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VANCOUVER, BC, December 22, 2022 – Dolly Varden Silver Corporation (TSXV: DV) (OTC: DOLLF) (the “Company” or “Dolly Varden“) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced brokered private placement offering (the “Offering”) for gross proceeds of approximately $20.7 million, including the full exercise of the agents’ option, and also received $1.9 million from Hecla Canada Ltd.’s pro-rata participation to maintain its 10.21% ownership on a fully diluted basis, for aggregate gross proceeds of $22.6 million to the Company. The Company issued: (i) 5,634,516 common shares of the Company that qualify as “flow-through shares” as defined under the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “FT Offered Shares“) at a price of $0.90 per FT Offered Share; (ii) 14,884,700 common shares of the Company that qualify as “flow-through shares” as defined under the Income Tax Act (Canada) that will be issued as part of a charity arrangement (the “Charity Offered Shares” and together with the FT Offered Shares, the “Offered Shares”) at a price of $1.05 per Charity Offered Share; and (iii) 2,334,114 non flow-through common shares to Hecla Canada Ltd.
The Offering was led by Research Capital Corporation and Eventus Capital Corp., as co-lead agents and joint bookrunners, on behalf of a syndicate of agents, including Haywood Securities Inc. (collectively, the “Agents”).
“2022 has been the most successful year to date in the history of Dolly Varden Silver. By consolidating seven high-grade silver and gold deposits and historic mines with potential development synergies as well as exploration upside, we have created a preeminent silver gold company within an accessible and stable region of BC’s prolific Golden Triangle. Drill results received and released to date have exceeded expectations and we eagerly await the remaining 50 drill holes from our 2022 exploration season. We are grateful to existing and new shareholders who have provided us with the capital to continue to unlock the potential of the Kitsault Valley” commented Shawn Khunkhun, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
The gross proceeds of the Offering will be used for further exploration, mineral resource expansion and drilling in Kitsault Valley located in northwestern British Columbia, Canada, as well as for working capital as permitted, as Canadian Exploration Expenses as defined in paragraph (f) of the definition of “Canadian exploration expense” in subsection 66.1(6) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and “flow through mining expenditures” as defined in subsection 127(9) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) that will qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures”, which will be incurred on or before December 31, 2023 and renounced with an effective date no later than December 31, 2022 to the initial purchasers of FT Offered Shares and Charity Offered Shares.
The Offered Shares were issued under the Offering by way of applicable prospectus exemptions in accordance with NI 45-106 to “accredited investors” only.
Pursuant to the ancillary rights agreement between Hecla Canada Ltd. (“Hecla”) and the Company dated September 4, 2012, Hecla exercised its anti-dilution right in respect of the Offering to acquire 2,334,114 common shares of the Company (“Common Shares“) at a price per Common Share of $0.83 for gross proceeds of $1.9 million. The Common Shares issued to Hecla are in addition to those issued as part of the Offering.
The Offered Shares and Common Shares issued to Hecla are subject to a hold period in Canada expiring on April 23, 2022.
In connection with the Offering, the Agents received an aggregate cash fee equal to $1,191,600 and REDPLUG Inc. received a cash finder’s fee equal to $50,400.
This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy of any securities in the United States. The securities described herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act“), or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold within the United States except in compliance with the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to available exemptions therefrom.
About Dolly Varden Silver Corporation
Dolly Varden Silver Corporation is a mineral exploration company focused on advancing its 100% held Kitsault Valley Projects (which include the Dolly Varden Project and the Homestake Ridge Project) located in the Golden Triangle of British Columbia, Canada, 25kms by road to tide water. The 163 sq. km. projects host the high-grade silver and gold resources of Dolly Varden and Homestake Ridge along with the past producing Dolly Varden and Torbrit silver mines. They are considered to be prospective for hosting further precious metal deposits, being on the same structural and stratigraphic belts that host numerous other, on-trend, high-grade deposits, such as Eskay Creek and Brucejack. The Kitsault Valley Projects also contain the Big Bulk property which is prospective for porphyry and skarn style copper and gold mineralization, similar to other such deposits in the region (Red Mountain, KSM, Red Chris).
For further information: Shawn Khunkhun, CEO & Director, 1-604-602-1440, www.dollyvardensilver.com;
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