UTi Worldwide Inc., an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, has completed both of its private offerings. The previously announced offerings consisted of US$350 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50 per cent Convertible Senior Notes due in 2019, and US$175 million of 7 per cent Convertible Preference Shares.
The BVI company granted the initial purchasers an option to purchase up to an additional US$50 million aggregate principal amount of the Notes, which option increased the aggregate principal amount of the Notes to US$400 million. The net proceeds of the private offerings were approximately US$555 million, planned to be used by the company for debt repayment and other general corporate purposes.
UTi Worlwide intends, at its next annual general meeting, to seek the shareholder approval to have the option to settle the Notes in cash upon conversion.
West African Minerals Corporation announced that it has issued 52,797,738 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 7p per share, together with one warrant for each two shares, to raise approximately £3.7 million before expenses subject to admission. Each warrant is exercisable for one new ordinary share at a price of 10p per ordinary share for a period of two years.
The new shares will rank equally with the existing ordinary shares in issue and application will be made for them to be admitted to trading on AIM. The placing shares will represent 15.44 per cent of the enlarged share capital of the BVI corporation. The Warrants are unlisted and will not be admitted to trading on AIM.
Some major shareholders of West African Minerals Corporation had indicated that they were willing to support a fund raising should this be approved by the Board. Following the issue of the Placing Shares, the company’s issued share capital will consist of 341,893,917 ordinary shares, with voting rights.
Canada-based Woodrose Corporation has entered into a binding letter agreement with Viking Energy Cadlao Holding (VECH) Limited and Viking Energy (SC-6 Cadlao) Limited (VEP). Under the terms of this agreement, dated December 9, 2013, Woodrose Corporation will acquire 100 per cent of all of the issued and outstanding shares of VEP. Also, it is anticipated that Woodrose will issue to shareholders of VEP, on the closing of the Transaction, 73,500,000 Woodrose Shares at a price of CDN$0.50 per Share. Prior to closing the transaction, Woodrose has agreed that it will consolidate all of the issued and outstanding 8,196,374 Woodrose shares into 3,800,000 shares.
The Transaction will constitute a “reverse-takeover” of Woodrose, in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, and the reactivation of Woodrose, which is currently an NEX-listed issuer.
In connection with the transaction, it is proposed that the Canadian company will redomiciliate from Alberta to the British Virgin Islands. Company shareholders will vote on the continuation of the company in BVI and the transaction at a special shareholders meeting which will be held in March 2014.
Bullman Minerals Inc. has completed the purchase of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Birimian Gold AS from Norwegian company Douro Gold AS and British Virgin Islands-registered private holding company Goldsea Investment Group Co., Ltd., which is controlled by a Chinese investment group.
According to the agreement signed in December 2012, and amended April 11, 2013, and May 16, 2013, Bullman Minerals issued 18 million common shares to assignees of Douro and 5 million shares to Goldsea, at a deemed price of US$0.20 per share. The company has also paid US$1 million to the Norwegian company for aggregate consideration of approximately US$5.6 million.
Birimian Gold wholly owns two Guinean resource exploration companies which each hold three licenses to properties in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa.
Shareholders previously approved the Qualifying Transaction, by way of minority approval, at the shareholders’ meeting of Bullman Minerals held on July 4, 2013. Also, at that Meeting, the Board of Directors was expanded to five members and Tore Birkeland and Yong Ouyang were elected to the Board.
Some Senior Officer changes were made in the company with the closing of the Qualifying Transaction. The name of the company was also changed from Bullman Ventures Inc. to Bullman Minerals Inc., and its shares will trade under its existing symbol which will be changed from BUL.P to BUL.