VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/25/13 -- The Canadian Financing Bulletin has been a leader in tracking financing activities of Canadian capital markets in the mining, energy and technology%2f">technology sectors for over seven years. Our unparalleled service offers unique insight into small and micro cap stocks, as well as comprehensive comparative reports detailing the worldwide reach of Canadian companies in these sectors. With the listings of active proposed placements, investors and companies that might not otherwise receive analyst coverage are potentially brought together. As well, we offer coverage of activity in the bond market for users to be made aware of lower-risk opportunities.
In this week's report, the CFB published term sheets for 27 new proposed placements from the mining, oil/gas (termed metals and energy in the report) and technology">technology sectors. Of those, 19 were for mining stocks, four for oil/gas stocks, and four for technology, with the total value of new proposals reaching over $405m. Four of these placements were designated a 'flow through' issuance and there were no new debenture offerings. The largest new public proposal was by Walter Energy Inc (finance.yahoo.com%2fq%3fs%3dwlt.to%26amp%3bql%3d1">WLT.TO), which launched a bond offering consisting of $450m 8.50%, 8yr bonds in a non-brokered placement.
The CFB published term sheets for 52 placements that were closed during the week. Of these, 34 were for mining stocks, 12 for oil/gas, and six for technology%2f">technology stocks, with the total value of these closings being almost $627m. Three of these placements were designated 'flow through' issuances and one debenture placement closed. The largest public closing was by Aurora Oil & Gas Ltd (finance.yahoo.com%2fq%3fs%3daef.to%26amp%3bql%3d1">AEF.TO) which closed a bond offering consisting of USD$300m worth of 7.50%, 7yr bonds in a non-brokered placement.
The CFB also tracked seven amendments and three cancellations to placements published at the end of the weekly report. To date, there have been over 400 weekly reports created by CFB; backdated reports can be obtained by subscribers.
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Since CFB began offering its weekly report over seven years ago, it has developed other more wide reaching reports that have now been published. Our quarterly and year-in-review reports provide charts, graphs and other comparative tables that exhibit sophisticated capital market intelligence. The data in these reports has been read by thousands of executives, investment advisors, fund managers, and investors from around the world. CFB has also recently begun offering specialized monthly reports, focusing on individual segments within the sectors CFB covers (i.e., gold, uranium, oil, etc.) To date, there have been 181 reports created by CFB; several of these reports are currently posted on the CFB website.
As one can see, CFB offers an important perspective into Canadian capital markets. These markets play a crucial role in the financing of companies active worldwide in various business sectors, specifically for natural resources exploration and development. Canada maintains a leadership role due to a number of factors:
-- A history of significant natural resources;-- Efficient and transparent capital markets;-- Strong backing from the investment community; and-- Regional clusters of the world's most innovative, organized and aggressive exploration and development personnel, in cities like Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
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