ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$ALS.TO—Altius Resources Inc. (“Altius”), a subsidiary of Altius Minerals Corporation (TSX:ALS) (OTCQX:ATUSF) announced today that pursuant to an option agreement dated February 23, 2021 with TRU Precious Metals Corp.(TSXV: TRU) (“TRU”), with its head office at 70 Trius Drive, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5E3, it has the right to acquire 7,140,000 common shares of TRU (the “Shares”) representing approximately 19.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of TRU upon receipt of the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) in exchange for the grant of an option to acquire by TRU a 100% interest in the mineral claims known as Golden Rose in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador (the “Option”). In addition, the Option Agreement provides that TRU will issue to Altius an additional 800,000 common shares within one month from the closing date of the transaction contemplated by the Option Agreement, 800,000 common shares on the first anniversary of the Option Agreement and a further 1,400,000 common shares (collectively, the “Additional Shares”) on the second anniversary of the Option Agreement, subject to the approval of the TSXV. If on the dates of issuance of such Additional Shares, the issuance would result in the total number of common shares held by Altius exceeding 19.9% of the issued and outstanding capital of TRU following such issuance, then such Additional Shares will not be issued on such dates but shall remain issuable to Altius at such time that Altius’ shareholdings in TRU would not result in it exceeding 19.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of TRU. All of the Additional Shares must be issued prior to the exercise of the Option under the Option Agreement by TRU. The Shares and the Additional Shares to be acquired by Altius pursuant to the Option Agreement will be issued at a deemed price of $0.25 per share, subject to the requirements of the TSXV. Immediately prior to the transaction contemplated by the Option Agreement, Altius held no securities of TRU. Altius will not acquire the Additional Shares if such acquisition would result in Altius’ shareholding in TRU exceeding 19.9% of the issued and outstanding capital of TRU.
Altius will acquire the Shares and Additional Shares for investment purposes only, and depending on market and other conditions, Altius may from time to time in the future increase or decrease its ownership, control or direction over securities of TRU, through market transactions, private agreements, or otherwise.
In satisfaction of the requirements of National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues, an early warning report respecting the acquisition of securities by Altius has been filed under TRU’s SEDAR Profile at www.sedar.com.
The head office of Altius is located at 38 Duffy Place, 2nd Floor, St John’s, NL A1B 4M5. For further information regarding this acquisition by Altius or to obtain a copy of the early warning report, please contact Chad Wells, Vice-President, Business Development, Altius Minerals Corporation, Tel. 1-877-576-2206.
Altius’s strategy is to create per share growth through a diversified portfolio of royalty assets that relate to long life, high margin operations. This strategy further provides shareholders with exposures that are well aligned with sustainability-related global growth trends including the electricity generation transition from fossil fuel to renewables, transportation electrification, reduced emissions from steelmaking and increasing agricultural yield requirements. These macro-trends each hold the potential to cause increased demand for many of Altius’s commodity exposures including copper, renewable based electricity, several key battery metals (lithium, nickel and cobalt), clean iron ore, and potash. In addition, Altius runs a successful Project Generation business that originates mineral projects for sale to developers in exchange for equity positions and royalties. Altius has 41,477,653 common shares issued and outstanding that are listed on Canada’s Toronto Stock Exchange. It is a member of both the S&P/TSX Small Cap and S&P/TSX Global Mining Indices.
This news release contains forward‐looking information. The statements are based on reasonable assumptions and expectations of management and Altius provides no assurance that actual events will meet management’s expectations. In certain cases, forward‐looking information may be identified by such terms as “anticipates”, “believes”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “may”, “shall”, “will”, or “would”. Although Altius believes the expectations expressed in such forward‐looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Altius does not undertake to update any forward-looking information contained herein except in accordance with securities regulation.