Rogue to acquire Limestone Quarries in Ontario
By Global Newswire
By Global Newswire
August 15, 2019, Toronto – Rogue Resources has entered into agreements to acquire 100 per cent of the Speiran and 85 per cent of the Johnston Farm Quarries, from Ontario-based private companies.
“Rogue has remained steadfast in its effort to find assets with high rock value, in a good jurisdiction and close to cash flow and these quarries are both great examples of checking each of those boxes. These acquisitions will be a direct result of this focus and will strengthen our project portfolio”, said Sean Samson, president and CEO of Rogue. “Also, acquiring a business with historical cash flow, for which we’ve been able to negotiate Purchase Orders, allows us to tap into sources of less dilutive financing.”
Under the terms of the Agreements, Rogue has agreed to purchase the projects by delivering, the following to the sellers:
For 100 per cent of the Speiran Quarry/Orillia
– Cash payment at closing (the “Closing”) of $1.35M.
– In addition, Rogue is acquiring $100K of Existing Stone Inventory and $250K of on-site Equipment and Chattels.
Subject to completion of definitive documentation and transfer of permit.
For 85 per cent of Johnston Farm Quarry/Bobcaygeon
– Cash payment at closing (the “Closing”) of $200K;
– Issuance of 2,400,000 Rogue common shares (“Common Shares”) at Closing;
– A $700K Vendor Take Back (“VTB”) financing, secured against the project with:
Interest accruing quarterly on the outstanding balance of the VTB at the annual rate of 5.25%, until maturity or until full repayment;
Quarterly Payments to begin when the Project earns a positive Net Profit;
Term of four years from Closing. The VTB can be completely repaid at any time in lump sum;
Remaining principal at the end of term (if any) will be converted, at the Seller’s option, in either cash or Rogue Common Shares, priced at 10 cents per share, subject to applicable hold restrictions;
– For potential sales into the higher value Architectural and Block Export markets, a capped Premium Market Net Profit Royalty, calculated as:
10% of Net Profit for tonnes with Net Profit between $100 and $200 per tonne, up to $1.5M and,
20% of Net Profit for tonnes with >$200 Net Profit per tonne, up to $1.5M.
– Definitive documentation completed and signed by both parties, subject to transfer of permit.
Rogue’s Option for the remaining 15 per cent of Johnston Farm Quarry/Bobcaygeon
– Both sides will negotiate in good faith, and Rogue reserves a Right of First Refusal on any third party offer.
The Project will be managed through an 85 per cent owned subsidiary of Rogue with Net Profits and if necessary, required capital (after an initial year of free carry granted to the Vendor) to be split based upon the ownership interest of each party.
Pursuant to the Agreements, Closing of the Acquisitions are expected to take place in the coming weeks, conditional upon the completion of the Financing (see below), and the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
Details of the Projects
The Speiran Quarry/Orillia
The Speiran Quarry consists of privately owned parcels representing approximately 81 hectares, located approximately 20 km east of the town of Orillia and 140 km northeast of Toronto. The Project currently has a Class B Aggregate License to extract up to 20,000 tonnes of Natural Stone per year and produces Armour Stone, Steps and Flagstone. The quarry permit covers an area of approximately 15.8 hectares (158K m2) allowing for extraction of natural stone to the ground water table that is estimated to range from 3 to 7 m from the current quarry floor.
Rogue has conducted extensive due diligence on the Speiran Quarry, including the review of financial data from the Vendor’s audit firm which showed that the past five years have averaged $131/tonne in Revenue and $68/tonne operating expense on average sales of 2,722 tonnes per year. Speiran has been in continuous operation for more than 25 years and 3rd Party Appraisals valued the assets at $5.8M. As part of internal due diligence Rogue conducted limited diamond drilling, which provided samples of the underlying limestone units and helped to verify the continuation of marketable material below the pit floor.
The Johnston Farm Quarry/Bobcaygeon
The Johnston Farm Quarry consists of a privately owned parcel representing approximately 40 hectares, located approximately 10 km east of the town of Bobcaygeon and 155 km northeast of Toronto. The Project currently has a Class B Aggregate License to extract up to 20,000 tonnes of Natural Stone per year and has historically produced Armour Stone, Steps and Flagstone. The quarry permit covers an area of approximately 12.3 hectares (123K m2) allowing for extraction of natural stone to within 1 metre of the ground water table that is estimated to range from 5 to 10 m from the current quarry floor.
Although not currently in operation, the Johnston Farm Quarry operated as recently as 2016. Rogue intends to restart the quarry this year. As part of internal due diligence Rogue conducted limited diamond drilling, which provided samples of the underlying limestone units and helped to verify the continuation of marketable material below the pit floor.
In conjunction with these transactions, Rogue has secured Purchase Orders with the Speiran Quarry vendor for 600 tonnes per year from Orillia and is in negotiations with various potential purchasers to secure additional volume sales agreements.
“We have conducted extensive due diligence on both projects- both commercial and technical. The diamond drilling gave a good indication for the few metres of product below the quarry floor that we could not see”, said Sean Samson, President and CEO of Rogue. “This technical work, plus the time spent understanding the commercial side, including the ongoing discussions with large buyers, sets a solid foundation for the business we are initiating.”
In addition to the $700K VTB outlined above, Rogue has secured a $850K term loan (the “Term Facility”) with a major Canadian bank (“Bank”), secured against the Speiran Quarry. The Term Facility is repayable monthly over a 60-month term. It is subject to an existing general security agreement with the Bank and a debt service coverage ratio covenant to be measured on an annual basis, based on a ratio of a measure of earnings to interest expense and scheduled principal payments. The Term Facility carries a fixed interest rate of 5.25%, payable monthly based on the proportional amount outstanding. The full $850K will be drawn at Closing and the initial monthly payment will be due 30 days from drawdown.
With this $1.55M in financing, Rogue is also exploring options for further debt, likely a Mezzanine facility (potentially secured against one of the other assets in the Company’s portfolio) and is initiating a Private Placement (see below).
The final structure for financing will be subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”).
Rogue is pleased to announce it plans to issue up to 8,000,000 units of the Company (“Units”) at a price of $0.10 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $800,000 (the “Unit Offering”). Each Unit will consist of one common share of Rogue (each, a “Unit Share”) and one common share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”) entitling the holder thereof to purchase one common share (each, a “Warrant Share”) at an exercise price of $0.20 until one year from the date of closing of the Unit Offering. Subject to TSXV approval, the Company reserves the right to increase the size of the private placement or to modify the type, nature and/or price of the units for any reason.
All Warrants issued in the Private Placement will contain an accelerator clause (the “Accelerator Clause”) whereby, if at any time the trading price of Rogue’s common shares exceeds $0.24 for a period of ten consecutive trading days, the Company may provide notice to the holders of the Warrants that such warrants will expire 30 days after the date of the notice.
The Private Placement is subject to regulatory approval, including the approval of the TSXV. Closing of the Private Placement is expected to occur on or about September 13, 2019. The proceeds of the Unit Offering will be used to help fund the limestone acquisitions and for general corporate purposes.
The Units will be offered by way of private placement in each of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and such other jurisdictions as the Corporation may determine. The common shares issued in connection with the Private Placement will be subject to a statutory hold period of four months plus one day from the date of completion of the Private Placement, in accordance with applicable securities legislation.
In certain instances, the Company may pay finder’s fees (“Finder’s Fees”) to eligible persons (“Finders”) on a portion of the Private Placement, consisting of a cash payment equal to 7% of gross proceeds raised from applicable subscriptions for Units and the Company may issue non-transferable finder’s warrants (“Finder’s Warrants”) in an amount up to 7% of the gross proceeds raised from applicable subscriptions. Each Finder’s Warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one additional common share of Rogue (each, a “Finder’s Warrant Share”) at a price of $0.20 until September 13, 2021. The Finder’s Warrants will be subject to the Accelerator Clause. The payment of the Finder’s Fees and issuance of Finder’s Warrants is subject to applicable regulatory and TSXV approval.