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RNS Number : 6349F

All Active Asset Capital Limited

19 July 2021

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) NO. 596/2014 AS RETAINED IN UK LAW ('MAR'). UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THIS INSIDE INFORMATION IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF SUCH JURISDICTION. THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FALLING UNDER RULE 2.4 OF THE CITY CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS (THE 'CODE') AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A FIRM INTENTION TO MAKE AN OFFER UNDER RULE 2.7 OF THE CODE. THERE CAN BE NO CERTAINTY THAT ANY FIRM OFFER WILL BE MADE EVEN IF THE PRECONDITIONS REFERRED TO BELOW ARE SATISFIED OR WAIVED.

19 July 2021

All Active Asset Capital Limited

Statement regarding the possible acquisition of Audioboom Group plc

The Board of All Active Asset Capital Limited ('AAA') announces that it is in constructive discussions with the Board of Audioboom Group plc ('Audioboom') about a possible offer for Audioboom. AAA has obtained irrevocable undertakings to accept such an offer on the terms set out below from beneficial owners of 4,147,602 shares in Audioboom ('Audioboom Shares'), representing 26.4% of the issued share capital of Audioboom.

Allenby Capital Limited ('Allenby') were nominated adviser to both AAA and Audioboom and informed AAA yesterday that, due to the conflict of interest, it has resigned as Nominated Adviser and Broker to AAA. A separate announcement is being made to that effect as required by the AIM Rules.

Offer terms

Any offer, were it to be made, would consist of 12.5 new AAA shares and 200p in cash per Audioboom Share (the 'Offer').

As an illustration only, based on the price of 80p per AAA Share at which the recent AAA Placing was announced, the proposed terms would value each Audioboom Share at GBP12.00, being a premium of 35.6% over the closing mid market price of 885p at close of business on 16 July 2021, being the latest practicable date prior to this announcement.

   1.       Background 

AAA announced a number of transformational conditional proposals on 2 July 2021 which, if completed, the Directors believe will start a process that could turn AAA into a global technology investment company. The conditional proposals include placings of new AAA Shares to raise GBP150 million at 80p per share and the cancellation of the admission of AAA's shares from trading on AIM. The Directors are considering re-listing AAA on an alternative international exchange that would be more suited to AAA's portfolio of exciting, high growth technology investments.

A copy of the circular to AAA shareholders setting out further information on the Placing, the Acquisition and the Delisting can be downloaded from https://aaacap.com/wp-content/uploads/Circular-EGM-delisting-AAA.pdf

The Directors believe the combination of AAA and Audioboom would create a compelling portfolio of innovative, high growth technology investments that could create significant new accretive value for the shareholders of both companies in the future.

   2.       Structure 

The Offer may be implemented either by means of a scheme of arrangement under Article 125 of the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 (as amended) or by way of a contractual offer to acquire Audioboom shares.

   3.       Offer Precondition 

The Offer is subject to a number of pre-conditions, such as the recommendation of the Audioboom board, which may be waived by AAA. The only pre-condition which is not waivable is the completion of the following proposals announced by AAA on 2 July 2021:

   --     the completion of a firm placing raising GBP15m of cash at 80p per share ('Placing'); 

-- the acquisition of at least 75% of the entire issued share capital of Belgian artificial intelligence company, Sentiance N.V. ('Acquisition'); and

   --     the cancellation of the admission of AAA's shares from trading on AIM ('Delisting'). 

The Acquisition and Placing are conditional on the Delisting, which is anticipated to occur on 30 July 2021, assuming shareholder approval of the Acquisition and Delisting at a General Meeting of AAA to be held at 10.00 a.m. today, 19 July 2021.

There can be no certainty that any firm offer will be made even if the preconditions are satisfied or waived.

   4.       Irrevocable undertakings 

The following shareholders in Audioboom have irrevocably undertaken to vote in favour of a Scheme or accept any firm offer, on the terms of the Offer:

-- Candy Ventures SARL, which has undertaken in respect of all of the 2,197,602 Audioboom Shares it owns, representing approximately 14.0% of the issued share capital of Audioboom; and

-- AAQUA B.V. which has undertaken in respect of all of the 1,950,000 Audioboom Shares it owns, representing approximately 12.4% of the issued share capital of Audioboom.

The irrevocable undertakings will cease to be binding only if:

-- a bona fide offer of more than GBP25 per share is announced for all the issued share capital of Audioboom (which in the case of an offer that includes non-cash consideration is in the reasonable opinion of Audioboom's Rule 3 adviser an offer of more than GBP25 per share);

-- AAA takes any corporate action or is subject to any external event which, in the reasonable opinion of Egremont Capital Limited, has a material and adverse effect on AAA or its ability to complete the acquisition of the Audioboom Shares;

-- AAA does not announce a firm intention to make an offer for Audioboom in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code by 4.30 pm on 30 September 2021;

   --     the firm offer, if made, is withdrawn or lapses; or 

-- an offer document or scheme circular (as applicable) is not despatched to Audioboom shareholders within 28 days after the issue of the announcement of a firm intention to make an offer or such later date as may be agreed between the boards of AAA and Audioboom (with the consent of the Panel).

If a firm offer is announced, copies of the irrevocable undertakings will be published on AAA's website as required pursuant to Rule 26.2 (a) of the Code.

   5.       Timing following this announcement 

In accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, AAA must, by not later than 5.00 p.m. on 16 August 2021, either announce a firm intention to make an offer for Audioboom in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies. This deadline will be extended only with the consent of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers ('Takeover Panel') in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.

   6.       Reservations 

Pursuant to Rule 2.5 of the Code, AAA reserves the right to vary the form and / or mix of the offer consideration set out in this announcement. AAA also reserves the right to make an offer on less favourable terms than those set out in this announcement:

   a)       with the recommendation or consent of the Audioboom Board; 

b) if Audioboom announces, declares or pays any dividend or any other distribution or return of value to shareholders after the date of this announcement, in which case AAA reserves the right to make an equivalent reduction to its Offer;

c) following the announcement by Audioboom of a whitewash transaction pursuant to the Code; or

d) if a third party announces a firm intention to make an offer for Audioboom on less favourable terms.

   7.       Disclosure of shareholdings and dealings 

The attention of shareholders is drawn to the disclosure requirements of Rule 8 of the Code, which are summarised below.

   8.       Rule 2.9 of the Code 

In accordance with Rule 2.9 of the Code, AAA confirms that, as at the date of the announcement, it has in issue 1,029,398,988 ordinary shares of no par value. The International Securities Identification Number of the ordinary shares is VGG017801082.

A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate.

For further information, please contact:

All Active Asset Capital Limited

James Normand, Non-Executive Chairman

Rodger Sargent, Executive Director

T: via Buchanan

www.aaacap.com

Egremont Capital Limited, financial adviser to AAA

David Floyd

Jonathan Hall

Tel: +44 (0) 203 697 9496

Buchanan (Financial PR)

Richard Oldworth / Chris Lane / Toto Berger

T: +44 (0) 207 466 5000

E: AAAC@buchanan.uk.com

Notes for Editors

AAA has recently announced that it: has raised GBP15m cash from a firm placing of new AAA Shares at 80p per share; has entered into conditional placing commitments to raise a further GBP135m cash at 80p per share; and is conditionally acquiring at least 75% of Sentiance N.V.. A significant proportion of the cash raised is to be used to exercise options to subscribe for EUR119m new shares in AAQUA, under an existing option agreement.

Sentiance N.V. is a Belgian intelligence-driven data science and behaviour change company. Sentiance's technology is designed to turn motion data into contextual insights and uses behavioural change techniques to personalise engagement for safer and sustainable mobility and wellbeing experiences.

AAQUA is a global services platform designed around 'Passion Communities' where members and famous entities ('Icons') curate original content, combined with member inspired online-to-offline initiatives. AAQUA will offer levels of control and ownership which aim to bring member fans, Icons and brands onto the same peer level.

Audioboom, which is quoted on AIM (L:BOOM) is a global podcasting company whose content is downloaded more than 90 million times each month by 25 million unique listeners around the world. Audioboom is ranked as the fourth largest podcast publisher in the US by Triton Digital.

Audioboom operates internationally, with operations and global partnerships across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The platform allows content to be distributed via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, RadioPublic, Saavn, Stitcher, Facebook and Twitter as well as a partner's own websites and mobile apps.

Additional information

Egremont Capital Limited, which is an appointed representative of EGR Wealth Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for AAA and no one else in connection with the Possible Offer and will not be responsible to any person other than AAA for providing the protections afforded to clients of Egremont or for providing advice in relation to the Possible Offer or any matter referred to herein.

This announcement contains information which comprises inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 on market abuse which was incorporated into UK law by the European Withdrawal Act. Following publication of this announcement, this information is considered to be in the public domain.

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not an invitation, inducement or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, or otherwise acquire, subscribe for or sell or otherwise dispose of or exercise rights in respect of any securities. Any offer will be made solely through the offer document and any accompanying forms.

Publication on website

A copy of this announcement will be made available (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in restricted jurisdictions) at https://aaacap.com/regulatory-announcements/ no later than 12.00 noon (London time) on the business day following the release of this announcement in accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code. The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.

Disclosure requirements of the Takeover Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.2

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

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