The issue price of 56 cents per share represents a 27.3% premium to the last closing price of Matador shares on June 24, 2021, of 44 cents per share and a 16.7% premium to the 10-day volume-weighted average price of 48 cents per share.
Matador was able to issue shares at a premium as the new shares were issued under the Canadian flow-through share regimes, which provides tax incentives to eligible investors.
The placement witnessed strong demand from both international as well as Australian institutional investors.
Matador’s shares rose as much as 13.7% on Wednesday to touch an intra-day high of 50 cents in early trade.
Use of funds
The company plans to use proceeds from the placement for accelerating exploration activities at the Cape Ray Gold project including:
- Increasing diamond drilling from 20,000 metres to 45,000 metres;
- Increasing power auger drilling from three rigs to five rigs;
- Expanding Heli-mag program from the previous 40 kilometres to 80 kilometres of the strike;
- Inaugurating winter exploration program; and
- Pre-Feasibility Study and permitting activities.
“Support for our exploration strategy”
Matador executive chairman Ian Murray said: “I would like to thank both new and existing shareholders for their strong support in this Placement.
“To have such strong demand highlights the market support for our exploration strategy to systematically test the potential of our Cape Ray Gold Project, in Newfoundland, Canada.
“These additional funds now mean that we can materially accelerate our work program, with the aim of advancing the timing of new discoveries.
“I would also like to thank Matador’s corporate and finance team for working tirelessly behind the scenes to complete the Placement.
“Being able to achieve this is a great result for all shareholders as we reduce dilution whilst also raising additional funds.”
The new shares issued at a premium price are referred to as ‘flow-through shares’ under the Income Tax Act (Canada), facilitated by Canadian leading flow-through share dealer, Peartree Securities Inc.
The term ‘flow-through share’ refers to shares issued by a company to an investor under a written agreement with the investor, whereby the company agrees to incur flow-through mining expenditure and to renounce tax deductions associated with those expenditures to the investor.
If the company and the investor comply with the rules of the act, the investors are entitled to a tax deduction and as a result, the flow-through shares are issued at a higher price.