Unwinding of a Credit Grant to a Related Party
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number: 1998/013215/06
JSE Code: ECS – ISIN: ZAE000179594
Debt Issuer Code: ECSD
Hybrid Issuer Code: ECSH
(“the Company” or “Ecsponent”)
UNWINDING OF A CREDIT GRANT TO A RELATED PARTY
Shareholders are advised that GetBucks Limited (a company incorporated under the laws of Mauritius)
(“GetBucks Mauritius”), previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of My Bucks S.A. (“MyBucks”), issued a
promissory note of USD550,000 (“the Note”) (ZAR9.3 million at the exchange rate as at the date of this
announcement) to ECS Private Equity Limited (“Ecsponent Botswana”), a wholly owned subsidiary of
Ecsponent, on 30 January 2020, which had a maturity date of 15 June 2020 (“Maturity Date”).
- attracts interest at a rate of 18% (eighteen percent) per annum, from the date of issuance until Maturity
- is secured, with MyBucks, being the holding company of GetBucks Mauritius at the time, providing
security for the payment of the Note in the form of an irrevocable undertaking to:
o issue 550,000 ordinary MyBucks shares in the event of a default on the repayment of the Note; and
o issue such number of MyBucks ordinary shares in lieu of any accrued but unpaid interest, at a price
of USD1.00 per MyBucks ordinary share; and
- was not fully settled on Maturity Date, having an outstanding balance of USD316,436 (ZAR5.35 million
as at the date of this announcement).
GetBucks Mauritius, which has subsequently been acquired by the MHMK Group Limited (“MHMK”) from
MyBucks, is a related party to the Company by virtue of its relationship with MHMK. MHMK is a material
shareholder of the Company and an associate of George Manyere, a director of the Company. Accordingly,
the issue of the Note by GetBucks Mauritius to Ecsponent, which constituted the granting of this credit to a
related party, would have been subject to Ecsponent shareholders’ approval.
The Company has accordingly decided to unwind the credit arrangement, by ensuring an effective settlement
of the credit so granted through the issue of the Note. In order to achieve this, it should be noted that:
- while GetBucks Mauritius owes Ecsponent USD316,436 (ZAR5.35 million as at the date of this
announcement), the Company also owes MHMK separately a debt (which is unsecured and interest free)
relating to the funding of working capital advanced over the past couple of months, as the Company
faced financial constraints, amounting to ZAR5.437 million as at the date of this announcement; and
- MHMK has agreed to off-set the debt owing to it by the Company against the debt owing by GetBucks
Mauritius to the Company, thereby ensuring an effective settlement of both the debt owing to the
Company by GetBucks Mauritius, and a partial settlement of the debt owing by the Company to the MHMK
group of companies and its associates.
2 July 2020
Sponsor to Ecsponent
Questco Corporate Advisory (Pty) Ltd
Date: 02-07-2020 02:15:00
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