TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 30, 2018–Americas Argent Corporation (TSX:USA) (NYSE American: USAS) (“Americas Silver”) and Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ: PGLC) (TSX: PGLC) (FWB: 7PG1) (“Pershing”) are admiring to advertise that they accept entered into a absolute acceding (the “Agreement”) to complete a business aggregate (the “Transaction”) and actualize a low-cost, adored metal advance aggregation in the Americas.
Highlights of the Transaction
Key advance highlights of the accumulated aggregation include:
Diversified portfolio of adored metal assets in the Americas: Combines two bearing polymetallic mines in Mexico and Idaho that are accepted to aftermath about 7.0 actor argent agnate ounces with an adorable shovel-ready, adored metal development action in Nevada with the potential, accustomed by a achievability study, to add about 91,000 gold ounces annually.Enhanced advance and scale: Near-term adored metal assembly advance from Relief Canyon and Zone 120 and advancing ramp-up at the San Rafael abundance is accepted to advisedly advance assembly and banknote breeze in 2020 and beyond.Proven administration aggregation and Board: Accustomed acquaintance in financing, acquiring, architecture and operating accessible pit and underground mines.Strong banking position: Increasing banknote breeze bearing from the San Rafael abundance and greater admission to basic to armamentarium the development of Relief Canyon.Enhanced basic markets profile: The accumulated aggregation is accepted to abode to a broader institutional actor base, admission analysis coverage, and advance allotment trading liquidity.Compelling bulk proposition: Arch advantage amid inferior adored metal equities and adorable about appraisal to abutment a abeyant approaching re-valuation.Unanimous lath approval and cogent Pershing actor support: The Lath of Admiral of both companies accept absolutely recommended abutment for the Transaction. Additionally, Mr. Barry Honig has entered into an absolute lock-up acceding in favour of the Transaction, apery abutment for the Transaction of about 31% of the outstanding accepted shares and 87% of the outstanding adopted shares of Pershing.
“This transaction aligns with our declared action of architecture a assisting and bargain adored metal aggregation in the Americas by operating and architecture low risk, low capital, aerial acknowledgment projects,” said Darren Blasutti, President and Chief Controlling Officer of Americas Silver. “With the on-schedule and on-budget architecture and accelerated allotment of San Rafael now auspiciously completed, we are focused on the aing leg of advance – today’s transaction delivers this advance platform, while additionally accouterment us with added adored metal acknowledgment and a near-term operating attendance in Nevada.”
“We are aflame to advertise today’s transaction and accept this provides a bright aisle to the development of Relief Canyon,” declared Steve Alfers, President and Chief Controlling Officer of Pershing. “With the added banking and operating capabilities of the accumulated company, our shareholders are bigger positioned to apprehend cogent bulk from Relief Canyon as it is avant-garde through architecture and into production.”
Under the acceding of the Agreement, holders of Pershing accepted shares will accept 0.715 accepted shares of Americas Argent for anniversary accepted allotment of Pershing by way of a allotment barter (the “Exchange Ratio”). Holders of Pershing adopted shares may accept to barter those shares for new non-voting adopted shares of Americas Silver, adapted in account of exercise bulk and cardinal based on the Barter Ratio, or accepted shares of Americas Argent based on the Barter Ratio. Based on the closing bulk of Americas Argent on the NYSE American on September 28, 2018, this implies a bulk of US$1.69 per Pershing accepted share. This represents a 39% exceptional to Pershing’s closing bulk on the NASDAQ and a 39% exceptional based on the aggregate abounding boilerplate prices of Americas Argent and Pershing for the 10-day aeon catastrophe on September 28, 2018. Absolute shareholders of Americas Argent and Pershing will own about 64% and 36%, respectively, on an undiluted basis, afterward the aing of the Transaction.
Benefits to Americas Silver
Addition of a aerial affection shovel-ready, adored metal development action with low basic acuteness and able-bodied action economics at accepted gold pricesNevada operations abject with a ample -to-be and underexplored acreage packageImmediately accretive to adored metal mineral affluence and assets and on all banking metrics by 2020Feasibility abstraction for the Relief Canyon action highlights about 91,000 ounces of anniversary gold production, a pre-tax NPV (5% discount) of US$118M and pre-tax IRR of 71% at atom gold prices
Benefits to Pershing
Immediate upfront exceptional of about 40% to the closing bulk of Pershing accepted shares above-mentioned to advertisement of the TransactionMeaningful advancing acknowledgment to approaching bulk creating milestones at Relief Canyon, as able-bodied as Americas Silver’s affection portfolio of producing, development and analysis assets through cogent buying in a beyond and added adapted companyProven abundance architecture and operating aggregation to advance Relief CanyonEnhanced admeasurement and affection accredit costs of Relief Canyon at a lower bulk of capitalMitigation of single-asset risk
Board of Directors’ Recommendations
The Lath of Admiral of anniversary aggregation has bent that the proposed Transaction is in the best interests of their corresponding shareholders based on a cardinal of factors, including cancellation of absolute opinions as to the fairness, from a banking point of view, of the Transaction. Anniversary company’s Lath of Admiral absolutely accustomed the acceding of the Transaction and recommends that their corresponding shareholders vote in favor of the Transaction.
Each of the admiral and admiral of Americas Argent and Pershing accept entered into agreements acknowledging the Transaction pursuant to which they will vote any accepted shares of the companies that are captivated by them in favor of the approval of the Transaction. In addition, Mr. Barry Honig who holds or controls (collectively beneath his assorted holdings) about 31% of the outstanding Pershing accepted shares and 87% of the outstanding Pershing adopted shares has entered into an absolute lock-up acceding and has agreed to vote in favor of the Transaction.
Management Aggregation and Lath of Directors
The accumulated aggregation will be managed by the controlling aggregation of Americas Silver, led by Darren Blasutti as President and Chief Controlling Officer.
Alex Davidson will be the Chairman of the accumulated company, which will comprise nine members. Pershing’s lath will baptize one alone to accompany the accumulated board.
In affiliation with the proposed Transaction, Pierre Lassonde and Trinity Basic Partners accept provided Americas Argent with a C$5.5 actor concise anchored convertible accommodation with absorption payable at 1.25% per month. The net gain of this accommodation will be acclimated by Americas Argent to armamentarium a US$4 actor concise anchored aboriginal affirmation convertible accommodation (the “Bridge Loan”) to abode Pershing’s near-term alive basic requirements, including admittance advancements, advancing acreage aliment and accumulated requirements.
The acceding of the Pershing Bridge Accommodation accommodate a claim date which is 9 months from the date of the accommodation and absorption payable at 16% per annum. If the Transaction is not consummated, the accommodation allegation be repaid in cash, however, if the Transaction is not consummated due to assertive circumstances, Pershing will accept the advantage to accord the accommodation through arising of its accepted shares priced at the then-prevailing bazaar bulk (but not beneath than $1.18 per share).
Details of the Transaction
The Transaction will be structured as a allotment barter beneath Nevada law, whereby all of the issued and outstanding accepted shares of Pershing shall be acquired, anon or indirectly, by Americas Argent for accepted shares of Americas Argent based aloft the Barter Ratio. It requires the approval of Pershing shareholders by way of appropriate resolution by shareholders captivation at atomic a majority of the outstanding voting shares of Pershing, and approval by adopted shareholders captivation at atomic 75% of the Pershing adopted stock, anniversary at a appropriate affair of Pershing shareholders to be captivated in affiliation with the Transaction. Approval by (i) a simple majority of votes casting by Americas Argent shareholders and (ii) a appropriate resolution of shareholders of Americas Argent to accept the alteration of its accessories to accommodate for the new non-voting adopted shares to be issued, will additionally be appropriate at a appropriate affair of the shareholders of Americas Argent that will be captivated in affiliation with the Transaction. In addition, the Transaction will be accountable to the approval of the advertisement of the added Americas Argent shares by the Toronto Banal Barter and NYSE American.
The Acceding includes accepted accoutrement including, amid added things, a non-solicitation agreement with account to Pershing, and associated fiduciary out covenants and a appropriate by Americas Argent to bout any aloft proposal. In the accident that Pershing wishes to aish the Acceding in adjustment to abutment a aloft proposal, Pershing would be answerable to pay Americas Argent an bulk according to US$4 actor as a abortion payment. Expense agreement of up to US$600,000 is payable by anniversary affair in the accident that approval from its shareholders is not obtained.
Americas Argent and Pershing apprehend to mail actor advice circulars in Q4, 2018 accountable to appropriate authoritative approvals and plan to authority their corresponding actor affairs promptly thereafter. The Transaction is accepted to aing in Q1, 2019.
Advisors and Counsel
Trinity Advisors Corporation is acting as banking adviser to Americas Silver. Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is acting as Canadian acknowledged counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP is acting as U.S. acknowledged admonition and Parsons Behle & Latimer is acting as Nevada Admonition to Americas Silver.
Clarus Balance Inc. provided a candor assessment to the Lath of Admiral of Americas Silver. H.C. Wainwright & Co. acted as cardinal adviser to Americas Silver.
Canaccord Genuity is acting as banking adviser to Pershing and provided a candor assessment to the Lath of Admiral to Pershing. Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP is acting as U.S. acknowledged admonition and Stikeman Elliott LLP is acting as Canadian acknowledged admonition to Pershing.
A collective appointment alarm will be captivated on October 1, 2018 at 8:30am EDT to altercate the Transaction. An broker presentation will be accessible on anniversary company’s website above-mentioned to the call. The call-in capacity are as follows:
Local and international: 1 (416) 981-9018Canada and US toll-free: 1-800-584-0405Participant URL:
Callers are brash to dial-in 10-15 account above-mentioned to the call. As there is no audio on the actor URL, amuse dial-in to chase alternating with the presentation.
Daren Dell, Chief Operating Officer and a Able Being beneath Canadian Balance Administrators guidelines, has accustomed the applicative capacity of this account release. For added advice amuse see the “Technical Report and Estimated Assets for the San Felipe Project, Sonora, Mexico” with an able date of March 15, 2018, the “Americas Argent Corporation Abstruse Report on the Galena Complex, Shoshone County, Idaho, USA” with an able date of December 23, 2016, and “Technical Report and Preliminary Achievability Abstraction for the San Rafael Property, Sinaloa, Mexico” with an able date of March 18, 2016, as applicable, which are accessible on Americas Silver’s contour on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or at americassilvercorp.com.
All accurate and abstruse advice accompanying to Relief Canyon action has been advised and accustomed by either Paul Tietz, Certified Professional Geologist #11720, Neil Prenn, P.E. #7844, Carl Defilippi, registered affiliate SME#775870RM, or Mark Jorgensen, MMSA#01202QP who are anniversary Able Bodies beneath the definitions accustomed by Canadian National Instrument 43-101. For added advice amuse see “Technical Report and Achievability Abstraction for the Relief Canyon Project, Pershing County, Nevada, U.S.A.” with an able date of May 24, 2018, which is accessible on Pershing’s EDGAR contour at https://www.sec.gov/ and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
About Americas Silver
Americas Argent is a argent mining aggregation focused on advance in adored metals from its absolute asset abject and beheading of targeted accretive acquisitions. It owns and operates the Cosalá Operations in Sinaloa, Mexico and the Galena Abundance Complex in Idaho, USA. Americas Argent holds an advantage on the San Felipe development action in Sonora, Mexico. For added advice amuse see SEDAR or americassilvercorp.com.
About Pershing Gold Corporation
Pershing Gold Corporation is an arising gold ambassador whose primary asset is the Relief Canyon open-pit gold abundance in Pershing County, Nevada. Beneath the Achievability Abstraction completed in May 2018, Relief Canyon is accepted to accept an boilerplate life-of-mine gold assembly of 91,000 ounces per year with banknote costs of US$769 per ounce and AISC of $801 per ounce. Aloft acknowledged action financing, Relief Canyon is accepted to accept a abbreviate six-to-nine ages architecture aeon afore basic production.
Pershing’s landholdings awning over 29,000 acreage that accommodate Relief Canyon Abundance and surrounding acreage in all directions. This provides Pershing with the befalling to aggrandize the Relief Canyon Abundance drop and to analyze and accomplish new discoveries nearby. Pershing is currently adequate to resume mining at Relief Canyon beneath the absolute Plan of Operations.
Pershing Gold is listed on the NASDAQ Global Bazaar and the Toronto Banal Barter beneath the attribute “PGLC” and on the Frankfurt Banal Barter beneath the attribute 7PG1.
About Trinity Basic Partners
Trinity Basic Partners is a mining advance and advising close backed by arch North American investors with abounding decades of all-embracing abundance operating and advance experience. Together with Pierre Lassonde, it seeks to admission interests in mining assets and companies, both accessible and private, about the apple with a specific focus on adored and abject metals. The firms’ principals accept accomplished abounding billions of dollars account of M&A transactions, abundance accounts (equity, debt and royalty/streaming) and mining investments.
Cautionary Account on Forward-Looking Information:
This account absolution contains “forward‐looking information” aural the acceptation of applicative balance laws. Forward‐looking advice includes, but is not bound to, Americas Silver’s and Pershing’s expectations intentions, plans, assumptions and behavior with account to, amid added things, the adeptness of exploration, operational, production, and development plans, the Cosalá Operations (including Zone 120) and Galena Complex; Americas Silver’s costs efforts; the cleanup of the Transaction in accordance with its terms; the advancing argent and gold assembly of the accumulated company; abeyant improvements in production, banknote flow, actor liquidity, and admission to capital; perceptions of institutional shareholders and analysists; any abeyant re-rating; references to advancing profits, risk, accomplished bulk and return; construction, production, and development affairs at Relief Canyon Mine; the about buying of shareholders in the accumulated company; the approaching administration and lath of the accumulated company; the timing of actor proxies, affairs and the closing of the Transaction; estimates and forecasts with account to the accepted action economics for Relief Canyon acquired from the Achievability Study, such as estimates of boilerplate production, AISC, IRR, NPV; banknote costs; the availability of costs and the estimated architecture timeline for Relief Canyon Mine; and opportunities for accretion the Relief Canyon Abundance drop and exploring opportunities on adjacent lands. Often, but not always, forward‐looking advice can be articular by forward‐looking words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “goal”, “plan”, “intend”, “estimate”, “may”, “assume” and “will” or agnate words suggesting approaching outcomes, or added expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions, or statements about approaching contest or performance. Forward‐looking advice is based on the opinions and estimates of Americas Argent and Pershing as of the date such advice is provided and is accountable to accepted and alien risks, uncertainties, and added factors that may account the absolute results, akin of activity, performance, or achievements of Americas Argent or Pershing to be materially altered from those bidding or adumbrated by such advanced attractive information. With account to the Transaction, these risks and uncertainties accommodate the accident that Americas Argent or Pershing may be clumsy to admission any authoritative approvals appropriate for the Transaction, or that authoritative approvals may adjournment the transaction or account the parties to carelessness the Transaction; the accident that appropriate stockholder approvals may not be obtained; the accident that added altitude to closing may not be satisfied; the breadth of time bare to able the proposed Transaction, which may be best than advancing for assorted reasons; the accident that the businesses will not be chip successfully; the aberration of administration time on transaction-related issues; the accident that costs associated with the affiliation are college than anticipated; and action risks accompanying to the Transaction. With account to the businesses of Americas Argent and Pershing, these risks and uncertainties accommodate interpretations or reinterpretations of geologic information, abortive analysis results, disability to admission permits appropriate for approaching exploration, development or production, accepted bread-and-er altitude and altitude affecting the industries in which the Aggregation and Pershing operate; the ambiguity of authoritative requirements and approvals; clashing mineral and article prices, and the adeptness to admission all-important approaching costs on adequate acceding or at all; the adeptness to advance and accomplish the Cosalá, Galena, Relief Canyon properties, risks associated with the mining industry such as bread-and-er factors (including approaching article prices, bill fluctuations and activity prices), arena altitude and factors added factors attached abundance access, abortion of plant, equipment, processes and busline casework to accomplish as anticipated, ecology risks, government regulation, absolute after-effects of accepted analysis and assembly activities, accessible variations in ore brand or accretion rates, allowing timelines, basic expenditures, affirmation activities, activity relations, amusing and political developments and added risks of the mining industry. Although the Aggregation has attempted to analyze important factors that could account absolute after-effects to alter materially from those independent in forward‐looking information, there may be added factors that account after-effects not to be as anticipated, estimated, or intended. Readers are cautioned not to abode disproportionate affirmation on such information. Added advice apropos the factors that may account absolute after-effects to alter materially from these advanced statements is accessible in Pershing’s filings with the Balance and Barter Commission, including the Anniversary Report on Form 10-K for the year concluded December 31, 2017, and in the Americas Silver’s filings with on SEDAR. Neither Americas Argent nor Pershing undertake any obligation to amend about or contrarily alter any forward‐looking advice whether as a aftereffect of new information, approaching contest or added such factors which affect this information, except as appropriate by law. Neither Americas Argent nor Pershing gives any affirmation (1) that Americas Argent and Pershing will accomplish its expectations, or (2) apropos the aftereffect or timing thereof. All consecutive accounting and articulate advanced statements apropos Pershing, Americas Silver, the proposed transaction, the accumulated aggregation or added affairs and attributable to Pershing or Americas Argent or any being acting on their account are especially able in their absoluteness by the cautionary statements above.
No Action or Solicitation
This columnist absolution is for advisory purposes alone and does not aggregate an action to advertise or the address of an action to buy any balance or a address of any vote or approval with account to the proposed transaction amid Americas Argent and Pershing or otherwise, nor shall there be any auction of balance in any administration in which such offer, address or auction would be actionable above-mentioned to allotment or accomplishment beneath the balance laws of any such jurisdiction. No action of balance shall be fabricated except by agency of a announcement affair the requirements of Area 10 of the United States Balance Act of 1933, as amended.
Participants in Merger Solicitation
Pershing, Americas Argent and assertive of their corresponding directors, controlling admiral and added associates of administration and advisers may be accounted to be participants in the address of proxies from the stockholders of Pershing and Americas Argent in affiliation with the proposed transaction. Advice about the admiral and controlling admiral of Pershing is set alternating in its proxy account for its 2018 anniversary affair of stockholders, which was filed with the U.S. Balance and Barter Commission (the “SEC”) on April 30, 2018. Advice about the admiral and controlling admiral of Americas Argent is set alternating in its Form 6-K for its 2018 anniversary affair of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 13, 2018. These abstracts can be acquired chargeless of allegation from the sources adumbrated below. Added advice apropos those bodies who are, beneath the rules of the SEC, participants in the proxy address and a description of their absolute and aberrant interests, by aegis backing or otherwise, will be independent in Pershing’s proxy statement/prospectus and added accordant abstracts to be filed with or furnished to the SEC back they become available.
Additional Advice and Where to Find It
The proposed transaction (or assertive affairs accompanying thereto) amid Americas Argent and Pershing will be submitted to the corresponding stockholders of Americas Argent and Pershing for their consideration. Americas Argent will book with the SEC a allotment account on Form F-4 that will accommodate a proxy account of Pershing that additionally constitutes a announcement of Americas Silver. Americas Argent will book an Advice Annular with the applicative Canadian balance administrators. Pershing will bear the proxy statement/prospectus to its stockholders as appropriate by applicative law. Americas Argent will bear the Advice Annular to its stockholders as appropriate by applicative law. Americas Argent and Pershing additionally plan to book or accouter added abstracts with the SEC apropos the proposed transaction. This columnist absolution is not a acting for any prospectus, proxy statement, advice annular or any added certificate which Americas Argent and Pershing may book with or accouter to the SEC in affiliation with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF AMERICAS SILVER AND PERSHING ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND INFORMATION CIRCULAR AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMERICAS SILVER, PERSHING, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and stockholders will be able to admission chargeless copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and advice annular and added abstracts absolute important advice about Americas Argent and Pershing, already such abstracts are filed with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, and with the Canadian balance administrators, through the website at www.sedar.com. Pershing and Americas Argent will accomplish accessible chargeless of allegation at www.pershinggold.com and www.americassilvercorp.com, appropriately (in the “Investor Relations” and “Investors” section, as applicable), copies of abstracts they book with, or accouter to, the SEC and the Canadian balance administrators.
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CONTACT: Americas Argent Corporation
Darren Blasutti, 416‐848‐9503
President and CEO
KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA CANADA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: NATURAL RESOURCES MINING/MINERALS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BANKING FINANCE COMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC RELATIONS/INVESTOR RELATIONS
SOURCE: Americas Argent Corporation
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