RNS Number : 6982D

Savannah Resources PLC

30 June 2021

30 June 2021

Savannah Resources Plc

(AIM: SAV, FWB: SAV and SWB: SAV) ('Savannah' or the 'Company')

Grant of Share Options under Long-Term Incentive Plan

Savannah, the resource development company focused on becoming Europe's most significant producer of spodumene lithium concentrate from its Mina do Barroso Project in Portugal, announces that upon the recommendation of the Company's Remuneration Committee it has granted share options under the Company's existing long-term incentive plan (the "LTIP") which is designed to incentivise the Company's Executive Directors, Executive Management team and other key individuals (together, the "Participants").

Long-Term Incentive Plan

The LTIP was established in 2019 to encourage long-term value creation for Savannah's shareholders and to align the interests of the Participants with shareholders. Awards under the LTIP take the form of options over the Company's ordinary shares ("Shares") ("Options"). The Board believes the LTIP will incentivise the Participants and will also help Savannah to attract and retain talented individuals in the future as the Company expedites the development of its mining projects.

The LTIP is a share option scheme of the kind commonly adopted by listed companies. The earliest date on which the options can ordinarily be exercised is three years from the date of grant (subject to several market standard specific exceptions). The LTIP allows for up to 7.5% of the Company's issued share capital to be allocated to employees. The Remuneration Committee has adopted a policy whereby up to 5% of the Company's issued share capital should be made available via the LTIP to the Executive Management Team only, with the balance being available to other employees. These percentages are reviewed annually by the Company's Remuneration Committee and have not changed. The LTIP also includes malus and clawback clauses.

The section "LTIP Review and Grant 2021" details a total quantity of Options being granted under the LTIP which is equivalent to 2.99% of issued Shares in the Company at which time the total number of Options issued under the LTIP is equivalent to 3.55% of the Company's current issued share capital.

There were no grants under the LTIP in 2020 and 10,700,000 Options lapsed on 28 February 2021. It is conventional and well accepted remuneration practice for the CEO of a listed company to have an LTIP award in place, but prior to this award, the Company's CEO, David Archer, has not previously been granted any Options under the Company's LTIP scheme.

LTIP Review and Grant 2021

The Company's Remuneration Committee undertook a review of the appropriate awards to issue under the Company's LTIP scheme. The Remuneration Committee took advice and recommendations from leading remuneration consultancy, Alvarez and Marsal, and this formed the basis of quantum and key commercial features of the Options being granted. Specifically, this includes the issue of 41,510,000 Options to the Executive Management Team, which is equal to 2.46% of the number of Shares currently in issue, on the following terms. The Options' duration is eight years, with a vesting period of three years. The Options are to be issued in two equal tranches, with all conditions identical except for the exercise price. The exercise price on these newly granted Options shall be as follows:

-- Tranche 1 - GBP0.0468 (4.68 pence) which represents a 20% premium to the closing Share price on 28 June 2021

-- Tranche 2 - GBP0.0624 (6.24 pence) which represents a 60% premium to the closing Share price on 28 June 2021

Table 1 below sets out the Options which have been granted to the Executive Management Team and other participants, all in accordance with the aforementioned conditions (except for 1,500,000 Options which vest immediately and the duration for which is five years). The total quantity of Options being granted is 50,470,000 (25,235,000 under Tranche 1, and 25,235,000 under Tranche 2), which is equivalent to 2.99% of issued Shares in the Company. The Company does not expect to issue further Options for the roles included in these grants in the next three years.

Table 1 - Summary of Options being granted and existing Options

 Participant         Options      Options         Options       Options    Existing      Total      Total Options 
                       Grant        Grant      Grant Quantity     Grant     Options      Options       as % of 
                     Quantity     Quantity         Total         as % of    Quantity    Quantity        issued 
                      Tranche      Tranche                       issued                                 Shares 
                         1            2                          Shares                                 in the 
                                                                 in the                                Company 
 Executive Management Team 
 David Archer       10,000,000   10,000,000        20,000,000      1.18%           0   20,000,000           1.18% 
                   -----------  ----------- 
 Dale Ferguson       3,625,000    3,625,000         7,250,000      0.43%   3,000,000   10,250,000           0.61% 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------------  ---------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Michael McGarty     3,335,000    3,335,000         6,670,000      0.39%   2,400,000    9,070,000           0.54% 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------------  ---------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Paul O'Donoghue     2,100,000    2,100,000         4,200,000      0.25%   1,300,000    5,500,000           0.33% 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------------  ---------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Asa Bridle          1,695,000    1,695,000         3,390,000      0.20%   1,000,000    4,390,000           0.26% 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------------  ---------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Sub Total          20,755,000   20,755,000        41,510,000      2.46%   7,700,000   49,210,000           2.91% 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------------  ---------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Other               4,480,000    4,480,000         8,960,000      0.53%   1,750,000   10,710,000           0.63% 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------------  ---------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Total              25,235,000   25,235,000        50,470,000      2.99%   9,450,000   59,920,000           3.55% 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------------  ---------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 

PDMR Notification

Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them.

 1    Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities 
       / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                        1. David Archer 
                                   2. Dale Ferguson 
                                   3. Michael McGarty 
                                   4. Paul O'Donoghue 
                                   5. Asa Bridle 
                                   6. Joao Barros 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 2    Reason for the notification 
 a)   Position/status             1. Chief Executive Officer 
                                   2. Technical Director 
                                   3. Chief Financial Officer 
                                   4. External Affairs and Country Manager 
                                   5. Commercial Officer / Business Development 
                                   6. Country Manager - Portugal 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification   Initial notification 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 3    Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, 
       auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor 
 a)   Name                   Savannah Resources Plc 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                    213800UCK16HW5KKGP60 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 4    Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for 
       (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; 
       (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
 a)   Description            Options of 4.68 pence / 6.24 pence each 
       of the financial 
       instrument,            ISIN: GB00B647W791 
       type of instrument 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of the          Grant of options of 4.68 pence / 6.24 pence 
       transaction            each in respect of the Company's Long Term 
                              Incentive Plan 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s) and               Price(s)    Volume(s) 
       volume(s)              1.  4.68 pence  10,000,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              1.  6.24 pence  10,000,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              2.  4.68 pence  3,625,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              2.  6.24 pence  3,625,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              3.  4.68 pence  3,335,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              3.  6.24 pence  3,335,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              4.  4.68 pence  2,100,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              4.  6.24 pence  2,100,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              5.  4.68 pence  1,695,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              5.  6.24 pence  1,695,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              6.  4.68 pence   555,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
                              6.  6.24 pence   555,000 
                                  ----------  ---------- 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated 
       Aggregated              21,310,000 / 21,310,000 
                               4.68 pence / 6.24 pence 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the            30 June 2021 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of the           Off-market transaction 
     ---------------------  --------------------------------------------------- 

Regulatory Information

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR .


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For further information please visit www.savannahresources.com or contact:

Savannah Resources PLC                     Tel: +44 20 7117 2489 
 David Archer, CEO 
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (Nominated  Tel: +44 20 3470 0470 
 David Hignell / Charlie Bouverat 
finnCap Ltd (Joint Broker)                 Tel: +44 20 7220 0500 
 Christopher Raggett/ Tim Redfern 
WH Ireland Limited (Joint Broker)          Tel: +44 20 7220 1698 
 Jessica Cave / Matthew Chan (Corporate 
 Adam Pollock (Corporate Broking) 
Camarco (Financial PR)                     Tel: +44 20 3757 4980 
 Nick Hennis / Gordon Poole 

About Savannah

Savannah is a diversified resources group (AIM: SAV) with two development stage projects, Mina do Barroso, a hardrock lithium project in Portugal which has the largest spodumene lithium resource in Europe, and the world-class Mutamba Heavy Mineral Sands Project in Mozambique, which is being developed in a consortium with the global major, Rio Tinto. The Board is committed to serving the interests of its shareholders and to delivering outcomes that will improve the lives of the communities we work with and our staff.

The Company is listed and regulated on AIM and the Company's ordinary shares are also available on the Quotation Board of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FWB) under the symbol FWB: SAV, and the Börse Stuttgart (SWB) under the ticker "SAV".

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