EarthLabs Completes Sale of Consulting & Exploration Tech Division to ALS
ALS acquires EarthLab's GoldSpot consulting group alongside Ridgeline and Geotic for total cash proceeds of $24,000,000 and the assumption of up to $6,000,000 in assumed liabilities
Sale reduces R&D costs and G&A expenses by approximately 70% year over year, creating a leaner, autonomous product portfolio of tech driven mineral exploration and financial tools
Upon closing, EarthLabs has approximately $58,000,000 in cash, securities and equity investment, in addition to royalties and royalty options on 21 projects and a product portfolio including Resource Quantamental, CEO.CA and DigiGeoData
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - December 1, 2022) - EarthLabs Inc. (TSXV: SPOT) (OTCQX: SPOFF) ("EarthLabs" or the "Company"), a leading technology company leveraging artificial intelligence and data science to transform the mineral discovery process, announced today that it has completed its previously announced sale of its exploration consulting & technology division ("ExplorTech Division") to ALS GoldSpot Discoveries Ltd. (formerly "1377900 BC Ltd.") (the "Purchaser"), a wholly owned subsidiary of ALS Limited (ASX: ALQ), pursuant to an agreement dated October 25, 2022 (the "Definitive Agreement"). Headquartered in Brisbane, ALS Limited is the largest provider of laboratory testing, inspection, certification and verification solutions with more than 18,000 employees worldwide.
"The closing of the ExplorTech Division sale marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for EarthLabs and our shareholders," said Denis Laviolette, Executive Chairman and President of EarthLabs. "The sale will accelerate the construction of our leaner, capital-light and more automatable product portfolio anchored by our Quantamental approach. We will take advantage of these turbulent times and continue to grow on the clear value creating momentum we have garnered since our start-up days six years ago."
The ExplorTech Division included the Company's GoldSpot Discoveries consulting group alongside Ridgeline Exploration Services Inc. ("Ridgeline Exploration") and Geotic Inc. ("Geotic"). In consideration for the sale, the Company received aggregate cash proceeds of $24,000,000 and ALS assumed up to $6,000,000 in liabilities of the Company, all subject to post-closing working capital adjustments. In connection with the Transaction, the parties have entered into a transition services agreement which provides for a timely and efficient transfer of the ExplorTech Division's operations, and certain employees of EarthLabs have executed non‐competition and non‐solicitation agreements with the Purchaser.
Upon closing of the Transaction, EarthLabs has approximately $58,000,000 in cash and investments including EarthLabs' 27.5% equity investment of Golden Planet Mining Corp., net smelter return royalties ("NSR") and options to acquire NSRs on 21 properties, its Resource Quantamental ("RQ") technology, and its operations through its wholly-owned subsidiaries CEO.CA Technologies Ltd. ("CEO.CA") and DigiGeoData Inc. ("DigiGeoData"). On a going forward basis, EarthLabs will house all investments and royalties acquired to date, and continue to focus on the development and operation of its flagship RQ technology, CEO.CA and DigiGeoData. For further information on the business of EarthLabs and its operations, please refer to the press release of the Company dated October 25, 2022 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
About EarthLabs Inc.
EarthLabs Inc. (TSXV:SPOT) (OTCQX:SPOFF) is a technology company working to revolutionize the future of global mineral exploration with a full suite of data and knowledge‐driven SaaS tools and services. EarthLabs represent a collection of industry‐leading earth modelling, geology data management and specialized financial products that help both mining companies and mining investors make better decisions.
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