdom"

the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

"United States" or "USA"

The United States of America, its territories and possessions, any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia and all other areas subject to its jurisdiction

"US Persons"

has the meaning set out in Regulation S of the Securities Act

 


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