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Petra Diamonds Ltd - Results of Special General Meeting

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NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES IN ANY JURISDICTION.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PROSPECTUS OR PROSPECTUS EQUIVALENT DOCUMENT. NOTHING IN IT SHALL CONSTITUTE AN OFFERING OF ANY SECURITIES.

PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

13 January 2021

LSE: PDL

Petra Diamonds Limited

("Petra" or the "Company")

Results of Special General Meeting

Petra announces that at the Special General Meeting held earlier today, the resolution set out in the Notice of Special General Meeting (the "Resolution") contained in the combined circular and prospectus dated 22 December 2020 (the "Prospectus") was passed as an ordinary resolution by poll vote.

The defined terms set out in the Prospectus apply in this announcement, unless otherwise defined.

The full text of the Resolution is contained in the Notice of Special General Meeting which is set out in Part 17 of the Prospectus which is available on the Company's website at https://www.petradiamonds.com/investors/2020-financial-restructuring/.

At the record time for the Special General Meeting, the Company had 865,431,343 Ordinary Shares in issue, none of which were held in treasury. The total number of voting rights in the Company was therefore 865,431,343.

The total number of votes for and against the Resolution, and the number of votes withheld, are set out in the table below.

Resolution

For

Against

Votes Cast

Votes Withheld

Votes for (incl. discretionary)

% of Votes Cast

Votes Against

% of Votes Cast

Total Votes Cast

% of issued share capital

No. of Votes

1. To:

1.1 approve the reduction to the authorised share capital of the Company by reducing the nominal value of all Ordinary Shares from 10 pence to 0.001 pence

1.2 approve the increase to the authorised share capital of the Company by the creation of 8,500,000,000 Ordinary Shares

1.3 authorise the Directors to allot Ordinary Shares up to an aggregate nominal amount of £88,447, being 8,844,700,000 Ordinary Shares (the "New Ordinary Shares")

1.4 approve the issue of the New Ordinary Shares pursuant to the Debt for Equity Conversion, including any discount to the Closing Price as at the Latest Practicable Date

229,798,483

95.13

11,756,155











4.87

241,554,638

27.91

149,823

Notes:

  1. The Special General Meeting was quorate.

  1. Votes "For" and "Against" are expressed as a percentage of votes received.

  1. A "Vote Withheld" is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the votes "For" or "Against" the Resolution or the total numbers of votes validly cast.

A copy of this announcement confirming the voting figures will be displayed shortly on the Company's website at https://www.petradiamonds.com/investors/2020-financial-restructuring/.

In accordance with the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, a copy of the Resolution will shortly be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will be available for inspection at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.

8,844,657,929 Ordinary Shares are expected to be allotted to Noteholders, on or around the Proposed Restructuring Effective Date, under the authority granted today. The Proposed Restructuring Effective Date will occur following satisfaction of certain conditions to the Consensual Restructuring, including the obtaining of regulatory approval from the Financial Surveillance Department of the South African Reserve Bank to implement the Consensual Restructuring.

Applications will therefore be made in due course to the Financial Conduct Authority for 8,844,657,929 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to listing on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to London Stock Exchange plc for 8,844,657,929 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc's main market for listed securities.

Further announcements regarding the Proposed Restructuring Effective Date and the proposed date for Admission will be made in due course.

~ Ends ~

For further information, please contact:

Petra Diamonds, London Telephone: +44 20 7494 8203

Cathy Malins investorrelations@petradiamonds.com

Des Kilalea

Marianna Bowes

Rothschild & Co

Giles Douglas giles.douglas@rothschildandco.com

Glen Cronin glen.cronin@rothschildandco.com

Mahir Quraishi mahir.quraishi@rothschildandco.com

BMO Capital Markets Limited

Thomas Rider thomas.rider@bmo.com

Neil Elliot neil.elliot@bmo.com

About Petra Diamonds Limited

Petra Diamonds is a leading independent diamond mining group and a consistent supplier of gem quality rough diamonds to the international market. The Company has a diversified portfolio incorporating interests in three underground producing mines in South Africa (Finsch, Cullinan and Koffiefontein) and one open pit mine in Tanzania (Williamson).

Petra's strategy is to focus on value rather than volume production by optimising recoveries from its high-quality asset base in order to maximise their efficiency and profitability. The Group has a significant resource base of ca. 243 million carats, which supports the potential for long-life operations.

Petra conducts all operations according to the highest ethical standards and will only operate in countries which are members of the Kimberley Process. The Company aims to generate tangible value for each of its stakeholders, thereby contributing to the socio-economic development of its host countries and supporting long-term sustainable operations to the benefit of its employees, partners and communities.

Petra is quoted with a premium listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker 'PDL' and is a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index. The Company’s US$650 million loan notes due in 2022, currently subject to restructuring, are listed on the Global Exchange market of the Irish Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.petradiamonds.com.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

This announcement contains statements about Petra that are or may be forward looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement may be forward looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "goals", "should", "would", "could", "continue", "plans", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates", "estimates", "hopes", "projects" or words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward looking statements.

Such forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward looking statements. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Petra disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking or other statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

A copy of the Prospectus is available from the registered office of Petra and on Petra’s website at https://www.petradiamonds.com/investors/2020-financial-restructuring/, provided that, subject to certain exceptions, the Prospectus is not being made available to Shareholders or investors in the United States or any other Restricted Jurisdiction.

Neither the content of Petra’s website (or any other website) nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on Petra’s website (or any other website) is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement.

The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. The information in this announcement is subject to change. Nothing in this announcement should be interpreted as a term or condition of the Consensual Restructuring, the Debt for Equity Conversion, the Capital Reduction or any other matter disclosed in the Prospectus.

Subject to certain exceptions, this announcement and/or the Prospectus should not be distributed, forwarded or transmitted in or into the United States or any other Restricted Jurisdiction. This announcement and/or the Prospectus does not constitute or form part of any offer to buy or any invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for, New Ordinary Shares in any jurisdiction.

Should the Debt for Equity Conversion proceed, New Ordinary Shares will only be issued to Noteholders situated outside Australia pursuant to the Debt for Equity Conversion. The New Ordinary Shares have not been and will not be registered under the applicable securities laws of Australia. The Prospectus is being provided to Shareholders with registered addresses in Australia solely for the purposes of the Special General Meeting convened pursuant to the Notice of Special General Meeting.

The New Ordinary Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "US Securities Act") or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, or the relevant laws of any state, province or territory of any other Restricted Jurisdiction and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered, sold, resold, transferred, distributed or delivered, directly or indirectly, in, into or from the United States or any other Restricted Jurisdiction. This document does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy New Ordinary Shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. Subject to certain exceptions, this document will not be distributed in or into the United States or any of the other Restricted Jurisdictions. The New Ordinary Shares are being made available (i) outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the US Securities Act, and (ii) in the United States to a limited number of institutional accredited investors (as defined in Rule 501(a)(1), (2), (3), (7), (8), (9), (12) or (13) under the US Securities Act) in transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act. There will be no public offer of the New Ordinary Shares in the United States.

Neither the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") nor any state securities commission in the United States has approved or disapproved of the New Ordinary Shares or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

The distribution of this announcement and/or the Prospectus and/or the transfer of New Ordinary Shares in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement and/or the Prospectus come should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. Any failure to comply with any of these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.

BMO Capital Markets Limited ("BMO"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the contents of this announcement and the Prospectus, the Debt for Equity Conversion, Admission or any other matters referred to in this announcement and/or the Prospectus and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this announcement and/or the Prospectus) as a client in relation to the Debt for Equity Conversion, Admission or any other matters referred to in this announcement and/or the Prospectus and will not be responsible for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the contents of this announcement and/or the Prospectus, the Debt for Equity Conversion, Admission or any other matter or arrangement referred to in this announcement and/or the Prospectus.

N.M. Rothschild & Sons Limited ("Rothschild & Co"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the contents of this announcement and the Prospectus, the Debt for Equity Conversion or any other matters referred to in this announcement and/or the Prospectus and will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this document) as a client in relation to the Debt for Equity Conversion or any other matters referred to in this announcement and/or the Prospectus and will not be responsible for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the contents of this announcement and/or the Prospectus, the Debt for Equity Conversion or any other matter or arrangement referred to in this announcement and/or the Prospectus.

Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed upon BMO and/or Rothschild & Co by FSMA or the regulatory regime established thereunder, BMO and/or Rothschild & Co do not accept any responsibility and disclaim any liability for the accuracy, completeness or verification, or concerning any other statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with the Company, the New Ordinary Shares, the Debt for Equity Conversion or Admission in this announcement and/or the Prospectus. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by BMO and/or Rothschild & Co as to the accuracy, completeness or verification of the information set forth in this announcement and/or the Prospectus and nothing in this announcement and/or the Prospectus is, or shall be relied upon as, a promise or representation in this respect, whether as to the past or future. Each of BMO and Rothschild & Co accordingly disclaims to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law all and any responsibility and liability whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise (save as referred to herein) which it might otherwise have in respect of this announcement and/or the Prospectus or any such statement.

None of the Company, the Directors, the Proposed Director, BMO and Rothschild & Co, nor any of their respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees or advisers, is making any representation to any acquirer of New Ordinary Shares regarding the legality of an investment in the Debt for Equity Conversion or the New Ordinary Shares by such acquirer under the laws applicable to such acquirer.

INFORMATION TO DISTRIBUTORS

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any 'manufacturer' (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the New Ordinary Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the New Ordinary Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the New Ordinary Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the New Ordinary Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the New Ordinary Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Debt for Equity Conversion.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the New Ordinary Shares.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Company is not subject to MiFID II, has no obligations in relation to the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements and makes no representations regarding the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements falling on any authorised or regulated entity connected with the issuance.