P SQUARED RENEWABLES INC. ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT OF SPONSOR AND PROVIDES UPDATE ON QUALIFYING TRANSACTION WITH UNIVERSAL IBOGAINE INC.
Calgary, Alberta - P Squared Renewables Inc. (TSXV: PSQ.P) ("PSQ") a capital pool company, is pleased to announce that it has engaged a Canadian investment banking firm to act as sponsor for its previously announced proposed Qualifying Transaction (the "QT") with Universal Ibogaine Inc. ("UI").
The potential sponsor firm is currently in process of undertaking due diligence review procedures, following which it intends to deliver a standard sponsorship report in accordance with Policy 2.2 -Sponsorship and Sponsorship Requirements, of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV") and at which point PSQ will be in a position to announce the name of the sponsor. An agreement to act as sponsor should not be construed as any assurance with respect to the merits of the QT or the likelihood of its completion.
Offering of Subscription Receipts by PSQ
PSQ is in process of undertaking a non-brokered private placement financing of subscription receipts ("Subscription Receipts") which are being offered by 1266855 B.C. Ltd. ("Subco"), a wholly owned subsidiary of PSQ. Subco intends to issue up to 24,000,000 Subscription Receipts at a price of $0.25 per Subscription Receipt for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $6 million (the "Offering"). PSQ has received to date, and is holding in trust, proceeds from initial subscription agreements for the Offering totaling approximately $2.1 million.
The Offering is being completed in connection with the previously announced three-cornered amalgamation (the "Amalgamation") among PSQ, Subco and UI, which will result in a reverse take-over of PSQ by UI.
Completion of the Offering is subject to certain conditions including receipt of all regulatory approvals, including the acceptance of the TSXV, and satisfaction of all conditions for the completion of the QT.
Subject to approval of the TSXV, (i) the Offering will be a "Concurrent Financing" to the QT, as that term is defined in the TSXV Policy 2.4 - Capital Pool Companies and (ii) the Amalgamation will meet the requirements to constitute PSQ's QT.
As described in PSQ’s news release of January 26, 2021, each Subscription Receipt issued by Subco to the subscribers to the Offering will ultimately become exchangeable for units of the post-page 2 of 4Amalgamation resulting issuer (the "Resulting Issuer Units") on a one for one basis pursuant to the terms of the Amalgamation. As such, the Resulting Issuer Units, not the Units issuable in exchange for the initial Subscription Receipts, will be delivered to the Subscriber following the completion of the Offering and the QT.
Each Subscription Receipt will ultimately become exchanged for Resulting Issuer Units, consisting of one common share of the Resulting Issuer and one common share purchase warrant (each, a "Resulting Issuer Warrant") which will have a term of five years from closing of the QT. The Resulting Issuer Warrants will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one common share in the capital of the Resulting Issuer at an escalating annual exercise price, which will be (a) $0.50 per share if exercised in the first year from the date of issuance; (b) $0.75 in year 2; (c) $1.00 in year 3; (d) $1.25 in year 4; and (e) $1.50 per share if exercised in year 5.
Pending Acquisition by UI of the Kelburn Clinic
UI has entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of an initial addiction treatment facility, located near Winnipeg, Manitoba, which operates as the Kelburn Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Centre (the "Kelburn Clinic"). The Kelburn Clinic is privately owned by arms-length parties and has been in operation for over 6 years. UI and PSQ intend to fund the consideration payable on closing of this acquisition (the "Kelburn Acquisition") concurrent with TSXV approval of the QT. The Kelburn Acquisition consists of the following:
• $1.5 million payable for the purchase of the operations of the Kelburn Clinic, consisting of $1 million cash (of which a deposit of $250,000 has been paid) and $500,000 payable in the form of equity Units to be issued by UI (as further described below), and
• $3.5 million for the purchase of the land (50 acres) and buildings utilized by the Kelburn Clinic (the "Kelburn Property"), consisting of an estimated $1.6 million to be payable in cash and the balance of $1.9 million payable in the form of equity Units to be issued by UI. The agreement for purchase of the Kelburn Property is subject to UI obtaining a satisfactory real estate appraisal report, and a related mortgage financing for $1.6 million.
Private placement equity financing by UI (the "UI Financing")
UI has been undertaking an ongoing non-brokered private placement of units (the "UI Units"), with each UI Unit consisting of one UI common share and one warrant (a "UI Warrant") entitling the holder to purchase an additional UI common share. The UI Warrants will have the same terms as the Resulting Issuer Warrants that will be issuable under the Offering as noted above – a term of five years from closing of the QT, and an escalating annual exercise price ($0.50 per share if exercised in year 1 from issuance, increasing to $1.50 per share if exercised in year 5).
The UI Financing also includes a number of UI Units which have been issued to date in settlement of services received and certain obligations owing by UI. UI will also issue UI Units as partial consideration payable on closing of the pending Kelburn Acquisition. The following UI Units have been issued on a cumulative basis since fall 2020:
The above total of $811,353 includes UI Units valued at $316,667 which were issued for the value of past services received from members of UI’s Board of Directors and as partial payment for services provided by a UI Officer.
Proceeds of the UI Financing have been used (i) to fund initial deposits due on the Kelburn Acquisition, (ii) to fund UI’s ongoing general & administrative expenses, and business development activities, and (iii) to supplement working capital.
Following issuance of the above noted UI Units, UI will have approximately 128.5 million common shares issued and outstanding. In addition, UI is obligated to issue (i) an estimated total of 9.6 million UI Units pursuant to the above noted acquisition of the Kelburn Clinic and the Kelburn Property, and (ii) approximately 12 million common shares which are required to be issued to certain of UI’s initial shareholders on completion of a UI "liquidity event", which will be constituted by the QT with PSQ.
About Universal Ibogaine Inc.
UI is a privately held company based in Vancouver, Canada, and is in the initial stages of implementing and financing its business plan, which is to globally develop, acquire and operate state of-the art addiction treatment clinics. It is intended that UI clinics would ultimately incorporate ibogaine as a chief therapeutic modality for the interruption and ideally cessation of addictions to primarily opioids such as oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl, as well as alcohol, cocaine, and other stimulants.
UI plans to undertake clinical development, and subsequently obtain regulatory authorization for the use of ibogaine as an authorized addiction interruption medicine, initially for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder(s). A Clinical Trial Application is to be submitted to Health Canada, with the intent of demonstrating ibogaine safety and efficacy for this purpose.
UI also holds a 20 acre property on an island near San Pedro, Belize, and is reviewing the concept of having a joint venture partner finance and develop a potential addiction treatment facility or other future project on this site.
For more information about UI, please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Universal Ibogaine Inc.
About P Squared Renewables
PSQ was incorporated in 2017 and listed on the TSXV (as a Capital Pool Company) on June 21, 2017 under the trading symbol "PSQ.P". Since its formation, PSQ has been searching for and evaluating suitable business combinations to constitute its QT under the policies of the TSXV.
For more information about PSQ, please contact:
Executive Chairman & CEO
P Squared Renewables Inc.
Completion of the Offering and the QT is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSXV acceptance. There can be no assurance that the Offering and the QT will be completed as proposed or at all.
Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the filing statement which is being prepared in connection with the QT, any information released or received with respect to the transactions described herein may not be complete and should not be relied upon.
An investment in the securities of the PSQ, UI or the Resulting Issuer should be considered highly speculative.
NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE. CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information. More particularly, this document contains statements and information concerning the size of the Offering, the Amalgamation, PSQ's expectations with respect to the Offering, UI's expectations with respect to the UI Financing, the Kelburn Acquisition and the QT. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "will", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "scheduled", "potential", or other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may", "should" or "could" occur. The forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by PSQ and UI, including expectations and assumptions concerning timing of receipt of required regulatory approval and the satisfaction of other conditions to the completion of the Offering and the QT. Although PSQ and UI believe that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because PSQ and UI can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.
Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks, which include, but are not limited to, risks that required regulatory approvals are not obtained. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable by PSQ and UI at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information, which speaks only to conditions as of the date hereof. PSQ and UI do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking information contained herein to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.