Announcement Relating To The Proposed Establishment Of A Broad-Based Employee Share Ownership Plan
MOMENTUM METROPOLITAN HOLDINGS LIMITED
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number: 2000/031756/06
ISIN Code: ZAE000269890
JSE Share Code: MTM
A2X Share Code: MTM
NSX Share Code: MMT
("MMH" or the "Group")
MOMENTUM METROPOLITAN LIFE LIMITED
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration No. 1904/002186/06
Company code: MMIG
Announcement Relating To The Proposed Establishment Of A Broad-Based Employee Share
Ownership Plan (The "Empowerment Transaction")
Capitalised words and terms contained in this announcement, and any subsequent announcements
relating to the Empowerment Transaction, shall bear the same meanings ascribed thereto in the circular
to Shareholders which is expected to be distributed to Shareholders on, or around, Friday, 23 October
On 9 September 2020, alongside the Group's financial results for the year ended 30 June 2020,
MMH announced its intention to proceed with the establishment of a broad-based employee share
ownership plan incorporating all the Group's current, and certain future, permanent employees of
the Group in South Africa ("Eligible Employees"). Today, the board of directors of MMH ("MMH
Board") is pleased to announce the salient terms of the Empowerment Transaction which will result
in 44 924 261 MMH ordinary shares ("MMH Shares"), being 3% of the entire issued ordinary share
capital of MMH, being acquired for the benefit of Eligible Employees. The Empowerment
Transaction will result in the acquisition of 26 936 688 MMH Shares currently held in treasury ("MMH
Treasury Shares") as well as the acquisition of 17 987 573 MMH Shares from the open market
("MMH Open Market Shares").
The Empowerment Transaction is being implemented by way of the establishment of a broad-based
employee share ownership plan (the "Scheme") to support the Group in further enhancing its B-
BBEE objectives, including the introduction of stable broad-based employee ownership in the
Group, whilst also incentivising Eligible Employees. Accordingly, the Empowerment Transaction is
being established as an employee share ownership scheme in terms of Annexure 100(C) of
Statement 100 of the B-BBEE Codes. At all times, the majority of the Trust's Unit holders and
trustees will be Black people and Black women as defined by the BEE codes.
2. STRATEGIC RATIONALE
By implementing the Empowerment Transaction, the Group will:
- Further enhance broad-based and sustainable Black ownership of MMH Shares;
- Instil an entrepreneurial culture of ownership amongst employees. Employees play a
critical role in strengthening market share and making MMH a great place to work. A
motivated and skilled workforce, together with efficient and value-creating solutions,
services, and operations, offer value to clients and Shareholders; and
- Strengthen MMH's competitive position and enhance the long-term sustainability of the
MMH embraces the authentic advancement of economic transformation and the economic
participation of Black people. Broad-based employee ownership allows MMH to represent the
demographics of the clients it serves and also develops an ethos in employees that is aligned to
Shareholder and client expectations.
The focus on broad-based empowerment through employees aligns with MMH's growth strategy.
3. OVERVIEW OF THE EMPOWERMENT TRANSACTION
The Momentum Metropolitan iSabelo Trust (the "Trust") is being established to acquire and hold
44 924 261 MMH Shares, being 3% of the MMH issued ordinary share capital. The Trust will acquire
26 936 688 MMH Treasury Shares (representing approximately 1.8% of the MMH issued ordinary
share capital) from Momentum Metropolitan Strategic Investments and 17 987 573 MMH Open
Market Shares (representing approximately 1.2% of the MMH issued ordinary share capital)
(together the "Trust Shares").
The Trust will acquire the MMH Open Market Shares at the prevailing market price within 60
business days upon all conditions precedent to the relevant documents which regulate the
transaction (the "Transaction Documents") being satisfied. The MMH Treasury Shares will be
acquired thereafter based on the trailing 30-day VWAP less the discount. The discount will be
determined as 10% of the aggregate consideration paid for the MMH Open Market Shares and the
30-day VWAP value of the MMH Treasury Shares.
The acquisition of the Trust Shares will be funded by the Capital Contribution made by a newly
incorporated special purpose vehicle ("ESOP SPV") using the proceeds from Preference Shares
issued to ABSA Bank Limited ("Absa") and MMH.
The Trust Shares will rank pari passu with the existing issued ordinary shares of MMH, in all
respects, including with regards to voting rights and all future distributions declared and paid by
Allocation of Units
Allocation of Units in terms of the Scheme will be structured such that at least 85% of the economic
benefits from the Scheme will accrue to Black employees and at least 55% to Black women
employees. At all times, the majority of the Trust's Units will be Allocated to Black employees and
Black women employees.
The Trust will allocate Units to Eligible Employees in accordance with the instructions of MMH but
subject to the Allocations Criteria. Allocated Units will be subject to a maximum vesting period of
seven years and will become redeemable for Trust Shares upon expiry of the Restricted Period,
being the period commencing on the date on which Units are first Allocated to the relevant
Employee Beneficiary and terminating on the tenth anniversary of that date (subject to the
provisions of the Transaction Documents). After expiry of the Restricted Period, the Units will
become redeemable for Trust Shares. The Scheme is intended to have a maximum duration of 15
The trustees will allocate 80% of the Units to Eligible Employees as an initial tranche as soon as is
reasonably possible after the Operative Date, being the date upon which the Trust first acquires
MMH Shares ("Initial Allocation") with 20% of Units reserved for subsequent new Eligible
Employees ("Reserve Allocation"). The Reserve Allocation is intended to be allocated within a
period of five years from the Operative Date. Units which remain or become unallocated Units after
the fifth anniversary of the Operative Date shall be available for Allocation to existing Employee
Dividends and other distributions
Subject to the provisions of the Transaction Documents, up to 20% of all Distributable Income of
the Trust (save for Special Distributions) is payable to Employee Beneficiaries until the ESOP SPV
ceases to be a beneficiary of the Trust, after which Employee Beneficiaries become entitled to
100% of Distributable Income.
Appointment of Trust Trustees
MMH shall be entitled, from time to time, to appoint and remove up to three trustees (one of whom
will be a non-executive director serving on the MMH Board) ("Founder Trustees"). At least two of
the Founder Trustees must be Independent.
The Employee Beneficiaries shall be entitled to appoint and remove four trustees (the "Beneficiary
Trustees"). At least two of the Beneficiary Trustees must be Independent.
Following the appointment of the first Beneficiary Trustees, there shall at all times be not less than
seven trustees, at least three of whom shall be Founder Trustees and four of whom shall be
Beneficiary Trustees. At all times, not less than 75% of all trustees shall be Black People; 55% of
the trustees shall be Black women; and more than 50% of the trustees shall be Independent.
The trustees shall elect a Chairperson from among their number who shall hold office until otherwise
determined by a majority of the trustees (provided that the Chairperson shall be Independent) and
who shall have a casting vote.
The trustees will exercise the votes attaching to the Trust Shares during the life of the Trust. The
trustees are obliged to convene a meeting of the Employee Beneficiaries in advance of any
Shareholders meeting in order to determine how Employee Beneficiaries wish the votes attaching
to Trust Shares to be exercised. The trustees must, to the extent that they are lawfully able to,
exercise the votes attaching to the Trust Shares in accordance with the decisions of the Employee
4. FUNDING OF THE EMPOWERMENT TRANSACTION
The Empowerment Transaction will be funded by the issuance of Preference Shares by ESOP
SPV to MMH and ABSA as follows:
a) The issue of "A" Preference Shares to Absa for a total consideration of not more than
R350 million. The "A" Preference Shares will only be redeemable on the fifth
anniversary of the subscription date with dividends payable on a semi-annual basis.
The "A" Preference Shares will rank ahead of the "B" Preference Shares, any Additional
Preference Shares issued by ESOP SPV, ESOP SPV ordinary shares and any loans
advanced by MMH or its nominee to the Trust. The Trust will provide a guarantee in
respect of ESOP SPV's obligations in relation to the "A" Preference Shares, which will
be secured by a pledge and cession over the Trust Shares, the shares the Trust holds
in ESOP SPV and the Trust's bank accounts, as well as a security cession over ESOP
SPV's bank accounts and rights as beneficiary of the Trust (the ""A" Preference Share
b) The issue of "B" Preference Shares to MMH, for a total consideration of not more than
R700 million. The "B" Preference Shares will only be redeemable on the seventh
anniversary of the subscription date with dividends capitalised up to an agreed amount
until the "A" Preference Shares have been redeemed and the "A" Preference Share
Security has been released and thereafter, payable on a semi-annual basis. The Trust
will provide a second ranking guarantee in respect of ESOP SPV's obligations in
relation to the "B" Preference Shares, which will in turn be secured by a reversionary
right to all the "A" Preference Share Security (the ""B" Preference Share Security").
5. PRO FORMA FINANCIAL EFFECTS
The table below is an extract of the pro forma financial information of the Empowerment
Transaction, based on the published audited financial results of MMH for the year ended 30 June
This pro forma financial information is prepared for illustrative purposes only, to provide information
about how the Empowerment Transaction may have affected the financial information presented
by MMH for the year ended 30 June 2020.
The pro forma financial information is calculated on the assumption that the Empowerment
Transaction occurred on 1 July 2019 for the purposes of the pro forma consolidated statement of
comprehensive income and 30 June 2020 for the purposes of the pro forma consolidated statement
of financial position.
The directors of MMH are responsible for the compilation, contents and preparation of the pro forma
financial information included in the Circular.
The pro forma financial information has been prepared using IFRS accounting policies that are
consistent with those applied in the published audited financial results of MMH for the year ended
30 June 2020. The pro forma financial information is presented in accordance with the JSE Listings
Requirements and the revised SAICA Guide on Pro forma Financial Information.
The pro forma financial information has been prepared based on the assumptions indicated in
Annexure 1 to the Circular. The actual MMH share price and other observable market information
at the Allocation Date will affect the actual impact of the Empowerment Transaction on the financial
The pro forma financial information of MMH is presented in Annexure 1 to the Circular. The pro
forma financial information included in Annexure 1 to the Circular should be read in conjunction with
the Independent Reporting Accountant's assurance report thereon included as Annexure 2 to the
Before the ESOP Acquisition Other After the
Empowerment SPV of Trust transaction Empowerment
Transaction1 funding2 Shares3 costs5 Transaction6
Actual Pro forma Pro forma Pro forma Pro forma Pro forma
Basic earnings per
12.3 -0.8 0.1 -5.5 -0.9 5.2
Diluted earnings per
12.3 -0.8 0.1 -5.5 -0.9 5.2
earnings per share 71.3 -0.8 0.9 -5.5 -0.9 65.0
Net asset value per 15.56 15.56 15.57 15.57 15.56 15.56
1. Extracted, without adjustment, from the published audited financial results of MMH for the year ended 30 June
2020 as released on SENS on 9 September 2020.
2. Represents the adjustment for dividends on R229 million of "A" Preference Shares issued by ESOP SPV to
Absa, calculated at an all-in blended rate of 5.0%. Fees linked to the "A" Preference Share issue will be
amortised over the term of the "A" Preference Shares in line with IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, which is
included in the all-in blended rate. The issue of R389 million of "B" Preference Shares by ESOP SPV to MMH
are eliminated on consolidation.
3. Represents the adjustment for the acquisition by the Trust of 17 987 573 MMH Open Market Shares. On
consolidation of the Trust, these MMH Open Market Shares will be treated as treasury shares in the financial
results of MMH (and hence the increase in per share metrics). The Trust will also acquire 26 936 688 MMH
Treasury Shares which are currently treated as treasury shares in the audited financial results of MMH for the
year ended 30 June 2020. Accordingly, the acquisition of the MMH Treasury Shares will have no impact on
the pro forma financial information. No tax effects relating to the Disposal are accounted for based on the
current acquisition price assumption. The Trust Shares will all be fully issued and will rank in full for all
dividends or other distributions declared, made or paid, however, these are excluded from the calculation of
basic earnings and basic headline earnings.
4. The share-based payment benefit provided to the Trust is recognised as an equity-settled share-based
payment transaction in terms of IFRS 2 - Share-based Payments. The estimated total share-based payment
recognised over the lifetime of the scheme can vary significantly based on staff attrition rates, MMH Share
price growth and the ultimate percentage of Units in the Trust Allocated. The total expected cost for the planned
Initial Allocation in the 2021 financial year (80% of Units) is R196 million. These costs are recognised in
accordance with the graded vesting principles which result in a higher proportion of the charge being
recognised in the earlier years. The share-based expense recognised in the first year is R79 million (40% of
the Initial Allocation). No tax benefit is recognised against these share-based payment expenses. The actual
share-based payment charge will be calculated with reference to the market information on the Allocation
5. The estimated transaction costs of R13 million are non-recurring and are expensed as incurred.
6. This represents the pro forma financial information subsequent to the Empowerment Transaction.
6. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT
The implementation of the Empowerment Transaction is subject to the fulfilment (or waiver) of the
- all the relevant Shareholder approvals as set out in the Circular being duly obtained; and
- the Transaction Documents being entered into and becoming unconditional.
7. CIRCULAR TO SHAREHOLDERS AND NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING
Shareholders are advised that the Circular, including a notice to convene the General Meeting for
the purpose of considering and, if deemed fit, passing with or without modification, the relevant
resolutions required, will be distributed to Shareholders on or around Friday, 23 October 2020. The
Circular will also be made available on the Group's website at www.momentummetropolitan.co.za
and Shareholders will be notified via SENS once the Circular is available on the website.
8. SALIENT DATES AND TIMES
The salient dates and times in relation to the General Meeting are as follows:
Record Date to be eligible to receive the Circular Friday, 9 October
Date of issue of the Circular Friday, 23 October
Last Day to Trade to participate in and vote at the General Meeting Tuesday, 17 November
Voting Record Date to participate in and vote at the General
Meeting Friday, 20 November
Proxy Forms to be lodged with the Transfer Secretaries as soon
as possible for administrative purposes only, (preferably by
09:00), but in any event before the proxy exercises any rights of
the Shareholder appointing the proxy at the General Meeting Tuesday, 24 November
Written notice to participate electronically in the General Meeting
to be delivered to MMH's Investor Relations,
firstname.lastname@example.org by 09:00 Tuesday, 24 November
General Meeting to be held at The MARC, 129 Rivonia Rd, Thursday, 26 November
Sandown, Sandton, 2196 at 09:00
Results of General Meeting released on SENS Thursday, 26 November
Results of General Meeting published in the South African press Friday, 27 November
1. The above dates and times are subject to amendment. Any such material amendment will be released on
SENS and published in the South African press.
2. No orders to dematerialise or rematerialise Shares will be processed from the Business Day following the
Last Day to Trade up to and including the Voting Record Date, but such orders will again be processed from
the first Business Day after the Voting Record Date.
3. The certificated register will be closed between the Last Day to Trade and the Voting Record Date.
4. If the General Meeting is adjourned or postponed, forms of proxy submitted for the General Meeting will
remain valid in respect of any adjournment or postponement of the General Meeting unless the contrary is
stated on such form of proxy.
16 October 2020
Financial Advisor and Transaction Sponsor
The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
Transaction Attorneys and Tax Advisors
Reporting Accountants and Auditors
Ernst & Young Inc.
Sponsor in Namibia
Simonis Storm Securities (Pty) Limited
Date: 16-10-2020 07:05:00
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