Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm, ISS, Recommends that Cobalt 27 Shareholders Vote FOR the Plan of Arrangement with Pala Investments
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- Shareholders are encouraged to vote well in advance of the voting deadline on September 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time)
TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2019 /CNW/ - Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (TSXV: KBLT) (OTCQX: CBLLF) (FRA: 270) ("Cobalt 27" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. ("ISS"), a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has recommended that the Company's shareholders vote FOR the plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") between Cobalt 27 and Pala Investments Limited ("Pala"). Under the Arrangement, Pala would indirectly acquire 100% of Cobalt 27's issued and outstanding common shares (other than the approximately 19% that Pala already owns) for C$5.75 per common share, comprised of C$3.57 in cash plus one share of a newly listed company, Nickel 28 Capital Corp. ("Nickel 28"), with an implied value of C$2.18.
Cobalt 27 shareholders will be asked to approve the Arrangement at the annual general and special meeting of shareholders to be held on September 12, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time) at the offices of Stikeman Elliott LLP, 5300 Commerce Court West, 199 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario.
In making its recommendation that Cobalt 27 shareholders vote for the Arrangement, ISS concluded:
"The arrangement appears to make sense for shareholders. In light of the premium paid to Cobalt 27 shareholders and the fact that the cash component delivers immediate liquidity and value certainty in a volatile cobalt market. Cobalt 27 shareholders, through their ownership of shares of Nickel 28, will continue to be exposed to the electric vehicle space, the repayment of debt paid by the Purchaser, the fairness opinions provided and the ability to respond to superior proposals, shareholder approval of this resolution is warranted."
Included in its rationale for supporting the Arrangement, ISS noted:
- Upon review of the full auction process the board has undertaken for the proposed deal, the negotiation process carried out with Pala is deemed to be adequate.
- The Arrangement Agreement is the result of an arm's length negotiation process that was supervised throughout and has been unanimously recommended by the Special Committee comprising independent directors.
- The termination fee arrangement appears reasonable as it is less than 3.2 percent of the transaction equity value which is consistent with standard market practice. Such a termination fee generally aligns with market practices in terms of percentage of equity value.
The Cobalt 27 Special Committee and Board of Directors reiterate their UNANIMOUS recommendation that you vote FOR the Arrangement. Your vote is IMPORTANT to the success of this transaction.
Reasons for and Benefits of the Arrangement
- Significant premium to Cobalt 27 shareholders
- Significant cash component delivers immediate liquidity and value certainty in a volatile cobalt market
- Nickel 28 to provide continued exposure to battery metal upside and the electric vehicle revolution
- Repayment of Cobalt 27's net corporate debt by Pala in connection with the Arrangement
- Nickel 28 provides significant incremental value to the cash consideration
- Arrangement is the result of a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives and independent oversight
Cobalt 27 shareholders are encouraged to review the Management Information Circular dated August 13, 2019 (the "Circular"), which provides details of the Arrangement. An electronic copy of the Circular is available on the Company's website at Click Here and on SEDAR under Cobalt 27's profile at www.sedar.com. Cobalt 27 encourages shareholders to read the Circular in detail.
Cobalt 27 shareholders are encouraged to vote well in advance of the voting deadline on September 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time).
Cobalt 27 shareholders who have questions about the Circular, or need assistance with voting their shares, can contact our proxy solicitation agent, Kingsdale Advisors:
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Shareholders are encouraged to vote today using the internet, telephone or facsimile. Your vote is important regardless of the number of Cobalt 27 shares you own.
About Cobalt 27
Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. is a leading battery metals streaming company offering exposure to metals integral to key technologies of the electric vehicle and energy storage markets. Cobalt 27 holds an 8.56% joint venture interest in the long-life, world-class Ramu operation which currently delivers near-term attributable nickel and cobalt production. Cobalt 27 also manages a portfolio of 11 royalties. Cobalt 27 also owns physical cobalt and a cobalt stream on the Voisey's Bay mine.
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