pcJ News Briefs – Ironhorse Oil & Gas Inc. (TSX-V: IOG) and Pond Technologies Inc. have entered an arrangement by way of a three-cornered amalgamation. The transaction will constitute as reverse take-over (RTO) transaction.
Without giving effect to a prerequisite financing by Pond Technologies and assuming there are no changes resulting from the conversion of the existing convertible securities of Pond, former shareholders of Pond will own approximately 74% of the amalgamated company which is to be renamed as Pond Technologies Holdings Inc.
As a condition of the RTO transaction, Pond will complete a brokered private placement of subscription receipts, at a price of not less than $2.00 per subscription receipt, for minimum gross proceeds of $6,500,000 and maximum gross proceeds of $15,000,000.
Markham, Ontario based Pond Technologies Inc. has developed a proprietary system to transform carbon dioxide into bio-products. Pond works with the cement, steel, oil and gas and power generation industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pond has three pilot installations in Ontario and has granted and pending patents in the USA, Europe, China and Taiwan and patents pending in other jurisdictions including Canada.
Pond Technologies Inc. has been primarily funded by private investors. Pyfera Growth Capital, a family office, recently invested in the company.
Pond Technologies Inc.
Ironhorse Oil & Gas Inc. Announces Business Combination Transaction with Pond Technologies Inc.
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CALGARY, Oct. 4, 2017 /CNW/ – Ironhorse Oil & Gas Inc. (TSX-V:IOG) (“Ironhorse”) announces that it has entered into an amalgamation agreement (the “Amalgamation Agreement”) with privately-held Pond Technologies Inc. (“Pond”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ironhorse providing for the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) by Pond of Ironhorse by way of a three-cornered amalgamation. All of the directors and officers of Pond and Ironhorse have entered into support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their outstanding common shares of Pond (“Pond Shares”) or Ironhorse (“Ironhorse Shares”), as applicable, in favor of the Acquisition and related matters. Under the terms of the Amalgamation Agreement, Pond will amalgamate with the wholly-owned subsidiary of Ironhorse (the “Amalgamation”) and, following the completion of the proposed transaction, the resulting amalgamated entity (“Amalco”) will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ironhorse, which is expected to continue trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”).
Particulars of the Transaction
Pursuant to the Amalgamation, all of the issued and outstanding Pond Shares will be cancelled and holders of Pond Shares (except for dissenting shareholders) shall receive one Ironhorse Share (on a post-Consolidation basis) for each Pond Share. Following completion of the Amalgamation, Ironhorse will carry on, through Amalco, the business presently carried on by Pond.
In connection with the Acquisition, all of the outstanding stock options and warrants of Pond will be cancelled and exchanged for equivalent stock options and warrants of Ironhorse.
The Amalgamation Agreement also provides for: (i) a name change of Ironhorse to “Pond Technologies Holdings Inc.” or such other name as Pond may determine in its sole discretion (the “Name Change”); (ii) the consolidation of all of the issued and outstanding Ironhorse Shares on the basis of 6.9 pre-consolidation Ironhorse Shares for each one post-consolidation Ironhorse Share (the “Consolidation”); (iii) the appointment of a new management team (the “New Management Team”); and (iv) the reconstitution of the board of directors of Ironhorse (the “New Board”) (collectively with the Acquisition and the Amalgamation, the “Transaction”).
As a condition of the Transaction, Pond will complete a brokered private placement of subscription receipts, at a price of not less than $2.00 per subscription receipt, on a commercially reasonable efforts agency basis for minimum aggregate gross proceeds of $6,500,000 and maximum aggregate gross proceeds of $15,000,000 (the “Financing”). Net proceeds are expected to be used to fund Amalco’s program to commercialize its technology following completion of the Transaction and for general corporate purposes.
It is anticipated that immediately following the closing of the Transaction (without giving effect to the Financing, and assuming there are no changes resulting from the conversion of the existing convertible securities of Pond or to the outstanding common shares of Ironhorse other than pursuant to the Consolidation), an aggregate of approximately 15,772,668 post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares will be issued and outstanding, of which it is anticipated that 11,731,245 post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares will be held by former shareholders of Pond (representing approximately 74% of the post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares), and approximately 4,041,423 post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares will be held by existing shareholders of Ironhorse (representing approximately 26% of the post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares). Without giving effect to the Financing, it is further anticipated that no post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares will be reserved for issuance pursuant to outstanding convertible securities upon the closing of the Transaction, other than up to 1,601,340 post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares issuable upon exercise of outstanding share purchase warrants, and up to 1,097,500 post-Consolidation Ironhorse Shares issuable upon exercise of outstanding stock options. The Transaction values the Ironhorse Shares at $2.00 per Ironhorse Share (on a post-Consolidation basis) for aggregate consideration issuable to Pond shareholders of approximately $23.5 million (excluding any Pond Shares issued pursuant to the Financing).
The New Management Team will be led by Steven Martin as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, and will include Thomas Masney as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, Peter Howard as Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, and Emidio Di Pietro as Vice President, Engineering. The following is a brief biography of the New Management Team:
Mr. Martin is Pond’s Chief Executive Officer and is a past director of the Jeffrey Skoll MBA program offered through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a former director of the Professional Development Centre in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has also held the position of director of the Centre for Advanced Microelectronics and was the founding director of the Centre for Advanced Engineering Technologies at George Brown College. Mr. Martin holds an H.B.Sc. in Chemical Physics and a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Thomas is Pond’s Chief Financial Officer and has global experience spanning North America, Europe and Asia. He has worked with Goldman Sachs and General Electric in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and for both Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers in audit and corporate recovery. Mr. Masney brings with him a strong understanding of the mining, construction, manufacturing, technology, and e-commerce industries.
Emidio Di Pietro
Mr. Di Pietro Emidio is Pond’s Vice President, Engineering and was former manufacturing manager with a Tesma division of Magna. He has extensive experience in areas of program management, from receipt of order to steady state production including design, validation, production launch, and in-house/customer production process validation. He brings a wealth of experience from many different aspects of engineering that is critical in the development and deployment of Pond’s technology.
Mr. Howard previously worked as a management consultant, holding the position of Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ sustainable business practice. He also worked as Business Development Director for Zerofootprint Carbon, a carbon consulting and offsetting company and as a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, where he helped develop Ontario’s greenhouse gas emission policies and programs for transitioning to a low carbon economy. Mr. Howard received his Masters of Environmental Studies degree from York University, and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Contemporary Studies from the University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The New Board as well as the board of Amalco will be comprised of Steven Martin, Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, Bill Asselstine, Rob McLeese and Gerry Quinn. In addition to Mr. Martin’s biography provided above, the following is a brief biography of each of the other proposed directors:
Dr. Geraldine Kenney- Wallace
Dr. Kenney-Wallace is a past President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University and has extensive board experience, serving as a former director of the Bank of Montreal, Dofasco Inc., DMR Inc., General Motors (Canada) and Northern Telecom Ltd. In addition, she acted as former managing director of Baesystems and has been a director of Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC since 1993.
J. William Asselstine
Mr. Asselstine is Vice President, Sustainability and Cement Sales Canada at St. Marys Cement Inc., where he has worked for over three decades in various capacities, He oversees procedures and programs to minimize environmental risks and to ensure regulatory compliance. He directs the management of all of St. Marys’ properties and is also responsible for Canadian cement sales.
Mr. McLeese is a director of Export Development Canada’s Board of Directors and is the founder and President of Access Capital Corp., a financial advisory firm specializing in the independent power industry. Mr. McLeese is also the Chairman and President of ACI Energy, Inc., which owns and operates two waste coal fueled power plants in the United States, and is the recipient of the 2011 Probyn Prize for innovation in sustainable energy finance and the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Quinn is a current member of Ironhorse’s board of directors, having served in such capacity since 2004, and is the President of The Erin Mills Investment Corporation, a private venture capital company.
After giving effect to the Transaction, it is anticipated that St. Marys Cement Inc. (“St. Marys”), an existing shareholder of Pond, will also be an insider of Ironhorse, with Mr. Asselstine acting as St. Marys’ nominee on the New Board. St. Marys is an Ontario incorporated wholly-owned subsidiary of Votorantim Cement North America Inc., which forms a part of the global operations of Votorantim Cimentos S.A., Brazil’s largest cement company.
Concurrent with the closing of the Transaction, Ironhorse will transfer its interest in the Kotcho property, the Dawson property and the Balsam property (assuming with respect to Balsam that it has not been disposed of prior to closing of the Transaction) to Grizzly Resources Limited (“GRL”) for nominal consideration, and GRL will assume abandonment and reclamation obligations for these properties in consideration for the payment by Ironhorse to GRL of the abandonment and reclamation costs of such properties actually incurred by GRL plus 15%, to a maximum aggregate amount of not more than $457,183. Ironhorse will also assign all of its rights and interests in all claims made by Ironhorse in the existing litigation (the “Sinopec Litigation”) with Sinopec Daylight Energy Ltd. (“Sinopec”) to GRL or a third party acceptable to Pond, and GRL or the third party, as applicable, will assume and indemnify Ironhorse from and against all of Ironhorse’s liabilities in respect of the claims made by Sinopec in the Sinopec Litigation and all future costs associated therewith.
Conditions and Approvals Related to the Transaction
Completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of conditions and approvals including, but not limited to, TSXV acceptance and the approval of shareholders of each of Ironhorse and Pond. The Name Change and the Consolidation will require the approval of at least 66⅔% of the Ironhorse shareholders at the annual general and special meeting of the Ironhorse shareholders anticipated to be held prior to the end of 2017 (the “Ironhorse Meeting”). The Amalgamation Agreement and the Amalgamation, among other things, will need to be approved by a simple majority of Ironhorse shareholders at the Ironhorse meeting. A management information circular is expected to be mailed to shareholders of Ironhorse in connection with the Ironhorse Meeting. Additional information regarding the details of the Transaction will be included in such management information circular. Ironhorse expects to mail the management information circular around mid-November 2017.
The Amalgamation Agreement and the Amalgamation will require the approval of at least 66⅔% of the Pond shareholders at a special meeting of the Pond shareholders anticipated to be held prior to the end of 2017 (the “Pond Meeting”).
It is also a condition to the completion of the Transaction for Ironhorse to enter into an amended management agreement with GRL in relation to the management of the Pembina property.
No finder’s fee is payable in connection with the Transaction.
The Amalgamation Agreement provides for a reciprocal break fee of $250,000 payable in certain circumstances.
The Amalgamation Agreement contains customary terms and conditions for a transaction of this nature, including covenants applicable to Ironhorse and Pond until the closing of the Transaction regarding their respective businesses and affairs. A copy of the Amalgamation Agreement will be available under Ironhorse’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Recommendation of the Board of Directors and Support Agreements
The board of directors of Ironhorse has unanimously: (a) determined that the Transaction is in the best interests of Ironhorse; (b) determined to recommend that Ironhorse shareholders vote in favour of the resolutions to approve the Transaction; and (c) authorized the entering into of the Amalgamation Agreement and the performance of Ironhorse’s obligations thereunder.
The board of directors and officers of Ironhorse who, in aggregate, own or control approximately 13 % of the Ironhorse Shares, have entered into support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed, among other things, to vote in favour of the Transaction.
About Ironhorse and Pond
Ironhorse is a Calgary-based junior oil and natural gas production company trading on the TSXV under the symbol “IOG”. Ironhorse owns a working interest in a producing oil and gas property in Alberta.
Located in Markham, Ontario, and continued under the laws of the province of Ontario, Pond is a private company that has developed a proprietary system to transform carbon dioxide into bio-products. Pond works with the cement, steel, oil and gas and power generation industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pond has three pilot installations in Ontario and has granted and pending patents in the USA, Europe, China and Taiwan and patents pending in other jurisdictions including Canada.
Pond’s platform technology also includes algae superfoods for the nutraceutical and food additive markets. Pond’s productive system can grow many species of algae, including strains that produce anti-oxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein for human and animal consumption.
Financial Information regarding Ironhorse and Pond
For further details concerning Ironhorse, including its property interests and financial information, please refer to the annual audited financial statements of Ironhorse for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and the interim financial statements of Ironhorse for the six month period ended June 30, 2017, together with the accompanying management’s discussion and analysis for each such period, and the additional public filings of Ironhorse, including Ironhorse’s annual oil and gas disclosure filings effective December 31, 2016, all available under Ironhorse’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The following table presents certain selected financial data of Pond for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and the six months ended June 30, 2017. The selected financial information has been derived from Pond’s audited financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and from Pond’s unaudited interim financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2017. Pond’s financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.
Pond intends to make an application to the Exchange for an exemption from the sponsorship requirement as the Financing will be a brokered financing of at least $500,000. There can be no assurance that the exemption will be granted. In any event, an agreement to sponsor should not be construed as any assurance with respect to the merits of the Transaction or the likelihood of its completion.
Completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSXV acceptance and if applicable, disinterested shareholder approval. Where applicable, the Transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the Transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.
Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in any management information circular to be prepared in connection with the Transaction, any information released or received with respect to the proposed Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of Ironhorse should be considered highly speculative.
The TSXV has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed Transaction and neither has approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
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