Montreal, January 26, 2024 – Geomega Resources Inc. (“Geomega” or the “Corporation”) (TSX.V: GMA) (OTC: GOMRF), a developer of clean technologies for the mining, refining, and recycling of rare earths and other critical materials, announces that it has granted 845,000 stock options (“Options”) to employees, 971,000 Deferred Share Units (“DSU”) to the members of the Board of Directors and 1,302,000 Restricted Share Units (“RSU”) to the officers of the Corporation (collectively, the “Awards”), the whole pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Omnibus Equity Compensation Plan (“Omnibus Plan”). The Omnibus Plan’s objective is to create an incentive compensation program that is aligned with the Corporation’s long-term objectives. In addition, the Corporation announces the proposed two-year extension of 704,028 common share purchase warrants expiring on February 8, 2024.
The issuance of the Awards was recommended by the Corporate Governance, Compensation and Nomination Committee (the “Committee’) following the approval of the Omnibus Plan at the most recent annual meeting of Shareholders in October 2023, and taking into consideration the milestones achieved in the last two fiscal years and the fact that no Options were issued, or other incentive compensation paid during that time.
The details of the Awards are as follows:
Stock Options: an aggregate of 845 000 Options were issued to employees at an exercise price of $0.215 and expiring after 5 years. The Options vest over a 2-year period in increments of 25% every 6 months.
Deferred Share Units: an aggregate of 971,000 DSUs were issued to the members of the Board of Directors. The DSUs vest one year from the date of grant, subject to certain exceptions, and each DSU entitles the holder to receive one share of the Corporation, or in certain circumstances a cash payment equal to the value of one share of the Corporation, at the time the holder ceases to be a Director of the Corporation. The number of DSUs granted was calculated based on the compensation to be paid to Directors for fiscal 2022 and 2023, as recommended by the Committee, and using a 10-day VWAP of the shares on the TSXV to calculate the value, the whole as provided in the Omnibus Plan.
Restricted Share Units: an aggregate of 1,302,000 RSUs were issued to officers of the Corporation. The RSUs vest over a 2-year period in increments of 25% every 6 months and may be settled after 3 years. The number of RSU granted to the officers of the Corporation was calculated based on the compensation to be paid, as recommended by the Committee, and using a 10-day VWAP of the shares on the TSXV to calculate the value, the whole as provided in the Omnibus Plan.
In addition, Geomega has filed to extend the expiry date of 704,028 common share purchase warrants for 2 years as per the table below, subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange:
|Number of Warrants
|Current Expiry Date
|New Expiry Date
|February 8, 2024
|February 8, 2026
These warrants were issued pursuant to the private placement, which closed on February 8, 2022, of 1,408,055 units (see press release of February 9, 2022). There are no other proposed changes to the terms of the warrants.
About Geomega (www.geomega.ca)
Geomega develops innovative technologies for extraction and separation of rare earth elements and other critical metals essential for a sustainable future. With a focus on renewable energies, vehicle electrification, automation and reduction in energy usage, rare earth magnets or neo-magnets (NdFeB) are at the center of all these technologies. Geomega’s strategy revolves around gradually de-risking its innovative technology and delivering cashflow and return value to shareholders while working directly with the main players in these industries to recycle the magnets that power all those technologies.
As its technologies are demonstrated on larger scales, Geomega is committed to work with major partners to help extract value from mining feeds, tailings and other industrial residues which contain rare earths and other critical metals. Irrespective of the metal or the source, Geomega adopts a consistent approach to reduce the environmental impact and to contribute to lowering greenhouse gases emissions through recycling the major reagents in the process.
Geomega’s process is based around its proprietary, low-cost, environmentally friendly way to tap into a C$1.5 billion global market to recycle magnet production waste and end of life magnets profitably and safely.
Geomega also owns the Montviel rare earth carbonatite deposit, the largest 43-101 bastnaesite resource estimate in North America and holds over 16.8M shares, representing approximately 14% of the issued and outstanding shares, of Kintavar Exploration Inc. (KTR.V), a mineral exploration company that is exploring for copper projects in Quebec, Canada.
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