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VANCOUVER, April 27, 2016 /CNW/ - Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. ("Wellgreen Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX: WG; OTC-QX: WGPLF) is pleased to announce that it has closed part of the second tranche (the "Second Tranche") of its previously announced private placement financing (the "Private Placement"), with 36,000,000 units (each, a "Unit") having been placed with Electrum Strategic Opportunities Fund L.P. ("Electrum") and 6,107,464 Units having been placed with Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. ("RCF"), for gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $8.4 million. Together with the aggregate gross proceeds of $3.1 million that the Company received under the first tranche of the Private Placement as announced on April 11, 2016, the Company has raised approximately $11.5 million to date under the Private Placement, with Electrum having acquired 50,000,000 Units.
The Units are comprised of one common share in the capital of the Company and one common share purchase warrant (a "Warrant"). Each Warrant will entitle its holder to purchase one common share in the capital of Wellgreen Platinum at a price of $0.27 for a period of five (5) years from its date of issue.
Pursuant to the terms of a unit purchase agreement between the Company and Electrum dated March 9, 2016, Electrum has the right to designate an additional nominee to the Board of Directors of the Company. The Company understands that Electrum expects to exercise its right in due course.
The Company intends to complete the remaining portion of the Second Tranche, being the sale of up to an additional 12,892,536 Units (the "Additional Units"), on or about May 3, 2016.
John Sagman, Wellgreen Platinum's Interim President & COO, commented, "We are very pleased to welcome Electrum as a significant shareholder of the Company and gratified by the continued strong support from RCF. Both institutions are universally recognized to be among the most successful investors in mineral exploration and development, renowned for their demonstrated ability to identify high-quality projects and advance them up the value chain in the interests of all shareholders."
Myron Manternach, Wellgreen Platinum's Chairman, added, "With this transaction, the Wellgreen PGM-Nickel Project has been firmly re-established as a significant precious and base metals development project. We are excited to have Electrum, a private equity firm with a proven track record of success in generating substantial shareholder wealth in our industry, become our largest shareholder. We are also excited about continued support from RCF, a highly regarded long-term investor with a strong reputation of backing high-quality projects in the mining industry around the world."
The net proceeds of the Private Placement will be used for the development of the Wellgreen PGM-nickel project in the Yukon and for general corporate purposes.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.
About Wellgreen Platinum
Wellgreen Platinum is a Canadian mining exploration and development company focused on the active advancement of its Wellgreen platinum group metals (PGM) and nickel project. Located in the Yukon Territory of Canada, the 2015 PEA demonstrated that the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project has the potential to become a large, low cost, open pit producer of platinum, palladium, gold, nickel, and copper. The Wellgreen property is accessible from the paved Alaska Highway, which leads to year-round deep sea ports in southern Alaska.
The Company is led by a management team with a track record of successful large-scale project discovery, development, financing and operation. Our vision is to create value for our shareholders through development of the Wellgreen deposit into a leading North American PGM and nickel producer.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Information: This news release includes certain information that may be deemed "forward-looking information". Forward-looking information can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "plans" or similar terminology, or negative connotations thereof. All information in this release, other than information of historical facts, including, without limitation, the completion of the sale of any Additional Units, maximizing shareholder value, the use of the proceeds from the Private Placement, the designation of an additional Board nominee by Electrum, results of the 2015 PEA, the size and scale of the Wellgreen deposit, future exploration and development of the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project, the undertaking of any potential Pre-Feasibility Study, the undertaking of future activities and work programs at the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project, realization of the potential of the Wellgreen deposit, the active advancement of the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project, and general future plans and objectives for the Company and the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project are forward-looking information that involve various risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in such forward-looking information are based on reasonable assumptions, such expectations are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information include changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, future metal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, delays in receiving government approvals, the Company's ability to maintain the support of stakeholders necessary to develop the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Mineral exploration and development of mines is an inherently risky business. Accordingly, actual events may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. For more information on the Company and the key assumptions, risks and challenges with respect to the forward looking information discussed herein, and about our business in general, investors should review the 2015 PEA technical report on the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project, our most recently filed annual information form, and other continuous disclosure filings which are available at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
SOURCE Wellgreen Platinum Ltd.
For further information: Wellgreen Platinum Contacts: John Sagman, Interim President & Chief Operating Officer, 1-888-715-7528, 1-604-569-3634; Rob Bruggeman, Vice President, Corporate Development, firstname.lastname@example.org