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MONTREAL, May 22, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - PyroGenesis Canada Inc. ("PyroGenesis") (TSXV: PYR), a TSX Venture 50® plasma solutions company that designs,
develops and manufactures plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma
torch systems, is pleased to announce the closing of its previously
announced private placement offering of units of PyroGenesis (the "Units") at $0.60 per Unit (the "Issue Price"). Mackie Research Capital Corporation, as sole agent and bookrunner
(the "Agent"), sold a total of 4,645,699 Units (the "Brokered Offering"), which together with an additional 1,166,667 Units sold directly by
PyroGenesis on a non-brokered basis, resulted in a total of 5,812,366
Units being issued today for gross proceeds of $3,487,419.60
(collectively, with the Brokered Offering, the "Offering").
Each Unit consists of one common share of PyroGenesis (each, a "Common Share") and one-half (1/2) of one Common Share purchase warrant (each whole
Common Share purchase warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant entitles its holder to acquire an additional Common
Share (each, a "Warrant Share") at an exercise price of $0.85 per Warrant Share for a period of 18
months following the closing of the Offering. Each Unit will be subject
to a statutory hold period of four months and one day from the closing
date of the Offering which expires on September 23, 2014 (the "Hold Period"). The Warrants will be subject to accelerated expiry provisions, such
that if at any time after the completion of the Hold Period, the
closing price of the Common Shares on the TSXV is at least $1.20 per
Common Share for a period of 20 consecutive trading days, PyroGenesis
may accelerate the expiry date of the Warrants, in which event the
Warrants will expire upon the date which is 20 days following the date
PyroGenesis provides written notice of the accelerated expiry to
In consideration for its services in connection with the Offering, the
Agent received a cash commission equal to 7% of the gross proceeds of
the Brokered Offering. The Agent also received 325,198 compensation
options ("Compensation Options"). Each Compensation Option is exercisable for one Unit at the Issue
Price for a period of 18 months from closing of the Offering.
PyroGenesis intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering for
general corporate purposes, working capital and development projects
relating to recent business development efforts. The Offering is
subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The securities have not been, and will not be, registered under the
United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the
United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as
defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act), except pursuant to an
exemption from the registration requirements of those laws. This press
release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an
offer to buy securities in the United States, or for the account or
benefit of U.S. persons (as such term is defined in Regulation S under
the 1933 Act).
Shares for Debt Transaction
PyroGenesis is also pleased to announce that it has entered into an
agreement with its creditor, Phoenix Haute Technology Inc. ("Phoenix"), whereby PyroGenesis has requested and Phoenix has agreed to
PyroGenesis issuing 7,500,000 Common Shares at a deemed price of $0.80
in payment of $6 million owing by PyroGenesis to Phoenix. The
completion of this transaction is subject to the final approval of the
TSX Venture Exchange.
"This shares for debt transaction not only serves to improve cash flow,
but significantly improves the company's balance sheet", said P.
Pascali, President and Chief Executive Officer of PyroGenesis. "The
financing combined with the debt conversion results in the company now
being able to report a positive Shareholder equity."
Following completion of this transaction and the Offering, Phoenix will
hold 10,259,706 Common Shares, representing approximately 12.70% of the
issued and outstanding Common Shares.
This transaction is a "related party transaction" for the purposes of
Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). PyroGenesis is relying on an exemption from the minority
approval and formal valuation requirements of MI 61-101 due to the fact
that the value of the transaction does not represent greater than 25%
of the market capitalization of the Company.
PyroGenesis has not filed a material change report 21 days prior to the
closing of the debt settlement transaction as no agreement to that
effect was in place at that time.
PyroGenesis, a TSX Venture 50® company, is the world leader in the
design, development, manufacturing and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. We provide engineering
and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as
turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical,
mining, advanced materials, oil & gas, and environmental industries.
With a team of experienced PyroClassTM engineers, scientists and
technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2
demonstration facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage
by remaining at the forefront of technology development and
commercialization. Our core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the
way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes,
high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to
the global marketplace. Our operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and
have been since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company
on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol "PYR"). For more
information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.
Disclaimer in Regards to Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this press release that are not historical
facts are forward-looking statements and are subject to important
risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including statements with respect
to the size of the Offering and the use of proceeds from the Offering.
The results or events predicted in these forward-looking statements may
differ materially from actual results or events. As a result, readers
are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking information contained in this press
release represents PyroGenesis' current expectations. PyroGenesis
disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise
any forward-looking information, except if required by applicable
Neither 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.
SOURCE: PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
For further information:
P. Peter Pascali, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (514) 937-0002