TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Almonty Industries Inc. (“Almonty”) (TSXV: AII) announces that it has closed the first tranche of its previously announced non-brokered private placement of up to 20,000,000 units (the “Equity Offering”). The Company issued 10,396,040 units at a price of $0.25 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $2,599,010 (the “First Closing”). Each unit consists of one common share and one half of a common share purchase warrant. Each whole common share purchase warrant entitles the holder to purchase one common share of Almonty for $0.30 for a period of up to two years after closing.
All securities issued pursuant to the First Closing are subject to resale restrictions for a period of four months. Almonty intends to use the net proceeds of the First Closing to fund ongoing engineering work at Almonty Korea Tungsten’s Sangdong project and for general corporate purposes. Closing of the second and final tranche of the Equity Offering is expected to occur on or about March 23, 2016.
Lewis Black, President & CEO of Almonty said, “We have been taken aback by the overwhelming response from our existing shareholders in a market that is extremely difficult. Their commitment to Almonty has not wavered in these tough market conditions and their belief in the Sangdong mine is absolute. The Board and Management have stood alongside our shareholders in this raise and we are all completely aligned in our view of the future value of Almonty as tungsten prices continue to improve. We look forward to bringing further news on the financing package for the buildout of the Sangdong mine in due course.”
Certain of Almonty’s directors, officers and significant shareholders participated in the First Closing, which qualifies as a related party transaction for purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). Neither the fair market value of the securities issued to interested parties nor the consideration paid by interested parties exceeded 25% of Almonty’s market capitalization. Accordingly, the First Closing is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101.
The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain, its Wolfram Camp Mine in north Queensland, Australia and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of the Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, Korea and the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain. The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Wolfram Camp Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2014 and is located approximately 130 kilometres west of Cairns in northern Queensland, Australia and produces tungsten and molybdenum concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate. The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp. Almonty also has an option to acquire a 100% ownership interest in the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in northwestern Spain. Further information about Almonty’s activities may be found at www.almonty.com and under Almonty’s profile at www.sedar.com.
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Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Almonty to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: any specific risks relating to fluctuations in the price of ammonium para tungstate (“APT”) from which the sale price of Almonty’s tungsten concentrate is derived, actual results of mining and exploration activities, environmental, economic and political risks of the jurisdictions in which Almonty’s operations are located and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, forecasts and assessments relating to Almonty’s business, risks relating to production forecasts and estimates from the Sangdong mining operations, credit and liquidity risks, hedging risk, competition in the mining industry, risks related to the market price of Almonty’s shares, the ability of Almonty to retain key management employees or procure the services of skilled and experienced personnel, risks related to claims and legal proceedings against Almonty and any of its operating mines, risks relating to unknown defects and impairments, risks related to the adequacy of internal control over financial reporting, risks related to governmental regulations, including environmental regulations, risks related to international operations of Almonty, risks relating to exploration, development and operations at Almonty’s tungsten mines, the ability of Almonty to obtain and maintain necessary permits, the ability of Almonty to comply with applicable laws, regulations and permitting requirements, lack of suitable infrastructure and employees to support Almonty’s mining operations, uncertainty in the accuracy of mineral reserves and mineral resources estimates, production estimates from Almonty’s mining operations, inability to replace and expand mineral reserves, uncertainties related to title and indigenous rights with respect to mineral properties owned directly or indirectly by Almonty, the ability of Almonty to obtain adequate financing, the ability of Almonty to complete permitting, construction, development and expansion, challenges related to global financial conditions, risks related to future sales or issuance of equity securities, differences in the interpretation or application of tax laws and regulations or accounting policies and rules.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to, no material adverse change in the market price of APT, that the Sangdong tungsten mine will be completed in accordance with public statements on time and on budget and achieve its stated production estimates, the continuing ability to fund or obtain funding for outstanding commitments, expectations regarding the resolution of legal and tax matters, no negative change to local Korean laws, the ability to secure local contractors, employees and assistance as and when required and on reasonable terms, the ability to sell the tungsten concentrate produced from the Sangdong tungsten mine and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although Almonty has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Almonty. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary.
Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements. Almonty cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on Almonty’s forward-looking statements and information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events.
Almonty has also assumed that material factors will not cause any forward-looking statements and information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.
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