TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – March 8, 2016) – First Bauxite Corporation (“First Bauxite” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:FBX) is pleased to announce the closing of the second tranche of a non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) to Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. (“RCF”) of a US$11 million principal amount secured convertible note bearing 8% interest and maturing August 1, 2017 (the “Note”). The principal amount of the Note will be convertible at the option of RCF into common shares of the Company at CAD$0.05698 per share for a period of one year from the date of issuance and CAD$0.10 per share thereafter (the “Conversion Price”), while interest outstanding on the converted amount may, at RCF’s election, be settled by the issue of Company shares at the Market Price (as defined by the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) of such shares at the time of settlement). The Company may prepay the principal amount of the Note in shares valued at the Conversion Price if the volume weighted average trading price of the Company’s shares exceeds 200% of the conversion price for 40 consecutive trading days, while interest outstanding on the prepaid amount may be settled by the issue of Company shares at the Market Price of such shares at the time of prepayment.
On October 30, 2015, the Company closed the first tranche of the Private Placement and issued to RCF a US$4 million principal amount secured convertible note.
The proceeds of the Private Placement are expected to allow the Company to proceed with its budgeted programs for its fiscal 2016 year including: (i) initial detailed engineering on the mining and beneficiation plant in Guyana for the Company’s Bonasika bauxite project; (ii) continuing analysis of the ceramics proppant market; (iii) mining of a bulk sample to manufacture large scale proppant samples for market tests in select oil and gas wells; and (iv) general working capital.
The Company has also closed the replacement of its outstanding notes having an aggregate principal amount of approximately CAD$16.3 million and US$4 million maturing today, with new convertible notes having substantially the same terms and conditions as the Note, including interest rate, maturity date and conversion features (the “Replacement Notes”).
The new Note, tranche 1 note and the Replacement Notes are secured obligations of the Company under a general security agreement between the Company and each of the note holders.
The Private Placement and Replacement Notes constitute related party transactions pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”) and TSX Venture Exchange Policy 5.9. In consideration of the financial circumstances of the Company, the Company is relying upon the “financial hardship” exemptions from the requirements to obtain a formal valuation and minority shareholder approval in Sections 5.5(g) and 5.7(e) of MI 61-101 respectively.
The Company also filed a material change report on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) regarding the Private Placement and Replacement Notes on November 9, 2015.
The $11 million Note and Replacement Notes issued today are subject to a four month hold period expiring July 9, 2016.
About First Bauxite
First Bauxite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:FBX) is a Canadian natural resource company engaged in the exploration and development of bauxite deposits in Guyana, South America. The Company has its head office in Toronto and is managed by experienced professionals with worldwide experience in the global industrial minerals industry across a number of industrial minerals. For further information on First Bauxite Corporation, please visit the Company’s corporate website at www.firstbauxite.com.
Certain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements look into the future and provide an opinion as to the effect of certain events and trends on the business. Forward-looking statements may include words such as “will”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “expects” and similar expressions. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the use of proceeds and 2016 budget. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties. Actual results may materially differ from expectations, if known and unknown risks or uncertainties affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions prove inaccurate. Factors that could cause results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, the effect of capital market conditions and other factors on capital availability; execution of the Company’s existing plans as budgeted, including development programs for Bonasika, which may change due to changes in the views of the Company or if new information arises which makes it prudent to change such budget, plans or programs, and other risks affecting the Company or the mining industry more fully described in the Company’s continuous disclosure documents, which are available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.
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