TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 22, 2017) -
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Transeastern Power Trust ("Transeastern" or the "Trust") (TSX VENTURE:TEP.UN)(TSX VENTURE:TEP.DB) is pleased to announce that it has closed $3.8 million of the secured debt facility announced in October. All references to $ in this press release are to Canadian dollars.
The existing secured indebtedness of the Trust of $4.55 million owed to Sprott Resource Lending has been fully repaid by a combination of a cash payment from the proceeds of the new debt facility and the issuance of a $1.47 million unsecured convertible promissory note (the "Note"). The Note bears interest at a rate of 5%, has a one year term, is convertible at the option of the holder into units in the capital of the Trust ("Units") at a price of $0.31 per Unit or, if the Note is not fully converted or paid by the maturity date, is automatically converted into Units at a price equal to the volume weighted average price for the five trading days before maturity less the maximum discount allowed under the rules of the TSXV. The Note and the Units issuable upon the conversion thereof are subject to a four-month statutory hold period, in accordance with applicable securities legislation, and to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
J. Colter Eadie, Chief Executive Officer of Transeastern, commented, "This refinancing transaction is an important step for the Trust to position it for growth creation for its shareholders."
The Trust, through its direct and indirect subsidiaries in Canada, the Netherlands and Romania, has been formed to acquire interests in renewable energy assets in Romania, other countries in Europe and abroad that can provide stable cash flow to the Trust and a suitable risk-adjusted return on investment. The Trust seeks to provide investors with long-term, stable distributions, while preserving the capital value of its investment portfolio through investment, principally in a range of operational assets, which generate electricity from renewable energy sources, with a particular focus on solar and hydro power. The Trust intends to qualify as a "mutual fund trust" under the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the "Tax Act"). The Trust will not be a "SIFT trust" (as defined in the Tax Act), provided that the Trust complies at all times with its investment restriction which precludes the Trust from holding any "non-portfolio property" (as defined in the Tax Act). All material information about the Trust may be found under Transeastern's issuer profile at www.sedar.com.
Forward-Looking Statements Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the information in this press release constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Such forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "anticipates", "plans", "proposes", "estimates", "intends", "expects", "believes", "may" and "will". There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others: risks related to foreign operations (including various political, economic and other risks and uncertainties), the interpretation and implementation of the energy law, expropriation of property rights, political instability and bureaucracy, limited operating history, lack of profitability, high inflation rates, failure to obtain bank financing, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, competition from other businesses, reliance on various factors (including local labour, importation of machinery and other key items and business relationships), risks related to seasonality (including adverse weather conditions, shifting weather patterns, and global warming), a shift in energy trends and demands, a shift in energy generation in the European Union, vulnerability to fluctuations in the world market, the lack of availability of qualified management personnel and stock market volatility. Details of the risk factors relating to Transeastern and its business are discussed under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in Transeastern's annual management discussion and analysis dated April 29, 2016, a copy of which is available on Transeastern's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Most of these factors are outside the control of the Trust. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulation, Transeastern expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.