TORONTO, March 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BE Resources Inc. (TSXV:BER.H) (“BE Resources” or the “Company”) announces that following an earlier announcement in its March 3, 2020 news release, it has received the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) for the shares for debt transaction to settle the aggregate of $87,692.55 in indebtedness of the Company to Keyser Soze Services Limited (the “Support Creditor”) through the issuance to the Support Creditor of 730,771 common shares of the Company (the “Settlement Shares”) at a deemed price of $0.12 per Settlement Share (the “Debt Settlement). Accordingly, the Company announced that it has completed the Debt Settlement. The Settlement Shares are subject to the statutory hold period of four months and a day.
Related Party Transactions
The issuance of Settlement Shares to Support Creditor, a corporation controlled by Carmelo Marrelli, Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company, in connection with the Debt Settlement is considered a "related party transaction" pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). The Company is relying on an exemption from the formal valuation requirements of MI 61-101 available on the basis of the Company not being listed on a specified stock exchange, including the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ and certain overseas exchanges. The Company is also relying on the exemption from minority shareholder approval requirements under MI 61-101, as the fair market value of the Common Shares issued to the Support Creditor under the Debt Settlement does not exceed 25% of the market capitalization of the Company, as determined in accordance with MI 61-101.
Early Warning Reports
Prior to the closing of the Debt Settlement, Mr. Marrelli beneficially owned 1,388,980 common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) (or approximately 35.9% of the total issued and outstanding Common Shares).
Following the completion of Debt Settlement, Mr. Marrelli beneficially owns 2,119,751 Common Shares (or approximately 46.1% of the total issued and outstanding Common Shares on a partially diluted basis).
The Settlement Shares were acquired by Mr. Marrelli for investment purposes, and depending on market and other conditions, he may from time to time in the future increase or decrease his ownership, control or direction over securities of the Company through market transactions, private agreements, or otherwise. For the purposes of this notice, the address of Mr. Marrelli is 82 Richmond Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.
In satisfaction of the requirements of the National Instrument 62-104 - Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids and National Instrument 62-103 - The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues, an early warning reports respecting the acquisition of Common Shares by Carmelo Marrelli will be filed under the Company’s SEDAR Profile at www.sedar.com.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
This news release contains forward-looking information that involves substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, most of which are beyond the control of BE Resources. Forward-looking statements include estimates and statements that describe BE Resources’ future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that BE Resources or its management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Forward-looking statements may be identified by such terms as “believes”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “estimates”, “may”, “could”, “would”, “will”, or “plan”. Since forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.
Although these statements are based on information currently available to BE Resources, the Company provides no assurance that actual results will meet management’s expectations. Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward- looking information. Forward looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, BE Resources’ objectives, goals or future plans, statements, the company’s portfolio, treasury, management team and enhanced capital markets profile, and estimates of market conditions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, to obtain required governmental, regulatory, environmental or other approvals in respect of the Company’s operations, political risks, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry, and those risks set out in BE Resources’ public documents filed on SEDAR. Although BE Resources believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. BE Resources disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.