GoviEx Uranium Completes Successful IPO
June 19, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) — NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES – FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF UNITED STATES SECURITIES LAW
GoviEx Uranium Inc. (GoviEx) announced today that it has successfully closed its initial public offering (IPO) on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), where its Class A common shares will begin trading under the symbol “GXU” on June 20, 2014.
“The closing of the IPO marks a major milestone for GoviEx as Toshiba Corporation, one of the world’s largest nuclear power reactor vendors, has become a major shareholder with a 19.42% interest in the company,” said GoviEx Executive Chairman Govind Friedland.
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In 2007, GoviEx acquired the Madaouela Uranium Project located near Arlit in Northern Niger, adjacent to the Somair and Cominak uranium mines partially owned and operated by Areva that since 1971 have together exported in excess of 100,000 tonnes of uranium compound triuranium octoxide (U3O8) and currently provide approximately 7.5% of the world’s mined uranium from Africa’s highest-grade uranium ores.
GoviEx and its stakeholders significantly benefit from the existing infrastructure that support the country’s production including power lines connecting Arlit to the state-owned Sonichar coal mine and power station and an asphalt road to Agadez and on to Niamey, Niger’s capital city.
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GoviEx’s Madaouela Project consists of seven contiguous tenements known as Madaouela I, II, III, IV, Anou Mellé, Agaliouk and Eralrar. GoviEx holds exploration permits for five of these tenements, and has applied for (and expects to receive) exploration permits for the Agaliouk and Eralrar tenements.
The exploration rights to the Madaouela Project are held 100% by GoviEx’s direct wholly-owned subsidiary, GoviEx Niger SA.
As described in the prospectus available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), GoviEx’s estimated mineral resources are made up of seven deposits that contain 98.22 Mlb eU3O8 as measured and indicated resources, and an estimated 24.10 Mlb eU3O8 of inferred resources.
Additionally, the Madaouela Project contains numerous prospective exploration targets management and SRK consider worthy of continued exploration drilling.
The table below sets forth the estimated measured, indicated and inferred mineral resources at the Madaouela Project, as estimated in the applicable Technical Report dated September 20, 2013 and amended on April 28, 2014, titled “An Updated Integrated Development Plan for the Madaouela Project, Niger” available on SEDAR:
Summary of the Classified Mineral Resources on the Madaouela I and Agaliouk tenements in accordance with CIM guidelines for the Madaouela Project (cut-off: 0.4 kg/t eU) as of March 14, 2013*
* On November 22, 2012, GoviEx submitted to the Niger authorities a licence application covering certain portions of the original Madaouela I and IV licences surface areas now called the Agaliouk and Eralrar tenements, that were excluded from the renewed licences granted on November 2, 2012. GoviEx has been advised by the Government of Niger that the applications for the Agaliouk and Eralrar tenements will be approved, but as of the date of this press release they have not been approved and these tables are not adjusted to reflect the Company’s resources if these permits are not issued. However, it should be noted that resources associated with MSEE, and La Banane would be materially affected as they are wholly sited in Agaliouk, and to a limited extent Miriam’s resources would be affected, approximately a 25% reduction, should GoviEx not be successful in its application.
The Technical Report estimates the Madaouela Project as of June 2013 to have an after tax net present value of $251 million, and an internal rate of return of 21.9%, at an 8% discount rate and using a $70/lb U3O8 price.
Key components of this estimated net present value include an annual production of 2.53 Mlb per year U3O8 yellowcake and an 83% ultimate recovery, generating a 18-year mine life, with initial capital costs estimated at $339 million, total life of mine capital costs at $646 million, and cash operating costs of $26.39/lb U3O8, excluding royalties and $33.10/lb U3O8including royalties.
As stated in the prospectus, GoviEx intends to use the net proceeds of the IPO, together with existing working capital, to fund the completion of an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) that together with the feasibility study will be used to file for a mining licence.
Mr. Friedland said he expects the completion of the IPO also will open doors to new business opportunities. “GoviEx, as a publicly listed company, is now a vehicle to expand our business and operating profile.”
A total of 739,849 Class A common shares were issued in connection with the IPO financing, priced at US$2.15 per share, for gross proceeds of US$1,590,675.35.
Concurrently with completion of the IPO, GoviEx redeemed a convertible bond held by Toshiba worth a total of US$60.34 million, by issuing Toshiba 28,395,466 Class A common shares.
GoviEx has also converted 28,684,763 Class B common shares (representing approximately 24.5% of the outstanding total), which are subject to resale restrictions, into freely trading Class A common shares. Both transactions are described more fully in the prospectus.
GoviEx filed its long-form prospectus on May 8, 2014 with the provincial securities commissions in Ontario and British Columbia.
Salman Partners Inc. acted as the agent for the IPO.
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Robert Bowell PhD C.Chem, C. Geol FGS, E.Geol, FIMM of SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd., who is an independent Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
About GoviEx Uranium Inc.
GoviEx is a mineral resource company incorporated in British Columbia focused on the exploration and development of uranium properties. The company’s principal objective is to become a significant uranium producer through the continued exploration and development of its Madaouela Project and its other uranium properties in Niger.
Visit GoviEx’s website at www.goviex.com
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion).
Visit Toshiba’s website at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm
This news release is not an offer of the Class A Common Shares for sale in the United States. The Class A Common Shares have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from the registration requirements thereof. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
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