Evergold Corp. (TSX-V: EVER) (WKN: A2PTHZ) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced (news, September 7, 2023) non-brokered private placement financing for aggregate gross proceeds of $1,242,200 through the issuance of 12,078,334 flow-through units at a price of $0.06 per FT Unit and 9,409,091 hard-dollar units of the Company at a price of $0.055 per HD Unit. It is expected that the majority of the gross proceeds from the sale of the FT Units will be used to support first-ever drilling of the newly optioned DEM property in central B.C. (news, August 2, 2023), which hosts a large-scale copper-gold-silver porphyry target defined by multiple supporting data sets. Further details on the DEM prospect may be found on the Company’s website at www.evergoldcorp.ca/projects/dem-property/ and in a NI 43-101 technical report entitled “Technical Report on the DEM Property” dated August 30, 2023, posted thereon and on the Company’s issuer profile at SEDAR+.
Each FT Unit is comprised of one common share of the Company qualifying as a “flow-through share” as defined in subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada), and one common share purchase warrant. Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to acquire one additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.08 per Warrant Share for a period of twenty-four months following the closing of the Offering. Each HD Unit is comprised of one common share of the Company, and one Warrant.
The gross proceeds from the issuance of the FT Units will be used for “Canadian exploration expenses” on the Company’s mineral properties and will qualify either as “flow-through critical mineral mining expenditures” or “flow-through mining expenditures”, each as defined in subsection 127(9) of the Income Tax Act (Canada). The Company intends to renounce the Qualifying Expenditures to subscribers of FT Units for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023 and to incur the Qualifying Expenditures on or before December 31, 2024. The net proceeds from the issuance of HD Units will be used for both exploration and general working capital purposes.
Certain insiders of the Company, subscribed to the Offering for an aggregate of 1,409,091 HD Units and 458,334 FT Units. This issuance of HD Units and FT Units to the Insiders constitutes a “related party transaction” as such term is defined under Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions. The Company is relying on an exemption from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements provided under MI 61-101 pursuant to section 5.5(a) and section 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101, on the basis that the participation in the Offering by Insiders does not exceed 25% of the fair market value of the Company’s market capitalization.
In connection with the Offering and as previously announced, the Company entered into a fiscal advisory agreement with Canaccord Genuity Corp. pursuant to which the Company has compensated Canaccord in the amount of $25,000, payable in hard-dollar units of the Company issued at a deemed price C$0.055 per Compensation Unit. An aggregate of 454,545 Compensation Units were issued to Canaccord, with each Compensation Unit being comprised of one Common Share and one Warrant. In addition, the Company paid commissions to certain finders of an aggregate of $42,990 in cash and 725,000 finders warrants. Each Finder Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one Common Share at an exercise price of $0.055 per Finder Warrant Share for a period of twenty-four months from the closing of the Offering.
The closing of the Offering is subject to certain conditions, including but not limited to the final acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange. All securities issued in connection with the Offering are subject to a hold period of four months and one day from the Closing Date, in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.
The Option Agreement to acquire the DEM Property remains subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory and other approvals, including the final approval of the TSXV and the approval of disinterested shareholders of the Company, a vote in regards to which is scheduled for October 10, 2023. In the event such approvals are not obtained, the Company expects to re-direct the gross proceeds of the FT Units to incur Qualifying Expenditures on its other mineral properties.
Further to the Company’s news release dated August 2, 2023, the Company carried out a supplementary analysis with respect to whether or not the transaction is exempt from the formal valuation and shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101. The Company initially deemed the Option Agreement exempt from the valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1) (a) of MI 61-101 on the basis of the fair market value of the acquisition of the Option not exceeding 25% of the market capitalization of the Company, as determined in accordance with MI 61-101. Upon further analysis, the Company has deemed the fair market value of the acquisition to exceed 25% of the market capitalization of the Company. Accordingly, the Company will be relying on an exemption from the valuation requirements of MI 61-101 by virtue of the exemption contained in section 5.5(b) of MI 61-101 as the Common Shares are not listed on a specified market. The Company is not exempt from the minority shareholder approval requirement under section 5.6 of MI 61-101; however it will be seeking disinterested shareholder approval at a special meeting of shareholders to be held on October 10, 2023, which shall satisfy the minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101. Please see the Company’s management information circular dated August 25, 2023 for further details.
The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
Evergold Corp. is a TSX-V listed mineral exploration company with projects in B.C. and Nevada. The Evergold team has a track record of success in the junior mining space, most recently the establishment of GT Gold Corp. in 2016 and the discovery of the Saddle South epithermal vein and Saddle North porphyry copper-gold deposits near Iskut B.C., sold to Newmont in 2021 for a fully diluted value of $456 million, representing a 1,136% (12.4 X) return on exploration outlays of $36.9 million.
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