Tahoe Resources and Lake Shore Gold announce business combination
Tahoe Resources and Lake Shore Gold are pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement (the "Arrangement Agreement") whereby Tahoe will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Lake Shore Gold (the "Transaction").
Under the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, all of the Lake Shore Gold issued and outstanding common shares will be exchanged on the basis of 0.1467 of a Tahoe common share per each Lake Shore Gold common share (the "Exchange Ratio").
Upon completion of the Transaction, existing Tahoe and Lake Shore Gold shareholders will own approximately 74% and 26% of the pro forma company, respectively, on a fully-diluted in-the-money basis.
The Exchange Ratio implies a consideration of C$1.71 per Lake Shore Gold common share, based on the closing price of Tahoe common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on February 5, 2016, representing a 14.8% premium to the closing price of Lake Shore Gold on February 5, 2016 and a 28.6% premium to the closing share of Lake Shore Gold on February 4, 2016.
Based on each company's 20-day volume weighted average price on the TSX, the Exchange Ratio implies a premium of 25.7% and 30.4% to Lake Shore Gold common shares for the periods ending February 5, 2016 and February 4, 2016, respectively. The implied equity value (assuming the conversion of in-the-money convertible debentures) is equal to C$945 million.
Kevin McArthur, Executive Chair of Tahoe, said, "The combination with Lake Shore Gold enhances Tahoe's position as the new leader in precious metals by adding another low-cost operation in Timmins, one of the most prolific gold camps in the world."
Tony Makuch, President and CEO of Lake Shore Gold, stated, "The combination with Tahoe represents a unique opportunity for our shareholders to gain exposure to a high-quality portfolio of long life producing mines with substantial mineral reserves."
Lake Shore Gold is a Canadian-based gold producer with operations based in the Timmins Gold Camp of Northern Ontario. Lake Shore Gold produces gold from two mines, Timmins West and Bell Creek, with material being delivered for processing to the Bell Creek Mill.
In addition to current mining and milling operations, Lake Shore Gold also has a number of highly prospective projects and exploration targets, all located in and around the Timmins Camp.
Source: Company Press Release