In a consecutive special meeting, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (TSX: AEM) and Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (TSX: KL) both announced on Friday that the proposed merger of the two firms has been approved by both of its shareholders. The resulting company will still operate under the Agnico Eagle name and is expected to be “the gold industry’s highest-quality senior producer”.
Approximately 99.86% of the votes cast by Agnico Eagle shareholders were in favor of the proposal, with a shareholder turnout of 69.62%. On the other hand, around 80.65% of the votes by Kirkland Lake shareholders voted in favor of the merger, with 70.85% turnout.
The combined company, with a projected market capitalization of US$24 billion, is expected to consolidate a total of 48 million gold ounces of mineral reserve base, and a total of US$2.3 billion in available liquidity.
Under the agreement of the proposed merger, each Kirkland Lake Gold share held will be exchanged for 0.7935 of an Agnico Eagle common share. Upon the transaction’s close, Agnico Eagle and Kirkland Lake Gold shareholders will own approximately 54% and 46% of the resulting merger, respectively.
Following the approvals, the firms are now waiting for the final order by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the approval of the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board, among other customary closing conditions. The completion of the transaction is expected to happen in Q1 2022.
Should the merger push through, Kirkland Lake Gold shares will be delisted from TSX, NYSE, and ASE while Agnico Eagle shares will continue to trade on the exchanges it is currently listed.
Weeks ago, Kirkland Lake Gold reported its Q3 2021 financials, highlighting US$667 million in revenue.
Agnico Eagle Mines last traded at $65.45 while Kirkland Lake Gold last traded at $51.57 on the TSX.
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