RB Energy says TSX statement a key factor in CCAA filing – by Peter Koven (National Post – October 20, 2014)

The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.

TORONTO — The chief executive of RB Energy Inc. believes the lithium miner might have avoided insolvency if not for a two-sentence statement issued by the Toronto Stock Exchange.

CEO Rick Clark said in an interview the company thought it had a $70-million financing package lined up in mid-September that would have resolved its liquidity issues. But then the TSX, following its guidelines, issued a blanket press release saying it was conducting a de-listing review of the stock.

The TSX statement simply repeated what Vancouver-based RB said the day before. But the stock price collapsed as soon as it came out, and Mr. Clark said he could no longer line up financing on reasonable terms.

Instead, he elected to file for creditor protection last Monday. “We got absolutely hit in the side of the head [by the TSX statement],” said Mr. Clark, who was formerly CEO of market darling Red Back Mining Inc. Regardless, he said he does not want to blame the exchange for what happened.

The impact of the TSX announcement on Sept. 16th is undeniable. The stock plunged 25% that day, with 14.4 million shares changing hands. It then fell another 25% during the following five trading days and could not recover.

It was a disappointing outcome for RB, formerly known as Canada Lithium Corp.

The company has spent about $350-million on its Quebec Lithium mine, which is set to be the only significant lithium mine in North America. The mine is fully built and has begun producing high-purity lithium. But because of delays and cost over-runs, RB ran into liquidity problems and needed a financial lifeline over the next few months until it reached commercial production.

For the rest of this article, click here: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/10/17/rb-energy-says-tsx-statement-a-key-factor-in-ccaa-filing/