Thor Mining Plc today announced on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”) the closure, on Friday 1 June 2018, of the CHESS Depositary Interest (“CDI”) Sale Facility for holders of less than a marketable parcel of CDIs in the Company (“Facility”).
The ASX Listing Rules defines a “Marketable Parcel” as those holdings of CDIs with a market value of $500 or more. On 12 April 2018, the Company announced the Facility for shareholders who owned less than $500 value of CDIs.
The Company provided the Facility so that holders of less than a marketable parcel can sell their CDIs without incurring any brokerage or handling costs that could otherwise make a sale of their CDIs uneconomic and/or difficult.
The Company also expects to reduce the administrative costs associated with maintaining a large number of small holdings.As at market close on the 11 April 2018 (“Record Date”) a parcel of CDIs in the Company was less than a Marketable Parcel for any CDI holding of 11,627 CDIs or less, based on the closing price of $0.043 per CDI.As at the Record Date, the Company had approximately 3,036 CDI holders, of which approximately 2,551 hold Less Than a Marketable Parcel of CDIs comprising 3,732,834 CDIs in aggregate (“Sale CDIs”) or 2.64% of all issued CDIs.
The Facility closed on Friday 1 June 2018, and Thor is now in the process of finalising the sale of the 3,142,181 Sale CDIs that were not retained. The Sale CDIs will be sold off-market to sophisticated investors, together with three of Thor’s Directors who have agreed to acquire the Sale CDIs at a price of $0.04 per share, being the closing price of Thor’s CDI’s on 7 June 2018. The number of CDIs to be purchased by the Directors is as follows:
Mr Mick Billing
Mr Alastair Middleton
Mr Dave Thomas
The Company’s other two Directors did not participate in order to maintain a quorum of independent Directors. Appropriate Change of Interest Notifications (Appendix 3Y) for these Directors will be released to the market once the sale is complete.
The proceeds will be distributed to shareholders who participated in the Facility, with cheques expected to be despatched on or before 25 June 2018.
Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, commented:
“This Facility provided an opportunity for holders of small parcels of Thor securities to either retain their holding or sell without incurring transaction fees.”
“We expect that costs associated with maintaining a relatively large register of CDIs in Australia will reduce substantially”.
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