Polaris Minerals Announces Closing of CAD$25 Million Bought Deal Financing
January 8, 2009
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Polaris Minerals Corporation (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced $25 million bought deal financing. A syndicate of underwriters, led by GMP Securities L.P. and including CIBC World Markets Inc., Desjardins Securities Inc., Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., TD Securities Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc. (collectively, the "Underwriters"), has purchased, on a bought deal basis, 15,625,000 units (the "Units") of the Company at a price of $1.60 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $25 million (the "Offering"). Each Unit consists of one common share (a "Common Share") of the Company and one half of a Common Share purchase warrant (each full warrant a "Warrant") with each Warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase an additional Common Share of the Company at the exercise price of $2.25 per Common Share for a period of two years following the closing of the Offering.
The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the Offering to repay an outstanding $20 million bridge loan and for general corporate purposes.
Herb Wilson, President and CEO of Polaris said: "We are pleased to be able to pay off the bridge loan that we used to acquire the strategic Pier B site in the Port of Long Beach, CA. The Company has a strong balance sheet and we will improve our cash position by eliminating the remaining interest expense associated with the bridge loan. We are well positioned to continue with our business plan which we expect to benefit from the anticipated growth in infrastructure investment which has been proposed by the incoming US administration and we do not have plans for significant capital expenditures before 2011."
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
About Polaris Minerals Corporation
Polaris Minerals Corporation is exclusively focused on the development of quarries and the production of construction aggregates on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, for marine transport to urban markets on the west coast of North America to meet growing local supply deficits. In 2007, Polaris began shipping sand and gravel from the Orca Quarry to San Francisco Bay, Vancouver, and Hawaii.
For more information, please contact:
Herb Wilson, President and CEO
Mike Westerlund, Director, Corporate Development
Polaris Minerals Corporation.
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