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Cloudcall Group PLC

24 January 2022

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

24 JANUARY 2022

RECOMMED CASH ACQUISITION

of

CLOUDCALL GROUP PLC

by

XPLORER CAPITAL GROWTH I, LLC

(a newly formed company owned by funds managed and advised by Xplorer Capital Management LLC)

to be effected by way of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006

EXERCISE OF OPTIONS, ISSUE OF EQUITY AND RULE 2.9 ANNOUNCEMENT

CloudCall Group plc (AIM: CALL, OTCQX: CLLLF) ("CloudCall" or the "Company"), a leading cloud-based software business that integrates communications technology into Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms, announces that, following the Court sanctioning the Scheme in relation with the recommended cash offer by Xplorer Capital Growth I, LLC earlier today, the Company has today allotted and issued a total of 915,958 new ordinary shares of GBP0.20 each in the Company ("New Ordinary Shares"). The New Ordinary Shares have been issued pursuant to the exercise of options in accordance with proposals made to participants in the CloudCall Share Plans in accordance with Rule 15 of the Code, as described in Part 2 of the scheme document published on 15 December 2021 (the "Scheme Document"). The issue of New Ordinary Shares follows the exercise of 532,624 options by certain employees and former employees and 383,334 options exercised today by the following PDMRs, resulting in the issue of the following number of New Ordinary Shares:

 
 CloudCall PDMR    Number of New      Total Holding   % Holding 
                    Ordinary Shares 
 Simon Cleaver     250,000            1,130,344       2.31% 
                  -----------------  --------------  ---------- 
 Paul Williams     133,334            264,281         0.54% 
                  -----------------  --------------  ---------- 
 

Notifications by the CloudCall PDMRs in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation are set out in the Appendix to this announcement.

As a result of the exercise of options, application has been made for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Admission") and it is expected that Admission will become effective and trading will commence at 8.00 a.m. on 25 January 2022. The New Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu with the existing shares of the Company.

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers, CloudCall confirms that, on 24 January 2022 (the date of this announcement), it has 48,945,174 ordinary shares of GBP0.20 each in issue. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules. The International Securities Identification Number ("ISIN") for CloudCall Shares is GB00B4XS5145.

Capitalised terms used in this announcement, unless otherwise defined, have the same meanings as set out in the Scheme Document, a copy of which is available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in Restricted Jurisdictions, on CloudCall's website at https://cloudcall.com/investor/offer-for-cloudcall/

Enquiries:

 
 CloudCall Group plc 
  Simon Cleaver (Chief Executive Officer)      +44 (0)20 3587 
  Paul Williams (Chief Financial Officer)                7188 
 Canaccord (financial adviser, nominated 
  adviser and Rule 3 adviser to CloudCall) 
  Simon Bridges 
  James Asensio 
  Thomas Diehl                                 +44 (0)20 7523 
  Gordon Hamilton                                        8000 
 

Further Information

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form any part of, an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise.

The Acquisition will be made solely pursuant to the terms of the Scheme Document, which, together with the Forms of Proxy, contains the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition. Any voting decision or response in relation to the Acquisition should be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or a prospectus equivalent document.

This announcement and any documents referred to in it have been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code") and the AIM Rules and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside England.

Important notices relating to financial advisers

Canaccord Genuity Limited ("Canaccord"), which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively as financial adviser to CloudCall and no one else in connection with the matters described in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than CloudCall for providing the protections afforded to clients of Canaccord nor for providing advice in connection with any matter referred to herein. Neither Canaccord nor any of its affiliates (nor their respective directors, officers, employees or agents) owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of Canaccord in connection with this announcement, any statement contained herein, the Acquisition or otherwise. Canaccord has given, and not withdrawn, its consent to the inclusion of its advice in this announcement in the form and context in which it is included.

Overseas shareholders

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom (including Restricted Jurisdictions) should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. Any failure to comply with applicable legal or regulatory requirements of any jurisdiction may constitute a violation of securities laws in that jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person. This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside England.

The Acquisition will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into or by use of the mails or any other means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, telephonic or electronic) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of, a Restricted Jurisdiction, and the Acquisition will not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility or from within a Restricted Jurisdiction. Copies of this announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction or any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of such jurisdiction and persons receiving such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send them in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Doing so may render invalid any related purported vote in respect of acceptance of the Acquisition.

Further details in relation to CloudCall Shareholders in overseas jurisdictions are contained in the Scheme Document.

Notice to US investors in CloudCall

US holders of CloudCall Shares should note that the Acquisition relates to the shares of an English company with a listing on AIM and is being made by means of a scheme of arrangement provided for under English company law. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act. Accordingly, the Acquisition is subject to the disclosure and procedural requirements and practices applicable in the United Kingdom to schemes of arrangement which differ from the disclosure requirements of United States tender offer and proxy solicitation rules.

The financial information included in this announcement and the Scheme Document (or, if the Acquisition is implemented by way of a Takeover Offer, the Offer Document) has been or will have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of the United Kingdom and thus may not be comparable to the financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

However, if, in the future, Xplorer Capital exercises the right to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer and determines to extend the offer into the United States, the Takeover Offer will be made in compliance with applicable United States tender offer and securities laws and regulations, including Section 14(e) of the US Exchange Act and Regulation 14E thereunder.

The receipt of cash pursuant to the Acquisition by a US holder of CloudCall Shares as consideration for the transfer of its Scheme Shares pursuant to the Scheme may be a taxable transaction for US federal income tax purposes and under applicable US state and local, as well as foreign and other, tax laws. The US tax consequences of the Acquisition, if any, are not described herein. Each CloudCall Shareholder is therefore urged to consult with legal, tax and financial advisers in connection with making a decision regarding the Acquisition.

It may be difficult for US holders of CloudCall Shares to enforce their rights and any claims arising out of US federal laws, since CloudCall is located in a non-US jurisdiction, and some or all of its officers and directors may be residents of a non-US jurisdiction. US holders of CloudCall Shares may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgement.

To the extent permitted by applicable law, in accordance with normal UK practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, Xplorer Capital, certain affiliated companies and their nominees or brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, CloudCall Shares outside of the US, other than pursuant to the Acquisition, until the date on which the Acquisition and/or Scheme becomes Effective, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. Also, in accordance with Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, each of Canaccord and Peel Hunt will continue to act as an exempt principal trader in CloudCall Shares on the London Stock Exchange. If such purchases or arrangements to purchase were to be made they would occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices and comply with applicable law, including the US Exchange Act. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the UK, will be reported to the Regulatory News Service of the London Stock Exchange and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com .

Neither the US Securities and Exchange Commission nor any US state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the Acquisition, or determined if this announcement is accurate or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.

Publication on website

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be made available (sub ject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions), free of charge, at https://cloudcall.com/investor/offer-for-cloudcall/ and www.xplorer.vc/disclaimer/ by no later than 12 noon on the Business Day following the date of this announcement.

Neither the contents of these websites nor the content of any other website accessible from hyperlinks on such websites is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

Hard copy documents

In accordance with Rule 30.3 of the Code, CloudCall Shareholders, persons with information rights and participants in the CloudCall Share Schemes may request a hard copy of this announcement by contacting Link Group, 10(th) Floor, Central Square, 29 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4DL or by calling Link Group on +44 (0) 371 664 0300. Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (London time), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays in England and Wales). For persons who receive a copy of this announcement in electronic form or via a website notification, a hard copy of this announcement will not be sent unless so requested. Such persons may also request that all future documents, announcements and information be sent to them in relation to the Acquisition in hard copy form.

Information relating to CloudCall Shareholders

Addresses, electronic addresses and certain other information provided by CloudCall Shareholders, persons with information rights and other relevant persons for the receipt of communications from CloudCall may be provided to Xplorer Capital during the Offer Period as required under Section 4 of Appendix 4 of the Code to comply with Rule 2.11(c) of the Code.

Disclosure Requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the Offer Period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified.

An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the 10(th) Business Day (as defined in the Code) following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the 10(th) Business Day (as defined in the Code) following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1 per cent. or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the Business Day (as defined in the Code) following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the Offer Period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure, you should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44(0)20 7638 0129.

APPIX

 
 1    Details of Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibilities 
       ('PDMR') / person closely associated with them ('PCA') 
 a)   Name                       Simon Cleaver 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 2    Reason for notification 
     ------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position / status          Chief Executive Officer 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial Notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 3    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, 
       auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       CloudCall Group plc 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800CQVFAG2XRDDA80 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 4    Details of the transaction(s): 
     ------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description of the         Options over ordinary shares of GBP0.20 
       financial instrument       each 
       Identification code        ISIN: GB00B4XS5145 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of transaction      Exercise of options 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s) and volume(s)     GBP0.70 / 118,333 
                                  GBP0.70 / 131,667 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated information     N/A (single transaction) 
       Aggregated volume 
       Price 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the transaction    24 January 2022 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of the transaction   London Stock Exchange, AIM 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 
 
 1    Details of Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibilities 
       ('PDMR') / person closely associated with them ('PCA') 
 a)   Name                       Paul Williams 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 2    Reason for notification 
     ------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position / status          Chief Financial Officer 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial Notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 3    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, 
       auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       CloudCall Group plc 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800CQVFAG2XRDDA80 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 4    Details of the transaction(s): 
     ------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description of the         Options over ordinary shares of GBP0.20 
       financial instrument       each 
       Identification code        ISIN: GB00B4XS5145 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of transaction      Exercise of options 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s) and volume(s)     GBP0.70 / 111,667 
                                  GBP0.70 / 21,667 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated information     N/A (single transaction) 
       Aggregated volume 
       Price 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the transaction    24 January 2022 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of the transaction   London Stock Exchange, AIM 
     -------------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 

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