71 Capital Corp. Announces Entering into of Letter of Intent for Qualifying Transaction
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TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - 71 Capital Corp. (the "Corporation") (TSXV-NEX: SVN.H) announced today that it has entered into a letter of intent (the "Letter of Intent") whereby the Corporation will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities (the "ADL Shares") of ADL Oilfield Consulting Ltd. ("ADL") in exchange for the issuance of post-consolidation common shares (as described below) to the shareholders of ADL. The acquisition of the ADL Shares will constitute the Qualifying Transaction of the Corporation (the "Qualifying Transaction") as such term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange").
It is anticipated that the acquisition of the ADL Shares will be effected through the amalgamation of a wholly owned subsidiary ("SubCo") of the Corporation and ADL.
ADL is a privately held Calgary based oil and gas services company engaged in providing cleanouts, stimulation, optimization and remediation of oil and gas wells in Canada using a patented Stable Foam process. The Corporation is a capital pool company.
Since the Qualifying Transaction is not a non-arm's length transaction, the Corporation is not required to obtain shareholder approval for the Qualifying Transaction. Trading in the common shares of the Corporation is halted at present. It is unlikely that the Corporation's common shares will resume trading until the Qualifying Transaction is completed and approved by the Exchange.
Terms of Qualifying Transaction
Pursuant to the terms of the Letter of Intent, subject to completion of satisfactory due diligence, a definitive amalgamation agreement (the "Agreement") and receipt of applicable approvals, SubCo will amalgamate with ADL and the shareholders of ADL will receive post-consolidation shares (as described below) in the capital of the Corporation in exchange for their shares of the new amalgamated company.
The Qualifying Transaction is an arm's length transaction. No insiders of the Corporation own securities in ADL and no insiders of ADL own securities in the Corporation. It is intended that the Corporation will complete an 4.58296 (old shares) for 1 (new share) consolidation of its shares and a name change in connection with the Qualifying Transaction. The Corporation intends to call a meeting of its shareholders in the near future in order to approve the consolidation and name change.
Upon completion of the Qualifying Transaction, ADL will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Corporation and the Corporation will be engaged in the business of ADL.
ADL was founded in October 1993 under the laws of Alberta as 584125 Alberta Ltd. and subsequently changed its name to ADL Oilfield Consulting Ltd. in December 1993. ADL is a private company engaged in oil and gas well services in Canada. ADL has a license agreement for the worldwide, exclusive use of a patented technology that creates stable foam at surface, utilizing 10% water by volume, which always results in an under-balanced environment in the well bore. The technology was originally designed for shallow gas well clean outs, but over the last 18 months ADL has expanded the application into deep and horizontal oil well applications, which has resulted in the need to build new heavy duty equipment capable of performing the deep well cleanouts in significantly less time. Over the course of the last 10 years, ADL has successfully cleaned out over 800 wells.
ADL has introduced the concept of using the patented technology for other oil and gas applications, including drilling, milling, perforating, and fracture stimulation. These new applications will be engineered and proven out over the next 12-18 months. ADL has also introduced the technology into the United States, China and Mexico and believes that the technology will be well received in such countries.
ADL is currently in discussions with seasoned oil-field service veterans about joining the ADL team, including potential Directors, Management, Engineers and field operators. ADL will also ensure it has Board representation with public markets experience. ADL expects to announce additions to the team as the amalgamation and financing proceed.
ADL expects it will take approximately 3 months to construct the new equipment, once the financing is completed. It is anticipated that a re-launch of its operations using the new, more effective equipment will commence around the beginning of January 2014 once the equipment and operating staff are ready to be deployed.
The controlling shareholders of ADL are James Paul and Gerry Mendyk, both residents of Calgary, Alberta, who in the aggregate, together with their associates, own or control approximately 45% of the issued and outstanding securities of ADL.
Management and Board of Directors of the Resulting Issuer
Upon completion of the Qualifying Transaction, it is anticipated that the resulting issuer's Board of Directors will consist of Wayne Isaacs, Gerry Mendyk and James Paul with three additional independent board members to be named later. In addition, it is expected that the officers of the resulting issuer shall be James Paul (Chief Executive Officer & President) and Gerry Mendyk (Chief Financial Officer).
Mr. Isaacs will be named Non Executive Chairman of the Board upon completion of the amalgamation. Mr. Isaacs has been active in senior management and board positions of publicly traded companies over the past 25 years. Mr. Isaacs has founded a number of public companies primarily in the resource exploration sector and has had extensive experience on Bay Street as a financial consultant in investment banking, corporate finance and public listings. In addition to his role with ADL, Mr. Isaacs is currently engaged in investment banking consulting and works with junior companies on matters of financing, mergers and acquisitions and public listings.
Mr. Mendyk is currently a Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of ADL, and has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry, mostly in public companies. Mr. Mendyk has been with ADL for almost 3 years and has been instrumental in arranging private financing and managing the financial affairs of ADL. Prior to ADL, Mr. Mendyk was CFO of a TSX.V listed oil and gas producer for two years. Prior to that, Mr. Mendyk was President of a private real estate development company for 5 years, after spending 20 years working in various financial capacities for a multi-billion dollar public energy service company. Mr. Mendyk will retain his roles of Director, CEO and CFO of the amalgamated Company.
Mr. Paul has been a Director and President of ADL for over 3 years. Mr. Paul was the initial visionary for the newly restructured ADL and chose the team to take it forward. He has been instrumental in the domestic and international incubation process, as well as managing the operations and redesigned business plan of ADL. Prior to ADL, Mr. Paul had spent many years on international business development, corporate financing and business restructuring. Mr. Paul has extensive experience with new technology exploitation, both domestically and internationally, with a special focus on environmentally conscious technologies, of which ADL's patented process is an industry leader. Mr. Paul is also active in water remediation technologies, some of which will be a good compliment to the ADL business. As the development for new applications is already well underway, Mr. Paul's focus going forward will be on technology acquisition and international development, once a seasoned oil-field service veteran is recruited to take over as President of ADL.
Sponsorship of Qualifying Transaction
Sponsorship of a qualifying transaction of a capital pool company is required by the Exchange unless exempt in accordance with the Exchange policies. The Corporation is currently reviewing the requirements for sponsorship and may apply for exemption from sponsorship requirements pursuant to the policies of the Exchange, however there is no assurance that the Corporation will ultimately obtain this exemption.
Proforma Capital Structure
As a condition to the completion of the Qualifying Transaction, ADL will complete a private placement (the "Private Placement") for minimum gross proceeds of $2,000,000 up to a maximum of $3,500,000. The Private Placement will be for common shares at a deemed price of $0.55 per share.
The Corporation currently has 4,411,271 common shares issued and outstanding and 305,060 common shares reserved for issuance on the exercise of options. The shares and options will be consolidated on the basis of 4.58296 old shares for each 1 new share, resulting in 962,537 new shares and 66,564 new options prior to the amalgamation. ADL shareholders will be issued 11,917,550 post-consolidation shares on a one-for-one basis. New investors will be issued 6,363,636 post-consolidation shares assuming the maximum financing is achieved. There will also be share purchase warrants issued to investors in the new financing, on the basis of one-half warrant per common share purchased, exercisable based on one full warrant plus $0.75 per share will be entitled to 3,181,818 common shares.
Following completion of the amalgamation, shareholders of the Corporation will hold equity interests equal to approximately 5% of the combined entity (assuming the maximum financing) with the remaining equity interests being held by shareholders of ADL and new investors participating in the Private Placement.
The letter of intent will terminate (i) on the mutual consent of both the Corporation and ADL, (ii) if the Corporation is not satisfied with its due diligence review of ADL at 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time), on or before September 23, 2013, (iii) if a Definitive Agreement is not executed on or before 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on September 20, 2013.
Sponsorship of a qualifying transaction of a capital pool company is required by the TSXV unless exempt in accordance with TSXV policies. The Corporation is currently reviewing the requirements for sponsorship and may apply for an exemption from the sponsorship requirements pursuant to the policies of the TSXV, however, there is no assurance that the Corporation will ultimately obtain this exemption. The Corporation intends to include any additional information regarding sponsorship in a subsequent press release.
All information contained in this news release with respect to the Corporation and ADL was supplied by the parties respectively, for inclusion herein, and each party and its directors and officers have relied on the other party for any information concerning the other party.
Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSXV acceptance and, if applicable, pursuant to the requirements of the TSXV, majority of the minority shareholder approval. Where applicable, the transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.
Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circular or filing statement to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of a capital pool company should be considered highly speculative.
The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
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 statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to the proposal to complete the Qualifying Transaction and associated transactions, including statements regarding the terms and conditions of the Qualifying Transaction and associated transactions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements depending on, among other things, the risks that the parties will not proceed with the Qualifying Transaction and associated transactions, that the ultimate terms of the Qualifying Transaction and associated transactions will differ from those that currently are contemplated, and that the Qualifying Transaction and associated transactions will not be successfully completed for any reason (including the failure to obtain the required approvals or clearances from regulatory authorities). The statements in this news release are made as of the date of this release. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of the Corporation, ADL, or their respective financial or operating results or (as applicable), their securities.
SOURCE 71 Capital Corp.For further information:
For further information regarding the Transaction, please contact:
Eric Roblin, Director, 71 Capital Corp.
Gerry Mendyk, Chief Executive Officer, ADL Oilfield Consulting Ltd.