Achieves U.S. Public Listing for 125,000 Acre Property and Historically Productive Graphite Mine in Namibia
NEW YORK, NY and WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/05/14 -- Next Graphite, Inc. (OTCQB: GPNE) (and the "Company") which holds an exclusive option to purchase 90% ownership of a mining license over 125,000 acres of previously producing graphite properties in the Republic of Namibia, southwest Africa, has completed its going-public transaction. In simultaneous and subsequent financings the Company sold common stock in private placements to certain investors valuing the company at USD$50,000,000.
Next Graphite is a development stage company targeting the growing global graphite production industry. Graphite demand is being driven by the development of new markets for clean and efficient energy alternatives, smart grid infrastructure and military capabilities. With Next Graphite's projected African mining and processing costs competitive with Chinese levels, the graphite production industry in Namibia holds compelling potential economics as well. Following the exercise of its exclusive option, the completion of GPNE's planned mine development activities is expected to result in a multi-million dollar inward investment into Namibia.
On November 14, 2013, the Company entered into a Stock Purchase Option Agreement (the "Option Agreement") with NMC Corp., a corporation organized under the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada ("NMC"), whereby NMC granted to the Company an option to purchase ordinary shares of equity capital of Gazania Investments Two Hundred and Forty Two (Proprietary) Limited, a corporation organized under the laws of the Republic of Namibia ("GIT"), representing 90% of all issued and outstanding shares of GIT. NMC will cause GIT to be re-issued the Exploration Prospecting License 3895 issued by the Namibia Ministry of Mines and Energy (the "Ministry") so the Company through its eventual subsidiary can engage in graphite production for the area known as Aukum in the southern Karas Region. The Aukum Graphite Mine has been producing from 1940 to 1974 according to Ministry records, and is Namibia's only proven miner of the industrial mineral.
Simultaneous with the above transactions, the Company issued shares of Common Stock to NMC representing approximately 25% ownership in connection with the option grant closing under the Option Agreement. Such Common Stock was issued in accordance with an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act by virtue of compliance with the provisions of Regulation S under the Securities Act.
In connection with the issuance of the 25% block of shares of Common Stock, NMC entered into a Stock Escrow Agreement and a Lock-Up Agreement with the Company. Pursuant to the Stock Escrow Agreement, NMC delivered to the escrow agent the shares of Common Stock issued to it to be held by the escrow agent pending the closing of the option exercise to purchase shares of GIT by the Company under the Option Agreement, projected to occur within 2014. For full details see the Form 8-K filed at www.sec.gov.
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Source: Next Graphite, Inc.