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Anacott target Ramp appoints Bennett as adviser

2023-09-25 09:09 ET - News Release

Mr. Michael Romanik reports


Ramp Metals Inc., Anacott Acquisition Corp.'s proposed merger partner, has appointed Dr. Mark Bennett as a strategic adviser.

Dr. Bennett is a prominent, PhD-qualified geologist in the global mining industry with over 30 years of experience in capital raising, mineral exploration and establishing mines, having held various technical, operational, executive and board roles in Australia, Canada, West Africa, Europe and the United States.

"Ramp has hit the ground running and added a key technical and strategic advisor who is very familiar with the exploration model of the Rottenstone property," commented Anacott CEO Michael Romanik. "The timing couldn't be better as the company gears up for the maiden drill program to test the exciting targets recently identified from the large airborne HTDEM + Mag survey completed in the spring."

With a proven track record in the mining industry, Dr. Bennett will draw from his expertise and extensive experience and is expected to play a pivotal role in stewarding Ramp in advancing its flagship Rottenstone SW property. Dr. Bennett will be advising on all aspects of geology while providing guidance to Ramp's management team through the discovery process.

Ramp's VP of Exploration, Garrett Smith, said, "We are thrilled to have Mark join the Ramp team at such a crucial time in the company's history. He brings a wealth of experience in the discovery process and, specifically, nickel sulphide deposits. With our Rottenstone Eye target showing striking similarities to the setting of the Nova-Bollinger deposit, we could not think of a better strategic fit for our team than the geologist who was instrumental in the discovery of Nova."

Throughout his career, Dr. Bennett has been instrumental in several discoveries which include the staking and initial drilling of the Wahgnion gold mine in Burkina Faso for Western Mining Corporation, the discovery and drill out of the Thunderbox gold mine and Waterloo nickel mine in Australia for LionOre Mining, and most notably, the Nova-Bollinger nickel-copper mine in Australia for Sirius Resources. He has been involved in raising over $1 billion in debt and equity financing for funding exploration and development projects and overseen mergers, demergers, acquisitions, investments and divestments.

Dr. Bennett previously served as the founding CEO and managing director of Sirius Resources, a company that raised approximately $900 million in equity and debt financing to develop the Nova-Bollinger mine. During his tenure, Sirius was regarded as one of the best performing companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), and was acquired for a total of AUD$1.8 billion in 2015. At Sirius, he was directly responsible for the discovery of Nova and the subsequent drill out, feasibility, financing, permitting and construction of the mine. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for two ASX-listed companies, namely Falcon Metals Limited and S2 Resources Ltd and he is a former director of Todd River Resources Limited and IGO Limited.

Dr. Bennett is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Geological Society of London, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a two-time winner of the Australian Mining and Exploration Companies "Prospector Award" for his discoveries and was named "Legend in Mining" at the 2014 International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne.

Qualifying Transaction

On July 28, 2023, Anacott entered into a binding merger agreement (the "Merger Agreement") with Ramp and 1429494 B.C. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Anacott, in respect of an arm's length reverse-takeover transaction of Anacott by Ramp (the "Proposed Transaction"), which will constitute Anacott's Qualifying Transaction (as such term is defined in TSX Venture Exchange Policy 2.4 - Capital Pool Companies). Further information regarding the Qualifying Transaction can be found in Anacott's news release dated July 28, 2023.

Financing Overview

The completion of the Proposed Transaction is subject to the satisfaction certain conditions, including but not limited to: (i) the completion of a concurrent financing for gross proceeds of a minimum of $1,000,000 (the "Concurrent Financing") through the issuance of either units of Anacott (each, an "Anacott Unit") at a price of $0.20 per Anacott Unit, and/or subscription receipts of Ramp (each, a "Ramp Subscription Receipt") at a price of $0.20 per Ramp Subscription Receipt; (ii) the completion of the Consolidation (as defined herein); and (iii) the receipt of all requisite regulatory, stock exchange, or governmental authorizations and consents, including the approval of the Exchange. Each Anacott Unit issuable in the Concurrent Financing will consist of one post-Consolidation common share of Anacott (each, an "Anacott Share") and one half of one share purchase warrant, with each whole warrant exercisable into one post-Consolidation Anacott Share at a price of $0.35 per Anacott Share for a period of 24 months, while each Ramp Subscription Receipt will be convertible into one Anacott Unit immediately prior to the closing of the Proposed Transaction.

The completion of the Proposed Transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, and there is no guarantee that the Proposed Transaction will be completed on the terms described in the Merger Agreement or at all.

About Ramp Metals Inc.

Ramp is a battery and base metals exploration company with two flagship properties located in northern Saskatchewan and one property in Nye County, Nevada. The management team is passionate about green field exploration and new technologies. The vision of Ramp is to make the next big discovery required to fuel the green technology movement.

About Anacott Acquisition Corporation

Anacott is a capital pool company (as defined in the policies of the Exchange) listed on the Exchange having been incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Anacott has no commercial operations and no assets other than cash.

Completion of the Proposed Transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to Exchange acceptance and, if applicable pursuant to Exchange requirements, majority of the minority shareholder approval. Where applicable, the Proposed Transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the Proposed Transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circular or filing statement to be prepared in connection with the Proposed Transaction, any information released or received with respect to the Proposed Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of Anacott should be considered highly speculative.

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