Search Minerals Receives $ 350,000 in Debt Financing and Extends Convertible Debenture
VANCOUVER, November 1, 2019 - Search Minerals Inc. (“Search” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SMY), is pleased to announce that InCoR Holdings Limited (“InCoR”) has agreed to advance the Company $ 150,000 and also extend the maturity date on the secured convertible debenture issued to InCoR on November 30, 2018 (the “Debenture”). The Debenture maturity date of November 29, 2019 will be extended to November 30, 2020. The parties have agreed that the $850,000 principal amount of the Debenture together with the $ 150,000 advance will be rolled over into a new convertible debenture with principal amount of $1,000,000 (the “New Debenture”) effective as of November 29, 2019. The Company has also agreed to pay an extension fee of $ 50,000 to InCoR.
The New Debenture will be for a term of 12 months and will have an interest rate of 15%. Furthermore, the New Debenture will be convertible into units (“Units”) of the Company, at $ 0.05 per unit, at any time following the issuance of the New Debenture, at InCoR’s option. Each Unit, if issued, will consist of one common share and one warrant exercisable into an additional common share for a period of five years from the date of conversion at a deemed price of $0.05
The foregoing constitutes a “related party transaction” within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”) because InCoR is a “Control Person” of the Company. The Company is relying on the exemptions from the formal valuation and minority approval requirements in Sections 5.5.(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101, on the basis that the fair market value of the transactions does not exceed 25% of the Company’s Market Capitalization.
The Company further announces that it has agreed to an unsecured loan of $200,000 (the “Loan”) with an arm’s length party. The Loan will be for a period of one year, will be repayable at any time without penalty and will bear interest at a rate of 10% per annum, paid quarterly. In consideration for agreeing to the Loan, the Issuer will issue 4,000,000 warrants (the “Bonus Warrants”) to the lender. Each Bonus Warrant will be exercisable into one common share for one year at a price of $0.05.
The New Debenture, the Loan and the Bonus Warrants are subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.
About Search Minerals Inc.
Led by a proven management team and board of directors, Search is focused on finding and developing resources within the emerging Port Hope Simpson Critical Rare Earth Element (“CREE”) District of South East Labrador (the “District”). The Company controls a belt 70 km long and 8 km wide including its 100% interest in the FOXTROT and DEEP FOX Projects, which are road accessible and at tidewater. Exploration efforts have advanced “Fox Meadow” as a significant new CREE prospect very similar to and in close proximity to FOXTROT and DEEP FOX. The FOXTROT Project has a low capital cost to bring the initial project into production ($152 M), a short payback period and is scalable due to Search’s proprietary processing technology.
The FOXTROT preliminary economic assessment is preliminary in nature and includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the preliminary economic assessment will be realized. The preliminary economic assessment includes the results of an economic analysis of mineral resources. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
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