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Vancouver, BC – April 25, 2019 – AsiaBaseMetals Inc. (the "Company") (TSX-V: "ABZ") is pleased to announce that it has closed its fully subscribed non-brokered private placement (the "Private Placement") for aggregate proceeds of C$200,450. The Company issued 1,909,045 units of the Company (each, a "Unit") at a price of $0.105 per Unit. Each Unit comprised of one common share of the Company (a "Share") and one transferrable common share purchase warrant (a "Warrant"), with each Warrant entitling the holder to purchase an additional Share at an exercise price of $0.14 per Share for a period of two years from the date of issuance.
All securities issued under the Private Placement are subject to a four month hold period that will expire on August 25, 2019. No finders fees were issued under the Private Placement.
The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used for general corporate and working capital purposes. The Private Placement is subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.
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Raj Chowdhry, Chief Executive Officer
Multilateral Instrument 61-101
Under the Private Placement, the following insiders of the Company purchased common shares: Raj Chowdhry, President, CEO and a director of the Company, purchased 1,216,904 Units under the Private Placement; Henry Park, a director of the Company, purchased 239,761 Units through a company controlled by Mr. Park; and Terrylene Penstock, a director of the Company, purchased 452,380 Units under the Private Placement. Their participation is considered to be a "related party transaction" as defined under Multilateral Instrument 61-101 ("MI 61-101"). The transaction is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 as neither the fair market value of the securities to be distributed in the Private Placement nor the consideration to be received for those securities, in so far as the Private Placement involves the insiders, exceeds $2,500,000. The Company did not file a material change report more than 21 days before the expected closing of the Private Placement as the details of the Private Placement and the participation therein by related parties of the Company were not settled until shortly prior to closing and the Company wished to close on an expedited basis for sound business reasons.
Early Warning Disclosure
Mr. Chowdhry acquired ownership of 1,216,904 Units under the Private Placement. Prior to the Private Placement, Mr. Chowdhry held 18,140,345 Shares, which represented approximately 47.51% of the issued and outstanding Shares. After giving effect to the Private Placement, Mr. Chowdhry beneficially owns and controls a total of 19,357,249 Shares, 1,216,904 Warrants and 1,050,000 Options. These securities represent 48.28% of the Company's issued and outstanding Shares on a non-diluted basis or 51.05% of the Company's issued and outstanding Shares on a partially diluted basis assuming exercise of Mr. Chowdhry's Warrants and Options only. Mr. Chowdhry acquired the Units for investment purposes. Mr. Chowdhry intends to evaluate his investment in the Company and to increase or decrease his shareholdings from time to time as he may determine appropriate. A copy of the early warning report being filed by Mr. Chowdhry may be obtained by contacting Mr. Chowdhry at (604) 765 - 2030.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain disclosure in this release, including statements regarding the Company's intention to carry out the Private Placement and the use of proceeds from the Private Placement constitute “forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. In making the forward-looking statements in this release, the Company has applied certain factors and assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable, including that the Company will be able to use the proceeds of the Private Placement as anticipated. However, the forward-looking statements in this release are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Such uncertainties and risks include, among others, inability to use the proceeds from the Private Placement as anticipated. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.