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BLUE LABEL TELECOMS LIMITED - Distribution of Circular and financial information relating to the VAS Operations and 3G Distribution

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Distribution of Circular and financial information relating to the VAS Operations and 3G Distribution

Blue Label Telecoms Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 2006/022679/06)
Share code: BLU
ISIN: ZAE000109088
(“Blue Label” or “the Company”)


DISTRIBUTION OF CIRCULAR AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION RELATING TO THE VAS OPERATIONS AND
3G DISTRIBUTION

1.   INTRODUCTION
     Shareholders are referred to the announcement released on SENS on 25 September 2019 (“Category 1
     Announcement”) and the further clarification announcement released on SENS on 16 October 2019 in respect
     of Blue Label’s proposed disposal of its direct and indirect interests in:
     •    Blue Label Mobile or the VAS Operations; and
     •    3G Mobile (excluding the share capital held in and loan claims against CEC)
     to DNI (together, the “Proposed Transactions”)

     Unless expressly defined, capitalised terms used in this announcement and not defined herein shall bear the
     same meaning as ascribed to them in the Circular (defined immediately below).

2.   DISTRIBUTION OF CIRCULAR AND NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING
     The Company intends to distribute a circular to Shareholders on or about 6 November 2019 (“Circular”), which
     details the Proposed Transactions. The Circular also incorporates a notice convening a general meeting of Blue
     Label shareholders (“General Meeting”) for the purpose of considering, and, if deemed fit, passing, with or
     without modification, the resolutions contained in such notice.

     Notice is hereby given that the General Meeting will be held at 10:00 on Wednesday, 4 December 2019 in the
     boardroom, Blue Label corporate offices, 75 Grayston Drive, Sandton, to consider and, if deemed fit, to pass,
     with or without modification, the requisite resolutions required for the Proposed Transactions.

     The Circular is available in English only. Copies may be obtained during normal business hours from the
     registered office of Blue Label, at 75 Grayston Drive, Sandton, from Wednesday, 6 November 2019 until
     Wednesday, 4 December 2019 (both days inclusive). A copy of this Circular is also available on Blue Label’s
     website (http://www.bluelabeltelecoms.co.za).

3.   CONSIDERATION IN RESPECT OF THE VAS OPERATIONS TRANSACTION
     As set out in the Category 1 announcement, the total consideration to be received by Blue Label in respect of
     the VAS Operations Sale Interest is expected to be:

     • R350 million plus the amounts Blue Label have disbursed for the acquisition of 50% of Hyve Mobile Proprietary
     Limited and Mobile Content Africa Limited (together “Hyve”) as at the effective date (expected to be R80 million
     plus interest thereon); and
     • R100 million, bearing interest at prime overdraft rates plus 2% per annum compounded on a monthly basis,
     deferred until the solvency and liquidity status of Cell C is proven.

     As the acquisition of 50% of Hyve is included in the VAS Operations Transaction, all payments made by Blue
     Label up and until the effective date will be refundable by DNI and this is in excess of the R350 million purchase
     consideration and R100 million deferred purchase consideration as detailed above.

     Of the initial amount of R80 million payable to the shareholders of Hyve, R57 million plus interest of R1.6 million
     has been paid to date. On payment of the balance of R23 million plus interest thereon, Blue Label Mobile’s 50%
     shareholding in Hyve will become effective.

4.   FINANCIAL INFORMATION IN RELATION TO THE VAS OPERATIONS
     In accordance with the Category 1 Announcement, the outstanding financial information in relation to the VAS
     Operations and 3G Distribution are disclosed below. The pro forma financial information related to the Proposed
     Transactions are included in the Circular.

     The value of the net assets of the VAS Operations attributable to equity holders of Blue Label at 31 May 2019
     (being the date of the last published financial information of Blue Label) was R567 million, net of accounting for
     put and/or call options on 40% of the shares of Airvantage Proprietary Limited (“Airvantage SA”) and AV
     Technology Limited (“AV Technology”), at a value of R159 million. Further information pertaining to the put
     and/or call options is detailed in the Circular. The attributable loss for the 12 months then ended amounted to
     R38 million. On exclusion of the partial impairment of goodwill in ViaMedia Proprietary Limited and the partial
     impairment of the joint ventures in SupaPesa South Africa Proprietary Limited and SupaPesa Africa Limited,
     attributable profit for the 12 months then ended equated to R64 million. Attributable core headline earnings for
     the 12 months then ended was R83 million.

     As detailed in the Circular, on 3 June 2019 Blue Label restructured its holdings in several of the VAS Operations
     entities into Blue Label Mobile Group Proprietary Limited (“Blue Label Mobile”). Prior to this restructure the
     underlying entities declared dividends, of which Blue Label’s share amounted to R324 million and of which R68
     million is still owing to Blue Label.


5.   CONSIDERATION IN RESPECT OF THE 3G DISTRIBUTION TRANSACTION
      As set out in the Category 1 announcement, the initial consideration payable for the 3G Distribution
      Transaction will be R544,000,000. The initial consideration will be adjusted by the net amount by which surplus
      / inadequate provision was made for bad debts, obsolete trading stock in the consolidated audited 2019
      balance sheet of 3G Mobile.

6.   FINANCIAL INFORMATION IN RELATION TO 3G DISTRIBUTION
     The value of the net assets of 3G Distribution attributable to equity holders of Blue Label at 31 May 2019 (being
     the date of the last published financial information of Blue Label) was R541 million and the attributable profit for
     the 12 months then ended, was R64 million. Attributable core headline earnings for the 12 months then ended
     was R71 million.


7.   PRO FORMA FINANCIAL EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS
     The tables below set out the pro forma financial effects of the Proposed Transactions and are based on the
     published audited Group financial results of Blue Label for the year ended 31 May 2019. The pro forma financial
     effects of the Proposed Transactions are the responsibility of the Directors of Blue Label and have been
     prepared for illustrative purposes only to provide information about how the Proposed Transactions may affect
     Blue Label Group’s financial position and financial performance and, because of its nature, may not give a fair
     reflection of Blue Label’s financial performance and position, changes in equity, and results of operations and
     cash flows after the Proposed Transactions.

     The pro forma financial effects have been prepared using accounting policies that comply with IFRS and that
     are consistent with those applied in the published audited Group financial results of Blue Label for the year
     ended 31 May 2019. The pro forma financial effects are presented in accordance with the JSE Listings
     Requirements, the Guide on Pro Forma Financial Information issued by the South African Institute of Chartered
     Accountants and ISAE 3420 (Assurance Engagements to Report on the Compilation of Pro Forma Financial
     Information Included in a Prospectus).

     The Directors are responsible for the compilation, contents and preparation of the pro forma financial effects.
     Their responsibility includes determining that the pro forma financial effects have been properly compiled on the
     basis stated, which is consistent with the accounting policies of the Blue Label Group and that the pro forma
     adjustments are appropriate for purposes of the pro forma financial information disclosed pursuant to the JSE
     Listings Requirements.

     The pro forma financial effects have been calculated based on the assumptions that:
     - For the purpose of calculating basic, headline and core headline earnings per share, the Proposed
        Transactions were implemented on 1 June 2018; and
     - For the purpose of calculating net asset value per share and tangible net asset value per share, the Proposed
        Transactions were implemented on 31 May 2019.

     Accounting treatment of the VAS Operations Transaction
     R100 million of the consideration for the VAS Operations Transaction will be deferred/contingent until the
     solvency and liquidity status of Cell C is proven. Furthermore, Blue Label will continue to assume the obligation
     with respect to the put and/or call options on 40% of the shares in Airvantage SA and AV Technology, until such
     time as the liquidity and solvency status of Cell C is proven.

     As disclosed in the published audited Group financial results of Blue Label for the year ended 31 May 2019,
     Cell C experienced adverse trading conditions with a significant decrease in forecast revenue and lower than
     anticipated growth in their subscriber base, which could result in insufficient available cash resources to settle
     their debts as they come due. The transactions in progress, relating to a national roaming agreement and the
     recapitalisation of Cell C, are ongoing.

     The ability of Cell C to pass the solvency and liquidity test impacts the consideration due by DNI and
     consequently, the Directors present pro forma financial effects for the following instances:

The solvency and liquidity of Cell C is unproven
In this event, Blue Label will be obligated to meet the commitment relating to the put option on 40% of the shares
in Airvantage SA and AV Technology, and if the solvency and liquidity of Cell C is unproven thereafter, then the
R100 million deferred consideration will not be payable to Blue Label. However, in lieu thereof, Blue Label
Mobile will transfer 24% of the issued share capital of Airvantage SA and AV Technology to Blue Label, resulting
in Blue Label’s ownership of these entities amounting to 64%.

The solvency and liquidity of Cell C is proven
In this event, Blue Label will be obligated to meet the commitment relating to the put option on 40% of the shares
in Airvantage SA and AV Technology, and if the solvency and liquidity of Cell C is proven thereafter, then the
R100 million deferred consideration will be payable to Blue Label plus the cost of the put option on 40% of the
shares in Airvantage SA and AV Technology will be transferred to Blue Label Mobile.
Pro forma financial effects of the Proposed Transactions in the event that the solvency and liquidity of
Cell C is unproven
                                       Pro forma after
                                                        Pro forma   Pro forma
                                          the VAS
                                                       after the 3G  after the
                          Before         Operations
                                                       Distribution Proposed                 % Change
                         (Note 1)       Transaction
                                                       Transaction Transactions
                                                         (Note 3)     (Note 4)
                                          (Note 2)

                             A               B              C              D           B-A       C-A      D-A

Basic earnings per
share (cents)              (727.81)          (749.86)      (731.31)        (753.37)    (3.0%)    (0.5%)   (3.5%)

Headline earnings
per share (cents)          (312.49)          (316.70)      (315.08)        (319.30)    (1.3%)    (0.8%)   (2.2%)

Core headline
earnings per share
(cents)                    (304.77)          (310.11)      (308.16)        (313.50)    (1.8%)    (1.1%)   (2.9%)



Total number of
shares in issue        904 201 466        904 201 466    904 201 466       904 201 466

Weighted average
number of shares in
issue                  913 208 055        913 208 055    913 208 055       913 208 055



Net asset value per
share (cents)                262.03              249.80      260.70             248.47    (4.7%)    (0.5%)   (5.2%)

Tangible net asset
value per share
(cents)                       (2.78)              40.32        10.45             53.55    1551.1%    475.9%   2027.0%

Notes and assumptions:
1) The ‘Before’ column has been extracted without adjustment from the published audited Blue Label Group
   financial results for the year ended 31 May 2019.
2) The “Pro forma after the VAS Operations Transaction” column reflects the impact of the pro forma
   adjustments on Blue Label as a consequence of the VAS Operations Transaction, assuming that the
   solvency and liquidity of Cell C is unproven.
3) The “Pro forma after the 3G Distribution Transaction” column reflects the impact of the pro forma adjustments
   on Blue Label as a consequence of the 3G Distribution Transaction.
4) The “Pro forma after the Proposed Transactions” column reflects the combined impact of the pro forma
   adjustments on Blue Label as a consequence of the VAS Operations Transaction and the 3G Distribution
   Transaction, assuming that the solvency and liquidity of Cell C is unproven.
5) The detailed notes and assumptions to the pro forma financial effects are presented in Circular and the pro
   forma financial effects should be read in conjunction with the Blue Label pro forma group statement of
   financial position and the pro forma group income statement contained therein. The Independent Reporting
   Accountant’s assurance report on the pro forma financial effects and pro forma financial information is
   contained in the Circular.
Pro forma financial effects of the Proposed Transactions in the event that the solvency and liquidity of
Cell C is proven (the pro forma financial effects for the 3G Distribution Transaction remain unchanged)

                                     Pro forma after Pro forma
                                                                       Pro forma after
                                        the VAS      after the 3G
                     Before                                            the Proposed
                                      Operations     Distribution                                 % Change
                     (Note 1)                                          Transactions
                                      Transaction Transaction
                                                                          (Note 4)
                                        (Note 2)       (Note 3)

                        A                  B               C                 D              B-A      C-A      D-A

Basic earnings
per share (cents)        (727.81)           (729.84)       (731.31)              (733.35)   (0.3%)   (0.5%)   (0.8%)

Headline
earnings per
share (cents)            (312.49)           (317.54)       (315.08)              (320.14)   (1.6%)   (0.8%)   (2.5%)

Core headline
earnings per
share (cents)            (304.77)           (311.94)       (308.16)              (315.34)   (2.4%)   (1.1%)   (3.5%)



Total number of       904 201 466         904 201 466     904 201 466         904 201 466
shares in issue

Weighted              913 208 055         913 208 055     913 208 055         913 208 055
average number
of shares in
issue



Net asset value
per share (cents)           262.03             270.87       260.70                269.54     3.4%    (0.5%)    2.9%

Tangible net
asset value per
share (cents)               (2.78)              71.12          10.45               84.34   2659.3%   475.9%  3135.2%


Notes and assumptions:
1) The ‘Before’ column has been extracted without adjustment from the published audited Blue Label Group
   financial results for the year ended 31 May 2019.
2) The “Pro forma after the VAS Operations Transaction” column reflects the impact of the pro forma
   adjustments on Blue Label as a consequence of the VAS Operations Transaction, assuming that the
   solvency and liquidity of Cell C is proven.
3) The “Pro forma after the 3G Distribution Transaction” column reflects the impact of the pro forma adjustments
   on Blue Label as a consequence of the 3G Distribution Transaction.
4) The “Pro forma after the Proposed Transactions” column reflects the combined impact of the pro forma
   adjustments on Blue Label as a consequence of the VAS Operations Transaction and the 3G Distribution
   Transaction, assuming that the solvency and liquidity of Cell C is proven.
5) The detailed notes and assumptions to the pro forma financial effects are presented in Circular and the pro
   forma financial effects should be read in conjunction with the pro forma group statement of financial position
   and the pro forma Group income statement contained therein. The Independent Reporting Accountant’s
   assurance report on the pro forma financial effects and pro forma financial information is contained in
   Circular.
8.   SALIENT DATES AND TIMES
     The salient dates and times relating to the Proposed Transactions are set out in the timetable hereunder.


     Record date for Shareholders to be recorded in the Register in order to receive the    Friday, 1 November 2019
     Circular

     Announcement of distribution of Circular and notice convening the General Meeting      Monday, 4 November 2019
     released on SENS on

     Circular incorporating the Notice of General Meeting and Form of Proxy (blue),           Wednesday, 6 November
     distributed to Shareholders on                                                                            2019


     Last day to trade Shares in order to be recorded in the Register to vote at the           Tuesday, 26 November
     General Meeting (see note 2 below) on                                                                     2019

     Record date for a Shareholder to be registered in the Register in order to be         Friday, 29 November 2019
     eligible to attend and participate in the General Meeting and to vote thereat, by
     close of trade on

     Forms of Proxy (blue) in respect of the General Meeting to be lodged at the           Tuesday, 3 December 2019
     Transfer Secretaries, preferably by 10:00 on

     Forms of Proxy (blue) not lodged with the Transfer Secretaries to be handed to the       Wednesday, 4 December
     chairperson of the General Meeting before the proxy exercises the rights of the                           2019
     Shareholder at the General Meeting on

     General Meeting to be held at 10:00 on                                                   Wednesday, 4 December
                                                                                                               2019

     Results of the General Meeting published on SENS on                                      Wednesday, 4 December
                                                                                                               2019

     VAS Operations Transaction anticipated to be implemented on or about                  Friday, 20 December 2019

     3G Distribution Transaction anticipated to be implemented on or about                 Friday, 20 December 2019

Notes:
1.   The above dates and times are subject to amendment at the discretion of Blue Label. Any such amendment will
     be released on SENS.
2.   Shareholders should note that as transactions in Shares are settled in the electronic settlement system used by
     Strate, settlement of trades takes place three Business Days after such trade. Therefore, Shareholders who
     acquire Shares after close of trade on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 will not be eligible to attend, participate in
     and vote at the General Meeting.
3.   All dates and times indicated above are South African Standard Time.



 Sandton
 4 November 2019

 Financial Adviser and Sponsor
 Investec Bank Limited

 Legal Adviser to Blue Label
 Werksmans Inc

 Legal Adviser to DNI
 CDH

Date: 04/11/2019 04:48:00
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