Premier Securityholders Overwhelmingly Approve Arrangement with Equinox Gold
Thunder Bay, Ontario – February 23, 2021 – Premier Gold Mines Limited (“Premier”) (TSX:PG) (OTCPK: PIRGF) is pleased to announce that the holders of common shares (“Premier Shareholders“) and options of Premier (“Premier Optionholders” and together with the Premier Shareholders, the “Premier Securityholders“) have voted to approve the acquisition by Equinox Gold Corp. (“Equinox“) of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Premier (the “Premier Shares“) by way of a statutory plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement“) at its special meeting of Premier Securityholders held earlier today (the “Meeting“).
The purpose of the Meeting was to consider and vote upon, among other things, a special resolution of Premier Securityholders (the “Arrangement Resolution“) approving the transactions contemplated in the arrangement agreement among Premier, i-80 Gold Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier (“i-80 Gold“) and Equinox dated December 16, 2020, pursuant to which, among other things, Equinox will acquire all of the issued and outstanding Premier Shares by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement, and in exchange, Premier Shareholders will be entitled to receive (i) 0.1967 of a common share of Equinox, and (ii) 0.4 of an i-80 Share.
A total of 149,709,598 Premier Shares and Premier Options were represented by proxy at the Meeting, representing approximately 59.06% of the issued and outstanding Premier Shares and Premier Options.
Approval of the Arrangement
For the Arrangement to proceed, the Arrangement Resolution required the approval of (i) at least two-thirds (66⅔%) of the votes cast at the Meeting, by Premier Shareholders attending in person or voting by proxy; (ii) at least two-thirds (66⅔%) of the votes cast at the Meeting, by Premier Securityholders attending in person or voting by proxy, voting together as a single class, and (iii) a simple majority (50%+1) of the votes cast at the Meeting, by Premier Shareholders attending in person or voting by proxy, excluding any votes cast by certain persons, as required by Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions.
See below for a summary of the voting on the Arrangement Resolution.
Approval of Other Matters
In addition to the Arrangement Resolution, at the Meeting, Premier Shareholders also overwhelmingly approved: (i) an ordinary resolution approving certain amendments to the amended and restated share incentive plan of Premier dated May 23, 2019, (ii) an ordinary resolution approving an omnibus share incentive plan of i-80 Gold, (iii) an ordinary resolution of disinterested shareholders approving the private placement of subscription receipts of i-80 Gold (the “Subscription Receipts”) at a price of no less than C$2.50 per Subscription Receipts for aggregate gross proceeds of up to US$75 million, with each Subscription Receipt exchangeable for either (x) one common shares of i-80 Gold (the “i-80 Shares“), or (y) a unit, consisting of one i-80 Share and up to one quarter of one common share purchase warrant of i-80 (“i-80 Warrants“), and (iv) an ordinary resolution approving the exercise price of i-80 Warrants issuable to affiliates of Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of the Getchell Project from Waterton.
A report of voting results describing the matters voted upon at the Meeting and details regarding the number of Premier Shares voted in favour of each of the foregoing resolutions is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under Premier’s issuer profile.
Having obtained the requisite approval of the Arrangement Resolution at the Meeting, the parties are continuing to work diligently towards closing the Arrangement. To that end, the parties are awaiting approval from the Federal Economic Competition Commission in Mexico (“COFECE“) in order to consummate the Arrangement. The parties are aiming to close the Arrangement shortly after the receipt of such COFECE approval, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions.
Further details regarding the Arrangement are set out in the management information circular of Premier dated January 25, 2021 and the news releases of Premier dated February 1, 2021 and February 16, 2021, each of which are available on Premier’s SEDAR profile.
About Premier & i-80
Premier is a gold producer and respected exploration and development company with a high-quality portfolio of precious metals projects in proven, accessible, and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States and Mexico. On December 16, 2020, Equinox Gold Corp. and Premier Gold Mines Limited announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Equinox Gold will acquire all the outstanding shares of Premier. Concurrently, Premier will spin-out to its shareholders shares of a newly created US-focused gold production and development company to be called i-80 Gold Corp.
Premier remains focused on creating i-80 as a Nevada-focused mining company with an organic pipeline of assets to achieve mid-tier gold producer status. In addition to its producing mine, El Nino at South Arturo, Premier is beginning to plan for future production growth through the potential addition of the Phases 1 & 3 open pits at South Arturo, advancing the Pinson underground and open pit opportunities at the Getchell Project, and completing permitting and the underground development plan for the 100%-owned McCoy-Cove Property.
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