Burcon NutraScience Corporation: Rights offering
Vancouver, British Columbia – Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX:BU, NASDAQ:BUR) is pleased to announce that it will be offering rights (the "Rights Offering") to holders of its common shares ("Common Shares") of record at the close of business on February 19, 2014 (the "Record Date"). Pursuant to the Rights Offering, each holder of Common Shares will receive one transferable right (a "Right") for each Common Share held. Every 17 Rights will entitle a holder to purchase one Common Share at a price of $2.82 (the "Subscription Price"). The Subscription Price is equal to approximately 81% of the volume weighted average trading price of the common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") for the 5 day period ending on February 5, 2014. A maximum of 1,860,276Common Shares will be issued pursuant to the Rights Offering, representing approximately 5.88% of the currently issued and outstanding Common Shares.
A rights offering circular (the "Circular"), together with a rights certificate, will be mailed to registered holders of Common Shares as of the Record Date. To subscribe for Common Shares, a completed rights certificate, together with payment in full of the Subscription Price for each Common Share subscribed for, must be received by the subscription agent for the Rights Offering, Computershare Investor Services Inc., prior to the expiry of the Rights at 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on April 2, 2014. The Rights and the Common Shares issuable upon exercise of the Rights will be listed on the TSX. The Rights will be listed for trading on the TSX beginning on February 17, 2014 under the symbol "BU.RT". Trading in the Rights on the TSX will cease at 12:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on April 2, 2014. The Common Shares issuable upon the exercise of the Rights will also be listed on The NASDAQ Global Market ("NASDAQ").
The Rights Offering will include an additional subscription privilege under which holders of Rights who fully exercise their Rights will be entitled to subscribe pro rata for additional Common Shares, if available, that were not otherwise subscribed for in the Rights Offering.
The estimated net proceeds of the Rights Offering, assuming full exercise of the Rights and after deducting expenses, will be approximately $4,997,978.The net proceeds to Burcon from the Rights Offering will be used by Burcon for continued research and development of its pea and soy protein extraction and purification technologies, commercialization of Burcon's pea protein extraction and purification technology, filing new patent applications, maintaining, strengthening and expanding Burcon's intellectual property portfolio, pursuing product development agreements with major food, beverage and nutritional product companies, continued research and development of Burcon's other protein extraction and purification technologies and for general working capital.
In connection with the Rights Offering, Burcon has entered into a standby commitment agreement (the "Standby Commitment Agreement") with ITC Corporation Limited ("ITC"), E-Concept Ltd. ("E-Concept") and I-Global Ltd. ("I-Global"). Pursuant to the Standby Commitment Agreement, ITC, E-Concept and I-Global, have agreed, subject to certain conditions, to purchase from Burcon such number of Common Shares that are available to be purchased, but not otherwise subscribed for under the Rights Offering, that will result in a minimum of 930,138 Common Shares being issued under the Rights Offering (the "Standby Commitment"). A copy of the Standby Commitment Agreement will be filed today on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
As compensation for providing the Standby Commitment, each of ITC, E-Concept and I-Globalis entitled to receive non-transferrable Common Share purchase warrants (the "Standby Warrants") entitling ITCto acquire up to 118,918 Common Shares, E-Concept to acquire up to 62,459 Common Shares and I-Global to acquire up to 51,157 Common Shares. The exercise price under the Standby Warrants is $2.82 per Common Share. The Standby Warrants will expire two years after issuance. In accordance with the policies of the TSX, the exercise of the Standby Warrants by each of ITC, E-Concept and I-Global is subject to shareholder approval, which will be sought at Burcon's next annual meeting, which is expected to be held around September2014.
The Circular in respect of this Rights Offering will be filed in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Full details of the Rights Offering, including information regarding the distributions of the Rights and the procedures to be followed, are included in the Circular which will be filed today on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and will be mailed to eligible shareholders following the Record Date. The Rights Offering will be made in the United States pursuant to a registration statement on Form F-7 that will be filed today with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein. Such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") and applicable state securities laws, or absent an available exemption from such registration requirements. Any securities sold pursuant to the Standby Commitment Agreement have not and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act.
About Burcon NutraScience Corporation
Burcon is a leader developing functionally superior plant-based proteins. Burcon has developed a portfolio of composition, application, and process patents originating from a core protein extraction and purification technology. Burcon's CLARISOY™ soy protein offers clarity and high-quality protein nutrition for low pH beverage systems; Peazazz® is a uniquely soluble and clean-tasting pea protein; and Puratein®, Supertein™ and Nutratein® are canola protein isolates with unique functional and nutritional attributes. For more information about Burcon, visit www.burcon.ca.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Johann F. Tergesen
President and Chief Operating Officer
Director, Corporate Development
Burcon NutraScience Corporation
Tel (604) 733-0896, Toll-free (888) 408-7960
Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover or Michael Koehler
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Tel (949) 574-3860