KENYA – Atlas Development & Support Services (ADSS) is set to raise $5 million (Sh505 million) by selling new shares to investors.
“The board today announces its intention to raise approximately $5 million through an issue of new ordinary shares by way of a placing at a price of 0.325 pence (Sh0.48) per ordinary share,” the company said in a statement.
The proposal to raise funds is to be tabled before a shareholders’ meeting slated for March 10 in Guernsey, an island that forms part of the British overseas territories.
The glass plant will be one of its first operating units after the company closed its Kenyan subsidiaries that are now set for liquidation.
The closure of its Kenyan support services subsidiaries Ardan Logistics, Ardan Medical Services and Ardan Civil Engineering led to the retrenchment of some 750 employees.
ADSS took the drastic action following the downturn in the oil prospecting sector, on which it relied, offering services to exploration firms like Tullow Oil.
The company’s net losses widened to $9.6 million (Sh970 million) in the year ended June 2015 compared to $5.8 million (Sh585 million) a year earlier, as operating expenses grew faster than revenues.
Its share price has lost 86 per cent over the past one year to the current Sh1.7.