The Company's Investing Policy is to invest principally, but not exclusively in the resources and energy sectors. The Company will initially focus on projects located in Asia but will also consider investments in other geographical regions. The Company may be either an active investor and acquire control of a single company or it may acquire non-controlling shareholdings. Once a target has been identified, additional funds may need to be raised by the Company to complete a transaction.
The proposed investments to be made by the Company may be in either quoted or unquoted securities made by direct acquisition and may be in companies, partnerships or joint ventures; or direct interests in projects and can be at any stage of development. The Company’s equity interest in a proposed investment may range from a minority position to 100 per cent. ownership.
The Company will identify and assess potential investment targets and where it believes further investigation is required, intends to appoint appropriately qualified advisers to assist.
The Company proposes to carry out a comprehensive and thorough project review process in which all material aspects of any potential investment will be subject to rigorous due diligences, as appropriate. It is likely that the Company’s financial resources will be invested in a small number of projects or investments or potentially in just one investment which may be deemed to be a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules. Where this is the case, it is intended to mitigate risk by undertaking an appropriate due diligence process. Any transaction constituting a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules will require shareholder approval. The possibility of building a broader portfolio of investment assets has not, however, been excluded.
The Company intends to deliver shareholder returns principally through capital growth rather than capital distribution via dividends. Given the nature of the Company’s Investing Policy, the Company does not intend to make regular periodic disclosures or calculations of net asset value.
The proceeds of the Placing in April 2012 will enable the Company to take initial steps to implement this strategy and it is likely that the Company will undertake a further fundraising in the future to provide additional capital for the Company.
The Directors believe that their broad collective experience together with their extensive network of contacts will assist them in the identification, evaluation and funding of suitable investment opportunities. When necessary, other external professionals will be engaged to assist in the due diligence of prospective opportunities. The Directors will also consider appointing additional directors with relevant experience if the need arises.
The objective of the Directors is to generate capital appreciation and any income generated by the Company will be applied to cover costs or will be added to the funds available to further implement the Investment Policy. In view of this, it is unlikely that the Directors will recommend a dividend in the early years. However, they may recommend or declare dividends at some future date depending on the financial position of the Company.
The Directors confirm that, as required by the AIM Rules, they will at each annual general meeting of the Company seek shareholder approval of its Investing Policy.