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88 Energy Limited - Notice of Annual General Meeting

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88 Energy Limited
16 March 2018
 

88 Energy Limited  

Notice of Annual General Meeting

88 Energy Limited (ASX: 88E) ("88 Energy" or the "Company") announces that on 16 March 2018 a notice of annual general meeting of the Company (the "AGM") was lodged to convene the AGM, which is scheduled to take place at 10:00 a.m. (WST) on 18 April 2018 at the Celtic Club, 48 Ord Street, West Perth WA 6005.

Full details of the AGM and the resolutions to be approved are set out below.

Media and Investor Relations:

88 Energy Ltd

Dave Wall, Managing Director                                                    Tel: +61 8 9485 0990

Email: [email protected] 

Finlay Thomson, Investor Relations                                         Tel: +44 7976 248471

Hartleys Ltd

Dale Bryan                                                                                  Tel: + 61 8 9268 2829

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Neil McDonald/Derrick Lee      

 

 

 

88 energy Limited

ACN 072 964 179

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

TIME:                    10:00am (WST)

DATE:                   18 April 2018

PLACE:                 Celtic Club

                             48 Ord Street

                             West Perth WA 6005

 

 

This Notice of Meeting should be read in its entirety. If Shareholders are in doubt as to how they should vote, they should seek advice from their professional advisers prior to voting.

Should you wish to discuss the matters in this Notice of Meeting please do not hesitate to contact the Company Secretary on +61 8 9485 0990.

1.          


CONTENTS

Business of the Meeting (setting out the proposed Resolutions)                                                  4

Explanatory Statement (explaining the proposed Resolutions)                                                  8

Glossary                                                                                                                                            16

Schedule 1 - Issues of Equity Securities since 18 April 2017                                                          19

Schedule 2 - Summary of Incentive Option Scheme                                                                   22

Proxy Form

important information

Time and place of Meeting

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at 10:00am on 18 April 2018 at:

Celtic Club, 48 Ord Street, West Perth, WA 6005

Your vote is important

The business of the Meeting affects your shareholding and your vote is important.

Voting eligibility

The Directors have determined pursuant to Regulation 7.11.37 of the Corporations Regulations 2001 (Cth) that the persons eligible to vote at the Meeting are those who are registered Shareholders at 5:00pm (WST) on 16 April 2018.

DI Holders may attend the Meeting but will not be permitted to vote at the Meeting.  For their votes to be counted DI Holders must submit their CREST Voting Instruction to the Company's agent by 10am (GMT) on 12 April 2018. Alternatively DI Holders can vote using the enclosed Form of Instruction in accordance with the instructions below.

Voting in person

If you do not wish to attend the meeting, you may appoint a proxy to attend and vote on your behalf. A body corporate may also appoint a proxy. A proxy need not be a shareholder. If a representative of a corporate proxy is to attend the meeting, you must ensure that the appointment of the representative is in accordance with section 250D of the Corporations Act. The corporate representative should bring to the meeting evidence of his or her appointment, including any authority under which the appointment is signed. A form of the certificate may be obtained from the Company's share registry.

If you are entitled to cast 2 or more votes, you are entitled to appoint up to 2 proxies to attend the meeting and vote on your behalf and may specify the proportion or number of votes that each proxy is entitled to exercise. If you do not specify the proportion or number of votes that each proxy is entitled to exercise, each proxy may exercise half of the votes. If you wish to appoint a second proxy, an additional proxy form may be obtained by telephoning the Company's share registry or you may copy the enclosed proxy form. To appoint a second proxy, you must follow the instructions on the proxy form.

Sections 250BB and 250BC of the Corporations Act took effect on 1 August 2011 and apply to voting by proxy. Shareholders and their proxies should be aware of these changes to the Corporations Act, as they will apply to this meeting. Broadly, the changes mean that:

·             if proxy holders vote, they must cast all directed proxies as directed; and

·             any directed proxies which are not voted will automatically default to the chairman of the meeting, who must vote the proxies as directed. 

If the proxy has two or more appointments that specify different ways to vote on a resolution, the proxy must not vote on that resolution on a show of hands.

To be valid, your proxy form (and any power of attorney under which it is signed) must be received at an address given below by 10:00am (WST) on 16 April 2018. Any proxy form received after that time will not be valid for the scheduled meeting.

Online             At www.investorvote.com.au

By mail           Share Registry - Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited, GPO Box 242, Melbourne Victoria 3001, Australia

By fax             1800 783 447 (within Australia)

+61 3 9473 2555 (outside Australia)

By mobile       Scan the QR Code on your proxy form and follow the prompts

Custodian       For Intermediary Online subscribers only (custodians) please visit

Voting             www.intermediaryonline.com to submit your voting intentions

A shareholder that is an individual may attend and vote in person at the meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, please bring the enclosed proxy form to the meeting to assist in registering your attendance and number of votes. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to facilitate this registration process.

Voting by proxy

United Kingdom (CREST Voting Instruction)

DI Holders in CREST may transmit voting instructions by utilising the CREST voting service in accordance with the procedures described in the CREST Manual.  CREST personal members or other CREST sponsored members, and those CREST members who have appointed a voting service provider, should refer to their CREST sponsor or voting service provider, who will be able to take appropriate action on their behalf.

In order for instructions made using the CREST voting service to be valid, the appropriate CREST message (CREST Voting Instruction) must be properly authenticated in accordance with Euroclear's specifications and must contain the information required for such instructions, as described in the CREST Manual (available via www.euroclear.com/CREST).

To be effective, the CREST Voting Instruction must be transmitted so as to be received by the Company's agent (3RA50) no later than 10am (GMT) on 12 April 2018.  For this purpose, the time of receipt will be taken to be the time (as determined by the timestamp applied to the CREST Voting Instruction by the CREST applications host) from which the Company's agent is able to retrieve the CREST Voting Instruction by enquiry to CREST in the manner prescribed by CREST.  DI Holders in CREST and, where applicable, their CREST sponsors or voting service providers should note that Euroclear does not make available special procedures in CREST for any particular messages.  Normal system timings and limitations will therefore apply in relation to the transmission of CREST Voting Instructions.  It is the responsibility of the DI Holder concerned to take (or, if the DI Holder is a CREST personal member or sponsored member or has appointed a voting service provider, to procure that the CREST sponsor or voting service provider takes) such action as shall be necessary to ensure that a CREST Voting Instruction is transmitted by means of the CREST voting service by any particular time.

In this connection, DI Holders and, where applicable, their CREST sponsors or voting service providers are referred, in particular, to those sections of the CREST Manual concerning practical limitations of the CREST system and timings.

Form of Instruction

DI Holders are invited to attend the Meeting but are not entitled to vote at the Meeting.  In order to have votes cast at the Meeting on their behalf, DI Holders must complete, sign and return the Forms of Instruction sent to them together with this Notice to the Company's agent, Computershare UK, by no later than 10am (GMT) on 12 April 2018.

 

business of the meeting

AGENDA

1.           FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND REPORTS

To receive and consider the annual financial report of the Company for the financial year ended 31 December 2017 together with the declaration of the Directors, the Directors' report, the Remuneration Report, and the Auditor's report.

2.           Resolution 1 - ADOPTION OF REMUNERATION REPORT

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass, with or without amendment, the following resolution as a non-binding resolution:

"That, for the purposes of Section 250R(2) of the Corporations Act, and for all other purposes, the Remuneration Report forming part of the Company's 2017 Annual Report be and is hereby adopted."

Note: the vote on this Resolution is advisory only and does not bind the Directors or the Company.

Voting Prohibition Statement:

A vote on this Resolution must not be cast (in any capacity) by or on behalf of either of the following persons:

(a)          a member of the Key Management Personnel, details of whose remuneration are included in the Remuneration Report; or

(b)          a Closely Related Party of such a member.

However, a person (the voter) described above may cast a vote on this Resolution as a proxy if the vote is not cast on behalf of a person described above and either:

(c)           the voter is appointed as a proxy by writing that specifies the way the proxy is to vote on this Resolution; or

(d)          the voter is the Chair and the appointment of the Chair as proxy:

(i)            does not specify the way the proxy is to vote on this Resolution; and

(ii)           expressly authorises the Chair to exercise the proxy even though this Resolution is connected directly or indirectly with the remuneration of a member of the Key Management Personnel.

3.           Resolution 2 - RE-ELECTION OF MR MICHAEL EVANS AS A DIRECTOR

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass, with or without amendment, the following resolution as an ordinary resolution:

"That, Mr Michael Evans, being a Director of the Company, who retires by rotation in accordance with Rule 11.2 of the Company's Constitution and being eligible for re-election, be hereby re-elected as a Director of the Company, with effect from the close of the meeting."

4.           Resolution 3 - APPROVAL OF 10% PLACEMENT CAPACITY

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following Resolution as a special resolution:

"That, for the purposes of Listing Rule 7.1A and for all other purposes, approval is given for the issue of Equity Securities totalling up to 10% of the issued capital of the Company at the time of issue, calculated in accordance with the formula prescribed in Listing Rule 7.1A.2 and on the terms and conditions set out in the Explanatory Statement."

Voting Exclusion:  The Company will disregard any votes cast in favour of this Resolution by or on behalf of any person who is expected to participate, or who will obtain a material benefit as a result of, the proposed issue of Equity Securities under this Resolution except a benefit solely in the capacity of a holder of ordinary securities, and any associates of those persons.  However, the Company will not disregard a vote if it is cast by a person as a proxy for a person who is entitled to vote, in accordance with the directions on the Proxy Form, or, it is cast by the person chairing the meeting as proxy for a person who is entitled to vote, in accordance with a direction on the Proxy Form to vote as the proxy decides.

5.           Resolution 4 - RE-APPROVAL OF INCENTIVE OPTION SCHEME

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass, with or without amendment, the following Resolution as an ordinary resolution:

"That, for the purpose of ASX Listing Rule 7.2 (Exception 9) and for all other purposes, approval is given to re-adopt an employee incentive scheme, being the Company's Incentive Option Scheme, and to issue securities under that scheme, on the terms and conditions summarised in the Explanatory Statement."

Voting Exclusion: The Company will disregard any votes cast in favour of this Resolution by a Director (except one who is ineligible to participate in any employee incentive scheme in relation to the Company) and any associate of that person. However, the Company need not disregard a vote if it is cast by a person as proxy for a person who is entitled to vote, in accordance with the directions on the proxy form, or it is cast by the person chairing the meeting as proxy for a person who is entitled to vote, in accordance with a direction on the proxy form to vote as the proxy decides.

Voting Prohibition Statement: A person appointed as a proxy must not vote, on the basis of that appointment, on this Resolution if:

(a)          the proxy is either:

(i)            a member of the Key Management Personnel; or

(ii)           a Closely Related Party of such a member; and

(b)          the appointment does not specify the way the proxy is to vote on this Resolution.

However, the above prohibition does not apply if:

(a)          the proxy is the Chair; and

(b)          the appointment expressly authorises the Chair to exercise the proxy even though this Resolution is connected directly or indirectly with remuneration of a member of the Key Management Personnel.

6.           Resolution 5 - conditional spill resolution

If less than 25% of the votes cast on Resolution 1 are voted against adoption of the Remuneration Report, the Chair will withdraw Resolution 5.

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass, with or without amendment, the following resolution as an ordinary resolution:

"That, for the purposes of section 250V(1) of the Corporations Act and for all other purposes, approval is given for:

(a) an extraordinary general meeting of the Company (the Spill Meeting) to be held within 90 days of the passing of this resolution;

(b) all of the Directors (other than the Managing Director) in office when the resolution to approve the Directors' Report for the financial year ended 31 December 2016 was passed (being Michael Evans, Brent Villemarette and Stephen Staley) and who remain in office at the time of the Spill Meeting, cease to hold office immediately before the end of the Spill Meeting; and

(c) resolutions to appoint persons to offices that will be vacated immediately before the end of the Spill Meeting to be put to the vote at the Spill Meeting."

Voting Prohibition Statement:

A vote on this Resolution must not be cast (in any capacity) by or on behalf of any of the following persons:

(a)          a member of the Key Management Personnel, details of whose remuneration are included in the Remuneration Report; or

(b)          a Closely Related Party of such a member.

However, a person (the voter) described above may cast a vote on this Resolution as a proxy if the vote is not cast on behalf of a person described above and either:

(c)           the voter is appointed as a proxy by writing that specifies the way the proxy is to vote on this Resolution; or

(d)          the voter is the Chair and the appointment of the Chair as proxy:

(iii)          does not specify the way the proxy is to vote on this Resolution; and

(iv)          expressly authorises the Chair to exercise the proxy even though this Resolution is connected directly or indirectly with the remuneration of a member of the Key Management Personnel.

 

 

Dated: 15 March 2018

By order of the Board

David Wall

Director



EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This Explanatory Statement has been prepared to provide information which the Directors believe to be material to Shareholders in deciding whether or not to pass the Resolutions.

1.           FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND REPORTS

In accordance with the Constitution, the business of the Annual General Meeting will include receipt and consideration of the annual financial report of the Company for the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 together with the Directors' Declaration, the Directors' Report, the Remuneration Report and the Auditor's Report.

The Company will not provide a hard copy of the Company's annual financial report to Shareholders unless specifically requested to do so.  The Company's annual financial report is available on its website www.88energy.com or on the ASX platform for "88E" www.asx.com.au.

2.           Resolution 1 - ADOPTION OF REMUNERATION REPORT

2.1         General

The Corporations Act requires that at a listed company's annual general meeting, a resolution that the remuneration report be adopted must be put to the shareholders.  However, such a resolution is advisory only and does not bind the company or the directors of the company. 

The remuneration report sets out the company's remuneration arrangements for the directors and senior management of the company.  The remuneration report is part of the directors' report contained in the annual financial report of the company for a financial year.

The chair of the meeting must allow a reasonable opportunity for its shareholders to ask questions about or make comments on the remuneration report at the annual general meeting.

2.2         Voting consequences

Under changes to the Corporations Act which came into effect on 1 July 2011, a company is required to put to its shareholders a resolution proposing the calling of another meeting of shareholders to consider the appointment of directors of the company (Spill Resolution) if, at consecutive annual general meetings, at least 25% of the votes cast on a remuneration report resolution are voted against adoption of the remuneration report and at the first of those annual general meetings a Spill Resolution was not put to vote.  If required, the Spill Resolution must be put to vote at the second of those annual general meetings.

If more than 50% of votes cast are in favour of the Spill Resolution, the company must convene a shareholder meeting (Spill Meeting) within 90 days of the second annual general meeting.

All of the directors of the company who were in office when the directors' report (as included in the company's annual financial report for the most recent financial year) was approved, other than the managing director of the company, will cease to hold office immediately before the end of the Spill Meeting but may stand for re-election at the Spill Meeting.

Following the Spill Meeting those persons whose election or re-election as directors of the company is approved will be the directors of the company.

2.3         Previous voting results

At the Company's previous annual general meeting the votes cast against the remuneration report considered at that annual general meeting were more than 25%.  Accordingly, the Spill Resolution has been included for this Annual General Meeting and will be relevant for this Annual General Meeting if at least 25% of the votes cast on this Resolution 1 are voted against adoption of the Remuneration Report. Refer to Resolution 5 and Section 6 for further information.

2.4         Proxy voting restrictions

Shareholders appointing a proxy for this Resolution should note the following:

Key Management Personnel1

Vote as directed

Unable to vote3

Chair2

Vote as directed

Able to vote at discretion of Proxy4

Other

Vote as directed

Able to vote at discretion of Proxy

Notes:

1 Refers to Key Management Personnel (other than the Chair) whose remuneration details are included in the Remuneration Report, or a Closely Related Party of such a member.

2 Refers to the Chair (where he/she is also a member of the Key Management Personnel whose remuneration details are included in the Remuneration Report), or a Closely Related Party of such a member).

3 Undirected proxies granted to these persons will not be voted and will not be counted in calculating the required majority if a poll is called on this Resolution.

4 The Proxy Form notes it is the Chair's intention to vote all undirected proxies in favour of all Resolutions.

3.           Resolution 2 - RE-ELECTION OF MICHAEL EVANS AS A DIRECTOR

3.1         Background

ASX Listing Rule 14.4 provides that a director of an entity must not hold office (without re-election) past the third AGM following the director's appointment or 3 year, whichever is the longer.

The Constitution of the Company requires that one third of the Directors in office (other than a Managing Director) must retire by rotation at each annual general meeting of the Company.

Mr Evans, who has served as a Director since 9 April 2014, and was last re-elected on 24 April 2015, retires by rotation and seeks re-election.

Mr Evans is a highly experienced mining and resource industry executive based in Perth who has extensive executive and board level experience with publicly listed companies in the natural resources sector. 

 

Mr Evans was until April 2012 the founding Executive Chairman of oil explorer and producer FAR Limited, a position he held from 1995.  Under Mr Evan's stewardship, FAR established and built up an extensive international oil and gas portfolio spanning Africa, North America and Australia - with industry partners including Amoco, Shell, BHP, BP, Exxon, CNOOC and Woodside. He was responsible for acquiring FAR's entire West African portfolio including the Senegal acreage where significant oil discoveries were made in 2014 by Cairn Energy.

 

Mr. Evans has a Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin, is a Chartered Accountant, and holds the following additional qualifications: ACA, AGIA, ACIS.  Mr Evans is also currently a director of TNG Limited.

 

The board considers Mr Evans to be an independent director.

The Board, with Mr Evans abstaining, recommends that Shareholders vote in favour of Resolution 2.

4.           Resolution 3 - APPROVAL OF 10% PLACEMENT CAPACITY

4.1         General

ASX Listing Rule 7.1A provides that an Eligible Entity may seek Shareholder approval at its annual general meeting to allow it to issue Equity Securities up to 10% of its issued capital (10% Placement Capacity).

The Company is an Eligible Entity.

If Shareholders approve this Resolution, the number of Equity Securities the Eligible Entity may issue under the 10% Placement Capacity will be determined in accordance with the formula prescribed in ASX Listing Rule 7.1A.2 (as set out in section 4.2 below).

The effect of Resolution 3 will be to allow the Company to issue Equity Securities up to 10% of the Company's fully paid ordinary securities on issue under the 10% Placement Capacity during the period up to 12 months after the Meeting, without subsequent Shareholder approval and without using the Company's 15% annual placement capacity granted under Listing Rule 7.1. 

Resolution 3 is a special resolution.  Accordingly, at least 75% of votes cast by Shareholders present and eligible to vote at the Meeting must be in favour of Resolution 3 for it to be passed.

4.2         ASX Listing Rule 7.1A

ASX Listing Rule 7.1A came into effect on 1 August 2012 and enables an Eligible Entity to seek shareholder approval at its annual general meeting to issue Equity Securities in addition to those under the Eligible Entity's 15% annual placement capacity.

An Eligible Entity is one that, as at the date of the relevant annual general meeting:

(a)          is not included in the S&P/ASX 300 Index; and

(b)          has a maximum market capitalisation (excluding restricted securities and securities quoted on a deferred settlement basis) of $300,000,000.

The Company is an Eligible Entity as it is not included in the S&P/ASX 300 Index and has a market capitalisation of $183,497,529 at 13 March 2018 (calculated by multiplying the number of shares on issue of 5,097,153,582 by the Company's closing share price on 14 March 2018 of $0.036).

Any Equity Securities issued must be in the same class as an existing class of quoted Equity Securities. The Company currently has 1 class of quoted Equity Securities on issue, being the Shares (ASX Code: 88E).

The exact number of Equity Securities that the Company may issue under an approval under Listing Rule 7.1A will be calculated according to the following formula:

(A x D) - E

Where:

A            is the number of Shares on issue 12 months before the date of issue or agreement:

(i)            plus the number of Shares issued in the previous 12 months under an exception in ASX Listing Rule 7.2;

(ii)           plus the number of partly paid shares that became fully paid in the previous 12 months;

(iii)          plus the number of Shares issued in the previous 12 months with approval of holders of Shares under Listing Rules 7.1 and 7.4.  This does not include an issue of fully paid ordinary shares under the entity's 15% placement capacity without shareholder approval; and

(iv)          less the number of Shares cancelled in the previous 12 months.

D            is 10%.

E            is the number of Equity Securities issued or agreed to be issued under ASX Listing Rule 7.1A.2 in the 12 months before the date of issue or agreement to issue that are not issued with the approval of holders of Ordinary Securities under ASX Listing Rule 7.1 or 7.4.

4.3         Technical information required by ASX Listing Rule 7.1A

Pursuant to and in accordance with ASX Listing Rule 7.3A, the information below is provided in relation to this Resolution 3:

(a)          Minimum Price

The minimum price at which the Equity Securities may be issued is 75% of the volume weighted average price of Equity Securities in that class, calculated over the 15 ASX trading days on which trades in that class were recorded immediately before:

(i)            the date on which the price at which the Equity Securities are to be issued is agreed; or

(ii)           if the Equity Securities are not issued within 5 ASX trading days of the date in section 4.3(a)(i), the date on which the Equity Securities are issued.

(b)          Date of Issue

The Equity Securities may be issued under the 10% Placement Capacity commencing on the date of the Meeting and expiring on the first to occur of the following:

(i)            12 months after the date of this Meeting; and

(ii)           the date of approval by Shareholders of any transaction under ASX Listing Rules 11.1.2 (a significant change to the nature or scale of the Company's activities) or 11.2 (disposal of the Company's main undertaking) (after which date, an approval under Listing Rule 7.1A ceases to be valid),

(10% Placement Capacity Period).

(c)           Risk of voting dilution

Any issue of Equity Securities under the 10% Placement Capacity will dilute the interests of Shareholders who do not receive any Shares under the issue.

If Resolution 3 is approved by Shareholders and the Company issues the maximum number of Equity Securities available under the 10% Placement Capacity, the economic and voting dilution of existing Shares would be as shown in the table below.

The table below shows the dilution of existing Shareholders calculated in accordance with the formula outlined in ASX Listing Rule 7.1A(2), on the basis of the current market price of Shares and the current number of Equity Securities on issue as at the date of this Notice.

The table also shows the voting dilution impact where the number of Shares on issue (Variable A in the formula) changes and the economic dilution where there are changes in the issue price of Shares issued under the 10% Placement Capacity.

Number of Shares on Issue

 

Dilution

Issue Price

(per Share)

$0.018

50% decrease in Issue Price

$0.036

Issue Price

$0.0720

100 % increase in Issue Price

5,097,153,582

(Current)

Shares issued

509,715,358 Shares

509,715,358 Shares

509,715,358 Shares

Funds raised

$9,174,876

$18,349,753

$36,699,506

7,645,730,373

(50% increase)*

Shares issued

764,573,037 Shares

764,573,037 Shares

764,573,037 Shares

Funds raised

$13,762,315

$27,524,629

$55,049,259

10,194,307,164

(100% increase)*

Shares issued

1,019,430,716 Shares

1,019,430,716 Shares

1,019,430,716 Shares

Funds raised

$18,349,753

$36,699,5061

$73,399,012

*The number of Shares on issue (Variable A in the formula) could increase as a result of the issue of Shares that do not require Shareholder approval (such as under a pro-rata rights issue conversion of options or scrip issued under a takeover offer) or that are issued with Shareholder approval under Listing Rule 7.1.

The table above uses the following assumptions:

1.          There are currently 5,097,153,582 Shares on issue.

2.          The issue price set out above is the closing price of the Shares on the ASX on 14 March 2018.

3.          The Company issues the maximum possible number of Equity Securities under the 10% Placement Capacity.

4.          The Company has not issued any Equity Securities in the 12 months prior to the Meeting that were not issued under an exception in ASX Listing Rule 7.2 or with approval under ASX Listing Rule 7.1.

5.          The issue of Equity Securities under the 10% Placement Capacity consists only of Shares.  It is assumed that no Options are exercised into Shares before the date of issue of the Equity Securities.

6.          The calculations above do not show the dilution that any one particular Shareholder will be subject to.  All Shareholders should consider the dilution caused to their own shareholding depending on their specific circumstances.

7.          This table does not set out any dilution pursuant to approvals under ASX Listing Rule 7.1.

8.          The 10% voting dilution reflects the aggregate percentage dilution against the issued share capital at the time of issue.  This is why the voting dilution is shown in each example as 10%.

9.          The table does not show an example of dilution that may be caused to a particular Shareholder by reason of placements under the 10% Placement Capacity, based on that Shareholder's holding at the date of the Meeting.

Shareholders should note that there is a risk that:

(i)            the market price for the Company's Shares may be significantly lower on the issue date than on the date of the Meeting; and

(ii)           the Shares may be issued at a price that is at a discount to the market price for those Shares on the date of issue.

(d)          Purpose of Issue under 10% Placement Capacity

The Company may issue Equity Securities under the 10% Placement Capacity for the following purposes:

(i)            as cash consideration in which case the Company intends to use funds raised to complete the acquisition of additional acreage at Project Icewine (located in North Slope Alaska), for seismic costs, to progress the Company's exploration program at Project Icewine and allow the Company to review and pursue new opportunities that may arise, and for working capital; or

(ii)           as non-cash consideration for corporate advisory and capital raising services in relation to funds raised, projects and general working capital. In such circumstances the Company will provide a valuation of the non-cash consideration as required by listing Rule 7.1A.3.

The Company will comply with the disclosure obligations under Listing Rules 7.1A(4) and 3.10.5A upon issue of any Equity Securities.

(e)          Allocation policy under the 10% Placement Capacity

The Company's allocation policy for the issue of Equity Securities under the 10% Placement Capacity will be dependent on the prevailing market conditions at the time of the proposed placement(s).

The recipients of the Equity Securities to be issued under the 10% Placement Capacity have not yet been determined.  However, the recipients of Equity Securities could consist of current Shareholders or new investors (or both), none of whom will be related parties of the Company.

The Company will determine the recipients at the time of the issue under the 10% Placement Capacity, having regard to the following factors:

(i)            the purpose of the issue;

(ii)           alternative methods for raising funds available to the Company at that time, including, but not limited to, an entitlement issue or other offer where existing Shareholders may participate;

(iii)          the effect of the issue of the Equity Securities on the control of the Company;

(iv)          the circumstances of the Company, including, but not limited to, the financial position and solvency of the Company;

(v)           prevailing market conditions; and

(vi)          advice from corporate, financial and broking advisers (if applicable).

Further, if the Company is successful in acquiring new resources, assets or investments, it is likely that the recipients under the 10% Placement Capacity will be vendors of the new resources, assets or investments.

(f)           Previous Approval under ASX Listing Rule 7.1A

The Company previously obtained approval from its Shareholders pursuant to ASX Listing Rule 7.1A at its annual general meeting held on 9 March 2017 (Previous Approval).

The Company has issued 416,918,042 Shares pursuant to the Previous Approval.

During the 12 month period preceding the date of the Meeting, being on and from 18 April 2017 to 18 April 2018, the Company issued a total of 464,459,650 Shares and nil Options which represents approximately 8.57% of the total diluted number of Equity Securities on issue in the Company on 18 April 2017 which was 5,421,093,835.

Further details of the issues of Equity Securities by the Company during the 12 month period preceding the date of the Meeting are set out in Schedule 1.

(g)          Compliance with ASX Listing Rules 7.1A.4 and 3.10.5A

When the Company issues Equity Securities pursuant to the 10% Placement Capacity, it must give to ASX:

(i)            a list of the recipients of the Equity Securities and the number of Equity Securities issued to each (not for release to the market), in accordance with Listing Rule 7.1A.4; and

(ii)           the information required by Listing Rule 3.10.5A for release to the market.

4.4         Voting Exclusion

A voting exclusion statement is included in this Notice.  As at the date of this Notice, the Company has not invited any existing Shareholder to participate in an issue of Equity Securities under ASX Listing Rule 7.1A.  Therefore, no existing Shareholders will be excluded from voting on this Resolution.

5.           Resolution 4 - RE-APPROVAL OF INCENTIVE OPTION SCHEME

5.1         Adoption of Scheme

Resolution 4 seeks Shareholder re-approval for the adoption of the employee incentive scheme titled "Incentive Option Scheme" (Scheme) in accordance with ASX Listing Rule 7.2 (Exception 9(b)).

The Scheme was first approved by shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting held 12 February 2015. Shareholders should note that there have been 206,965,301 Options issued under the Scheme since it was first approved in 2015.

ASX Listing Rule 7.1 is summarised in Section 5.1.  ASX Listing Rule 7.2 (Exception 9(b)) sets out an exception to ASX Listing Rule 7.1 which provides that issues under an employee incentive scheme are exempt for a period of 3 years from the date on which shareholders approve the issue of securities under the scheme as an exception to ASX Listing Rule 7.1.

If Resolution 4 is passed, the Company will be able to issue Options under the Scheme to eligible participants over a period of 3 years without impacting on the Company's ability to issue up to 15% of its total ordinary securities without Shareholder approval in any 12 month period.

The objective of the Scheme is to attract, motivate and retain key Directors, employees and contractors and it is considered by the Company that the adoption of the Scheme and the future issue of Options under the Scheme will provide selected participants with the opportunity to participate in the future growth of the Company.

Any future issues of Options under the Scheme to a related party or a person whose relation with the company or the related party is, in ASX's opinion, such that approval should be obtained, will require additional Shareholder approval under ASX Listing Rule 10.14 at the relevant time.

A summary of the key terms and conditions of the Scheme is set out in Schedule 2. In addition, a copy of the Scheme is available for review by Shareholders at the registered office of the Company until the date of the Meeting. A copy of the Scheme can also be sent to Shareholders upon request to the Company Secretary. Shareholders are invited to contact the Company if they have any queries or concerns.

6.           Resolution 5 - CONDITIONAL SPILL RESOLUTION

If less than 25% of the votes cast on Resolution 1 are voted against adoption of the Remuneration Report, the Chair will withdraw Resolution 5.

6.1         General

The Corporations Act requirements for this Resolution to be put to vote are set out in Section 2.2.

If this resolution is passed and becomes effective, then it will be necessary for the Board to convene a special general meeting of the Company (Spill Meeting) within 90 days of the date of this Meeting in order to consider the composition of the Board. If a Spill Meeting is required, the date of the meeting, and a separate notice of meeting will be distributed to shareholders in due course, with details about those persons that will seek election as directors of the Company at the Spill Meeting.

If a Spill Meeting is held, the following directors will automatically vacate office immediately before the conclusion of the Spill Meeting, unless they are willing to stand for re-election and are re-elected at that meeting:

·     Michael Evans

·     Brent Villemarette

·     Stephen Staley.

Even if Mr Evans is re-elected at this Meeting, he will still need to be re-elected at the Spill Meeting to remain in office following the Spill Meeting.

The Board recommends that shareholders vote against this Resolution 5 if it is put to the meeting.

6.2         Proxy voting restrictions

Shareholders appointing a proxy for this Resolution should note the voting restrictions set out in Section 2.4 apply in the same manner to this Resolution.

 

 

GLOSSARY

$ means Australian dollars.

10% Placement Capacity has the meaning given in section 4.1 of the Explanatory Statement.

Annual General Meeting or Meeting means the meeting convened by the Notice.

ASIC means the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

ASX means ASX Limited (ACN 008 624 691) or the financial market operated by ASX Limited, as the context requires.

ASX Listing Rules means the Listing Rules of ASX.

Board means the current board of directors of the Company.

Business Day means Monday to Friday inclusive, except New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and any other day that ASX declares is not a business day.

CHESS means Clearing House Electronic Subregister System.

CHESS Rules means the ASX Settlement Operating Rules and the provisions of the Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules concerning the electronic share registration and transfer system as and to the extent that they apply to the Company.

Closely Related Party of a member of the Key Management Personnel means:

(a)           a spouse or child of the member;

(b)          a child of the member's spouse;

(c)           a dependent of the member or the member's spouse;

(d)          anyone else who is one of the member's family and may be expected to influence the member, or be influenced by the member, in the member's dealing with the entity;

(e)           a company the member controls; or

(f)           a person prescribed by the Corporations Regulations 2001 (Cth) for the purposes of the definition of 'closely related party' in the Corporations Act.

Chair means the chair of the Meeting.

Company or 88E means 88 Energy Limited (ACN 072 964 179).

Constitution means the Company's constitution.

Corporations Act means the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

DI means a depository interest representing a Share listed (or to be listed) on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.

DI Holder means a holder of a DI.

Directors means the current directors of the Company.

Eligible Entity means an entity that, at the date of the relevant general meeting:

(a)        is not included in the S&P/ASX 300 Index; and

(b)        has a maximum market capitalisation (excluding restricted securities and securities quoted on a deferred settlement basis) of $300,000,000.

Eligible Market means the ASX, the New York Stock Exchange Inc., the NYSE MKT, the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the NASDAQ Global Market, the NASDAQ Capital Market, the OTCQB or the OTCQX.

Equity Securities includes a Share, a right to a Share or Option, an Option, a convertible security and any security that ASX decides to classify as an Equity Security.

Explanatory Statement means the explanatory statement accompanying the Notice.

GMT means Greenwich Mean Time, being the time in London, United Kingdom.

Icewine Project means the onshore oil and gas project known as Project Icewine located in North America.

Key Management Personnel has the same meaning as in the accounting standards issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board and means those persons having authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the Company, or if the Company is part of a consolidated entity, of the consolidated entity, directly or indirectly, including any director (whether executive or otherwise) of the Company, or if the Company is part of a consolidated entity, of an entity within the consolidated group.

Managing Director means the managing director of the Company who may, in accordance with the ASX Listing Rules, continue to hold office indefinitely without being re-elected to the office.

Notice or Notice of Meeting means this notice of meeting including the Explanatory Statement, the Proxy Form and the Form of Instruction.

Option means any right, warrant or option to subscribe for or acquire a Share.

Optionholder means a holder of an Option.

Ordinary Securities has the meaning set out in the ASX Listing Rules.

Proxy Form means the proxy form accompanying the Notice.

Remuneration Report means the remuneration report set out in the Director's report section of the Company's annual financial report for the year ended 31 December 2015.

Resolutions means the resolutions set out in the Notice or any one of them as the context requires.

Section means a section of the Explanatory Statement.

Securities means a Share or an Option or both as the context requires.

Securityholder means a holder of a Security.

Share means a fully paid ordinary share in the capital of the Company.

Shareholder means a registered holder of a Share.

Variable A means "A" as set out in the calculation in section 4.2 of the Explanatory Statement.

WST means Western Standard Time as observed in Perth, Western Australia.

Schedule 1 - issues of equity securities since 18 April 2017

Date1

Quantity

Class 3, 4,5, 6

Issued to or basis of issue

Issue price and discount to Market Price (if applicable)2

Form of consideration

 

Appendix 3B:

16 June 2017

Issue Date:

16 June 2017

1,000,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.055 on or before 27 October 2021.

 

Issue Price of $0.055.

Closing price on date of issue $0.065.

Discount of 15.38%

Funds of $55,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

16 June 2017

Issue Date:

16 June 2017

2,350,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.065.

Discount of 69.23%

Funds of $47,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

19 June 2017

Issue Date:

19 June 2017

6,350,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.066.

Discount of 69.70%

Funds of $127,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

21 June 2017

Issue Date:

21 June 2017

5,000,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.055 on or before 27 October 2021.

 

Issue Price of $0.055.

Closing price on date of issue $0.065.

Discount of 15.38%

Funds of $275,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

4 July 2017

Issue Date:

4 July 2017

1,070,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.048.

Discount of 58.33%

Funds of $21,400 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

29 August 2017

Issue Date:

29 August 2017

900,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.034.

Discount of 41.18%

Funds of $18,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

1 December 2017

Issue Date:

1 December 2017

400,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.021.

Discount of 4.76%

Funds of $8,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

16 January 2018

Issue Date:

16 January 2018

 

2,000,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.032.

Discount of 37.50%

Funds of $40,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

22 January 2018

Issue Date:

22 January 2018

 

9,344,441

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.03.

Discount of 33.33%

Funds of $186,889 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

30 January 2018

Issue Date:

30 January 2018

 

2,000,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.029.

Discount of 31.03%

Funds of $40,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

6 February 2018

Issue Date:

6 February 2018

 

36,000,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.015 on or before 18 February 2018).

 

Issue Price of $0.015.

Closing price on date of issue $0.028.

Discount of 46.43%

Funds of $540,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

6 February 2018

Issue Date:

6 February 2018

 

5,075,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.028.

Discount of 28.57%

Funds of $101,500 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

7 February 2018

Issue Date:

7 February 2018

 

9,000,000

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.015 on or before 18 February 2018).

 

Issue Price of $0.015.

Closing price on date of issue $0.028.

Discount of 46.43%

Funds of $135,000 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

9 February 2018

Issue Date:

9 February 2018

 

9,223,533

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.028.

Discount of 28.57%

Funds of $184,471 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

16 February 2018

Issue Date:

16 February 2018

 

28,625,037

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.03.

Discount of 33.33%

Funds of $572,501 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

23 February 2018

Issue Date:

23 February 2018

 

109,255,214

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.028.

Discount of 28.57%

Funds of $2,185,104 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

2 March 2018

Issue Date:

2 March 2018

 

106,313,042

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.029.

Discount of 31.03%

Funds of $2,126,261 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

9 March 2018

Issue Date:

9 March 2018

 

121,364,340

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.030.

Discount of 33.33%

Funds of $2,427,287 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Appendix 3B:

14 March 2018

Issue Date:

14 March 2018

 

9,189,043

3

Issued upon exercise of options (exercisable at $0.02 on or before 2 March 2018.

 

Issue Price of $0.02.

Closing price on date of issue $0.036.

Discount of 44.44%

Funds of $183,781 were raised for support of the Company's drilling and exploration activities at Project Icewine.

Nil of this amount has been spent.

Notes:

1.                This is the date the Appendix 3B was announced to ASX.  The date of issue may be different.  Refer to Item 7 of the relevant Appendix 3B for the specific date of issue.

2.                Market Price means the closing price on ASX (excluding special crossings, overnight sales and exchange traded option exercises).  For the purposes of this table the discount is calculated on the Market Price on the trading day prior to the date of issue of the relevant Equity Securities.

3.                Fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (ASX Code: 88E) (terms are set out in the Constitution).

4.                Unquoted Options, exercisable at $0.06 each, on or before 14 March 2020 each. The full terms and conditions are set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting lodged with ASX on 7 February 2017.

5.                The cash balance of the Company on 18 April 2017 was approximately $24,802,166. The aggregate amount raised from issues of Equity Securities listed in Schedule 1 is $9,274,193. The cash balance of the Company as at the date of this Notice is approximately $17,959,583.  The amount spent since 18 April 2017 to the date of this Notice has been approximately $16,116,776. These funds have been spent on the Company's exploration activities at Project Icewine, including costs for preparation for the drilling of the Icewine #2 exploration well, acquisition of additional acreage, seismic and for working capital.  The amount raised from issues of Equity Securities listed in Schedule 1 that remains unspent as at the date of this Notice is $9,274,193.  It is proposed that these funds will be used, together with the Company's other cash reserves, for the Company's exploration program at Project Icewine, including costs associated with the Icewine #2H appraisal well, for seismic costs, to review and pursue new opportunities that may arise, and for working capital. This statement as it relates to the future use of funds is a statement of current intentions as at the date of this Notice.  As with any budget, intervening events and new circumstances have the potential to affect the manner in which the funds are ultimately applied.  The Board reserves the right to alter the way the funds are applied on this basis.

 

 

Schedule 2 - SUMMARY OF INCENTIVE OPTION SCHEME

The Board has adopted an Incentive Option Scheme to allow eligible participants to be granted Options to acquire Shares in the Company. The principle terms of the Scheme are summarised below.

 

(a)          Eligibility and Grant of Options: The Board may grant Options to any Director, full or part time employee, or casual employee or contractor who falls within ASIC Class Order 14/1000, of the Company or an associated body corporate (Eligible Participant). The Board may also offer Options to a prospective Eligible Participant provided the Offer can only be accepted if they become an Eligible Participant. Options may be granted by the Board at any time.

(b)          Consideration: Each Option granted under the Scheme will be granted for nil or no more than nominal cash consideration.

 

(c)          Conversion: Each Option is exercisable into one Share in the Company ranking equally in all respect with the existing issued Shares in the Company.

(d)          Exercise Price and Expiry Date: The exercise price and expiry date for Options granted under the Scheme will be determined by the Board prior to the grant of the Options.

 

(e)          Exercise Restrictions: The Options granted under the Scheme may be subject to conditions on exercise as may be fixed by the Directors prior to grant of the Options (Exercise Conditions). Any restrictions imposed by the Directors must be set out in the offer for the Options.

 

(f)           Lapsing of Options: An unexercised Option will lapse:

(i)            on its Expiry Date;

 

(ii)           if any Exercise Condition is unable to be met and is not waived, as determined by the Board; or

(iii)          subject to certain good leaver exceptions, where the Eligible Participant ceases to be an Eligible Participant.

(g)          Disposal of Options: Options will not be transferable except to the extent the Scheme or any offer provides otherwise.

 

(h)          Quotation of Options: Options will not be quoted on the ASX, except to the extent provided for by the Scheme or unless an offer provides otherwise.

(i)           Trigger Events: The Company may permit Options to be exercised in certain circumstances where there is a change in control of the Company (including by takeover) or entry into a scheme of arrangement.

(j)           Disposal of Shares: The Board may, in its discretion, determine that a restriction period will apply to some or all of the Shares issued on exercise of Options, up to a maximum of seven (7) years from the date of grant of the Options.

(k)          Participation in Rights Issues and Bonus Issues: There are no participating rights or entitlements inherent in the Options and holders will not be entitled to participate in new issues of capital offered to Shareholders during the currency of the Options.

 

(l)           Reorganisation: The terms upon which Options will be granted will not prevent the Options being re-organised as required by the Listing Rules on the re-organisation of the capital of the Company.

(m)         Limitations on Offers: The Company must have reasonable grounds to believe, when making an Offer, that the number of Shares to be received on exercise of Options offered under an Offer, when aggregated with the number of Shares issued or that may be issued as a result of offers made at any time during the previous 3 year period under an employee incentive scheme covered by the Class Order or an ASIC exempt arrangement of a similar kind to an employee incentive scheme, will not exceed 5% of the total number of Shares on issue at the date of the Offer.

 


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