Investment Strategy

Contango’s objective is to acquire a company, business, project or assets in the natural resources sector utilising the Board’s extensive experience to identify, assess and execute transactions in the industry.

The Board’s investment criteria for companies, businesses, projects or assets are as follows:

  • Based in favourable and investor friendly jurisdictions
  • Managed by a well credentialed management team with a strong track record in the sector
  • Has clear routes to be developed without undue risks (e.g. good titles and permits);
  • Strong project economics
  • Demonstrated clear evidence that the project has developed beyond the early exploration phase
  • Has maintained good social corporate policies and relationships
Decorative Stone Element


Contango has conditionally acquired the Lubu Coal Project (“Lubu”) in Zimbabwe, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval in February 2020.


A proven board with complementary experience

Brian McMaster, Chairman (To resign upon Readmission)

Brian qualified as a chartered accountant in Australia in 1994 and is a registered and official liquidator with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of corporate reconstruction, turnaround and performance improvement. He worked in New York and Jakarta before returning to Australia to become a partner at Ernst & Young. From 2004, he was a partner at Korda Mentha, a leading investment and restructuring services firm in Australia. In 2010 he joined Garrison Capital to advise on the identification and development of natural resources projects globally. In this capacity, he has been a director of a number of companies across the sector.

Oliver Stansfield, Non-Executive Director

Oliver is the Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hill Capital. He joined Fox-Davies Capital in 2004 (which was acquired by Optima Worldwide Group plc in June 2014 and subsequently changed its name to Brandon Hill Capital in January 2015). Oliver leads the equity sales team at Brandon Hill Capital and advises clients on raising capital from financial institutions and sophisticated investors. Notable recent transaction include raising capital for San Leon Energy plc (£172m in equity) to acquire oil & gas assets in Nigeria in 2016 and raising capital for Atalaya Mining (£65m in equity) to begin copper production in Spain in 2015.

Neal Griffith, Non-Executive Director (To resign upon Readmission)

Neal is an executive director at Brandon Hill Capital and its parent company Optima Worldwide Group plc. He commenced his career in finance at SG Warburg before moving to Gow & Co, a commodities trading firm. He subsequently moved into a business career as both owner/manager and investor in the telecoms, property, farming and corporate restructuring services sectors. Neal is the CEO of Optima Worldwide Group plc (the parent company of Brandon Hill Capital) as a provider of capital to growth companies. Since the acquisition of Brandon Hill Capital in 2014 he has focused on assisting the Brandon Hill Capital team raise capital for its clients through his global network of professional investors. OWG has a number of investments in the natural resource sector and was recently listed on the Nasdaq Nord market in August 2016.

Philip Richards, Non-Executive Director

Philip was educated at King’s College, Taunton before attending Oxford University (Corpus Christi College), where he received a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. From 1981-1985 he served in the British Army, finishing as Captain. From 1985 to 1987 Philip was a member of the European Equity Broking Team at James Capel & Co and from 1987 to 1998 was an executive director at Smith New Court Europe. He was also a managing director of Merrill Lynch investment banking from 1995-1998. In 1999 Philip co-founded RAB Capital Limited, for which he acted as CEO and latterly president, as well as principal fund manager of the RAB Europe Fund and RAB Special Situations Fund. At its peak in 2007, RAB managed circa US$7bn, of which $2bn was in the Special Situations Fund. Over time Philip and his team were responsible for managing several hundred investments in the natural resources sector and in 2006 Philip was voted AIM Entrepreneur of the Year.

Carl Esprey (Proposed Executive Director upon Readmission)

Carl, who qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, has built a career in the natural resource investment and development sector. After beginning his career at Deloitte in Johannesburg in 2001, Carl joined BHP Billiton in 2004 as an analyst focussed on mergers and acquisitions. After four years at BHP Billiton, Carl used his expertise in the resources industry to move into equity investment and joined GLG Partners in London in 2008, where he focussed on natural resources investments. In 2014 Carl joined the board of Atlas Development & Support Services Limited and guided the company through its dual listing on the Growth Enterprise Market Segment of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, whilst also managing operations across Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. In the past eighteen months, Carl has separately founded Elatio Tech Limited, a southern-African revenue generating gaming business and Waraba Gold Limited, a west-African gold exploration company.

Roy Pitchford (Proposed Non-Executive Director upon Readmission)

Roy is a Zimbabwean national and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Zimbabwe. He has a long history in the country’s mining sector and was the President of the Chamber of Mines in Zimbabwe. He was the chief executive officer at Cluff Resources, where he led the redevelopment of Freda Rebecca mine, the largest gold mine in the country, as well as several smaller mines in the portfolio. Also, he was chief executive officer at Zimplats, where he oversaw the development of the Ngezi Opencast Platinum Mine into production, the re-commission of the Selous Metallurgical Complex in 2002 and created a company with a platinum-group metals resource base in excess of 300 million ounces. More recently, he was chief executive officer at Vast Resources until December 2017, a company that has mines in both Romania and Zimbabwe.


22 May 2020
Publication of Prospectus
22 Jan 2020
Conditional Oversubscribed Placing to raise £1.4 million Acquisition Update
23 Dec 2019
Acquisition Update and Extension to SPA
2 Aug 2019
Further Acquisition Update

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