February 17, 2017 - Toronto, Ontario: Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV:RYR) (“Royal Road Minerals” or the “Company”) , a gold focused mineral exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced private placement offering of units of the Company, led by Pollitt & Co., together with Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. and M Partners Inc., as agents (the "Agents").
The Company issued an aggregate of 36,000,000 units (each a "Unit") of the Company, with each Unit comprised of one ordinary share of the Company and one-half of one ordinary share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant"), at a price of C$0.10 per Unit for total aggregate gross proceeds of C$3.6 million (the "Offering"). Each Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire one ordinary share of the Company at a price C$0.20 until February 17, 2019.
The Company (i) paid a total cash commission to the Agents equal to 6.0% of the gross proceeds of the Offering, and (ii) issued broker warrants (the "Broker Warrants") equal to 6.0% of the securities sold pursuant to the Offering. Each Broker Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one ordinary share of the Company at a price of $0.10 until February 17, 2019.
The Offering constituted a related party transaction within the meaning of TSX Venture Exchange Policy 5.9 and Multilateral Instrument 61-101 ("MI 61-101") as insiders of the Company subscribed for an aggregate of 600,000 Units. The Company is relying on the exemptions from the valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101, as the fair market value of the participation in the Offering by insiders does not exceed 25% of the market capitalization of the Company, as determined in accordance with MI 61-101. The Company did not file a material change report in respect of the related party transaction at least 21 days before the closing of the Offering, which the Company deems reasonable in the circumstances so as to be able to avail itself of the proceeds of the Offering in an expeditious manner.
The net proceeds received by the Company from the Offering will be used to finance its planned operations in Colombia and, if applicable, its anticipated operations in Nicaragua following any successful completion of its previously announced intended acquisition of Caza Gold Corp.
All securities issued under the Offering will be subject to a statutory four month hold period ending on June 18, 2017 pursuant to applicable securities legislation.
The securities offered have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws, and accordingly, may not be offered or sold within the United States except in compliance with the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities requirements or pursuant to exemptions therefrom. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Company's securities in the United States.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.Cautionary Statement on Forward-looking Information
Cautionary statement: This news release may contain certain information that constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” “anticipate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur and include statements regarding the Option Agreement. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include the inherent risks involved in the hiring and retention of directors and officers, exploration and development of mineral properties, mine site planning and development, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological data, fluctuating metal prices, permitting and licensing and other factors described above and in the Company’s most recent annual information form under the heading “Risk Factors”, which has been filed electronically by means of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website located at www.sedar.com. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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Royal Road Minerals contact:
Dr. Tim Coughlin, President and Chief Executive Officer, by phone: USA-Canada toll-free (800) 638-9205, +44 (0)1534 887166, or +44 (0)7797 742800, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org