GCM Mining Corp. (TSX: GCM) (OTCQX: TPRFF) and Aris Gold Corporation (TSX: ARIS) (OTCQX: ALLXF) announce they have filed the joint management information circular and related meeting materials in connection with their respective special meetings of shareholders to be held on September 19, 2022. The purpose of the meetings is to approve the proposed business combination of GCM Mining and Aris Gold announced on July 25, 2022. The combined entity will continue under the name Aris Mining Corporation and will be a gold producer with increased scale, increased diversification of operating and project development risk, have an improved capital markets profile, and reduced overhead costs.
Pursuant to the transaction, Aris Gold shareholders will receive 0.5 of one GCM Mining share for each Aris Gold share held. At closing, based on the respective share values at the date of announcement of the transaction, GCM Mining and Aris Gold shareholders (excluding the 44% of Aris Gold shares held by GCM Mining) will own approximately 74% and 26% of the combined entity, respectively, on a diluted in-the-money basis.
The Board of Directors of GCM Mining and the Board of Directors of Aris Gold have unanimously approved the transaction and recommend that shareholders vote in favour of the transaction at their respective meetings.
On August 16, 2022, Aris Gold obtained an interim order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia authorizing the holding of the Aris Gold special meeting of its shareholders and matters relating to the conduct of the Aris Gold Meeting. Mailing of the joint management information circular and related meeting materials will begin soon and shareholders of both GCM Mining and Aris Gold should receive them shortly. All of the meeting materials are available on GCM Mining’s website at www.gcm-mining.com and on Aris Gold’s website at www.arisgold.com, as well as on each company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. GCM Mining and Aris Gold shareholders should carefully review all of the meeting materials as they contain important information concerning the transaction and the rights and entitlements of the shareholders thereunder.
Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including GCM Mining shareholder approval, Aris Gold shareholder approval, final approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange, and other regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close before the end of September 2022.
About GCM Mining
GCM Mining is a mid-tier gold producer with a proven track record of mine building and operating in Latin America. In Colombia, the Company is the leading high-grade underground gold and silver producer with several mines in operation at its Segovia Operations. Segovia produced 206,389 ounces of gold in 2021. In Guyana, the Company is advancing its fully funded Toroparu Project, one of the largest undeveloped gold/copper projects in the Americas, which is expected to commence production of more than 200,000 ounces of gold annually in 2024. GCM Mining has equity interests in Aris Gold Corporation (~44%; TSX: ARIS; Colombia – Marmato, Soto Norte; Canada – Juby), Denarius Metals Corp. (~32%; TSX-V: DSLV; Spain – Lomero-Poyatos and Colombia – Guia Antigua, Zancudo) and Western Atlas Resources Inc. (~26%; TSX-V: WA: Nunavut – Meadowbank).
About Aris Gold
Aris Gold is a Canadian mining company listed on the TSX and on the OTCQX. The Company is led by an executive team with a demonstrated track record of creating value through building globally relevant gold mining companies. In Colombia, Aris Gold operates the 100%-owned Marmato mine, where a modernization and expansion program is under way, and as of April 12, 2022, operates the Soto Norte joint venture, where environmental licensing is advancing to develop a new gold mine. Aris Gold also owns the Juby project, an advanced exploration stage gold project in the Abitibi greenstone belt of Ontario, Canada. Aris Gold plans to pursue acquisition and other growth opportunities to unlock value creation from scale and diversification.
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