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RNS Number : 9196G
W.H. Ireland Group PLC
30 November 2020
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU No. 596/2014) (“MAR”). THIS INSIDE INFORMATION IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

 

WH Ireland Group Plc

(“WH Ireland” or the “Company”)

Result of Placing

Notice of General Meeting

Related Party Transaction

PDMR Notification

 

The Company is pleased to announce that it has raised gross proceeds of £5.3 million as result of the fundraising announced earlier today (the “Placing“).

A total of 13,250,000 new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (“Placing Shares“) have been conditionally placed by WH Ireland Limited with new and existing investors at a price of 40 pence per share (the “Issue Price“).

The Placing is subject to, inter alia, shareholder approval. The Placing Price represents a discount of approximately 3.6 per cent to the closing price of WH Ireland’s existing ordinary shares of 41.5 pence on 27 November 2020 (being the last business day prior to the announcement). The Placing Shares represent approximately 21 per cent. of the Company’s enlarged issued share capital.

The Placing proceeds will be used to fund the acquisition of Harpsden Wealth Management Limited, an independent financial advisory and wealth management company, as described in the Company’s announcement this morning.

Related Party Transaction

Certain shareholders, being substantial shareholders in the Company as defined in the AIM Rules, have conditionally agreed to participate in the Placing as follows:

 

As at the Last Practicable Date

Placing

On Admission

 

Ordinary Shares

Percentage of Issued

Share Capital (%)

Number of Placing Shares

Ordinary Shares

Percentage of Issued

Share Capital (%)

Polygon Global Partners LLP

14,543,5221

29.85%

4,032,500

18,576,022

29.97%

M&G Investment Management Ltd

7,301,333

14.98%

1,990,000

9,291,333

14.99%

1.        including 1,310,278 held by way of various CFDs

Philip Shelley, Phillip Wale, Simon Lough and Stephen Ford being directors of the Company and therefore related parties to the Company as defined in the AIM Rules, have conditionally agreed to subscribe for an aggregate of 627,195 Placing Shares in the Placing as detailed below:

Name

Role

Number of Placing Shares

Number of Ordinary Shares held following Admission

Percentage of the Enlarged Share Capital (%)

Philip Shelley

Non-Executive Chairman

374,978

1,447,993

2.34%

Phillip Wale

CEO

18,000

130,000

0.21%

Stephen Ford

Executive Director and Head of WM

109,217

479,217

0.77%

Simon Lough

Non-Executive Director

125,000

454,583

0.73%

 

The participation of certain Directors (or their associates) and certain substantial shareholders in the Placing is a related party transaction for the purpose of Rule 13 of the AIM Rules. The Independent Directors (being those Directors who have not participated in the Placing) consider, having consulted with Spark Advisory Partners Limited, the Company’s Nominated Adviser, that the terms of the transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as shareholders are concerned.

Further information contained in the appendix to this notification is disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

General Meeting

The Company also confirms that it will dispatch a Circular and notice of general meeting to convene a meeting of shareholders at 24 Martin Lane, London EC4R 0DR at 10.00  a.m. on 18 December 2020 for the purpose of considering and, if thought fit, passing certain resolutions to give effect to the Placing and the Conditional Acquisition.

The Circular will set out arrangements for the General Meeting in light of the current British Government restrictions placed on public gatherings in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the current prohibition on non-essential travel and public gatherings, it will not be possible for Shareholders to attend the General Meeting in person. Shareholders are strongly urged to vote by proxy in advance of the deadline by completing their form of proxy in accordance with the instructions and further details are set out in the Circular and the form of proxy. The Company will continue to monitor the restrictions in place in response to COVID-19 and, if circumstances change, it will consider if it is appropriate to open the Annual General Meeting for attendance by shareholders in person. If this is the case, an update will be given on the Company’s website and an announcement will be made via a Regulatory Information Service.

Copies of the circular will shortly be posted to shareholders tomorrow and will be available from that date on the Company’s website: www.whirelandplc.com

Admission to Trading on AIM

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for admission to trading of the Placing Shares on AIM. Subject to the Resolutions being passed at the General Meeting, it is expected that settlement of any such shares and Admission will become effective on or around 21 December 2020 and that dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at that time.

END.

 

For further information please contact:  

 

WH Ireland Group plc 

www.whirelandplc.com

Phillip Wale, CEO

+44(0) 20 7220 1666

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited


Andrew Emmott

+44 (0) 20 3368 3555


MHP Communications

Reg Hoare / James Bavister

+44 (0) 20 3128 8793

Asgard Partners

Alexander Rix

+44 (0) 20 7653 9011

 

The information below, set out in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation, provides further detail on shares acquired.

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a)

Name

Phillip Wale

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

CEO

b)

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial Notification

3

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

a)

Name

WH Ireland Group plc

b)

LEI

213800HB9TO5O4WD6S66

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 5p

 

 

GB0009241885

b)

Nature of the transaction

Conditional purchase of Ordinary Shares (subject only to GM)

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

18,000 ordinary shares at 40p

d)

Aggregated information

–     Aggregated volume

–     Price

18,000 ordinary shares

40p

e)

Date of the transaction

30 November 2020

f)

Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange, AIM

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a)

Name

Phillip Shelley

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Chairman

b)

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial Notification

3

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

a)

Name

WH Ireland Group plc

b)

LEI

213800HB9TO5O4WD6S66

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 5p

 

 

GB0009241885

b)

Nature of the transaction

Conditional purchase of Ordinary Shares (subject only to GM)

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

374,978 ordinary shares at 40p

d)

Aggregated information

–     Aggregated volume

–     Price

374,978 ordinary shares

40p

e)

Date of the transaction

30 November 2020

f)

Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange, AIM

 

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a)

Name

Stephen Ford

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Executive Director and Head of WM

b)

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial Notification

3

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

a)

Name

WH Ireland Group plc

b)

LEI

213800HB9TO5O4WD6S66

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 5p

 

 

GB0009241885

b)

Nature of the transaction

Conditional purchase of Ordinary Shares (subject only to GM)

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

109,217 ordinary shares at 40p

d)

Aggregated information

–     Aggregated volume

–     Price

109,217 ordinary shares

40p

e)

Date of the transaction

30 November 2020

f)

Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange, AIM

 

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a)

Name

Simon Lough

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Non-executive Director

b)

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial Notification

3

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

a)

Name

WH Ireland Group plc

b)

LEI

213800HB9TO5O4WD6S66

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 5p

 

 

GB0009241885

b)

Nature of the transaction

Conditional purchase of Ordinary Shares (subject only to GM)

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

125,000 ordinary shares at 40p

d)

Aggregated information

–     Aggregated volume

–     Price

125,000 ordinary shares

40p

e)

Date of the transaction

30 November 2020

f)

Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange, AIM

 

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