Quest Capital Corp.
TSX : QC
NYSE Amex : QCC

Quest Capital Corp.

September 08, 2010 08:30 ET

Quest Successfully Completes Transactions, Rebrands as Sprott Resource Lending Corp.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - Sprott Resource Lending Corp., formerly Quest Capital Corp. (TSX:QC)(NYSE Amex:QCC), (the "Corporation" or "Sprott Resource Lending") today announced it has successfully completed all steps necessary to rebrand itself as Sprott Resource Lending Corp. with a new lending strategy providing bridge and mezzanine lending to the natural resources sector.

To complete the transaction, Sprott Inc. and its affiliates (including its employees and clients) ("Sprott") made a private placement investment in the Corporation valued at $25 million or $1.60 per share which represents approximately 10% of the current and issued common shares of the Corporation. The definitive partnership agreement and management services agreement were also executed between Sprott Resource Lending and Sprott Lending Consulting LP. Copies of the definitive agreements will be available under the corporate profile of the Corporation on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com and on the website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at www.sec.gov.

As part of the transaction, Peter Grosskopf was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, replacing Brian Bayley. A. Murray Sinclair was re-appointed as Chairman of the Corporation while Jim Grosdanis was re-appointed as Chief Financial Officer. "Today marks the beginning of an exciting future for the shareholders of Sprott Resource Lending, which has the capital, deal flow access, risk management policies and execution expertise to capitalize on the vast and unmet need in natural resources for access to credit," said Peter Grosskopf, President and CEO. "Speaking on behalf of the full Sprott organization, I pledge our full commitment to capitalizing on our collective strengths and the outstanding potential that we can realize through our specialized form of sector-specific lending."

The timing of the rebranding is considered exceptionally favourable. The combination of natural resource sector growth, global contraction in bank financing, low short-term interest rates and trading discounts to spot commodity-based net asset values of many resource companies has created a powerful opportunity to originate high quality loans, achieve attractive spreads and negotiate lucrative bonus arrangements which will add incremental profitability to Sprott Resource Lending's core activities.

As at September 7, 2010, Sprott Resource Lending has approximately $100 million of initial cash to commit to resource lending and an aggressive plan to monetize the Corporation's legacy net real estate loans of approximately $160 million that should liberate additional cash for resource lending purposes.

"Sprott Resource Lending is starting from a position of strength and the successful execution of real estate loan monetization will add to our momentum," said Jim Grosdanis, Chief Financial Officer. "We are very clearly focused on achieving our stated objectives, including generating superior yields on capital and remaining under-levered."

New Trading Symbol and Website

Subject to final regulatory approval, Sprott Resource Lending will begin trading on the TSX and NYSE AMEX under the trading symbols SIL and SILU, respectively on or about September 10, 2010. In addition, the Corporation's website, www.questcapcorp.com, will be changing over the course of the next few days.

Dividend Policy

Consistent with previously announced plans, the Corporation will look to establish an initial dividend policy providing for the payment of an annual dividend in a percentage equal to the average 30-year Government of Canada bond interest rate for the relevant year. This policy will be initiated shortly before the end of December 2010.

About Sprott Resource Lending Corp.

Sprott Resource Lending specializes in bridge and mezzanine lending to precious and base metal mining, exploration and development companies and oil and gas companies on a global basis. Headquartered in Toronto, the Corporation seeks to generate income from lending activities as well as the upside potential of bonus arrangements with borrowers generally tied to the underlying property or shares of the borrower.

Sprott Resource Lending was founded by Quest Capital Corp. and Sprott Lending Consulting Limited Partnership. Sprott Lending Consulting LP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprott Inc., the parent of Sprott Asset Management LP (www.sprott.com), a leading Canadian independent money manager.

Sprott Resource Lending continues to meet the requirements of a mortgage investment corporation and intends to do so for the remaining taxation year.

For more information about Sprott Resource Lending, please visit SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

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Contact Information

  • Sprott Resource Lending Corp.
    Peter Grosskopf
    President and CEO
    416.365.7172
    or
    Sprott Resource Lending Corp.
    A. Murray Sinclair
    Chairman
    604.687.8378
    or
    Sprott Resource Lending Corp.
    Jim Grosdanis
    CFO
    416.943.4698
    www.sprott.com