The Company will also consider opportunities in other sectors as they arise if the Board considers that there is an opportunity to generate potential value for Shareholders. Where appropriate, the Board may seek to invest in businesses where it may add its expertise to the management of the business and utilise its industry relationships.
The geographical focus will primarily be in regions in the world where the Board considers that valuable opportunities exist and potential returns can be achieved. The Board has identified United Kingdom as the current Company’s focus.
The Company’s interests in an investment and/or acquisition may range from a minority position to full ownership and may comprise one investment or multiple investments. The investments may be in either quoted or unquoted companies; be made by direct acquisitions or farm-ins; and may be in companies, partnerships, earn-in joint ventures, debt or other loan structures, joint ventures or direct or indirect interests in assets or projects. The Board may focus on investments where intrinsic value may be achieved from the restructuring of investments or merger of complementary businesses.
The Board expects that investments will typically be held for the medium to long term, although short term disposal of assets cannot be ruled out if there is an opportunity to generate a potentially attractive return for Shareholders. The Board will place no minimum or maximum limit on the length of time that any investment may be held. The Company may be both an active and a passive investor depending on the nature of the individual investment.
There is no limit on the number of projects in which the Company may invest, and the Company’s financial resources may be invested in a number of propositions or in just one investment, which may be deemed to be a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules. The Board intends to mitigate risk by appropriate due diligence and transaction analysis. Any transaction constituting a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules will also require Shareholder approval. The Board considers that as investments are made, and new promising investment opportunities arise, further funding of the Company may also be required.
Where the Company builds a portfolio of related assets it is possible that there may be cross holdings between such assets. Investments in early stage assets are expected to be mainly in the form of equity, with debt potentially being raised later to fund the development of such assets. Investments in later stage assets are more likely to include an element of debt to equity gearing. The Board may also offer New Ordinary Shares by way of consideration as well as cash, thereby helping to preserve the Company’s cash for working capital and as a reserve against unforeseen contingencies including, for example, delays in collecting accounts receivable, unexpected changes in the economic environment and operational problems.
Investments may be made in all types of assets and there will be no investment restrictions on the type of investment that the Company might make nor the type of opportunity that may be considered.
The Company may consider possible opportunities anywhere in the world.
The Board will conduct initial due diligence appraisals of potential business or projects and, where they believe further investigation is warranted, intend to appoint appropriately qualified persons to assist. The Board believes its expertise will enable it to determine quickly which opportunities could be viable and so progress quickly to formal due diligence. The Company will not have a separate investment manager.
The initial focus of the Company will be the achievement of capital growth for Shareholders and therefore the Company will only consider the payment of dividends as and when it is appropriate to do so. As such, it is not possible at this stage to give an indication of the likely level or timing of any future dividends. To the extent that any dividends are paid they will be paid in accordance with any applicable laws and the regulations to which the Company is subject. The amount of the dividends paid to Shareholders will fluctuate according to the levels of profits earned by the Company and will be dependent on sufficient distributable reserves being available to the Company.