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Vela Technologies PLC
09 September 2016
 

 

Dissemination of a Regulatory Announcement that contains inside information according to REGULATION (EU) No 596/2014 (MAR).

 

 

9 September 2016

 

Vela Technologies plc

("Vela", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Proposed issue of 8% Convertible Unsecured Loan Notes 2018

Proposed Consolidation and Sub-division of Ordinary Shares

Notice of General Meeting

and

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Vela Technologies (AIM: VELA), the investing company focused on early-stage and pre-IPO disruptive technology investments, today announces a conditional fundraising to raise £400,000 (before expenses) through the issue of convertible unsecured loan notes to certain Shareholders, including Antony Laiker (a director of the Company). The Loan Notes are repayable on 30 September 2018 and carry an annual interest rate of 8 per cent. The funds raised through the issue of the Loan Notes will be used for additional working capital and to provide additional funds for the Company to make further investments in the future, in accordance with its investing policy.

The Loan Notes will be convertible into Ordinary Shares at 0.15p per share, a discount of 6.25 per cent. to the closing bid price of 0.16p per share on 8 September 2016. The approval of Shareholders is being sought for the creation and issue of the Loan Notes. If the necessary resolutions are passed, the Loan Notes will be issued after the General Meeting.

Conditional subscriptions have been received for £200,000 of the Loan Notes from both Scott Fletcher, an existing shareholder in the Company, and Antony Laiker, a director of the Company.

At the General Meeting resolutions will also be proposed in relation to a proposed Consolidation and Sub-Division. Further details on the Consolidation and Sub-Division are detailed below.

Further details of the proposals are contained in a circular which is due to be posted to Shareholders today, extracts of which can be found below. In addition, the annual report and accounts are expected to be posted to Shareholders today, along with notices convening:

·      the General Meeting, to be held at the offices of Allenby Capital Limited, 3 St. Helen's Place, London EC3A 6AB at 10.00am on 26 September 2016; and

·      the Annual General Meeting, to be held at the offices of Allenby Capital Limited, 3 St. Helen's Place, London EC3A 6AB at 10.00am on 3 October 2016.

The above summary should be read in conjunction with the full text of this announcement and the circular (which includes the notices convening the General Meeting and the Annual General Meeting), which will also be made available to view shortly on the Company's website, www.velatechplc.com. Extracts from the circular are set out below.

Defined terms used in this announcement have the meaning as set out at the end of this announcement and as in the circular.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Vela Technologies plc


Brent Fitzpatrick, Non-Executive Chairman

Antony Laiker, Director

 

Tel: +44 (0) 7802 262 443

 

Allenby Capital Limited

(Nominated Adviser)


Nick Athanas/Katrina Perez/Nick Naylor

 

Smaller Company Capital Limited

(Broker)

Rupert Williams/Jeremy Woodgate

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3328 5656

 

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3651 2910

 


Extracts from the Circular

(References to pages or paragraphs below refer to the relevant pages or paragraphs of the circular)

 

EXPECTED TIMETABLE OF PRINCIPAL EVENTS


2016

Announcement of the results for the year ended 31 March 2016

5 September

Announcement of the Fundraising

9 September

Posting of circular, audited accounts and forms of proxy

9 September

Latest time and date for receipt of blue form of proxy for the General Meeting

10.00 a.m. on 22 September

General Meeting

10.00 a.m. on 26 September

Last day of dealings in the Existing Ordinary Shares

26 September

Record time and date for Consolidation and Sub-division

5.00 p.m. on 26 September

Completion and issue of the Loan Notes

26 September

Admission effective and dealings in the New Ordinary Shares expected to commence

8.00 a.m. on 27 September

Crediting of CREST accounts with the New Ordinary Shares in uncertificated form

27 September

Latest time and date for receipt of white form of proxy for the Annual General Meeting

10.00 a.m. on 29 September

Despatch of definitive share certificates in respect of the New Ordinary Shares in certificated form

on or before 30 September

Annual General Meeting

10.00 a.m. on 3 October

 

Proposed issue of 8% Convertible Unsecured Loan Notes 2018

Proposed Consolidation and Sub-division of Ordinary Shares

Notice of General Meeting

and

Notice of Annual General Meeting

1.         Introduction

Further to the announcement of the Company's full year results on 5 September 2016, I am pleased to enclose the audited accounts of the Company for the year ended 31 March 2016 and notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Company, which is set out at the end of this document.

The Company has today announced a conditional Fundraising to raise £400,000 (before expenses) through the issue of convertible unsecured loan notes to certain existing shareholders including a director of the Company.  The Loan Notes are repayable on 30 September 2018 and carry an annual interest rate of 8 per cent.  The funds raised through the Issue of the Loan Notes will be used for additional working capital and to provide additional funds for the Company to make further investments in the future in accordance with its investing policy.

The Loan Notes will be convertible into Ordinary Shares at 0.15p per share, a discount of 6.25 per cent. to the opening bid price of 0.16p per share on 8 September 2016, the latest date prior to the publication of this document.  The approval of Shareholders is being sought for the creation and issue of the Loan Notes.  If the necessary resolutions are passed, the Loan Notes will be issued after the General Meeting.

This document contains notice of a General Meeting to be held a week earlier than the AGM.  Notice of the General Meeting is set out on pages 11 to 13 of this document.  The Directors are convening the General Meeting separately from and earlier than the AGM primarily in order to approve the issue of the Loan Notes and extend the Company's authorities to allot securities as soon as possible, to enable it to complete the conditional Fundraising announced today.

This purpose of this document is to set out details of the terms of the Loan Notes, provide you with the background to the proposed Consolidation and Sub-division and to the other resolutions to be proposed at both the General Meeting and at the AGM, and explain why the Directors consider the Consolidation and Sub-division to be in the best interests of the Company and the Shareholders as a whole, and why Brent Fitzpatrick (the only independent Director for this purpose) considers the creation and issue of the Loan Notes to be in the best interests of the Company and the Shareholders as a whole.

Further details on the terms of the Consolidation and Sub-division, and the Loan Notes and the resolutions to be proposed at the General Meeting and Annual General Meeting are set out below. 

2.         Reasons for the Fundraising and Use of Proceeds

The purpose of the Fundraising is to provide additional working capital and to provide additional funds for the Company to make further investments in the future in accordance with its investing policy.

The Fundraising would (if funds were not invested) secure sufficient working capital resources for the Company to meet its ongoing overheads at current levels for approximately two years without having to realise any of its investments, which are mainly unquoted, illiquid stocks.  The Independent Director considers that the Fundraising will also strengthen the Company's position in looking at any new investments, and reduce the possibility that the Company might have to raise funds at short notice to take advantage of opportunities to make new investments or invest further funds in existing investee companies.

Fundraisings through the issue of ordinary shares are often carried out at a discount to the bid price, and can attract short term investors, which can place pressure on the market value of a company.  Accordingly, the Independent Director considers that it is in the interests of Shareholders as a whole to take advantage of the current opportunity to raise funds at the present time even though there is no identified investment being made.

The Independent Director considers that the terms of the Loan Notes reflect the fact that they carry a higher level of risk to subscribers, being unsecured, unquoted and illiquid.  The Loan Notes are convertible at a price which is a small discount to the current bid price for the Ordinary Shares, but the conversion rights are, in practice, very restricted.

3.         Terms of the Loan Notes

Subject to the passing of resolutions 1, 2 and 3 at the General Meeting, the Loan Notes will be constituted with the following principal terms:

(a)           Repayment - the Loan Notes will be repayable in full on 30 September 2018.  The Company has the right to repay the Loan Notes at any earlier time by giving not less than 90 days' notice thereof to the Noteholders.  The terms of the Loan Notes also provides for the repayment date to be capable of extension, with the agreement of Noteholders.

(b)           Interest - until the Loan Notes are repaid or converted, they will carry interest at an annual rate of 8 per cent, which will be rolled up and paid in one bullet payment on the repayment date or conversion date.  Noteholders will be able to elect either to take the rolled-up interest in cash or in the form of Ordinary Shares at 0.15p per share.

(c)           Conversion - the Loan Notes may be converted at any time (including upon repayment), at the option of Noteholders, into Ordinary Shares at 0.15p per share.  The Loan Notes may only be converted to the extent that the relevant Noteholder would not (taking into account any other persons with whom the Noteholder is acting in concert for the purposes of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) have an interest in more than 29.9% of the voting rights in the Company.

(d)           Transferability - the Loan Notes will be freely transferrable.

(e)           Security - the Loan Notes will not be secured.

(f)            Dealings - the Loan Notes will not be admitted to trading on AIM or any other stock exchange.

If all the Loan Notes were to be converted, this would result in the issue of an aggregate 266,666,666 Ordinary Shares.  If all the accrued interest to the repayment date were to be taken in the form of shares, this would result in the issue of an aggregate 42,666,666 new Ordinary Shares.  These Ordinary Shares would, together, represent approximately 30.0 per cent of the ordinary share capital as enlarged by such issue (assuming no other new Ordinary Shares are issued by the Company).

The Loan Notes may only be converted to the extent that the Noteholder exercising conversion rights does not (taking into account any interests held by persons with whom the Noteholder is "acting in concert" for the purposes of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) have an interest in more than 29.9% of the voting rights in the Company.

4.         Issue of Loan Notes

Conditional subscriptions have been received for £200,000 of the Loan Notes from both Scott Fletcher, an existing shareholder in the Company, and Antony Laiker, a director of the Company.  The subscriptions for Loan Notes are conditional on the passing of resolutions 1, 2 and 3 at the General Meeting.

Scott Fletcher is beneficially interested in 63,944,656 Ordinary Shares representing 8.86% of the current issued share capital of the Company.  If all the Loan Notes proposed to be held by him were to be converted, and all the rolled up interest is satisfied in Ordinary Shares, an aggregate of 154,666,666 new Ordinary Shares would be issued to him and he would be beneficially interested in 218,611,322 Ordinary Shares (representing approximately 21.2 per cent of the Ordinary Shares then in issue, assuming no other new Ordinary Shares were issued by the Company).

Antony Laiker is a Director of the Company, and is beneficially interested in 35,191,724 Ordinary Shares representing 4.88 of the current issued share capital of the Company.  If all the Loan Notes proposed to be held by him were to be converted, and all the rolled up interest were to be satisfied in Ordinary Shares, an aggregate of 154,666,666 Ordinary Shares would be issued to him and he would be beneficially interested in 189,858,390 Ordinary Shares (representing approximately 18.41 per cent of the Ordinary Shares then in issue, assuming no other new Ordinary Shares were issued by the Company).

As Antony is interested in the issue of the Loan Notes, he has taken no part in the decision to create and issue the Loan Notes.

5.         Related Party Transaction

The subscription by Antony Laiker for £200,000 of Loan Notes is classified as a related party transaction under the AIM Rules.  Brent Fitzpatrick, the Independent Director for the purposes of the subscription by Antony Laiker for Loan Notes, considers, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, Allenby Capital, that the terms of the transaction are reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.

6.         Proposed Consolidation and Sub-division

The Company's issued share capital currently consists of 721,588,020 Existing Ordinary Shares.  The Company currently has over 900 Shareholders.  This is a comparatively large number of shareholders, and the costs associated with such a large shareholder base are disproportionately large for a company of our size.  There are some 730 Shareholders who hold less than 1,500 Ordinary Shares, which are (at the current market price) worth less than £3.

The proposed Consolidation and Sub-division will comprise two elements:

(a)        every 1,500 Existing Ordinary Shares will be consolidated into one Consolidated Ordinary Share; and

(b)        immediately following the Consolidation, each of the Consolidated Ordinary Shares will be sub-divided into 1,500 New Ordinary Shares.

Consolidation

At the General Meeting, it is proposed to consolidate every 1,500 Existing Ordinary Shares into one Consolidated Ordinary Share, under resolution 4 (an ordinary resolution).

As at the date of this document, the Company has 721,588,020 Existing Ordinary Shares in issue.  To effect the Consolidation, it will be necessary to issue a further 480 Ordinary Shares to increase this to 721,588,500 Ordinary Shares which is exactly divisible by 1,500. 

The Consolidation will result in the creation of 481,059 Consolidated Ordinary Shares.  As all the Existing Ordinary Shares are proposed to be consolidated, the proportion of the issued ordinary shareholdings in the Company held by each Shareholder immediately before and after the Consolidation will, except for fractional entitlements, remain unchanged.

Any Shareholders holding fewer than 1,500 Existing Ordinary Shares at the Record Date will cease to be a shareholder of the Company.

Shareholders with a holding of more than 1,500 Existing Ordinary Shares, but which is not exactly divisible by 1,500, will have their holding rounded down to the nearest whole number of Consolidated

Ordinary Shares.  Fractional entitlements to a Consolidated Ordinary Share will be aggregated and sold in the market following the Sub-division, as described below.

Sub-division

Immediately following the Consolidation, each Consolidated Ordinary Share will be sub-divided into 1,500 new Ordinary Shares with a nominal value of 0.1p each.

Effects of the Consolidation and Sub-division

If your current holding of Existing Ordinary Shares is an exact multiple of 1,500, you will hold the same number of new Ordinary Shares following the Consolidation and Sub-division.

If your current holding of Existing Ordinary Shares is not an exact multiple of 1,500, your holding of New Ordinary Shares following the Consolidation and Sub-division will have been rounded down to the nearest 1,500 shares.

Disposal of fractional entitlements

As mentioned above, fractional entitlements to Consolidated Ordinary Shares arising from the Consolidation will be aggregated and, following the Sub-division, will be sold in the market for the best price reasonably obtainable on behalf of those Shareholders entitled to the fractions.  As the net proceeds of sale will amount to less than £3 for any entitled Shareholder, they will (in accordance with usual market practice) be retained by the Company.

Share certificates

New share certificates in relation to the New Ordinary Shares will be despatched to Shareholders who hold their Ordinary Shares in certificated form by 30 September 2016.  The new share certificates will be sent by first-class post, at the risk of the holders of relevant New Ordinary Shares, to the registered address of that holder or, in the case of joint holders, to the one whose name appears first in the register of members.  On receipt of the new share certificates all Ordinary Share certificates previously issued will no longer be valid and should be destroyed.  Until a holder of certificated Ordinary Shares receives a new share certificate, transfers of certificated Ordinary Shares will be certified against the register of members.

Shareholders whose holdings are held in uncertificated form through CREST will have their CREST accounts adjusted to reflect their entitlement to New Ordinary Shares.

The ISIN for the Existing Ordinary Shares is GB00B7D7F340.  Following the Consolidation and Sub-division, the ISIN for the new Ordinary Shares will be GB00BYZ9XC29.

7.         Authorities to allot securities

At the General Meeting, Shareholders are being asked to increase the Directors' authorities to allot shares in the Company, for the purposes of the issue and conversion of the Loan Notes and any interest on the Loan Notes which is to be satisfied in ordinary shares.  Resolution 2 (an ordinary resolution) and resolution 3 (a special resolution) will, if passed, give the Directors the necessary authorities to allot ordinary shares up to a maximum nominal amount of £309,333.34 (representing approximately 42.87% of the current issued ordinary share capital of the Company), both generally and for cash on a non pre-emptive basis in connection with the issue of the Loan Notes and covering the full exercise of the conversion rights in the Loan Notes.  These authorities will expire at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of the Company to be held in 2017 or, if earlier, 15 months from the date of the resolution.  These authorities are being sought separately from the existing general authorities to allot shares, which will be renewed at the Annual General Meeting.

Subject to the passing of resolutions 2 and 3, it is proposed that:

(a)        480 ordinary shares of 0.1p will be issued at par immediately prior to and for the purposes of the Consolidation, as described above; and

(b)        £400,000 of Loan Notes will be issued in connection with the Fundraising.

At the Annual General Meeting, shareholders will be asked to renew the current general authorities to allot Ordinary Shares (up to a maximum nominal amount of £400,000 (representing approximately 55.4% of the current issued ordinary share capital of the Company), both generally and for cash on a non pre-emptive basis), independently from the authorities being sought at the General Meeting.

The Directors propose that the authorities given by resolutions 1 and 2 should also provide sufficient headroom to enable the Company to take advantage of further fundraising opportunities over the next year should these arise.  In addition, this authority would be utilised for any further options to subscribe for Ordinary Shares which are granted to the Directors whilst the authority is in place.

8.         General Meeting

A notice convening the General Meeting to be held at the offices of Allenby Capital Limited, 3 St Helen's Place, London EC3A 6AB at 10.00 a.m. on 26 September 2016 is set out on pages 11 to 13 of this document. 

At the General Meeting, resolutions will be proposed:

(i)         to approve the creation and issue of the Loan Notes on the basis described in this document;

(ii)         to seek authorities to allot securities in connection with the issue of the Loan Notes, as described in paragraph 7 above; and

(iii)        to effect the Consolidation and Sub-division.

9.         Annual General Meeting

A notice convening the Annual General Meeting to be held at the offices of Allenby Capital Limited, 3 St Helen's Place, London EC3A 6AB at 10.00 a.m. on 3 October 2016 is set out on pages 14 to 16 of this document. 

The following resolutions will be proposed at the AGM:

(a)           Resolution 1:  to approve the annual report and accounts.  The Directors are required to lay before the Company at the AGM the accounts of the Company for the financial year ended 31 March 2015, the report of the Directors and the report of the Company's auditors on those accounts.

(b)           Resolution 2:  to approve the re-appointment of Murray Harcourt Limited as auditors of the Company.  The Company is required to appoint auditors at each general meeting at which accounts are laid, to hold office until the next such meeting.

(c)           Resolution 3:  to approve the remuneration of the auditors for the next year.

(d)           Resolution 4:  to approve the re-election of Antony Laiker, who is retiring by rotation, and is submitting himself for re-election.  Under the Articles of Association, Directors must retire and submit themselves for re-election at the annual general meeting if they have not done so at either of the two previous annual general meetings.

(e)           Resolutions 5 and 6:  to approve the renewal of general authorities to allot shares, which expire at the AGM, for the purpose of (i) granting the Directors general authority to allot up to a maximum nominal amount of £400,000, representing approximately 55.4% of the current issued ordinary share capital; and (ii) disapplying pre-emption rights in connection with the allotment of up to a maximum nominal amount of £400,000, representing approximately 55.4% of the current issued ordinary share capital.

10.        Action to be taken

Shareholders will find enclosed with this document two forms of proxy:

(a)        the blue form of proxy is for use at the General Meeting, and should be returned by no later than 10.00 a.m. on 22 September 2016 for the General Meeting to be held on 26 September 2016; and

(b)        the white form of proxy is for use at the Annual General Meeting, and should be returned by no later than 10.00 a.m. on 29 September 2016 for the AGM to be held on 3 October 2016.

Whether or not you intend to be present at either meeting, you are requested to complete, sign and return the forms of proxy to the Company's registrars, Neville Registrars Limited, Neville House, 18 Laurel Lane, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3DA as soon as possible but, in any event, so as to arrive by no later than 48 hours before the time and date of the meeting.  The completion and return of a form of proxy will not preclude you from attending the relevant meeting and voting in person should you wish to do so.

Both Antony Laiker (Executive Director) and Scott Fletcher have agreed to abstain from voting on Resolutions 1, 2 and 3 at the General Meeting given their proposed participation in the Fundraising.

11.        Recommendation

Brent Fitzpatrick, as the independent Director, considers resolutions 1, 2 and 3 to be proposed at the General Meeting to be in the best interests of the Company and its Shareholders as a whole and accordingly recommends that Shareholders vote in favour of those resolutions, as he intends to do in respect of the 1,500,000 Ordinary Shares (equivalent to approximately 0.2 per cent of the Ordinary Shares) beneficially owned by him.

The Directors consider resolution 4 to be proposed at the General Meeting to be in the best interests of the Company and its Shareholders as a whole and accordingly recommend that Shareholders vote in favour of those resolutions, as they intend to do in respect of the 36,691,724 Ordinary Shares (equivalent to approximately 5.08 per cent of the Ordinary Shares) beneficially owned by them in aggregate.

Yours faithfully

 

Brent Fitzpatrick

Chairman



DEFINITIONS

The following definitions apply throughout the announcement and the circular, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Allenby Capital"

Allenby Capital Limited, the Company's nominated adviser

"Annual General Meeting" or "AGM"

the annual general meeting of the Company to be held on 3 October 2016, notice of which is set out on pages 14 to 16 of this document

"blue form of proxy"

the blue form of proxy accompanying this document for use by Shareholders at the General Meeting

"Board" or "Directors"

the board of directors of the Company

"Company"

Vela Technologies plc

"Completion"

completion of the Fundraising

"Consolidated Ordinary 
Share(s)"

the ordinary shares of 150p each in the capital of the Company in issue following the Consolidation, but before the Sub-division

"Consolidation"

the proposed consolidation of every 1,500 Existing Ordinary Shares into one Consolidated Ordinary Share of 100p

"CREST"

the electronic settlement system for UK and Irish securities operated by Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited

"CREST Regulations"

The Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001, as amended

"Document"

this document which, for the avoidance of doubt, does not comprise a prospectus (under the Prospectus Rules) or an admission document (under the AIM Rules)

"Existing Ordinary Shares"

the 721,588,020 Ordinary Shares of 0.1p each in the capital of the Company in issue as at the date of this document

"Fundraising"

the issue of the Convertible Loan Notes

"General Meeting"

the general meeting of the Company to be held on 26 September 2016, notice of which is set out on pages 11 to 13 of this document

"Independent Director"

Brent Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Company

"Loan Notes"

the 8% Convertible Unsecured Loan Notes 2018 to be created and issued as described in this document

"Loan Note Instrument"

the instrument to be executed by the Company on Completion to create the Loan Notes

"Noteholder"

a holder of Loan Notes

"Notice of General Meeting"

the notice convening the General Meeting as set out at the end of this Document

"Ordinary Shares"

the ordinary shares of 0.1p in the Company

"Record Date"

5.00 p.m. on 26 September 2016 (or such later date as the Directors may determine and communicate to Shareholders by an appropriate announcement to a Regulatory Information Service) being the date by reference to which the Consolidation and Sub-division is calculated

"Shareholders"

the holders of Ordinary Shares from time to time

"Sub-division"

the proposed sub-division of each Consolidated Ordinary Share into 1,500 new Ordinary Shares of 0.1p each

"Takeover Code"

the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

"white form of proxy"

the white form of proxy accompanying this document for use by Shareholders at the AGM

 

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