TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 25, 2014) - Xtierra Inc. (TSX VENTURE:XAG) ("Xtierra" or the "Company") announces that it has entered into an exchange and investment agreement (the "Exchange and Investment Agreement") dated April 25, 2014 with its two principal shareholders which provides for the following transactions completed today:
- The exchange by the Pacific Road Resources group of funds (collectively "PRRF") of US$1,075,000 principal amount of the non-interest bearing unsecured convertible notes of the Company's subsidiary, Orca Minerals Limited ("Orca") due April 28, 2014 (the "Convertible Notes") for an aggregate of 11,944,444 Xtierra shares. The Convertible Notes were originally issued under a note purchase agreement dated April 14, 2009 and the right to exchange them for Xtierra shares was contained in such agreement;
- The exchange by PRRF of their remaining US$175,000 principal amount of Convertible Notes for an equivalent amount principal amount of 5% interest bearing secured notes due April 30, 2015 (the "2015 Notes");
- The exchange by PRRF and Minco plc ("Minco") of US$500,000 principal amount of 5% interest bearing unsecured notes originally due March 31, 2014 (the "2014 Notes") plus accrued interest of US$7,730.39 for US$507,730.39 principal amount of 2015 Notes; and
- issue and sale by way of private placement to each of PRRF and Minco of US$125,000 principal amount of 2015 Notes at a price of 100%.
The Convertible Notes were originally issued under a note purchase agreement dated April 14, 2009 and the right to exchange them for Xtierra shares was contained in such agreement.
The net effect of these agreements with the Company's major shareholders is to settle its liability of US$1,075,000 due April 28, 2014 by the issue of 11,944,444 shares, roll over US$500,000 in notes due March 31 2014 until April 30, 2015 and secure further advances of US$250,000 to fund its working capital for the remainder of 2014. The resultant US$932,730 balance of shareholder advances from PRRF and Minco represented by the new 2015 Notes is now due April 30, 2015, carries interest of 5% and is secured by a pledge by the Company of its shares in its wholly owned subsidiary Orca in favour of PRRF and Minco, proportionately. The Exchange and Investment Agreement also grants PRRF and Minco information and board representation rights.
Proceeds from the placement will be used for working capital and general corporate expenses for 2014. To save costs, the Company has curtailed all other expenditures while examining strategic alternatives for advancing the Bilbao project.
Prior to these transactions, PRRF held, collectively, approximately 35.3 million common shares (34.15% of Xtierra's issued and outstanding common shares) divided among two Australian based and one Belgium based private equity resource funds holding approximately 3.5 million shares (3.39%), 3.5 million shares (3.39%) and 28.3 million shares (27.37%), respectively. As a result of these transactions, PRRF has increased its collective holdings to approximately 47.3 million shares (40.97%).
Minco holds approximately 30.0 million shares amounting to approximately 29.01% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Xtierra (26.0% after these transactions).
Related Party Transaction
Based upon their respective holdings of Xtierra shares detailed above, PRRF and Minco are related parties to Xtierra and accordingly this financing is subject to the rules contained in Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions of the Canadian Securities Administrators ("MI 61-101") and Policy 5.9 of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The issue of the 2015 Notes was considered and approved by the Board of Directors of Xtierra, three of the five members of which are independent. Mr. John Kearney, a director of Xtierra and Chief Executive of Minco and Mr. Lee Graber, a director of Xtierra who is engaged by Pacific Road Capital Management Pty. Ltd. (an adviser to PRRF) declared their respective interests in the transaction and neither voted on nor influenced the Board's deliberations concerning the financing.
The exchange of Convertible Notes for Xtierra shares was pursuant to existing exchange rights contained in the 2009 note purchase agreement.
As the value of the new financing is less than 25% of its current $10,342,589 market capitalization, Xtierra does not intend to complete a formal valuation in accordance with section 5.4 of MI 61-101 based upon Xtierra's reliance on the exemption contained in subsection 5.5(a) of MI 61-101. Minority shareholder approval of the placement will not be sought based upon the exemption contained in subsection 5.7(a) which is applicable in these circumstances. No new control person or insider (as those terms are defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) will be created as a result of this financing.
About Xtierra Inc.
Xtierra Inc. is a Toronto based exploration and development company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Xtierra's shares trade under the symbol "XAG". As a result of these transactions Xtierra now has 115,370,336 shares issued and outstanding.
Xtierra's objective is to become a mid-tier producer of silver and base metals through the development of its Bilbao and Laguna projects, both located in the Central Mexican Silver Belt in the State of Zacatecas.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF XTIERRA INC.
Gerald Gauthier, President and COO
This press release may contain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this release.
For further information visit www.xtierra.ca.