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Royal Road Minerals Announces Update on Proposed Combination with Caza

Dienstag, 10.01.2017 21:05

DGAP-News: Royal Road Minerals Limited / Key word(s): Miscellaneous
 Royal Road Minerals Announces Update on Proposed Combination with Caza
 
 10.01.2017 / 21:00
 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - January 10, 2017) - Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV: RYR) ('Royal Road Minerals' or the 'Company') is pleased to announce and reaffirm its continued intention to make a friendly offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Caza Gold Corp. ('Caza') on the same terms described in its news release dated December 6, 2016, and to provide an update on its planned timing for making its proposed offer. Since issuing the above-mentioned news release, Royal Road Minerals has made substantial progress in its preparations for making the proposed offer and, assuming the satisfactory completion of its ongoing due diligence review of Caza and other pre-bid items, Royal Road Minerals now expects to make a formal offer for the Caza common shares by mailing the offer, together with an associated take-over bid circular, to the registered holders of Caza's common shares and convertible securities on or before January 20, 2017. Royal Road Minerals and Caza have amended their previously announced support agreement to reflect Royal Road Mineral's current intended timing for making the proposed offer. Royal Road Minerals is also pleased to announce that the proposed offer continues to have the full support of Caza's board of directors. Under the amended support agreement, Caza confirmed that Caza's board of directors has unanimously determined that the Royal Road Minerals proposed offer is in the best interests of Caza's shareholders, and resolved to unanimously recommend that the Caza shareholders tender their common shares to the offer, if and when made by Royal Road Minerals in accordance with the amended support agreement. Royal Road Minerals also entered into amended lock-up agreements with Caza's largest shareholder and its directors and officers that hold Caza common shares, whereby these shareholders have each agreed to tender all of their Caza common shares to the offer, if and when made by Royal Road Minerals in accordance with the amended support agreement. Collectively, these supporting shareholders beneficially hold an aggregate of 115,879,351 Caza common shares representing approximately 82% of the outstanding Caza common shares on both a non-diluted and fully-diluted 'in the money' basis. Readers should note that Royal Road Minerals has not yet commenced the offer and should carefully review the cautionary statements set out below in this news release respecting the status of the offer and the factors that may cause Royal Road Minerals not to make the offer. Highlights of the Transaction For each Caza common share, Royal Road Minerals intends to offer 0.16 of a Royal Road Minerals ordinary share. Royal Road Minerals expects to issue approximately 22,608,321 ordinary shares pursuant to the transaction (assuming no exercise of any Caza options or warrants), representing approximately 34% of Royal Road Minerals' current outstanding ordinary shares. Management of Royal Road Minerals expects that the following factors, among others, would be relevant to Caza shareholders in their assessment of the proposed offer, if made by Royal Road Minerals as described herein: - Opportunity for participation in Royal Road Minerals' exploration projects in Colombia. Since the proposed offer would be a share exchange transaction, Caza shareholders would, upon the successful completion of the proposed offer through their ownership of Royal Road Minerals shares, benefit from any future increases in value associated with the continued exploration of Royal Road Minerals' portfolio of assets in Colombia. - Continued participation in the Caza's projects in Nicaragua. Shareholders would continue to participate in any increase in value of the Caza's projects in Nicaragua by holding approximately 25.3% of the outstanding Royal Road Minerals shares following any successful completion of the proposed offer, if made (based on the number of Caza common shares and Royal Road Minerals' shares currently outstanding). - Proven leadership team in place. Following any successful completion of the proposed offer, if made, Royal Road Minerals would continue to be guided by an experienced board of directors and management team, which collectively has extensive project exploration and development, acquisition, corporate finance and other relevant industry experience, all of which is necessary to discover, evaluate and acquire prospective mineral projects, advance projects from the exploration stage to development, and to create shareholder value by doing so. - Financial Status of Caza. Caza's public disclosure shows that it is consuming, rather than generating, cash and that Caza currently has a substantial working capital deficit. Caza and its board of directors have, over the past twelve months, conducted a strategic review process and no buyers for Caza or its assets or alternative transactions have emerged. Given Caza's serious financial difficulty, its inability to source additional financing, and the lock-up agreements with supporting shareholders, there is no realistic probability of a 'white-knight' emerging and completing a transaction that is superior to the proposed offer, if made by Royal Road Minerals shares as described herein. - Accretive Assets; Enhanced Liquidity. Caza's current active exploration projects are all located in Nicaragua. The proposed offer, if made, would allow Royal Road Minerals and Caza to aggregate high quality mineral properties, all in Latin America, and would be intended to help each company to geographically diversify its assets, benefit from combined exploration exposure, reduce single-project risk and allow for improved financing and growth opportunities. Caza's controlling shareholder now beneficially owns 77.5% of the Caza common shares and Caza warrants to purchase up to 88,160,000 Caza common shares, which, if fully exercised on the date hereof, would increase such beneficial ownership to approximately 86% of the outstanding Caza common shares. Because of this concentration of ownership, there is limited liquidity for Caza common shareholdings and associated challenges for Caza to raise additional financing and enter into certain transactions. The proposed offer, if made, would be intended to create a combined company with a more diversified shareholder base and result in more liquidity for investors and improved financing opportunities. - Unanimous Recommendation of the Caza Board. Caza's board of directors has unanimously approved the proposed offer and, currently intends to recommend that Caza shareholders accept the proposed offer, if made by Royal Road Minerals shares as described herein. - Support of Shareholders. Caza's largest shareholder and a secured creditor, as well as all of the directors and officers of Caza have entered into the above-mentioned lock-up agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to deposit to the proposed offer, if made, all Caza common shares held by them, representing approximately 82% of the Caza common shares, subject to the terms and conditions of such agreements. As a result, there is no impending prospect of a competing offer for the Caza common shares by a third party. Royal Road Minerals anticipates that the proposed offer, if made, will be subject to a number of customary conditions, including: (i) there being deposited under the offer, and not withdrawn, at least 90% of the outstanding Caza common shares (calculated on a fully diluted basis), excluding Caza common shares held by Royal Road Minerals; (ii) receipt of all governmental, regulatory and third party approvals that Royal Road Minerals considers necessary or desirable in connection with the offer; and (iii) no material adverse change having occurred in the business, affairs, prospects or assets of Caza. Caza has agreed that it will issue a 'deposit period news release' as contemplated under applicable Canadian securities laws stating an initial deposit period for the proposed take-over bid of 35 days from the date that Royal Road Minerals commences the take-over bid by making the offer and delivering the required take-over bid circular to Caza's shareholders, or such other initial deposit period as Royal Road Minerals and Caza may otherwise agree of not more than 105 days and not less than 35 days from such date. The support agreement between Royal Road Minerals and Caza provides that Caza's board of directors may, under certain circumstances, terminate the agreement in favour of an unsolicited superior proposal, subject to a right by Royal Road Minerals to match the superior proposal in question. Full details of the Royal Road Minerals intended offer, including any conditions thereof, will be included in the takeover bid circular that is expected to be mailed to Caza shareholders. Cautionary Statement on Forward-looking Information All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this news release, including any information as to the future financial or operating performance of Royal Road Minerals, constitute 'forward-looking information' or 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of certain securities laws, including the provisions of the Securities Act (Ontario) and the 'safe harbour' provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are based on the expectations, estimates and projections of management as of the date of this news release unless otherwise stated. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Royal Road Minerals as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The estimates and assumptions of Royal Road Minerals contained in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the various assumptions set forth herein and in Royal Road Minerals' take-over bid circular intended to be prepared and filed in accordance with applicable securities laws in Canada and Jersey as well as: (1) that Royal Road Minerals will make the offer, commence a formal take-over bid for Caza's common shares or complete the acquisition of Caza in accordance with the terms and conditions of the above-mentioned amended support agreement or otherwise; (2) the accuracy of Royal Road Minerals' understanding of Caza's projects; (3) the viability of the Caza project areas and permitting the further exploration and the development of these project areas on a basis consistent with Royal Road Minerals' and Caza's current expectations; (4) the trading price of Royal Road Minerals and Caza's shares; (5) there being no significant political developments, whether generally or in respect of the mining industry specifically, in Nicaragua that is inconsistent with Royal Road Minerals and Caza's current expectations; (6) there being no significant disruptions affecting Royal Road Minerals' current business; (7) permitting Royal Road Minerals to undertake certain measures regarding Caza's projects in Nicaragua; and (8) permitting and exploration at Royal Road Minerals' La Golondrina project on a basis consistent with its current expectations. The forward-looking information set forth in this news release is subject to various risks and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking information, including the risk that the proposed offer will not be made and, if made, that the acquisition of Caza will not be completed for any reason. Certain of these risks, factors, estimates and assumptions are described in more detail in Royal Road Minerals' most recently filed management discussion and analysis in the section entitled 'Risk Factors', to which readers are referred and which are incorporated by reference in this news release. In addition, all forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by the full 'Risk Factors' in such management's discussion and analysis. These risks, factors, estimates and assumptions are not exhaustive. Royal Road Minerals disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law. Other Information This news release does not constitute an offer to buy or an invitation to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or invitation to sell, any of the securities of Royal Road Minerals or Caza. Such an offer may only be made pursuant to an offer and take-over bid circular filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Royal Road Minerals plans to file an offer and take-over bid circular with Canadian provincial securities regulators. Investors and security holders are urged to read the offer and take-over bid circular regarding the proposed transaction referred to in these documents if and when they become available, because they will contain important information. Investors may obtain a free copy of the offer and take-over bid circular if and when they become available and other documents filed by Royal Road Minerals with applicable Canadian provincial securities regulators on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The offer and take-over bid circular and these other documents will also be available for viewing and download on Royal Road Minerals' website at such time. 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. For further information please contact: Royal Road Minerals contact: Dr. Tim Coughlin, President and Chief Executive Officer, by phone: USA-Canada toll-free (800) 638-9205, +44 (0)1534 887166, or +44 (0)7797 742800, or by email at info@royalroadminerals.com Click on, or paste the following link into your web browser, to view the associated documents http://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/24441 News Source: Newsfile
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Language: English Company: Royal Road Minerals Limited UK ISIN: JE00BWH5YF45 End of News DGAP News Service
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