Potash Ridge Corporation is pleased to announce the successful closing of its initial public offering (the "Offering") of its common shares (the "Shares"). Potash Ridge raised $20 million in aggregate including a concurrent private placement entered into with Sprott Resource Partnership ("SRP").
Potash Ridge's shares are now trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "PRK".
The majority of the proceeds will be used by the Corporation to further develop its Blawn Mountain Sulphate of Potash Project located in Utah. The next major milestone is expected to be the completion of a prefeasibility study and issuance of an updated National Instrument 43-101 technical report expected in Q2 2013.
In connection with the Offering, Potash Ridge issued 14,944,746 Shares at a price of $1.00 per Share (the "Offering Price") for gross proceeds of $14,944,746. The Offering is being made through a syndicate of underwriters co-led by National Bank Financial Inc. and Clarus Securities Inc. and including GMP Securities L.P., Scotia Capital Inc., Cormark Securities Inc. and Dundee Securities Ltd. (collectively, the "Underwriters").
The Underwriters have been granted an over-allotment option, exercisable in whole or in part for a period of 30 days from the date of the closing of the Offering, to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Shares issued at the closing of the Offering at the Offering Price. If the over-allotment option is exercised in full, gross proceeds of the Offering will increase to approximately $17.2 million.
Concurrent with the closing of the Offering, the Corporation issued 5,055,254 units to SRP for gross proceeds of $5,055,254, on a private placement basis. Each unit consists of one non-voting share in the capital of the Corporation (the "Non-Voting Shares") and one warrant to acquire one Non-Voting Share, exercisable at a price equal to the Offering Price, for a period of two years following the date hereof. The Non-Voting Shares are convertible into Shares on a one-for-one basis under certain circumstances, however the terms of the Non-Voting Shares do not allow SRP to own more than 19.9% of the Shares upon conversion.
The Corporation has obtained shareholder approval to amend the articles of the Corporation, to create the Non-Voting Shares. A copy of the articles of amendment is available on the Corporation's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The Shares have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of that Act. This news release does not constitute an offer for sale of these securities in the United States of America.