WESCOAL HOLDINGS LIMITED - Acquisition of shares in Proudafrique and cautionary annoucementRelease Date: 28/11/2013 13:16:00 Code(s): WSL
Wescoal Holdings Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 2005/006913/06)
JSE Share Code: WSL ISIN: ZAE000069639
(?Wescoal? or ?the company?)
ACQUISITION OF SHARES IN PROUDAFRIQUE AND CAUTIONARY ANNOUNCEMENT
Wescoal currently only owns 60% of Wescoal Exploration (Pty) Ltd (?Wescoal Exploration?) via its
wholly owned subsidiary Wescoal Mining (Pty) Ltd (?Wescoal Mining?).
The shareholder of the 40% remaining issued shares of Wescoal Exploration is Proudafrique
Trading 147 (Pty) Ltd (?Proudafrique?).
An opportunity has arisen for Wescoal to purchase all the issued shares of Proudafrique, thereby
indirectly acquiring the remaining 40% shareholding in Wescoal Exploration.
2. BACKGROUND ON WESCOAL EXPLORATION AND PROUDAFRIQUE
2.1 Wescoal Exploration
Wescoal Exploration was created in 2008 as a joint venture company between Proudafrique and
Wescoal Mining and currently owns the following coal reserves:
- Silverbank Prospect covering the entire farm Silverbank 611 IR excluding Portions 1,10, 12 and
14 with a reconnaissance resource of 67,45m tons;
- Verblyden Prospect covering the entire farm Verblyden 387 IS excluding Portions 18 and 35
with a reconnaissance resource of 54,3m tons.
In addition to the 40% shareholding owned by Proudafrique in Wescoal Exploration, Proudafrique
is also entitled to the following royalty fee:
- R 4,0 per saleable ton if coal has a Calorific value (?CV?) of less than 24.50 CV;
- R 6,0 per saleable ton if coal has a CV value of between 24.50 CV and 26.00 CV;
- R 8,0 per saleable ton if coal has a CV value above 26.00.
Proudafrique currently owns the following assets in addition to the 40% shareholding in Wescoal
- 14 285 714 Wescoal ordinary shares;
- Amount owed on dividend from Wescoal Exploration of R 8,0 million;
- A royalty fee of R 5 per ton of salelable coal mined at Wescoal Mining?s Elandspruit
Mining area, which royalty will escalate annually with the published producer price
3. RATIONALE FOR ACQUISITION OF PROUDAFRIQUE
The acquisition of Proudafrique will enable Wescoal to effectively own 100% of Wescoal Exploration
and the two coal reserves of Silverbank and Verblyden.
4. ACQUISITION OF AN INITIAL 30% OF PROUDAFRIQUE
4.1. Agreement entered into
Wescoal Mining (?the purchaser?) entered into an agreement to purchase 30% of the total issued
share capital (?sale shares?) of and all its claims against (?the claims?) Proudafrique from
Minoscape (Pty) Limited (?Minoscape?) (?the seller?) (?the initial acquisition?).
4.2. Rationale for the initial acquisition
Proudafrique owns 40% of the shares in Wescoal Exploration. The rationale for the initial
acquisition is set out in 3 above.
4.3. Terms and conditions of the initial acquisition
4.3.1. Wescoal Mining purchased the sale shares and the claims of the seller from the seller for R18
4.3.2. The purchase price will be payable as follows:
18.104.22.168. R13 million of the purchase price will be paid by the issue of 6 500 000 Wescoal
ordinary shares at 200 cents per share, within 30 days of the effective date;
22.214.171.124. R3 million in cash payable within 3 days of delivery of the seller?s share certificates in
respect of the sale shares;
126.96.36.199 R1 million payable on 1 February 2014; and
188.8.131.52 R1 million payable on 1 March 2014.
4.3.3 Certain restrictions have been placed on the sale, transfer and further encumbrance of the
4.3.4 The seller gave certain warranties that are customary in a transaction of this nature.
4.4 Categorisation of the initial acquisition
The initial acquisition category calculation is below the 5% threshold and therefore the above
information is provided for information purposes only.
5 ACQUISITION OF A FURTHER 70% SHAREHOLDING IN PROUDAFRIQUE
5.1 Agreement entered into
Wescoal Mining (?the purchaser?) entered into an agreement to purchase the remaining 70%
of the total issued share capital (?sale shares?) of and all its claims against (?the claims?)
Proudafrique from Minoscape (?the seller?) (?the Minoscape acquisition?).
5.2 Rationale for the Minoscape transaction
Proudafrique owns 40% of the shares in Wescoal Exploration. The rationale for the Minoscape
acquisition is set out in 3 above.
5.3 Terms and conditions of the Minoscape acquisition
5.3.1 Wescoal Mining purchased the sale shares and the claims of the seller and the
purchase price will be payable as follows:
184.108.40.206 R 20.0 million of the purchase price will be paid by the issue of 10 000
000 Wescoal ordinary shares at 200 cents per share, within 30 days of
the effective date;
220.127.116.11 R5.6 million in cash, within 3 days of the effective date;
18.104.22.168 in addition, Minoscape will be paid a royalty of R3.50 per ton of saleable
coal mined at Elandspruit Mining Area, which royalty will escalate
annually with the published producer price index.
5.3.2 Certain restrictions have been placed on the sale, transfer and further encumbrance
of the Wescoal ordinary shares.
5.3.3 The seller will provide effective date financial statements of Proudafrique.
5.3.4 The seller gave certain warranties that are customary in a transaction of this nature.
5.3.5 The agreement is subject to the suspensive condition that the Minoscape
acquisition be approved by shareholders of Wescoal by 31 March 2014, to the
extent required by the JSE Listings Requirements.
5.4 Unaudited pro forma financial effects of the Minoscape acquisition
The unaudited pro forma financial effects of the Minoscape acquisition will be published in due
5.5 Categorisation of the Minoscape acquisition
The Minoscape acquisition is a category 1 transaction and has to be approved by shareholders
of Wescoal. A circular to shareholders will be issued in due course.
6 CAUTIONARY ANNOUNCEMENT
Shareholders are advised to exercise caution in dealing in the company?s securities on the JSE
until such time as the financial effects of the Minoscape acquisition are published.
7 FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT
Shareholders will be notified once the circular in respect of the Minoscape acquisition has been
posted to shareholders.
Corporate adviser & Sponsor to Wescoal Legal Adviser to Wescoal
Exchange Sponsors KWA Attorneys
28 November 2013
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