Eric Owens, CEO and President, commented, “The initial anticipated raise of $4 million was quickly surpassed on the first day after announcing the financing. We decided to increase the size of the Offering due to high demand and quality of the institutional shareholders involved”. Mr. Owens went on to say, “This is tremendous support for our exploration plans at Hawkins. Phase two step-out drilling has already begun and this additional financing will enable us to add a second drill rig later on”.
E2Gold was assisted in this effort in large part by Amvest Capital Inc. (acting through Four Points Capital Partners, LLC), who brought in the lead order from Crescat Capital LLC (“Crescat”), amongst others. Crescat has made a strategic investment in the Company in connection with the Offering, pursuant to which it acquired an aggregate of 10,000,000 Common Shares and 10,000,000 Warrants. Mr. Owens added, “We truly appreciate Crescat Capital’s participation in this financing and look forward to collaborating with Dr. Quinton Hennigh on our Phase 2 program”. The Company was also assisted by Beacon Securities Limited who provided financial advise regarding the transaction.
As Crescat may become a new insider of the Company as a result of its participation, the securities issued to Crescat are being held in escrow pending the receipt of all requisite approvals of the TSX Venture Exchange. Crescat has been granted an option to participate in future financings to maintain its interest in the Company for so long as it holds greater than 5% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares.
In total pursuant to the Offering, the Company has issued an aggregate of 16,249,366 Units at a price of $0.10 per Unit, 8,475,345 “flow-through” units (“FT Units”) at a price of $0.11 per FT Unit and 23,550,000 special “flow-through” units (“Special FT Units”) at a price of $0.13 per Special Ft Unit pursuant to the Offering, to raise aggregate gross proceeds of $5,618,724. Each FT Unit is comprised of one Common Share that qualifies as a “flow-through share” as defined in subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (each, a “FT Share”) and one-half of one Warrant; and each Special FT Unit is comprised of one FT Share and one Warrant. Each whole Warrant is exercisable to acquire one additional Common Share (which shall not be a “flow-through” share) at a price of $0.15 for a period of 24 months from the date of issuance thereof.
An amount equal to the gross proceeds allocated to the sale of the FT Shares comprising each of the FT Units and Special FT Units will be used for expenditures which qualify as Canadian exploration expenses (“CEE”) and “flow-through mining expenditures” (within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada)). The Company will renounce such CEE with an effective date of no later than December 31, 2021.
In connection with the Offering, the Company paid aggregate cash commissions of $227,935.84 and issued an aggregate of 2,634,667 broker warrants to eligible registrants, each such broker warrant entitling the holder thereof to acquire one Common Share at an exercise price of $0.10 for a period of two years.
Insiders of E2 purchased an aggregate of 450,000 Units in connection with the Offering. The Offering and related matters remain subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
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