ZIMBABWE – Invictus Energy Limited, an independent oil and gas exploration company, has announced that it has completed the placement for an equivalent AUD$0.44 million (US$310,297) with the Mangwana Opportunities Fund as announced on 30 April 2020 following approval received from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Exchange Control authority.
Mangwana Opportunities Fund is an investor owned, closed end investment company which is managed by Mangwana Capital. It is funded by Zimbabwean institutional investors including pension funds and invests primarily in the fields of Agriculture, Mining and Tourism with an investment horizon of 10 years.
The Fund has prescribed asset status and has been granted tax exempt status by the Ministry of Finance.
The share subscription agreement raises the equivalent of AUD$0.44 million (US$310,297) through the placement of 12,564,143 shares at a share price of US$0.035; a 91% premium to the preceding 5 day VWAP of US$0.0183 when the placement was announced on 30 April 2020.
The placement is a 20% to premium to the last closing price of US$0.029. The shares issued to Mangwana will be held in escrow for 6 months from the date of completion. The agreement makes provision for a further equity investment by Mangwana for the project over the next 12-24 months as well as assisting the Company in achieving its strategic goals in country.
The Company has also announced the appointment of Mr. Joe Mutizwa, current chairman of Mangwana Capital, as a director of the Company’s 100% owned local subsidiary Invictus Energy Resources Zimbabwe Pty Ltd.
Joe served for ten years as Chief Executive of Delta Corporation, one of Zimbabwe`s largest listed companies before taking early retirement in 2012.
He currently sits on the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC), a body appointed by Zimbabwe’s President, His Excellency CDE E.D Mnangagwa, which is comprised of experts and leaders drawn from diverse sectors to advise and assist the President in formulating key economic policies and strategies in the country.
Joe served on the board of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (2015-2019) and currently chairs the board of Star Africa Corporation Zimbabwe, a local sugar refiner; as well as the board of the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ).
Joe has a BSc degree (with first class honours) from The London School of Economics; an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe and an MSc from HEC – Paris and Oxford University.
“We are pleased to welcome Mangwana to the register as a strategic investor. Our partnership is already beginning to bear fruit and Mangwana has been assisting the Company in country over this period in advancing the key objectives such as the Production sharing Agreement and other regulatory approvals for our world class Cabora Bassa project,” Invictus Managing Director Scott Macmillan commented.
“We are delighted to become a shareholder of Invictus. Our fund investors comprise a broad range of Zimbabwe’s institutional investors and our Investment in Invictus will ensure that they share in the success of the Company.
“The Cabora Bassa project in Muzarabani is a potential game changer for the country which can bring about significant economic benefits and energy security to the entire region. We look forward to supporting Invictus to achieve their goals in Zimbabwe and developing our partnership with them.”