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VANCOUVER, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - LPT Capital Ltd. ("LPT") (TSX-V: LPC.P), a
capital pool company as defined under Policy 2.4 of the TSX Venture Exchange
(the "TSX-V"), and Lincoln Gold Corp. ("Lincoln") (OTCBB: LGCPF) are pleased
to announce that they have entered into an agreement dated October 7, 2008
(the "Letter Agreement") for the arm's length acquisition by LPT of 100% of
the common shares of Lincoln or other business combination of the parties (the
"Transaction"). The Transaction is intended to be LPT's "Qualifying
Transaction" under TSX-V Policy 2.4.
Lincoln is a Canada Business Corporations Act corporation and is a
registrant in the USA under the United States Securities and Exchange Act of
1934 and a reporting issuer in BC.
Lincoln has been involved in the acquisition and exploration of mineral
properties since 2004. Lincoln's current operations involve two gold
properties in Nevada, USA, namely the Pine Grove property and the Hannah
property, and the La Bufa property in Chihuahua, Mexico. As at the date of the
Letter Agreement, Lincoln holds an option to acquire an undivided 100%
interest in the Nevada properties and an option to acquire a 60% interest in
the La Bufa property, in each case subject to existing production royalties.
Approximately $2,100,000 in exploration expenditures have been incurred by
Lincoln on the Pine Grove property and the La Bufa property.
Pine Grove is an advanced-stage gold property. This historic underground
producer is located approximately 20 miles south of the copper mining town of
Yerington, Nevada, USA. Past production is estimated at 240,000 ozs gold. In
the early 1990's, Teck Resources drilled nearly 200 holes in the district and
identified gold mineralization on the property. In 2007, Lincoln consolidated
the district with two leases and 192 company-owned claims comprising six
square miles. Lincoln is approaching preparation of a pre-feasibility study.
The thickest and highest grade portion of the deposit is near-surface.
La Bufa is an early-stage gold-silver exploration property located in the
Sierra Madre at the small mining town of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua State,
Mexico. Minera Lincoln de Mexico, a subsidiary of Lincoln, controls
approximately 2,300 hectares of land that surrounds the historic Rosario mine
which is presently being explored by Gammon Gold. The Rosario mine produced an
estimated 2 million ozs gold and 28 million ozs silver from underground
operations. The productive quartz veins extend onto Lincoln's property and
warrant systematic exploration. Two core drilling campaigns have been
completed at La Bufa. Both drilling programs encountered gold/silver
mineralization that warrants further exploration.
In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101"), Lincoln has
filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) a "Revised Technical Report on the Pine Grove
Project, Lyon County Nevada" dated September 28, 2007 (revised December 4,
2007) and a "Technical Report on the La Bufa Property, Guadalupe y Calvo,
Chihuahua State, Mexico" dated October 19, 2007.
According to unaudited financial statements for the six months ended
June 30, 2008 prepared by Lincoln's management, Lincoln had no revenues,
exploration expenses of $1,122,931, administrative expenses of $154,580 and
other net expenses of $57,646, resulting in a net loss of $1,335,157. As at
June 30, 2008, Lincoln had a working capital deficiency of $1,799,642, total
assets of $83,812, shareholders' deficit of $1,767,120 and total liabilities
of $1,850,932, all of which were current liabilities. Lincoln intends to
convert more than half of its debt to common shares of Lincoln in accordance
with the Debt Conversion described below. More information on Lincoln can be
obtained on SEDAR.
Pursuant to the Letter Agreement, prior to the closing of the Transaction
(the "Closing"), LPT will consolidate its issued and outstanding common shares
(the "LPT Shares"), including the shares currently held in escrow (the "Escrow
Shares"), on the basis of one and a half old LPT Shares to one new LPT Share
(the "Consolidation") and appropriately adjust all outstanding agent's options
of LPT to reflect the Consolidation. Lincoln will use all commercially
reasonable efforts to convert at least $1,088,818.53 of its outstanding debt
($1,923,583 as at August 29, 2008) into common shares of Lincoln (the "Debt
Conversion") prior to the Closing.
LPT will issue to Lincoln's shareholders 23,000,000 LPT Shares on a
post-Consolidation basis in exchange for all of the issued and outstanding
shares of Lincoln. Upon Closing, the outstanding warrants of Lincoln will be
converted into warrants of LPT on a post-Consolidation basis at the same ratio
as implied by the issuance of LPT Shares in exchange for the issued and
outstanding common shares of Lincoln. As a condition of the Closing, LPT will
pay a finder's fee to Baron Global Financial Canada Ltd. of up to 1,258,333
LPT Shares (the "Finder's Fee Shares") on a post-Consolidation basis, subject
to TSX-V approval. The proposed business combination with Lincoln, when
completed, is intended to enable LPT to qualify as a Tier 2 Issuer on the
Concurrent with the Closing, LPT intends to complete an equity financing
(the "Concurrent Financing") to raise up to $3,000,000. The securities
contemplated to be issued in the Concurrent Financing have not been and will
not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state
securities laws, and the securities may not be offered or sold in the United
States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration.
This press release does not constitute an offer of securities.
LPT has advanced $25,000 to Lincoln and will, subject to TSX-V approval,
advance a further $75,000 upon receipt of TSX-V approval (collectively, the
"Advances"). The Advances are non-interest bearing and are refundable to LPT
only in the following circumstances:
(a) if a written notice is sent by LPT to Lincoln advising that the
Transaction will not proceed as a result of the due diligence
investigations conducted by LPT having determined in good faith that
there is a fundamental flaw in Lincoln's rights in its properties; or
(b) if the Transaction does not complete in the time and in the manner
contemplated in the Letter Agreement and the definitive agreement,
unless such failure to complete is the result of a breach by LPT of
any of its obligations thereunder.
The Letter Agreement will be superseded by a definitive agreement to be
negotiated between the parties. The parties have agreed to use their
commercially reasonable efforts to complete the proposed Transaction by
February 15, 2009, the completion of which is subject to certain conditions,
including board approval and shareholders' approval (if necessary) of the
Transaction to be obtained by both LPT and Lincoln; completion of due
diligence by the parties; all applicable regulatory approvals with respect to
the Transaction having been obtained; the signing of the definitive agreement;
payment of the Advances to Lincoln; completion of the transfer of the Escrow
Shares to persons designated by Lincoln; completion of the Debt Conversion;
cancellation of LPT's then outstanding stock options except for outstanding
agent's options; cancellation of Lincoln's then outstanding stock options;
completion of the Consolidation; completion of the Concurrent Financing
raising up to $3 million in gross proceeds and such other closing conditions
as may be specified in the definitive agreement.
Pursuant to the Letter Agreement, effective at the Closing, the board of
directors of LPT will be restructured so that on completion of the
Transaction, the board of directors of LPT shall consist of four directors,
three of whom shall be designated by Lincoln and one of whom shall be
designated by LPT. The directors and senior management team of LPT upon the
Closing will include the following:
Paul Saxton - Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Herrick Lau - Chief Financial Officer
Jeffrey L. Wilson - Vice President, Exploration
Marc S. LeBlanc - Director
Andrew F.B. Milligan - Director
Philip J. Walsh - Director
Their backgrounds are as follows:
Paul Saxton is the current President, CEO and a director of Lincoln and
has been active in the mining industry since 1969, holding various positions
including mining engineer, mine superintendent, President and CEO of numerous
Canadian mining companies. He also holds an MBA from the University of Western
Herrick Lau is the Vice President, Corporate Finance, of Baron Global
Financial Canada Ltd. with prior experience as CFO of various listed companies
and 14 years of experience in the investment banking industry. He is also a
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and has a BBA and a MA in
Finance, both from Simon Fraser University.
Jeffrey L. Wilson
Jeff Wilson is the current Vice President, Exploration, and COO for
Lincoln. He has 30 years of professional exploration experience in the United
States, Mexico and Central America with emphasis on gold and has a MSc. in
Geology from the University of Southern California.
Marc S. LeBlanc
Marc S. LeBlanc is a director of Lincoln and is VP Corporate Development
& Corporate Secretary of Mercator Minerals Ltd., a mining company listed on
the TSX. Mr. LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser
University and an Associates Degree in Legal Studies from Capilano College. He
is and has been a director or officer of a number of public mining and
Andrew F.B. Milligan
Andrew Milligan is the Chairman and a director of Lincoln and has been a
business executive who has concentrated on mining ventures over the past 25
years. From 1984 to 1986 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of
Glamis Gold Ltd. In November 1986 he was appointed President and Chief
Executive Officer of Cornucopia Resources Ltd. In 1998 and 1999 Cornucopia
disposed of its gold mining interests and subsequently merged with three other
companies to form Quest Investment Corporation. He is currently a director of
several mining companies trading on both the American Stock Exchange and the
Philip J. Walsh
Philip J. Walsh is a director of LPT and its President and Chief
Executive Officer. He is a Chartered Accountant and is the President and sole
owner of Taff Management Corp. which provides consulting, management and
advisory services to junior public and private corporations. Mr. Walsh has
also served as a director or officer of several other public companies.
All scientific and technical information contained in this news release
pertaining to Lincoln's properties has been reviewed and approved by Jeffrey
L. Wilson, the Vice-President, Exploration of Lincoln and a "qualified person"
within the meaning of NI 43-101.
A sponsor has not been retained, and LPT plans to seek an exemption from
sponsorship pursuant to section 3.4 of TSX-V Policy 2.2.
Completion of the proposed Transaction is subject to a number of
conditions, including but not limited to, TSX-V acceptance and if applicable
pursuant to TSX-V Requirements, 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
The TSX-V has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed
Transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this
Trading of the common shares of LPT has been halted in connection with
the dissemination of this press release, and will recommence at such time as
the TSX-V may determine, having regard to the completion of certain
requirements pursuant to TSX-V Policy 2.4.
On behalf of LPT Capital Ltd. On behalf of Lincoln Gold Corp.
"PHILIP J. WALSH" "PAUL SAXTON"
Philip J. Walsh Paul Saxton
President & CEO President & CEO
Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking
statements about LPT Capital Ltd. and Lincoln Gold Corporation their
respective businesses and future plans, including the planned Transaction,
Concurrent Financing and proposed business. Forward-looking statements are
statements that are not historical facts and include: the nature of the
Transaction, deemed value of securities anticipated to be issued to Lincoln
shareholders, proceeds of the proposed Concurrent Financing, available
exemptions for sponsorships and timing of the proposed Transaction. The
forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to various risks,
uncertainties and other factors that could cause post-Transaction actual
results or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or
implied by forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other
factors include, without limitation, uncertainty post-Transaction as to LPT's
and Lincoln's abilities to achieve the goals and satisfy the assumptions of
management; uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing; the
risk that development projects will not be completed successfully or in a
timely manner; general economic factors and other factors that may be beyond
the control of the parties. Forward-looking statements are based on the
beliefs, opinions and expectations of the management of LPT and Lincoln, at
the time they are made, and LPT and Lincoln do not assume any obligation to
update its forward-looking statements if those beliefs, opinions or
expectations, or other circumstances, should change.
Technical Disclosure: The technical reports described in this press
release refer to the term "inferred resources". Lincoln advises that while
this term is recognized and required by NI 43-101, the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission does not recognize it. "Inferred resources" have a great
amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their
economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of
an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under
Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis
of feasibility or preliminary feasibility studies, except in rare cases.
Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of an inferred
resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.
For further information:
For further information: LPT Capital Ltd., 1383 Marinaside Crescent,
Suite 805, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 2W9, Tel: (604) 720-0099; Lincoln
Gold Corp., 350 - 885 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 1N5,
Tel: (604) 688-7377