Shares in Issue
Pires Investments plc Ordinary shares of 0.25 pence are listed on AIM, London Stock Exchange.
The shares are not admitted to trading on any other exchanges or trading platforms and the company has not applied or agreed to have any of its securities (including its AIM securities) so admitted or traded.
Number of shares in issue: 66,472,465
Number of shares not in public hands: approximately 50.21%
There are no Ordinary shares held in treasury.
There are no restrictions on the transfer of the Company’s Ordinary shares.
Based on information provided to the Company as at 23 August 2019, as far as the Directors are aware, the following are Directors or shareholders interested in 3% or more of the issued share
|Shareholder||No. Ordinary Shares||% Issued Share Capital||Notes|
|JIM Nominees Limited <JARVIS>||33,378,327||50.21%||1|
|Lawshare Nominees Limited||9,996,298||15.04%||2|
|Interactive Investor Services Nominees Limited||2,567,387||3.86%|
1. 16,149,993 shares within the Jim Nominees holding are beneficially owned by Riverfort Global Opportunities plc (formerly Paternoster Resources plc), of which Nicholas Lee, a director of the Company, is also the Investment Director.
2. 5,050,000 shares within Lawshare Nominees Limited are beneficially owned by ‘The SIPP of Nicholas Clark’. Nicholas Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of Torpedo Factory Group Ltd. 2,000,000 shares within Lawshare Nominees Limited are beneficially owned by Freddie Jenner, the Finance Director of Torpedo Factory Group Ltd. 2,000,000 shares within Lawshare Nominees Limited are beneficiallly owned by Keith McCullagh, the Chairman of Torpedo Factory Group Ltd.
3. Siobhan Robinson is the sole beneficiary of BrightGrow SSAS and fiancée of Nicholas Clark.
The Company has been notified that 3,008,533 shares are beneficially owned by Barry Reynolds and the shares are held in a number of nominee accounts.
This shareholder information is taken from the Pires Investments share register.
Reports & Accounts
|Interim Results 2019||17/07/2019|
|Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 October 2018||30/04/2019|
|Interim Results 2018||27/07/2018|
|Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 October 2017||30/04/2018|
|Interim Results 2017||31/07/2017|
|Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 October 2016||28/04/2017|
|Interim Results 2016||28/07/2016|
|Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 October 2015||29/04/2016|
|Interim Results 2015||31/07/2015|
|Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 October 2014||30/04/2015|
|Interim Results 2014||30/07/2014|
|Annual Accounts 2013||29/04/2013|
|Annual Accounts 2012||30/04/2012|
Company notices and documents
News and Circulars
|Form of Proxy||11/09/2019|
|Circular and Notice of General Meeting||11/09/2019|
|Form of Proxy||11/03/2019|
|Circular and Notice of General Meeting||11/03/2019|
|Form of Proxy||24/09/2018|
|Notice of AGM 2018||24/09/2018|
|Notice of AGM 2017 and Form of Proxy||27/07/2017|
|Notice of AGM 2016 and Form of Proxy||29/04/2016|
|Form of Proxy||11/03/2016|
|Circular and Notice of General Meeting||11/03/2016|
|Notice of Annual General Meeting||10/07/2015|
|New Articles of Association||04/08/2015|
|Articles of Association||16/04/2012|
|AWG Services plc – Reverse Document||07/11/2003|
PKF Littlejohn LLP
1 Westferry Circus
Cairn Financial Advisers LLP
Phone: +44 207 213 0883
Peterhouse Corporate Finance
15 Eldon Street
Phone : +44 20 7469 0930
Computershare Investor Services plc
PO Box 82
Phone: +44 870 889 3207
The Company’s Investing Policy is to invest principally, but not exclusively, in the natural resources, and technology sectors. The Company will consider investments in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe more generally but will also consider investments in wider 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 specialist investigation is required, it 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 an 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 will also be considered.
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 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 in the first instance be applied to cover costs or will be added to the funds available to further implement the Investment Policy. However, they may recommend or declare dividends at some future date depending on the financial position of the Company.
Details of Committees of the Board of Directors and their Responsibilities
The Board meets on a formal basis as necessary and generally at least once per quarter. At those meetings a detailed report on finances is presented and discussed and potential investments considered. The Board considers risk and strategy at each meeting.
An Audit Committee is established and comprises John May and Nicholas Lee. The Committee meets with the auditors, considers the results and the audit process, and satisfies itself as to the auditor’s independence.
The Company has a Remuneration Committee, which comprises John May and Nicholas Lee.
Statement of Directors’ Responsibilities
Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company and the Group and of the profit or loss of the Group for that year. In preparing those financial statements, the directors are required to:
– Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
– Make judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;
– State whether any applicable accounting standards have been followed subject to any departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements;
– Prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Company and the Group will continue in business.
The directors are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and the Group and to enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 1985 and 2006. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Group and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities. All Directors have service contracts, none of which has a duration of longer than 12 months.
Compliance with the Corporate Governance Code
The Board recognises its responsibility for the proper management of the Company and is committed to maintaining a high standard of corporate governance. The Directors recognise the importance of sound corporate governance commensurate with the size and nature of the Company and the interests of its Shareholders.
The Board of Directors has therefore decided to apply the QCA Corporate Governance Code (“QCA Code”). Details of how the Company complies with the QCA Code, can be found here.
Directors’ Share Dealing Code
The Company has adopted, and will operate where applicable, a share dealing code for Directors and applicable employees under terms equivalent to those provided by Rule 21 of the AIM Rules for Companies.
The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers applies to the Company and governs, inter alia, transactions which may result in a change of control of the Company.