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CONDUIT CAPITAL LIMITED - Firm Intention Announcement - Acquisition of Legal Shield Holdings and Withdrawal of Cautionary Announcement

Release Date: 27/03/2020 13:00
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Firm Intention Announcement - Acquisition of Legal Shield Holdings and Withdrawal of Cautionary Announcement

CONDUIT CAPITAL LIMITED
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration number 1998/017351/06)
Share code: CND      ISIN: ZAE000073128
(“Conduit Capital” or “the Company”)


FIRM INTENTION ANNOUNCEMENT - ACQUISITION OF LEGAL SHIELD HOLDINGS AND WITHDRAWAL OF CAUTIONARY ANNOUNCEMENT


1. INTRODUCTION

  The Board of directors of Conduit Capital (“the Conduit Capital Board”) advises shareholders that
  Conduit Capital has entered into a binding term sheet (“Agreement”) with Trustco Group Holdings Limited
  (“Trustco”), Riskowitz Value Fund LLP (“RVF”) (collectively, the “Sellers”) and Trustco’s subsidiary
  Legal Shield Holdings Limited (“LSH”). In terms of the Agreement, and subject to certain suspensive
  conditions, Conduit Capital has agreed to acquire 100% of the issued ordinary shares (“Sale Shares”) of
  LSH in consideration for Conduit Capital issuing shares to the Sellers (“the Transaction”). Conduit
  Capital, Trustco, RVF and LSH are collectively referred to as the “Parties”.

  The Transaction constitutes a related party reverse take-over transaction in terms of section 9.5(c) of the
  Listings Requirements of JSE Limited (“JSE Listings Requirements”), which will require approval of the
  shareholders of Conduit Capital in a general meeting (“Conduit Shareholders Approval”). In addition,
  the Transaction is an affected transaction in terms of section 117(1)(c)(v) of the Companies Act, 71 of
  2008, as such will require the approval of the Takeover Regulation Panel (“TRP”). Conduit Capital will
  issue a circular convening a shareholders meeting and containing full details of the Transaction (“Conduit
  Transaction Circular”) on or about 30 April 2020.

  Pursuant to the Transaction, Trustco will become the controlling shareholder of Conduit Capital and
  accordingly, Conduit Capital will become part of the Trustco group of companies.

  The effective date per the Agreement is 1 April 2020 and the closing date of the Transaction shall be the
  3rd business day after the fulfilment of the suspensive conditions to the Transaction, as set out in paragraph
  3 below (“Closing Date”).

  The Transaction will replace the proposed disposal by Conduit Capital of Constantia Risk and Insurance
  Holdings Proprietary Limited (“Constantia”) and Conduit Ventures Proprietary Limited to LSH as
  announced on SENS on 9 December 2019 but will not affect the acquisition of Herboths Property
  Development Proprietary Limited from Trustco Property Holdings Proprietary Limited, as announced on
  SENS on 11 February 2020 (“Herboths Acquisition”). The Transaction is not conditional on the
  successful implementation of the Herboths Acquisition. The circular in respect of the Herboths Acquisition
  is in the process of being compiled and is expected to be distributed to shareholders in due course.

2. THE TRANSACTION

   2.1    Nature of the business of LSH and its subsidiaries (“LSH Group”)

          The LSH Group is a diversified financial services provider incorporated in Namibia with a client
          base of more than 280 000 members comprising of individuals and small businesses. It currently
          holds both a short and long-term insurance licence. Before the Herboths transaction, the LSH
          Group also owns over 4 000 hectares of real estate assets in Namibia, including without limitation
          property developments.

          LSH is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Trustco and, pursuant to the completion of the
          restructuring of the operations of the LSH Group as set out in the Trustco announcement dated
          28 October 2019 (“Trustco Restructuring”), LSH will also hold a commercial banking licence in
          Namibia. On completion of the Trustco Restructuring, the LSH Group will be able provide a full
          spectrum of services across the financial services value chain in Namibia.

          The LSH Group, subject to the completion of the Trustco Restructuring and otherwise as set out in
          LSH’s accounts for the accounting period ending March 2019, will hold assets of NAD5.8 billion,
          capital and reserves of NAD2.1 billion, revenues of NAD1.5 billion and generated a net profit after
          tax of NAD900 million.

    2.2   Rationale for the Transaction

          The Transaction enables the shareholders of Conduit Capital to benefit from an investment in a
          larger and more diversified financial services group with operations in South Africa, Namibia and
          other international markets. The combination of Constantia with LSH will allow Constantia to benefit
          from a larger balance sheet which will unlock growth and value creation opportunities in the South
          Africa, Namibian and other international insurance markets.

          Conduit Capital shareholders are referred to a detailed presentation on the Transaction which is
          available on the Conduit Capital website at https://www.conduitcapital.co.za/presentations.php for
          further details. A conference call with interested shareholders is scheduled for 1 April 2020 at 15h00
          South African time to discuss the Transaction. For further details please contact Rene Kok at
          Renek@conduitcapital.co.za.

    2.3   Purchase Consideration

          The purchase consideration payable by Conduit Capital to Trustco in respect of the Sale Shares is
          an amount of R10 437 484 200 (ten billion four hundred and thirty seven million four hundred and
          eighty four thousand two hundred Rand) (“Purchase Consideration”). The Purchase
          Consideration will be settled by the issue and allotment of 20 874 968 400 (twenty billion eight
          hundred and seventy four million nine hundred and sixty eight thousand four hundred) newly issued
          ordinary shares in Conduit Capital (“Consideration Shares”) at a deemed price of R0.50 (fifty
          cents) per Conduit Capital ordinary share, which represented the Conduit Capital share price as at
          5 March 2020. Conduit Capital will amend the Company’s Memorandum of Incorporation to
          increase the authorised share capital in order to issue the Consideration Shares.

          Further, the Sellers will nominate the ordinary shareholders of Conduit Capital as at a record date
          to be determined (“Existing Shareholders”), pro rata to the Existing Shareholders’ shareholdings
          as at that record date, to subscribe, in place of the Sellers (in the Sellers’ LSH shareholding
          proportions) for 1 974 463 276 (one billion nine hundred and seventy four million four hundred and
          sixty three thousand two hundred and seventy six) of the Consideration Shares (“Nomination
          Shares”) for zero consideration. This is being done so that, immediately pursuant to
          implementation of the Transaction and, on the assumption that all Existing Shareholders accept
          the nomination, the Existing Shareholders hold 12.7% of the issued Conduit Capital ordinary
          shares, which would be the position were the Consideration Shares to have been issued at a
          deemed price of R0.87 (eighty seven cents) per Conduit Capital ordinary share, which represents
          a 10% discount to the 30 day volume weighted average price of a Conduit Capital ordinary share
          as at 9 December 2019. Any Nomination Shares in relation to which the nomination is not accepted
          will be retained by the Sellers.

    2.4   Loan account conversion

         Trustco has certain loan accounts in LSH which will not be acquired by Conduit Capital in the
         Transaction and Trustco will have the right to convert any of its loan accounts (held, in LSH or by
         any subsidiary of LSH in LSH) to equity in Conduit Capital at a conversion price of R0.50 (fifty
         cents) per Conduit Capital ordinary share at their discretion. Trustco shall be entitled to exercise
         this right within 24 (twenty-four) months after fulfilment of the suspensive conditions to the
         Transaction.

3. SUSPENSIVE CONDITIONS TO THE TRANSACTION

   The Transaction is subject to the fulfilment or waiver of the following suspensive conditions:

   3.1 by 31 August 2020, all regulatory and other approvals which are necessary for the implementation of
       the Transaction shall have been obtained, either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as may
       have been approved in writing by the Parties. This includes, inter alia, all and any necessary approvals
       from the JSE, Competition Commission/Tribunal, TRP, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, Financial
       Surveillance Department of SARB, Prudential Authority, Bank of Namibia and other Namibian
       Regulatory approvals;

   3.2 by 30 June 2020, Conduit Capital and Trustco having obtained all requisite shareholder approvals in
       general meeting to proceed with the Transaction;

   3.3 by 30 June 2020, the independent beneficial holders of more than 50% of the voting rights attaching
       to all issued Conduit Capital ordinary shares agree, by way of an ordinary resolution, to waive the
       benefit of, and entitlement to, a mandatory offer for their Conduit Capital ordinary shares from the
       Sellers or their respective concert parties;

   3.4 by 30 April 2020, each of Conduit Capital and Trustco having completed its legal, accounting and
       operational due diligence of LSH and Conduit Capital respectively and neither of them having given
       notice to the other of them in writing that the results thereof are unsatisfactory, which notice can only
       be given if certain material items are uncovered; and

   3.5 by 30 June 2020, the Trustco Restructuring being fully implemented.

   Conduit Capital and the Sellers shall be entitled to agree in writing to extend the date for fulfilment of any
   of the suspensive conditions, or if and to the extent permissible in law, waive fulfilment of the suspensive
   conditions above.

   Should the suspensive condition in 3.2 above not be fulfilled due to either Party’s shareholders not
   approving the Transaction at a general meeting, that Party shall pay a breakage fee to the other Party of
   R50 million (fifty million Rand) plus value added tax (or similar applicable tax) within 10 business days of
   written demand. The Parties will ensure the general meetings of Conduit Capital and Trustco are convened
   to be held at the same time and date. If both approvals are not obtained no breakage fee shall be payable
   by any Party.

4. WAIVER OF MANDATORY OFFER

   The issue of the Consideration Shares to the Sellers would result in Trustco directly and indirectly being
   able to exercise at least 35% of all the voting rights attached to the Conduit Capital shares, thereby
   triggering a mandatory offer as contemplated in section 123(3) of the Companies Act, unless the
   mandatory offer is waived by independent shareholders by way of an ordinary resolution in the manner
   provided for in paragraph 86(4) of the Takeover Regulations and approved by the TRP.

   Accordingly, independent shareholders will be requested, as set out in the Conduit Transaction Circular,
   to waive their right to receive the mandatory offer by way of an ordinary resolution to be proposed at the
   general meeting.

5. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

   The unaudited net asset value of LSH as at 30 September 2019 was NAD2 billion. The unaudited loss
   after tax attributable to LSH for the six months ended 30 September 2019 was NAD84.8 million. The
   exchange rate of NAD to ZAR is 1:1.

   The financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.

   The pro forma financial effects of the Transaction will be detailed in the Conduit Transaction Circular.

6. CLASSIFICATION OF THE TRANSACTION AND FURTHER DOCUMENTATION

   As set out in section 1 of this announcement, the Transaction constitutes a related party reverse take-over
   transaction in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements. The Conduit Transaction Circular will contain full
   details of the Transaction, including without limitation revised listing particulars, a notice to convene a
   general meeting of shareholders of Conduit Capital in order to consider and, if deemed fit to pass, with or
   without modification, the resolutions necessary to approve and implement the Transaction will be issued
   in due course.

   Given that the Transaction is categorised as a reverse take-over, shareholders are advised that the
   Company will require confirmation from the JSE that it is satisfied that the Company will qualify for a
   continued listing on the JSE pursuant to the Transaction.

   Sean Riskowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Conduit Capital, controls Protea Asset Management
   (“Protea”). Protea is the Investment Advisor to the Riskowitz Value Fund LLP and other accounts
   (“RVF”). RVF is a material shareholder of Conduit Capital. RVF, through its material shareholding in both
   Trustco and LSH indirectly controls in excess of 35% of the votes able to be cast at general meetings of
   LSH and therefore LSH is considered to be an associate of RVF and a related party to Conduit Capital in
   terms of paragraph 10.1(b) of the Listings Requirements. Accordingly, Protea, RVF and their associates
   will be precluded from voting on the Transaction.

7. WITHDRAWAL OF CAUTIONARY ANNOUNCEMENT

   Shareholders are referred to the “Acquisition of Property Development Company and Cautionary
   Announcement” released on SENS on 11 February 2020 and are advised that pursuant to the terms
   disclosed in this announcement, caution is no longer required when dealing in the Company’s securities.

8. RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

   The Conduit Capital Board individually and collectively accepts full responsibility for the accuracy of the
   information contained in this announcement. In addition, the Conduit Capital Board certifies that to the
   best of its knowledge and belief, the information contained in this announcement solely pertaining to the
   Company is true and, where appropriate, does not omit anything that is likely to affect the importance of
   the information contained herein, and that all reasonable enquiries to ascertain such information has been
   made.


Johannesburg
27 March 2020

Corporate Adviser and Sponsor to Conduit Capital
Merchantec Capital

Date: 27-03-2020 01:00:00
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