VUNANI LIMITED - Specific repurchase of 3 731 482 Vunani shares from BSI, posting of circular and notice general meeting

Release Date: 11/07/2018 16:00
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Specific repurchase of 3 731 482 Vunani shares from BSI, posting of circular and notice general meeting

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1997/020641/06)
JSE code: VUN
ISIN: ZAE000163382
(“Vunani” or “the Vunani Group”)



          William Battershill (“Battershill”) and Vunani entered into an agreement, dated 28 June 2011 in
          terms of which Vunani Capital Proprietary Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vunani, acquired
          20 000 000 ordinary shares (“BSI Shares”) in the share capital of BSI Steel Limited (“BSI”) from
          Battershill in exchange for ordinary shares of an equivalent value in the share capital of Vunani ("the
          Original Share Swap Transaction").

          Battershill, via Battershill Investments Proprietary Limited (“Battershill Investments”) and Vunani
          have since the Original Share Swap Transaction indicated their interest in disposing of their
          shareholding in their respective interests in BSI and Vunani to each other (“the Share Swap”).
          Vunani shall therefore dispose of the BSI Shares in exchange for 3 731 482 Vunani shares (“Vunani
          Shares”) (“Battershill Specific Repurchase”) currently being held by Battershill Investments.

          The Battershill Specific Repurchase is considered to be a specific repurchase by Vunani from
          Battershill Investments of the Vunani Shares as it is not being executed through the order book
          operated by the JSE and there is a prior arrangement between the parties.


2.1   The Share Swap

           Vunani shall sell the BSI Shares at R0.50 per BSI Share to Battershill Investments for a total
           consideration of R10 075 000 (“BSI Shares Consideration”). The R0.50 per BSI Share was set
           at the same price BSI offered its shareholders when it delisted from the JSE on Tuesday, 27
           February 2018.

           Battershill Investments shall settle the BSI Shares Consideration via the disposal of the Vunani
           Shares held by Battershill Investments at R2.70 per Vunani Share, this price representing a 10%
           discount to the 30 day VWAP on the day agreement between the parties was reached.

           As per paragraph 17 of the Memorandum of Incorporation of Vunani, any decision by Vunani to
           acquire its own shares must satisfy the JSE Listings Requirements and must have been approved
           by a special resolution of Vunani shareholders and must comply with the provisions of the
           Companies Act, 2008 (No. 71 of 2008), as amended.

           The Vunani Shares shall, upon their repurchase, be delisted and cancelled. The Battershill Specific
           Repurchase has no impact on the number of Vunani Shares held as treasury Shares, being 5 028
           536 treasury Shares.

2.2    Rationale

           Vunani and Battershill concluded the Original Share Swap Transaction almost 8 years ago and
           hence upon the delisting of BSI from the JSE from commencement of business on 27 February
           2018, both parties believed that it was opportune to realise value from each party’s investment.

2.3     Conditions Precedent

         The Battershill Specific Repurchase is only subject to the passing of a special resolution approving
         the Battershill Specific Repurchase at a meeting of the shareholders of Vunani by 31 August 2018.


        The consideration payable by Vunani for the Vunani Shares shall be settled via the transfer of the
        BSI Shares.

        The Battershill Specific Repurchase shall not have any effect on the cash or liability position of

        The Share Swap Transaction is below the threshold for a Category 2 transaction in terms of the
        Listings Requirements.


        The pro forma financial effects of the Battershill Specific Repurchase, for which the directors are
        responsible, are provided for illustrative purposes only to show the effect thereof on the basic
        earnings per share (“EPS”), diluted earnings per share (“DEPS”), headline earnings per share
        (“HLPS”) and diluted headline earnings per share (“DHLPS”) as if it had taken effect on 1 March
        2017 and on net asset value per share (“NAVPS”) and net tangible asset value per share
        (NTAVPS”) as if the Battershill Specific Repurchase had taken effect on 28 February 2018.

        Because of their nature, the pro forma financial effects may not give a fair presentation of the Vunani
        Group’s financial position, results of operations and changes in equity subsequent to the Battershill
        Specific Repurchase.

        The pro forma financial effects have been compiled from the audited consolidated financial
        statements of Vunani for the year ended 28 February 2018 and are presented in a manner
        consistent with the format and accounting policies adopted by Vunani.

                                                                                         Audited         Pro forma          %
                                                                                      before the          after the     change
                                                                                      Battershill       Battershill
                                                                                        Specific           Specific
                                                                                     Repurchase        Repurchase
                                                                                28 February 2018
                                                                                       Column 1           Column 2
      EPS and DEPS (cents) from continuing operations                                        26.8              26.1        -2.6%
      EPS and DEPS (cents) from discontinued operations                                      -0.8              -0.8         0.0%
      HLPS AND DHLPS (cents) from continuing operations                                      26.7              26.0        -2.6%
      HLPS AND DHLPS (cents) from discontinued operations                                    -1.5              -1.5         0.0%
      NAVPS (cents)                                                                        242.5              241.2        -0.5%
      NTAVPS (cents)                                                                       104.8              100.3        -4.3%
      Number of ordinary shares in issue at period end (‘000)                            164 897           161 165         -2.3%
      Weighted average number of shares in issue at period end (‘000)                    157 976           154 245         -2.4%


      1. All values presented in R’000.
      2. The information presented in column 1 has been extracted from Vunani’s audited consolidated results for the year ended 28
         February 2018.
      3. The Vunani Shares shall be cancelled upon their repurchase
      4. The BSI Specific Repurchase will have a continuing effect with the exception of the transaction costs.

           Shareholders are advised that a circular, containing details of the Battershill Specific Repurchase,
           and which includes a notice that a general meeting of shareholders will be held in the board room,
           Vunani Limited, Vunani House, 151 Katherine Street, Sandton on Friday, 17 August 2018 at 12:00,
           will be posted on Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

           The salient dates relating to the Battershill Specific Repurchase are as follows:


          Record date to determine which Vunani shareholders are eligible to                                      Friday, 13 July
          receive the Circular
          Circular posted to shareholders and announced on SENS on                                               Tuesday, 17 July

          Last day to trade to be entitled to attend, participate and vote at the                                Monday, 6 August
          General Meeting
          Record date to be entitled to attend, participate and vote at the General                             Friday, 10 August
          Forms of proxy to be received by 12:00 on                                                          Wednesday, 15 August

          General Meeting to be held at 12:00 on                                                                Friday, 17 August

          Results of General Meeting to be released on SENS on                                                  Friday, 17 August

          Cancellation and delisting of 3 731 482 Vunani Shares                                                Tuesday, 28 August


 1. All times indicated above are South African times.
 2. These dates and times are subject to amendment. Any such amendment will be released on SENS.
 3. The circular is available in English only. Copies may be obtained from the registered office of Vunani or from Grindrod Bank Limited at
    the address set out in the “Corporate information and advisors” section of the circular to be sent to shareholders, or on the Company’s
    website,, from Tuesday,17 July 2018 until the date of the general meeting.
 4. Forms of proxy may be handed to the Chairman of the meeting at any time prior to the commencement of voting on the resolutions
    tabled at the general meeting.

11 July 2018

Corporate Adviser
Vunani Corporate Finance

Designated Adviser
Grindrod Bank Limited

Independent reporting accountants and auditors

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