FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8 January 2021
Petra Diamonds Limited
("Petra", "PDL" or the "Company" or, in conjunction with its subsidiaries, the “Group”)
Proposed Scheme of Arrangement of Petra Diamonds US$ Treasury Plc
Scheme Meeting Results
Approval of the Scheme of Arrangement at the Scheme Meeting
Further to the announcement issued by the Company on 10 December 2020, a meeting of the holders of the Company's Notes was convened for today (the "Scheme Meeting") to vote on the Scheme proposed by Petra Diamonds US$ Treasury Plc in connection with the Restructuring.
The Company is pleased to announce that the Scheme was approved by the requisite majority of Scheme Creditors at the Scheme Meeting (being a majority in number, representing at least 75 per cent. in value of the Scheme Creditors present and voting).
There were 194 Scheme Creditors present and voting at the Scheme Meeting (by proxy), together representing US$696,255,102.65 in value of the Notes Debt (being both principal and interest owing) and 98.44 per cent. of the total Scheme Claims. 100 per cent. by number and value of those 194 Scheme Creditors present and voting at the Scheme Meeting voted in favour of the Scheme. Accordingly, the Scheme was approved.
Successful completion of the Scheme is now conditional upon, among other things, the Scheme being sanctioned by the Court in its discretion at the Scheme Sanction Hearing and the Scheme becoming effective and unconditional in accordance with its terms. As noted in the announcement issued by the Company on 17 November 2020, each of the elements of the Restructuring (of which the Scheme is an integral part) are inter-conditional, meaning that the Scheme will only become effective if each of the other elements of the Restructuring are approved and/or completed.
The Scheme Sanction Hearing is anticipated to take place on 12 January 2021. Please see the announcement issued by the Company on 4 January 2021 for further information regarding the time and details of the Scheme Sanction Hearing.
Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meaning given to them in the Explanatory Statement.
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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.
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.
N.M. Rothschild & Sons Limited ("Rothschild & Co"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for Petra and no one else in connection with the contents of this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Petra for providing the protections offered to clients of Rothschild & Co nor for providing advice in relation to the subject matter of this announcement or any other matters referred to in this announcement.