BVI-incorporated Atlas Mara Limited announced the closing of US$40 million debt facility provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”) to its subsidiary, BancABC Botswana. This is part of the US$200mln multi-country facility approved by OPIC for Atlas Mara banks in Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia in August 2015.
For the BVI company, working with OPIC and other Development Finance Institutions is a priority to facilitate focusing on profit in financial services in sub-Saharan Africa. The debt facility will be used to provide access to finance for SMEs and to accelerate company’s digital finance initiatives. It also answers Atlas Mara’s objective to support financial inclusion and expand access to finance in underserved countries.
Chairman of the Board of Atlas Mara said in his comments: “The OPIC facility underscores our commitment to working with DFIs on financial development and access to finance for SMEs and individuals in Africa and reflects our multifaceted strategic engagement with DFIs” … “As a top tier bank in Botswana, we are excited to have the support and funding of OPIC to drive financial inclusion and support our growth ambitions.”
RTG Mining Inc., an international mining exploration company incorporated under the law of the British Virgin Islands, has entered into an agreement with its joint venture partner, Elephant Copper Ltd. Under the terms of the agreement, the company sells 51 per cent interest in the Mkushi Copper Project in Zambia. The completion of the sale is expected in mid September 2013.
The purchase price of the transaction in the amount of US$13.1m will be satisfied by issuing US$6.6m in new fully paid ordinary shares in Elephant Copper, and a US$6.5m unsecured redeemable convertible note, which will be repayable on or before 1 January 2015, if not converted earlier.
Elephant Copper Ltd. is now in the process of completing a “go public event” through a transaction. It will also repay, on or before 1 January 2014, certain debts owing to RTG, which are currently in the order of US$1.35m.
Pansoft Company Limited, a British Virgin Islands-registered provider of ERP software and professional solutions for oil and gas industry in China, has signed an agreement to acquire all of the equity interests of Hefei Langji Technology Co., Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Shanghai Zhongrui, on September 9, 2011. The total purchase price of the company, which is approximately US$1.69 million, is payable in four installments. The first installment will represent 35% of the total purchase price, and will be paid in a combination of cash and the common stock of the BVI company; the three other installments are required to be paid on an annual basis over the next three years in a combination of cash and the common stock of the company.
One of the companies acquired by Pansoft, Hefei Langji Technology, is the leading HR solution provider to China’s coal-mining industry. Shanghai Zhongrui is Shanghai-based sales and marketing arm of Langji. It will remain Langji’s subsidiary and will focus on small and medium-sized companies in other industries.
A part of the acquisition consideration will be paid from shares repurchased by Pansoft on the open market. As of September 15, 2011, Pansoft had repurchased more than 157,000 of its common shares, which will be used to fund the acquisition.
Chaarat Gold Holdings Limited, the BVI-registered company engaged in metals exploration in Kyrgyz Republic, announced that it has conditionally raised funds of approximately US$83.4 million via the proposed issue of 103,290,468 ordinary shares of US$0.01 each, through a placing and direct subscriptions at a price of 50 pence per ordinary share.
The BVI company has received commitments to subscribe for 100,142,670 new ordinary shares to raise approximately £50.1 million. Additionally, Chaarat has received commitments to subscribe for 3,147,798 new ordinary shares through direct subscriptions.
Chaarat Gold Holdings is currently in the process of compiling a Definitive Feasibility Study for the Tulkubash Project and a Pre-Feasibility study on the much larger Kiziltash project in the Kyrgyz Republic, and significant part of the net proceeds of the fundraising will be deployed towards developing the required infrastructure for both projects.
The subscription shares will represent approximately 2.1 per cent of the enlarged issued share capital of the company following First Admission, which will be 150,181,698 ordinary shares. The placing shares will represent approximately 40.0 per cent of the issued share capital of the BVI company following Second Admission, which will be 250,324,368 ordinary shares.