WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2013) - Kane Biotech Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KNE) (the "Corporation") today announced that the Corporation has closed its previously announced non-brokered private placement offering (the "Offering") of a single unit (the "Unit") comprised of a $500,000 principal amount 2 year 10% convertible redeemable unsecured note (the "Note") and 4,000,000 share purchase warrants ("Warrants") for gross proceeds of $500,000.
The Note has a term of two years from the date of issuance and bears interest at a rate of 10% per annum. The Note is redeemable at any time at the option of the Corporation at an amount equal to the face value of the Note, plus all accrued and unpaid interest, subject to the right of the Note holder to convert the Note into common shares of the Corporation ("Common Shares") prior to the date of redemption. The Corporation may elect to pay the interest on the Note or the redemption price of the Note in Common Shares, in lieu of cash, at the market price of the Common Shares on such interest payment date or redemption date, subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The Note may be converted at the option of the Note holder into Common Shares at a price of $0.15 per Common Share at any time until maturity of the Note.
Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one Common Share at a price of $0.095 for a period of two years from the date of issuance.
The purchaser of the Unit is Philip Renaud, a director and the Chairman of the Corporation. As Mr. Renaud is a director and Chairman of the Corporation, the Offering is considered to be a "related party transaction" for the purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). In accordance with MI 61-101, the Corporation is not required to obtain a formal valuation or minority approval of the Offering due to the fact that it may rely on an exemption to those requirements contained in MI 61-101, namely that the fair market value of the Offering is not more than 25% of the market capitalization of the Corporation.
The Offering was unanimously approved by the directors of the Corporation other than Mr. Renaud. Mr. Renaud abstained from voting on the resolution to approve the Offering and did not participate in the decision by the Corporation to undertake the Offering. The completion of the Offering has not increased Mr. Renaud's ownership of Common Shares of the Corporation. However, if Mr. Renaud were to convert the entire amount of the Note into Common Shares and exercise all of the Warrants issued to him, he would increase the number of Common Shares held by him from 2,877,715 (approximately 3.63% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares) to 10,211,048 (approximately 11.81% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares).
The Note, the Warrants and any Common Shares issued upon exercise or conversion thereof, are restricted from transfer for a period of four months and a day from the date hereof in accordance with applicable securities laws and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used for the Corporation's research and development program and for working capital purposes.
The final closing of the Offering is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
About Kane Biotech Inc.
Kane Biotech is a biotechnology company engaged in the development of products to prevent and disperse biofilms. Biofilms develop when bacteria, and other microorganisms, form a protective matrix that acts as a shield against attack. When in a biofilm, bacteria become highly resistant to antibiotics, biocides, disinfectants, high temperatures and host immune responses. This resiliency contributes to human health problems such as recurrent urinary tract infections, medical device associated infections and tooth decay.
Kane Biotech uses a patent protected technology based on molecular mechanisms of biofilm formation and methods for finding compounds that inhibit or disrupt biofilms. The Corporation has evidence that this technology has potential to significantly improve the ability to prevent and/or destroy biofilms in several medical and industrial applications.
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