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Rio2 Limited Announces Closing of $10 Million Bought Deal Private Placement






Rio2 Limited (TSX-V:RIO) is pleased to announce that that it has closed its previously announced offering of 10,000,000 subscription receipts  at a price of $1.00 per Subscription Receipt for gross proceeds to Rio2 of $10,000,000. 



The Offering was completed in connection with the previously announced proposed business combination of Rio2 and Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation. 



On the date of the announcement of the Transaction (May 14th), the share exchange ratios under the Transaction represented consideration value to Atacama shareholders of C$0.95 per Atacama share valuing Atacama at approximately C$93 million on a fully diluted, in-the-money basis. This value implied a premium of 58% over the May 11th closing price for Atacama shares of C$0.60 and a 45% premium based on the 20-day volume weighted average prices of the shares of each of Rio2 and Atacama.



Upon the completion of the Transaction, the resulting issuer will have approximately 102 million shares outstanding (115 million shares fully diluted) after taking into account the conversion of the 10 million Subscription Receipts into 10 million Rio2 shares and the effective 2 for 3 consolidation of the outstanding Rio2 shares and the Atacama shares provided for by the exchange ratio for each, as more particularly described in the following table.




Basic Shares Outstanding Reconciliation(1)
  Units Current Post-Transaction(2)
Rio2 shareholders mm 59.7 39.8
Subscription Receipts Investors mm 10.0 6.7
Atacama shareholders mm 84.7 55.9
Resulting Issuer Basic Shares Outstanding mm 102.4



(1)  Assumes that no Rio2 Shares or Atacama shares are issued upon the exercise of  stock options, purchase warrants or share awards from May 14, 2018 through to the completion of the Transaction.
(2)  Gives effect to a 2 for 3 consolidation of the outstanding Rio2 shares and Atacama shares provided for by the exchange ratio for each pursuant to the terms of the Transaction.



The joint management information circular relating to the Transaction is scheduled to be mailed to the respective shareholders by mid-June.  The shareholder meetings will take place on July 16, 2018 and the Transaction is to be completed on July 24, 2018.



Further Details of the Offering



Each Subscription Receipt issued under the Offering will, upon the satisfaction of certain escrow conditions, be automatically converted (for no further consideration and with no further action on the part of the holder thereof) into one common share of Rio2. The Rio2 shares into which the Subscription Receipts are converted will then participate in the Transaction on the same basis as the other common shares of Rio2 and be exchanged for 0.6667 of a common share of the combined company. 



The Subscription Receipts were issued pursuant to a subscription receipt agreement  entered into among the Corporation, the Underwriters and Computershare Trust Company of Canada. Pursuant to the Subscription Receipt Agreement, the gross proceeds from the Offering (less 1/2 of the Underwriters’ cash commission and the Underwriters’ expenses) are being held in escrow pending satisfaction of the certain release conditions, including: (a) the satisfaction or waiver of each of the conditions precedent to the Transaction, without amendment or waiver in a manner that would be materially adverse to Rio2; and (b) the receipt of all required shareholder, third party (as applicable) and regulatory approvals in connection with the Transaction, including the conditional acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange of the listing of the common shares of the combined company on the TSX-V. 



Upon satisfaction of the Escrow Release Conditions, the Escrowed Funds, together with any interest earned thereon, will be released to the Corporation. If the Escrow Release Conditions have not been satisfied by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on August 31, 2018, the Subscription Receipts will be deemed to be cancelled and holders of Subscription Receipts will receive a cash amount equal to the offering price of the Subscription Receipts and any interest that has been earned on the Escrowed Funds.



The net proceeds of the Offering will be used by the Corporation for additional infill drilling of the higher grade areas and studies related to completing a definitive feasibility study for the Cerro Maricunga Gold Project, expenses of the Transaction, as well as for general corporate and working capital purposes.



The Offering is subject to certain conditions including receipt of all regulatory approvals, including the acceptance of the TSX-V, and satisfaction of all conditions for the completion of the Transaction.



Underwriters and Counsel



Clarus Securities Inc. and Raymond James Ltd. acted as co-lead underwriters and co-bookrunners for the Offering and Kallpa Securities SAB of Lima, Peru acted as a special selling agent in Latin America in connection with the Offering.



DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is the legal advisor of Rio2 in the Offering and McMillan LLP is the legal advisor to the Underwriters in the Offering.



About Rio2



Rio2 is building a multi-asset, multi-jurisdiction, precious metals company focused in the Americas. With projects in Peru and Nicaragua, Rio2 will continue pursuing additional strategic acquisitions to compile an attractive portfolio of precious metals assets where it can deploy its operational excellence and responsible mining practices to create value for its shareholders. Rio2 has assembled a highly experienced executive team to generate significant shareholder value, with proven technical skills in the development and operations of mines and capital markets experience. Through its strategy of acquiring precious metals assets at exploration, development, and operating stages, the executive team will grow Rio2 and create long-term shareholder value through the development of high-margin, strong free-cash-flowing mining operations.


Posted May 31, 2018

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