- Funding set to further define and upgrade Mont Sorcier Project
- RAB Capital becomes a reporting insider of the Company
TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / August 24, 2020 / Vanadium One Iron Corp. ("Vanadium One" or the "Company") (TSXV:VONE), is pleased to announce that it has completed its non-brokered private placement (the "Offering") with the closure of the flow-through tranche of the Offering. As per the press release dated August 17, 2020 the Company issued on August 14, 2020 a total of 4,590,000 common share units (the "Units") at a price of $0.10 per Unit for gross proceeds of $459,000. In addition, the Company has now issued a further 6,000,000 flow-through common share units ("FT Units") at a price of $0.18 per FT Unit for gross proceeds of $1,080,000. Each Unit and FT Unit is comprised of one common share plus one common share purchase warrant. Each warrant entitles its holder to purchase one additional common share at an exercise price of $0.15 for a period of 2 years from the applicable closing date of the private placement.
As previously announced, with the closing of the flow-through tranche of the Offering, an affiliate of RAB Capital now holds an approximate 11% ownership interest in the Company's common shares and is now a reporting insider of the Company under the applicable securities laws.
The securities issued pursuant to the two tranches of the Offering will be subject to a four (4) month plus one (1) day statutory hold period under applicable securities laws, expiring on December 14, 2020 and December 24, 2020, respectively. No finder's fee was paid in connection with the Offering.
Approximately 17% of the total Offering was taken up by Directors and Officers of the Company. To the extent of participation by such insiders in the Offering, the Offering would be considered a "related party transaction" as defined under Multilateral Instrument 61-101-Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). The Company is exempt from the formal valuation requirement of Section 5.4 of MI 61-101 pursuant to Subsection 5.5(b) of MI 61-101 and exempt from the minority approval requirements of Section 5.6 of MI 61-101 pursuant to Subsection 5.7(a) of MI 61-101.
The gross proceeds from the sale of the Units will be used to fund costs to continue exploration and further definition of the Company's Mont Sorcier Iron and Vanadium Property and for general administration purposes. The gross proceeds from the sale of the FT Units will be used solely by the Company to incur eligible "Canadian exploration expenses" that qualify as "flow-through mining expenditures" (as both terms are defined under applicable tax statutes) on the Company's Mont Sorcier Iron and Vanadium Property in Quebec.
Project Update Recap
With robust iron ore market conditions continuing as global economies begin to lift recent restrictions related to COVID 19, Vanadium One is excited to get back into the field and continue to enhance the robust results published for the Mont Sorcier Project through its Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") released early this year (February 27, 2020). The Company notes current 65% grade iron concentrates are trading at over US$130/t, well in excess of the US$92/t assumption that underpins the PEA. Going forward Vanadium One anticipates strong demand to continue as governments look to increase infrastructure funding to increase employment.
With funds in place, the Company plans to undertake a drill program of approximately 3,500 metres focusing on expanding the current resource at Mont Sorcier and expects to deliver a new Mineral Resource Estimate by year end or early in 2021. The aim of the drill program is to increase the current resources to between 900 million to 1.1 billion tonnes at grades of between 24-34% magnetite. This is similar to the grade profile of the current resource. Investors are cautioned that this resource target is conceptual in nature at this time and there has been insufficient exploration to define a new mineral resource. In addition, the company plans to continue its ongoing discussions with various potential strategic partners to move the project forward.
The drill results are expected to enhance the value presented in the PEA as outlined in the Technical Report entitled "NI 43-101 Technical Report - Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) of the Mont Sorcier Project, Province of Quebec, Canada". The report was completed by CSA Global Consultants Canada Ltd, an ERM Company (CSA Global) and has an effective date of February 27, 2020. The report was prepared in accordance with Canadian Securities Administrators' National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. A summary of the results is highlighted below:
PEA Summary Results
The PEA was prepared by CSA Global incorporating contributions from Vulcan Technologies for the Iron and Vanadium Market Pricing Study. The PEA is preliminary in nature, as it 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 Technical Report is available for review under the Company's profile on SEDAR and on the Company's website.
The reader is advised that the PEA summarized in this press release is intended to provide only an initial, high-level review of the project potential and design options. The PEA mine plan and economic model include numerous assumptions and the use of Inferred Mineral Resources. Inferred Mineral Resources are considered to be too speculative to be used in an economic analysis except as allowed for by National Instrument 43-101 in PEA studies. There is no guarantee the project economics described herein will be achieved.
Qualified Persons Statements
The PEA and other scientific and technical information contained in this news release were prepared by CSA Global, in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"), and has been reviewed and approved by, as it relates to geology, sampling, drilling, exploration, and QAQC : Dr. Luke Longridge, Ph.D., P.Geo, Senior Geologist (CSA Global); as it relates to mineral resources: Dr. Adrian Martinez Vargas, Ph.D., P.Geo, Senior Resource Geologist (CSA Global); as it relates to metallurgy, processing and related infrastructure: Georgi Doundarov, M.Sc., P. Eng., PMP, CCP, (Magemi Mining Inc.) and Associate Metallurgical Engineer (CSA Global); as it relates to mining, related infrastructure, and mining costs: Karol Bartsch, BSc Mining (Hons), MAusIMM, Principal Mining Engineer (CSA Global); and as it relates to financial modelling and economic analysis: Bruce Pilcher, B.E. (Mining), Eur Ing, CEng, FIMMM, FAusIMM CP, Principal Mining Engineer (CSA Global) and Alex Veresezan, M.Sc., P.Eng., Manager - Mining (Americas). Dr. Luke Longridge, Dr. Adrian Martinez Vargas, Georgi Doundarov, Karol Bartsch, Bruce Pilcher and Alex Veresezan are all independent Qualified Persons ("QP"), as defined under NI 43-101.
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Pierre-Jean Lafleur, P.Eng. (OIQ), who is a Qualified Person with respect to the Company's Mont Sorcier Project as defined under National Instrument 43-101.
About Vanadium One Iron Corp.:
Vanadium One Iron Corp. is a mineral exploration company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company is focused on advancing its Mont Sorcier, Vanadium-rich, Magnetite Iron Ore Project, in Chibougamau, Quebec.
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This news release contains "forward-looking information" including statements with respect to the future exploration performance of the Company. This forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements of the Company, expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, as well as others, are disclosed within the Company's filing on SEDAR, which investors are encouraged to review prior to any transaction involving the securities of the Company. Forward-looking information contained herein is provided as of the date of this news release and the Company disclaims any obligation, other than as required by law, to update any forward-looking information for any reason. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate and the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking information.
SOURCE: Vanadium One Iron Corp.