Excelsior Mining Corp. (TSX-V:MIN) (FRANKFURT:3XS) (OTCQX:EXMGF) announces that it has closed the previously announced financing with an affiliate of Greenstone Resources L.P. for total gross proceeds of US$14.0 million. The financing consists of a private placement of common shares at CDN$0.45 per share for gross proceeds of US$10.0 million and the sale of a 1% gross revenue royalty on the Gunnison Copper Project and Johnson Camp Mine for gross proceeds of US$4.0 million. For further details, please see Excelsior’s News Release dated September 29, 2016.
Based on its development plan and expected permitting timelines, Excelsior is now fully funded through to a construction decision on the Gunnison Project. Receipt of final operating permits is expected in Q2, 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in Q3 of 2017, with commercial production anticipated in 2018. Additional financing will be required in order for Excelsior to commence construction of the Gunnison Project and ultimately achieve commercial production.
Pursuant to the Private Placement, Greenstone purchased, by way of a treasury offering, common shares of Excelsior at a price of CDN$0.45 per common share for total gross proceeds of US$10.0 million. Settlement occurred in United States dollars and the exact number of common shares issued was determined based on a CDN$/US$ exchange rate of CDN$1.00 being equal to US$0.77 (the “Exchange Rate”). Based on the Exchange Rate, upon closing of the Private Placement, Greenstone was issued 28,860,028 common shares (representing approximately 20.8% of Excelsior’s current issued and outstanding common shares). Greenstone now holds a total of 84,410,897 common shares, which represents approximately 50.4% of Excelsior’s issued and outstanding common shares. The common shares issued to Greenstone in the Private Placement are subject to a statutory four-month hold period expiring on March 26, 2017.
As a result of the closing of the Royalty Financing, Greenstone now holds a 3% gross revenue royalty on the Gunnison Copper Project and Johnson Camp Mine after taking into consideration Greenstone’s existing 2% gross revenue royalty.
The net proceeds of the Private Placement and Royalty Financing will be used for the continued development of the company’s Gunnison Copper Project, including: completion of permitting and the feasibility study, care & maintenance and deferred acquisition costs associated with the Johnson Camp Mine, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
The securities being offered hereby have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons 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 state or province in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
Greenstone is a private equity fund specialising in the mining and metals sector. The Greenstone team has over 80 years of experience in the sector covering all aspects of mining project development.
Greenstone is acquiring the securities in the offering described herein for investment purposes. Depending on market conditions and other factors, Greenstone may from time to time acquire and/or dispose of securities of Excelsior or continue to hold its current position.
A copy of the early warning report required to be filed with the applicable securities commission in connection with the transaction will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and can be obtained by contacting Jo-Anna Duquemin Nicolle and Sadie Morrisson at +44 1481810100. Greenstone’s address is set out below.
Greenstone Contact Information:
Greenstone Resources L.P.
1st Floor, Royal Chambers
St Julian’s Avenue
St Peter Port, Guernsey
About Excelsior Mining
Excelsior Mining “The Copper Solution Company” is a mineral exploration and development company that is advancing the Gunnison Copper Project in Cochise County, Arizona. The project is an advanced staged, low cost, environmentally friendly in-situ recovery copper extraction project that is scheduled for commercial production in 2018.
Further information about the Gunnison Copper Project can be found in the technical report filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com entitled: “Gunnison Copper Project, NI 43-101 Technical Report, Prefeasibility Study Update” dated effective January 28, 2016. Excelsior’s technical work on the Gunnison Copper Project is supervised by Stephen Twyerould, Fellow of AUSIMM, President & CEO of Excelsior and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
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