BLUE FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration Number: 1996/006595/06
JSE Code: BFS
(“Blue” or “the Company” or “the Group”)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement published on the Stock Exchange News
Service (“SENS”) on 26th June 2013, whereby shareholders were advised of the Company’s
voluntary suspension of trading in Blue Securities, as well as the various quarterly updates
and other announcements published on SENS since then, the last being 2nd of February 2017,
whereby shareholders were updated on the developments at the Company.
High level overview
1. In summary, it can be said that the Blue Group has been a group in distress caused by
events that started even before it listed on the JSE on the 11th of October 2006.
2. The issues culminating in its collapse commenced pre-listing and finally cumulated in the
ill-fated Credit U-transaction in December 2008. The Credit U-transaction caused, on its
own, an economic loss for the Company of circa R500 million.
3. The history of the Company to date can be classified as follows:
3.1. The first phase commenced from the listing of the Company in October 2006 to Blue’s
reported collapse in February 2010;
3.2. The second phase commenced with the Mayibuye 2010 recapitalization (“Mayibuye
Plan”) and the appointment of a new board of directors in December 2010 as has
been previously reported in various SENS announcements;
3.3. The third phase or current phase commenced with the failure of the Mayibuye Plan
resulting from certain participating funders from the first phase repudiating the
recapitalization agreements with significant consequences to all stakeholders.
4. The Company is as such at present focusing its efforts to ensure that:
4.1. All litigation is driven to finality; and
4.2. All debt is paid in a responsible manner.
5. Once completed, the future of the Company can be decided by its stakeholders.
The following remaining matters, originating from the events and actions, pre-the
Mayibuye Plan, still remain unresolved and impacts on the current position
6. Blue Cell – Mostert
6.1. In 2006 the Company, under the leadership of Dave van Niekerk (“van Niekerk”),
the then CEO of the Company, concluded an agreement with one, Wayne Mostert
(“Mostert”), in respect of a joint venture that would be encapsulated in a company
by the name of Blue Cell (Pty) Ltd (“Blue Cell’).
6.2. Mostert alleges that based on:
6.2.1. The Company’s withholding of further funding to Blue Cell;
6.2.2. The filing of a winding up application for Blue Cell in 2007; and
6.2.3. Alleged perjury committed by Wessel Smit in 2007, the previous Legal
Director of the Company, in the course of deposing to certain affidavits
forming part of the pleadings;
he is entitled to claim the issuance of shares from the Company to the value of
approximately R34 million in the Company, alternatively payment of the
6.3. This matter is enrolled for hearing on the 8th of March 2018.
7. Single Stock Futures (“SSF”)
7.1. When the financial markets collapsed in 2008, it led to a significant liability due by
van Niekerk and Riaan Swart to ABSA as a consequence of SSF.
7.2. In its court papers, the Company’s position is that Van Niekerk allegedly made false
representations to ABSA, amongst others, that the Company was indebted to him
to a value of R35 million which loan account was ceded to ABSA as security for
these loans. The Company having been misled to believe that it was indeed liable
to van Niekerk, proceeded to make payment to ABSA of the amount of R35 million
during or about March 2009.
7.3. This matter is enrolled for hearing on the 3rd May 2019 although the Company has
requested for an earlier preferential date to be allocated to it.
8. Unpaid and Undisclosed and Unrecorded Obligations as at December 2010
8.1. Undisclosed direct and Indirect taxation in the form of Income Tax, Withholding Tax
and VAT on imported services as well as penalties and interest for non-payment of
these taxes amounted to more than R125 million as at February 2011 to which
significant further claims in other jurisdictions for the same periods were uncovered
8.2. These non-disclosures ultimately resulted in the termination of the operations in all
of the East African operations being Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and the crippling
of growth in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
8.3. The remaining unresolved outstanding taxation issues are:
8.3.1. Namibian Revenue Authority - The Company is currently in discussions with
the Namibia Revenue Authority to settle this.
8.3.2. Botswana Unified Revenue Service – The Company is currently in
discussions with the Botswana Unified Revenue Services to settle this
8.3.3. South African Revenue Service – The Company is engaging with SARS to
come to a resolution.
9. Overvalued assets as at December 2010
9.1. The material and significant reduction of financial assets, flowing from:
9.1.1. Loan book reductions caused by:
184.108.40.206. the overcharging of interest in Lesotho and Namibia;
220.127.116.11. overstating the South African and Botswana loan books;
9.1.2. Reversal of artificially created profits in Nigeria and further all loan advances
to Nigeria had to be written off due to regulatory noncompliance.
9.2. The last of these issues that we are attempting to resolve is with the Namibia
Regulator in respect of the overcharging of interest in the 2009 year, which in terms
of the company’s records, have since been fully refunded to customers.
Recapitalisation of Blue in December 2010
10. Mayibuye Plan and recapitalisation agreements
10.1. The terms of the Mayibuye Plan and recapitalisation agreements are recorded in
the Subscription Agreement, Debt Rescheduling Agreement (“DRA”) and the Blue
Claim Purchase Agreement (“BCPA”) details in respect of which have been set out
in previous SENS announcements.
10.2. The recapitalisation of the Blue Group anticipated a maximum amount of:
10.2.1. R163 million via the subscription of shares by Mayibuye in the Company
which was concluded and paid on the 10th of December 2010. These funds
were ring fenced in terms of the DRA and not part of assets that the DRA
funders could be paid from; and
10.2.2. R1,175 billion via conversion of debt to equity in terms of the DRA. In this
10.2.2.1. Firstly, the debt amount to be converted into equity in terms of
the final analysis was 100%. The total debt amount converted to
equity prior to the End Date of the DRA was R700 million. In
addition, a further debt amount of R230 million was
derecognised as a liability post the End Date in terms of the
10.2.2.2. Secondly two of the funders (“DRA Repudiators”), had debt
payable to them respectively in terms of the DRA by the Blue
Group in the aggregate amount of R243,894,000. It is the
Company’s position that the DRA Repudiators repudiated the
agreement by refusing to participate in the DRA process and
instituting legal action against the respective Borrowers. The
matters have been enrolled for hearing at different times in
11. Leonox Investments (Pty) Ltd (in liquidation) (“Leonox”):
11.1. The Blue Group has also instituted legal action against Leonox and HIFSA.
11.2. Discussions are currently ongoing between the parties.
12. Rights Issue
12.1. Between April 2014 and May 2015, the Blue Group approached various key
corporate shareholders and stakeholders, including lenders under the DRA, to
establish if they were prepared to participate in recapitalizing the business of the
Blue Group through a rights issue process.
12.2. The basis for the rights issue was that the underlying business of the Blue Group is
sound and the Blue Group require capital to:
12.2.1. grow the loan books and to further the ongoing litigation; and
12.2.2. assist with general working capital; and
12.2.3. enable the Blue Group to commence development and implementation of a
new loan system. As the Blue Group had to continue to maintain its existing
loan book in order to ensure that it was able to continue to pay its operating
expenses, the need arose for the Blue Group to replace its loan system due
to various reasons ranging from technical reasons to the inability to support
the aging system
12.3. The proposal was that once the audits are completed, the rights issue should be
initiated. The business would have been split into two in order to allow the
outstanding issues to be ring fenced and resolved separately from the normal
operating business. The Company had lined up a major auditing practise and law
firm who were prepared to do this, in the event that the rights issue was agreed to.
12.4. None of the shareholders, other than Mayibuye, were prepared to support with the
rights issue, and it was therefore abandoned.
13. Bridge Finance
13.1. After the failure of the proposed right issue, the board again approached key
shareholders to establish if they would be prepared to provide bridge financing.
13.2. Again, the only stakeholder prepared to provide support were Mayibuye related
Settlement Agreement of Related Party Debts
14. The Blue Group is indebted to Mayibuye and other related parties (“Mayibuye”) in the
amount of R148,273,091.20 (“Mayibuye debt”). To date, Mayibuye has a total exposure of
R311,273,091.20 to the Blue Group that is constituted by an equity investment of R163
million and Mayibuye debt of R148,273,091.20.
15. As a consequence of repudiating DRA funders’ actions, Mayibuye called up the Mayibuye
debt and perfected all its securities as inter alia recorded in various SENS announcements
since August 2015.
16. The repayment process has commenced.
17. Status on Audits
17.1. The current status of the remaining outstanding audits are as follows:
17.1.1. Blue Financial Services Namibia (Pty) Ltd: BDO has completed the audits
up to and including the 2015 financial year. Once 2015 has been signed, it
is anticipated that the December 2016 audit will commence shortly.
17.1.2. Blue Employee Benefits (Pty) Ltd Botswana: BDO has completed the audits
up to and including the financial year ending December 2016. Once signed
the financials will be up to date.
17.1.3. Blue Financial Services (Malawi) Ltd: The December 2014 financial year it
is hoped will be resolved by end of December 2017.
17.1.4. In respect of the South African Entities we have agreed with Deloitte SA that
they will commence the 2012 audits in November 2017.
18. Rights Issue
18.1. The rights issue for R100 million as contemplated in 2015, will again be proposed
to shareholders in the first half of 2018. Such a rights issue will only be done once
there is more certainty on a number of the issues as raised above.
18.2. It is the Company’s view that the proposed process will be in the best interest of all
stakeholders in Blue.
15 November 2017
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