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WINNIPEG, Oct. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Waverley Pharma Inc. (TSX.V: WAVE - the "Company" or the "Resulting Issuer"), is pleased to announce it has obtained a public listing for its securities on the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") following closing of the Qualifying Transaction (as defined in Exchange policies) involving Buffalo Capital Inc. ("Buffalo") and Waverley Pharma Inc. "Waverley"). As a result, the Company will be listed as a Tier 2 issuer on the Exchange. In conjunction with the Qualifying Transaction, Buffalo raised $5,500,000 through a brokered private placement financing (the "Financing") led by PI Financial Inc. (the "Agent").
Trading in the shares of the Resulting Issuer is expected to commence under the symbol "WAVE" following the issuance of the Exchange's final bulletin in respect of the Qualifying Transaction, on or about October 27, 2017.
As previously announced on August 9, 2017, the Qualifying Transaction involved the non-arm's length amalgamation of Buffalo and Waverley pursuant to the provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act (the "Amalgamation") to continue as a new company called "Waverley Pharma Inc.". Each common share in the capital of Buffalo (the "Buffalo Shares") that was outstanding immediately prior to the Amalgamation was converted into one (1) common share in the capital of the Resulting Issuer (the "Resulting Issuer Shares") and each Class "A" common share in the capital of Waverley (the "Waverley Shares") that was outstanding immediately prior to the Amalgamation was converted into 400,000 Resulting Issuer Shares. Upon completion of the Amalgamation and the Financing, former holders of Buffalo Shares hold, in the aggregate 14,000,000 Resulting Issuer Shares representing approximately 25.9% of the outstanding Resulting Issuer Shares and the former holder of Waverley Shares holds, in the aggregate 40,000,000 Resulting Issuer Shares representing approximately 74.1% of the outstanding Resulting Issuer Shares.
As a result of the foregoing, the Resulting Issuer has an aggregate of 54,000,000 common shares and 4,270,000 stock options (inclusive of compensation options issued to PI Financial Corp. in connection with the Financing) issued and outstanding.
Directors and Officers of the Company
The board of directors of the Company consists of: Dr. Albert D. Friesen, P. Marcus Enns, Hellen Siwanowicz, and Pieter J. de Visser. The management team of the Company is comprised of: Dr. George R. Thomas, President, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary and Pieter J. de Visser, Chief Financial Officer.
Granting of Stock Options
Concurrent with the completion of the Qualifying Transaction, the Resulting Issuer also issued an aggregate of 3,000,000 stock options to certain directors, officers and employees of the Company. The options have an exercise price of $0.50, vest over a period of three or four years depending on the recipient and expire 10 years from the date of grant.
Closing of the Financing
Immediately prior to the completion of the Amalgamation, Buffalo completed a brokered private placement of 11,000,000 Buffalo Shares at an issue price of $0.50 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $5,500,000 and representing an oversubscription of 1,000,000 Buffalo Shares (10%) over the amount of Financing previously announced. The Financing was led by the Agent and as consideration for acting as agent for the Financing, the Agent received a cash commission equal to 7.0% of gross proceeds of the Financing as well as options to acquire an aggregate of 770,000 Resulting Issuer Shares at a purchase price of $0.50 per share and expiring two years from the date of issuance.
Proceeds of the Financing are anticipated to be used for planning, preparation and execution of the Company's regulatory strategy and business development and partnering activities, to pay the costs associated with the Financing and for working capital and other corporate purposes.
Dr. Albert D. Friesen of 77 Shorecrest Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 1P4, a director and officer of each of Waverley and Buffalo, and now a director of the Resulting Issuer, held or controlled 100 Waverley Shares and 700,000 Buffalo Shares. Upon completion of the Amalgamation, Dr. Friesen now beneficially owns or has control over 40,700,000 Resulting Issuer Shares representing 75.37% of the issued and outstanding Resulting Issuer Shares. A copy of the early warning report filed pursuant to National Instrument 62-103 The Early Warning System and Related Take Over Bids and Insider Reporting Issues will be filed under the Resulting Issuer's profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Albert D. Friesen
Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information that are based on the beliefs of management and reflect the Company's current expectations. When used in this press release, the words "estimate", "project", "belief", "anticipate", "intend", "expect", "plan", "predict", "may" or "should" and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. The forward-looking statements and information in this press release includes information relating to the date when shares of the Company are expected to commence trading through the facilities of the Exchange and the anticipated uses of the proceeds of the Financing. Such statements and information reflect the current view of the Company. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in those forward-looking statements and information.
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SOURCE Waverley Pharma Inc.
For further information: George R. Thomas, Email: [email protected], Phone: (204) 928-7904