Sprott Resource Lending Corp. Obtains Regulatory Approval for a Normal Course Issuer Bid
APR 3, 2012 - 18:02 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 3, 2012) - Sprott Resource Lending Corp. (TSX:SIL)(NYSE Amex:SILU) (the "Corporation" or "Sprott Resource Lending") announced today that it has received regulatory approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") for its Normal Course Issuer Bid ("NCIB"), under which the Corporation may make open market purchases of its common shares ("Common Shares") through the facilities of the TSX and other Canadian market places. Purchases pursuant to the NCIB may be made during the twelve month period commencing on April 9, 2012 and ending on April 8, 2013 or on such earlier date as the Corporation may complete its purchases or otherwise terminate the bid.
Under the NCIB, the Corporation may purchase up to 9,507,638 Common Shares, which represents approximately 10% of the total of the Corporation's public float; Sprott Resource Lending has 153,830,546 Common Shares issued and outstanding as at March 30, 2012 and its public float is approximately 95,076,380 Common Shares. The actual number of Common Shares purchased, the timing of the purchases and the prices at which the Common Shares will be purchased will depend upon future market conditions. A maximum of 10,098 Common Shares (being 25% of the average daily trading volume) may be purchased by the Corporation on any one day under the NCIB, except where purchases are made in accordance with "block purchases" exemptions under applicable TSX policies. The Corporation will pay market price at the time of acquisition for any Common Shares purchased under the NCIB. The Corporation will cancel Common Shares purchased under the NCIB.
The Corporation purchased 1,814,212 Common Shares at an average price of $1.39 per Common Share under its previous NCIB, which terminated on March 15, 2012.
In connection with the NCIB, the Company will establish an automatic purchase plan (the "Plan") with a broker to facilitate purchases of Common Shares under the NCIB. The Plan permits the Company to provide standing instructions to its broker as to how Common Shares are to be repurchased during internal blackout periods.
The Corporation's directors believe that the purchase from time to time of Common Shares may be a worthwhile investment for the Corporation that should benefit remaining shareholders by increasing their proportionate equity and voting interests in the Corporation and offering liquidity to shareholders who wish to dispose of their Common Shares. In addition, the Corporation's directors believe that purchases of Common Shares for cancellation through the NCIB may, by reducing the number of outstanding Common Shares, reduce the discount that may exist between the market price of its Common Shares and the Corporation's net asset value per Common Share.
About Sprott Resource Lending Corp.
Sprott Resource Lending specializes in lending to precious and base metal mining, exploration and development companies and oil and gas companies on a global basis. Headquartered in Toronto, the Corporation seeks to generate income from lending activities as will as the upside potential of bonus arrangements with borrowers generally tied to the underlying property or shares of the borrower.
Sprott Resource Lending (www.sprottlending.com) was founded by Quest Capital Corp. and Sprott Lending Consulting Limited Partnership. Sprott Lending Consulting LP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprott Inc., the parent of Sprott Asset Management LP (www.sprott.com), a leading Canadian independent money manager.
For more information about Sprott Resource Lending, please visit SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
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President and CEO
Sprott Resource Lending Corp.