EPE CAPITAL PARTNERS LTD
(Incorporated in the Republic of Mauritius)
(Registration number: C138883 C1/GBL)
Share Code: EPE
(“Ethos Capital” or “the Company”)
Shareholders are referred to the announcements released on the Stock Exchange News Service (“SENS”) of the JSE Limited (“JSE”) on Wednesday 27 November 2019 wherein Ethos Capital announced its intention to undertake a renounceable rights offer of up to ZAR750 million (“Ethos Capital Rights Offer”). Shareholders are further referred to the Brait SE (“Brait”) SENS announcement released on the same day setting out details of, inter alia, a proposed equity capital raise by Brait (“Brait Equity Raise”) and to the announcement released by Brait on SENS today, Tuesday 14 January 2020, advising that Brait shareholders had approved all of the resolutions required for the implementation of the Brait Equity Raise at a general meeting of Brait shareholders. The passing of these resolutions was a condition precedent to the Ethos Capital Rights Offer. Accordingly, the board of directors of Ethos Capital (“Board”) have approved Ethos Capital’s participation in the Brait Equity Raise as set out in the announcement of Wednesday, 27 November 2019.
The Board believes that participating in the Brait Equity Raise presents a unique investment opportunity for Ethos Capital, alongside Ethos Fund VII (collectively “Ethos”), which is in line with Ethos Capital’s investment strategy.
Brait has a portfolio of high-quality assets and the Brait board has resolved to revise its strategy from that of an investment holding company to focusing on maximising value through the realisation of its existing assets over the next five years and returning capital to Brait shareholders. The Brait Equity Raise will provide Brait with sufficient funding headroom to implement the new strategy and provides Brait with sufficient flexibility to manage its portfolio of investments and to execute on the new strategy in an optimal manner. Ethos Private Equity will assume the role as the advisor to the Brait Board on the overall portfolio value optimisation and maximisation strategy pursuant to an advisory agreement with Brait.
Participating in the Brait Equity Raise will provide Ethos Capital shareholders with access to a high-quality asset base that complements the Company’s existing investments, adding sector and geographic diversification. The potential unlock of value through the Brait value realisation strategy could provide strong capital flows to Ethos Capital over the medium term, which will have a positive impact on returns and liquidity.
In order for Ethos Capital to fully fund its portion of the commitments in terms of Ethos’ ZAR1,350 million investment in Brait, the Company proposes to raise up to ZAR750 million, through the Ethos Capital Rights Offer.
Ethos Capital proposes to raise up to ZAR750 million through an offer of 100 000 000 Ethos Capital A ordinary shares (“Rights Offer Shares”) at a price of ZAR7.50 per Rights Offer Share (“Rights Offer Price”) in the ratio of 58.47953 Rights Offer Shares for every 100 existing Ethos Capital A ordinary shares held on the record date for the Ethos Capital Rights Offer, being Friday, 24 January 2020. The Rights Offer Price represents a 0.4% discount to the 10 day volume weighted average price of Ethos Capital’s A ordinary shares as at Monday, 13 January 2020.
Application will be made to the JSE for the listing on the securities exchange operated by the JSE of:
The Rights Offer Shares will, upon issue and allotment, rank pari passu with all other A ordinary shares in Ethos Capital.
Ethos Capital shareholders will be entitled to apply for additional Rights Offer Shares over and above their entitlement.
The Ethos Capital Rights Offer is fully committed and underwritten. Ethos Capital has obtained irrevocable subscription commitments from certain shareholders representing c. 44% of the issued A ordinary shares, in terms of which each such shareholder has irrevocably undertaken to follow all or a portion of the rights allocated to them in the Ethos Capital Rights Offer and to subscribe and make payment of the aggregate price for the resultant number of Rights Offer Shares issued to them in the Ethos Capital Rights Offer in accordance with the terms of the Ethos Capital Rights Offer circular as follows:
The value of such irrevocable subscription commitments represent c. R330 million.
|Name of underwriters||Value of Ethos Capital A ordinary shares underwritten|
|Consolidated Retirement Fund||200 000 000|
|Coronation Asset Management||130 000 000|
|Laurium Capital||38 000 000|
|Mergence Group||30 000 000|
|Ethos Private Equity||22 000 000|
|Total||420 000 000|
In addition, the following shareholders and investors have irrevocably undertaken to underwrite a portion of the Ethos Capital Rights Offer for approximately ZAR420 million in aggregate, as set out below:
The allocation of Rights Offer Shares will be such that shareholders will not be allocated a fraction of a Rights Offer Share, and any entitlement to receive a fraction of a Rights Offer Share will be:
The implementation of the Ethos Capital Rights Offer is subject to the JSE granting a listing of the letters of allocation and the Rights Offer Shares on the securities exchange operated by the JSE in respect of the Ethos Capital Rights Offer.
Additionally, the Board reserves the right, in its discretion, to decide not to proceed with the Ethos Capital Rights Offer until 11:00 on the last day to trade in the A ordinary shares in Ethos Capital in order to participate in the Ethos Capital Rights Offer, being Tuesday, 21 January 2020, on the basis that the finalisation announcement in respect of the Brait Rights Offer has not been issued by Brait by such time or if Brait has announced that it is no longer proceeding with the Brait Rights Offer and/or the Brait Equity Raise. This discretion will include, but not be limited to, the right to amend the timetable for the Ethos Capital Rights Offer.
Foreign shareholders may be affected by the Ethos Capital Rights Offer, having regard to prevailing laws in their relevant jurisdictions. Such foreign shareholders should inform themselves with regard to and observe any applicable legal requirements of such jurisdiction in relation to all aspects of this announcement that may affect them, including the Ethos Capital Rights Offer. It is the responsibility of each foreign shareholder to satisfy himself/herself as to the full observation of the laws and regulatory requirements of the relevant foreign jurisdiction in connection with the Ethos Capital Rights Offer, including obtaining any governmental, exchange or other consents or the making of any filing which may be required, the compliance with any other necessary formalities and the payment of any issue, transfer or other taxes or other requisite payments due in such jurisdictions. Further, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws, Ethos Capital disclaims any and all responsibility or liability for the violation of such requirements by any persons in any jurisdiction.
The Ethos Capital Rights Offer is governed by the laws of South Africa and is subject to applicable laws and regulations, including exchange control regulations. Nothing in this declaration announcement or the Ethos Capital Rights Offer circular referred to herein constitutes an offer to sell the letters of allocation or the Rights Offer Shares to any person in any jurisdiction where it is unlawful to do so, or a solicitation of an offer to buy the letters of allocation or the Rights Offer Shares from a person in a jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make such solicitation.
|Declaration announcement released on SENS on||Tuesday, 14 January|
|Finalisation announcement released by 11:00 (SAST) on SENS on||Thursday, 16 January|
|Circular made available on Ethos Capital’s website, https://ethoscapital.mu/ at 12:00 (SAST) on||Tuesday, 21 January|
|Last day to trade in ordinary shares in order to qualify to participate in the Ethos Capital Rights Offer (cum rights)||Tuesday, 21 January|
|Ethos Capital A ordinary shares commence trading ex-rights at 09:00 (SAST) on||Wednesday, 22 January|
|Listing of and trading in the letters of allocation commences under JSE code EPEN and ISIN MU0522H00016 at 09:00 (SAST) on||Wednesday, 22 January|
|Circular posted to qualifying shareholders on (to the extent applicable)||Thursday, 23 January|
|Record date for the Ethos Capital Rights Offer, at the close of business on||Friday, 24 January|
|Ethos Capital Rights Offer opens at 09:00 (SAST) on||Monday, 27 January|
|CSDP or broker accounts of qualifying shareholders credited with letters of allocation at 09:00 (SAST) on||Monday, 27 January|
|Last day to trade in letters of allocation in order to participate in the Ethos Capital Rights Offer on||Tuesday, 4 February|
|Listing of Rights Offer Shares on the JSE commences at 09:00 (SAST) on||Wednesday, 5 February|
|Ethos Capital Rights Offer closes at 12:00 (SAST) on||Friday, 7 February|
|Record date for letters of allocation on||Friday, 7 February|
|Rights Offer Shares issued on||Monday, 10 February|
|In respect of qualifying shareholders (or their renounces or purchasers of their letters of allocation), CSDP or broker accounts debited with the aggregate Rights Offer Price and updated with Rights Offer Shares at 09:00 (SAST) on||Monday, 10 February|
|Results of the Ethos Capital Rights Offer released on SENS on||Monday, 10 February|
|In respect of successful excess applications (if applicable), Rights Offer Shares issued to qualifying shareholders on or about||Wednesday, 12 February|
Shareholders are advised that the dates and times in respect of the Ethos Capital Rights Offer may change and any changes to the dates and times will be announced on SENS.
Further details of the Ethos Capital Rights Offer will be disclosed in the Ethos Capital Rights Offer circular, which circular will be available on the Company’s website, https://ethoscapital.mu/, from 12:00 on Tuesday, 21 January 2020, and will be posted to qualifying shareholders on Thursday, 23 January 2020 (to the extent applicable).
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The information contained herein is not for release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, its territories or possessions, Canada, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong or any other jurisdiction in which the distribution or release would be unlawful. These materials are not and do not contain an offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in any jurisdiction, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong or any other state or jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful. The securities to which these materials relate (the “Securities”) have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered, sold, taken up, exercised, resold, renounced, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, within the United States unless registered under the Securities Act or pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, registration under the Securities Act. There will be no public offer of the Securities in the United States. Subject to certain exceptions, the Securities may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong or any other jurisdiction in which it would be unlawful to do so or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of such countries.
This announcement is only being distributed to and is only directed at: (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom; or (ii) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”); or (iii) high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; or (iv) persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “Relevant Persons”). The Ethos Capital Rights Offer shares are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such Ethos Capital Rights Offer shares will be engaged in only with, Relevant Persons. Any person who is not a Relevant Person should not act or rely on this announcement or any of its contents.
In any member state of the European Economic Area (other than the United Kingdom) that has implemented Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “Prospectus Regulation”), this announcement is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that member state within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation.