The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has given the go ahead for TransCentury Plc (TC) to undertake a rights issue. The rights will be issued on the basis of five (5) new ordinary shares for every one (1) existing share as approved in the last shareholder meeting.
A rights issue is an offer given by a company to existing shareholders to buy a proportional number of additional shares at a given price, within a fixed period. Rights are often transferable and a shareholder may sell them on the open market.
Funds from the rights issue will go towards supporting the TC turnaround plan, recapitalizing our business, reducing debt and unlocking working capital for underlying businesses.
Commenting on the rights issue approval, Mr Nganga Njiinu, TC Group Chief Executive Officer, said “We are proud to be offering to our shareholders a company that has exhibited tremendous agility and resilience at this point that we have made significant strides in the turnaround strategy that we began implementing in 2017. We recently launched a new strategic plan 2022-2025 and are confident that the initiatives we have laid out that include refocussing on our core business – Investing for growth to take advantage of the enormous opportunities that are presenting themselves.
In the approval, the Capital Markets Authority indicated it was satisfied that TC had provided adequate disclosures in the offer documentation that was submitted as required under the Fourth Schedule of the Capital Markets (Securities) (Public Offers, Listings and Disclosures) 2002.
Other details of the rights offering will be contained in the information memorandum and subsequent communication which will be availble when the offer opens.
TransCentury has been undergoing turbulent times in recent years with losses mounting. For the half year ended 30th June 2020, the company recorded a loss Of Ksh. 1.39 billion.
TransCentury PLC is an Investment Holding Company, headquartered in Kenya. It has invested in nine operating subsidiaries offering various products and services within the infrastructure sector. These include electrical cables and conductors, transformers, switchgear and related electrical control equipment, all within the Power Division, and engineering, procurement and construction services within the Engineering Division.