01 May 19
("Tracsis" or the "Group")
Directorate change, award of share options and PDMR Dealing
Tracsis, a leading provider of software and services for the rail, traffic data and wider transport industries, confirms that further to the announcement dated 7 January 2019, Chris Barnes has today been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Group. Accordingly, John McArthur has today stepped down from the Board and will continue to work with Tracsis in a part-time capacity focussing on M&A.
In connection with Chris's appointment as a Director of the Group, the Remuneration Committee has agreed a share option award to compensate Chris for unvested incentives forfeited from his previous employer on joining Tracsis. As such, Chris was awarded 21,417 share options in Tracsis plc with an exercise price of 0.4p, that can be exercised on or after 4 February 2022 being three years since Chris joined the Group. Chris will also join the Group's Long-Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) on commencement of the new financial year.
Chris Cole, Non-Executive Chairman commented:
"I would like to pay tribute to John for his significant contribution and his achievements for Tracsis and we wish him all the best for the future. I am pleased to welcome Chris Barnes to succeed John who has great sector experience, and his ambition and credentials will be a strong asset to Tracsis for our next phase of growth."
John McArthur commented:
"It has been my privilege and passion to lead Tracsis over the past 15 years during which time the Group has grown and matured into the successful technology and services business we see today. My transition from CEO is a natural evolution for the Group and I am pleased to be handing the baton onto Chris at a time when our business is in great shape for the future. I wish to thank the entire Tracsis team for making my journey as CEO so enjoyable and I wish you all every success for the future."
Chris Barnes, Chief Executive Officer commented:
"Firstly, I would like to thank John for his enormous contribution to the Tracsis business which he founded in 2004. I'm delighted to have been appointed as John's replacement as CEO of the Tracsis Group and I'm excited to have the opportunity to lead the next phase of both organic and acquisitive growth for this technology led business. The Tracsis Group is well positioned for the future, has an industry leading software, hardware and consultancy product offering, a great team of people, a blue chip client base and operates across industrial sectors that are seeing significant growth and transformational change all of which will continue to drive strong future demand for our products and services."
The following information is disclosed in relation to Christopher Matthew Barnes, age 44, pursuant to Schedule Two paragraph (g) and Rule 17 of the AIM Rules for Companies:
Current Directorships / Partnerships:
Previous Directorships / Partnerships (held in the past five years)
- Ricardo UK Limited
- Ricardo EMEA Limited
- Ricardo Certification Limited
- Ricardo Rail Limited
As at 1 May 2019, Chris Barnes has beneficial interests of 21,417 Options over Ordinary Shares in the Company. Outside of these Share Options, Chris Barnes has no other beneficial interest in the equity securities of Tracsis plc.
Details of the Person discharging managerial responsibilities ("PDMR") / person closely associated with them ("PCA")
Christopher Matthew Barnes
Reason for the notification
Position / status
Chief Executive Officer
Initial notification / amendment
Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor
Legal Entity Identifier
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
Options over Ordinary Shares
Nature of the transaction
Issue of options over Ordinary Shares
Price(s) and volume(s)
- Aggregated volume
- Aggregated price
Single transaction per 4 c)
21,417 options over Ordinary Shares
Date of the transaction(s)
30 April 2019
Place of the transaction
London Stock Exchange, AIM
Tracsis plc | Tel: 0845 125 9162
Chris Barnes, CEO
Max Cawthra, CFO
finnCap Ltd | Tel: 020 7220 0500
Christopher Raggett/Scott Mathieson, Corporate Finance
Andrew Burdis, Corporate Broking
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