Endeavour Mining Corporation, a TSX-listed intermediate gold mining company, which operates 4 West African mines in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, has announced that at its special shareholder meeting held Thursday April 21, the company’s shareholders approved the issuance of up to 18,945,248 new shares to shareholders of True Gold Inc., as previously announced in connection with the True Gold plan of arrangement.
Similarly, True Gold shareholders have approved the Arrangement at a special meeting held the same day, a statement has said.
Neil Woodyer, CEO of Endeavour, stated: “The Board would like to thank Endeavour’s shareholders for their continued strong support. We look forward to closing the True Gold transaction next week and expect then swiftly to integrate the Karma mine into our portfolio. Following the first gold pour last week, the operational ramp-up is progressing well and commercial production is scheduled to begin in June. We expect to communicate our updated production guidance for 2016, inclusive of Karma, with our second quarter results.”
The closing, and effective date of the Arrangement is expected to occur on April 26, 2016.
The Arrangement is subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange and the Supreme Court of British Columbia whose hearing for the final order to approve the Arrangement is scheduled to take place on April 22, 2016. On closing of the Arrangement, True Gold shareholders will receive 0.044 of an Endeavour common share for each True Gold common share held.
Endeavour said at the special shareholder meeting, its shareholders also approved: (i) the issuance of up to 1,642,736 new shares to La Mancha Holding S.àr.l. (La Mancha) in addition to the up to 5,904,039 new shares being issued to La Mancha pursuant to its anti-dilution right for proceeds of C$82.6 million, as well as (ii) the increase in the authorised share capital, as set out in Endeavour’s management information circular dated March 15, 2016, which is available at www.sedar.com.
The total votes received at the special shareholder meeting, being 34,437,995, represent 58.31% of Endeavour’s issued and outstanding ordinary shares.
In 2016, Endeavour expects to produce between 535,000 and 560,000 ounces at an all-in sustaining cost of US$870 to US$920 per ounce, excluding the Karma mine (where the transaction with True Gold is expected to close at the end of April 2016).
Endeavour Mining says it is focused on effectively managing its existing assets to maximise cash flow, as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities that benefit from its management and operational expertise.