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Sprott takes biggest slice of $8M PP for Galleon Gold

Oct 15, 2020

Billionaire precious metals investor Eric Sprott now owns the lions' share of Galleon Gold. Galleon has closed its previously announced brokered private placement.  Eric Sprott, through 2176423 Ontario Ltd., acquired 15,000,000 units for C$1.8 million under the offering. Galleon has a highly promising property in West Timmins next to Pan American's Lakeshore Gold Mine.  

After the closing, Sprott now beneficially owns or controls 106,248,950 common shares and 25,000,000 common share purchase warrants representing approximately 22.9% on a non-diluted basis and 26.8% on a partially diluted basis assuming exercise of all such warrants. This, together with intervening treasury issuances of common shares, results in a decrease in holdings of approximately 4.1% of the outstanding common shares on a partially diluted basis from what was reported in the most recent early warning report. Prior to the Offering, Mr. Sprott beneficially owned and controlled 91,248,950 common shares and 10,000,000 common share purchase warrants, representing approximately 22.5% on a non-diluted basis and 24.3% on a partially diluted basis. 



The offering was oversubscribed for gross proceeds of C$8.0 million and consisted of the sale of the following:

● 28,870,667 units of the Company (the "Units") at a price of C$0.12 per Unit;
● 10,402,987 flow-through units of the Company (the "FT Units") at a price of C$0.135 per FT Unit; and
● 18,418,333 FT Units sold to charitable flow-through purchasers at a price of C$0.17 per FT Unit.

The Offering was completed by a syndicate of agents led by Red Cloud Securities Inc. and included Cormark Securities Inc. (the "Agents").

Each Unit issued pursuant to the Offering consists of one common share in the capital of the Company and one common share purchase warrant (each, a "Warrant"). Each FT Unit consists of one flow-through common share of the Company and one Warrant. Each Warrant shall entitle the holder to purchase one additional common share at a price of C$0.18 at any time on or before the date which is 36 months after the closing date of the Offering.

The net proceeds from the sale of the Units will be used for exploration and general working capital purposes. The proceeds from the sale of the flow-through shares will be used for "Canadian exploration expenses" and will qualify as "flow-through mining expenditures" (the "Qualifying Expenditures"), as defined in subsection 127(9) of the Income Tax Act (Canada). The Company intends to renounce the Qualifying Expenditures to subscribers of flow-through shares for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.


The Units were acquired by Sprott for investment purposes. Mr. Sprott has a long-term view of the investment and may acquire additional securities of Galleon Gold including on the open market or through private acquisitions or sell securities of Galleon Gold including on the open market or through private dispositions in the future depending on market conditions, reformulation of plans and/or other relevant factors. 

A copy of Sprott's early warning report will appear on Galleon Gold profile on SEDAR and may also be obtained by calling Mr. Sprott's office at (416) 945-3294 (200 Bay Street, Suite 2600, Royal Bank Plaza, South Tower, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2J1). 

Certain insiders, directors and officers of the Company, including Mr. Sprott, subscribed for an aggregate of 15,000,000 Units under the Offering on the same terms as arm's length investors. The participation of the insiders, directors and officers in the Offering constitutes a "related party transaction" for the purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). The Company is exempt from the requirements to obtain a formal evaluation or minority shareholder approval in connection with the insider participation in reliance on sections 5.5 (a) and 5.7 (1) (a) of MI 61-101, as neither the fair market value of the securities issued, nor the fair market value of the consideration for the securities issued exceeds 25% of the Company's market capitalization as calculated in accordance with MI 61-101. The Company did not file a material change report containing all of the disclosure required by MI 61-101 more than 21 days before the expected closing date of the Offering as the aforementioned insider participation had not been confirmed at that time and the Company wished to close the Offering as expeditiously as possible.

In connection with the Offering, the Agents received a cash commission of C$458,779 and 3,284,679 non-transferable Agent Compensation Options, each entitling the Agents to purchase one Unit of the Company at a price of C$0.12 per Unit until October 14, 2022. In addition, the Agents received an advisory fee of C$15,221 and 126,840 non-transferable advisor warrants, each entitling the Agents to purchase one Unit of the Company at a price of C$0.12 per Unit until October 14, 2022.

All of the securities issued under the Offering will be subject to a hold period of four months and one day from the closing of the Offering in accordance with applicable securities laws. 

Galleon Gold is a North American exploration and development company. Eric Sprott holds approximately 23% of the Company's outstanding common shares and is also the Company's partner on the Neal Gold Project in Idaho. The Company's flagship project, the West Cache Gold Project, is located 13 km from Timmins, Ontario.

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