Vancouver, British Columbia--Coloured Ties Capital Inc. (TSXV: TIE) (OTC Pink: APEOF)(FSE: 97A0) ("Coloured Ties") (“Ties”) or the ("Companies") and privately held BullrunCapital Inc (“Bullrun”) and Bullrun together the (“Concerned Shareholders”) are providing thefollowing open communication to the board of directors and management of AzimutExploration Inc. (“Azimut”)
CONTINUED REFUSAL TO ACKNOWLEDGE OR ENGAGE WITH CONCERNEDSHAREHOLDERS IN ANY CONSTRUCTIVE MANNER
The Concerned Shareholders are substantial shareholders of Azimut. Kal Malhi, CEO of Coloured Ties and Bullrun Capital has made numerous attempts to engage the management of Azimut, including CEO Jean Marc Lulin and the rest of the Board of Directors (“the Board”) in conversations to encourage fulsome disclosure of the Azimut exploration plans and activity on the extensive critical minerals land holdings in Quebec. The numerous attempts to engage with management and the Board have had no success and have been met with minimal or no response, including attempts made by the Concerned Shareholders subsequent to their news release of March 3, 2023.
As previously reported, the Concerned Shareholders, through legal counsel, delivered awritten request for shareholder engagement together with a request for board representationon February 27, 2023. The only response provided by Azimut was that the ConcernedShareholders were welcome to attend the Azimut booth at PDAC or review the Companywebsite and news releases.
The Concerned Shareholders then arranged for a phone call with the Azimut Chairman of the board and Mr. Lulin. On March 8, 2023, a call was convened but Messers Mullan and Lulin refused to speak about Azimut at all, objecting to the Concerned Shareholders' legal counsel being present on the call. The Concerned Shareholders attempted to discuss the fact that Azimut’s critical mineral assets were being given negligible valuation in the capital markets based on Azimut’s lack of development efforts and the Company needed to amend its business practices and fast track the development of its vast critical mineral land holdings in Quebec.
Messers Mullan and Lulin refused to participate in any dialogue.
THE FACTS REMAIN THAT AZIMUT HAS AMASSED A VAST, IMPORTANT LANDHOLDING IN QUEBEC IN THE CRITICAL MINERAL PROSPECTS HOWEVER ITHAS FAILED TO DEVELOP THE PROSPECTS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS.
The Concerned Shareholders are active investors in Quebec’s Critical Mineral Exploration projects via investments in Junior Exploration Companies that have and are conducting aggressive and ethical exploration programs on ground adjoining and in some cases surrounding ground held by Azimut. These companies have made discoveries that have made James Bay the lithium exploration capital of the world and provided amazing shareholder returns to all investors in the James Bay region.
In contrast, Azimut holds what the Concerned Shareholders believe is the best and mostprospective critical minerals ground in the region, and recently Azimut went on a stakingfrenzy to stake immense amounts of additional ground. Azimut’s stock price has a diminishedvaluation compared to its peers. This valuation discount reflects the market’s frustration withAzimut’s refusal to explore these vast critical mineral land holdings and its sole focus toexpend all its efforts and working capital in searching for gold deposits in remote locations ofQuebec.
Mr. Jean Marc Lulin now stands on his insistence that Azimut has been in this region for 20years and he knows the ground better the anyone. Mr. Jean Marc Lulin now claims thatfinding lithium deposits is easy and to let other junior exploration companies demonstrate thepotential in the area surrounding Azimut land holdings is the way to extract value for theseassets held by Azimut. This practice to acquire vast critical mineral land holdings in Quebecand then squat on these highly prospective lands is in direct contrast to others from outsideQuebec and Canada who may “know the land less” but have established critical mineralsdeposits on ground adjoining or surrounding Azimut ground in the last three years.
This belief and business practice by Azimut is not supported by the capital markets, as demonstrated by the dismal valuation of Azimut's common share price on the TSX-V stock exchange. Other publicly listed companies from outside Quebec and Canada that are actively exploring and finding large critical mineral deposits in the area are providing lucrative shareholder returns. Azimut’s current market capitalization is a fraction of the value of companies that have been actively exploring for critical minerals in James Bay for the past three to four years while Azimut has been silent and/or oblivious of the critical minerals potential of these assets until the recent Concerned Shareholder actions.
The Concerned Shareholders believe that at a time when not only in Canada/Quebec but rather globally, there is a focus on discovering critical mineral deposits, Azimut needs to establish a Board of Directors and Executive teams that are able to help Azimut revamp its business model, actually “EXPLORE” Quebec’s critical mineral wealth with integrity and professionalism and inclusive of ALL stakeholders.
CONCERNED SHAREHOLDER PROPOSAL
At present, it appears that Azimut is functioning as a private corporation with blind support from its Board of Directors who own very little stock in the Company. Management has demonstrated a lack of ability to understand Azimut’s critical minerals asset base and deploy reasonable business practices to explore those assets and gain investor and industry respect as a credible exploration company. As he has done with the Concerned Shareholders, Mr Lulin has also refused to engage with other junior exploration Companies who are active on projects that adjoin or surround Azimut land holdings and who wish to partner with Azimut on these critical mineral assets. It almost appears as if Mr. Lulin is not willing to explore these amazing assets himself, but is also afraid to let others explore and make discoveries without credit to Mr. Lulin.
The Concerned Shareholders will continue to advocate for a revamp of Azimut’s business practices and insist that the company establish a critical minerals division, engage a qualified critical minerals exploration executive team to run that division and engage in business practices that are respectful of ALL shareholders, adjoining property junior exploration companies and all other stakeholders, including Canada’s current mandate to develop critical minerals assets in Quebec.
MANAGEMENT CLAIMS BLIND SUPPORT FROM THE “LIONS” QUEBECESTABLISHMENT
Mr. Jean Marc Lulin continues to refuse to engage with the Concerned Shareholders in ANYcapacity and insists he has garnered unwavering shareholder support from Quebec’sinvestment community to whom he referenced as being the “LIONS” of the Quebecestablishment.
The Concerned Shareholders call upon the “LIONS” supporting Azimut and Mr. Jean Marc Lulin’s current business practice of squatting on Quebec’s critical mineral prospects to engage with the Concerned Shareholder to possibly alleviate any misunderstandings to help bring Azimut's business practices in line with the interests of all shareholders, the Province of Quebec and Canada’s critical mineral exploration industry and policies. Azimut shareholders, Board of Directors and any other stakeholders are welcome to reach the Concerned Shareholders through the following contacts:
Mr. Kal Malhi, CEO
Coloured Ties Capital and BullRun Capital Inc.
This is not a solicitation of proxies by the Concerned Shareholders.
About Coloured Ties Capital Inc
Coloured Ties Capital is a TSX-V listed issuer that invests in early stage commercial ventures and provides investee companies with capital market access and advisory services. The Company offers investors an opportunity to participate in early stage opportunities that are often only offered to high net worth or institutional investors via investment in the Company’s common shares listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol V.TIE. Coloured Ties Capital is a 2022 TSXV 50 Company.
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Coloured Ties Capital Inc.
Kal Malhi Chief Executive Officer
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