Montreal, Quebec – TheNewswire – March 22, 2021 – Niokan Inc. (“Niokan” or the “society“(TSXV: NOK) announces that it has made an agreement (the “Credit Agreement“) with Nio-Metals Holdings LLC (“Non-ferrous metals“) for a unsecured bridging loan $ 500,000 investment (the “loan“). The purpose of the loan is to enable Niocan to renew claims on its Great Whale iron property as well continue to work towards significantly larger funding.
Niokan is continuing discussions with interested parties about possible funding to raise sufficient funds to obtain the necessary permits and permits to develop its Oka property. Niocan’s management is also pursuing funding activities to continue exploration activities on the Great Whale iron property.
Hubert Marleau, President and CEO of Niocan: “This loan from Nio-Metals provides us with the ongoing support we need on the Great Whale Iron Property as we advance the raising of the additional capital needed to obtain the permit and Social certificate required is acceptance regarding the property Oka. The company looks forward to becoming a ferroniobe producer as soon as possible while investing in its three mineral deposits (historical resources) of magnetite ore near the Great Whale River. “
The loan has a term of 24 months, bears interest at 6% pa and is not convertible. The loan can be repaid at any time prior to the due date with no penalty.
The loan agreement was approved by all independent directors of Niocan, with the Nio-Metals candidate withdrawing from the decision.
Related Party Disclosures
According to multilateral instrument 61-101 – Protection of minority paper holders in special transactions (“MI 61-101“), The loan agreement constitutes a” related party transaction “as Nio-Metals currently holds 49.4% of the company’s issued and outstanding common stock.
The company is exempt from obtaining minority shareholder consent in connection with the loan agreement under Section 5.7 (1) (a) of MI 61-101 as the market value of the loan does not exceed 25% of the company’s market capitalization. The loan (and its related party transactional component) will also be disclosed in the Company Material Changes report filed on SEDAR less than 21 days prior to the date the loan agreement was signed, as Niocan has immediate access to the loan.
More information about the company can be found in the on SEDAR. available company public documents (www.sedar.com).
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