Papillon Holdings, (to be renamed Caracal Gold, LON:GCAT), has announced that further to the publication of its prospectus on 20 July 2021 relating to the readmission of the Company’s ordinary shares to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange, it has appointed Faida Investment Bank as its financial adviser and joint broker, in relation to a proposed listing of the Company on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).
Faida is a market leader in the Kenyan capital markets and works in joint venture with UK based VSA Capital, an international investment banking and broking firm that has also been appointed as financial adviser and joint corporate broker to the Company. Faida and VSA will assist the Company with the listing on the NSE, which it intends to seek via an introduction of the Company’s shares to the Growth Enterprise Market Segment (GEMS) of the NSE.
On Readmission, the Company’s corporate strategy will focus on solidifying its position as an emerging East African focused gold producer, targeting increases to gold production and resources at the producing Kilimapesa Gold Mining and Processing Operations in Narok County, Kenya and acquiring other complementary and strategically located gold mine and development projects.
The NSE Listing marks an important part of the Company’s business plan and corporate strategy in East Africa.
The successful listing on the NSE will make the Company, the first gold and related minerals mining company to be listed on the NSE. The Company believes that the NSE Listing will provide Kenyan investors with the opportunity to participate in the future growth of the Company and its activities in Kenya’s mining sector. Following the NSE Listing, the Company will have an enhanced international profile and will be well positioned to engage with a broad spectrum of UK, European and Kenyan and broader African-based funds, institutions, and investors.
Commenting on the proposed NSE Listing by the Company, Geoffrey Odundo, CEO of the NSE stated:
“We are extremely delighted by the proposed listing of Caracal Gold on the Growth Enterprise Market Segment of the Nairobi Securities Exchange. This opportunity paves way for Caracal Gold to have access to a world class trading infrastructure giving it access to both local and international investors. This will be a landmark listing at the NSE and carries with it the potential of unlocking various opportunities for companies in the mining sector.
Additionally, the listing underscores Caracal Gold’s positive growth and development outlook in the Kenyan and greater East African region. The dual listing marks a critical milestone in enhancing the NSE appeal to international companies looking to gain exposure to some of the fastest growing economies in the world.”
Andrew Kamau, Principal Secretary Ministry of Petroleum and Mines said on the planned listing of Caracal Gold on the NSE:
“We are very pleased to see such a commitment to Kenya by Caracal Gold and their team at the Kilimapesa Gold Mining and Processing Operations with this listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. In such a short space of time the management team here have successfully restarted the operations and implemented international best practices in their gold mining operations in Narok County.
“The listing on the Nairobi Stock Exchange is a major commitment by their management team to Kenya and to all their stakeholders and we are pleased to see them become the first of what we hope will be a number of mining companies listed on the exchange here.
“Kenya’s mining sector offers a number of investment opportunities, and we hope that through this listing Caracal Gold will be able to demonstrate to the international investment community the attractiveness of the sector and of operating here in Kenya. We wish all the team at Caracal Gold the best of success as they embark on this Nairobi Securities Exchange listing.”
Subject to the necessary approvals of the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya (CMA) and the NSE, it is expected that the NSE Listing will be completed, and the Company’s shares will commence trading on the NSE in September 2021.
The Company has been well supported in its plans for the NSE Listing by senior representatives of the LSE and NSE. The NSE and LSE enjoy a long-established relationship anchored on shared interests in the development of equity indices and trading technology infrastructure. The NSE FTSE index series provides users of FTSE Russell’s benchmarks access to NSE’s equity market through two main indices covering the NSE’s largest and most liquid stocks. The LSE through its subsidiary entity, Millennium IT, has also been the incumbent partner for the equity market trading and matching engine, order book routing and market surveillance.
The proposed listing on the NSE makes Caracal Gold only the second company to have a dual listing on the NSE and LSE. The dual listing will position the company to benefit from the strengthening Strategic Partnership between the UK and Kenya, as demonstrated by this week’s three-day visit to the UK, by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta as an official ‘Guest of Government’ of the UK. The Economic Partnership Agreement that was ratified between the two countries in May of this year, to boost trade worth already KES 200 billion a year, is a further indication of the importance of the NSE Listing to the Company.
Charles Tatnall, Papillon CEO, said:
“Our proposed listing on the NSE was set out in the Prospectus that we published on 20 July 2021. It is very pleasing to have now appointed Faida Investment Bank Limited as our financial adviser and joint broker to now complete this listing in September, as well as the appointment of VSA Capital as our advisor and joint corporate broker. The NSE listing is very much part of our growth strategy for Caracal Gold and of establishing a strategic portfolio of East African gold producing assets and a strong pipeline of development and exploration projects.
“The gold mining sector in Kenya offers many opportunities and we hope that through our listing, we will provide Kenyan investors and institutions and other key stakeholders in the region with the opportunity to share in our vision of building a very successful, profitable and responsible gold mining company, based here in Nairobi and which supports positive social and economic change through contributing to the communities in which we operate.”