Formation of Australian Cobalt Subsidiary

Formation of Australian Cobalt Subsidiary

MetalNRG plc
("MetalNRG" or the "Company")

12 July 2017


MetalNRG plc (NEX:MNRG) the natural resource investing company quoted on the NEX Exchange Growth Market in London is pleased to announce the decision to implement the formation of an Australian cobalt subsidiary.

The Company has instructed its advisers in Australia to create a new 100% MetalNRG plc owned Australian subsidiary to act as the vehicle to house the Company’s Australian cobalt interests.

Further information will be provided to the market in due course with regard to this vehicle and its intended structure and purpose going forward, when the formation process has been completed.

Paul Johnson Chief Executive Officer of MetalNRG said “Our market announcement on 29 June 2017 outlined the first acquisition of cobalt interests in Australia and our expectation is that we will secure further interests in the near future.

I can confirm that applications have now been submitted for additional ground in the vicinity of the current interests and we will notify the market should these applications be confirmed. 

Reflecting on the likely increased activity in Australian cobalt projects, we have decided to form a new wholly owned Australian subsidiary to act as a repository for these interests. 

This approach enables us to better coordinate a growing Australian cobalt portfolio and also to have in place a targeted vehicle in which any joint venture partners can invest at a project level and/or for ease of disposal should we receive an offer for our interests at any time in the future.

Further announcements will follow outlining developments.”

The Directors of the Company accept responsibility for the contents of this announcement.

Contact details:

MetalNRG plc
   Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)                                                                                                 

+44 (0) 7766 465617

NEX Exchange Corporate Adviser
Guy Miller
Mark Anwyl

Corporate Broker +44 (0) 1483 413500
Nick Emerson
Andy Thacker

+44 (0) 20 7469 0930

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The Investing Policy of the Company is as follows:

The Company’s proposed new Investing Policy is to invest in and/or acquire companies and/or projects within the natural resources and/or energy sector with potential for growth and value creation, over the medium to long term. The Company will also consider opportunities in other related sectors if the Board considers there is an opportunity to generate an attractive return for Shareholders. This will include natural resource technologies and fintech opportunities offering leverage to resource identification, processing, recording, storage and trading businesses.

Where appropriate, the Board may seek to invest in businesses where it may influence the business at a board level, add their expertise to the management of the business, and utilise their significant industry relationships.

The Company’s interests in a proposed investment and/or acquisition may range from a minority position to full ownership and may comprise one investment or multiple investments. The proposed 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 can 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 an 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 opportunity.

Where the Company builds a portfolio of related assets it is possible that there may be cross-holdings between such assets. The Company does not currently intend to fund any investments with debt or other borrowings, but may do so if appropriate. 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.

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 Proposed 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 Company proposes to carry out a comprehensive and thorough project review process in which all material aspects of a potential project or business will be subject to rigorous due diligence, as appropriate.