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Friday 25 March, 2022

Kape Technologies

Issue of Share Awards

RNS Number : 9861F
Kape Technologies PLC
25 March 2022
 

25 March 2022

Kape Technologies plc

("Kape" or the "Company")

 

Issue of Share Awards

 

Kape (AIM: KAPE), the consumer security software business, announces that, further to the announcement of 22 March 2022, awards in respect of its ordinary shares of $0.0001 each ("Ordinary Shares") have been granted under the Company's 2014 Global Equity Plan ("Plan" and "Awards") to Ido Erlichman, Chief Executive Officer, and Oded Baskind, Chief Financial Officer (together the "Executives"):

 

PDMR

 

Number of Ordinary Shares subject to Award

Ido Erlichman

3,400,000

 

Oded Baskind

600,000

 

 

The Company's previous long term incentive award programme for executive directors expired at the end of 2020. Since that time, the Company has completed the major acquisitions of Webselenese and ExpressVPN, substantially increasing the Company's scale. More recently, Moran Laufer stepped down as CFO of the Company after five years in that role and Oded Baskind has been appointed as CFO in his place.

 

In light of the above, the Remuneration Committee has approved the Awards to incentivise the Executives to deliver long-term value creation for shareholders and ensure alignment with shareholder interests.

 

The Awards vest equally over a four year period from grant, subject to the achievement of certain performance metrics relating to the four financial years of the Company commencing 1 January 2022 ("Performance Period"), as set out below:

 

 

SaaS Revenue Target

 

Adjusted EPS Target

G&A Target

Total Vesting

50% of Award

 

25% of Award

25% of Award

FY 2022

70% of Company revenues

$0.392

 

The adjusted G&A expenses as a proportion of the total revenue of the Company is < 17.5% for each financial year

25%

FY 2023

75% of Company revenues

$0.446

 

25%

FY 2024

80% of Company revenues

$0.473

25%

FY 2024

85% of Company revenues

$0.497

25%

 

For the purposes of the above:

 

"SaaS Revenue" means revenues from customer contracts that will renew automatically at the end of their term unless actively terminated by the customer;

"Company revenues" means, in the context of SaaS Revenue as defined below, total revenue from Digital Security and Digital Privacy segments;

"Adjusted EPS" means the fully diluted adjusted Earnings Per Share of the Company (as presented in the annual accounts related to each financial year of the Performance Period); and

"G&A" means the general and administrative expenses after adjusting for one-off and non-recurring expenses of the Company (as presented in the annual accounts related to each financial year of the Performance Period).

 

Should the SaaS Revenue, Adjusted EPS or G&A expenses fail to meet these target levels in any of the financial years, the proportion of the Award for that financial year will be lost and will not be capable of vesting for the Executives.

 

The Awards will be granted in the form of Jointly Owned Equity Awards ("JOE Awards"). The Company will transfer 4,000,000 Ordinary Shares out of treasury to Intertrust Employee Benefit Trustee Limited ("Trustee") as trustee of the Kape Technologies plc Employee Benefit Trust ("EBT"), to be held jointly with the Executives in order to satisfy the proposed JOE Awards. Under the terms of the Awards, the Executives will benefit from the growth in value of their respective Award from the date of grant along with the right to acquire the Trustee's interest by way of a nil cost option in the event that the Awards vest.

 

All dividend and voting rights comprised in the JOE Awards are waived whilst jointly held by the relevant Executive and the Trustee of the EBT.

 

Related party transaction

 

The grant of the Awards is a related party transaction under Rule 13 of the AIM Rules for Companies. The Directors of the Company, excluding Ido Erlichman and Oded Baskind , consider, having consulted the Company's Nominated Adviser, Shore Capital & Corporate Limited, that the terms of the related party transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.

 

Enquiries:

Kape Technologies plc

Ido Erlichman, Chief Executive Officer

Oded Baskind, Chief Financial Officer

via Vigo Consulting

 

Shore Capital (Nominated Adviser & Broker)

Toby Gibbs / Mark Percy / James Thomas / Michael McGloin

 

+44 (0)20 7408 4090

 

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Joint Broker)

Alex Price / Brad Topchik / Alain Dobkin / Richard Short

 

+44 (0) 20 7710 7600

 

Vigo Consulting (Financial Public Relations)

Jeremy Garcia / Antonia Pollock/ Kendall Hill

[email protected]

 

+44 (0)20 7390 0237

 

About Kape

Kape is a leading 'privacy-first' digital security software provider to consumers. Through its range of privacy and security products, Kape focusses on protecting consumers and their personal data as they go about their daily digital lives.

Kape has over 6.5 million paying subscribers, supported by a team of over 850 people across ten locations worldwide. Kape has a proven track record of revenue and EBITDA growth, underpinned by a strong business model which leverages our digital marketing expertise.

Through its subscription-based platform, Kape has fast established a highly scalable SaaS-based operating model, geared towards capitalising on the vast global consumer digital privacy market.

www.kape.com

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Notification of Transactions of Directors / Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibility and Connected Persons

 

1

 

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated

 

a)

 

Name

 

Ido Erlichman

2

 

Reason for the notification

 

a)

 

Position/status

 

Chief Executive Officer

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

 

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

 

a)

 

Name

 

Kape Technologies plc

b)

 

LEI

 

213800UWCIGKJD9U3T81

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

 

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

 

Identification code

 

 

Ordinary shares of US$0.0001 par value in Kape Technologies plc

 

IM00BQ8NYV14

b)

 

Nature of the transaction

 

 

Issue of nil cost awards under the Company's 2014 Global Equity Plan

c)

 

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

Price(s)

 

Volume(s)

nil cost

3,400,000

 

d)

 

Aggregated information

 

- Aggregated volume

- Price

 

 

 

N/A (single transaction)

 

e)

 

Date of the transaction

 

24/03/22

f)

 

Place of the transaction

 

London Stock Exchange, AIM Market (XLON)

 

 

1

 

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated

 

a)

 

Name

 

Oded Baskind

2

 

Reason for the notification

 

a)

 

Position/status

 

Chief Financial Officer

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

 

Initial notification

3

 

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

 

a)

 

Name

 

Kape Technologies plc

b)

 

LEI

 

213800UWCIGKJD9U3T81

4

 

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

 

a)

 

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

 

Identification code

 

 

Ordinary shares of US$0.0001 par value in Kape Technologies plc

 

IM00BQ8NYV14

b)

 

Nature of the transaction

 

 

Issue of nil cost awards under the Company's 2014 Global Equity Plan

c)

 

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

Price(s)

 

Volume(s)

nil cost

600,000

 

d)

 

Aggregated information

 

- Aggregated volume

- Price

 

 

 

N/A (single transaction)

 

e)

 

Date of the transaction

 

24/03/22

f)

Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange, AIM Market (XLON)

 

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