Launches Fully Underwritten $57.2 Million Placement
The Placement will comprise the issue of approximately 301.1 million New Shares and will be conducted at an offer price of A$0.19 per New Share, which represents:
- A 20.8% discount to the last close price on 17 February 2021 of $0.24; and
- A 9.9% discount to the five-day volume weighted average price of $0.211
Each New Share issued under the Placement will rank pari passu with existing shares on issue. The new shares will be issued under the Company's existing placement capacity under ASX LR 7.1 for 180,646,814 shares and ASX LR 7.1A for 120,431,209 shares. For the purposes of LR7.1A the 15-day VWAP is $0.218.
Canaccord Genuity (Australia) Limited (Canaccord) is acting as Lead Manager and Underwriter to the Placement on the terms and conditions of an underwriting agreement with the Company. The Appendix 3B which follows this announcement includes a summary of the terms of the underwriting agreement with respect to fees payable to Canaccord and termination events.
Settlement of the New Shares issued under the Placement is expected to occur on Friday, 26 February 2021, with allotment scheduled for Monday, 1 March 2021.
The Company reserves the right to undertake a second-tranche placement to accommodate sophisticated and institutional investors who were unable to participate in the Placement (Tranche Two Placement).
The Tranche Two Placement will be undertaken at the same Offer Price as the Placement, is capped at $15m, is not underwritten and is subject to Hastings Shareholder approval to be sought at an upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting. Details of this will be announced in due course.
Use of Funds
Funds raised from the Placement and the Tranche Two Placement will be used to fund the advance of Hastings' world-class Yangibana Rare Earths Project (Yangibana) in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. Principally, funds will be used for:
- Procurement of long-lead item equipment;
- Front-end engineering plant design;
- Mine site works - camp installation, access road construction, civil plant base earthworks, water bore and pipeline installation, IT backbone tower installation; and
- Working capital.
Hastings Technology Metals' Executive Chairman, Charles Lew, commented:
"Hastings is making significant progress advancing our world-class Yangibana rare earths project at a time when global demand for neodymium and praseodymium is rising rapidly. Yangibana's geology includes world-class levels of neodymium and praseodymium, two of the vital components needed for the clean energy revolution.
"The underwriting of this placement by Canaccord Genuity demonstrates the high level of confidence shown by the capital markets in our Yangibana Project. We welcome the opportunity to introduce new investors, both internationally and domestically to our share register.
"We delivered substantial exploration success at Yangibana in 2020, which we expect to convert into an upgrade to the project's Mineral Resource and mine life later this quarter. Our strategy to decouple the beneficiation and hydrometallurgical plants has resulted in significant capex savings and comes with a number of other benefits for the project's long term development strategy."
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About Hastings Technology Metals Ltd
Hastings Technology Metals Ltd (ASX:HAS) (FRA:5AM) is advancing its Yangibana Rare Earths Project in the Upper Gascoyne Region of Western Australia towards production. The proposed beneficiation and hydro metallurgy processing plant will treat rare earths deposits, predominantly monazite, hosting high neodymium and praseodymium contents to produce a mixed rare earths carbonate that will be further refined into individual rare earth oxides at processing plants overseas.
Neodymium and praseodymium are vital components in the manufacture of permanent magnets which is used in a wide and expanding range of advanced and high-tech products including electric vehicles, wind turbines, robotics, medical applications and others. Hastings aims to become the next significant producer of neodymium and praseodymium outside of China.
Hastings holds 100% interest in the most significant deposits within the overall project, and 70% interest in additional deposits that will be developed at a later date, all held under Mining Leases. Numerous prospects have been identified warranting detailed exploration to further extend the life of the project.
The Brockman deposit, near Halls Creek in Western Australia, contains JORC Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources, estimated using the guidelines of JORC Code (2012 Edition).
The Company is also progressing a Mining Lease application over the Brockman Rare Earths and Rare Metals Project.
Hastings aims to capitalise on the strong demand for critical rare earths created by the expanding demand for new technology products.
Hastings Technology Metals Ltd