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Pires Investments PLC

21 July 2022

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

21 July 2022

Recommended All-Share Offer

for

Pires Investments plc ("Pires")

by

Tern plc ( " Tern " )

proposed to be implemented by means of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006

Results of Court Meeting and General Meeting and Lapsing of Scheme

On 1 June 2022, it was announced that the Tern Directors and Pires Directors had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all-share offer by Tern for the issued and to be issued share capital of Pires, proposed to be effected by means of a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement (the "Scheme") between Pires and Pires Shareholders under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Acquisition").

Earlier today, Pires convened the Court Meeting and General Meeting in connection with the Acquisition.

At the Court Meeting, 60 out of 75 Scheme Shareholders present and voting (whether in person or by proxy) voted in favour of the Scheme, representing 53.50 per cent. in value of the Scheme Shares. While the majority of Scheme Shareholders voting and present at the Court Meeting voted in favour of the Scheme, this did not meet the requirement that Scheme Shareholders voting and present at the Court Meeting representing 75 per cent. or more in value of the Scheme Shares held by such Scheme Shareholders must vote in favour of the Scheme.

At the General Meeting, 53.75 per cent. of the Pires Shareholders present and voting (whether in person or by proxy) voted in favour of the Special Resolution, which was below the minimum threshold (75 per cent. of those shares voted) needed to approve the Special Resolution.

Accordingly, certain of the conditions to the Scheme were not satisfied and the Scheme has lapsed.

The Court Hearing to sanction the Scheme, which was expected to be held on or around 28 July 2022, will now not take place.

As a result, Pires is no longer in an offer period as defined by the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code").

Voting results of the Court Meeting

The table below sets out the results of the poll at the Court Meeting. Each Scheme Shareholder, present in person or by proxy, was entitled to one vote per Scheme Share held at the Voting Record Time.

 
 Results of        No. of Scheme     % of Scheme      No. of Pires     % of Pires       No. of Scheme 
  Court Meeting     Shares voted    Shares voted(*)    Shareholders    Shareholders      Shares voted 
                                                        who voted      who voted(*)     as % of issued 
                                                                                       share capital(*) 
 For                53,813,889          53.50%             60            80.00%            31.57% 
                  --------------  -----------------  --------------  --------------  ------------------ 
 Against            46,765,049          46.50%             15            20.00%            27.44% 
                  --------------  -----------------  --------------  --------------  ------------------ 
 Total              100,578,938           -                75               -              59.01% 
                  --------------  -----------------  --------------  --------------  ------------------ 
 

* Rounded to two decimal places

Voting results of the General Meeting

The table below sets out the results of the poll at the General Meeting. Each Pires Shareholder, present in person or by proxy, was entitled to one vote per Pires Share held at the Voting Record Time.

 
                                  For**                       Against                Total 
 Special resolution     No. of votes   % of votes*   No. of votes   % of votes*   No. of votes 
                       -------------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Approval of 
  the implementation 
  of the Scheme              68          53.75%           15          46.25%      100,822,109 
                       -------------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Amendments to 
  the articles               68          53.75%           15          46.25%      100,822,109 
                       -------------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Re-registration 
  as a private 
  company                    67          53.74%           16          46.26%      100,822,109 
                       -------------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ------------- 
 

* Rounded to two decimal places

** Includes discretionary votes

The total number of Pires Shares in issue at the Voting Record Time was 170,456,642. Consequently, the total voting rights in Pires at the Voting Record Time were 170,456,642.

Capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meanings given to them in the Scheme Document published on 28 June 2022 in relation to the Acquisition.

Enquiries:

 
 Pires Investments plc                                    +44 (0) 20 3368 
  Nicholas Lee, Non-Executive Director                               8961 
 Cairn Financial Advisers LLP 
  Financial Adviser, Rule 3 Adviser and Nominated 
  Adviser to Pires                                        +44 (0) 20 7213 
  James Lewis / Liam Murray / Ludovico Lazzaretti                    0880 
 Peterhouse Capital Limited 
  Joint Broker to Pires                                   +44 (0) 20 7469 
  Duncan Vasey / Lucy Williams                                       0935 
 Tennyson Securities 
  Joint Broker to Pires                                   +44 (0) 20 3167 
  Peter Krens                                                        7221 
 Yellow Jersey PR 
  PR advisers to Pires 
  Sarah Hollins / Henry Wilkinson / Annabelle 
  Wills                                              +44 (0) 20 3004 9512 
 

Notices related to the financial adviser

Cairn, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA in the UK, is acting as financial adviser and Rule 3 adviser exclusively for Pires and no one else in connection with the Acquisition and the matters set out in this announcement and will not be responsible to any person other than Pires for providing the protections afforded to clients of Cairn, nor for providing advice in relation to the Acquisition, the content of this announcement or any matter referred to herein. Cairn's responsibilities as Pires' Nominated Adviser under the AIM Rules for Companies and AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers are owed solely to London Stock Exchange and no other person. Cairn has not authorised and is not making any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the contents of this announcement.

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