China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited (NYSE Amex: CNR) is pleased to announce that it has priced an underwritten public offering of 1,517,978 units at a price to the public of $2.88 per unit. The offering will yield gross proceeds (before the underwriting discount and commissions and estimated offering expenses) of approximately $4.37 million Each unit consists of one of CNR’s ordinary shares and a warrant to purchase 0.65 of one of CNR’s ordinary shares. The exercise price of the warrants is $3.456 per ordinary share. The exercise price of the warrants is subject to reduction as follows:
If for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011 the Company’s adjusted EBITDA is less than US$20 million, then the exercise price of the warrants shall be adjusted to US$0.001 per ordinary share.
If for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 the Company’s adjusted EBITDA:
is less than US$35.0 million, then the exercise price of the warrants shall be adjusted to US$0.001 per ordinary share;
is equal to or greater than US$35.0 million, but less than US$42.5 million, then the exercise price of the warrants shall be adjusted to $2.016 per ordinary share; or
is equal to or greater than US$42.5 million, but less than US$50.0 million, then the exercise price of the warrants shall be adjusted to $2.88 per ordinary share.
The Company has granted the underwriter an option for 45 days to purchase up to an additional 227,696 units. The offering is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on May 11, 2011.
CNR intends to use the proceeds of the offering for the acquisition of land use rights for China Northeast Logistics City — Dezhou, additional capital for Phase II construction of China Northeast Logistics City — Tieling and for general corporate purposes.
Maxim Group LLC is acting as the sole underwriter of the offering.
The offering is being made pursuant to the Company’s existing shelf registration statement, which has been filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus and a related prospectus supplement, electronic copies of which may be obtained by either contacting the underwriter (as set forth below) or by accessing the SEC website, www.sec.gov.
Maxim Group, LLC
Attn: Syndicate Department
405 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10174
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The securities being offered have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the prospectus supplement, the prospectus or CNR’s shelf registration statement.
ABOUT CHINA METRO-RURAL HOLDINGS LIMITED
China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited is one of the leading developers and operators of large scale, integrated agricultural logistics and trade centers in Northeast China that facilitate a relationship between sellers and buyers of agricultural commodities and small appliances, provide relevant physical platform and timely marketing information and intelligence, provide a transparent and competitive market price discovery mechanism and provide infrastructure to enhance the living standards of those from the rural area.
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