Montreal, Canada, October 31, 2023 – SRG Mining Inc. (TSXV: SRG) (“SRG” or the “Company”) announced significant progress has been made towards meeting the closing conditions of the proposed private placement, announced on July 10, 2023, to Carbon ONE New Energy Group Co., Ltd (“C-ONE”).
Under terms of the agreement, SRG will issue 28,222,380 common shares to C-ONE (or its designated affiliate) through a private placement at a price of C$0.60 per share (the “Private Placement”). The subscription amount is approximately C$16.9 million (US$12.7 million) (the “Subscription Amount”).
On closing, C-ONE will come to own 19.4% of SRG’s issued and outstanding common shares establishing C-ONE as one of SRG’s largest shareholders. SRG’s largest shareholder, La Mancha Investments S.a r.l. (“La Mancha”) will partially exercise its anti-dilution right such that at closing both La Mancha and C-One will own 19.4% of SRG’s enlarged issued and outstanding common shares.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including three Chinese regulatory approvals. In addition, the transaction is subject to approval of the Canadian Government pursuant to a voluntary notification filing under the Investment Canada Act.
Chinese Regulatory Approval Process
The transaction has received approval from the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) of the Peoples Republic of China and the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) of the People’s Republic of China. A final approval from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) of the Peoples Republic of China is expected in the near future. Beyond these approvals, no further Chinese regulatory approvals are required to complete the transaction.
The TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”) has approved an extension to deposit the Subscription Amount in escrow in Canada. Under the revised terms of the agreement with the Exchange, C-ONE has agreed to deposit the Subscription Amount in escrow on, or before, November 30, 2023.
Following this and receipt of the SAFE approval, completion of the Private Placement will be conditional solely on the approval of the Private Placement by Canadian Government pursuant to a voluntary notification filing under to the Investment Canada Act. Closing is expected to occur by Q1 2024.
The common shares will be subject to a four month and one day hold period from the date of their issuance in accordance with applicable securities laws and the policies of the Exchange.
A leading private anode materials company in China, C-ONE was founded in 2022 by C-ONE’s Chair, Yue Min. Mr. Yue is a co-founder of BTR New Material Group Co., Ltd, the largest anode materials company in the world, and is a pioneer in China’s graphite and silicon-based anode industry. As a principal inventor, Mr Yue is a leading authority with over 30 years of experience in anode materials who has drafted numerous industry standards and has over 300 battery-related patents in his name.
C-ONE has assembled a large production base for various anode materials that sets the benchmark in the industry, including natural flake graphite. C-ONE is an innovative anode material industry leader and one of the lowest cost anode material producers in China, with a current installed capacity of 300,000 tonnes per annum (“tpa”) of CSPG. C-ONE owns several natural flake graphite mines that feed 250,000 tpa of spheroidizing capacity, 275,000 tpa of chemical purification capacity and 100,000 tpa of thermal purification capacity as well as 300,000 tpa of ALD-like coating capacity.
In addition to natural flake graphite material, C-ONE has the capacity to produce 150,000 tpa of artificial graphite and planned production of 15,000 tpa of silicon-based products.
SRG Mining is a Canadian-based mining company focused on developing the Lola Graphite Project located in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. The Lola Graphite Project has Proven and Probable Reserves of 41Mt at a grade of 4.14% Cg. SRG aims to develop a fully integrated source of battery anode material to supply the European and North American lithium-ion and fuel cell markets. With attractive operating costs, proximity to European end-markets and strong ESG credentials, the Company is poised to become a reliable supplier while promoting sustainability and supply chain transparency. SRG is committed to generating sustainable, long-term benefits that are shared with the host countries and communities where it operates.
For additional information, please visit SRG’s website at www.srgmining.com.
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