Gold Royalty Corp. (NYSE American: GROY), Abitibi Royalties Inc. (TSX-V: RZZ) (OTC-Nasdaq Intl: ATBYF) and Golden Valley Mines and Royalties Ltd. (TSX-V: GZZ) (OTC QX: GLVMF) are pleased to announce that they have entered into definitive agreements dated September 6, 2021, pursuant to which Gold Royalty will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of each of Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley by way of statutory plans of arrangement.
Under the terms of the Agreement with Abitibi Royalties, which was negotiated at arms-length, each holder of the common shares of Abitibi Royalties will receive 4.6119 Gold Royalty common shares for each Abitibi Royalties Share held. Such share exchange ratio implies consideration of C$25.33 per Abitibi Royalties Share and a premium of approximately 22%1 to Abitibi Royalties shareholders based on the 20-day volume weighted average price of the Gold Royalty Shares and Abitibi Royalties Shares ending on September 3, 2021.
Under the terms of the Arrangement with Golden Valley, which was negotiated at arms-length, each holder of the common shares of Golden Valley will receive 2.1417 Gold Royalty Shares for each Golden Valley Share held. Such share exchange ratio implies consideration of C$11.76 per Golden Valley Share and a premium of approximately 86%1 to Golden Valley shareholders based on the 20-day volume weighted average price of the Gold Royalty Shares and Golden Valley Shares ending on September 3, 2021. The consideration for the Golden Valley Shares reflects Golden Valley’s ownership in Abitibi Royalties plus the additional value of its other assets.
At closing, existing Gold Royalty, Abitibi Royalties (excluding Golden Valley’s ownership in Abitibi Royalties) and Golden Valley shareholders will own approximately 54%, 23% and 23%, respectively, of Gold Royalty after giving effect to the Arrangement on a fully diluted and in-the-money basis.
|1 Spot exchange rate on September 3, 2021 of 1.2513 Canadian dollars per U.S. dollar.|
David Garofalo, CEO, President and Chairman of Gold Royalty, stated: “We are pleased to present this consolidation opportunity to the shareholders of Golden Valley, Abitibi Royalties and Gold Royalty that will firmly establish the combined company as the leading growth and Americas-focused precious metals royalty company. We will have a significant presence in Québec and Nevada, two of the most favoured mining regions worldwide. The acquisition of Golden Valley and Abitibi Royalties represents a very compelling extension of our strategy by adding royalties over the world class Canadian Malartic mine – a generational asset that will continue to deliver gold production for decades to come. This business combination also provides a strong balance of asset quality, scale, financial strength and management to drive significant growth and to deliver further potential upside through a significant value re-rating to the benefit of all our stakeholders.”
Glenn Mullan, CEO, President and Chairman of Golden Valley, who will be joining GRC’s board of directors on completion of the transactions, commented: “This is a great outcome for Golden Valley shareholders. The transaction provides an immediate and compelling premium for our shareholders and the opportunity to continue to participate in the continued growth of what is a world class asset portfolio. Having considered the landscape, we are convinced that Gold Royalty is the best fit among the peer group of royalty companies to take over stewardship of our assets and I am particularly excited to be joining the Gold Royalty board at closing and to work with the Gold Royalty management team to execute on the growth strategy”
Ian Ball, CEO and President of Abitibi Royalties, commented: “Upon joining Abitibi Royalties in 2014, my goal was to build the “Best Gold Company.” I define this as the company that achieves the best share performance – period. In 2014, we started at C$0.35 per share and today we are announcing a combination with Gold Royalty at an implied value of C$25.33 per share. We have always tried to do it the right way, by walking in the same shoes as our shareholders. However, there is a point when someone with different skills is needed in order to continue the success of the company. I believe Abitibi Royalties has reached this stage. I look forward to seeing the Gold Royalty team build upon this exciting platform.”
|2 Pro forma cash and equivalents (including $19.9 mm of Agnico Eagle Mines shares and $4.4 mm of Yamana Gold shares based on share prices as at 3-Sep-21) less estimated transaction costs of $8.75 mm. On September 3, 2021, Gold Royalty announced that it entered into a commitment letter for an up to $25 mm revolving credit facility.|
Benefits to Gold Royalty Shareholders
Benefits to Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley Shareholders
Transaction Conditions & Timing
Gold Royalty executed Agreements with each of Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley, respectively. Pursuant to each such Agreement, the Arrangement with Abitibi Royalties will be by way of a plan of arrangement under this Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) and the Arrangement with Golden Valley will be by way of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Each Agreement is subject to customary conditions applicable to the transactions contemplated therein, including receipt of requisite court, shareholder and stock exchange approvals.
Each of Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley intend to call a meeting of shareholders to seek shareholder approval for their respective Arrangements. Completion of each Arrangement will require:
In addition, each Agreement is conditional on the completion of the Arrangement contemplated in the other Agreement. Each Agreement provides for, among other things, non-solicitation covenants, with “fiduciary out” provisions that allow each of Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley to consider and accept a superior proposal, subject to a “right to match period” in favour of Gold Royalty. The Agreements also provide for a termination fee of C$10.0 million to be paid by Abitibi Royalties and C$5.0 million by Golden Valley to Gold Royalty. The Agreement between Abitibi Royalties and Gold Royalty provides for a reciprocal expense reimbursement of C$1.5 million if the Agreement is terminated under certain circumstances. The Agreement between Golden Valley and Gold Royalty provides for a reciprocal expense reimbursement of C$1.0 million if the Agreement is terminated under certain circumstances.
The directors, senior officers and certain shareholders of Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley, holding in the aggregate approximately 65.4% and 38.0%, respectively, of the issued and outstanding common shares of each of Abitibi Royalties (including Golden Valley) and Golden Valley, have entered into voting support agreements with Gold Royalty, pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their shares in favour of their respective Arrangements at the applicable shareholder meeting. Of such shares, approximately 11.2% of the outstanding Abitibi Royalties Shares and 31.4% of the outstanding Golden Valley Shares are subject to a “hard” lock-up voting support agreement.
Each of Gold Royalty, Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley are working towards closing the applicable transactions in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The boards of directors of each of Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley have formed special committees of independent directors to consider the proposed transactions. The Abitibi Royalties Special Committee has received an opinion from Maxit Capital LP that, based upon and subject to the limitations, assumptions and qualifications of and other matters considered in connections with the preparation of such opinion, the consideration to be received by Abitibi Royalties shareholders (excluding Golden Valley) pursuant to the Abitibi Royalties Arrangement is fair, from a financial point view. The Golden Valley Special Committee has also received an opinion from Maxit Capital LP that, based upon and subject to the limitations, assumptions and qualifications of and other matters considered in connections with the preparation of such opinion, the consideration to be received by Golden Valley shareholders pursuant to the Golden Valley Arrangement is fair, from a financial point view.
Following their review and in consideration of, among other things, the Fairness Opinions, the Special Committees have unanimously recommended to their respective boards of directors to approve the Arrangements. The Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley boards, following the receipt and review of the recommendations from their Special Committees, have unanimously approved the Agreements and have determined that the Arrangements are fair to shareholders of Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley, respectively, and are in the best interest of their respective shareholders, and recommend that their respective shareholders vote in favour of their respective Arrangements.
Advisors and Counsel
BMO Capital Markets and Raymond James Ltd. are acting as financial advisors to Gold Royalty in connection with the Arrangements. Sangra Moller LLP is acting as Canadian legal advisor to Gold Royalty, Lavery de Billy, LLP is acting as Québec legal advisor to Gold Royalty and Haynes & Boone LLP is acting as U.S. legal advisor to Gold Royalty.
Maxit Capital LP is acting as financial advisor to Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley in connection with the transaction. Getz Prince Wells LLP is acting as legal advisor to Abitibi Royalties and Golden Valley. Dentons Canada LLP is acting as legal advisor to the Special Committee of Abitibi Royalties and Maxis Law Corporation is acting as legal advisor to the Special Committee of Golden Valley.
About Abitibi Royalties Inc.
Abitibi Royalties Inc. owns various royalties at the Canadian Malartic Mine near Val-d’Or, Québec. In addition, Abitibi Royalties is building a portfolio of royalties on early-stage properties near producing mines and generating mineral projects for option or sale.
About Golden Valley Mines and Royalties Ltd.
Golden Valley Mines and Royalties Ltd. is focused on project and royalty generation and continues to evaluate opportunities to enhance its mining exploration property portfolio. Golden Valley is able to grow its current assets by way of partner-funded option/joint ventures and through its shareholdings in related-entities.
About Gold Royalty Corp.
Gold Royalty Corp. is a gold-focused royalty company offering creative financing solutions to the metals and mining industry. Its mission is to acquire royalties, streams and similar interests at varying stages of the mine life cycle to build a balances portfolio offering near, medium and longer-term attractive returns for its investors. Gold Royalty’s diversified portfolio currently consists primarily of net smelter return royalties on gold properties located in the Americas.
|Significant Royalties – Stages of Development|
|Royalties on Producing Assets||Royalty||Location||Operator|
|Canadian Malartic (Open Pit)||3.0% NSR||Québec||Agnico Eagle/Yamana|
|Jerritt Canyon||0.5% NSR, PTR||Nevada||First Majestic|
|Marigold||0.75% NSR||Nevada||SSR Mining|
|Isabella Pearl||0.75% NSR||Nevada||Fortitude Gold|
|Rawhide||15% NPI||Nevada||Rawhide Mining|
|Royalties on Development Assets|
|Canadian Malartic (Underground)||3.0% NSR||Québec||Agnico Eagle/Yamana|
|Ren – Goldstrike||1.5% NSR, 3.5% NPI||Nevada||Barrick/Newmont|
|Gold Rock – Pan Mine||0.5% NSR||Nevada||Fiore Gold|
|Beaufor Mine||1.0% NSR||Québec||Monarch Mining|
|Beacon Mill||C$2.50 PTR||Québec||Monarch Mining|
|Lincoln Hill – Rochester Mine||2% NSR||Nevada||Coeur Mining|
|Royalties on Feasibility / PEA Stage
|Railroad-Pinon||0.44% NSR||Nevada||Gold Standard Ventures|
|Hog Ranch||2.25% NSR||Nevada||Rex Minerals|
|Cheechoo||2.5-4.0% NSR||Québec||Sirios Resources|
|São Jorge||1.0% NSR||Brazil||GoldMining|
|La Mina||2.0% NSR||Colombia||GoldMining|
|Sleeper||0.33% NSR||Nevada||Paramount Gold|
|Mt. Hamilton||1.0% NSR||Nevada||Wateron|
|Fenelon||2% NSR||Québec||Wallbridge Mining|
|Royalties on Resource Development
|Quartz Mountain||0.25% NSR, 1.25% NSR||Oregon||Alamos|
|Croinor Gold||2.5% NSR||Québec||Monarch Mining|
|McKenzie Break||2.5% NSR||Québec||Monarch Mining|
|Swanson||2.5% NSR||Québec||Monarch Mining|
|New Alger||1.0% NSR||Québec||Radisson Mining|
|Royalties on Key Exploration Stage
|War Eagle||2.0% NSR||Idaho||Integra|
|Rodeo Creek||2.0% NSR||Nevada||I-80 Gold|
|Red Lake Project||1.0% NSR||Ontario||Pacton Gold|
|Malartic South||2.5-3.0% NSR||Québec||Eagle Ridge|
|Callahan||0.5% NSR||Québec||Agnico Eagle|
|Menderes||3.0% NSR||Turkey||Frontline Gold|
|Borden Lake Exploration||0.4% NSR||Ontario||Newmont|
|Watershed (Côté Gold Exploration)||1.0% NSR||Ontario||IAMGOLD|
|Carlin Exploration||1.5% NSR||Nevada||Barrick/Newmont|
|Pinson Exploration||1.5% NSR||Nevada||Barrick/Newmont|
|Lone Tree Exploration||1.5% NSR||Nevada||Barrick/Newmont|
|Turquoise Ridge||1.5% NSR||Nevada||Barrick/Newmont|
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