Vancouver-based mining company North American Nickel Inc (TSX-V: NAN) has launched a non-brokered private placement offering that is expected to raise about $3.1 million. The offering will be made available to certain subscribers, including the Sentient Group, a resource private equity firm based in the Cayman Islands. Sentient currently holds about 62 percent of the company’s issued and outstanding shares. North American Nickel said it will use the proceeds for a work program and additional exploration and drilling activities at its Maniitsoq nickel-copper-platinum-group-elements project in Greenland.
North American Nickel Announces Private Placement
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — North American Nickel Inc. (the “Company” or “NAN”) (TSX VENTURE:NAN) (OTCBB:WSCRF) (CUSIP:65704T 108) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to complete a non-brokered private placement (the “Placement”) of 40,982,448 units (“Units”) at a price of $0.075 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $3,073,683.65 to certain subscribers, including, Sentient Executive GP IV, Limited (for the general partner of Sentient Global Resources Fund IV, L.P.) (collectively, “Sentient”).
Each Unit consists of one common share in the capital of the Company and one-half of one common share purchase warrant of the Company (each whole common share purchase warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire one common share of the Company at any time prior to 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on the date that is twenty-four (24) months following its issuance date, at a price of $0.12.
Sentient, which is an insider and a related party of the Company, currently beneficially owns, or exercises control or direction over, 317,809,821 common shares (or, approximately 61.88% of the issued and outstanding common shares) of the Company and 107,071,612 common share purchase warrants.
Due to the fact that Sentient is an insider and a related party, its subscription is considered a “related party transaction” within the meaning of the TSX Venture Exchange Policy 5.9 and Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company intends to rely on the exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in sections 5.5(b) and 5.7(a) of MI 61-101 as no securities of the Company are listed or quoted on any of the markets specified in MI 61-101 and neither the fair market value of the Units nor the aggregate proceeds of the Placement exceeds 25% of the Company’s market capitalization. The Company expects to file a material change report in respect of the Placement less than 21 days prior to the anticipated closing of the Placement, which the Company deems reasonable in the circumstances so as to be able to avail itself of the proceeds of the Placement in an expeditious manner.
The Units (and securities underlying the Units) issued under the Placement will be subject to a four-month and one day hold period from the date of closing. The closing of the Placement is subject to, among other things, approval of the TSXV.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Placement for the commencement of a work program and additional exploration and drilling activities to be completed at the Company’s Maniitsoq project in Greenland and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
This press release does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States or to “U.S. persons” (“U.S. persons”), as such term is defined in Regulation S promulgated under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the “U.S. Securities Act”). The securities being offered have not been, nor will be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.
About the Company
The Company is a mineral exploration company with 100% owned properties in Maniitsoq, Greenland and Sudbury, Ontario.
The Maniitsoq property in Greenland is a Camp scale project comprising 2,985 square kilometres covering numerous high-grade nickel-copper sulphide occurrences associated with norite and other mafic-ultramafic intrusions of the Greenland Norite Belt (GNB). The belt is greater than 75 kilometres long and situated along, and near, the southwest coast of Greenland accessible from the existing Seqi deep water port (see the Company’s news release dated January 19, 2015) with an all year round shipping season and abundant hydro-electric potential.
The Company’s Post Creek/Halcyon property in Sudbury is strategically located adjacent to the past producing Podolsky copper-nickel-platinum group metal deposit of KGHM International Ltd. The property lies along an interpreted extension of the Whistle Offset embayment structure. Such geological structures host major Ni-Cu-PGM deposits and producing mines within the Sudbury Camp.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
North American Nickel Inc.
For more information contact: North American Nickel Inc. Jaclyn Ruptash Corporate Communications 604-770-4334 Toll free: 1-866-816-0118
Photo courtesy of the Sentient Group