Rare Element currently has 34,840,965 common shares issued and outstanding, and 39,327,823 common shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis. Rare Element has approximately $12.6 million in cash and no debt as of October 31, 2010.
Rare Element now has 4,486,858 "in-the-money" warrants and options outstanding which, if exercised, will contribute an additional $11.6 million to the Company.
Location of Annual General and Special Meeting to be held on December 13, 2010 and Shareholder Rights Plan
The annual general and special meeting of the Company’s shareholders will be held on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) at the Vancouver Club, located at 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Shareholders of record as at the close of business on October 28, 2010 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the meeting.
The Board of Directors proposed to add a Shareholder Rights Plan agreement (the "Plan") and the Plan, subject to regulatory approval, will be put to a shareholder vote at the upcoming shareholder meeting.
The purpose of this Plan is to ensure the fair treatment of all Rare Element shareholders in connection with any possible future takeover bids for the outstanding common shares of the Company. It also allows the Board and the shareholders adequate time to properly evaluate and assess a takeover bid without facing undue pressure or coercion. The Plan is similar to the plans adopted by other Canadian companies and a copy of the Plan will be filed on SEDAR.
The Plan has not been adopted in response to, or in contemplation of, any specific proposal to acquire control of Rare Element. The Plan provides the Board with additional time to consider any takeover bid and, if applicable, to explore alternative transactions in order to maximize shareholder value.
The Plan is not designed to prevent takeover bids that treat Rare Element shareholders fairly. Pursuant to the terms of the Plan, any bids that meet certain criteria intended to protect the interest of all shareholders are deemed to be permitted bids. A permitted bid must be made by way of as takeover bid circular prepared in compliance with applicable securities laws and, in addition to certain conditions, must remain open for 60 days.
In the event a takeover bid does not meet the permitted bid requirements of the Plan, the rights issued under the Plan will entitle shareholders, other than any shareholder or shareholders involved in the takeover bid, to purchase additional common shares of Rare Element at a significant discount to the market price of the common shares at that time.
Rare Element Resources Ltd (TSX-V: RES & NYSE-Amex: REE) is a publicly traded mineral resource company focused on exploration and development of rare-earth elements and gold on the Bear Lodge property.
Rare-earth elements are key components of the green energy technologies and other high-technology applications. Some of the major applications include hybrid automobiles, plug-in electric vehicles, advanced wind turbines, computer hard drives, compact fluorescent light bulbs, metal alloys, additives in ceramics and glass, petroleum cracking catalysts, and a number of critical military applications.
China currently produces more than 95% of the 130,000 metric tonnes of rare-earths consumed annually worldwide, and China has been reducing its exports of rare earths each year. The rare-earth market is growing rapidly, and is projected to accelerate if the green technologies are implemented on a broad scale.