MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 6, 2017) - MBMI Resources Inc. (the "Company" or "MBMI") (NEX:MBR.H) is pleased to announce that the British Columbia Securities Commission (the "BCSC") and the Alberta Securities Commission (the "ASC", together with the BCSC, the "Commissions") have issued partial revocation orders (the "Partial Revocation Orders") in respect of the cease trade orders (the "CTOs") issued by the Commissions.
The CTOs were issued by the BCSC and the ASC on June 7, 2013 and September 6, 2013 respectively, as a result of the failure of the Company, under its previous management, to file audited financial statements and related management discussion and analysis for the year ended January 31, 2013.
Pursuant to the Partial Revocation Orders, the Company proposes to consolidate its common shares on a 3 for 1 basis (the "Share Consolidation") in order to facilitate a non-brokered private placement of up to 5,348,149 units (the "Units") at a post-Share Consolidation price of $0.135 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $722,000 (the "Private Placement"). Each Unit consists of one common share in the capital of the Company and one common share purchase warrant. Each warrant entitles its holder to purchase one common share in the capital of the Company at an exercise price of $0.18 per share for a period of 1 year from the date of issuance. The Private Placement may be closed in one or more tranches and is subject to requisite approval from the NEX Board of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") and is conditional upon the completion of the Share consolidation.
The Share Consolidation is subject to requisite approval from the Exchange and the shareholders of the Company at an annual and special meeting of shareholders to be held on March 28, 2017 (the "Shareholders' Meeting"). The Company currently has 36,264,966 common shares issued and outstanding and. After giving effect to the Share Consolidation, the Company will have approximately 12,088,322 issued and outstanding common shares. The Company will not change its name in conjunction with the Share Consolidation. The details of the Share Consolidation and the effect of the Private Placement will be included in the information circular for the Company's upcoming Shareholders' Meeting, a copy of which will be mailed to the eligible shareholders of the Company and will be available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com or upon request to the Company.
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to bring the Company's continuous disclosure record up to date, complete an application to the Commissions for a full revocation of the CTOs, settle the Company's outstanding accounts payable, finance the Company's continuous efforts to reinstate the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement with the Government of Philippines with respect to the Company's Palawan nickel properties, and for general working capital.
In accordance with applicable securities legislation, all securities issued pursuant to the Private Placement will be subject to a hold period of four months and a day from the closing date of the Private Placement. Prior to completion of the Private Placement, each potential investor will receive a copy of the CTOs and the Partial Revocation Orders, and will be required to provide an acknowledgement to the Company that all of the Company's securities, including the securities issued in connection with the Private Placement, will remain subject to the CTOs until such orders are fully revoked, and that the granting of the Partial Revocation Orders by the Commissions does not guarantee the issuance of full revocation orders in the future.
The Partial Revocation Orders will terminate on the earlier of: (i) the completion of the Private Placement, and (ii) May 4, 2017, being 90 days from the date on which the Partial Revocation Orders were issued.
About MBMI Resources Inc.
MBMI Resources Inc. (the "Company") is a Canadian-based mining company which operates 7 nickel mineral properties in the Philippines, which include the Alpha Property, Bethlehem Property and Northern Rio Tuba Property located in Palawan Philippines covering an area of 12,560 hectares (collectively, the "Palawan Properties"), and the Borongan-Maydolong Property, Gen. Mcarthur-Llorente Property, Balangiga-Giporlos Property and Homohon Island Property in Samar, Philippines covering an area of 10,150 hectares (collectively, the "Samar Properties").
The Company's principal properties, the Palawan Properties, have been subject to a dispute (the "FTAA Dispute") which led to a decision by the Office of the President of the Philippines on April 19, 2011 (the "OP Decision") that cancelled a Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (the "FTAA") granted in April 2010 for the Palawan Properties. The FTAA, if reinstated, would allow large-scale exploration, development and utilization of minerals on the Palawan Properties.
Through a series of transactions from September 2012 to March 2014 involving the sale of the company's ownership in the operating companies (the "Operating Company") that own and control the Palawan Properties and their respective holding companies, the Company's ownership in the Palawan Properties have been sold to DMCI Mining Corporation, a Philippines based mining company (the "Purchaser") for an aggregate purchase price of US$25.2 million (the "Sale Transactions"). The closing of Sale Transactions is subject to a number of closing conditions which include, among other things, the reinstatement of the cancelled FTAA.
As a result of the Sale Transactions and the FTAA Dispute, the Company has suspended its exploration and development operations in all of its properties to focus its efforts and resources on the reinstatement of the cancelled FTAA in order to conclude the Sale Transactions.
On December 9, 2015, the First Division of the Philippine Supreme Court issued a favourable decision (the "SC Decision") declaring null and void the decision of the Philippine Court of Appeals which affirmed the OP Decision without prejudice to any other appropriate remedy the parties may take against each other. It is important to note, however, that while the SC Decision is the final court decision with respect the FTAA Dispute, it is not a direct ruling with respect to the re-instatement of FTAA that would allow the Company to meet the closing conditions of the Sale Transactions. Therefore, following the SC Decision, the Operating Companies have commenced work on the documentation required to re-engage the Office of the President regarding the reversal of the OP Decision and reinstatement of the FTAA pursuant to the SC Decision. Since there is no assurance that the Office of the President of Philippines will reinstate the FTAA, the Company, the Operating Companies and the Purchaser are concurrently evaluating other recourses including, but not limited to, binding arbitration proceedings in accordance with the dispute resolution mechanism set out in the FTAA as sanctioned by the SC Decision.
Disclosure regarding forward-looking statements
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