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Shanta Gold Limited - Result of Fundraising

RNS Number : 1030D
Shanta Gold Limited
23 October 2020
 

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OR FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE OR DISSEMINATION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH IT WOULD BE UNLAWFUL TO DO SO.  ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTIONS.

 

FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE ANY NEW ORDINARY SHARES OF SHANTA GOLD LIMITED IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH ANY SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) NO. 596/2014.

 

 

23 October 2020

Shanta Gold Limited

 

("Shanta" or the "Company")

 

Result of Placing, Subscription and PrimaryBid Offer

and

Secondary Trade

 

Shanta Gold Limited (AIM: SHG), the East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer, is pleased to announce that, following the announcement on 22 October 2020 (the "Launch Announcement") regarding the launch of a proposed placing (the "Placing"), a direct subscription (the "Subscription") (together, the "Fundraising") and an offer for subscription for retail investors (the "PrimaryBid Offer"), the Company has raised gross proceeds of £32.2 million (approximately US$42.1 million) through the issue of an aggregate of 194,884,309 new ordinary shares of 0.01 pence each ("Ordinary Shares") in the capital of the Company at a price of 16.5 pence per Ordinary Share (the "Issue Price"). The Fundraising was significantly oversubscribed and was supported by both existing shareholders and new investors.

 

The Fundraising was conducted through an accelerated bookbuild process (the "Bookbuild") undertaken by Liberum Capital Limited ("Liberum"), Tamesis Partners LLP ("Tamesis") and Cormark Securities Inc. ("Cormark") acting as Joint Bookrunners (together the "Joint Bookrunners").

 

The Fundraising comprised of a Placing of 184,717,113 new Ordinary Shares ("Placing Shares") to raise approximately £30.5 million (approximately US$39.9 million) and a Subscription of 3,161,674 new Ordinary Shares ("Subscription Shares") to raise approximately £0.5 million (approximately US$0.7 million) (together and in aggregate the "Fundraising Shares"). In addition the PrimaryBid subscription is comprised of a subscription of 7,005,522 new Ordinary Shares ("PrimaryBid Shares") to raise approximately £1.2 million (approximately US$1.5 million).

 

The Issue Price represents a discount of approximately 6.8 per cent. to the closing price of 17.7 pence per Ordinary Share on 22 October 2020, being the last business day prior to the announcement of the Fundraising.

 

Secondary Trade

 

As a result of the significant demand generated during the Bookbuild the participants in the Placing agreed to participate on a pro-rata basis in a secondary trade to acquire 54,650,211 Ordinary Shares owned by Barrick Gold Corporation (the "Barrick Shares") at the Issue Price (the "Secondary Trade"). The Barrick Shares represent 6.4 per cent. of the Company's existing issued share capital. Following completion of the Secondary Trade Barrick Gold Corporation will no longer have any beneficial interest in Shanta's Ordinary Shares.  

 

Admission and Total Voting Rights

 

Application has been made for the Fundraising Shares and the PrimaryBid Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Admission"). It is anticipated that trading in the Fundraising Shares and the PrimaryBid Shares will commence on AIM at or around 8.00 a.m. on 28 October 2020. The Fundraising Shares and PrimaryBid Shares will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares in issue. The Fundraising Shares and PrimaryBid Shares will represent approximately 18.7 per cent. of the Company's enlarged issued share capital on Admission (assuming no other issuance of Ordinary Shares prior to Admission).

 

Following Admission of the Fundraising Shares and the PrimaryBid Shares, the Company's issued and fully paid share capital will consist of 1,043,465,532 Ordinary Shares, all of which carry one voting right per share. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury. Following Admission, the figure of 1,043,465,532 Ordinary Shares may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculation by which they will 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.

 

Director Participation in the Subscription

 

The Directors of the Company have subscribed for a total of 1,646,523 Fundraising Shares in aggregate. The beneficial holdings of the Directors before and after the Fundraising are set out below: 

 

 Director

Existing beneficial shareholding

Fundraising Shares

 Beneficial shareholding following the Fundraising  

Shareholding as a percentage of the Enlarged Issued Share Capital

Ketan Patel

43,667,957

606,060

44,274,017

4.2 per cent.

Anthony Durrant

2,663,159

231,214

2,894,373

0.3 per cent.

Eric Zurrin

11,767,897

231,214

11,999,111

1.1 per cent.

Luke Leslie

8,599,796

231,214

8,831,010

0.8 per cent.

Robin Fryer

840,000

231,214

1,071,214

0.1 per cent.

Keith Marshall

856,924

115,607

972,531

0.1 per cent.

 

 

Capitalised terms not defined in this Announcement have the meaning given to them in the Launch Announcement.

 

For more information please contact:

 

Enquiries:

 

Shanta Gold Limited

 

Eric Zurrin (CEO)

+44 (0) 14 8173 2153

Luke Leslie (CFO)

 

 

 

Nominated Adviser, Joint Broker and Joint Bookrunner

 

Liberum Capital Limited

 

Scott Mathieson / Ed Thomas / Louis Davies / Nikhil Varghese

+44 (0) 20 3100 2000

 

 

Joint Broker and Joint Bookrunner

 

Tamesis Partners LLP

 

Charlie Bendon / Richard Greenfield

+44 (0) 20 3882 2868

 

 

Joint Bookrunner

 

Cormark Securities Inc.

 

Paul Nieznalski / Darren Wallace

     +1 (416) 943 6472

 

 

 

This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America.  This announcement is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States.  The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration.  No public offering of securities is being made in the United States.

 

 

 

About Shanta Gold Limited

 

Shanta Gold is an East Africa-focused gold producer. It currently has defined ore resources on the New Luika and Singida projects in Tanzania and holds exploration licences covering approximately 1,200 km2 in the country. Shanta Gold also owns the West Kenya Project in Kenya with defined ore resources of 1.2 Mt grading 12.6 g/t. Shanta's flagship New Luika Gold Mine commenced production in 2012 and produced 84,506 ounces in 2019. The Company has been admitted to trading on London's AIM market and has approximately 849 m shares in issue. For further information please visit: www.shantagold.com.

 

The notification below is made in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

 

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

 

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

Ketan Patel

2

Reason for notification

 

a.

Position/Status

Non-Executive Director

b.

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial

3

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

a.

Name

Shanta Gold Limited

b.

LEI

213800WAVVOPS85N2205

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 0.01p each

 

ISIN: GB00B0CGR828

b.

Nature of the transaction

Subscription for ordinary shares through placing.

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price(s)

Volume(s)

 

 16.5p

606,060

 

 

d.

Aggregated information

- Aggregated Volume

- Price

 N/A

 

e.

Date of the transaction

23 October 2020

f.

Place of the transaction

AIMX

                 

 

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

Anthony Durrant

2

Reason for notification

 

a.

Position/Status

Non-Executive Chairman

b.

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial

3

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

a.

Name

Shanta Gold Limited

b.

LEI

213800WAVVOPS85N2205

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 0.01p each

 

ISIN: GB00B0CGR828

b.

Nature of the transaction

Subscription for ordinary shares through placing.

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price(s)

Volume(s)

 

 16.5p

2,894,373

 

 

d.

Aggregated information

- Aggregated Volume

- Price

 N/A

 

e.

Date of the transaction

23 October 2020

f.

Place of the transaction

AIMX

                 

 

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

Eric Zurrin

2

Reason for notification

 

a.

Position/Status

CEO

b.

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial

3

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

a.

Name

Shanta Gold Limited

b.

LEI

213800WAVVOPS85N2205

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 0.01p each

 

ISIN: GB00B0CGR828

b.

Nature of the transaction

Subscription for ordinary shares through placing.

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price(s)

Volume(s)

 

 16.5p

11,999,111

 

 

d.

Aggregated information

- Aggregated Volume

- Price

 N/A

 

e.

Date of the transaction

23 October 2020

f.

Place of the transaction

AIMX

                 

 

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

Luke Leslie

2

Reason for notification

 

a.

Position/Status

CFO

b.

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial

3

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

a.

Name

Shanta Gold Limited

b.

LEI

213800WAVVOPS85N2205

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 0.01p each

 

ISIN: GB00B0CGR828

b.

Nature of the transaction

Subscription for ordinary shares through placing.

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price(s)

Volume(s)

 

 16.5p

8,831,010

 

 

d.

Aggregated information

- Aggregated Volume

- Price

 N/A

 

e.

Date of the transaction

23 October 2020

f.

Place of the transaction

AIMX

                 

 

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

Robin Fryer

2

Reason for notification

 

a.

Position/Status

Non-Executive Director

b.

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial

3

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

a.

Name

Shanta Gold Limited

b.

LEI

213800WAVVOPS85N2205

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 0.01p each

 

ISIN: GB00B0CGR828

b.

Nature of the transaction

Subscription for ordinary shares through placing.

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price(s)

Volume(s)

 

 16.5p

1,071,214

 

 

d.

Aggregated information

- Aggregated Volume

- Price

 N/A

 

e.

Date of the transaction

23 October 2020

f.

Place of the transaction

AIMX

                 

 

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

Keith Marshall

2

Reason for notification

 

a.

Position/Status

Non-Executive Director

b.

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial

3

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

a.

Name

Shanta Gold Limited

b.

LEI

213800WAVVOPS85N2205

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 0.01p each

 

ISIN: GB00B0CGR828

b.

Nature of the transaction

Subscription for ordinary shares through placing.

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price(s)

Volume(s)

 

 16.5p

972,531

 

 

d.

Aggregated information

- Aggregated Volume

- Price

 N/A

 

e.

Date of the transaction

23 October 2020

f.

Place of the transaction

AIMX

                 

 

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