|By Marketwired .||
|January 24, 2014 06:19 PM EST||
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/24/14 -- Imperial Ginseng Products Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: IGP)(TSX VENTURE: IGP.PRA.A) (the "Company" or "Imperial") announces that, further to its press release of October 16, 2013, it has completed the transactions contemplated in the debt settlement agreement (the "Debt Settlement Agreement") with certain officers, directors and significant shareholders of the Company (the "Debt Holders"). As at June 30, 2013, the Company was indebted to the Debt Holders in the amount of $2,984,944 consisting of a current debt of $2,707,578 and unpaid dividends on Class "A" preference shares of $277,366. Under the Debt Settlement Agreement, $1,114,944 of the indebtedness was settled by the issuance of 4,129,422 common shares of the Company at the deemed price of $0.27 per share and the remaining $1,870,000 of the indebtedness will be repaid under the terms of loan agreements (the "Loans") having a maturity date of January 1, 2021, and secured by all of the assets of the Company (including the assets of its subsidiary). The Loans are subordinate to the Company's indebtedness to its commercial bank. During the first four years of the term of the Loans, they do not bear interest and no repayments of principal are required. During the next four years of the term of the Loans, principal shall be repayable as to 25% per annum each January 1, commencing January 1, 2018, and shall bear interest thereafter at the rate of 9% per annum. The Company has the right to pre-pay any amount of the Loans at any time with a 5% prepayment fee.
In addition to the statutory 4 month hold period expiring on May 25, 2014, all of the 4,129,422 shares issued pursuant to the Debt Settlement Agreement are also subject to a negotiated long term hold period expiring as to one-third of the shares at the end of each of the third, fourth and fifth years after their issuance on January 24, 2014.
An Independent Committee of the Board of Directors was formed in 2011 to negotiate the settlement of the indebtedness to the Debt Holders. The Independent Committee recommended the Debt Settlement Agreement and believes it is in the best interest of the Company and all shareholders as it (i) removes uncertainty with respect to the debt by converting the cash settled portion of the debt from a current liability to a long term liability with specific repayment terms, (ii) reduces the Company's total debt from approximately $3 million to $1.87 million, (iii) conserves the Company's cash for the next four years, and (iv) because the interest rate drops from 12% to 9% and no interest is charged for the first four years, saves the Company over $3 million in interest charges over the next eight years.
The transaction has been approved by 91% of the minority shareholders voted at the Company's AGM and by the TSX Venture Exchange, which also changed the Company's tier classification to Tier 2 effective January 23, 2014.
The Debt Holders include Trilogy Bancorp Ltd. ("Trilogy"), a private company, and Stephen McCoach, Hugh Cartwright and Maurice Levesque (through MLTS Holdings Inc.), all officers and directors of the Company. Trilogy, of 310 - 650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, is owned and controlled equally by the family trusts of Stephen McCoach, Hugh Cartwright and Maurice Levesque. Accordingly, the following information is provided in relation to the shareholdings of each of these Debt Holders.
Trilogy acquired 166,459 common shares (the "Trilogy Shares") of the Company, representing 2.6% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014, at the deemed price of $0.27 per Trilogy Share. Immediately prior to the closing, Trilogy owned 848,484 common shares of Imperial, representing 35.6% of the issued and outstanding shares of Imperial calculated as at January 23, 2014. After the acquisition of the Trilogy Shares, Trilogy owns 1,014,943 common shares representing 15.6% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014. Trilogy has acquired the securities for investment purposes and may acquire further common shares or dispose of its holdings of common shares of the Company both as investment conditions warrant.
Stephen McCoach ("McCoach"), of Vancouver, BC, acquired 2,222,222 common shares (the "McCoach Shares") of the Company, representing 34.1% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014, at the deemed price of $0.27 per McCoach Share. Immediately prior to the closing, McCoach owned 26,269 common shares of Imperial, representing 1.1% of the issued and outstanding shares of Imperial calculated as at January 23, 2014. After the acquisition of the McCoach Shares, McCoach owns 2,248,491 common shares representing 34.5% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014. In addition, McCoach's family trust holds its one-third interest in Trilogy, which holds the number of shares set out above. McCoach has acquired the securities for investment purposes and may acquire further common shares or dispose of its holdings of common shares of the Company both as investment conditions warrant.
Hugh Cartwright ("Cartwright"), of Vancouver, BC, acquired 851,852 common shares (the "Cartwright Shares") of the Company, representing 13.1% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014, at the deemed price of $0.27 per Cartwright Share. Immediately prior to the closing, Cartwright owned 19,821 common shares of Imperial, representing 0.8% of the issued and outstanding shares of Imperial calculated as at January 23, 2014. After the acquisition of the Cartwright Shares, Cartwright owns 871,673 common shares representing 13.4% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014. In addition, Cartwright's family trust holds its one-third interest in Trilogy, which holds the number of shares set out above. Cartwright has acquired the securities for investment purposes and may acquire further common shares or dispose of its holdings of common shares of the Company both as investment conditions warrant.
Maurice Levesque, through MLTS Holdings Inc. ("Levesque"), of North Vancouver, BC, acquired 888,889 common shares (the "Levesque Shares") of the Company, representing 13.7% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014, at the deemed price of $0.27 per Levesque Share. Immediately prior to the closing, Levesque owned 8,470 common shares of Imperial, representing 0.4% of the issued and outstanding shares of Imperial calculated as at January 23, 2014. After the acquisition of the Levesque Shares, Levesque owns 897,359 common shares representing 13.8% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company calculated as at January 24, 2014. In addition, Levesque's family trust holds its one-third interest in Trilogy, which holds the number of shares set out above. Levesque has acquired the securities for investment purposes and may acquire further common shares or dispose of its holdings of common shares of the Company both as investment conditions warrant.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stephen McCoach, Chief Executive Officer and Director
For additional information or for a copy of the early warning report, please contact Stephen McCoach.
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.
Imperial Ginseng Products Ltd.
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