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Friday 02 March, 2018

Fishing Republic PLC

Board Appointment & Grant of Options

RNS Number : 4729G
Fishing Republic PLC
02 March 2018


2 March 2018


Fishing Republic plc


("Fishing Republic" or the "Company")


Board Appointment and Grant of Options


Fishing Republic, the fishing tackle retailer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Kyriacou to its Board of Directors as Chief Operating Officer, with immediate effect. 

Steve has over 20 years' experience in delivering change management programmes, including for the divisions of major organisations such as Primark, Barclays Bank, Morrisons and BT. He joined the Company in December 2017 from Primark Stores, where he was Programme Director for Oracle Retail and Financials.  Since December, he has been co-ordinating the various operational changes put in place following the Company's organisational review, and has been leading the new management team, which is implementing the operational improvement plan.

James Newman, Executive Chairman of Fishing Republic said:

"I am pleased to welcome Steve to the Board as Chief Operating Officer. His extensive operational and commercial experience, particularly in eCommerce and change management, will help to drive the significant changes we are making across the business."

Grant of Options

The Company also announces that it has granted a total of 2,850,000 share options including to the following Directors and Senior Management under the Company's EMI Option Scheme.  The options have an exercise price of 10p and vest on the first anniversary following the date of grant provided the grantee is still employed by the Company at that time.




Number of options granted




Steve Kyriacou

Chief Operating Officer





Jonathan Walker

Head of Merchandising and Buying





Wayne Cooper

Head of Logistics





Andrew Smith


Head of Retail




Christopher Rigg

Group Financial Controller






Issue of Equity and Total Voting Rights


In addition, the Company announces that it has issued 350,000 ordinary shares at a price of 10p per share for eCommerce consultancy services provided to the Company.  An application has been made for the new shares to commence trading on AIM with is expected to occur at 8.00 a.m. on 8 March 2018 ("Admission"). 

Following Admission, the Company will have 52,206,199 ordinary shares in issue with each share carrying the right to one vote.  There are no Ordinary Shares held in treasury.  The above figure of 52,206,199 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 in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.




Further information on Stephen Kyriacou


Stephen Kyriacou, aged 45, is or has been in the last five years a director of the following companies:


Current directorships

Directorships In the past five years

Infinite Options Ltd

WKM4 Limited

IPA Limited

Socius People Solutions (SPS) Ltd


Aside from the options he has been granted, as disclosed above, Mr Kyriacou currently has no further holding in the Company.


There is no further information on Mr Kyriacou to be disclosed under Schedule Two, paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014.




Fishing Republic plc

James Newman, Executive Chairman


T: 020 3178 6378 (today)





KTZ Communications Limited


T: 020 3178 6378

Katie Tzouliadis, Irene Bermont-Penn, Emma Pearson






Northland Capital Partners Limited


T: 020 3861 6625

Nominated Adviser and Broker



Matthew Johnson, Jamie Spotswood, David Hignell (Corporate Finance)



John Howes (Corporate Broking)






Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated



a)   Steve Kyriacou

b)   Jonathan Walker

c)   Wayne Cooper

d)   Andrew Smith

e)   Christopher Rigg


Reason for the notification



a)   Chief Operating Officer

b)   Head of Merchandising and Buying

c)   Head of Logistics

d)   Head of Retail

e)   Group Financial Controller


Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial Notification


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



Fishing Republic plc





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


Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary shares of 1p each



Nature of the transaction

Grant of Options


Price(s) and volume(s)




a)   1,000,000

b)   500,000

c)   500,000

d)   250,000

e)   250,000




Aggregated information

-      Aggregated volume

-      Price





Date of the transaction

1 March 2018


Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange, AIM




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