The Company’s Investing Policy is to establish and/or acquire a diverse portfolio of direct and indirect interests in companies and/or projects at any stage of their development or operational lifecycle with a particular focus on the natural resources, energy, clean technology, financial technology, business technology, infrastructure, property, consultancy, brand licensing and leisure sectors. However, the Company will consider opportunities in all sectors as they arise if the Board considers there is an opportunity to generate potential value for Shareholders. The Company will consider possible opportunities anywhere in the world.
The Directors have considerable experience in investing, both in structuring and executing deals and in raising capital. The Directors will use this experience to identify and investigate potential opportunities, and to negotiate acquisitions and investments. Wherever necessary, the Company will engage suitably qualified technical personnel to carry out specialist due diligence prior to making an acquisition or an investment.
The Company may invest by way of outright acquisition of assets, including the intellectual property, of a relevant business, or by entering into partnerships, joint ventures or other forms of collaborative arrangements. Such investments may result in the Company acquiring the whole or part of a company or project (which in the case of an investment in a company may be private or listed on a stock exchange, and which may be pre-revenue), and such investments may constitute a minority stake in the company or project in question or the Company may create new entities for the purposes of investing in such assets.
The Company may be an active and/or a passive investor depending on the nature of the individual investments. Although the Company intends to be a long-term investor, the Directors will place no minimum or maximum limit on the length of time that any investment may be held.
One principal area of investment focus for the Company moving forward shall be to invest, as a founder or cofounder investor, seed investor and/or cornerstone investor in special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) which are established for the purpose of identifying suitable acquisition targets. The Company will seek to invest in SPACs which are focused on identifying suitable acquisition targets which operate within the sectors that the Company itself wishes to concentrate on. The Company anticipates that it will principally invest in SPACs whose shares are traded on, or are intended to be traded on, the Standard segment of the Main Market or the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. However, the Company shall be permitted to invest in SPACs whose shares are traded on, or are intended to be traded on, any securities exchange, without geographic limitation.
The Directors may offer new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company by way of consideration and/or cash, thereby helping to preserve the Company’s cash for working capital and as a reserve against unforeseen contingencies including, but not limited to, delays in collecting accounts receivable, unexpected changes in the economic environment and unforeseen operational problems. The Company may in appropriate circumstances issue debt securities or otherwise borrow money to complete an acquisition or investment.
The Directors do not intend to acquire any cross-holdings in other corporate entities that have an interest in the ordinary shares in the capital of the Company.
There are no restrictions on the type of investments that the Company might make or the type of opportunity that may be considered providing they meet the objectives of this Investing Policy.
In addition, the Directors may consider, from time to time, other means of facilitating returns to shareholders including dividends, share repurchases, demergers, and schemes of arrangement or liquidation.