VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 25, 2013) - Ecometals Limited (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:EC)(BERLIN:GDQ)(FRANKFURT:GDQ) announces that on September 23, 2013 it completed a previously announced private placement of convertible debentures (the "Offering") consisting of 150 units of securities of the Company (each a "Unit") at a price of US$1,000 per Unit (the "Issue Price") for proceeds of US$150,000.
Each Unit comprises a convertible unsecured debenture (the "Debenture") of the Company in the principal amount of US$1,000, convertible at the option of the holder at anytime up to and including September 23, 2014 for 20,000 common shares of the Company, being a conversion price of $0.05 per share. The remainder of the Unit consists of 20,000 common share purchase warrants (each, a "Warrant"), with each Warrant entitling the holder thereof to acquire one Common Share at a price of $0.05 until September 23, 2014. All securities issued in the Offering are subject to a hold period expiring on January 24, 2014.
As previously announced the proceeds will be used for completion of the Company's audit for the year ended March 31, 2013, working capital purposes and to maintain the Company's existing operations, activities and assets.
In addition to the closing of the above private placement the Company is providing a bi-weekly Default Status Report in accordance with National Policy 12-203 - Cease Trade Orders for Continuous Disclosure Defaults ("NP 12-203"). On July 26, 2013, the Company announced (the "Default Notice") that, for the reasons disclosed in the Default Notice, there would be a delay in the filing of its audited financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2013 and its related Management's Discussion and Analysis and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer certifications for the year ended March 31, 2013 (collectively, the "Required Filings") beyond the 120 day period prescribed for the filing of such documents.
As a result of this delay in filing, on July 29, 2013, the British Columbia Securities Commission (the "BCSC"), the principal regulator of the Company, issued a management cease trade order (the "MCTO"), which imposed restrictions on all trading in securities of the Company by the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer and all the directors of the Company until the Company files the Required Filings and the BCSC makes an order revoking the MCTO. All other parties are permitted to freely trade the Company's securities.
Further to its press release of September 10, 2013, the Company continues to work towards bringing its manganese project at Serra do Navio into production with a targeted first shipment of manganese mineralized material in early October 2013. The Company is making encouraging headway in this regard and hopes to provide further updates on the first shipment and subsequent sale of this material shortly.
Work on the Company's audit is ongoing and the Company will provide a definitive date for completion in due course.
Until the Required Filings and, as notified in its press release of August 27, 2013, the Company's June 30, 2013 interim filing are filed, the Company intends to continue to satisfy the provisions of the Alternative Information Guidelines (the "AIG") specified in Section 4.4 of NP 12-203 by issuing bi-weekly Default Status Reports, each of which will be issued in the form of a news release. The Company intends to file, if required, its next Default Status Report by October 8, 2013.
Other than as previously disclosed there is no other material information concerning the affairs of the Company that has not been generally disclosed.
Ecometals Limited is a Canadian-listed mineral exploration and development company focused on mineral resources in Latin America. Apart from its interests in manganese, Ecometals also has gold exploration activities in Ecuador.
This news release contains forward-looking information and forward‐looking statements (collectively, "forward‐looking information") under applicable securities laws, concerning the Company's business, operations, condition and prospects, as well as management's objectives, strategies, beliefs and intentions. Forward‐looking information is frequently identified by such words as "may", "will", "plan", "expect", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "intend" and similar words referring to future events and results, including with respect to the anticipated date of the Company's first shipment of manganese mineralized material. This forward‐looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Factors that may cause actual results to vary materially include, but are not limited to, changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets, and unanticipated operational or technical difficulties. Such forward‐looking information is based on a number of assumptions, including but not limited to, there being no significant decline in existing general business and economic conditions; political stability in the South American countries where the Company conducts business. Should one or more risks and uncertainties materialize or should any assumptions prove incorrect, then actual results could vary materially from those expressed or implied in the forward‐looking information and accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information. The Company does not assume the obligation to revise or update this forward-looking information after the date of this news release or to revise such information to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.
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