Castlebar Capital Corp. Provides Update Respecting Qualifying Transaction and Announces Proposed Changes in Accordance with New CPC Policy
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - June 28, 2021) - Castlebar Capital Corp. (TSXV: CBAR.P) ("Castlebar" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update respecting its previously announced proposed transaction respecting the Southern Spectrum mineral property (the "Property") in British Columbia (the "Transaction") (see Castlebar's press releases dated December 11, 2020, January 22, 2021, and April 20, 2021) and to announce that due to changes recently announced by the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") to its Capital Pool Company program and changes to the Exchange's Policy 2.4 - Capital Pool Companies, which became effective as at January 1, 2021 (the "New CPC Policy"), the Company intends to implement certain amendments to further align its policies with the New CPC Policy.
Update Respecting the Transaction
Castlebar previously entered into a sale, assignment, assumption and amending agreement dated January 22, 2021 (the "Definitive Agreement") with 1162832 B.C. Ltd. ("1162832") and Christopher R. Paul & Michael A. Blady (collectively, the "Optionor"), pursuant to which Castlebar will assume all of 1162832's right, title and interest, as optionee, in and to a property option agreement (the "Option Agreement") dated January 10, 2019, as amended September 10, 2020, respecting the Property. The parties have now amended the Definitive Agreement pursuant to an amending agreement dated as of June 22, 2021. Under the amending agreement, Castlebar will pay to 1162832 a non-refundable deposit of $5,000, which 1162832 will use to engage consultants to prepare and submit an application for a drill permit for the Property. On closing of the Transaction, 1162832 shall be entitled to retain and use the remainder of the deposit for any purpose whatsoever.
Castlebar also announces that it has increased the minimum amount of the private placement that it will conduct in connection with the Transaction from $500,000 to $650,000. The maximum amount of the private placement remains at $750,000. Under the private placement, Castlebar will issue units at a price of $0.20 per unit, with each unit comprised of one common share and one-half of a share purchase warrant (with each whole warrant exercisable for an additional share for 18 months at an exercise price of $0.35). Castlebar may pay finder's fees and may issue finder's warrants in connection with the private placement. Further information respecting the private placement will be provided in due course.
Amendments under the New CPC Policy
Pursuant to the New CPC Policy, in order for the Company to align certain of its policies with the New CPC Policy, it is required to obtain the approval of disinterested shareholders of the Company. As a result, the Company will be seeking such approval at its upcoming annual general and special meeting of shareholders scheduled to be held on July 29, 2021 (the "Meeting"), for the following matters: (i) to remove the consequences of failing to complete a Qualifying Transaction ("QT") within 24 months of the Company's date of listing on the Exchange (the "Listing Date"); and (ii) to amend the escrow release conditions and certain other provisions of the Company's Escrow Agreement (the "Escrow Agreement"). These proposed amendments are described in further detail below.
Removal of the Consequences of Failing to Complete a QT within 24 Months of the Listing Date
Under the Exchange's former Policy 2.4 - Capital Pool Companies (as at June 14, 2010) (the "Former Policy") there were certain consequences if a QT was not completed within 24 months of the Listing Date. These consequences include a potential for shares to be delisted or suspended, or, subject to the approval of the majority of the Company's shareholders, transferring shares to list on the NEX and cancelling certain seed shares. The New CPC Policy has removed these consequences assuming disinterested shareholder approval is obtained. The Company intends to ask disinterested shareholders to approve the removal of such consequences at the Meeting, as it believes that it will afford the Company greater flexibility to complete a QT that is beneficial to all interested parties, and will also allow the Company to better withstand market volatility.
Amendments to the Escrow Agreement
The Company intends to ask disinterested shareholders to approve the Company making certain amendments to the Escrow Agreement, including allowing the Company's escrowed securities to be subject to an 18 month escrow release schedule as detailed in the New CPC Policy, rather than the current 36 month escrow release schedule in the Former Policy. In addition, the Company wishes to amend the Escrow Agreement such that all options granted prior to the date the Exchange issues a final bulletin for the QT ("Final QT Exchange Bulletin") and all shares that were issued upon exercise of such options prior to the date of the Final QT Exchange Bulletin will be released from escrow on the date of the Final QT Exchange Bulletin, other than options that (a) were granted prior to the IPO with an exercise price that is less than the issue price of the shares issued in the IPO and (b) any shares that were issued pursuant to the exercise of such options, which will be released from escrow in accordance with the 18 month escrow release schedule as detailed in the New CPC Policy.
Under the New CPC Policy, the Company is permitted to implement certain other changes from the Former Policy without obtaining shareholder approval. As a result, the Company wishes to have the option to take advantage of all the changes under the New CPC Policy that do not require shareholder approval, including, but not limited to:
- increasing the maximum aggregate gross proceeds to the treasury that the Company can raise from the issuance of Shares in the IPO, seed shares and private placement to the new maximum of $10,000,000, rather than $5,000,000 which was the limit under the Former Policy;
- removing the restriction which provided that no more than the lesser of 30% of the gross proceeds from the sale of securities issued by the Company and $210,000 may be used for purposes other than identifying and evaluating assets or businesses and obtaining shareholder approval for a proposed QT, and implementing the restrictions on the permitted use of proceeds and prohibited payments under the New CPC Policy, under which reasonable general and administrative expenses not exceeding $3,000 per month are permitted;
- removing the restriction on the Company issuing new agent's options in connection with a private placement; and
- removing the restriction such that now one person has the ability to act as the chief executive officer, chief financial officer and corporate secretary of the Company at the same time.
The Company believes that the New CPC Policy is in the best interests of the shareholders as it will allow the Company to have greater flexibility and mechanisms to increase shareholder value.
Castlebar is a capital pool company in accordance with Exchange Policy 2.4 and its principal business is the identification and evaluation of assets or businesses with a view to completing a Qualifying Transaction.
For additional information, please refer to the Company's disclosure record on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or contact the Company as follows: Lucas Birdsall, CEO, at (778) 549-6714 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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