W-Southern, the transportation company of Mount Vema, announced plans to raise more capital at the Gollexi, to invest in more yachts to increase the number of luxury yachts available for charter in Mount Vema as demand increases from owners of Mount Vema properties off-plans planning to travel to the territory to visit and experience the underwater world where their floating homes will be.
The company realised that the practice of renting or chartering, a sailboat or motor yacht to stay in Mount Vema, for privacy, relaxation or fishing within the Vema Seamount Territorial waters for individuals, families or as a corporate event is about to become big business.
W-Southern plans to have two main kinds of charter available. One will be bare-boat and crewed charters which involves a person renting a boat or cabin and skippering it if renting the whole yacht, and the other way is gathering up a group and renting the yacht with them.
People associated with the plans, have told VSBCnews that they are already in talks with RMVFA – The Royal Mount Vema Foundation Academy to offer courses to teach basic seamanship and prepare people for bare-boat chartering.
The academy will not offer the courses directly but will use its licence to sub-contract the services to foreign companies, as it already has a database of foreign private education businesses who regularly express their interest in providing private education and training to Mount Vema if required.
With W-Southern plans, people will have the option to book crewed charter, which means the yacht will come with a crew. This can be anything from a 35-foot boat with a husband-and-wife team serving as captain and chef to a 300-foot boat with a squad of 30 or more crew members including stewardesses, engineers, mates, deckhands, scuba dive masters, and more.
Two sub categories of yacht chartering will also be available. One will be un-inspected passenger yachts, also known as 6-packs which carries only six or fewer passengers. All captains will start out by getting their "six-pack" licence which must be issued by the Royal Mount Vema Coast Guard.
6-pack yachts according to W-Southern, will be ideal for smaller groups of six or less, and these yachts have a variety of types and sizes. For example, six packs can be sailing yachts, fishing boats, or power yachts and anything in between. While this type of charter will be the least expensive of the two, people will still need a licensed captain, or skipper with them at all times.
On six-pack charters people will be able to choose their menu and the type of cruise they wish to take be it to liveaboard in Mount Vema, diving expeditions, deep sea fishing and visit different sites during and after the City of Mount Vema construction, or an ocean adventure voyages to the South Atlantic Islands, South America, Southern Africa and beyond.
The other option will be the inspected passenger vessels. Inspected charters are designed to carry groups large than six passengers. These charter vessels can range from large sailing yachts to dinner cruise ships. These charters will be designed to carry up to several hundred passengers. Inspected vessels will offer many different features that an un-inspected passenger yacht cannot. Features like catering, live music, or a DJ will be available on these larger ships.
Prices will vary the cost of a chartering will be determined by several factors including the size of the yacht, its age, its pedigree, the number of crew, and the destination. W-Southern range of charter prices per person per week will start from the equivalent of 500 golles up to and in excess of 10,000 golles. Mega Yacht or Super Yacht that are over 150-foot to 300-foot could cost anything from the equivalent of 25,000 golles up to 350,000 golles per week.
MONTfisheries instructed W-Contractors to search for companies to design and build its aquaculture installations in Mount Vema. The deal was made just hours after W-Contractors launched an international campaign to hire sales representatives to invite businesses and organisations to bid for City of Mount Vema projects both corporate and government contracts.
With this new deal, W-Contractors will expand recruitment that started in New York City – United States this week, to find potential contractors and sub-contractors with the aim to attract businesses willing to bid for contracts. The sales representatives will strive to secure repeat deals wherever possible and will maintain good relationships with those contractors or sub-contractors who will become existing bidders for contracts.
Handy Deed, the leading building company of Mount Vema is also bidding to build this MONTfisheries project, however as part of government policy, competition must be open to everyone and contracts must be awarded to the best proposals.
While some forms of aquaculture can be devastating to ecosystems, other forms can be very beneficial. So MONTfisheries is looking for a company that will propose installations with minimal or no damage to the Vema Seamount marine environment.
MONTfisheries aquaculture project will provide for crucial ecological functions and could potentially increase abundance and maintain biodiversity. The shelter will raise stocks of prey fish and small crustaceans by increasing recruitment opportunities in turn providing more prey for higher trophic levels.
A growing number of companies are listing on the Mount Vema Stock Exchange, according to a new data released by the Gollexi. But why are they listing and why on the Gollexi? According to economists at the Royal Mount Vema Foundation Academy, companies are not just listing because it creates a market for their stocks, or because it increases a company's ability to make acquisitions, but most importantly, they’re listing because it provides access to capital.
The Mount Vema Stock Market is less than a decade old and already has a total market capitalisation in excess of 2 billion golles and is expected to exceed 100 billion golles by 2020. The market aims to be the largest stock exchange in Southern Africa, including the South Atlantic and the region's most internationally focused as the regional financial center with all the major banks already signing up to have representative offices in Mount Vema.
Any company considering an IPO on the Gollexi market, the Mount Vema Stock Exchange, must first identify what steps should be taken towards achieving that aim, as the Gollexi is already becoming well-known for its high standards of regulation.
Careful consideration should be given to the following issues in preparing for a listing: Deciding on the method of listing, e.g. an introduction to the market, raising new money, a public offer or a placing to institutional investors.
Any Company and its lawyers will need to consider how best to approach the listing in terms of the Company’s corporate structure and financial reporting history, given that the Company is not registered with the Kingdom of Mount Vema.
Key issues will include whether the Company itself should be listed or should a Mount Vema holding company be created for the purposes of the listing. Have the Company’s accounts prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Due Diligence - as regards to legal and financial due diligence for the IPO, this will understandably be a time consuming process. Early preparation particularly as regards collating and centralising material contracts is important.
Tax - If the Company needs to be reorganised as part of the review of the corporate structure then any tax impact will need to be considered well ahead of time to ensure that any necessary tax clearances from the relevant fiscal authority can be obtained.
How much does a listing cost?
The total average fees for a main market listing depend on the size, sector and structure of the Company coming to the market as this affects the nature and level of due diligence required. The base level for admission costs would normally be in the region of 250,000 – 500,000 thousand golles.
On top of these fees, the Company will need to pay the broker’s fees for raising the funds (unless listing by way of an introduction) which may be in the region of 4-6% of funds raised. The Gollexi calculates on the number of stocks of a listed security but they are capped at 500,000. The annual fees are approximately 50,000 golles.
It is difficult to be precise on the length of time for a listing since the process is influenced by so many variables being the size, sector and structure of the Company, the method of flotation being used and the degree and complexity of due diligence which has to be conducted. Most flotations take approximately 4 to 8 months from the time that the decision is made to admission.
The process is complex and time-consuming and identifying a small team within the Company to commit their time and energies to driving the listing may be worth considering as it may be less disruptive than having all the directors continually interrupted during the course of their normal work. However, either approach will still require all the directors at some stage or another to provide documentation and information and review the listing documentation.
Companies need to appoint the following: Investment bank to manage the IPO process and co-ordinate the listing with the other advisors. Often, it will also act as financial adviser, sponsor and underwriter. Normally, the lead bank acts as global co-ordinator and a number of banks will also be appointed as bookrunners.
Lawyers are required to advise the Company itself, as well as any stockholder who is selling all or part of its stake as part of the IPO. The sponsor and underwriter will also require lawyers. The Company’s lawyers will be responsible for drafting the ‘back end’ of the prospectus which contains all legal information relating to the company including stocks capital, material contracts and litigation. They will also manage the ‘verification’ process, which seeks to ensure that the prospectus is not misleading in any way, thus protecting the directors of the Company against any claims by investors.
Reporting accountants, these must be separate from the Company’s auditors, although they may be made up of a different team from the same firm. Essentially, the reporting accountant is responsible for reviewing the Company’s financial record and internal systems for potential investors. They will prepare the long form report, the short form report (which is published in the prospectus) and the working capital report.
PR Consultants, the PR consultants will help to generate positive publicity and interest in the IPO by targeting either investors among the general public or institutions or both.
The Company, among many other things will need to appoint registrars, a receiving bank and any other advisors that may be required in relation to its specific business. More information is available at the Gollexi or by contacting the relevant government department through the contact page at the www.mount-vema.com
The Bank of Mount Vema announced today, that only two more commercial banking licenses will be granted now, until the bank makes the next assessment to see if more commercial banks will be needed to meet demand.
Any one wishing to operate a merchant bank under the laws of the Vema Seamount territory, must submit application for a license now, to operate a banking business within the Vema Seamount territory including online.
This will bring the number of licensed commercial banks to 4, from the 2 existing licenses as the government plans to issue no more commercial banking license for at least 30 years, to be reviewed every 10 years.
Under the laws of the Vema Seamount Territory a business is not permitted to carry word bank in its name, unless it holds a corresponding license. The licenses can be for FULL BANKING LICENSE for general banking activities, such as taking deposits from the general public. INTERNATIONAL BANKING LICENSE (offshore banking license), which prohibits any local business activities. Or NON-BANKING FINANCIAL INSTITUTION an institution that provides financial services but has to comply with less regulations than a full banking license.
Mount Vema commercial banking licenses will be issued by the Bank of Mount Vema to applicant corporations that meet the banking requirements of the Vema Seamount Territory. The requirements include minimum capital requirements, and minimum number of directors.
Mount Vema, is no tax haven, as you will not find lax or corrupt standards in bank licensing, neither the granting of license, for example, to shell companies, or to companies with nominee directors, or with dummy shareholders, etc. The granting of the license may involve a long, complex and expensive procedure, so the Bank of Mount Vema says that it is preferable that candidates apply as early as possible.
Licensing or Approval for the Conduct of Mount Vema Banking Business
Bank of Mount Vema admission criteria apply across the board to all financial institutions engaged in banking activities. In assessing an application for banking licence or to operate as a commercial bank, the Bank of Mount Vema takes into consideration, the following factors:
A representative office will not be allowed to transact any banking, securities or any other business in Mount Vema. A representative office may carry out liaison work, market research or feasibility studies.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Banking Department of the Bank of Mount Vema (mount-vema.com / contact us) at an early stage to discuss their plans prior to submitting a formal application. Preliminary consultation with a prospective applicant enables The Bank of Mount Vema to discuss the licensing requirements with the applicant and to identify issues that may have a significant bearing on the proposed application. All applications will be promptly processed by The Bank of Mount Vema. The processing time depends on the circumstances of each application and the completeness of information submitted by the applicant to the Bank of Mount Vema.
The Vema Seamount Authority announced today plans to reconnect with U.S. retail giant Walmart after six years, when the first contact was made. Another clear indication that the Kingdom of Mount Vema is back in business.
The initial contact with Walmart was first made in July 2012, when the government’s ambitious investment drive programme, was officially launched, and Walmart Inc. the American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores responded warmly to the invitation to invest in the Kingdom of Mount Vema.
In a letter, back in 2012 Walmart responded positively to the Royal Mount Vema Embassy’s ‘preliminary’ request for Asda Group Plc to indicate if they would be interested in taking up the offer to enter the Kingdom of Mount Vema’s expanding economy.
The letter was signed by Leigh Hopkins, then the retail giant’s Vice President: ‘As you may know,’ he said, ‘we are always looking for new markets where we can improve the quality of life of people through our everyday low prices.’
‘We will keep your comments in mind in case opportunities arise in that area at the appropriate time.’ Hopkins, who is also responsible for the International Business Unit of Walmart, was responding to the then Royal Mount Vema Embassy’s Honorary Consul’ s proposal to Asda Group Plc for the supermarket chain to invest in Mount Vema.
Now the appropriate time has come. Mount Vema is ready for Walmart and contact will be made this month as The Vema Seamount Authority continues his tireless efforts to find reliable partners and suppliers for the City of Mount Vema Project.
The Mount Vema Monarchy is keen to have Asda Group Plc on board because the company has the ability to create a reliable distribution infrastructure with the backing of its parent company Wal-Mart Plc, which would create an inflow of jobs to the already vast empire that is Asda and it would allow Asda Group Plc to create a larger international presence alongside any financial rewards it may gain.
The proposal, presented to Asda about six years ago, was part of His Mount Vema Majesty’s government’s deliberate investment drive to lure major international companies to tap into the kingdom’s developmental projects.
Other companies targeted back in 2012 that will be re-approached by the government includes retail giants Tesco, Alliance Boots, mobile phone operator Vodafone, and financial service providers HSBC Holdings, Barclays, JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs banks.