Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK) announces that it has signed an agreement for a private placement of $154 million in a convertible senior unsecured debenture due December 1, 2025 with Northern Star Resources Limited. The Debenture bears interest at a rate of 4.75% per annum payable semi-annually in arrears, which may be accrued at the option of Northern Star. In addition, Osisko and Northern Star have agreed to negotiate, on an exclusive basis, the terms of an earn-in and joint-venture on up to a 50% interest in Osisko’s Windfall Project.
The Debenture may be converted by Northern Star at any time after the first anniversary of closing, subject to acceleration in the event of a change of control, at a conversion price equal to $4.00 per common share of Osisko. Upon entering into the earn-in and joint venture agreement, Northern Star may convert the Debenture into an interest in the property at a conversion premium of 125%.
In addition, the Debenture may be redeemed by Osisko at any time after the second anniversary of closing for cash or Common Shares (provided that the volume weighted average trading price of the Common Shares are not less than 125% of the Conversion Price for the twenty consecutive trading days ending five days prior to the notice of redemption). The Debenture is subject to standard anti-dilution, events of default and early payment penalty provisions. In the event of an announced change of control transaction, the Debenture may be accelerated and converted into Common Shares at the Conversion Price or a proportionate interest in the Windfall Project.
John Burzynski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Osisko, commented: “We are pleased to announce today’s investment agreement and Northern Star’s intention to negotiate an earn-in joint-venture partnership on our Windfall Project. The potential of joining forces with Northern Star, a well-respected gold producer with a depth of experience in mining underground high-grade deposits similar to the Windfall Project, would help de-risk the remaining work ahead to bring the Windfall Project to successful production. We are confident that, subject to reaching an agreement with Northern Star on the earn-in joint-venture terms, they will be a very strong partner in assuring our development plans for the Windfall Project. Going forward, Osisko shareholders can be confident that there should be no significant shareholder dilution needed to successfully bring the Windfall Project to production.”
The net proceeds of the Debenture will be used for the advancement of Osisko’s Windfall Project and for general corporate purposes. The Debenture and any Common Shares issuable upon the conversion of the Debenture, will be subject to a hold period expiring four months and one day from the date hereof.
About Osisko Mining Inc.
Osisko is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of precious metal resource properties in Canada. Osisko holds a 100% interest in the high-grade Windfall gold deposit located between Val-d’Or and Chibougamau in Québec and holds a 100% undivided interest in a large area of claims in the surrounding the Urban Barry area and nearby Quévillon area (over 2,600 square kilometres).
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