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Vancouver, November 29, 2022 – FPX Nickel Corp. (TSX-V: FPX, OTCQB: FPOCF) (“FPX” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a subscription agreement for a private placement financing (the “Private Placement”) with a new corporate strategic investor (the “Strategic Investor”).
Under the terms of the Private Placement, FPX will issue 24,000,000 common shares (“Common Shares”) in the capital of the Company to the Strategic Investor at a price of $0.50 per Common Share, for gross proceeds of $12 million. Upon completion of the Private Placement, the Strategic Investor will own approximately 9.95% of FPX’s issued and outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis.
“This is a transformational investment for FPX, providing important support for the continued development of our large-scale, low-cost, and low-carbon Baptiste Nickel Project (the “Project”) in central British Columbia,” commented Martin Turenne, FPX’s President and CEO. “Prior to making the investment, the Strategic Investor conducted multi-functional technical reviews and a Project site visit, and we believe the Private Placement represents a significant endorsement of the Project and our approach to project development. On closing of the Private Placement, the Company will have a working capital position of approximately $18.5 million, which will permit the Company to fully fund the completion of a preliminary feasibility study in the second half of 2023 and fund subsequent project development activities well into 2024.”
The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Private Placement primarily for development activities at the Project, including the completion of a preliminary feasibility study and continuance of ongoing environmental baseline activities, as well as general corporate purposes. The Private Placement is expected to close on December 1, 2022 and is subject to certain customary conditions, including acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange and applicable securities regulatory authorities. The Common Shares issued pursuant to the Private Placement will be subject to a hold period of four (4) months and one (1) day from the date of issuance in accordance with applicable securities laws. No finders’ fees or commissions are payable on the Private Placement.
Concurrently with the Private Placement, the Company and the Strategic Investor have entered into an investor rights agreement (the “Investor Rights Agreement”) that provides, among other things, the Strategic Investor with certain rights in the event it maintains minimum ownership thresholds in the Company, including the right to participate in equity financings. In addition, pursuant to the Private Placement, the Strategic Investor has agreed to a two-year standstill with respect to the acquisition of additional securities in FPX, other than acquisitions pursuant to the Strategic Investor’s rights under the Investor Rights Agreement.
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About the Decar Nickel District
The Company’s Decar Nickel District claims cover 245 km2 of the Mount Sidney Williams ultramafic/ophiolite complex, 90 km northwest of Fort St. James in central British Columbia. The district is a two-hour drive from Fort St. James on a high-speed logging road.
Decar hosts a greenfield discovery of nickel mineralization in the form of a naturally occurring nickel-iron alloy called awaruite (Ni3Fe), which is amenable to bulk-tonnage, open-pit mining. Awaruite mineralization has been identified in four target areas within this ophiolite complex, including the Baptiste resource, and the B, Sid and Van targets. All four target areas have been confirmed by drilling, petrographic examination, electron probe analyses and outcrop sampling. Since 2010, approximately US$32 million has been spent on the exploration and development of Decar.
Of the four targets in the Decar Nickel District, the Baptiste deposit, which is the most accessible and has the biggest surface footprint, has been the focus of diamond drilling since 2010 with a total of 99 holes and 33,695 m of drilling completed. The Sid target was tested with two holes in 2010 and the B target had a single hole drilled in 2011; all three holes intersected nickel-iron alloy mineralization over wide intervals with DTR nickel grades comparable to the Baptiste deposit. At the Van target, the Company followed up 2021’s highly successful maiden drilling program with an aggressive step-out program in the summer of 2022, with results forecast for sequential release in the fourth quarter of 2022 and first quarter of 2023.
About FPX Nickel Corp.
FPX Nickel Corp. is focused on the exploration and development of the Decar Nickel District, located in central British Columbia, and other occurrences of the same unique style of naturally occurring nickel-iron alloy mineralization known as awaruite. For more information, please view the Company’s website at www.fpxnickel.com or contact Martin Turenne, President and CEO, at (604) 681-8600 or [email protected].
On behalf of FPX Nickel Corp.
Martin Turenne, President, CEO and Director
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