Filed by Metals Acquisition Limited
This communication is filed pursuant to Rule 425 under the United States Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Metals Acquisition Corp
Commission File Number: 001-40685
Date: May 16, 2023
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 16, 2023
METALS ACQUISITION CORP
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction
Century House, Ground Floor
Cricket Square, P.O. Box 2238
Grand Cayman KY1-1107, Cayman Islands
|(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (817) 698-9901
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2 below):
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||
Name of each exchange
on which registered
|Units, each consisting of one Class A ordinary share, $0.0001 par value, and one-third of one redeemable warrant||MTAL.U||New York Stock Exchange LLC|
|Class A ordinary shares included as part of the units||MTAL||New York Stock Exchange LLC|
|Redeemable warrants included as part of the units, each whole warrant exercisable for one Class A ordinary share at an exercise price of $11.50||MTAL WS||New York Stock Exchange LLC|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company x
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|Item 1.01||Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.|
As previously disclosed in the Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 17, 2022 and on November 28, 2022, Metals Acquisition Corp (“MAC”), Metals Acquisition Corp (Australia) Pty Ltd, an Australian private company and wholly-owned subsidiary of MAC (“MAC-Sub”), Metals Acquisition Limited, a private limited company newly incorporated under the laws of Jersey, Channel Islands (“MAC Limited”), and Glencore Operations Australia Limited (“Glencore”) entered into a Share Sale Agreement (as amended by the Deed of Consent and Covenant, dated as of November 22, 2022, as further amended by a side letter dated as of April 21, 2023 and as may be further amended, supplemented, or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Share Sale Agreement”). Pursuant to the terms of the Share Sale Agreement, among other things, MAC-Sub will acquire from Glencore 100% of the issued share capital of Cobar Management Pty. Limited (“CMPL”), which owns and operates the Cornish, Scottish and Australian mine (the “CSA Mine”) in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia, and consummate the transactions contemplated thereby (collectively, the “Business Combination”).
In connection with the Business Combination, MAC will merge with and into MAC Limited (the “Merger” and, together with the Business Combination, the “Transaction”), with MAC Limited continuing as the surviving company (MAC Limited following the Merger is referred to as “New MAC”).
As previously disclosed in the Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 14, 2023 and May 11, 2023, MAC, New MAC and certain investors entered into subscription agreements (the “Announced Subscription Agreements”), pursuant to which such investors agreed to subscribe for an aggregate of 13,982,247 ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of New MAC ( the “Announced Subscribed Shares”) at a purchase price of $10.00 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $139,822,470 in a private placement or placements (the “Announced Private Placements”) to be consummated immediately prior to or substantially concurrently with the consummation of the Transaction.
On May 16, 2023, MAC, New MAC and certain investors entered into additional subscription agreements (the “Additional Agreements” and together with the Announced Subscription Agreements, the “Subscription Agreements”), pursuant to which such investors agreed to subscribe for an aggregate of 3,470,000 ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share, of New MAC (the “Additional Subscribed Shares” and together with the Announced Subscribed Shares, the “Subscribed Shares”) at a purchase price of $10.00 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $34,700,000 in a private placement or placements (the “Additional Private Placement” and together with the Announced Private Placements, the “Private Placements”).
As of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, investors subscribed for an aggregate of 17,452,247 Subscribed Shares and the Private Placements include an aggregate purchase price of $174,522,470 of the Private Placements.
The obligations of the parties to consummate the transactions contemplated by the Subscription Agreements shall be contingent upon, among other things, customary closing conditions and the consummation of the Transaction.
The Subscription Agreements will terminate upon the earlier of (i) such date and time as the Share Sale Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms, (ii) upon the mutual written agreement of the Issuer and MAC and Subscriber to terminate the Subscription Agreements, or (iii) August 2, 2023.
The foregoing description of the Subscription Agreements does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the form of Subscription Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1, and the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 3.02||Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.|
The information set forth above in Item 1.01 of this Current Report is incorporated by reference herein. The Subscribed Shares to be issued in connection with the Subscription Agreements will not be registered under the Securities Act, in reliance on the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and/or Regulation D promulgated thereunder.
|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure.|
On May 16 2023, MAC issued a press release announcing the execution of the Subscription Agreements. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, is furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to liabilities under that section, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into the filings of MAC under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
For additional information on the proposed Business Combination, see the relevant materials that MAC has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a registration statement on Form F-4, which includes the Proxy Statement/Prospectus of MAC. MAC's shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read the definitive proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed Business Combination, as these materials contain important information about the CSA Mine, MAC, New MAC and the proposed Business Combination. MAC is in the process of mailing the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to shareholders of MAC as of May 5, 2023 the record date for voting on, among other things, the proposed Business Combination. Shareholders are also able to obtain copies of the definitive proxy statement/prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC, without charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this communication is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this communication.
This Current Report on Form 8-K includes “forward-looking statements.” MAC’s actual results may differ from expectations, estimates, and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, MAC’s expectations with respect to future performance of the CSA Mine and anticipated financial impacts and other effects of the proposed business combination, the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the proposed transaction and the timing of the completion of the proposed transaction. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Most of these factors are outside MAC’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Share Sale Agreement; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against MAC following the announcement of the Share Sale Agreement dated as of March 17, 2022 (as amended by the Deed of Consent and Covenant dated as of November 22, 2022, and as further amended by the Share Sale Agreement Side Letter, dated as of April 21, 2023 (the “Share Sale Agreement”); the inability to complete the proposed transaction, including due to failure to obtain financing, approval of the shareholders of MAC, certain regulatory approvals, or satisfy other conditions to closing in the Share Sale Agreement; the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Share Sale Agreement, or could otherwise cause the transaction to fail to close MAC’s inability to secure the expecting financing for the consideration under the Share Sale Agreement; the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of MAC’s shares following the proposed transaction; the risk that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed business combination; the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination, which may be affected by, among other things; the supply and demand for copper; the future price of copper; the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital expenditures and requirements for additional capital; cash flow provided by operating activities; unanticipated reclamation expenses; claims and limitations on insurance coverage; the uncertainty in mineral resource estimates; the uncertainty in geological, metallurgical and geotechnical studies and opinions; infrastructure risks; and dependence on key management personnel and executive officers; and other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the final prospectus of MAC for its initial public offering and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed business combination that MAC filed with the SEC, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in MAC’s other filings with the SEC. MAC cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. MAC cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. MAC does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
More information on potential factors that could affect MAC’s or CSA Mine’s financial results is included from time to time in MAC’s public reports filed with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K as well as the proxy statement/prospectus MAC filed with the SEC in connection with MAC’s solicitation of proxies for the meeting of stockholders to be held to approve, among other things, the proposed business combination. If any of these risks materialize or MAC’s assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that MAC does not presently know, or that MAC currently believes are immaterial, that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect MAC’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. MAC anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its assessments to change. However, while MAC may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, MAC specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing MAC’s assessment as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.
NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
This Current Report on Form 8-K shall not constitute a solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the proposed business combination. This Current Report on Form 8-K shall also not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any states or jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|10.1||Form of Subscription Agreement with New MAC.|
|99.1||Press Release issued by Metals Acquisition Corp on May 16, 2023.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Metals Acquisition Corp|
|Date: May 16, 2023||By:||/s/ Michael James McMullen|
|Name: Michael James McMullen|
|Title: Chief Executive Officer|