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Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 31, 2020. Columbus Gold Corp. (CGT: TSX, CGTFF: OTCQX) (”Columbus” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of its previously announced private placement (see news release dated February 13, 2020), raising gross proceeds of CAD$1,390,000 through the issuance of 8,687,500 units at a price of CAD$0.16 per unit. Each unit is comprised of one common share of Columbus (a “Share”), and a half warrant. Each full warrant entitles the holder, on exercise, to purchase one Share at a price of CAD$0.24, for a period of 18 months from the closing date of the private placement. There are no finders’ fees associated with the private placement. The securities issued in the first tranche are subject to a hold period expiring July 27, 2020.
The proceeds of the private placement will be used for exploration and general working capital purposes.
The securities offered have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any U.S. state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons absent registration or any applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable U.S. state securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States, nor in any other jurisdiction.
OCIM Finance (“OCIM”) is amongst the subscribers in the private placement. OCIM acquired an aggregate of 7,812,500 units for a total consideration of CAD$1,250,000.
OCIM has advised that prior to completion of the private placement, it beneficially owned and exercised control over 13,943,000 Shares and 3,906,250 warrants, representing approximately 7.45% of the Shares on a non-diluted basis and 9.34% of the Shares on a partially diluted basis. Following the private placement, OCIM beneficially owns and exercises control over 21,755,500 Shares and 7,812,500 warrants, which represents approximately 11.10% of the Shares on a non-diluted basis and 14.51% of the Shares on a partially diluted basis.
OCIM has further advised that the Shares and warrants were acquired for investment purposes. OCIM will evaluate its investment in Columbus from time to time and may, based on such evaluation, market conditions and other circumstances, increase or decrease its holdings as circumstances require pursuant market transactions, private agreements, or otherwise, in each case in accordance with applicable securities laws.
An early warning report relating to these transactions will be filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Review (“SEDAR”) under Columbus’s profiles and can be viewed at www.sedar.com. A copy of such report may be obtained by contacting OCIM at its head office located at 30 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008, Paris, France. Columbus’s head office is located at 1090 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2R9.
Established in Paris in 1961, OCIM is headed by a third-generation member of the founding family. Besides its core historical business in Real Estate, OCIM has diversified into other strategic tangible assets such as coinage Precious Metals via its Geneva-based subsidiary. As a Merchant, OCIM trades physical metals across the full value chain, from producers to end users. As a Financier, OCIM invests in a wide variety of instruments and provides financing to the value chain with equity, debt, and alternative investments.
Columbus is French Guiana’s leading gold exploration and development company with a portfolio of high-quality projects in a highly prospective and underexplored segment of the Guiana Shield. Its objective is to discover major economic gold deposits that can be developed following the highest international standards for Responsible Mining. Columbus holds a major interest in the world-class Montagne d’Or mine development project. It is also advancing the Maripa gold exploration project, where past drilling had returned excellent near surface results, including 36 metres of 4.3 g/t gold.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD,
President & CEO
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