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MONTREAL, July 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Argex Titanium Inc. (TSXV: RGX) ("Argex") is pleased to announce that it has entered into letters of intent for a $10 million non-brokered private placement with two subscribers: Ressources Québec, a subsidiary of Investissement Québec, and a U.S.-based investment fund manager, a current Argex shareholder. Each subscriber will invest $5 million in connection with the proposed private placement. Argex will issue a total of 9,756,098 common shares to the two subscribers at a price of $1.025 per share, representing the volume weighted average closing price of Argex's shares on the TSX Venture Exchange for the 20 trading days prior to the date of signing of the two letters of intent.
Roy Bonnell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Argex, commented, "Ressources Québec, a subsidiary of Investissement Québec, has indicated in this agreement its interest to participate in the future financing of our first industrial-sized plant in Valleyfield, Québec. Ressources Québec is one of Québec's most important financial resources for such projects. We are very pleased to welcome its initial investment in Argex. We are confident that both participants in this private placement will play an increasingly important role as Argex continues to advance towards production."
"The Québec government is proud to support this strategic investment project, which will have substantial economic spin-offs for the Montérégie region. Québec's prosperity depends on projects like this one from Argex, which combine innovation and economic development," noted Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec. "This investment will enable Argex not only to conduct its R&D in Valleyfield, but also to continue expanding its operations there."
The private placement, which is expected to close in early August 2013, will be effected pursuant to prospectus exemptions under applicable Canadian securities legislation. The private placement is subject to regulatory approval, including that of the TSX Venture Exchange, and to various closing conditions, including the signing of definitive subscription agreements.
The shares to be issued at closing will be subject to a four-month "hold period" under applicable Canadian securities legislation and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. There are presently 120,058,171 common shares issued and outstanding. Upon closing of the private placement, there will be 129,814,269 common shares of Argex issued and outstanding. No warrants will be issued and Argex will not pay any commissions in connection with the private placement.
About Investissement Québec
Investissement Québec's mission is to foster the growth of investment in Québec, thereby contributing to economic development and job creation in every region. The Corporation offers businesses a full range of financial solutions, including loans, loan guarantees and equity investments, to support them at all stages of their development. It is also responsible for administering tax measures and prospecting for foreign investment.
About Argex Titanium Inc.
ARGEX Titanium Inc. is a near-term producer of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). With a primary goal of advancing rapidly towards production, Argex has adopted a simple and low-risk strategy for the scale-up of its proprietary process that allows it to produce high-purity pigment-grade TiO2 directly from run-of-mine material. The closed-loop process is environmentally friendly and produces minimal inert tailings.
Argex is pleased to have selected Valleyfield, Québec as the location for its Research & Development centre and first industrial-sized production facility. The location of the site can be viewed at Argex Valleyfield.
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SOURCE: Argex Titanium Inc.
Mark Billings, Chief Financial Officer
Argex Titanium Inc.
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