Active Energy, the London quoted international biomass based renewable energy and forestry management business, announces that upon the recommendation of the Company's Remuneration Committee, it has approved the implementation of a new long-term incentive plan ('LTIP') designed to incentivise the Company's Executive Directors, certain other Directors and members of the Senior Management team (the "Participants").
The LTIP, which has been prepared with advice from AON Plc, has been established to encourage long-term value creation for AEG's shareholders and to align the interests of the Participants with shareholders. Awards under the LTIP take the form of premium priced options over the Company's ordinary shares of 0.01 pence each, ("Ordinary Shares") which are exercisable from the third anniversary of the date of grant (subject to several market standard specific exceptions) (the "Options").
AEG's Remuneration Committee believes that the implementation of the LTIP will incentivise the Participants and will also help AEG to attract and retain talented individuals in the future, as the Company approaches its goal of commercialising its CoalSwitchTM technology following the recent fundraising, which raised gross proceeds of £7 million, coupled with the restructuring of the Company's Convertible Loan Note instrument.
Further Details of the LTIP
The LTIP is a share option scheme of the kind commonly adopted by listed companies. The earliest date on which the Options can be exercised is three years from the date of grant. The LTIP allows for up to 7% of the Company's issued share capital to be allocated to Participants and includes malus and clawback clauses.
Initial Grants under the LTIP
The Company's Remuneration Committee has recommended to issue 86,469,467 Options to certain Participants, which is equal to 2.2160% of the number of Ordinary Shares in issue. The first exercise price (On 50% of an individual's award) of these newly granted Options is 2.0125 pence which represents an 75% premium to the Company's mid-market price of 1.15 pence on 25 February 2021, while the second exercise price is set at a further 75% premium over the first exercise price at 3.522 pence for the remainder of the individual's awards. Their duration is 10 years with a 3-year vesting period.
Related Party Transaction
The implementation of the LTIP constitutes a related party transaction pursuant to rule 13 of the AIM Rules for Companies. James Leahy, the Company's Chairman, who is not party to the LTIP and is therefore an independent director for these purposes, having consulted with the Company's Nominated Adviser, considers the terms of the LTIP to be fair and reasonable insofar as AEG's shareholders are concerned.