Metals X Limited - return of capital by distribution of shares in NICO Resources Limited
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|Table of Contents||Paragraph|
|What this Ruling is about|
|Who this Ruling applies to|
|When this Ruling applies|
|Appendix - Legislative provisions|
Relying on this Ruling
This publication (excluding appendix) is a public ruling for the purposes of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.
If this Ruling applies to you, and you correctly rely on it, we will apply the law to you in the way set out in this Ruling. That is, you will not pay any more tax or penalties or interest in respect of the matters covered by this Ruling.
1. This Ruling sets out the income tax consequences of the reduction of share capital by Metals X Limited (Metals X) which was satisfied by the transfer of shares in NICO Resources Limited (NICO) to the shareholders of Metals X on 13 January 2022 (Implementation Date).
3. All legislative references in this Ruling are to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 or the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (as detailed in the table in the Appendix to this Ruling), unless otherwise indicated.
- were registered on the Metals X share register on 10 January 2022 (Record Date)
- held your shares on capital account; that is, you did not hold your shares in Metals X as revenue assets (as defined in section 977-50) or as trading stock (as defined in subsection 995-1(1)) on the Record Date.
Note: Division 230 will not apply to individuals unless they have made an election for it to apply.
Capital gains tax consequences
Demerger relief is not available
7. A demerger, as defined in section 125-70, did not occur under the scheme. Therefore, demerger relief (being demerger roll-over under Division 125 and demerger dividend treatment under subsections 44(3) and (4) and 128B(3D)) is not available for the transfer of shares.
CGT event G1
9. You made a capital gain from CGT event G1 happening in relation to your Metals X share if the amount of the reduction of share capital for each Metals X share (1.41479c) was more than the cost base of your Metals X share. If so, the capital gain is equal to the amount of the excess and the Cost base / reduced cost base of your Metals X share are reduced to nil. No capital loss can be made from CGT event G1 (subsection 104-135(3)).
10. If you did not make a capital gain from CGT event G1 happening in relation to your Metals X share, you reduce the Cost base / reduced cost base of your Metals X share by 1.41479c (subsection 104-135(4)).
Cost base / reduced cost base of your NICO Resources Limited shares
Acquisition date of NICO Resources Limited shares
Discount capital gain
13. If you subsequently disposed of the NICO shares you acquired on the Implementation Date and made a capital gain, you can treat it as a 'discount capital gain' under Subdivision 115-A, provided that you owned those NICO shares for at least 12 months (excluding the Implementation Date and the date of disposal) and you satisfied the other conditions in Subdivision 115-A.
Foreign-resident shareholders of Metals X Limited
- is an indirect Australian real property interest (table item 2 of section 855-15)
- was used by you (the foreign resident) at any time in carrying on a business through a permanent establishment in Australia (table item 3 of section 855-15), or
- is a CGT asset that is covered by subsection 104-165(3) (choosing to disregard a capital gain or capital loss on ceasing to be an Australian resident) (table item 5 of section 855-15)).
Not assessable dividend
16. No part of the value of a NICO share transferred to you on the Implementation Date will be included in your assessable income under subsection 44(1). This is because all the value of the NICO shares was debited to the share capital account of Metals X, meaning that it is not a 'dividend' under subsection 6(1).
Section 45B does not apply to deem an assessable dividend
17. The Commissioner will not make a determination under paragraph 45B(3)(b) that section 45C applies to the whole, or any part, of the capital benefit provided to you by the transfer of NICO shares on the Implementation Date. This is because the purpose condition in paragraph 45B(2)(c) was not satisfied. Therefore, you will not include any part of the amount of the capital benefit (the market value of the NICO shares) in your assessable income under subsection 44(1).
Metals X Limited
20. Metals X's activities are the exploration and development of mineral resources, with a primary focus on tin (through the company's interests in the Renison Tin Mine in Tasmania) and, until recently, nickel (through the Wingellina Nickel-Cobalt Project located in Western Australia and the Claude Hills Project located in South Australia).
21. Metals X announced on 25 May 2021 that it had signed a binding terms sheet with NICO, a company incorporated in Australia on 29 April 2021, for the sale and spin-out of its nickel asset portfolio. The terms sheet and subsequent Share Sale Agreement provided for the sale of all the shares in Metals Exploration Pty Ltd (its wholly-owned subsidiary holding the nickel assets) in consideration for the issue of 25 million NICO Shares (Consideration Shares) to Metals X and the issue to Metals X of 25 million options to subscribe for shares in NICO. This was to be done in conjunction with NICO undertaking an initial public offering of its shares and applying for listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. The Consideration Shares were to be transferred to Metals X shareholders in conjunction with a return of capital.
Return of capital by distribution of NICO Resources Limited shares
24. On 15 December 2021, shareholders of Metals X approved an ordinary resolution under section 256C of the Corporations Act 2001 to reduce the share capital of Metals X as an equal reduction, by an amount equal to the market value of all Metals X's shares in NICO.
Commissioner of Taxation
7 September 2022
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||subsection 6(1)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||subsection 44(1)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||subsection 44(3)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||subsection 44(4)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||paragraph 45B(2)(c)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||paragraph 45B(3)(b)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||section 45C|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1936||subsection 128B(3D)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||section 104-135|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||subsection 104-135(3)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||subsection 104-135(4)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||subsection 104-165(3)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||subsection 109-5(2)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||subsection 110-25(2)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||subsection 110-55(2)|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||Subdivision 115-A|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||Division 125|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||section 125-70|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||Division 197|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||Division 230|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||section 855-10|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||section 855-15|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||section 975-300|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||section 977-50|
|Income Tax Assessment Act 1997||subsection 995-1(1)|
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