Victoria Gold Corp. To Acquire Gateway Gold Corp.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Aug. 19, 2008) – Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:VIT) (“Victoria”) and Gateway Gold Corp. (“Gateway”) are pleased to announce that their respective boards of directors have approved a letter of agreement in respect of a proposed friendly transaction in which Victoria will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Gateway in exchange for Victoria common shares.
Financial Terms of the Transaction
Victoria has agreed to offer Gateway shareholders 0.50 of a Victoria common share for each Gateway common share held. This represents an approximate 20% premium to Gateway’s 30-day volume- weighted average share price based on Victoria’s 30-day volume- weighted average share price. All outstanding Gateway options and warrants will be exchanged for equivalent value options and warrants of Victoria on similar terms.
Nevada Gold Focus
Victoria is a gold exploration company with interests in eight advanced properties in north-central Nevada. Victoria’s innovative exploration techniques have been instrumental in identifying new gold-bearing zones on several of these properties including, most recently, at Cove-McCoy, the site of the Helen Zone discovery.
Gateway is a mineral exploration company focused on identifying, exploring and developing gold deposits in Nevada. Gateway has nine gold projects within some of the most prolific gold belts in Nevada. The company’s most advanced project, the Big Springs project, has a NI 43-101 compliant inferred resource of 1.2 million ounces at an average grade of 2.67 g/t, such resource being more particularly set out in the technical report dated March 14, 2006, which report is available under the profile of Gateway on SEDAR.
The successful completion of the transaction will consolidate the two companies’ gold exploration assets in Nevada, a region recognized for its high gold production and relatively low risk.
– This transaction will allow for the application of Victoria’s innovative exploration techniques on Gateway’s advanced exploration gold properties.
– This transaction diversifies Victoria’s portfolio of projects across the development pipeline, moving Victoria even closer to gold production. The most advanced project in the combined portfolio will be the Big Springs project. The next step in the development of this project will be to commission a feasibility study.
“We have a high level of confidence in the exploration potential of each of Victoria’s existing advanced exploration gold projects such as Cove, Mill Canyon, Hilltop, and Summit. This transaction was driven predominantly by the strong conviction of our exploration team that our innovative exploration expertise will provide a fresh approach to Gateway’s projects, thereby unlocking increased potential for a rapid new discovery,” said Chad Williams, President & CEO of Victoria. “This transaction reinforces our stated strategy to add value per share through efficient exploration and accretive acquisitions,” added Mr. Williams.
“We are very excited about this transaction with Victoria,” commented Michael McInnis, President and CEO of Gateway. “We have been evaluating growth opportunities in Nevada for some time and this is the transaction that makes the most sense for our shareholders. We are very impressed with the Victoria team and their property portfolio. In the shorter term, our shareholders receive an attractive premium and financial support to advance our projects. In the longer term, we will benefit from Victoria’s aggressive growth plans and from the combined company’s ability to attract financing from its many supporters.”
Upon completion of the transaction Victoria will have approximately 112,641,000 million basic common shares outstanding, of which current Victoria shareholders will own approximately 83% and former Gateway shareholders will own approximately 17%.
It is envisaged that the transaction will be structured as an acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Gateway by Victoria completed by way of a plan of arrangement. The parties will work towards entering into a definitive agreement as soon as possible, and in any event by September 22, 2008.
Completion of the transaction is conditional upon:
1. the Gateway shareholders having approved the transaction by 66 2/3% majority;
2. receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals;
3. the absence of a material adverse change with respect to each party; and
4. certain other customary conditions.
The letter of agreement includes a commitment by Gateway not to solicit alternative transactions. In addition, each of Victoria and Gateway has agreed to pay the other of them, in certain circumstances, a fee of $250,000 if the proposed transaction is not completed.
Capital West Partners, Gateway’s independent financial advisor, has provided to Gateway a preliminary opinion that the consideration offered by Victoria pursuant to the transaction is fair, from a financial point of view, to Gateway’s shareholders. Victoria’s legal counsel is Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Gowlings LLP and DuMoulin Black LLP are legal counsel for Gateway.
Upon completion of the transaction the current President and CEO of Victoria, Mr. Chad Williams, will remain the President & CEO of the combined company which will retain the name “Victoria Gold Corp.”. Mr. Michael McInnis, the current President & CEO of Gateway, will be a director of the combined company.
As part of the transaction, Victoria will advance to Gateway a bridge loan in the amount of $500,000 maturing on March 31, 2009, and repayable by Gateway together with interest at the rate of 10% per annum, calculated and payable monthly. The loan is repayable in cash or shares by Gateway at any time prior to maturity without penalty. This loan will provide working capital for Gateway until the completion of the transaction.
A joint conference call will be hosted by Chad Williams, President and CEO of Victoria Gold Corp. and Michael McInnis, President and CEO of Gateway Gold Corp., to discuss this transaction. Details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Time: 2:00 pm (EST)
Dial in: 416 644 3418 or toll free in Canada and the US: 1 800 731 6941
Replay: 416 640 1917 or toll free in Canada and the US 1 877 289 8525
Replay passcode: 21281079#
The conference call may also be accessed on a listen-only basis via webcast at www.newswire.ca or at www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/ viewEvent.cgi?eventID=2390080. The audio webcast will be archived on Victoria’s website at www.vitgoldcorp.com and on Gateway’s website at www.gatewaygold.com.
Victoria aims to be a high growth, lower risk company focused on gold. The Company’s strategy is to add value per share through efficient exploration, accretive acquisitions and effective marketing. Maintaining a low risk profile through project diversification, sound financial management, and operating in secure jurisdictions are key priorities for Victoria’s management team.
Gateway utilizes its core strengths of technical and financial expertise to achieve a higher than average success rate in the identification, evaluation and development of quality gold deposits. Through this intelligent application of these skills the company aims to deliver solid growth in value to its shareholders in an environmentally responsible fashion.
On Behalf of Victoria Gold Corp.
Chad Williams, P. Eng, CEO, President & Director
Cautionary Language and Forward-Looking Statements – This press release contains “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information”, which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performances of Victoria Resource Corporation, its subsidiaries and their respective projects, the future price of gold, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, capital, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of exploration, development and mining operations, environmental risks, reclamation and rehabilitation expenses, title disputes or claims, and limitations of insurance coverage. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “is expecting”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes”, or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. The purpose of forward-looking information is to provide the reader with information about management’s expectations and plans for the Company. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Victoria and/or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Although Victoria has attempted to identify statements containing important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this document based on the opinions and estimates of management on the date statements containing such forward looking information are made. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.
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