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GBM Resources (ASX:GBZ) freezes shares ahead of new capital raising plan
  • Junior gold and copper explorer GBM Resources (GBZ) has requested back-to-back trading halts today ahead of a new capital raising plan to go hand-in-hand with its current entitlement offer
  • The company completed a $1.8 million share placement in April, with the $3 million entitlement offer closing today
  • Thus, with results from the entitlement offer set to be released on Thursday this week, it's likely the new capital raise is to do with either an oversubscription or a shortfall of the current offer
  • GBM shares are frozen until Monday, July 6, meaning regardless of the reason for the raise, shareholders have the weekend to digest the news
  • Shares in GBM last traded for eight cents each yesterday afternoon

Junior gold and copper explorer GBM Resources (GBZ) has requested back-to-back trading halts today ahead of a new capital raising plan in conjunction with its current entitlement offer.

The company announced the one-for-four entitlement offer in late May, under which it plans to raise just over $3 million a 5.5 cents per share. The new funds will be used to take on some drilling, geological mapping, construction, and prospectivity analysis work across four projects across Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia.

As part of the entitlement offer, one new option is being offered for every two new shares subscribed for, exercisable at 11 cents each within three years from the new share issue.

The offer officially closed today, with results from the capital raise set to be announced on Thursday this week.

This morning, GBM requested shares to be frozen until Monday, July 6, pending the release of an announcement regarding a proposed capital raising to go hand-in-hand with the entitlement offer.

Given the timing of the trading halt and the fact that GBM completed a $1.8 million share placement in mid-April, it's likely the new proposed capital raise will be based on the results of the entitlement offer.

When the offer was announced, GBM said directors would take up some or all of their respective entitlements. Thus, if each director took up their full entitlement, it's likely the new capital raise will be related to an oversubscription of the original offer.

On the other hand, the company confirmed in the entitlement offer prospectus a shortfall facility will be available under which shareholders who took up their full entitlement will be invited to apply for extra shares to make up the missed amount. If this is the case, it's likely the new capital raise will be related to the shortfall facility.

Either way, Thursday's reveal of the entitlement offer results will likely bring some clarity to the new capital raise. Moreover, with shares locked up until next week, shareholders will have the weekend to digest the news.

GBM Resources shares last closed worth eight cents each yesterday afternoon.


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