Completion of Acquisition of 100% of Virgo Resources Ltd and its interests
in the Hope Copper-Gold Project, Namibia, Issue of Shares, Total Voting Rights
Bezant (AIM: BZT), the copper-gold exploration and development company, is pleased, further to its announcements on 19 June 2020 and 15 July 2020, to announce the completion on 14 August 2020 of its acquisition of 100% of Virgo Resources Ltd and its interests in the Hope Copper-Gold Project in Namibia (the “Acquisition”).
The share and cash consideration paid by Bezant at completion of the Acquisition (“Completion”) is i) the issue of 422,062,525 new Ordinary Shares of the Company (“Bezant Shares”) at a deemed issue price of 0.2 pence (“Ordinary Shares Consideration”), ii) £ 135,000 to be settled by the issue of 113,333,333 Bezant Shares based on the share price on 14 August 2020 (“Asset Sellers Share Consideration”) of which 79,333,333 Bezant Shares are to be issued now (“Initial Asset Sellers Shares”) and 34,000,000 Bezant Shares on 15 February 2021 (“Balance of Assets Sellers Shares”); and iii) cash of AUD157,021 ( approx. £ 86,600) (the “Consideration”).
Application to trading on AIM : Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for a total of 501,395,858 new Bezant Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM being the Ordinary Shares Consideration and the Initial Assets Sellers Shares. It is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings in the new Bezant Shares will commence at on or around 8.00 a.m. on Thursday 20 August 2020.
Total Voting Rights after Fundraising : Following the issue of the Ordinary Shares Consideration and the Initial Assets Sellers Shares, the Company’s total issued share capital will consist of 2,208,651,039 Ordinary Shares with voting rights. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury and accordingly there are no voting rights in respect of any treasury shares.
On Admission, the abovementioned figure of 2,208,651,039 Ordinary Shares may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, Bezant under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
Lock up and Orderly Market: The Ordinary Share Consideration, the Asset Sellers Consideration will be subject to orderly market trading and release schedules as follows;
i) 25% of the Share-based Consideration will be freely tradable on Admission
ii) 25% of the Share-based Consideration will be freely tradable after six (6) months from Completion
iii) 50% of the Share-based Consideration will be freely tradable after twelve (12) months from Completion
Colin Bird, Executive Chairman of Bezant, commented :
“The acquisition of the Hope Gold Cooper project is a significant milestone for Bezant. We have acquired a very attractive project with a combined JORC (2012) Mineral Resource of 10.2Mt @1.9% Cu and 0.3g/t Au at a 0.7% Cu cut off in Namibia, which aside from being an excellent jurisdiction, is attracting increased attention as a source of Copper.
The Vendors confidence in the project is reflected in the fact that 84% of the shares now being issued have been issued at a 60% premium to Fridays closing share price of 0.12 pence.
From Bezant’s technical due diligence on the project it was clear that there is potential for considerable upside as the Gorob-Vendone Deposit was not assayed for gold and there is the possibility for further discovery of similar type mineralisation as the project contains 150 km not yet tested. Now that the transaction has been completed Bezant will be looking to implement the value creation strategy announced on 15 July 2020.”
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