Platinum Group Announces C$35 Million Offering
May 27, 2009
(Vancouver/Johannesburg) Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (PTM-TSX; PLG-NYSE Amex) (“Platinum Group” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has filed a preliminary short-form prospectus in connection with a proposed overnight marketed offering of units (“Units”) to raise approximately C$35 million (the “Offering”), with each Unit consisting of one common share (a “Common Share”) in the capital of Platinum Group and one-half of one Common Share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”). The Offering will be conducted through a syndicate of underwriters led by Thomas Weisel Partners Canada Inc. and RBC Capital Markets as joint bookrunners (collectively, the “Underwriters”).
The Company will grant the Underwriters an option, exercisable up until 30 days following closing of the offering, to purchase up to an additional 15% of Units at the issue price to cover over-allotments and for market stabilization purposes.
The Company intends to use a significant portion of the net proceeds to pay Anglo Platinum Limited (“Anglo Platinum”) certain amounts due pursuant to the restructuring of the Western Bushveld Joint Venture (“WBJV”) arrangements for the equalization of ounces contributed by Anglo Platinum to the WBJV, as set out in the Company’s material change report dated December 18, 2008. The payment to Anglo Platinum is currently estimated to be approximately ZAR205 million (or approximately Cdn$28 million). The final payment amount is subject to: (i) final agreement between Anglo Platinum and the Company and is subject to the ounces with reference to the independent calculations in the Technical Report (Feasibility Study) WBJV Project , dated July 7, 2008; and (ii) certain adjustment with respect to United States dollar, South African Rand and Canadian dollar exchange rates.
Additional net proceeds from the Offering will also be used for detailed implementation preparations to be made by the Company including working with the key potential contractors and the potential suppliers of water and power, and for drilling for potential upgrades to the resources in the Project 3 area of the WBJV for consideration in a revised and potential expanded mine plan. The remainder of the net proceeds will be used for general working capital.
The Units will be sold publicly in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and on a private placement basis in the United States pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and internationally pursuant to available exemptions.
Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about June 19, 2009 and is subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE Amex. The securities have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or any applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About Platinum Group Metals Ltd.
Platinum Group is based in Vancouver BC, Canada and Johannesburg, South Africa. Platinum Group has a management team in both Canada and South Africa, which have successful track records of more than 20 years in exploration, mine discovery, mine construction and mine operations. The Company was formed in 2000 and is focused on the development of platinum operations. It holds significant mineral rights in the Northern and Western Bushveld Igneous Complex of South Africa.
On behalf of the Board of
Platinum Group Metals Ltd.
“R. Michael Jones”
Chief Executive Officer and Director
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For further information contact:
R. Michael Jones, President
or Kris Begic, Corporate Development
Platinum Group Metals Ltd., Vancouver
Tel: (604) 899-5450 / Toll Free: (866) 899-5450
The Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE Amex Equities have not reviewed and do not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news release, which has been prepared by management.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Canadian and U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. All statements that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding the timing, size and use of proceeds of the proposed private placement and the potential to increase the Company’s interest in certain of its projects. In addition, the results of the feasibility study may constitute forward-looking statements to the extent that they reflect estimates of mineralization, capital and operating expenses, metal prices and other factors. Although the Company believes the forward-looking statements in this press release are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the expectations and assumptions in such statements will prove to be correct. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, variations in market conditions, the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company’s ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, the Company’s ability to produce minerals from its properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and other risk factors described in he Company’s Form 40-F annual report, annual information form and other filings with the SEC and Canadian securities regulators, which may be viewed at www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com, respectively.