Thursday, November 5, 2015

Atlas Mara announced repurchase of shares

Atlas Mara Limited, BVI-registered sub-Saharan African financial services group, on 3 November 2015 repurchased 20,000 shares, at a price of US$5.50. The shares, all of which will be held as treasury shares, have been repurchased pursuant to the authority granted by company’s Board of Directors to re-initiate share repurchase program. In accordance with the program, Atlas Mara Limited will seek to acquire up to US$10mln of its ordinary shares in the market.

As a result of share repurchase, company’s total amount of ordinary shares is 72,458,524; of them, 1,6888,559 shares are held in treasury. Atlas Mara has notified the market that the total number of voting rights in the company is 70,769,965.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Redefine International buys 25 per cent in BVI property investment company

Redefine International, the company listed in London and Johannesburg, South Africa, has purchased a 25.35 per cent stake in the International Hotel Group - a hotel- and leisure-focused property investment company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. Redefine said that it would pay about £3.8 million for the stake.

International Hotel Group, owning three hotels in the UK, is listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, and last week it listed its shares on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange, having become the 12th company to list on the AltX in 2015.

Redefine CEO Mike Watters stated that this investment is “part of our overall hotel investment strategy”, and Redefine expects that the International Hotel Group will “grow into a significant hotel investment vehicle over the medium-term”.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BVI holding announces financial results for Q1 of fiscal 2016 and receives acquisition offer

BVI holding company Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2016. For the quarter period ended June 30, 2015, company’s net sales were US$15.3mln, as compared to US$24.6mln for the same period of fiscal 2015. Net loss announced by the company was US$1.0mln, or US$0.34 per share, as compared to net loss of US$0.3mln, or US$0.10 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. The sales decreased primarily due to falling sales in commodity CCMs, by words of company’s President and Chief Executive Officer John C.K. Sham. However, he stated that average unit pricing improved “as a result of a more favorable product mix and our efforts to control production costs, leading to increases in profit margins.”

Also, Global-Tech announced the receipt of “Going Private” offer on August 3, 2015, from company’s President and CEO and some of his affiliated entities - an unsolicited preliminary non-binding proposal letter, proposing to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of the company not already beneficially owned by them, for US$8.75 per share. It is planned to form an acquisition company for implementing the offer, which will be financed with cash and debt. Following the proposal, the Board formed a special committee of independent directors to consider the offer.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation shares purchased by Executive Chairman through BVI company

Executive Chairman and Director of Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation Dr. Albrecht Schneider announced that he had acquired beneficial ownership of 10,499,500 common shares and 75,000 common share purchase warrants of the corporation, which make approximately 16.13% of its issued and outstanding common shares. The shares were purchased through Pacific Land First Corp., a company controlled by the Executive Chairman and domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, from four private companies for consideration of C$0.175 per share, with no additional consideration for 75,000 common share warrants.

Following the acquisition, Dr. Schneider becomes beneficial owner of more than 16,930,685 common shares, 1,425,000 share options and 775.000 warrants – that is approximately 26.02% of Atacama’s issued and outstanding common shares on an undiluted basis. He entered into the transactions for investment purposes.

Friday, August 28, 2015

West African Minerals announced disposal of Sierra Leone licences

BVI-registered company West African Minerals Corp announced its withdrawal from Sierra Leone licences, in order to save US$50,000 in costs this year. According to the plan, which was initially proposed in February 2015, and is brought into life now, West African Minerals agreed to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ferrous Africa Limited, which held five licences in Sierra Leone, to Sierra Resources Ltd., for US$1. Sierra will be also liable for any outstanding liabilities, including any costs for rehabilitation and wind-up, which had been estimated to cost the BVI company US$50,000 in 2015. Upon completion of the transaction, West African Minerals has no remaining interests in Sierra Leone, and no financial liabilities in respect of these five licences.

According to company’s unaudited financial results for the six months period ended 30 September 2014, the balance sheet including value of Ferrous Africa Limited (FAL) amounted to £4,101,164, and will be written down to zero. In the year 2014, audited loss before tax of the FAL amounted to £321,497.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Talon Metals signs agreement with Orion Mine Finance

British Virgin Islands-registered mining and exploration company Talon Metals Corp., together with its Brazilian subsidiary Talon Ferrous Mineracao Ltda., has signed a definitive agreement with Orion Mine Finance, for the sale of the 1 per cent net smelter returns royalty that Talon with its subsidiary holds over the Sao Jorge Gold Project in Brazil. The Sao Jorge Gold Project is wholly owned by Brazil Resources Inc.

Under the terms of the Sao Jorge Royalty Purchase Agreement, Orion Mine Finance has agreed to purchase the royalty for gross proceeds of US$1.9mln (approximately C$2.5mln). On August 25, 2015, Talon Metals announced the completion of the sale transaction.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Global energy corporation entered into definitive agreement with BVI company

A global energy and gasification technology company Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. has entered into a definitive Share Purchase and Investment Agreement with the British Virgin Islands company and a separate Operation and Management Agreement with its subsidiary China-registered Shandong Saikong Automation Equipment Co. Ltd. The agreements, which are to achieve Synthesis' strategic aim of repurposing and expanding its Zao Zhuang New Gas Company joint venture facility (ZZ) in Zao Zhuang City, Shandong Province, China, became effective on June 26, 2015, with the first installment payment of US$1.6 million received by Synthesis.

The transaction is to be completed outside of China. Under its terms, the partners will pay US$10 million cash to Synthesis in four installments during the period of 15 months, for 59.81 per cent of Synthesis shares in ZZ. The Transaction Partners will also invest a minimum additional equity of US$6.6 million to fund US$16 million expansion and increase its ownership to 73.53 per cent.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BVI corporation announced sale of its stake in Brainworks Capital

The sub-Saharan African financial services group, incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, Atlas Mara Limited, announced that it has sold its 10.1 percent stake in Brainworks Capital Management (Private) Limited, the Zimbabwe-focused private equity and advisory firm, for US$8.72mln.

ADC Financial Services & Corporate Development, which is an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of the BVI company, has agreed to sell its Brainworks stake for approximately US$3.1 million in cash and 665,195 Atlas Mara ordinary shares. The transaction is to be completed by 30 June 2015, subject to certain conditions.

Monday, June 15, 2015

BVI company to acquire shares of JA Solar Holdings

The board of directors of JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. has received a preliminary non-binding proposal letter from its CEO and Chairman Mr. Baofang Jin and British Virgin Islands-registered company Jinglong Group Co., Ltd., of which Mr. Baofang Jin is the only director. JA Solar’s CEO and BVI company offered to acquire all of its outstanding shares, which are not already owned by them, in a “going private” transaction for US$9.69 per ADS, or US$1.938 per ordinary share in cash, subject to certain conditions.

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, is headquartered in Shanghai, China. The company distributes products under its own brand and on behalf of its clients.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Playtech announced acquisition of Plus500 trading company

Playtech, the online gaming company which is now building its presence in the financial trading market, will purchase retail forex trading shop Plus500, for the price of approximately £459.6mln ($700mln).

The 400p per share takeover of the troubled company will allow Playtech to expand its online trading platform, after entering the industry by the acquisition of a majority stake in Trade FX. It is expected to be completed by the end of September, and may be followed by another acquisition: Playtech is said to be in talks to purchase currency trading platform AvaTrade.

Plus 500 is currently under pressure from money laundering rules, its market capitalization has become half less since May 18 when it announced freezing of some clients’ accounts while it conducted more rigorous checks. The company is headquartered in London but operating mostly in Israel; also, it is sponsoring Spanish soccer team Atletico Madrid.

Friday, May 29, 2015

BVI-based Crystal River involved in agreement with two mining companies

The mining company Ivanhoe Mines Ltd will sell 1 per cent of its share interest in Kamoa Holding Limited to the British Virgin Islands-incorporated private company Crystal River Global Limited, for US$8.32 million which will be paid through a non-interest-bearing, 10-year promissory note. The BVI company is headquartered in HK and controlled by Mr. So Hon Chun who had been involved with Ivanhoe Capital Corporation. Kamoa Holding Limited is the subsidiary of Ivanhoe which presently owns 95 per cent of the Kamoa Project in Central Africa – one of the three principal projects of Ivanhoe, also positioned to become one of the world’s largest copper mines.

The agreement between Ivanhoe and Crystal River is part of the agreement signed between the mining company and Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd to a strategic co-development in the Kamoa copper discovery. Under its terms, Zijin, through its subsidiary Gold Mountains (HK) International Mining Company Limited, will buy a 49.5 per cent interest in Kamoa Holding, for an aggregate amount of US$412mln.

Zijin also committed to arrange or procure the financing of the Kamoa project for 65 per cent of the capital needed for the first phase of work. Upon the successful arrangement or procurement of the project financing, Zijin will have the right to acquire 1 per cent share interest in Kamoa Holding, purchased by the BVI company. If the 1 per cent option is not exercised within seven years, it will expire, and then both parties will have the right to purchase one-half of the 1 per cent from Crystal River. Upon closing of the transaction, each shareholder will fund Kamoa Holding proportionately to its interest.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BVI-registered Lang International acquires shares of American Quantum Energy Corporation

Oil and gas company Canadian Quantum Energy Corp. made an announcement that British Virgin Islands-registered company Lang International Holdings Limited purchased all of the issued and outstanding shares of Delaware-based American Quantum Energy Corporation, which is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Quantum. This announcement followed the investment agreement previously signed in May 2014, and private placement offering completed by Canadian Quantum on November 2014. The BVI company acquired shares in exchange for the settlement of all debt owing by Canadian Quantum to Lang International, in the aggregate principal amount of US$1,485,239.73.

The only asset of American Quantum Energy is the seismic equipment purchased from BVI company’s associate at a purchase price of US$1,097,100, paid by the issuance of 10,971,000 common shares of Canadian Quantum, at US$0.10 per share.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bestinfond purchased shares of BVI-based retailer

International investor Bestinfond based in Spain has recently purchased shares in four companies, among them the British Virgin Islands-incorporated Lenta Ltd (LNTA), the company operating retail chains in Russia. 2,793,164 shares of the BVI company were acquired at an average price of US$6.58 per share, during the first quarter of 2015. This resulted in a 30 per cent overall gain, given that currently shares of LNTA are traded at US$8.55 per share. Also, taking into account the trading price, there is a -55 per cent margin of safety, as according to DCF calculator LNTA’s intrinsic value is US$5.15 per share.

LNTA is operating standard, compact and supercompact hypermarkets, the company announced the second consecutive year of market-leading sales growth and selling space growth.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Atlas Mara planning to become BPR shareholder and merge BPR with BRD Commercial Bank

BVI-registered company Atlas Mara Limited announced that it is in discussions about investing approximately US$22.5 million in Banque Populaire du Rwanda (BPR). If this transaction is successfully concluded, Atlas Mara will become the owner of 45 per cent in BPR. Further on, the company plans to merge BPR with BRD Commercial Bank Ltd, which was purchased by Atlas Mara in October 2014. This merger will provide Atlas Mara with a platform to meet demand for corporate credit, and leverage mobile technology to provide differentiated product offerings to the retail segment. The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015, subject to binding legal agreements and regulatory approvals.

The BVI company will also purchase shares from local shareholders, and as a result it will have over 70 per cent in the combined institution which, with assets of about US$305 million, will become Rwanda’s largest bank by branch locations, and second largest bank by assets.

BPR’s focus, which will be maintained by Atlas Mara, is on under-banked sectors, such as small- and medium-sized enterprises and farmers. At 31 December 2014, the bank had approximately US$227mln of assets, US$155mln in loans, US$181mln in deposits and US$23mln of equity.