Cardinal Resources Limited - Preliminary Non-Offering Prospectus for TSX Listing Filed

TORONTO, April 5, 2017 /CNW/ - 6 April 2017 (Perth) - Cardinal Resources Limited ("Cardinal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has applied for the listing of its ordinary shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") and has filed a preliminary non-offering prospectus (the "Preliminary Prospectus") with the Ontario Securities Commission. 

Cardinal's decision to seek dual listing on the TSX is driven by the strong and increasing levels of interest in Canada and North America, as the Company advances its projects in Ghana.  Already, Cardinal has over 30% of its institutional shareholders in these markets and is covered with research by Clarus Securities in Toronto.

The Company engaged Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. ("RPA") to prepare a National Instrument 43-101 compliant technical report (the "Technical Report") on the Company's Namdini Gold Project in Ghana.  

The following summary has been extracted from the Technical Report:


Summary of Mineral Resources

Cardinal Resources Limited – Namdini Project

Category

Tonnage

(000 t)

Grade

(g/t Au)

Contained Metal

(000 oz Au)

Indicated

23,864

1.21

931

Inferred

100,149

1.1

3,629

 

Notes

1.

JORC 2012 Code was followed for Mineral Resources.

2.

RPA has reconciled the Mineral Resources to Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves dated May 10, 2014 (CIM definitions) and there are no material differences.

3.

Mineral Resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 0.5 g/t Au constrained by a preliminary pit shell.

4.

Mineral Resources are estimated using a long-term gold price of US$1,500 per ounce.

5.

Incorporates drill holes completed as of December 2, 2016, (up to and including NMDD061).

6.

Numbers may not add due to rounding.

 

Archie Koimtsidis, MD and CEO of Cardinal, said:

"The listing on the TSX is largely driven by the strong interest in the Namdini gold project by Canadian and North American institutional investors and various analysts who recognise the large potential for our Company.  Given that the maiden resource has now been strengthened with the inclusion of the "updip" and "southern extension" drilling, we believe the Namdini project has strong potential for further growth through continued drilling along strike and at depth.  

"We believe that the TSX listing represents an important step in building the profile of the Company and expect the listing will expand the knowledge base and understanding of Cardinal's potential."

The Preliminary Prospectus, is a non-offering prospectus which contains important information relating to the Company's business, operations and ordinary shares, is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the Preliminary Prospectus and the Technical Report have been released to ASX and are available under Cardinal's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Cardinal also wishes to advise that as part of the Company's application to list its ordinary shares on the TSX, all of the Company's corporate governance policies were revised and updated to be compliant for the dual listing.

In accordance with ASX Listing Rule 12.10, the Company's Securities Trading Policy has been updated and is set out in Annexure A and supersedes all security trading policies previously released by Cardinal.

The Company has entered into updated employment agreements with Managing Director Archie Koimtsidis, Executive Director Malik Easah, Exploration Manager Paul Abbott, and Chief Financial Officer Erik Palmbachs. A summary of the material terms of Mr Koimtsidis and Mr Easah's agreements is set out in Annexure B. 

Cautionary Statements

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release constitute forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities laws. These statements relate to future events or future performance and include, but are not limited to, estimates of mineral resources, the listing of ordinary shares on the TSX and benefits thereof, levels of interest and coverage of Cardinal by analysts and investors in Canada and North America, access to deep capital markets and liquidity, and benefits to shareholders from the valuation of West African gold companies traded on the TSX. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "objectives", "strategies", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe" and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. The Company believes the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon.

Technical Information

The disclosure contained in this news release of a scientific or technical nature has been summarized or extracted from the National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") compliant technical report titled "Technical Report on the Namdini Gold Project, Ghana, West Africa" dated April 5, 2017, prepared by Ian T. Blakley, P. Geo., Principal Geologist of Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. ("RPA"), Sean D. Horan, P. Geo., Senior Geologist of RPA, and Kathleen Ann Altman, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Metallurgist of RPA, each of whom is an independent "Qualified Person" as such term is defined in NI 43-101. Ian T. Blakley has approved the written disclosure in this press release.

The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the Technical Report released to ASX and, in the case of estimates of Mineral Resources in relation to the Namdini gold project, that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the results in the Technical Report continue to apply and have not materially changed.  The Company confirms that the form and context in which the competent persons' findings are presented have not been materially modified from the Technical Report.

 

Annexure A


SECURITIES TRADING POLICY


1.

INTRODUCTION



This Code for Trading in Securities (Code) sets out the requirements for Employees trading in Company Securities. In order to ensure that Employees do not inadvertently breach the insider trading or tipping provisions of the Corporations Act or applicable Canadian securities laws or rules, Employees are only permitted to trade in Company Securities in limited circumstances determined by this Code. The circumstances in which Employees are not permitted to trade in Company Securities are called 'closed periods' and are determined by the provisions of this Code.


Even outside closed periods, Employees are required to seek the written approval of the Chair or his or her delegate prior to any trading in Company Securities.


Trading in Company Securities by Employees is subject to the overriding restriction that persons may not trade in any Securities when they are in possession of Inside Information. This overarching restriction applies even where the trading occurs outside a closed period as specified within this Code.


It is the responsibility of any Employee contemplating a trade in securities of the Company to determine prior to such trade whether he or she knows, or ought reasonably to know, any information that is not generally available and that may have a material effect on the price or value of Company Securities, as that constitutes Inside Information.  If in doubt, the Employee should consult with the Chair or his or her delegate. In addition, clause 4 of this Code requires that Employees pre-clear all trades in securities of the Company.


2.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT UNDER INSIDER TRADING PROVISIONS



2.1. 

The Company



As a matter of law, all Employees must not purchase, sell or otherwise trade in Company Securities (including shares, debentures, options over unissued shares or debentures, renounceable or unrenounceable rights to shares or debentures and any derivative products) with the knowledge of Inside Information until two full trading days after the disclosure to the public of the Inside Information, whether by way of press release, conference call or a filing made with each of the relevant securities regulatory authorities in Canada and Australia.


2.2.

Other Companies



The laws regarding insider trading extend to trading in securities of any companies (including, for example, companies in a joint venture with the Company) about which a person possesses material price sensitive information which is not generally available or has not been generally disclosed. The restrictions set out in this Code apply to all Employees both with respect to trading in the securities of another company while in possession of such information and with respect to communicating such information.


3.

POLICY FOR TRADING IN SECURITIES



3.1. 

Trading With Clearance



Subject to the restriction that no Employee must trade in any Securities when they are in possession of Inside Information, and subject to clause 3.2, Employees may only trade in Securities if the Employee has complied


3.2. 

Closed Periods



An Employee may not trade in Company Securities if:


(a)

the Company Secretary has issued an instruction prohibiting trading in Company Securities by Employees, which instruction shall contain a reminder that the fact that there is a trading prohibition instruction may itself constitute Inside Information or cause rumours and must be kept confidential;



(b)

it is the day or the two days following the day on which the Company has made, or is expected to make, an announcement to the ASX, TSX or publicly; or



(c)

he or she has not complied with clause 4.



4.

CLEARANCE REQUESTS



All Employees wishing to trade in Company Securities are required to seek written approval from the Chair of the Board or his or her delegate.


5.

EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN TRADING MAY TAKE PLACE



In exceptional circumstances where, as a result of demonstrable financial hardship (such as the threat of foreclosure on the residence in respect of a person or mortgage, a judgement in respect of a debt being obtained by a creditor, or a court order in a family law matter), an Employee is obliged to dispose of Company Securities during a closed period, the Chair and/or Managing Director may give written approval to proceed to sell an agreed number of Company Securities during a closed period within a specified time frame. Such specified time frame must only be for a limited period, for example expiring on the earlier of five Business Days or the day on which such person gains knowledge of Inside Information.  The Employee seeking approval to trade must satisfy the Chair and/or Managing Director that he or she does not have knowledge of Inside Information and is in severe financial hardship or that their circumstances are otherwise exceptional and that the proposed sale or disposal of the relevant securities is the only reasonable course of action available.


The closing date during which Securities can be traded should be notified to the Employee and the Company Secretary. The Company may require the Employee to swear a statutory declaration in support of their claim of financial hardship.


6.

PROHIBITION AGAINST TIPPING



Employees are prohibited from communicating Inside Information to any person outside the Company, unless: (a) disclosure is in the necessary course of the Company's business provided that the person receiving such information first enters into a confidentiality agreement in favour of the Company (which should contain, among other things, an acknowledgement by the recipient of the requirements of applicable securities laws relating to such recipient trading securities with knowledge of a material fact or material change in respect of the Company that has not been generally disclosed and to such recipient disclosing information to another person or company such material fact or material change) and the disclosure is made pursuant to the proper performance by such Employee of his or her duties on behalf of the Company; (b) disclosure is compelled by law; or (c) disclosure is expressly authorized by the Chair or his or her delegate.


Subject to the above, Inside Information is to be kept strictly confidential by all Employees until after it has been generally disclosed.  Discussing Inside Information within the hearing of, or leaving it exposed to, any person who has no need to know is to be avoided at all times.  Employees with knowledge of Inside Information shall not encourage any other person or company to trade in the securities of the Company, regardless of whether the Inside Information is specifically communicated to such person or company.


If any Employee has any doubt with respect to whether any information is Inside Information or whether disclosure of Inside Information is in the necessary course of business, the individual is required to contact the Chair or his or her delegate.


7.

SHORT TERM TRADING IN COMPANY SECURITIES



Short-term trading refers to trading in and out of Company Securities over a short period. Employees are prohibited from engaging in short-term trading of Company Securities within one month. For the purposes of this clause 7, exercising options is not included in the concept of short-term trading.


8.

PASSIVE TRADING IN COMPANY SECURITIES



Employees may participate during closed periods in the passive acquisition of Company Securities in plans approved by the Company's Board, such as dividend reinvestment plans, share purchase plans and rights issues, with the proviso that an election to participate, once given, cannot be revoked during a closed period.


The exercise of options is permitted during a closed period in accordance with the terms and conditions of those options, however, the Securities issued in respect of such options or share purchase plan are subject to this Code and may not be traded during a closed period, including the closed period in which the Securities have been acquired.


9.

PROHIBITION OF CREDIT



Broker credit (beyond T+3), margin lending or leveraged equity providers (by whatever name and under whatever guise) must not be used in relation to Company Securities without the fully informed consent of the Board.


Employees must inform the Board of all details concerning any broker credit, margin lending or leveraged equity arrangements in place in respect of any trading (including, without limitation, prospective trading) in Company Securities.


10.

HEDGING



Employees are prohibited under this Code from entering into any schemes or arrangements that protect the value of Securities allocated under Company incentive schemes prior to them becoming fully vested. Any breach of this prohibition will also constitute a breach of the conditions of grant and could result in the forfeiture of the Securities.


11.

BREACH OF CODE



A breach of this Code by an Employee can be expected to:


(a)

lead to disciplinary action, generally in the form of dismissal or termination of the relationship at first lawful instance, and any person who is suspected of breaching this Code may be suspended from attending the workplace on full pay pending the outcome of investigations into the alleged breach); and



(b)

be reported to the authorities for investigation if the circumstances warrant, in the view of the Company; and



(c)

lead to criminal liability (substantial fines or imprisonment or both) or civil liability (substantial fines or compensation orders).



Where a company is found to have committed an offence, the directors, officers and supervisory personnel of the company may be subject to the same or additional penalties. In addition, an actual or suspected breach of this Code may give rise to adverse public scrutiny and media comment. It is therefore important that Employees adhere to this Code at all times.


12.

DISCLOSURE



Any trading in Company Securities by Employees must be notified to the Company Secretary within three days of such trading, including whether the Securities were traded during a closed period, and the details of the prior written clearance obtained in accordance with clause 4.


13.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS



The directors, certain officers and certain other employees of the Company and its subsidiaries are "Reporting Insiders" under applicable securities laws. Reporting Insiders are required to file reports of any direct or indirect beneficial ownership of, or control or direction over, securities of the Company and of any change in such ownership, control or direction with Canadian provincial securities regulators, using the electronic filing system known as SEDI.  In addition, Reporting Insiders must also include in their reports any monetization, non-recourse loan or similar arrangement, trade or transaction that changes the Reporting Insider's economic exposure to, or interest in, securities of the Company and which may not necessarily involve a sale, whether or not required under applicable law.


It is the responsibility of each Reporting Insider (and not the Company) to comply with these reporting requirements, and Reporting Insiders are required to provide the Chair or his or her delegate with a copy of any insider report completed by the Reporting Insider concurrent with or in advance of its filing.  The Company will assist Reporting Insiders in the preparation and filing of insider reports upon request.  To facilitate timely filings, Reporting Insiders should provide the Chair or his or her delegate with information about any trade subject to insider reporting within 24 hours of such trade being made.


Some officers of the Company or its subsidiaries may be eligible to be exempted by applicable securities law from the requirements to file insider reports.


A person that is uncertain as to whether he or she is a Reporting Insider or whether he or she may be eligible to be exempted from these requirements should contact the Chair or his or her delegate.  Reporting Insiders who are exempted from these requirements remain subject to all of the other provisions of applicable Canadian and Australian securities law and this Code, (including for the avoidance of doubt, the requirements under Accounting Standard AASB 124 Related Party Disclosure that applies to key management personnel).


14.

ENFORCEMENT



All Employees will be provided with a copy of this Code, and shall execute the certification set out in Schedule "A" regarding acknowledgement of and compliance with the procedures and restrictions set forth in this Code.  It is a condition of their appointment, employment or engagement that each of these persons at all times abide by the standards, requirements and procedures set out in this Code unless a written authorization to proceed otherwise is received from the Chair or his or her delegate.  Any such person who violates this Code may face disciplinary action up to and including termination of his or her employment or appointment with or engagement by the Company without notice. The violation of this Code may also violate certain securities laws.  If it appears that a director, officer, employee or consultant may have violated such securities laws, the Company may refer the matter to the appropriate regulatory authorities, which could lead to penalties, fines or imprisonment.


15.

APPLICATION OF CODE



If any Employee possesses Inside Information, such person is prohibited from procuring any other person to trade in those Securities and from directly or indirectly communicating the information to another person who the Employee believes is likely to trade in, or procure another person to trade in, those Securities.


It is important that any Employee who possesses Inside Information does not pass that information on to any other party or person or recommend or otherwise suggest to any person or Associates to trade in Company Securities.


Accordingly, this Code applies equally to persons acting for Employees or with whom it may appear Employees may communicate the Inside Information – that is, the spouse, children, family trusts, family companies of Employees or other Associates of Employees must not trade in Company Securities otherwise than in accordance with this Code.


Employees should also ensure that, before any external body of which they are a member, director, representative or trustee (for example, personal or family superannuation funds) undertakes any transaction regarding Company Securities, any trading in Company Securities complies with this Code.


This Code will be administered by the Company Secretary with input from the Chair. The Company Secretary will be available to answer any questions any Employee may have in relation to the Code. However, neither the Company nor the Company Secretary is to be held responsible for any answers or any act or omission by any Employee in reliance on those answers. It is each Employee's responsibility to comply with the law, so if any Employee is in any doubt legal advice should be obtained.


This Code is subject to regular review by the Board and will be amended as and when appropriate.

 

 

SCHEDULE "A"



Certification – Insider Trading Policy of Cardinal Resources Limited

The undersigned hereby certifies that he/she has read and understands the Company's Code for Trading in Securities, a copy of which is attached hereto, and agrees to comply with the procedures and restrictions set forth therein.



Date:

___________________________                                   

Signature:

_______________________           







Name:

_______________________




(please print)

 

 

Annexure B


Summary of Material Terms of Employment Contracts


In accordance with Listing Rule 3.16.4, the Company advises the following material terms of Archie Koimtsidis' and Malik Easah's employment agreements:


Archie Koimtsidis


1.

Base salary of A$300,000 per annum, exclusive of statutory superannuation and other statutory benefits.


2.

The contract has no fixed term and may be terminated by either party on 12 months' notice (or in the case of termination by the Company, payment in lieu of such notice) other than for incapacity, in which case the contract is terminable by the Company on 3 months' notice.


3.

Subject to the Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules:



(a)

On termination without cause, Mr. Koimtsidis will be entitled to a redundancy payment equal to the greater of 50% of total remuneration and 4 weeks' salary for every completed year of service.



(b)

On termination by the Company or Mr. Koimtsidis following the occurrence of a "prescribed event" (e.g. a material adverse change to the executive's direct reporting line; a demotion; a material change to the level of authority such as to lower it below a level of authority commensurate with the position; a reduction in salary; or a relocation outside of Perth, WA), Mr. Koimtsidis will be entitled to a payment equal to 100% of total remuneration will be paid to Mr. Koimtsidis.


4.

Mr. Koimtsidis will be invited to participate in short term and/or long term incentive schemes operated by the Company from time to time on such terms as the Board may decide.



Malik Easah


1.

Base salary of US$210,000 per annum, exclusive of statutory superannuation and other statutory benefits.


2.

The contract has no fixed term and may be terminated by either party on 6 months' notice (or in the case of termination by the Company, payment in lieu of such notice) other than for incapacity, in which case the contract is terminable by the Company on 3 months' notice.


3.

Subject to the Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules:



(a)

On termination without cause, Mr. Easah will be entitled to a redundancy payment equal to the greater of 50% of total remuneration and 4 weeks' salary for every completed year of service.



(b)

On termination by the Company or Mr. Easah following the occurrence of a "prescribed event" (e.g. a material adverse change to the executive's direct reporting line; a demotion; a material change to the level of authority such as to lower it below a level of authority commensurate with the position; a reduction in salary; or a relocation outside of Perth, WA), Mr. Easah will be entitled to a payment equal to 100% of total remuneration will be paid to Mr. Easah.


4.

Mr. Easah will be invited to participate in short term and/or long term incentive schemes operated by the Company from time to time on such terms as the Board may decide.

 

SOURCE Cardinal Resources Limited

For further information: Archie Koimtsidis, MD/CEO, Cardinal Resources Limited, Tel: + 61 (8) 6558 0573, Skype: cardinal.archie

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