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Update on Scheme – Excluded Shareholder Elections

Source: RNS
RNS Number : 3750G
ThinkSmart Limited
15 November 2022

15 November 2022


ThinkSmart Limited


 ("ThinkSmart" or the "Company" which together with its subsidiaries is the "Group")


Update on Scheme - Excluded Shareholder Elections



ThinkSmart Limited (AIM: TSL) refers to the proposed acquisition of ThinkSmart by Tuscan Equity Pty Ltd ("Bidco") by way of a scheme of arrangement under the Australian Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the "Scheme"), as announced on 29 July 2022 and referred to in its subsequent announcements regarding the Scheme, which will be voted on by ThinkSmart shareholders at the meetings to be held on 16 November 2022.


As noted in the Scheme Booklet, the "Excluded Shareholders" are those ThinkSmart shareholders who are associated with Bidco and Mr Ned Montarello, ThinkSmart's Executive Chairman and CEO. Whilst ThinkSmart shareholders other than Excluded Shareholders will receive the Cash Consideration (as defined in the Scheme Booklet) if the Scheme is implemented, the Excluded Shareholders can elect to receive either the Cash Consideration or Bidco shares (or a combination thereof) as consideration under the Scheme.


As noted in ThinkSmart's RNS announcements on 4 November 2022 and 8 November 2022, a total of 1,105,669 ThinkSmart shares have been issued pursuant to the exercise of existing options since the publication of the Scheme Booklet. As a result of the issue of these shares, there are currently 107,693,483 ThinkSmart shares on issue, 31,842,286 of which are held by the Excluded Shareholders. The remaining 573,863 currently unexercised share options are not expected to be exercised prior to implementation of the Scheme. 


ThinkSmart is pleased to advise that, in accordance with the terms of the Scheme, the Excluded Shareholders have together elected to receive Cash Consideration in respect of 5,720,330 of their ThinkSmart Shares if the Scheme is implemented. The balance of the Excluded Shareholders' combined shareholding (26,121,956 ThinkSmart shares) will therefore be exchanged for Bidco shares if the Scheme is implemented.


In total this means that 81,571,527 of ThinkSmart's 107,693,483 shares on issue will be eligible to receive Cash Consideration under the Scheme (assuming no further share options are exercised).  As such, if the Scheme is implemented (with no further share options exercised) then 468,667 of ThinkSmart's holding of 618,750 shares in Block Inc will be sold on the NYSE to determine and fund the Cash Consideration (on the terms described in the Scheme Booklet).


For full information regarding the Scheme, ThinkSmart shareholders should refer to the Scheme Booklet, access details for or copies of which were sent to ThinkSmart shareholders on 24 October 2022 and which is also available on ThinkSmart's website at   


For further information please contact:


ThinkSmart Limited

Via Buchanan

Canaccord Genuity Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Emma Gabriel

Andrew Potts

Tom Diehl


+44 (0)20 7523 8350






Giles Stewart

Chris Lane

Toto Berger


+44 20 7466 5000


Prior to publication the information communicated in this announcement was deemed by the Company to constitute inside information for the purposes of article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No 596/2014 as amended by regulation 11 of the Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations No 2019/310 ('MAR'). With the publication of this announcement, this information is now considered to be in the public domain.



Notes to Editors


About ThinkSmart Limited


ThinkSmart's roots are as a specialist digital payments platform business. Following the sale of its remaining 10% shareholding in Clearpay in January 2022, the Group holds shares in NYSE listed Block, Inc (NYSE: SQ).  The Group also provides an outsourced call centre customer service and support service to Clearpay and is managing the wind-down of its leasing business.



Further information

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Scheme or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities of ThinkSmart in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law.  The Scheme will be implemented in accordance with the Scheme Implementation Deed and the Scheme Booklet, which will contain the full terms and conditions of the Scheme including details of how to vote in respect of the Scheme.  Any vote in respect of the Scheme or other response in relation to the Scheme should be made on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Booklet.  This announcement does not constitute a prospectus, prospectus equivalent document or an exempted document.

If you are in any doubt about the contents of this announcement or the action you should take, you are recommended to seek your own independent financial advice immediately from your stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or independent financial adviser.

Overseas shareholders

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in or into jurisdictions other than Australia or the UK may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the law of any jurisdiction other than Australia or the UK should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements.  Any failure to comply with such requirements may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Scheme disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person. This announcement has been prepared in accordance and for the purpose of complying with Australian law, English law, the AIM Rules, the Market Abuse Regulation and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside Australia or England.

The availability of the Scheme to ThinkSmart Shareholders who are not resident in and citizens of Australia or the UK may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located or of which they are citizens.  Persons who are not resident in Australia or the UK should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements of their jurisdictions.  In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in Australia or the UK to vote their ThinkSmart Shares with respect to the Scheme at the Scheme Meeting, or to appoint another person as proxy to vote at the Scheme Meeting on their behalf, may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are located.  Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and persons involved in the Scheme disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.

Forward looking statements

This announcement (including information incorporated by reference in this announcement), oral statements made regarding the Scheme, and other information published by Bidco or ThinkSmart may contain statements which are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements".  Forward-looking statements are prospective in nature and are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections of the management of Bidco and ThinkSmart about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements contained in this announcement include statements relating to the expected effects of the Scheme on Bidco and ThinkSmart (including their future prospects, developments and strategies), the expected timing and scope of the Scheme and other statements other than historical facts.  Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "plans", "expects", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends" or "anticipates", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "should", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.  Although Bidco and ThinkSmart believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, Bidco and ThinkSmart can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.  By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future.  There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

These factors include, but are not limited to: the ability to complete the Scheme; the ability to obtain requisite regulatory and shareholder approvals and the satisfaction of other conditions on the proposed terms and timetable; changes in general economic and business conditions; the behaviour of other market participants; the anticipated benefits from the proposed transaction not being realised as a result of changes in general economic and market conditions; weak, volatile or illiquid capital and/or credit markets; changes in tax rates, interest rate and currency value fluctuations; the degree of competition in the geographic and business areas in which ThinkSmart operates and changes in laws or in supervisory expectations or requirements.  Other unknown or unpredictable factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements should therefore be construed in the light of such factors.  Neither Bidco nor ThinkSmart, nor any of their respective associates or directors, officers or advisers, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement will actually occur.  You are cautioned not to place any reliance on these forward-looking statements.  Other than in accordance with their legal or regulatory obligations, neither Bidco nor ThinkSmart is under any obligation, and Bidco and ThinkSmart expressly disclaim any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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