NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAToronto, OntarioJanuary 30, 2020SQI Diagnostics Inc. (“SQI” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: SQD; OTCQB: SQIDF),
a life sciences and diagnostics company that develops and commercializes proprietary technologies and products for advanced microarray diagnostics, today announced that holders of $1,950,000 principal amount of 10% secured non-convertible debentures of the Company maturing on January 30, 2020 (the “Debentures”) have agreed to extend the maturity date of the Debentures for a period of five years (the “Extension”). Holders of the Debentures have agreed that interest in the amount of $195,000 payable by the Company to them on the original maturity date shall be re-advanced to the Company on such date, and such amount shall increase the principal amount of the Debentures being extended from $1,950,000 to $2,145,000 (the “Advance”). Of this amount, an aggregate of $1,900,000 principal amount of Debentures held by certain insiders, who are also control persons of the Company, shall be extended, and interest in the amount of $190,000 shall be re-advanced to the Company by such insiders.
The Debentures were issued pursuant to a private placement of the Company completed in two tranches on January 30, 2015 and February 20, 2015 (the “2015 Placement”). The maturity dates of the Debentures will be extended from January 30, 2020 to January 30, 2025. The Debentures, as amended, continue to be secured by a general security agreement over all of the present and future assets of the Company, including intangibles, and continue to bear interest at a rate of 10% per annum on the principal amount outstanding.
In consideration for the Extension and the Advance, the Company has agreed to issue 4,116,667 common share purchase warrants (“Warrants”), of which an aggregate of 4,011,111 Warrants will be issued to the insiders described above. Each Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one common share at a price of $0.09 for a period of five years from the date of issuance.
The Extension, the Advance and the issuances of Warrants to insiders are considered related party transactions within the meaning of TSX Venture Exchange Policy 5.9 and Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company will rely on exemptions from the formal valuation and minority approval requirements in sections 5.5(g) and 5.7(1)(e) of MI 61-101 in respect of such insider participation on the basis of financial hardship. Further details will be provided in the Company’s material change report to be filed on SEDAR.
The Extension and the issuance of the Warrants is subject to all necessary regulatory and stock exchange approvals. The Warrants will be subject to a hold period expiring June 1, 2020, in accordance with applicable Canadian securities law. In connection with the Extension with non-insiders of the Company, the Company will pay a commission in cash equal to 7% of the principal amount of Debentures being extended.
The Company did not file a material change report in respect of the related party transactions less than 21 days prior to Extension, which the Company deems reasonable in the circumstances so as to be able to extend the Debentures in an expeditious manner.
About SQI Diagnostics
SQI Diagnostics is a life sciences and diagnostics company that develops and commercializes proprietary technologies and products for advanced microarray diagnostics. The Company’s proprietary microarray tests and fully-automated systems are designed to simplify protein and antibody testing workflow, increase throughput, reduce costs and provide excellent data quality. For more information, please visit www.sqidiagnostics.com.
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