Shareholders of Sprott Resource Lending Corp. approved the previously-announced takeover of the company by Toronto-based alternative assets manager Sprott Inc. SRL provides debt financing to mining and oil and gas companies. Sprott estimates the deal will generate $350 million in cash and investment capital, which will allow it to sponsor new fund initiatives and continue the business of resource lending.
Sprott Resource Lending Corp. Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Sprott Inc.
TORONTO, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ – Sprott Inc. (“Sprott” or “the Company”) (TSX: SII) and Sprott Resource Lending Corp. (“SIL” or “Sprott Resource Lending”) (NYSE MKT: SILU, TSX: SIL) are pleased to announce that on July 18, 2013, shareholders of Sprott Resource Lending approved the previously announced plan of arrangement involving Sprott Resource Lending and Sprott under the Canada Business Corporations Act pursuant to which Sprott will acquire all of the outstanding common shares in the capital of SIL (the “Arrangement”). Over 98.8% of SIL common shares voted at SIL’s annual and special meeting of shareholders held on July 18, 2013, including 98.4% of SIL common shares held by minority shareholders, voted in favour of the special resolution approving the Arrangement. On July 19, 2013, a final order approving the Arrangement was granted by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Arrangement is currently scheduled to close on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
“We are pleased with the overwhelming support the amalgamation has received from the shareholders of Sprott Resource Lending,” commented Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott. “After completion of this transaction, Sprott will have more than $350 million in cash and investment capital, which will position us well to both sponsor new fund initiatives and continue the business of resource lending.”
“We are pleased to be joining Sprott through a transaction that provides our shareholders with ownership in a larger, more diversified company that is well positioned to continue to build an industry leading resource lending franchise,” said Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Sprott Resource Lending Board of Directors.
Sprott is a leading independent asset manager dedicated to achieving superior returns for its clients over the long term. The Company currently operates through four business units: Sprott Asset Management LP, Sprott Private Wealth LP, Sprott Consulting LP, and Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc. Sprott Asset Management is the investment manager of the Sprott family of mutual funds and hedge funds and discretionary managed accounts; Sprott Private Wealth provides wealth management services to high net worth individuals; and Sprott Consulting provides management, administrative and consulting services to other companies. Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc. includes Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd, Sprott Asset Management USA Inc., and Resource Capital Investments Corporation. Sprott is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SII”. For more information on Sprott , please visit www.sprottinc.com.
About Sprott Resource Lending
Sprott Resource Lending (www.sprottlending.com) specializes in lending to resource companies on a global basis. Headquartered in Toronto, SIL seeks to generate income from lending activities as well as the upside potential of bonus arrangements with borrowers generally tied to the underlying property or shares of the borrower. Pursuant to a management services agreement and a partnership agreement, Sprott Lending Consulting Limited Partnership (“SLCLP”) provides Sprott Resource Lending with day to day business management as well as other management and administrative services. SLCLP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprott (www.sprottinc.com), the parent of Sprott Asset Management LP (www.sprott.com). For more information about Sprott Resource Lending, please visit SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
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