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Monday 01 August, 2022

Pires Investments

Placing, RPTs, Warrants & Directors' dealings

RNS Number : 3542U
Pires Investments PLC
01 August 2022
 

1 August 2022

 

Pires Investments Plc


("Pires" or the "Company")

 

Placing, Related Party Transactions, Issue of Warrants and Directors' dealings

 

Pires Investments plc (AIM: PIRI), the investment company focused on next generation technology, announces that the Company has placed 12,500,000 new ordinary shares in the Company (the "Placing Shares"), at a price of 4 pence per share, raising gross proceeds of £500,000 (the "Placing"), subject to admission to trading on AIM. The Placing Shares have been placed at a 4 per cent. premium to the closing mid-price of the ordinary shares on 29 July 2022.

 

Placees will also receive one warrant for every two ordinary shares subscribed for, exercisable at 8 pence from the date of Admission (defined below) and expiring on the one-year anniversary of the date of Admission (the "Placing Warrants"). In aggregate, 6,250,000 Placing Warrants will be issued.

 

The following Directors have subscribed, in aggregate, for 750,000 new ordinary shares  as part of  the Placing.  Their subscription for new Ordinary Shares is on the same terms and conditions as the Placing.

 

Director

Number of new Ordinary Shares subscribed for pursuant to the Placing

Resulting holding of Ordinary Shares

Resulting % of Ordinary Share Capital following the Placing

No. of Placing Warrants issued pursuant to the Placing

Resulting warrants held following the Placing

Nicholas Lee

350,000

350,000

0.19%

175,000

175,000

John May

200,000

200,000

0.11%

100,000

100,000

David Palumbo

200,000

200,000

0.11%

100,000

100,000

 

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. Admission of the new ordinary shares is expected to occur on or around 26 August 2022 ("Admission"). The Placing Shares will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares.

 

Related party transactions

 

Riverfort Global Opportunities PLC ("RGO") has an existing interest over 35,728,393 ordinary shares in the Company, representing 20.96% of the Company's issued share capital and, as such, is a substantial shareholder as defined in the AIM Rules for Companies ("AIM Rules").  Accordingly, the transaction between the Company and RGO is a related party transaction ("Transaction") pursuant to Rule 13 of the AIM Rules. Nicholas Lee, a director of the Company, is also the Investment Director of RGO and, accordingly, has not been involved in the approval of the Placing by the Company's board.  RGO has agreed to subscribe for 2.5 million new ordinary shares in the Placing, bringing its aggregate holding to 38,228,393 or 20.89% of the Company's issued share capital as enlarged by the Placing.

 

 

 

The directors of the Company independent of the Transaction, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, consider the terms of the Transaction to be fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.

 

Chris Akers has an existing interest over 25,150,000 ordinary shares in the Company, representing 14.75% of the Company's issued share capital and, as such, is a substantial shareholder as defined in the AIM Rules for Companies ("AIM Rules").  Accordingly, the transaction between the Company and Mr. Akers is a related party transaction (the "Akers Transaction") pursuant to Rule 13 of the AIM Rules.  Mr. Akers has agreed to subscribe for 1,250,000 new ordinary shares in the Placing, bringing his aggregate holding to 26,400,000 or 14.43% of the Company's issued share capital as enlarged by the Placing.

 

The directors of the Company independent of the Akers Transaction, having consulted with the Company's Nominated Adviser, Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, consider the terms of the Akers Transaction to be fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned.

 

Total voting rights

 

Following Admission, the Company will have 182,956,642 Ordinary Shares in issue, each share carrying the right to one vote. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury. The above figure of 182,956,642 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, the share capital of the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

 

Nicholas Lee, Director of Pires, commented:

 

"We have a clear focus of investing in next-generation technology and we have clearly demonstrated through both realisations and revaluations that we have an excellent investment portfolio with exciting prospects for growth. The fact that we have been able to raise new funds in difficult market conditions at a premium to the prevailing market price reinforces this point and demonstrates the supportive nature of and belief in the Company by our shareholder base.  We look forward to providing further portfolio updates in due course."

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the UK Market Abuse Regulation and the Directors of the Company are responsible for the release of this announcement.

 

For further information please contact:

Pires Investments plc

Nicholas Lee, Director

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3368 8961

 

Nominated Adviser

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP

Liam Murray/Ludovico Lazzaretti

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7213 0880

Joint Broker

Peterhouse Capital Limited

Duncan Vasey/Lucy Williams

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7469 0935

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7469 0936

Joint Broker

Tennyson Securities

Peter Krens

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3167 7221

 

Financial media and PR

Yellow Jersey

Sarah Hollins

Henry Wilkinson

Annabelle Wills

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3004 9512

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

About Pires Investments plc

 

Pires Investments plc (AIM: PIRI) is an investment company providing investors with access to a portfolio of next generation technology businesses with significant growth potential.

 

The Company is building an investment portfolio of high-tech businesses across areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Immersive Technologies and Big Data, which the Board believes demonstrate evidence of traction and the potential for exponential growth, due to increasing global demand for development in these sectors.

 

For further information, visit: https://piresinvestments.com/ .

 

 

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

A) Nicholas Lee
B) John May

C) David Palumbo

 

2

Reason for notification


a.

Position/Status

A) Director

B) Director

C) Director

b.

Initial notification/

Amendment

Initial notification

3

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

a.

Name

Pires Investments plc

b.

LEI

213800HIDICWXHGZBC82

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 0.25 pence each


ISIN: GB00BD07SH45

b.

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of shares as part of the Placing

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)


 

 

Price

Volume

A)

4p

350,000

B)

4p

200,000

C)

4p

200,000





d.

Aggregated information

 

- Aggregated Volume

 

- Price

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

e.

Date of the transaction

1 August 2022

f.

Place of the transaction

London

Notification of a Transaction pursuant to Article 19(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a.

Name

A) Nicholas Lee
B) John May

C) David Palumbo

 

2

Reason for notification


a.

Position/Status

A) Director

B) Director

C) Director

b.

Initial notification/

Amendment

Initial notification

3

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

a.

Name

Pires Investments plc

b.

LEI

213800HIDICWXHGZBC82

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

Warrants over ordinary shares of 0.25 pence each


ISIN: GB00BD07SH45

b.

Nature of the transaction

Issue of 1 warrant for every 2 shares subscribed for in the Placing

c.

Price(s) and volume(s)


 

 

Price

Volume

A)

8p

175,000

B)

8p

100,000

C)

8p

100,000





d.

Aggregated information

 

- Aggregated Volume

 

- Price

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

e.

Date of the transaction

1 August 2022

f.

Place of the transaction

London

 

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