VANCOUVER, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - UEX Corporation (TSX: UEX) ("UEX" or "the Company"), is pleased to announce that it has agreed to complete a non-brokered private placement of 3,260,869 flow-through common shares of UEX (the "Flow-Through Shares") at a price of $0.92 per Flow-Through Share for total gross proceeds to UEX of approximately $3,000,000 (the "Private Placement"). The Private Placement is in addition to the $8 million bought deal short form prospectus financing announced by UEX on February 17, 2012.
Cameco Corporation ("Cameco") has a pre-emptive right under the provisions of the agreement dated October 23, 2001 among UEX, Cameco and Pioneer Metals Corporation to purchase flow-through common shares from UEX on the same terms and conditions as the Private Placement so as to maintain its current approximate 22.58% ownership interest in UEX. This right, if exercised, could result in the issuance by UEX of up to 951,256 flow-through shares in addition to the Flow-Through Shares to be issued under the Private Placement.
UEX has offered that Cameco may, in lieu, of purchasing flow-through common shares, purchase up to 951,256 non-flow-through common shares of UEX at a subscription price per share equal to the greater of: (i) the closing price of the common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") on the last trading day before this right is exercised, and (ii) $0.84, being the closing price on February 17, 2012, which is the last trading day before this offer was made to Cameco.
Closing of the Private Placement is anticipated to occur in March 2012 and is subject to a number of conditions, including, without limitation, receipt of all regulatory approvals including approval of the TSX.
UEX is a Canadian uranium exploration and development company actively involved in 18 uranium projects, including six that are 100% owned and operated by UEX, one joint venture with AREVA Resources Canada Inc. ("AREVA") that is operated by UEX, as well as ten joint-ventured with AREVA and one under option from JCU (Canada) Exploration Company, Limited, which are operated by AREVA. The 18 projects, totaling 308,320 hectares (761,875 acres), are located in the eastern, western and northern perimeters of the Athabasca Basin, the world's richest uranium belt, which accounts for approximately 18% of the global primary uranium production. UEX is currently developing several uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin which include the Kianna, Anne, Colette and 58B deposits at its 49%-owned Shea Creek Project, a joint venture with AREVA in the western Athabasca Basin, and the Horseshoe, Raven and West Bear deposits located at its 100%-owned Hidden Bay Project in the eastern Athabasca Basin.
This news release may contain statements that constitute "forward-looking information" for the purposes of Canadian securities laws. Such statements are based on UEX's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections. Such forward-looking information includes statements regarding UEX's mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, outlook for our future operations, plans and timing for exploration activities, and other expectations, intention and plans that are not historical fact. The words "estimates", "projects", "expects", "intends", "believes", "plans", or their negatives or other comparable words and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking information. Such forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions and is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from UEX's expectations include uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill results and geology, additional drilling results, continuity and grade of deposits, participation in joint ventures, reliance on other companies as operators, public acceptance of uranium as an energy source, fluctuations in uranium prices and currency exchange rates, changes in environmental and other laws affecting uranium exploration and mining, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in UEX's Annual Information Form and other filings with the applicable Canadian securities commissions on SEDAR. Many of these factors are beyond the control of UEX. Consequently, all forward-looking information contained in this news release is qualified by this cautionary statement and there can be no assurance that actual results or developments anticipated by UEX will be realized. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking information. Except as required by applicable law, UEX disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For further information:
Graham C. Thody
President & CEO
Suite 1007 - 808 Nelson Street
Canada V6Z 2H2
Tel: +1 (604) 669 2349
Fax: +1 (604) 669 1240