Regulatory News

SIP Purchase, PDMR Shareholding & TVR

23 November 2022

OTAQ, the innovative technology company targeting the aquaculture, geotracking and offshore markets, received notification on 22 November 2022 from Cytec Solutions Corporate Trustees Limited (the "SIP Trustee") in relation to the issue and allotment of 33,189 ordinary shares of 1 penny each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares") for the benefit of participants of the OTAQ Share Incentive Plan (the "SIP"), including a Person Discharging Managerial Responsibilities in the Company ("PDMR") outlined below in accordance with the rules of the SIP (the "SIP Award").

The SIP is an all-employee trust arrangement approved by HM Revenue and Customs, under which each participating employee will acquire Ordinary Shares at the prevailing market price per share using contributions deducted from pre-tax salary in each calendar month ("Partnership Shares"), with each participating employee being awarded one Ordinary Share for each Partnership Share ("Matching Shares"), using newly issued shares.

Details of the number of Partnership Shares purchased by the PDMR at a price of 4.67 pence per Ordinary Share, and the number of Matching Shares allocated by the SIP Trustee to the PDMR for no consideration, is set out against their name in the table below.



Number of Partnership Shares

Number of Matching Shares

Total beneficial holding following Admission

Percentage beneficial holding following Admission

Philip Newby*

Chief Executive Officer






*Philip Newby’s beneficial holding includes 349,606 Ordinary Shares held by his wife, Diane Newby

The SIP Award has been satisfied by the issue of 33,189 new Ordinary Shares (the "SIP Shares") to the SIP Trustee. The SIP Shares shall rank pari passu in all respects with the Company’s existing ordinary shares in issue. Application has been made to the Aquis Stock Exchange for the SIP Shares to be admitted to trading on the Access Segment of the AQSE Growth Market ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will become effective on or around 8.00 am on 28 November 2022.

Total Voting Rights

Following Admission, the Company will have 127,791,241 Ordinary Shares in issue, with voting rights. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in treasury. Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares in the Company with voting rights will be 127,791,241.

This figure may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.




+44 (0) 1524 748028

Adam Reynolds, Non-Executive Chairman


Phil Newby, Chief Executive Officer

Matt Enright, Chief Financial Officer




Dowgate Capital Limited (AQSE Corporate Adviser & Broker)

+44 (0)20 3903 7715

David Poutney / James Serjeant

Nicholas Chambers / Russell Cook




Walbrook PR Limited (PR)

+44 (0)20 7933 8780 or [email protected]

Tom Cooper / Nick Rome

 0797 122 1972 or 07748 325 236


About OTAQ

OTAQ is a highly innovative technology company targeting the aquaculture, geotracking and offshore markets. It already has a number of established products in its portfolio and is focused on further developing its presence, customer base and cross selling opportunities within core markets both organically and via acquisition.

OTAQ’s aquaculture products, which include a sonar device (developed for Minnowtech LLC) to scan shrimp in ponds and water quality monitoring, are focused on maximising welfare and production yields. Additionally, the Company is developing a potentially game changing live plankton analysis product for finfish and shellfish farmers. It also continues to target opportunities in the acoustic deterrent devices market via its Sealfence product, which is used by salmon farmers, with global opportunities in Chile, Australia, Canada and Norway.

The Company is also developing high accuracy location trackers for specialist applications. Having already added clients within safety and multiple participant sport/racing applications, the Company is investigating wider market potential - including opportunities in the seafood industry.

OTAQ’s offshore product range includes OceanSense subsea leak detection, Eagle IP camera systems, Lander seabed survey devices and Subsea electrical connectors and penetrators. It is targeting a number of growth opportunities in new territories and has a strong client base including Expro, Amphenol and National Oilwell Varco. The Company is also focused on the development of new products through this division, with the aim of increased cross-deployment of skills and technologies into the aquaculture arena.

The Company makes this announcement, including the notification(s) below, in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.


Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated



Philip Newby


Reason for the notification



Chief Executive Officer and PDMR


Initial notification /Amendment

Initial Notification


Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor



OTAQ plc





Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted


Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument


Identification code

Ordinary shares of 1 penny each




Nature of the transaction

Purchase and allocation of Partnership and Matching Shares (no consideration), respectively, under the OTAQ SIP.



Price(s) and volume(s)







3,212 + 3,212




Aggregated information





Aggregated volume (s)





Date of the transaction

22 November 2022


Place of the transaction

Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE)