pcNewsWire – Lakeside Minerals Inc. has closed a brokered private placement offering led by Foundation Markets Inc., issuing 2,500 units for aggregate gross proceeds of $2,500,000. KW Capital Partners Limited of Toronto subscribed 600 units for $600,000. Proceeds ill be used to fund the previously announced proposed transaction with Nutritional High International Inc. regarding the building of cannabis cultivation facilities in Nevada and Colorado.
Lakeside Minerals Announces Closing of Private Placement
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 16, 2017) – Lakeside Minerals Inc. (the “Company” or “Lakeside”) is pleased to announce the closing of a brokered private placement offering (the “Offering”) led by Foundation Markets Inc., consisting of 2,500 units (the “Units”) for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $2,500,000. The proceeds from the Offering will be used by the Company to fund the previously announced proposed transaction with Nutritional High International Inc. (“Nutritional High”) regarding the building of cannabis cultivation facilities in Nevada and Colorado (please see press release dated February 28, 2017).
The Company and Nutritional High are in the process of completing formal agreements whereby the Company will use the Offering proceeds to purchase a provisional cultivation license issued by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health for the cultivation of marijuana and operation of a “medical marijuana establishment” (as defined in NV Rev Stat § 453A.116 (2015) (the “Cultivation License”), and the acquisition of a 50% interest in associated real property located in Henderson, Nevada (the “Grow Facility”).
David Drutz, the CEO of the Company, commented, “The North American cannabis industry represents an exceedingly attractive business opportunity. Lakeside’s entry point into the industry will be to position itself as an industry leader in the Nevada market, a market that is legalizing for “adult use” and which sees a tremendous flow of people from all over the world. These funds will enable us to acquire highly coveted assets in one of the fastest growing cannabis markets in the United States, execute on our strategic vision and drive shareholder value.”
Each Unit is comprised of one (1) $1,000 principal amount 12% convertible secured debenture (the “Debentures”) and 4,000 common share purchase warrants (“Warrants”) exercisable into common shares in the capital of the Company (“Common Shares”) at a price of $0.325 per Common Share for a period of 24 months after closing. The Debentures are due and payable on May 12, 2019 (the “Maturity Date”), are convertible at the option of the holder at any time prior to the Maturity Date into Common Shares at a conversion price of $0.25 per share and bear interest at a rate of 12.0% per annum, payable semi-annually in advance on May 12 and November 12 of each year. The Company may elect to satisfy its obligation to pay all or a portion of the interest owing under the Debentures by issuing Common Shares at a price of $0.25 per share. The first interest payment was satisfied on closing of the Offering by the issuance of 600,000 Common Shares at a price of $0.25 per share.
On the closing of the Offering, the Company directed the sum of approximately CAD $2.2 million (the “Escrowed Funds”) to be held in escrow to be released to the Company upon satisfying certain escrow release conditions (“Escrow Release Conditions”), including (i) the completion, satisfaction or waiver of all conditions precedent to the acquisition of the Cultivation License and the Grow Facility (the “Acquisition”); and (ii) the receipt of all required regulatory approvals and third party consents required for the Acquisition. If the Escrow Release Conditions are not met within 8 months of closing, the Escrowed Funds, together with all accrued interest thereon, will be repaid the holders of the Debentures, pro-rata, as a mandatory prepayment of principal and accrued but unpaid interest.
The Company paid an 8% cash commission to Foundation Markets Inc. and members of the selling group, 50% of which was paid on closing ($100,000), with the balance ($100,000) deposited in escrow to be payable on satisfaction of the Escrow Release Conditions. In addition, the Company agreed to issue broker warrants of which 50% (400,000 broker warrants) were issued on closing and the balance (400,000 broker warrants) will be issued upon satisfaction of the Escrow Release Conditions. Each broker warrant entitles the holder to acquire one Common Share at a price of $0.25 per share for a period of 24 months from the closing.
All securities issued pursuant to the private placement will be subject to a four-month hold period under Canadian securities laws.
About Lakeside Minerals Inc.
Management and board have considered potential strategies to maximize shareholder value in both the cannabis and mineral exploration sectors, including strategic alternatives relating to the Company’s Launay project and different facets of the United States cannabis industry with a specific focus on plant propagation and growing as retail segments of the value chain. The Company intends to transition as a marijuana issuer, subject to necessary regulatory and shareholder approvals, with a focus on building grows that rely heavily on technology processes and data collection and analysis.
David Drutz, CEO
Lakeside Minerals Inc.