Western Resources Corp. (TSX: WRX) ("Western" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that its shareholders approved all items put before them at the Company's Annual General and Special Shareholder Meeting ("AGM") held on March 28, 2022. The approved items are:
1. Fixed the number of directors of the Company at 6;
2. The election of Bill (Wenye) Xue, George (Xiang) Gao, Weimin Wang, Guy Bentinck, Andrew Hancharyk and Yujia Ren to the Board. A total of 107,693,679 common shares, representing 57.54% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company, were present in person or by proxy at the meeting. The approximate number of those votes "For" each director, the approximate "Percentage" of the total votes cast and the "Withheld/Abstain" votes for each director are shown as below:
3. The appointment of MNP LLP as auditors of the Company at a remuneration to be fixed by the directors; and
4. The approval of the Subscription Agreement with Vantage Chance Ltd. ("Vantage"), with a total of 107,465,763 common shares voting "FOR" the deal, representing 99.79% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company voted at the meeting by ballot and by proxy. Under the Subscription Agreement, Vantage commits to invest C$80,000,000 in a newly formed Western Potash Holdings Corp. ("WPHC") and receive in exchange an aggregate of 54% of the issued and outstanding common shares of WPHC, with the remaining 46% of the WPHC common shares to be held by Western.
The elected Board members thereafter appointed Mr. Mark Fracchia into the Board. The new Board then elected Mr. Bill Xue as Chairman of the Company and Chair of the Executive Committee, Mr. Mark Fracchia as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Mr. Guy Bentinck as Chair of the Audit Committee and Mr. Andrew Hancharyk as Chair of the Corporate Disclosure Policy Committee. Mr. Arthur Ma from China BlueChemical Ltd. and Mr. Hailin Yu from Guoxin International Investment Corp. Ltd. are re-appointed as Board Observers.
The Company welcomes Mr. Fracchia to Western's board. Mr. Fracchia brings over 30 years of management, executive, director and solution mining experience to the Company. He was President of PCS Potash at PortashCorp (now Nutrien) from 2014 to his retirement in January 2018. After the closing of the investment transaction with Vantage, Mr. Fracchia will serve as Chair of Western Potash Corp.'s Executive Committee. The Board is confident that Mr. Fracchia will play a very important role in helping the Company to ensure that its Milestone Project will remain on path.
Western's Chairman Bill Xue said, "We are very pleased to have Mr. Fracchia to join our Board. The new Board structure now becomes more reasonable covering strategic, financial, technical, legal and corporate management. I am excited to see the approval of the financing deal at the Shareholders Meeting, I want to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated team members, contractors and vendors for their kind understanding and strong support over the past two years when Western Potash was experiencing a challenging time. We look forward to the completion of the project financing in the days ahead. I am confident that Western will be able to deliver a successful and innovative potash project to the Province of Saskatchewan."
About Western Resources Corp.
Western Resources Corp. (TSX: WRX) ("the Company") and the Company's wholly owned subsidiary Western Potash Corp. are constructing Canada's newest and most innovative, environmentally friendly and capital-efficient potash mine. This will be the first potash mine in the world that will leave no salt tailings at the surface, thereby reducing the water consumption by half as well as significantly improving energy efficiency. The Phase I Project is under construction and will form the basis for further expansion.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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For more information on the contents of this release please contact Simon Guo, Corporate Secretary, at 306-924-9378.