Premier Obtains Final Court Order for Arrangement
Thunder Bay, Ontario – March 1, 2021 – Premier Gold Mines Limited (“Premier”) (TSX:PG) (OTCPK: PIRGF) is pleased to announce that earlier today, Premier obtained the final order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) for the proposed Arrangement with Equinox Gold Corp. (“Equinox”).
On December 16, 2020, Premier, i-80 Gold Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier (“i-80”), and Equinox entered into a definitive arrangement agreement whereby Equinox agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Premier (“Premier Shares”) pursuant to a statutory plan of arrangement under the provisions of the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “Arrangement”). In exchange for their Premier Shares, shareholders of Premier will be entitled to receive (i) 0.1967 of a common share of Equinox, and (ii) 0.4 of a common share of i-80.
Upon completion of the Arrangement, i-80 will indirectly hold all of Premier’s U.S.-based assets including the South-Arturo and McCoy-Cove properties in Nevada, and following the completion of the Arrangement, i-80 intends to complete Premier’s previously announced acquisition of the Getchell Project in Nevada.
The Arrangement was overwhelmingly approved by the securityholders of Premier at the special meeting of Premier held on February 23, 2021.
The parties are continuing to work diligently towards closing the Arrangement and 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.
i-80 is 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 and heap leach projects 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.
For further information, please contact:
Ewan Downie, President & CEO