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Plant Health Care PLC

24 February 2020

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (INCLUDING THE APPIX) AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER STATE OR JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

24 February 2020

Plant Health Care plc

("Plant Health Care", "PHC" or the "Company")

Proposed Placing and Subscription to raise a minimum of $4.0 million

Plant Health Care plc, a leading provider of novel patent-protected biological products to global agricultural markets, today announces its intention to raise a minimum of $4.0 million by way of (i) a placing of new Ordinary Shares ("Placing Shares") at a fixed price of 8 pence per new Ordinary Share (the "Issue Price") to institutional and other investors (the "Placing") and (ii) a subscription of new Ordinary Shares ("Subscription Shares") at the Issue Price to institutional and other investors (the "Subscription" and together with the Placing, the "Fundraising").

Highlights:

-- The Company intends to conduct a conditional Placing and Subscription to raise a minimum of $4.0 million via the issue of the Placing Shares at the Issue Price and Subscription of the Subscription Shares at the Issue Price.

-- The Placing is to be conducted by way of an accelerated bookbuild process which will commence immediately following this Announcement and will be subject to the terms and conditions set out in Appendix I to this Announcement.

-- The Company has conditionally raised approximately $3.1 million (before expenses) through the Subscription of 29,887,132 Subscription Shares.

-- The Issue Price represents a discount of approximately 43.9 per cent. to the closing mid-market price on 21 February 2020, being the latest practicable date before this Announcement.

-- Admission of the Placing Shares and Subscription Shares (the "Fundraising Shares") to trading on AIM ("Admission") is expected to occur no later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 March 2020 or such later time and/or date as Arden and the Company agree (being in any event no later than 8.00 a.m. on 3 April 2020).

-- The Company will be seeking the approval of Shareholders at a general meeting of the Company ("General Meeting") for general authority to allot the Fundraising Shares and equity securities for cash on a non-pre-emptive basis under the Companies Act 2006. A circular containing further details of the Fundraising and notice of General Meeting to be held at 11.00 a.m. on 16 March 2020 to, inter alia, approve the resolutions required to implement the Fundraising ("Fundraising Resolutions"), is expected to be published and despatched to Shareholders on 25 February 2020 ("Circular"). Following its publication, the Circular will be available on the Company's website.

The number of Placing Shares and Subscription Shares to be issued will be determined based on the Bloomberg exchange rate between US dollar and pound sterling at 7.00 a.m. (UK time) on 21 February 2020, being the last practicable date prior to this Announcement. Any reference to gross or net proceeds in this Announcement assumes an exchange rate of 1:1.2897.

For further information, please contact:

 
 Plant Health Care plc                    Tel: +1 919 926 1600 
 Chris Richards, CEO 
 
 Arden Partners plc - Nomad & Broker      Tel: +44 (0) 20 7614 
                                           5900 
 John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Dan Gee-Summons 
 

Additional information

Expected timetable of events

 
 Announcement of the Fundraising                   24 February 2020 
 Announcement of the results                       24 February 2020 
  of the Placing 
 Publication of the Circular                       25 February 2020 
 Latest time and date for receipt          11.00 a.m. 14 March 2020 
  of Forms of Proxy and CREST 
  voting instructions 
 General Meeting                        11.00 a.m. on 16 March 2020 
 Results of the General Meeting                       16 March 2020 
  announced 
 Admission of Placing Shares             8.00 a.m. on 18 March 2020 
  and Subscription Shares to trading 
  on AIM and commencement of dealings 
 

Notes:

1. Each of the above times and/or dates is subject to change at the absolute discretion of the Company and Arden. If any of the above times and/or dates should change, the revised times and/or dates will be announced through a Regulatory Information Service.

   2.    All of the above times refer to London time unless otherwise stated. 

Introduction and Background relating to the Placing and Subscription

In November 2019, the Company raised $3 million through the issue of 34,564,500 new Ordinary Shares to Ospraie Ag Science LLC, the agriculture venture capital arm of Ospraie Management, LLC, a New York based investment management firm which specializes in investing in commodities, agriculture and other basic industries on a global basis.

The proceeds of this fundraise were to strengthen the Company's balance sheet and enable it to accelerate sales growth and commercialization of the first products from the Company's ground-breaking PREtec (Plant Response Elicitor) technology, as well as providing additional working capital.

Progress towards the first launches of products from PREtec (Plant Response Elicitor Technology) continues to be very promising, targeting markets worth more than $5 billion. Moreover, the Board is confident that the basis has been laid for delivering strong revenue growth in 2020 and beyond, in line with market forecasts. However, following the lower than expected revenue in 2019 and subsequent review of the Company budgets and continuing investment in PREtec, the Board believes that raising additional finance is necessary and is in the best long-term interests of shareholders. This is both to provide additional resources to underpin forecast revenue growth for commercial products and to ensure the successful launch of the first PREtec products.

Given the seasonality in the Company's cash flows, the Board considers that raising additional funds of a minimum of $4 million is appropriate.

Current trading

All results provided are preliminary and subject to completion of the 2019 audit.

Further to the Company's trading update on 19 December 2019, the Company confirms that it now expects revenue to be $6.4 million (2018: $8.1 million), 21% down on the prior year, 18% in constant currency with gross margin decreasing to 57% (2018: 65%). The decreased gross margin percentage is primarily due to the increased proportion of third-party sales in Mexico and increased tariffs imposed on China by the US. Sales of Harpin <ALPHA><BETA> by the Company were down 34% compared to the prior year. The delay in receiving an import licence in Brazil (down 64%) and exceptionally difficult market conditions in the US (down 18%) held back sales, despite strong market demand for Harpin <ALPHA><BETA>. Since the end of the year, the Brazil import licence has been obtained. These factors obscured excellent customer benefits in newly launched Harpin <ALPHA><BETA> products, supported by new relationships with very strong national distributors in the US and Brazil. These have established a very promising base for revenue growth in 2020 and beyond.

The Company's cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 2019 was $2.4 million. The Company successfully raised circa GBP2.4 million (circa $3.0 million) through the issuance of Shares in November 2019.

Sales in North America were $1.7 million (2018: $2.1 million) and South America $0.4 million (2018: $1.2 million). In Europe/Africa sales were $1.0 million (2018: $1.7 million), supported by 17% sales growth in Spain. Sales in Mexico were $3.3 million (2018: $3.1 million).

The Company has maintained strict control of cash operating expenses, which finished the year at $7.4 million ($10.4 million in 2018); the main contributors were reduced New Technology spend at $2.1 million (2018: $3.5 million), reduced sales and marketing personnel costs of $0.5 million and elimination of a bad debt provision (2018: $0.8 million). Inventory ($3.0 million), accounts receivable ($3.6 million) and payables ($0.8 million) were comparable to the prior year ($3.0 million, $3.8 million and $1.5 million respectively). The Company ended 2019 with $2.4 million in cash and cash equivalents. The Company's cash burn reduced to $4.8 million (2018: $6.3 million).

The Company has made impressive progress towards the launch of the first products from the PREtec peptide platforms, targeting markets worth more than $5 billion. The first US patents for PREtec peptides have been granted, with wide claims. The Company plans to update the market over the coming weeks, on progress towards the first PREtec product launches. With sufficient cash resources, the Company aims to increase spend on PREtec product development, in order to maximise the impact of these impending product launches.

Use of proceeds

The net proceeds receivable by the Company pursuant to the Fundraising are expected to be a minimum of $3.8 million. The Company intends to use the proceeds, together with its existing cash resources and future cash flows from its commercial business, to:

1. accelerate the final development of the first products from the PREtec (Plant Response Elicitor Technology) platform including achieving product registrations in the United States and Brazil on the earliest possible time-scale;

2. prepare PHC279 (and potentially PHC949 and PHC414) for a successful launch in the United States, Brazil and other target markets;

3. under-pin the delivery of the growth of Harpin <ALPHA><BETA> in 2020 and beyond, through additional sales and marketing resources; and

4. improve the Company's ability to support sales growth by increasing the funds available for working capital, especially to accommodate payment terms in Brazil.

The Placing

The Company is seeking to raise a minimum of $0.9 million (before expenses) from the Placing of the Placing Shares at the Issue Price.

The Placing is conditional, inter alia, upon:

   a)    the passing of the Fundraising Resolutions at the General Meeting; 

b) the Placing Agreement becoming or being declared unconditional in all respects and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms prior to Admission; and

c) Admission becoming effective by no later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 March 2020 or such later time and/or date (being no later than 8.00 a.m. on 3 April 2020) as Arden and the Company may agree.

If any of the conditions of the Placing are not satisfied the Placing Shares will not be issued and all monies received will be returned to the Placees at their own risk and without interest as soon as possible thereafter.

Subscription

Under the Subscription, the Company has conditionally raised approximately $3.1 million (before expenses) by way of the subscription at the Issue Price of 29,887,132 Subscription Shares. The Subscription is conditional, inter alia, upon the passing of the Fundraising Resolutions at the General Meeting and admission of the Subscription Shares to trading on AIM occurring no later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 March 2020 (or such later time and/or date as Arden may agree, but in any event by no later than 8.00 a.m. on 3 April 2020).

Director participation

As part of the Fundraising, William Lewis, Jeffrey Hovey and Jeffrey Tweedy have conditionally subscribed for 271,379 Subscription Shares. Chris Richards and Richard Webb intend to conditionally subscribe for 750,000 Placing Shares.

Related Party Transaction

The Subscription participation from Ospraie AG Science LLC is considered a related-party transaction for the purposes of Rule 13 of the AIM Rules for Companies. The directors consider, having consulted with Arden, the Company's nominated advisers, that the Subscription participation is fair and reasonable in so far as Plant Health Care's shareholders are concerned.

Placing Agreement

Pursuant to the terms of the Placing Agreement, Arden, as agent for the Company, has conditionally agreed to use reasonable endeavours to procure subscribers for the Placing Shares. Arden intends to conditionally place the Placing Shares with investors at the Issue Price. The Placing Agreement is conditional upon, inter alia:

   --    the Resolutions being duly passed at the General Meeting; 

-- Admission of the Placing Shares and the Subscription Shares (save for the Subscription Shares proposed to be subscribed for by Thomas Isler); and

-- Admission becoming effective on or before 8.00 a.m. on 18 March 2020 (or such later time and/or date as Arden may agree, but in any event by no later than 8.00 a.m. on 3 April 2020).

The Placing Agreement contains customary warranties from the Company in favour of Arden in relation to, inter alia, the accuracy of the information in this Announcement and other matters relating to the Group and its business. In addition, the Company has agreed to indemnify Arden in relation to certain liabilities that it may incur in respect of the Fundraising.

Arden has the right to terminate the Placing Agreement in certain circumstances prior to Admission, including if any of the warranties given to Arden in the Placing Agreement were not true or accurate or were misleading when given or deemed given or would no longer be true and accurate, or would be misleading if repeated or deemed repeated, the failure of the Company to comply with certain of its obligations under the Placing Agreement, the occurrence of an event which materially (in the good faith opinion of Arden) affects the financial position and/or prospects of the Group as a whole or any change in national or international financial, monetary, economic, political, environmental, or stock market conditions which, in the good faith opinion of Arden will or is likely to be materially prejudicial to the Group or to the Placing or Admission or to the subscription for Placing Shares by Placees.

The Placing Agreement also provides for the Company to pay all costs, charges and expenses of, or incidental to, the Fundraising and Admission including all legal and other professional fees and expenses.

General Meeting

The General Meeting will be held at 11.00 a.m. on 16 March 2020 at the offices of DWF Law LLP at 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3AG, at which the Resolutions will be proposed for the purposes of implementing the Fundraising as follows:

-- Resolution 1 - an ordinary resolution to grant the Directors authority to allot shares in the Company and to grant right to subscribe for, or convert any security into shares in the Company.

-- Resolution 2 - a special resolution to disapply statutory pre-emption rights applicable to the Company.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This Announcement has been issued by, and is the sole responsibility, of the Company. No representation or warranty express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Arden or by any of their respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

NOTICE TO OVERSEAS PERSONS

This Announcement does not constitute, or form part of, a prospectus relating to the Company, nor does it constitute or contain any invitation or offer to any person, or any public offer, to subscribe for, purchase or otherwise acquire any shares in the Company or advise persons to do so in any jurisdiction, nor shall it, or any part of it form the basis of or be relied on in connection with any contract or as an inducement to enter into any contract or commitment with the Company. In particular, the Fundraising Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 as amended or qualified for sale under the laws of any state of the United States or under the applicable laws of any of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, US persons (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act) or to any national, resident or citizen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan.

The distribution or transmission of this Announcement and the offering of the Fundraising Shares in certain jurisdictions other than the UK may be restricted or prohibited by law or regulation. Persons distributing this Announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No action has been taken by the Company that would permit an offering of such shares or possession or distribution of this Announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this Announcement comes are required by the Company to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions. In particular, this announcement may not be distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan. Overseas Shareholders and any person (including, without limitation, nominees and trustees), who have a contractual or other legal obligation to forward this document to a jurisdiction outside the UK should seek appropriate advice before taking any action.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "plans", "projects", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "may", "will", or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this document and include statements regarding the Directors' current intentions, beliefs or expectations concerning, among other things, the Group's results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the Group's markets.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances. Actual results and developments could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements may and often do differ materially from actual results. Any forward-looking statements in this document are based on certain factors and assumptions, including the Directors' current view with respect to future events and are subject to risks relating to future events and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Group's operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Whilst the Directors consider these assumptions to be reasonable based upon information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. Save as required by law or by the AIM Rules, none of the Company, Arden nor their respective directors undertakes any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in the Directors' expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

GENERAL

Arden, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting as Nomad and Sole Broker to the Company in connection with the Fundraising. Arden will not be responsible to any person other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Arden or for providing advice to any other person in connection with the Fundraising, the Subscription or any acquisition of shares in the Company. Arden is not making any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the contents of this Announcement. Arden has not authorised the contents of, or any part of, this Announcement, and no liability whatsoever is accepted by Arden for the accuracy of any information or opinions contained in this Announcement or for the omission of any material information.

The Fundraising Shares will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than AIM.

Neither the content of the Company's website (or any other website) nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this Announcement.

INTERPRETATION

Certain terms used in this Announcement are defined under the heading "Definitions" in Appendix II of this Announcement.

All times referred to in this Announcement are, unless otherwise stated, references to London time.

All references to legislation in this Announcement are to the legislation of England and Wales unless the contrary is indicated. Any reference to any provision of any legislation or regulation shall include any amendment, modification, re-enactment or extension thereof.

Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa, and words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine or neutral gender and vice versa.

APPIX I

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE PLACING

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INVITED PLACEES ONLY REGARDING THE PLACING

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING THE APPIX AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN (TOGETHER, THE "ANNOUNCEMENT"), IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN OR NEW ZEALAND OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE, NOR IS IT INTED THAT IT WILL BE SO APPROVED.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PLACING. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE DIRECTED ONLY AT: (A) PERSONS IN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA WHO ARE QUALIFIED INVESTORS, BEING PERSONS FALLING WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2(e) OF REGULATION (EU) 2017/1129 AS AMED FROM TIME TO TIME ("PROSPECTUS REGULATION") ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS"); (B) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, INVESTORS WHO ARE PERSONS: (I) WHO FALL WITHIN ARTICLE 19(5) (INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 (THE "ORDER"); (II) WHO FALL WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2)(A) TO (D) (HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS, ETC.) OF THE ORDER; OR (III) TO WHOM THEY MAY OTHERWISE BE LAWFULLY COMMUNICATED (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS").

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS MUST NOT BE ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATE IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS.

EACH PLACEE SHOULD CONSULT WITH ITS ADVISERS AS TO LEGAL, TAX, BUSINESS AND RELATED ASPECTS OF AN INVESTMENT IN PLACING SHARES. THE DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, ANY PART OF IT OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT MAY BE RESTRICTED BY LAW IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS, AND ANY PERSON INTO WHOSE POSSESSION THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, ANY PART OF IT OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT COMES SHOULD INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT, AND OBSERVE, SUCH RESTRICTIONS.

(a) Introduction

These terms and conditions apply to persons making an offer to subscribe for Placing Shares under the Placing (and, for the avoidance of doubt, these terms and conditions do not apply in respect of the Subscription). Each person to whom these terms and conditions apply, as described above, who confirms its agreement to Arden, and the Company (whether orally or in writing) to subscribe for Placing Shares under the Placing (an "Investor") hereby agrees with Arden and the Company to be bound by the trade confirmation issued by Arden to such Investor and these terms and conditions, being the terms and conditions upon which Placing Shares will be issued under the Placing. An Investor shall, without limitation, become so bound if Arden confirms to such Investor its allocation of Placing Shares under the Placing.

Upon being notified of its allocation of Placing Shares in the Placing, an Investor shall be contractually committed to subscribe for the number of Placing Shares allocated to it at the Issue Price and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, will be deemed to have agreed not to exercise any rights to rescind or terminate or otherwise withdraw from such commitment. Dealing in Placing Shares may not begin before any notification is made.

(b) Application for Admission

Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions of the Placing Agreement (except for Admission), including the passing of the Fundraising Resolutions (the "Conditions"), application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM. Subject to the aforementioned, it is expected that Admission will take place and dealings in the Placing Shares will commence on AIM on or around 8.00 a.m. on 18 March 2020.

(c) Bookbuilding Process

Commencing today, Arden will be conducting an accelerated bookbuilding process to determine demand for participation in the Placing by Placees (the "Bookbuilding Process"). This Announcement gives details of the terms and conditions of, and the mechanics of participation in, the Placing. However, Arden will be entitled to effect the Placing by such alternative method to the Bookbuilding Process as it may, after consultation with the Company, determine. No commissions will be paid by or to Placees in respect of any participation in the Placing or subscription for Placing Shares.

(d) Participation in, and principal terms of, the Bookbuilding Process

Arden is acting as nominated adviser and broker to the Company, and as agent for and on behalf of the Company in connection with the Placing.

Participation in the Placing is by invitation only and will only be available to persons who may lawfully be, and are, invited to participate by Arden. Arden and Arden Affiliates (as defined below) are entitled to participate as Placees in the Bookbuilding Process as principals.

The Bookbuilding Process will establish the number of Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing. The price per Placing Share (the "Issue Price") is fixed at 8 pence per Placing Share and is payable to Arden (as agent for the Company) by all Placees.

The book will open with immediate effect. The Bookbuilding Process is expected to close not later than 6 p.m. on 24 February 2020, but may be closed at such earlier or later time as Arden may, in its absolute discretion (after consultation with the Company), determine. A further announcement will be made following the close of the Bookbuilding Process detailing the number of Placing Shares to be subscribed for by the Placees at the Issue Price (the "Placing Results Announcement").

A bid in the Bookbuilding Process will be made on the terms and conditions in this Announcement and will be legally binding on the Placee on behalf of which it is made and, except with Arden's consent, will not be capable of variation or revocation after the close of the Bookbuilding Process.

A Placee who wishes to participate in the Bookbuilding Process should communicate its bid by telephone to its usual sales contact at Arden. Each bid should state the number of Placing Shares which the prospective Placee wishes to subscribe for at the Issue Price. If successful, Arden will re-contact and confirm orally to Placees following the close of the Bookbuilding Process the size of their respective allocations and a trade confirmation will be despatched as soon as possible thereafter. Arden's oral confirmation of the size of allocations and each Placee's oral commitments to accept the same will constitute an irrevocable legally binding agreement in favour of the Company and Arden pursuant to which each such Placee will be required to accept and subscribe for the number of Placing Shares allocated to the Placee at the Issue Price and otherwise on the terms and subject to the conditions set out herein and in accordance with the Company's articles of association. Each Placee's allocation and commitment will be evidenced by a trade confirmation issued by Arden to such Placee. The terms of this Appendix I will be deemed incorporated in that trade confirmation.

Arden reserves the right to scale back the number of Placing Shares to be subscribed by any Placee in the event that the Placing is oversubscribed. Arden also reserves the right not to accept offers to subscribe for Placing Shares or to accept such offers in part rather than in whole. The acceptance and, if applicable, scaling back of offers shall be at the absolute discretion of Arden.

Each Placee's obligations will be owed to the Company and to Arden. Following the oral confirmation referred to above, each Placee will also have an immediate, separate, irrevocable and binding obligation, owed to the Company and Arden, as agent of the Company, to pay to Arden (or as Arden may direct) in cleared funds an amount equal to the product of the Issue Price and the number of Placing Shares allocated to such Placee.

Irrespective of the time at which a Placee's allocation(s) pursuant to the Placing is/are confirmed, settlement for all Placing Shares to be subscribed for pursuant to the Placing will be required to be made at the same time, on the basis explained below under "Registration and settlement".

All obligations of Arden under the Placing will be subject to fulfilment of the conditions referred to in this Announcement including without limitation those referred to below under "Conditions of the Placing" and to the Placing not being terminated on the basis explained below under "Termination of the Placing".

To the fullest extent permissible by law, none of Arden, any subsidiary of Arden, any branch, affiliate or associated undertaking of Arden or of any such subsidiary nor any of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents or advisers (each an "Arden Affiliate") nor any person acting on their behalf shall have any liability to Placees (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise). In particular, none of Arden, any Arden Affiliate nor any person acting on their behalf shall have any liability (including, to the extent legally permissible, any fiduciary duties), in respect of its conduct of the Bookbuilding Process or of such alternative method of effecting the Placing as Arden may determine.

(e) Conditions of the Placing

The Placing is conditional upon the Placing Agreement becoming unconditional and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms.

The obligations of Arden under the Placing Agreement are conditional, among other things, upon:

(i) none of the Warranties or undertakings given in the Placing Agreement being or having become untrue, inaccurate or misleading (in any material respect, in the reasonable opinion of Arden) at any time before Admission;

(ii) the performance by the Company of specified obligations under the Placing Agreement to the extent they fall to be performed prior to Admission;

(iii) the Placing Agreement not having been terminated prior to Admission (as described below under "Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement");

   (iv)         the passing of the Fundraising Resolutions at the General Meeting; and 

(v) Admission occurring not later than 8.00 a.m. on 18 March 2020 or such later time and/or date as Arden and the Company may agree (but in any event not later than 3 April 2020).

If (a) the Conditions of the Placing are not fulfilled (or to the extent permitted under the Placing Agreement waived by Arden), or (b) the Placing Agreement is terminated in the circumstances specified below, the Placing will lapse and each Placee's rights and obligations hereunder shall cease and determine at such time and no claim may be made by a Placee in respect thereof. None of Arden, any Arden Affiliate, the Company, nor any subsidiary or subsidiary undertaking of the Company, nor any branch, affiliate or associated undertaking of any such company nor any of their respective directors, partners, consultants, officers and employees (each a " Group Affiliate") shall have any liability to any Placee (or to any other person whether acting on behalf of a Placee or otherwise) in respect of any decision it may make as to whether or not to waive or to extend the time and/or date for the satisfaction of any condition in the Placing Agreement or in respect of the Placing generally.

By participating in the Placing, each Placee agrees that Arden's rights and obligations in respect of the Placing terminate, inter alia, in the circumstances described below under "Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement".

(f) Right to terminate under the Placing Agreement

Arden has the right to terminate the Placing Agreement in certain circumstances prior to Admission, including if any of the warranties given to Arden in the Placing Agreement were not true or accurate or were misleading (in any material respect, in the reasonable opinion of Arden) when given or deemed given or would no longer be true and accurate, or would be misleading if repeated or deemed repeated, the failure of the Company to comply with certain of its obligations under the Placing Agreement, the occurrence of an event which materially (in the good faith opinion of Arden) affects the financial position and/or prospects of the Group as a whole or any change in national or international financial, monetary, economic, political, environmental, or stock market conditions which, in the good faith opinion of Arden will or is likely to be materially prejudicial to the Group or to the Placing or Admission or to the subscription for Placing Shares by Placees.

By participating in the Placing, each Placee agrees with Arden that the exercise by Arden of any right of termination or other discretion under the Placing Agreement shall be within the absolute discretion of Arden and that Arden need not make any reference to the Placees in this regard and that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, neither the Company, Arden, any Arden Affiliate nor any Group Affiliate shall have any liability whatsoever to the Placees in connection with any such exercise or failure to so exercise.

(g) No prospectus

No offering document or prospectus has been or will be prepared in relation to the Placing and no such prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published or submitted to be approved by the FCA and Placees' commitments will be made solely on the basis of the information contained in this Announcement.

Each Placee, by accepting a participation in the Placing, agrees that the content of this Announcement is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and confirms to Arden and the Company that it has neither received nor relied on any information, representation, warranty or statement made by or on behalf of Arden (other than the amount of the relevant Placing participation in the oral confirmation given to Placees and the trade confirmation referred to herein), any Arden Affiliate, any persons acting on its or their behalf or the Company or any Group Affiliate and none of Arden, any Arden Affiliate, any persons acting on their behalf, the Company, any Group Affiliate nor any persons acting on their behalf will be liable for the decision of any Placee to participate in the Placing based on any other information, representation, warranty or statement which the Placee may have obtained or received (regardless of whether or not such information, representation, warranty or statement was given or made by or on behalf of any such persons). By participating in the Placing, each Placee acknowledges to and agrees with Arden for itself and as agent for the Company that, except in relation to the information contained in this Announcement, it has relied on its own investigation of the business, financial or other position of the Company in deciding whether or not to participate in the Placing. Nothing in this paragraph shall exclude the liability of any person for fraudulent misrepresentation.

(h) Details of the Placing Agreement and the Placing Shares

Arden has today entered into the Placing Agreement with the Company under which, on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the Placing Agreement, Arden, as agent for and on behalf of the Company, has agreed to use its reasonable endeavours to procure Placees to subscribe for the Placing Shares at the Issue Price, such subscription commitments being conditional upon the conditions (summarised above) being satisfied by the Company or otherwise waived by Arden.

The Placing Shares will, when issued, be subject to the articles of association of the Company and credited as fully paid and will rank pari passu in all respects with the Existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid in respect of such Existing Ordinary Shares after the date of issue of the Placing Shares.

(i) Registration and settlement

Settlement of transactions in the Placing Shares following Admission will take place within the CREST system, using the delivery versus payment mechanism, subject to certain exceptions. Arden reserves the right to require settlement for and delivery of the Placing Shares to Placees by such other means as Arden may deem necessary, including, without limitation, if delivery or settlement is not possible or practicable within the CREST system within the timetable set out in this Announcement or would not be consistent with the regulatory requirements in the Placee's jurisdiction.

The expected timetable for settlement will be as follows:

 
Trade Date                       16 March 2020 
Settlement Date                  18 March 2020 
ISIN Code                        GB00B01JC540 
SEDOL                            B01JC54 
Deadline for input instruction   5.00 p.m. on 16 March 2020 
 into CREST 
CREST ID for Arden               601 
 

Each Placee allocated Placing Shares in the Placing will be sent a trade confirmation stating the number of Placing Shares allocated to it, the Issue Price, the aggregate amount owed by such Placee to Arden and settlement instructions. Placees should settle against the Arden CREST ID shown above. It is expected that such trade confirmation will be despatched on the expected trade date shown above. Each Placee agrees that it will do all things necessary to ensure that delivery and payment is completed in accordance with either the standing CREST or certificated settlement instructions which it has in place with Arden.

It is expected that settlement will take place on the Settlement Date shown above on a delivery versus payment basis in accordance with the instructions set out in the trade confirmation unless otherwise notified by Arden.

Interest is chargeable daily on payments not received from Placees on the due date in accordance with the arrangements set out above at the rate of two percentage points above the base rate of HSBC Bank Plc.

Each Placee is deemed to agree that if it does not comply with these obligations, Arden may sell any or all of the Placing Shares allocated to the Placee on such Placee's behalf and retain from the proceeds, for Arden's own account and profit, an amount equal to the aggregate amount owed by the Placee plus any interest due. The Placee will, however, remain liable for any shortfall below the aggregate amount owed by such Placee and it may be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax (together with any interest or penalties) which may arise upon the sale of such Placing Shares on such Placee's behalf.

If Placing Shares are to be delivered to a custodian or settlement agent, the Placee should ensure that the trade confirmation is copied and delivered immediately to the relevant person within that organisation.

Insofar as Placing Shares are registered in the Placee's name or that of its nominee or in the name of any person for whom the Placee is contracting as agent or that of a nominee for such person, such Placing Shares will, subject as provided below, be so registered free from any liability to any levy, stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax. If there are any circumstances in which any other stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax is payable in respect of the issue of the Placing Shares, neither Arden nor the Company shall be responsible for the payment thereof. Placees will not be entitled to receive any fee or commission in connection with the Placing.

(j) Agreement to subscribe for Placing Shares

Conditional on: (i) Admission occurring and becoming effective by 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 18 March 2020 (or such later time and/or date as the Company and Arden may agree being no later than 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 3 April 2020) and on the Placing Agreement being otherwise unconditional in all respects and not having been terminated in accordance with its terms on or before Admission; and (ii) the confirmation mentioned under paragraph (a) above, an Investor agrees to subscribe for Placing Shares at the Issue Price. The number of Placing Shares subscribed for by such Investor under the Placing shall be in accordance with the arrangements described above.

(k) Payment for Placing Shares

Each Investor undertakes to pay the Issue Price for the Placing Shares acquired by such Investor in such manner as shall be directed by Arden. In the event of any failure by an Investor to pay as so directed by Arden, the relevant Investor shall be deemed hereby to have appointed Arden or its nominee to sell (in one or more transactions) any or all of the Placing Shares in respect of which payment has not been made as so directed by Arden and to have agreed to indemnify on demand Arden in respect of any liability for stamp duty and/or stamp duty reserve tax arising in respect of any such sale or sales.

(l) Representations and warranties

By receiving this Announcement, each Investor and, to the extent applicable, any person confirming his agreement to subscribe for Placing Shares on behalf of an Investor or authorising Arden to notify an Investor's name to the Registrars, is deemed to acknowledge, agree, undertake, represent and warrant to each of Arden, the Registrars and the Company that:

(i) the Investor has read this Announcement in its entirety and acknowledges that its participation in the Placing shall be made solely on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in these terms and conditions, the Placing Agreement and the Articles. Such Investor agrees that these terms and conditions and the trade confirmation issued by Arden to such Investor represent the whole and only agreement between the Investor, Arden and the Company in relation to the Investor's participation in the Placing and supersede any previous agreement between any of such parties in relation to such participation. Accordingly, all other terms, conditions, representations, warranties and other statements which would otherwise be implied (by law or otherwise) shall not form part of these terms and conditions. Such Investor agrees that none of the Company, Arden nor any of their respective officers or directors will have any liability for any such other information or representation and irrevocably and unconditionally waives any rights it may have in respect of any such other information or representation;

(ii) it has not received a prospectus or other offering document in connection with the Placing and acknowledges that no prospectus or other offering document: (a) is required under the Prospectus Regulation; and (b) has been or will be prepared in connection with the Placing;

(iii) the content of this Announcement is exclusively the responsibility of the Company and the Directors and that neither Arden nor any person affiliated with Arden or acting on its behalf is responsible for or shall have any liability for any information, representation or statement contained in this Announcement or any information previously published by or on behalf of the Company or any member of the Group and will not be liable for any decision by the Investor to participate in the Placing based on any information, representation or statement contained in this Announcement or otherwise;

(iv) the Investor has not relied on Arden or any person affiliated with Arden in connection with any investigation of the accuracy of any information contained in this Announcement or its investment decision;

(v) in agreeing to subscribe for Placing Shares under the Placing, the Investor is relying on this Announcement and not on any draft thereof or other information or representation concerning the Group, the Placing or the Placing Shares. Such Investor agrees that neither the Company nor Arden nor their respective officers, directors, partners, consultants or employees will have any liability for any such other information or representation and irrevocably and unconditionally waives any rights it may have in respect of any such other information or representation;

(vi) Arden is not making any recommendations to Investors or advising any of them regarding the suitability or merits of any transaction they may enter into in connection with the Placing, and the Investor acknowledges that its participation in the Placing is on the basis that it is not and will not be a client of Arden and that Arden is acting for the Company and no one else, that Arden will not be responsible to anyone else for the protections afforded to its clients, that Arden will not be responsible for anyone other than the Company for providing advice in relation to the Placing, the contents of this Announcement or any transaction, arrangements or other matters referred to herein, and that Arden will not be responsible for anyone other than the relevant party under the Placing Agreement in respect of any representations, warranties, undertakings or indemnities contained in the Placing Agreement or for the exercise or performance of Arden's rights and obligations thereunder, including any right to waive or vary any condition or exercise any termination right contained therein;

(vii) save in the event of fraud on its part (and to the extent permitted by the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority), neither Arden nor any of its directors or employees shall be liable to the Investor for any matter arising out of the role of Arden as the Company's nominated adviser and broker or otherwise, and that where any such liability nevertheless arises as a matter of law the Investor will immediately waive any claim against Arden and any of its respective directors and employees which an Investor may have in respect thereof;

(viii) the Investor has complied with all applicable laws and he Investor will not infringe any applicable law as a result of its agreement to subscribe for Placing Shares under the Placing and/or acceptance thereof or any actions arising from the Investor's rights and obligations under the Investor's agreement to subscribe for Placing Shares under the Placing and/or acceptance thereof or under the Articles;

(ix) all actions, conditions and things required to be taken, fulfilled and done (including the obtaining of necessary consents) in order: (i) to enable the Investor lawfully to enter into, and exercise its rights and perform and comply with its obligations to subscribe for the Placing Shares under the Placing; and (ii) to ensure that those obligations are legally binding and enforceable, have been taken, fulfilled and done. The Investor's entry into, exercise of its rights and/or performance under, or compliance with its obligations under the Placing, does not and will not violate: (a) its constitutional documents; or (b) any agreement to which the Investor is a party or which is binding on the Investor or its assets;

(x) it understands that no action has been or will be taken in any jurisdiction by the Company, Arden or any other person that would permit a public offering of the Placing Shares, or possession or distribution of this Announcement, in any country or jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required; and that, if the Investor is in a relevant EEA member state, it is: (i) a Qualified Investor; (ii) otherwise permitted by law to be offered and sold Placing Shares in circumstances which do not require the publication by the Company of a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Regulation or other applicable laws; or (iii) in the case of any Placing Shares subscribed for by the Investor as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the Prospectus Regulation, either:

1. the Placing Shares subscribed for by it in the Placing have not been subscribed for on behalf of, nor have they been subscribed for with a view to their placing or resale to, persons in any relevant member state other than Qualified Investors, or in circumstances in which the prior consent of Arden has been given to the placing or resale; or

2. where Placing Shares have been subscribed for by it on behalf of persons in any relevant member state other than Qualified Investors, the placing of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons;

(xi) to the fullest extent permitted by law, the Investor acknowledges and agrees to the disclaimers contained in this Announcement and acknowledges and agrees to comply with the selling restrictions set out in this Announcement;

(xii) the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under the securities legislation of, or with any securities regulatory authority of, any state or other jurisdiction of the United States or under the applicable securities laws of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan or where to do so may contravene local securities laws or regulations;

(xiii) the Company is not registered under the Investment Company Act and that the Company has put in place restrictions to ensure that it is not and will not be required to register under the Investment Company Act;

(xiv) the Investor is, and at the time the Placing Shares are subscribed for, will be located outside the United States and eligible to participate in an "offshore transaction" as defined in and in accordance with Regulation S;

(xv) the Investor is not acquiring the Placing Shares as a result of any "directed selling efforts" as defined in Regulation S or as a result of any form of general solicitation or general advertising (within the meaning of Rule 502(c) of Regulation D under the Securities Act);

(xvi) if it is acquiring the Placing Shares for the account of one or more other persons, it has full power and authority to make the representations, warranties, agreements and acknowledgements herein on behalf of each such account;

(xvii) the Investor is subscribing for the Placing Shares for investment purposes only and not with a view to any resale, distribution or other disposition of the Placing Shares in violation of the Securities Act or any other United States federal or applicable state securities laws;

(xviii) the Company is not obliged to file any registration statement in respect of resales of the Placing Shares in the United States with the US Securities and Exchange Commission or with any state securities administrator;

(xix) if in the future it decides to offer, sell, transfer, assign or otherwise dispose of the Placing Shares, it will do so only in compliance with an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and under circumstances which will not require the Company to register under the Investment Company Act;

(xx) it will not distribute, forward, transfer or otherwise transmit this announcement or any part of it, or any other presentational or other materials concerning the Placing, in or into or from the United States (including electronic copies thereof) to any person, and it has not distributed, forwarded, transferred or otherwise transmitted any such materials to any person ;

(xxi) the Company, and any registrar or transfer agent or other agent of the Company, will not be required to accept the registration of transfer of any Placing Shares subscribed for by the Investor, except upon presentation of evidence satisfactory to the Company that the foregoing restrictions on transfer have been complied with;

(xxii) the Investor invests in or purchases securities similar to the Placing Shares in the normal course of its business and it has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters as to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of an investment in the Placing Shares;

(xxiii) the Investor has conducted its own investigation with respect to the Company and the Placing Shares and has had access to such financial and other information concerning the Company and the Placing Shares as the Investor deemed necessary to evaluate the merits and risks of an investment in the Placing Shares, and the Investor has concluded that an investment in the Placing Shares is suitable for it or, where the Investor is not acting as principal, for any beneficial owner of the Placing Shares, based upon each such person's investment objectives and financial requirements;

(xxiv) the Investor or, where the Investor is not acting as principal, any beneficial owner of the Placing Shares, is able to bear the economic risk of an investment in the Placing Shares for an indefinite period and the loss of its entire investment in the Placing Shares;

(xxv) it has the funds available to pay for the Placing Shares for which it has agreed to subscribe and acknowledges and agrees that it will make payment to Arden for the Placing Shares allocated to it in accordance with the terms and conditions of this announcement on the due times and dates set out in this announcement, failing which the relevant Placing Shares may be placed with others on such terms as Arden may, in its absolute discretion, determine without liability to the Placee and it will remain liable for any shortfall below the net proceeds of such sale and the placing proceeds of such Placing Shares and may be required to bear any stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax (together with any interest or penalties due pursuant to the terms set out or referred to in this announcement) which may arise upon the sale of such Placee's Placing Shares on its behalf;

(xxvi) there may be adverse consequences to the Investor under tax laws in other jurisdictions resulting from an investment in the Placing Shares and the Investor has made such investigation and has consulted such tax and other advisors with respect thereto as it deems necessary or appropriate;

(xxvii) the Investor is not a resident of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand the Republic of South Africa or Japan or any other Restricted Jurisdiction and acknowledges that the Placing Shares have not been and will not be registered nor will a prospectus be prepared in respect of the Placing Shares under the securities legislation of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa or Japan and, subject to certain exceptions, the Placing Shares may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in or into those jurisdictions;

(xxviii) the Investor is liable for any capital duty, stamp duty and all other stamp, issue, securities, transfer, registration, documentary or other duties or taxes (including any interest, fines or penalties relating thereto) payable outside the UK by it or any other person on the acquisition by it of any Placing Shares or the agreement by it to subscribe for any Placing Shares;

(xxix) in the case of a person who confirms to Arden on behalf of an Investor an agreement to subscribe Placing Shares under the Placing and/or who authorises Arden to notify such Investor's name to the Registrars, that person represents that he has authority to do so on behalf of the Investor;

(xxx) the Investor has complied with its obligations in connection with money laundering and terrorist financing under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 ("Money Laundering Regulations 2017") and any other applicable law concerning the prevention of money laundering and, if it is making payment on behalf of a third party, that: (i) satisfactory evidence has been obtained and recorded by it to verify the identity of the third party; and (ii) arrangements have been entered into with the third party to obtain from the third party copies of any identification and verification data immediately on request as required by the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and, in each case, agrees that pending satisfaction of such obligations, definitive certificates (or allocation under the CREST system) in respect of the Placing Shares comprising the Investor's allocation may be retained at Arden's discretion;

(xxxi) the Investor agrees that, due to anti-money laundering and the countering of terrorist financing requirements, Arden and/or the Company may require proof of identity of the Investor and related parties and verification of the source of the payment before the application can be processed and that, in the event of delay or failure by the Investor to produce any information required for verification purposes, Arden and/or the Company may refuse to accept the application and the moneys relating thereto. The Investor holds harmless and will indemnify Arden and/or the Company against any liability, loss or cost ensuing due to the failure to process this application, if such information as has been required has not been provided by it or has not been provided on a timely basis;

(xxxii) the Investor is not, and is not applying as nominee or agent for, a person which is, or may be, mentioned in any of sections 67, 70, 93 and 96 of the Finance Act 1986 (depository receipts and clearance services);

(xxxiii) the Investor has complied with and will comply with all applicable provisions of FSMA with respect to anything done by the Investor in relation to the Placing in, from or otherwise involving the UK;

(xxxiv) if the Investor is in the UK, the Investor is a person: (i) who has professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within article 19(5) of the Order; or (ii) a high net worth entity falling within article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; or (iii) is a person to whom this Announcement may otherwise be lawfully communicated, and in all cases is capable of being categorised as a Professional Client or Eligible Counterparty for the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority Conduct of Business Rules;

(xxxv) if the Investor is in the EEA, the person is a "Professional Client/Eligible Counterparty" within the meaning of Annex ll/Article 30 (2) of MiFID and is not participating in the Placing on behalf of persons in the EEA other than professional clients or persons in the UK and other Member States (where equivalent legislation exists) for whom the Investor has authority to make decisions on a wholly discretionary basis;

(xxxvi) each Investor in a relevant member state of the EEA who subscribes for any Placing Shares under the Placing contemplated hereby will be deemed to have represented, warranted and agreed with each of Arden and the Company that: (i) it is a qualified investor within the meaning of the law in that relevant member state implementing Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation; and (ii) in the case of any Placing Shares subscribed for by it as a financial intermediary, as that term is used in Article 5(1) of the Prospectus Regulation: (A) the Placing Shares subscribed for by it in the Placing have not been subscribed for on behalf of, nor have they been subscribed for with a view to their offer or resale to, persons in any relevant member state other than qualified investors, as that term is defined in the Prospectus Regulation, or in other circumstances falling within Article 5(1) of the Prospectus Regulation and the prior consent of Arden has been given to the offer or resale; or (B) where Placing Shares have been subscribed for by it on behalf of persons in any relevant member state other than qualified investors, the offer of those Placing Shares to it is not treated under the Prospectus Regulation as having been made to such persons;

(xxxvii) it has neither received nor relied on any confidential price sensitive information about the Company in accepting this invitation to participate in the Placing;

(xxxviii) represents and warrants that its participation in the Placing would not give rise to an offer being required to be made by it or any person with whom it is acting in concert pursuant to Rule 9 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers;

(xxxix) in the case where the Investor confirms to Arden an agreement to subscribe for Placing Shares under the Placing on behalf of a third party, the terms on which the Investor (or any person acting on its behalf) is engaged enable it to make investment decisions in relation to securities on that third party's behalf without reference to that third party;

(xl) the exercise by Arden of any rights or discretions under the Placing Agreement shall be within its absolute discretion and Arden need not have any reference to the Investor and shall have no liability to the Investor whatsoever in connection with any decision to exercise or not to exercise or to waive any such right and the Investor agrees that it shall have no rights against Arden or any of its directors or employees under the Placing Agreement;

(xli) it irrevocably appoints any director of Arden as its agent for the purposes of executing and delivering to the Company and/or its registrars any documents on its behalf necessary to enable it to be registered as the holder of any of the Placing Shares agreed to be taken up by it under the Placing and otherwise to do all acts, matters and things as may be necessary for, or incidental to, its subscription for any Placing Shares in the event of its failure so to do;

(xlii) it will indemnify and hold the Company, Arden and their respective affiliates harmless from any and all costs, claims, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees and expenses) arising out of or in connection with any breach of the representations, warranties, acknowledgements, agreements and undertakings in this paragraph and further agrees that the provisions of this paragraph will survive after completion of the Placing;

(xliii) Arden may, in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory provisions, engage in transactions in relation to the Placing Shares and/or related instruments for its own account and, except as required by applicable law or regulation, Arden will not make any public disclosure in relation to such transactions; and

(xliv) Arden and each of its respective affiliates, each acting as an investor for its or their own account(s), may bid or subscribe for and/or purchase Placing Shares and, in that capacity, may retain, purchase, offer to sell or otherwise deal for its or their own account(s) in the Placing Shares, any other securities of the Company or other related investments in connection with the Placing or otherwise. Accordingly, references in this Announcement to the Placing Shares being offered, subscribed, acquired or otherwise dealt with should be read as including any offer to, or subscription, acquisition or dealing by Arden and/or any of its respective affiliates, acting as an investor for its or their own account(s). Neither Arden nor the Company intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transaction otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.

(xlv) The Company and Arden (including each of their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers or employees) will rely upon the truth and accuracy of each of the foregoing representations, warranties and undertakings.

(xlvi) When an Investor or any person acting on behalf of the Investor is dealing with Arden, any money held in an account with Arden on behalf of the Investor and/or any person acting on behalf of the Investor will not be treated as client money within the meaning of the relevant rules and regulations of the FCA made under FSMA. Each Investor acknowledges that the money will not be subject to the protections conferred by the client money rules: as a consequence this money will not be segregated from Arden's money (as applicable) in accordance with the client money rules and will be held by it under a banking relationship and not as trustee.

(xlvii) The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as well as up and Investors may not receive the full amount invested upon disposal of the Placing Shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance, and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.

(xlviii) The Placing Shares to be issued pursuant to the Placing will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than AIM.

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

   (l)            References to time in this announcement are to London time, unless otherwise stated. 

(li) Pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation as implemented in the UK by the Data Protection Act 2018 ("GDPR") the Company and/or Arden may hold personal data (as defined in the GDPR) relating to past and present shareholders. Personal data may be retained on record for a period exceeding six years after it is no longer used. The Company and/or Arden will only process such information for the purposes set out below (collectively, the "Purposes"), being to: (a) process a Placee's personal data to the extent and in such manner as is necessary for the performance of their obligations under the contractual arrangements between them, including as required by or in connection with a Placee's holding of Ordinary Shares, including processing personal data in connection with credit and money laundering checks on a Placee; (b) communicate with a Placee as necessary in connection with a Placee's affairs and generally in connection with its holding of Ordinary Shares; (c) provide personal data to such third parties as the Company and/or Arden may consider necessary in connection with its affairs and generally in connection with its holding of Ordinary Shares or as the GDPR may require, including to third parties outside the EEA; (d) without limitation, provide such personal data to their respective affiliates for processing, notwithstanding that any such party may be outside the EEA; and (e) process a Placee's personal data for the Company's and/or Arden's internal administration.

(lii) By becoming registered as a holder of Placing Shares, each Placee acknowledges and agrees that the processing by the Company and/or Arden of any personal data relating to it in the manner described above is undertaken: (a) for the purposes of performance of the contractual arrangements between them; and (b) to comply with applicable legal obligations. In providing the Company and/or Arden with information, each Placee hereby represents and warrants to each of them that it has notified any data subject of the processing of their personal data (including the details set out above) by the Company and/or Arden and their respective affiliates and group companies, in relation to the holding of, and using, their personal data for the Purposes. Any individual whose personal information is held or processed by a data controller has the right to: (a) ask for a copy of their personal information held; (b) ask for any inaccuracies to be corrected or for their personal information to be erased; (c) object to the ways in which their information is used, and ask for their information to stop being used or otherwise restricted; and (d) ask for their personal information to be sent to them or to a third party (as permitted by law). A data subject seeking to enforce these rights should contact the relevant data controller. Individuals also have the right to complain to the UK Information Commissioner's Office about how their personal information has been handled.

(m) Supply and disclosure of information

If any of Arden, the Registrars or the Company or any of their respective agents request any information about an Investor's agreement to subscribe for Placing Shares, such Investor must promptly disclose it to them and ensure that such information is complete and accurate in all respects.

(n) Miscellaneous

The rights and remedies of Arden, the Registrars and the Company under these terms and conditions are in addition to any rights and remedies which would otherwise be available to each of them, and the exercise or partial exercise of one will not prevent the exercise of others.

(i) On application, each Investor may be asked to disclose, in writing or orally to Arden:

   1.               if he is an individual, his nationality; or 

2. if he is a discretionary fund manager, the jurisdiction in which the funds are managed or owned.

(ii) All documents will be sent at the Investor's risk. They may be sent by post to such Investor at an address notified to Arden.

(iii) Each Investor agrees to be bound by the Articles (as amended from time to time) once the Placing Shares which such Investor has agreed to subscribe for have been subscribed for by such Investor.

(iv) These provisions may be waived, varied or modified as regards to specific Investors or on a general basis by Arden.

(v) The contract to subscribe for Placing Shares and the appointments and authorities mentioned herein will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England and Wales. For the exclusive benefit of Arden, the Company and the Registrars, each Investor irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts in respect of these matters. This does not prevent an action being taken against an Investor in any other jurisdiction.

(vi) In the case of a joint agreement to subscribe for Placing Shares, references to an "Investor" in these terms and conditions are to each of such Investors and such joint Investors' liability is joint and several.

(vii) Arden and the Company each expressly reserve the right to modify the Placing (including, without limitation, its timetable and settlement) at any time before allocations of Placing Shares under the Placing are determined.

(viii) The Placing is subject to the satisfaction of the conditions contained in the Placing Agreement and the Placing Agreement not having been terminated.

APPENDIX II

DEFINITIONS

 
 Act                             the Companies Act 2006 
 Admission                       the admission of the Placing Shares and 
                                  the Subscription Shares to trading an 
                                  AIM in accordance with the AIM Rules 
 AIM                             AIM, a market operated by the London 
                                  Stock Exchange 
 AIM Rules                       the rules of AIM as set out in the publication 
                                  entitled 'AIM Rules for Companies' published 
                                  by London Stock Exchange from time to 
                                  time 
 Announcement                    this announcement 
 Arden                           Arden Partners plc 
 Board of Directors, Directors   the board of directors of the Company 
  or the Board                    as at the date of this document, comprising 
                                  Dr Richard Webb, Dr Christopher Richards, 
                                  Guy van Zwanenberg, William Lewis, Jeffrey 
                                  Hovey and Jeffrey Tweedy 
 Circular                        the circular sent to Shareholders of 
                                  the Company 
 City Code                       the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers 
 Company                         Plant Health Care plc, a company incorporated 
                                  in England and Wales with registered 
                                  number 05116780 and having its registered 
                                  office at c/o DWF Law LLP, 1 Scott Place, 
                                  2 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AA 
 CREST                           the relevant system (as defined in the 
                                  CREST Regulations) in respect of which 
                                  Euroclear is the Operator (as defined 
                                  in the CREST Regulations) 
 CREST Regulations               the Uncertified Securities Regulations 
                                  2001 (SI 2001/3755), as amended 
 Existing Ordinary Shares        the Shares comprising the issued share 
                                  capital of the Company immediately prior 
                                  to the issue of the Fundraising Shares 
 Form of Proxy                   the form or forms of proxy relating to 
                                  the General Meeting 
 Fundraising                     the proposed Placing and Subscription 
 Fundraising Resolutions         the resolutions to be proposed at the 
                                  General Meeting which are set out in 
                                  full in the GM Notice 
 Fundraising Shares              the Placing Shares and the Subscription 
                                  Shares 
 General Meeting                 the general meeting of the Company to 
                                  be held at 11:00 a.m. on 16 March 2020 
                                  at the offices of DWF Law LLP at 20 Fenchurch 
                                  Street, London EC3M 3AG, notice of which 
                                  is set out in the GM Notice, and including 
                                  any adjournment(s) thereof 
 GM Notice                       the notice of the General Meeting which 
                                  is set out in the Circular 
 Group                           the Company and its subsidiaries 
 Issue Price                     GBP0.08 per Share 
 London Stock Exchange           London Stock Exchange plc 
 Ordinary Share                  the ordinary shares of GBP0.01 each in 
                                  the Company 
 Overseas Shareholders           those Shareholders with registered addresses 
                                  outside the UK or who are incorporated 
                                  in, registered in or otherwise resident 
                                  or located in, countries outside the 
                                  UK 
 Placees                         subscribers of Placing Shares 
 Placing                         the placing of Shares with investors 
                                  at the Issue Price 
 Placing Agreement               the agreement entered into between the 
                                  Company and Arden in respect of the Placing 
 Placing Shares                  the Shares to be issued pursuant to the 
                                  Placing 
 Registrars                      Neville Registrars Limited of Neville 
                                  House, 18 Laurel Lane, Halesowen B63 
                                  3DA 
 Regulatory Information          has the meaning given in the AIM Rules 
  Service 
 Shares                          ordinary shares of GBP0.01 each in the 
                                  Capital of the Company 
 Shareholders                    the holders of Ordinary Shares of the 
                                  Company 
 Subscribers                     certain investors subscribing for Subscription 
                                  Shares 
 Subscription                    the proposed subscription by the Subscribers 
                                  for new Ordinary Shares at the Issue 
                                  Price pursuant to the Subscription Letters 
 Subscription Letters            the subscription letters entered into 
                                  between the Company and each of the Subscribers 
                                  in relation to the subscription by the 
                                  Subscribers for the Subscription Shares 
 Subscription Shares             the Shares to be issued pursuant to the 
                                  Subscription 
 UK or United Kingdom            the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, 
                                  Wales and Northern Ireland 
 US or United States             the United States of America, its territories 
                                  and possessions, any state of the United 
                                  States of America and the District of 
                                  Columbia 
 

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