Gladiator Metals Announces Closing of Second Tranche of Private Placement for Total of $6.8 Million


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gladiator Metals Corp. (TSXV: GLAD / OTC Markets: GDTRF / FSE: ZX7) (“Gladiator” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has closed the second tranche of its previously announced brokered private placement offering (the “Offering”) consisting of 5,908,728 flow-through units of the Company sold to charitable purchasers (the “Charity FT Units”) at a price of $0.7975 per Charity FT Unit for gross proceeds of approximately $4.7 million. The Offering was led by Research Capital Corporation as lead agent and sole bookrunner (the “Lead Agent”), on behalf of a syndicate of agents, including Beacon Securities Limited (together with the Lead Agent, the “Agents”). The aggregate gross proceeds to the Company from the completion of the first and second tranche of the Offering is approximately $6.8 million.

Each Charity FT Unit consisted of one common share of the Company (a “Common Share”) that will qualify as “flow-through shares” within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Tax Act that will be issued as part of a charity arrangement and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to acquire one Common Share at an exercise price of $0.90, for a period of 24 months following the closing of the Offering. The purchasers of the Charity FT Units may subsequently donate such Charity FT Units to registered charities, who may sell such securities to purchasers arranged by the Agents without any flow-through tax benefits.

The gross proceeds from the issuance of the Charity FT Units will be used for “Canadian Exploration Expenses” within the meaning of the Tax Act (the “Qualifying Expenditures”), which will be incurred on or before December 31, 2024 and renounced with an effective date no later than December 31, 2023 to the initial purchasers of the Charity FT Units in an aggregate amount not less than the gross proceeds raised from the issue of Charity FT Units. If the Qualifying Expenditures are reduced by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Company will indemnify each subscriber of Charity FT Units for any additional taxes payable by such subscriber as a result of the Company’s failure to renounce the Qualifying Expenditures.

The Charity FT Units issued pursuant to the second tranche of the Offering are subject to a four-month and one day hold period from the date of issuance under applicable Canadian securities laws.

In connection with the Offering, the Company paid the Agents a cash commission of $94,244.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.


Gladiator Metals Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the advancement of multiple high- grade copper prospects at its Whitehorse Copper Project (the “Project”), an advanced-stage copper (Cu) ± molybdenum (Mo) ± silver (Ag) ± gold (Au) skarn exploration project in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The Project comprises 314 contiguous claims covering approximately 5,380 Hectares (13,294 acres) in the Whitehorse Mining District.

Copper mineralization was first discovered in 1897 on the Whitehorse Copper Belt, as it came to be known. The Whitehorse Copper Belt comprised over 30 copper-related, primarily skarn occurrences covering an area of 35 by 5 km in a northwesterly trending arc. Exploration and mining development have been carried out intermittently since that time with the main production era lasting between 1967 and 1982 where production totaled 267,500,000 pounds copper, 225,000 ounces of gold and 2,838,000 ounces of silver from 11.1 million tons of mineralized skarn ore were milled (Watson, 1984).

The Project is accessible through numerous access roads and trails located within 2 km of the South Klondike Highway and the Alaska Highway. An extensive network of historical gravel exploration and haul roads exists throughout the project area, providing excellent access to the majority of the claim package. Access to existing electric power facilities is available through the main Yukon power grid.

In November 2022, Gladiator executed an option agreement to acquire 100% of the Whitehorse Copper Project by incurring exploration expenditure of $12 million on the project, staged payment of $300,000 in cash and the staged issue of 15 million shares over 6 years. Following the exercise of the option, the Company must pay the optionor or its designee, a 1.0% net smelter returns royalty on the Whitehorse Copper Project.


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Jason Bontempo
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Certain of the statements and information in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information." Any statements or information that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "plans", "estimates", "intends", "targets", "goals", "forecasts", "objectives", "potential" or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) that are not statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements or information. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, without limitation, statements relating to the use of the proceeds from the Offering.

Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, the need for additional capital by the Company through financings, and the risk that such funds may not be raised; the speculative nature of exploration and the stages of the Company's properties; the effect of changes in commodity prices; regulatory risks that development of the Company's material properties will not be acceptable for social, environmental or other reasons; availability of equipment (including drills) and personnel to carry out work programs; and that each stage of work will be completed within expected time frames. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements or information. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

The Company's forward-looking statements and information are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this news release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements and information if circumstances or management's assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements or information.