30 May 2019
Oracle Power PLC
("Oracle" or "the Company")
£250,000 Loan Agreement with Brandon Hill Capital Limited
Oracle Power PLC (AIM:ORCP), the UK energy developer of a combined lignite coal mine and mine mouth power plant located in the south-eastern Sindh Province of Pakistan (Thar Block VI), announces that is has entered into a loan agreement with Brandon Hill Capital Limited ("Brandon Hill") (the "Loan Agreement"), a substantial shareholder of Oracle, to provide the Company with a working capital facility of up to £250,000 (the "Loan").
Key terms of the Loan Agreement
Pursuant to the terms of the Loan Agreement, £50,000 is immediately available for draw down by Oracle (the "Initial Draw Down"). Subsequent to the Initial Draw Down, the Company is able to draw down funds of up to £50,000 per month up to a maximum of £250,000. A coupon of 12% per annum (accruing daily) will be applied only to those funds drawn by the Company. There are no options, warrants or convertible aspects to the Loan and no fee is owed to Brandon Hill for providing the funds. The Loan is unsecured, with the principal and outstanding interest being repayable 12 months from the date of the Loan Agreement, or earlier, at Oracle's option, without penalty.
Save for the Initial Draw Down, any subsequent draw down must be approved in advance by Brandon Hill with regard to the proposed use of proceeds for each such draw down. The proceeds from all draw downs will be applied to operational and general working capital purposes.
Naheed Memon, CEO of Oracle Power, commented:
"We would like to thank Brandon Hill for their continued support of the Company as we look to finalise our transformational transaction with our Chinese partners. Significant progress has been made as per recent updates and we expect the funds under this Loan Agreement will be sufficient to reach Definitive Agreements with the Chinese Partners later this year.
I look forward to providing further updates over the next few months."
Related Party Transaction
The Board of the Company notes that Brandon Hill, in aggregate with its parent company, Optima Worldwide Group plc, and certain of the group's directors, is interested in, in aggregate, 21.9 per cent of the total voting rights of the Company and is therefore a substantial shareholder of the Company. Accordingly, entering into the Loan Agreement constitutes a related party transaction pursuant to Rule 13 of the AIM Rules for Companies. The Directors of the Company consider, having consulted with the Company's nominated adviser, Strand Hanson Limited, that the terms of the Loan Agreement are fair and reasonable insofar as its shareholders are concerned.
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For further information please contact:
Oracle Power PLC
+44 (0) 203 580 4316
Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)
Rory Murphy, James Harris, Jack Botros
+44 (0) 20 7409 3494
Brandon Hill Capital Limited
+44 (0)203 463 5000
Peterhouse Corporate Finance
+44 (0) 207 220 9791
Tim Blythe, Camilla Horsfall, Megan Ray
+44 (0) 207 138 3204
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