VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 13, 2017) - AQM Copper Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AQM)(BVL:AQM) ("AQM" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the completion of the previously announced plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") involving AQM, Teck Resources Limited (TSX:TECK.A and TECK.B / NYSE:TECK) ("Teck") and the holders of common shares ("Shares"), options to purchase Shares ("Options") and deferred share units ("DSU") of AQM (collectively, the "Securityholders"), pursuant to which Teck has acquired all of the issued and outstanding Shares that are not already owned by Teck or its affiliates. AQM is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teck.
The Arrangement was approved at a special meeting of Securityholders held on January 9, 2017 by approximately 99.90% of the votes cast by Securityholders present in person or by proxy at the meeting (99.79% after excluding the votes cast by those persons whose votes must be excluded in determining minority approval for the Arrangement pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101- Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions). A final order approving the Arrangement was obtained from the Supreme Court of British Columbia on January 11, 2017.
As a result, the Shares will be delisted from the TSX Venture Exchange and Teck will apply to the relevant securities commissions for AQM to cease to be a reporting issuer under Canadian securities laws.
Under the Arrangement, Teck acquired all of the issued and outstanding Shares not already owned by it or its affiliates in exchange for a cash payment of $0.23 per Share (the "Consideration per Share"). In addition, (i) each outstanding Option was surrendered and transferred to AQM in exchange for a cash payment from AQM equal to the amount (if any) by which the Consideration per Share exceeded the exercise price of such Option and all other Options were cancelled without any payment to the holder; and (ii) each outstanding DSU was deemed assigned and transferred by each holder of DSUs to AQM in exchange for a cash payment from AQM equal to the Consideration per Share in respect of each DSU, and each DSU was immediately cancelled.
Full details of the Arrangement and certain other matters are set out in the management information circular of AQM dated December 9, 2016 (the "Circular"). A copy of the Circular is available under AQM's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at www.teck.com or follow @TeckResources.
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