JERSEY, Channel Islands, United Kingdom, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSXV -
WMI) - Whetstone Minerals Ltd. ("Whetstone") announced today that it has mailed a notice and information circular
- proxy statement for its extraordinary general meeting of shareholders
to be held at 9:00 a.m. MDT on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the
offices of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Suite 2400, 525 - 8th Avenue
S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 1G1. Among the matters to be considered at
the shareholders' meeting is the summary winding up of Whetstone which,
if passed at the meeting, will commence and the directors will begin
the process of settling the company's liabilities and distributing its
assets to shareholders. A copy of the notice and information circular -
proxy statement is available under Whetstone's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Rationale for the Summary Wind Up of Whetstone
Whetstone's business plan was based on two fundamental premises:
2013 would see a significant improvement in the Zimbabwe economy,
(a) a more conducive environment for high risk mineral exploration
and new deposit discovery in a jurisdiction that has good potential but
has seen little exploration spend for 30 years; and
(b) a multiple upward price adjustment for existing "resource ounces
in the ground";
that global risk appetite for mineral exploration investment, in
particular gold, would continue because:
(a) the gold price would hold at the $1,500 per ounce + level; and
(b) the commodity cycle in general would maintain a positive trend
providing the liquidity needed for "junior explorers" to raise high
risk exploration and development funds.
Neither of these premises has transpired. Management's view is that the
current environment, in particular adversity to exploration risk and
lack of liquidity, will continue for the next several years. This
situation will make it very difficult for junior exploration companies
to raise funds to not only explore, but to survive.
Although Whetstone has the ability to identify new and high potential
projects elsewhere in Africa, it will be exceptionally difficult to
raise significant additional funds beyond its current resources that
will be necessary to advance such projects from discovery to definitive
feasibility. In addition, the annual sustaining costs of remaining a
publicly listed company (ie., audit, legal and regulatory etc.) will
continue to deplete the company's remaining cash reserves.
In light of the foregoing, it is management's and the Board's view that
the most responsible course of action is to wind up Whetstone's current
operations, dispose of its assets and distribute the net cash realized
to its shareholders rather than: (a) continuing exploration activities
in Zimbabwe; (b) seeking to acquire another project that will require
substantial funding over the next few years for development; or (c)
eroding its cash resources by paying annual sustaining costs until risk
appetite for mineral exploration and development projects returns.
About Whetstone Minerals Ltd.: Whetstone Minerals Ltd. is a gold
exploration and development company focused on Zimbabwe, where it owns
a number of advanced exploration projects including several former
producing mines. Whetstone's common shares are listed on the TSX
Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "WMI". Whetstone's website
address is www.whetstoneminerals.com.
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.
Forward-Looking Statements: Statements in this press release, including but not limited to
Whetstone's intention to proceed with the summary wind up of the
company subject to obtaining the requisite shareholder approval of the
wind up at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders constitute
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to
a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or
results to differ from those reflected in the forward looking
statements including, without limitation, that Whetstone may determine
not to proceed with the summary wind up of the company and/or that the
requisite shareholder approval of the wind up will not be obtained at
the shareholder meeting. Statements containing forward-looking
information express, as at the date of this press release, Whetstone's
plans, expectations, or beliefs as to future events or results and are
believed to be reasonable based on information currently available to
Whetstone. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements
will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could
differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers
should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.
Whetstone does not undertake to update any forward-looking information
except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
SOURCE: Whetstone Minerals Ltd.
For further information:
Whetstone Minerals Inc.
Allan Dolan, Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +44 (77) 9697 3008
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