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Wednesday 04 May, 2022

Kodal Minerals PLC

Subscription & Oversubscribed Placing Raises £3.0m

RNS Number : 1991K
Kodal Minerals PLC
04 May 2022
 

Certain information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the UK Market Abuse Regulation. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Kodal Minerals Plc / Index: AIM / Epic: KOD / Sector: Mining

  4 May 2022

Kodal Minerals plc ('Kodal Minerals' or the 'Company')

 

Subscription and Oversubscribed Placing to Raise £3.0 million to Advance Development of Bougouni Lithium Project

 

Kodal Minerals, the mineral exploration and development company focused on its Bougouni Lithium Project in West Africa, is pleased to announce it has raised £3,000,000 (before expenses) via a subscription for 130,142,857 new ordinary shares of 0.03125p each and an oversubscribed placing of 941,285,712 new ordinary shares of 0.03125p each in the capital of the Company, with the total fund raise together comprising 1,071,428,569 new ordinary shares of 0.03125p  ('Placing Shares') at a price of 0.28 pence per Placing Share (the 'Placing').  The funds raised will support Kodal in the continuing development and preparation for financing and construction of its flagship Bougouni Lithium Project ('Bougouni') in Mali. The Placing Shares are expected to be admitted to trading on AIM ('Admission') on or around 10 May 2022.

 

Bernard Aylward, CEO of Kodal Minerals, commented: "This oversubscribed placing demonstrates the ongoing support of our Bougouni Lithium project and the opportunity to move into the development and construction phase.  Our major shareholder Suay Chin International Pte Ltd ('Suay Chin') has participated in the subscription along with members of the Board and Company executives.  Suay Chin continues to offer technical support in this important phase of project planning and moving to a decision to mine.  The funds raised in the placing will be used to complete the Engineering programme and the important Environmental, Social and Community Engagement programmes.  In addition, the Company will undertake infill and extension drilling of the defined resource areas to prepare for a minerals resource review and potential increase and upgrade of the current resource base.  In addition, the Company will also undertake exploration drilling on the extensive landholding where our previous work has highlighted major potential to add to the existing resource base.

 

"The Bougouni Lithium project is fully permitted for development with an approved Mining licence and an Environmental permit.  Our project continues to attract attention in this strong lithium market and the Company is assessing opportunities for the development of the project.  The lithium market has continued to grow strongly over the last 12 months with the increasing demand for spodumene product driving the price of the spodumene concentrate to over US$3,000 per tonne compared with the Company's assumed price of US$680 per tonnes utilised in the 2020 Bougouni Feasibility study.  The Company is focussed on moving the Bougouni Lithium project to production as soon as possible to take advantage of this supply deficit and maximise value of the project.  These placing funds ensure the Company's work can continue at pace and we look forward to updating shareholders of our progress."

 

Use of Proceeds

The net proceeds of the Placing will be used by the Company for activities associated with the Bougouni Lithium project, continued exploration of the Company's gold assets and for additional working capital.  The priority activities and exploration targets are:

 

· Bougouni Lithium Project

Completion of Metallurgical test work to confirm overall recovery of spodumene in treatment process.  Currently utilizing 71% recovery, however test work is indicating higher recoveries of 75% and review of industry publications indicates recoveries of up to 80% achievable offering significant upside to the project 

Engineering design of processing plant and associated infrastructure to be completed

Geotechnical test work for final open pit optimisation and design to be completed in conjunction with resource infill and extension drilling

Bougouni Environmental activities to consist of community surveys and engagement for development programmes and review of compensation

· Corporate Activities

Mining Company to be formed and negotiations with Mali government for the Shareholders agreement and Operators contract to be finalised prior to Mining licence transfer to new Mining Company

Engagement of Key development team

· Resource Infill and Extension drilling to be undertaken at the Bougouni Lithium project

· Gold exploration drilling of advanced targets focused on high grade opportunities at the Nielle project in Cote d'Ivoire and the Fatou project in Mali

 

Details of the Placing

The Placing will result in the issue of 1,071,428,569 new o rdinary shares of 0.03125p each in the capital of the Company, representing approximately 6.34 per cent. of the Company's issued ordinary share capital as enlarged by the Placing. The Placing Shares will be issued at a price of 0.280p each.

 

Application will be made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is expected that their admission to AIM will take place on or around 10 May 2022. The issue of the Placing Shares is conditional upon, inter alia, Admission occurring. 

 

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

 

The Placing Shares will be issued utilising the Company's existing share authorities to issue new shares on a non-pre-emptive basis.

 

The subscription component of the funds raised includes subscriptions from Kodal CEO Bernard Aylward ( £15,000) , Non-Executive Director Qingtao Zeng ( £14,400) and key executives Steven Zaninovich, Project Manager ( £20,000) , and Mohamed Niare, Country Manager, ( £15,000) who have participated in the fund raising to an aggregate amount of £64,400. A further £300,0000 has been subscribed by Suay Chin .

 

Total Voting Rights

Upon Admission of the Placing Shares the issued share capital of the Company will consist of 16,903,730,956 ordinary Shares of 0.01325p each. The Company holds no shares in treasury. The total number of voting rights in the Company from Admission will therefore be 16,903,730,956. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they determine if they are required to notify their interest in or a change to their interest in the Company under the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

 

AIM Rule 17

In accordance with AIM Rule 17, following the subscription by Suay Chin for 107,142,857 Placing Shares, on Admission Suay Chin's shareholding in the Company will increase to 2,397,614,425 Ordinary Shares, which will represent approximately 14.18 per cent. of the Company's then issued share capital.

 

The notification below, which has been made in accordance with the requirements of the UK Market Abuse Regulation, provides further details.

**ENDS**

 

For further information, please visit www.kodalminerals.com or contact the following:

 

Kodal Minerals plc

Bernard Aylward, CEO

 

Tel: +61 418 943 345

 

Allenby Capital Limited, Nominated Adviser

Jeremy Porter/Nick Harriss/Liz Kirchner

 

 

Tel: 020 3328 5656

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP, Financial Adviser & Broker

John Mackay, Adam Cowl

 

 

Tel: 020 3470 0470

St Brides Partners Ltd, Financial PR

Susie Geliher/Ana Ribeiro

 

 

Tel: 020 7236 1177

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated

a)

Name

 

Bernard Aylward 

CEO

Qingtao Zeng 

Non-Executive Director

 

 

 

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

See 1a above

b)

 

Initial notification /Amendment

Initial notification

3

 

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

a)

Name

Kodal Minerals plc

b)

LEI

213800VKFS7TS32EGI81

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 0.03125p  


GB00BH3X7Y70

b)

Nature of the transaction

Subscription for new ordinary shares

 

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

PDMR

price

volume

Bernard Aylward 

0.28p

5,357,143

Qingtao Zeng 

0.28p

  5,142,857

 

 

d)

Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price

n/a

 

e)

Date of the transaction

3 May 2022

f)

Place of the transaction

Outside of a trading venue

       

 

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