MBAC completes C $20.7 million financing including over-allotment option
April 17, 2014 (Source: CNW) — THIS NEWS RELEASE IS INTENDED FOR DISTRIBUTION IN CANADA ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES.
MBAC Fertilizer Corp. (“MBAC” or the “Company”) (TSX:MBC and OTCQX:MBCFF) is pleased to announce that it has completed its previously announced equity financing, which included the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted for the underwriters, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $20.7 million (the “Offering”). A total of 29,578,000 units of the Company (the “Units”), including those issued pursuant to the exercise of the over-allotment option, were issued and sold at a price of $0.70 per Unit. Each Unit was comprised of one common share of the Company and one common share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one common share of the Company at an exercise price of C$1.00 per share at any time prior to April 17, 2019. The Offering was completed through a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp., and including BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Paradigm Capital Inc., and Raymond James Ltd.
The net proceeds of the Offering are intended to be used by the Company for working capital and general and administrative purposes, as more particularly described in the Company’s short form prospectus dated April 10, 2014 (the “Prospectus”).
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities of MBAC in the United States, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any U.S. state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or unless an exemption from such registration is available.
MBAC is focused on becoming a significant integrated producer of phosphate fertilizers and related products in the Brazilian and Latin American markets. MBAC has an experienced team with significant experience in the business of fertilizer operations, management, marketing and finance within Brazil. MBAC owns and operates the Itafós Operations (as such term is described in the Prospectus) which consists of an integrated fertilizer producing facility comprised of a phosphate mine, a mill, a beneficiation plant, a sulphuric acid plant, a Single Super Phosphate (“SSP”) plant and a granulation plant and related infrastructure located in central Brazil. The Itafós Operations are estimated to have production capacity of approximately 500,000 tonnes of SSP per annum. MBAC’s exploration portfolio includes a number of additional phosphate projects, which are also located in Brazil. The Santana Phosphate Project is a high grade phosphate deposit located in close proximity to the largest fertilizer market of Mato Grosso State and animal feed market of Pará State. The Company continues to search for additional fertilizer opportunities in the Brazilian and other Latin-American markets, where strong agricultural fundamentals and unique opportunities are expected to provide attractive growth opportunities in the near future. Further information on MBAC can be found on the Company’s website at www.mbacfert.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things asthe expected use of proceeds of the Offering, the ability to reach capacity at the Itafós Operations and the advancement of the Santana project in Brazil.
Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “planning”, “planned”, “expects” or “looking forward”, “does not expect”, “continues”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “potential”, “anticipates”, “does not anticipate”, or “belief”, or describes a “goal”, or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.
Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions made by management and considered reasonable at the time such assumptions were made, including, the result of drilling and exploration activities, that contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed timeframes, that equipment necessary for exploration is available as scheduled and does not incur unforeseen break downs, that no labour shortages or delays are incurred, that plant and equipment function as specified, that no unusual geological or technical problems or errors occur, that laboratory and other related services are available and perform as contracted, and other factors and assumptions included in the Prospectus and in the documents incorporated by reference therein. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, such as a change in the expected use of proceeds of the Offering, the inability to reach capacity at the Itafós Operations or to further the advancement of the Santana project in Brazil, as well as future events, conditions, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, prediction, projection, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the interpretation and actual results of current exploration activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future commodities’ price; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of exploration, as well as those factors disclosed in the company’s current annual information form, management’s discussion and analysis, the Prospectus and in the documents incorporated by reference therein, each available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although MBAC has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are presented for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Company’s current plans, objectives and expectations and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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