First Nickel Inc.

First Nickel Inc.

March 02, 2015 07:00 ET

Leading Independent Advisory Firms ISS and Glass Lewis Recommend Shareholders of First Nickel Inc. Vote FOR the Debt Refinancing and Share Consolidation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 2, 2015) - First Nickel Inc. ("First Nickel", "FNI" or the "Company") (TSX:FNI) is pleased to announce that both Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") and Glass Lewis and Co. ("Glass Lewis") have recommended that shareholders of First Nickel vote FOR the Debt Refinancing and Share Consolidation at First Nickel's Special Meeting of Shareholders scheduled to be held on March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time).

Both Glass Lewis and ISS are independent proxy advisory firms that provide proxy voting and corporate governance advice to institutional investors around the world.

The ISS endorsement noted that "a vote FOR is warranted as the need for financing is genuine since the Debt Refinancing would enable the company to avoid a default on its current debt obligations, and as a result of the proposed transaction company's shareholders might benefit from potential future upside developments."

Glass Lewis found that the motivation behind the proposed refinancing appears to be fairly straightforward. The refinancing should also improve First Nickel's liquidity and financial position, as US$10.0 million of First Nickel's immediate outstanding debt will be extinguished. In addition, Glass Lewis believes that reducing the number of shares outstanding by way of a reverse stock split should generally result in a proportional increase to the per share price of First Nickel's common stock. A higher share price may help increase investor interest, attract and retain employees and improve First Nickel's ability to raise additional capital through equity offerings.

First Nickel's President & CEO, Thomas M. Boehlert said, "This transaction is intended to reduce debt to a reasonable level and align the maturity of the remaining debt with the cash flow potential of the Lockerby mine. The refinancing combined with the recently implemented cost reductions at Lockerby and the ability to materially reduce the number of shares outstanding significantly improves the outlook for the Company."

Shareholders are urged to vote FOR the Debt Refinancing and Share Consolidation prior to the proxy cut-off at 4:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on March 9, 2015.

If you have any questions or need assistance in voting your form of proxy or voting instruction form, please contact Kingsdale Shareholder Services, at 1-888-683-6007 (toll-free in North America), or 416-867-2272 (collect calls accepted) outside North America or by email at:

About First Nickel

FNI is a Canadian mining and exploration company. FNI's mission is to be the most dynamic North American emerging base metal mining company in which to work and invest and to be respected in the communities in which it operates. FNI owns and operates the Lockerby Mine in the Sudbury Basin in northern Ontario, which reached full production during 2013 and is expected to produce approximately 13 million pounds of contained nickel and approximately 7 million pounds of contained copper in 2015, providing a foundation from which to grow the Corporation.

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