|Mon Jun 19, 2017|
Helio Enters Into Arrangement Agreement With Shanta Gold
|Helio Resource Corp ("Helio" or the "Company"; TSX-V: HRC) and Shanta Gold Limited ("Shanta") (AIM: SHG) have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement dated as of June 19, 2017 (the "Arrangement Agreement") pursuant to which Shanta will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Helio (the "Transaction") by way of a statutory plan of arrangement (the "Plan of Arrangement"). The Company and Shanta are arms-length parties. The Agreement is subject to shareholder and B.C. Supreme Court approval as described below.|
Pursuant to the Plan of Arrangement, subject to approval as detailed below, Shanta will issue 59,500,000 common shares to Helio shareholders. All outstanding incentive stock options of Helio not exercised prior to the completion of the Transaction will be cancelled in accordance with the terms of the Plan of Arrangement. It is anticipated that the Plan of Arrangement will be sent to Helio shareholders in July, 2017, and the transaction will complete in late August, 2017 subject to the terms and conditions of the Arrangement Agreement being satisfied.
Helio holds a 100% interest in the Saza-Makongolosi Project (the "SMP"), a gold exploration and development area adjacent to Shanta's producing NLGM mine. The SMP covers an area of 200 km2 and comprises 12 valid licences; four retention licences ("RLs") and eight prospecting licences ("PLs"), plus one PL in application. Within this area, Helio has identified over 30 exploration targets.
Richard Williams, Helio's CEO said: "After many years of exploration efforts and a number of economic assessment studies, it is clear that the best outcome for Helio shareholders is to combine with Shanta for the development and production of Helio's gold resources on the SMP property in Tanzania. This all-share transaction represents a unique opportunity for Helio shareholders to participate in the future growth and value creation of the New Luika Gold mine. We look forward to working with Shanta's board and management to complete this transaction in a timely fashion."
Dr. Toby Bradbury, Shanta's CEO, said: "The inclusion of Helio's resources into Shanta creates the opportunity to deliver an expansion option for the New Luika Gold Mine and to also potentially further extend mine life. Significant prospectivity remains in the tenement holdings to add to these resources in the future. New Luika is well established with long term water security plus low cost and long-life power servicing an established and efficient processing plant."
Helio focused on six target areas in the SMP, namely Kenge, Mbenge, Snakebite, Porcupine, Gap and Konokono.
Table 1.1 and Table 1.2 summarise the results of the NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate for the SMP Gold project, by category and area.
Table 1.1 NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate -- 28 February 2015, SMP Gold Project pit envelope constrained (reported at a cut-off grade of 0.5 g/t Au and economic constraints applied).
In connection with the Transaction, Helio's Board of Directors formed a Special Committee comprised of the independent, uninterested directors to evaluate the Transaction. The Special Committee has retained Sprott Capital Partners ("Sprott") to provide a fairness opinion in respect of the Transaction. Sprott has provided an initial fairness opinion supporting the Transaction and their formal fairness opinion will be included in the Information Circular. McCullough, O'Connor Irwin LLP is legal advisor to Helio. Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP is serving as Canadian legal advisor to Shanta.
The Transaction is to be completed by way of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) that will require the approval of (i) at least two-thirds of the votes cast by the shareholders of Helio and, pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions, (ii) a majority of the votes cast by disinterested shareholders, at a special meeting of shareholders expected to be held in late August, 2017 (the "Helio Meeting"). Plinian Capital Ltd., CE Mining Limited and CE Mining II Helio Limited, the three largest shareholders of Helio, along with all of Helio's directors and officers, which hold in aggregate approximately 39.25% of the outstanding common shares of Helio, have entered into voting and support agreements and agreed to vote their common shares at the Helio Meeting in favor of the Transaction. The directors of Helio have unanimously voted in favor of the Transaction and recommend to its shareholders to vote in favor of the Transaction. It is anticipated that the Transaction will close in late August and is subject to Court and stock exchange approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions customary for transactions of this nature. The Transaction and issue of new Shanta shares does not require Shanta shareholder approval. Subject to completion of the Transaction, Helio will be delisted from the TSX Venture Exchange and the shares of Shanta received by the shareholders of the Company would trade on the London AIM stock exchange. Further details on procedures for trading on AIM will be included in the Information Circular of the Company. On completion of the Transaction, Shanta would become a Canadian reporting issuer in the jurisdictions of British Columbia and Alberta. The Arrangement Agreement includes customary provisions, including non-solicitation of alternative transactions, a 5-day right to match superior proposals and fiduciary-out provisions. In addition, Helio may be required to pay a termination fee of CDN$400,000 if it terminates the Arrangement Agreement in certain specified circumstances.
Helio Resource Corp
Richard Williams (CEO)
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About Shanta Gold
Shanta Gold is an East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer. It currently has JORC compliant Mineral Resources defined on the New Luika, Nkuluwisi and Singida projects in Tanzania and holds exploration licences over a number of additional properties in the country. Shanta's flagship New Luika Gold Mine commenced production in 2012 and produced 87,713 ounces in 2016. The Company is admitted to trading on London's AIM and has approximately 583 million shares in issue.
For further information please visit: www.Shantagold.com.
Mr. Roderick Carlson, MAIG (RPGeo (Mining and Exploration)), MAusIMM, of Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Pty Ltd, at the time of the estimate, is the independent Qualified Person ("QP") responsible for the Mineral Resource Estimate for the SMP Gold Project. Mr John Hearne, FAusIMM CP(Mining), CEO of Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Pty Ltd., has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
Richard Williams, M.Sc., P.Geo., Helio's CEO and a Qualified Person as designated by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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