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Baron Oil PLC - EMI Scheme and Initial grant of Share Options

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Baron Oil PLC
26 May 2020
 

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 26 May 2020

Baron Oil Plc

("Baron Oil", "Baron" or "the Company")

Establishment of EMI Scheme and Initial grant of Share Options

Baron Oil (AIM: BOIL), the AIM-quoted oil and gas exploration and production company focused on opportunities in SE Asia, Latin America and the UK announces the establishment of an Enterprise Management Incentive ("EMI") scheme and an initial grant of share options.

The EMI is an HMRC approved tax efficient option scheme that enables companies to attract and retain key staff by rewarding them with equity participation in the business. The scheme will be open to all Baron employees who qualify under the HMRC rules.

The creation of the EMI scheme follows the Company's decision in January 2020 to continue to develop its portfolio of assets as an independent exploration company. As disclosed in the recently published Annual Report for 2019 and latest QCA statement, the Remuneration Committee was tasked with reviewing the incentive opportunities available for the management team with a view to aligning the interests of all stakeholders.

In the past, the granting of share options by the Company has been somewhat sporadic and short term in nature. Without the inclusion of today's EMI awards, the number of shares under option, on a fully diluted basis, would rapidly have fallen to 0.65%.

The Company has today issued share options over a total of 290,000,000 ordinary shares of 0.025 pence each in the Company ("Share Options") to the following individuals - Malcolm Butler, Executive Chairman (125,000,000), Andrew Yeo, Managing Director (125,000,000) and Geoffrey Barnes, Financial Controller and Company Secretary (40,000,000). These vested options have a 10 year life from the date of issue and an exercise price of 0.1p. This is a premium of 21 % to the mid-market share price at the close on 22 May 2020 but matches the Placing Price of the Baron funding round in Q1 2020, which included a £57,500 subscription by the directors. This will increase the fully diluted option pool to an initial 7.12%, reducing to 6.54% when certain existing options expire in July 2020.

While it is the intention of the Company to continue to make use of the EMI scheme going forward, it is mindful of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) recommendation that such share option awards should not represent more than 10% of the Company's fully diluted share capital at any time.

Following the issue of these Share Options, the number of Share Options held by Directors and Employees is as follows:

EMI

New

Exercise

Existing

Exercise

Total

% Fully Diluted

Option Holder

Options

Price

Options

Price

Options

Shares*****

Malcolm Butler

125,000,000

0.1p*

20,000,000

0.35p**

155,000,000

3.15




10,000,000

0.435p***



Andrew Yeo

125,000,000

0.1p*

10,000,000

0.44p****

135,000,000

2.74

Geoffrey Barnes

40,000,000

0.1p*

10,500,000

0.35p**

60,500,000

1.23




10,000,000

0.435p***



Total

290,000,000


60,500,000


350,500,000

7.12

Post 7 July 2020

290,000,000


30,000,000


320,000,000

6.54








* Exercisable at any time prior to 25 May 2030

** Options expire on 7 July 2020

*** Exercisable at any time prior to 27 November 2021

**** Exercisable at any time prior to 3 December 2021

***** Current Ord. shares in issue 4,426,409,576; FD 4,932,034,576; FD post 7 July 2020 4,891,034,576

 

For further information, please contact:

Baron Oil Plc

+44 (0)20 7117 2849

Dr Malcolm Butler, Executive Chairman

 

Andy Yeo, Managing Director

 

 

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

+44 (0)20 3470 0470

Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker

 

Stuart GledhillCaroline Rowe

 

 

 

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Limited

+44 (0)20 3657 0050

Joint Broker

 

Andy ThackerZoe Alexander


 

Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them.

1.             

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

(a)          

Full name of person Dealing

i.      Malcolm Butler

ii.     Andrew Yeo

iii.    Geoffrey Barnes

2.             

Reason for notification

(b)          

Position/status

i.      Executive Chairman

ii.     Managing Director

ii.     Financial Controller and Company Secretary

(c)           

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial notification

3.             

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

(d)          

Name of entity

Baron Oil Plc

(e)           

LEI

213800MBSOS9UZ5SW712

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

Ordinary shares of 0.025 pence each in the Company

(b)          

Identification code

GB00B01QGH57

(c)           

Nature of the transaction

Grant of options

(d)          

Price(s) and volume(s)

Prices(s)

Volume(s)

i.  0.1 pence

ii.  0.1 pence

iii.   0.1 pence      

i.            125,000,000

ii.           125,000,000

 

iii.            40,000,000

(e)           

Aggregated information:

- Aggregated volume

- Price

Transaction as in 4(d) above

Prices(s)

Volume(s)

0.1 pence

290,000,000

(f)           

Date of transaction

26 May 2020

(g)           

Place of transaction

Outside a trading venue

 

 


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