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Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Shefa Gems Ltd

Completion and Receipt of Debt Settlement

RNS Number : 6953V
Shefa Gems Ltd
11 August 2020
 

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11 August 2020

 

Shefa Gems Ltd.

 

("Shefa Gems" or the "Company")

 

Completion and Receipt of Debt Settlement

 

Shefa Gems (LSE: SEFA), a company focused on advanced exploration and development of multi-gemstone projects in Northern Israel, is pleased to announce that it has received NIS 330,000 (approx. US$100,000) in cash and 313,000 shares in its major shareholder, 'Shefa Yamim Ltd.' ("TopCo"), at a share value of NIS 6 on the day of the settlement (approx. US$550,000) together in settlement of debts owed to the Company in accordance with its financial statements published on 30 April 2020. The settlement reflects the full value of the original debt of NIS 2,200,000 (approx. US$650,000). Following the settlement, Shefa Gems will hold approximately 2.9% of the issued capital of TopCo.

This settlement and its completion are in fulfilment of a court order sanctioned by the Tel Aviv District Court, as part of a capital reorganization of TopCo to create an investment vehicle mainly engaged in the FinTech sector.  

Amongst further details of this settlement, Shefa Gems has agreed not to dispose of its shares in TopCo on the market for a period of 6 months from 20 July 2020 . The Company may, at its discretion, sell the shares at any stage through a bilateral transaction. The Company will decide how to proceed according to the performance of TopCo's shares in the market and the financial needs of Shefa Gems.

TopCo currently holds 68,004,420 shares in Shefa Gems, representing approximately 33.8% of its issued share capital. As previously announced, and as part of TopCo's capital reorganization, provision has been made for all shareholders of TopCo (who held shares on 26 July 2020 ("the record date"), to elect to exchange 10% of their shareholding in TopCo into existing shares held by TopCo in Shefa Gems (in the amount depending on the percentage they held in TopCo on the record date). This election has been made available to them by the Tel Aviv District Court until 26 July 2021. To the extent that TopCo shareholders elect to exchange their TopCo shares for shares in Shefa Gems, this will reduce the shareholding by TopCo in Shefa Gems.  This process will not result in the issue of any new shares by Shefa Gems.

Commenting on the completion and receipt, Tali Shalem, CEO of Shefa said;

"Shefa Gems very much welcomes completion of this debt settlement and the resulting simplification of the capital structure of the Company. We also look forward to welcoming to the share register, those TopCo shareholders who choose to receive Shefa Gems shares. This process is expected to increase the liquidity in share trading in the Company. 

The receipt of cash and shares is another step along a new path determined by the Board that is designed to enable Shefa Gems to expand its exploration, development, production and marketing activities without recourse to further equity issue."

This settlement was facilitated by Yosef Taub, a director of the Company, who is also a director in TopCo and currently holds shares amounting to approximately 5.13% in TopCo. The settlement was approved by the court after the terms have been reviewed by Shefa's other directors and found to be fair and reasonable insofar as shareholders are concerned.

 

 

Enquiries

 

Shefa Gems Ltd


Michael Rosenberg, OBE - Chairman 

Tali Shalem - Chief Executive Officer

www.shefayamim.com

+44 7785 727595

+972 50 447 5770



VSA Capital Limited - Financial Adviser


Andrew Raca

+44 20 3005 5000



SI Capital Limited - Broker and Strategic Adviser


Nick Emerson and Jon Levinson

+44 20 3871 4038 / +44 1483 413500



 

 

Notes to Editors

 

About Shefa Gems Ltd

 

Shefa Gems Ltd (LSE: SEFA) is an explorer and developer of precious gems deposits operating in Northern Israel. Exploration activity is managed by professionally skilled and technically competent personnel and is accompanied by an international team of geological experts. All exploration activities are conducted under international standards and the internationally recognized SAMREC 2016 Code.

 

The Company holds three permits, granted to it by the Commissioner of Mines at the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources Administration, Israel, extend over an area of approximately 488,366 Dunams (48,836 hectares) that includes the Kishon River, the volcanic bodies on Mount Carmel, the Zevulun and Yizre'el valleys and their margins.

 

Shefa Gems has established a "Source to Sink" geological model and the presence of a Target Mineral Assemblage of gemstones ("TMA Suite") in both primary volcanic sources and in secondary alluvial deposits lying within the Kishon catchment, on Mount Carmel and in the Zevulun and Yizre'el valleys and their margins. The TMA suite comprises Precious Stones (Diamond, rare natural moissanite, sapphire, ruby, Carmel Sapphire™, garnet, hibonite, spinel, ilmenite) and heavy minerals including zircon and rutile.

 

On March 2020, the Quarries and Mines Branch of the Ministry of National Infrastructures of the State of Israel has awarded a Certificate of Discovery to the Company covering the projected gemstone mine development in the Kishon Mid Reach, Zones 1 and 2. The Certificate of  Discovery is the culmination of the Company's successful exploration activities and market analysis; and signals the beginning of the process towards future commercial mining. 20 years of exploration in the Kishon valley have brought the Company one step closer in the establishing Israel's first and only future precious gemstone mine, originally identified and progressed by the founder of the company, the late and much missed Abraham (Avi) Taub.

 

Alongside its exploration activities, the Company is developing a "Mine to Market" strategy to promote unique jewellery collections utilising Shefa Gems' suite of precious gemstones.

 

The Company upholds environmental values and protects the nature in the areas where it operates, cooperating fully with all authorities. 

 

For further information please visit the website at www.shefagems.com

 


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