Great Bear Shareholders Approve Acquisition By Kinross Gold

It’s official. Great Bear Resources (TSXV: GBR) is set to be acquired by Kinross Gold Corp (TSX: K). The previously announced merger has formally been accepted by the shareholders of Great Bear, enabling the transaction to proceed.

The purchase of the company by Kinross was reportedly approved by 97.80% of the votes cast by the firms shareholders by proxy, and approved by 97.98% of the votes cast by shareholders, optionholders, RSU holders, and deferred share owners. The transaction is now subject to approval of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, with the final such court hearing on the matter to occur tomorrow.

If approved by the courts, the transaction is expected to close by the end of February.

The transaction will see Great Bear acquired by Kinross for $29 per share in initial consideration. Shareholders of Great Bear are able to elect to receive full payment in cash from the company, or to receive 3.8564 shares of Kinross for each share held. Consideration is subject to pro-ration, with a maximum cash figure of $1.4 billion to be laid out by Kinross, and a maximum of 80.7 million shares.

Security holders of the company are to also receive what is referred to as contingent value rights, equal to 0.133 of a Kinross share per share of Great Bear held, which is payable upon the achievement of commercial production at the Dixie Project. The property must also have at least 8.5 million gold ounces in the M&I category of a mineral resource estimate.

Great Bear Resources last traded at $28.70 on the TSX Venture.

Information for this briefing was found via Sedar, and Great Bear Resources. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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