RESULTS OF SPECIAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS, ISSUE OF EQUITY AND CHANGE OF NAME AND TIDM
November 29, 2016Back
RESULTS OF SPECIAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS, ISSUE OF EQUITY AND CHANGE OF NAME AND TIDM
Aureus Mining Inc. (“Aureus” or the “Company”), the TSX and AIM listed West African gold producer, is pleased to confirm that all the resolutions put to shareholders at the Company’s special meeting of shareholders (the “Meeting”) held today were duly passed.
The results of the vote were conducted by ballot and are as follows:
|VOTES AGAINST||% VOTES AGAINST|
|Related Party Transactions Resolution||44,411,744||87.92||6,101,035||12.08|
|Approval of Name Change to “Avesoro Resources Inc.”||714,108,458||98.86||8,240,186||1.14|
Voting results on all matters voted on at the Meeting will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Issue of equity
Following approval of the resolutions at today’s special meeting, application has been made for the 4,110,000,000 new shares of no par value in the Company (“Shares”) to be issued pursuant to the Subscription, Principal Placing and the Broker Option to be admitted to trading on AIM and the TSX with admission to take place on or around 6 December 2016 at 8.00am (London time). The new Shares will rank pari passu with the Company’s existing Shares. Following the issue of the new Shares the Company’s issued share capital will comprise 5,314,039,001 Shares. Accordingly, the figure of 5,314,039,001 may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in the Company under the FCA’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
Change of Name and TIDM
The planned change of name to Avesoro Resources Inc and change of TIDM to ASO on both AIM and the TSX are expected to become effective in mid-December 2016. A further announcement in respect of this will be made in due course.
Defined terms used in this announcement have the same meaning as in the Company’s announcement of 14 October 2016.
Aureus Mining Inc.
Tel: +44(0) 20 7010 7690
Bobby Morse / Anna Michniewicz
Tel: +44(0) 20 7466 5000
Numis Securities Limited
(Aureus Nominated Adviser and Broker)
John Prior / James Black / Paul Gillam
Tel: +44(0) 20 7260 1000
About Aureus Mining Inc.
The Company’s assets include the New Liberty Gold Mine in Liberia (the “New Liberty Gold Mine,” “New Liberty” or the “mine”) which has an estimated proven and probable mineral reserve of 8.5 Mt with 924,000 ounces of gold grading 3.4 g/t and an estimated measured and indicated mineral resource of 9,796 Kt with 1,143,000 ounces of gold grading 3.63 g/t and an estimated inferred mineral resource of 5,730 Kt with 593,000 ounces of gold grading 3.2 g/t. A Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) has been completed, the first gold pour has taken place and commercial production has been declared. The foregoing mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates and additional information in connection therewith are set out in the Company’s technical report dated March 25, 2015 and entitled “New Liberty Gold Project, Bea Mountain Mining Licence Southern Block, Liberia, West Africa, Definitive Project Plan.”
The New Liberty Gold Mine is located within the Southern Block of the 100% owned Bea Mountain mining licence. This licence covers 478 km² and has a 25 year, renewable, mineral development agreement. The Bea Mountain mining license also hosts additional gold projects of Ndablama, Gondoja, Weaju and Leopard Rock which are the focus of exploration programs during 2016. Ndablama has an indicated mineral resource of 386,000 ounces of gold grading 1.6 g/t and inferred mineral resource of 515,000 ounces of gold grading 1.7 g/t and Weaju has an inferred mineral resource of 178,000 ounces of gold grading 2.1 g/t. The Yambesei (759 km2), Archaen West (112.6 km2), Mabong (36.6 km2) and Mafa West (15.6 km2) licences will also be subject to preliminary reconnaissance geological work. The foregoing mineral resource estimates and additional information in connection therewith are set out in the Company’s technical report dated December 1, 2014 and entitled “Ndablama and Weaju Gold Projects, Bea Mountain Mining Licence, Northern Block, Technical Report on Mineral Resources” (“Ndablama and Weaju Technical Report 2014”).
The Company also has a gold exploration permit in Cameroon.
The Company’s Qualified Person is Mark J. Pryor, who holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology & Mineralogy from Aberdeen University, United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. Mark Pryor is an independent technical consultant with over 30 years of extensive global experience in exploration, mining and mine development and is a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43 -101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects” of the Canadian Securities Administrators and has reviewed and approves this press release.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain information contained in this Announcement constitutes forward looking information. This information may relate to future events or the Company’s future performance. All information other than information of historical fact is forward looking information. The use of any of the words “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, “predict” and “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking information. This information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward looking information. No assurance can be given that this information will prove to be correct and such forward looking information included in this Announcement should not be unduly relied upon. This information speaks only as of the date of this Announcement.
Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward looking information contained in this news release for a number of reasons including the failure of parties to contracts to honor contractual obligations, as well as a result of certain the risk factors, including: the risk that the waiver and standstill agreement will terminate; risks normally incidental to exploration and development of mineral properties; the inability to obtain required waivers and amendments from the Company’s creditors in respect of its debt repayment obligations and consequential risks of default thereon; risks related to operating in West Africa; health risks associated with the mining workforce in West Africa; risks related to the Company’s title to its mineral properties; adverse changes in commodity prices; risks related to current global financial conditions; the inability of the Company to obtain, maintain, renew and/or extend required licences, permits, authorizations and/or approvals from the appropriate regulatory authorities and other risks relating to the legal and regulatory frameworks in Liberia, including adverse changes in applicable laws; competitive conditions in the mineral exploration and mining industry; risks related to obtaining insurance or adequate levels of insurance for the Company’s operations; risks related to environmental regulations; uncertainties in the interpretation of results from drilling; risks related to the legal systems in Liberia; risks related to the tax residency of the Company; changes in exchange and interest rates; risks related to the activities of artisanal miners; actions of third parties that the Company is reliant upon; lack of availability at a reasonable cost or at all, of plants, equipment or labour, including required equipment, explosives and other necessary material not being delivered in the expected time frame, or at all; the inability to attract and retain key management and personnel; political risks; and future unforeseen liabilities and other factors.
This Announcement also contains references to estimates of mineral resources and mineral reserves. The estimation of mineral resources and reserves is inherently uncertain and involves subjective judgments about many relevant factors. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The accuracy of any such estimates is a function of the quantity and quality of available data, and of the assumptions made and judgments used in engineering and geological interpretation, which may prove to be unreliable and depend, to a certain extent, upon the analysis of drilling results and statistical inferences that may ultimately prove to be inaccurate. Mineral resource or reserve estimates may have to be re-estimated based on, among other things: (i) fluctuations in commodity prices; (ii) results of drilling; (iii) results of studies; (iv) changes to proposed mining operations, including dilution; (v) the evaluation of mine plans subsequent to the date of any estimates; and (vi) the possible failure to receive required permits, approvals and licences.
The forward looking information included in this Announcement is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and is made as of the date of this Announcement. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking information except as required by applicable securities laws.