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Pan African Resources Plc (PAF)

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Wednesday 30 June, 2021

Pan African Resources Plc

Restructure of Long-term Incentive Schemes

Pan African Resources PLC

(Incorporated and registered in England and Wales under Companies Act 1985 with registered number 3937466 on 25 February 2000)

Share code on AIM: PAF

Share code on JSE: PAN

ISIN: GB0004300496

ADR ticker code: PAFRY

(“Pan African” or "the Company")

Restructure of Long-term Incentive Schemes

1. Introduction

Shareholders are referred to the announcement of 17 September 2020, where certain of the group's long-term incentive schemes were restructured with the intent of simplifying and consolidating these schemes and improving their retention capability.

Pursuant to this restructuring, shareholders are notified in accordance with paragraph 3.63 of the JSE Listings Requirements that on 25 June 2021, the Chief Executive Officer, Cobus Loots and the Financial Director, Deon Louw, and other prescribed officers of the group (details of which are set out in the tables in paragraph 3 below) (“Affected Participants”) have agreed to relinquish the share options issued to them on 1 July 2019 (“PARSMSS 1st issue”) and 1 July 2020 (“PARSMSS 2nd issue”) under the Pan African Senior Management Share Scheme (“PARSMSS”).

In lieu of the relinquishment set out above, restricted class C ordinary shares (“Class C-Shares”) and class D ordinary shares (“Class D-Shares”) of no par value in the share capital of PAR Gold Proprietary Limited (“PAR Gold”), will be issued to the Affected Participants respectively in terms of a newly-established Pan African C Executive Incentive Scheme (“C-Share Scheme”) and Pan African D Executive Incentive Scheme (“D-Share Scheme”).

2. Overview of the C-Share and D-Share Scheme’s and key terms of the Class C and D-Shares

Pan African owns 49.9% of the issued share capital of PAR Gold. 

The Class C and D-Shares are being created to facilitate the C-Share and D-Share Schemes. A summary of the rights and preferences of these schemes are provided below:

  • the Class C and D-Shares do not confer any right to the holders of the Class C and D-Shares (“Class C and D-Shareholders”) to attend, speak at and/or vote at general meetings of PAR Gold, save when a resolution of PAR Gold is proposed which affects the preferences, rights, limitations and other terms associated with the Class C and D-Shares;
  • each issued Class C-Share and Class D-Share will entitle a Class C-Shareholder and Class D-Shareholder the right to receive distributions, in priority to the PAR Gold ordinary shares, equal to the 90-day volume weighted average price of a Pan African ordinary share on the JSE measured on vesting date which is three years from grant date (“Distribution Amount”);
  • the Class C Shares and Class D Shares will be repurchased by PAR Gold in accordance with the rules of the C-Share Scheme ("C-Share Scheme Rules") and D-Share Scheme (“D-Share Scheme Rules”) by exercising certain put and call options granted for an amount equal to the higher of a) R0.0001 per Class C-Share and R0.0001 per Class D-Share or b) a shortfall in any Distribution Amount owing to a Class C-Shareholder or Class D-Shareholder in accordance with the C-Share Scheme Rules and D-Share Scheme Rules;
  • the Class C and Class D-Shareholders may not transfer or encumber their Class C-Shares or Class D-Shares other than in accordance with the provisions of the C-Share Scheme Rules or D-Share Scheme Rules or with the prior written approval of the Board; and
  • The Class C and D-Shares will rank pari-passu with class B shares in Par Gold, as detailed in the company’s announcement on 17 September 2020.

3. Directors and prescribed officers’ dealings

The details of the dealings are set out below:

Class C-Shares allocated:

Name of director/ prescribed officer Number of Relinquished Options under PARSMSS (PARSMSS 1st issue) Number of Class C-Shares* to be allocated in lieu of the Relinquished Options
Cobus Loots 4,667,768 4,434,380
Deon Louw 3,826,998 3,635,648
Bert van den Berg 1,244,444 1,182,222
Jonathan Irons 1,055,440 1,002,668
Barry Naicker 970,686 922,152
Niel Symington 927,607 881,227
Lyle Pienaar 596,368 566,550
Mthandazo Dlamini 576,261 547,448
Hendrik Pretorius 541,150 514,093
Total 14,406,722 13,686,388

* Vesting date – 30 June 2022

Class D-Shares allocated:

Name of director/ prescribed officer Number of Relinquished Options under PARSMSS (PARSMSS 2nd issue) Number of Class D-Shares* to be allocated in lieu of the Relinquished Options
Cobus Loots 2,998,480 2,848,556
Deon Louw 2,458,387 2,335,468
Bert van den Berg 799,406 759,436
Jonathan Irons 677,993 644,093
Barry Naicker 623,549 592,372
Niel Symington 595,876 566,082
Marileen Kok 487,138 462,781
Lyle Pienaar 383,095 363,940
Mthandazo Dlamini 376,225 357,414
Hendrik Pretorius 442,165 420,057
Itumeleng Phoshoko 336,430 319,609
Total 10,178,744 9,669,808

* Vesting date – 30 June 2023

The above executive directors and prescribed officers held a direct beneficial interest in the relinquished options and likewise will hold a direct beneficial interest in the Class C-Shares and Class D-Shares. The Class C-Shares and Class D-Shares were acquired at a nominal value to the aforementioned executive directors and prescribed officers, and the amounts to which holders of the Class C-Shares and Class D-Shares are entitled to will depend on movements in the Pan African share price and vesting criteria attached to each class of share at their respective vesting dates.

All the above trades are considered to be off-market trades in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements. Clearance to deal was obtained in terms of paragraph 3.66 of the JSE Listings Requirements.

4. Related Party Transaction

The issuance of the Class C-Shares and Class D-Shares to Cobus Loots and Deon Louw constitutes a related party transaction under the JSE Listings Requirements.

Notwithstanding the fact that directors are related parties in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements, agreements with directors pursuant to share incentive schemes are exempt from related party requirements under paragraph 10.6(c)(iii) of the JSE Listings Requirements.

The issuance of the Class C-Shares and Class D-Shares to Cobus Loots and Deon Louw also constitutes a related party transaction under the AIM Rules for Companies. The Board, other than Cobus Loots and Deon Louw, who are not deemed independent, having consulted with the Company’s nominated adviser, Peel Hunt LLP, consider that the terms of the aforementioned related party transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as shareholders are concerned.


30 June 2021

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Contact information
Corporate Office
The Firs Office Building
2nd Floor, Office 204
Cnr. Cradock and Biermann Avenues
Rosebank, Johannesburg
South Africa
Office:  +27 (0)11 243 2900
[email protected]
Registered Office
Suite 31
Second Floor
107 Cheapside
United Kingdom
Office: +44 (0)20 7796 8644
Cobus Loots 
Pan African Resources PLC 
Chief Executive Officer 
Office: +27 (0)11 243 2900 
Deon Louw
Pan African Resources PLC
Financial Director
Office: +27 (0)11 243 2900
Phil Dexter/Jane Kirton
St James's Corporate Services Limited
Company Secretary
Office: +44 (0)20 7796 8644
Ross Allister/David McKeown
Peel Hunt LLP
Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker
Office: +44 (0)20 7418 8900
Ciska Kloppers
Questco Corporate Advisory Proprietary Limited
JSE Sponsor
Office: +27 (0)11 011 9200
Thomas Rider/Nick Macann
BMO Capital Markets Limited
Joint Broker
Office: +44 (0)20 7236 1010
Hethen Hira
Pan African Resources PLC
Head: Investor Relations
Tel: +27 (0)11 243 2900
E-mail: [email protected]
Sholto Simpson
Vestra Advisory Proprietary Limited
Corporate Advisor
Office: +27 (82) 449 1355


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