03 October 2023
Equals Group plc (AIM:EQLS), the fintech payments group focused on the Enterprise and SME marketplaces, is pleased to announce that at the General Meeting held earlier today in London, the special resolution put to shareholders regarding the proposed reduction of the Company's Share Premium Account in the amount of £25,000,000.00 (the 'Capital Reduction'), was duly passed. The results of the proxy voting position received in advance of the meeting and received at the meeting are reported below.
That the share premium account of the Company be reduced by £25,000,000
The Capital Reduction will create additional distributable reserves to the value of around £25,000,000, which (subject to any arrangements required for the protection of the Company's creditors and any directions given by the High Court of Justice in England and Wales (the 'Court'), in confirming the Capital Reduction) may be used by the Company to deliver returns to shareholders in the future, whether in the form of dividends, distributions or purchases of the Company's own shares. The expected date for the Court hearing to confirm the Capital Reduction is 24 October 2023 and the expected date for completion of the Capital Reduction is 31 October 2023.
The Board intends conditional, inter alia, upon the completion of the Capital Reduction, to pay a maiden dividend of 1.5 pence per share in respect of the financial year 2023. A further announcement will be made in due course following the conclusion of the Capital Reduction.
For more information, please contact:
Equals Group plc
Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO
Richard Cooper, CFO
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7778 9308
Canaccord Genuity (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)
Max Hartley / Harry Rees
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8150
Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Broker)
Paul Shackleton / John Welch
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7418 8900
Buchanan (Financial Communications)
Henry Harrison-Topham / Stephanie Whitmore / Toto Berger
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Notes to Editors:
Equals Group plc is a technology-led international payments group augmented by highly personalised service for the payment needs of SME's whether these be FX, card payments or via Faster Payments. Founded in 2007, the Group listed on AIM in 2014. For more information, please visit www.equalsplc.com.