Orca Gold Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with Perseus Mining Ltd. under which Perseus will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Orca not already owned by Perseus by way of a statutory plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Perseus has concurrently announced the Transaction in a press release available on its website and SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Holders of Orca Shares that are not already owned by Perseus have been offered 0.56 Perseus shares for every Orca Share held.
Based on Perseus's closing price on February 25,2022 1 , Perseus's offer implies consideration of C$0.896 per Orca Share, representing a premium of 62.9% to the last closing price of Orca Shares.
Total consideration to be paid by Perseus for 100% of Orca is C$215 million including C$17 million in cash paid to acquire its initial 15% equity interest and C$198 million in Perseus shares2 to acquire the outstanding 85% equity interest.
Orca's Board of Directors unanimously recommends that the Orca shareholders vote in favour of the Transaction.
Directors, officers and certain other shareholders of Orca owning in aggregate approximately 37% of Orca's voting securities have entered into voting support agreements and have agreed to vote all the securities they own or control in favour of the Transaction.
Orca shareholders will gain exposure to Perseus's diversified portfolio of producing mines and development assets, the value created through the development of the Block 14 Project by Perseus and by the potential upside of Montage Gold Corp.'s ("Montage") Kone project in Cote d'Ivoire through the 31.4% interest in Montage that Perseus will acquire from Orca in the Transaction.
1Based on Perseus's closing price on the ASX of A$1.74 per share on 25 February 2022 converted to C$ at CAD:AUD of 0.919.
2Based on Orca's 259.7 million common shares outstanding. Excludes any consideration for the settlement of 3.1 million restricted share units, 0.7 million deferred share units and 7.9 million options.
"We are very pleased with the offer from Perseus to acquire Orca. This important transaction not only brings credibility to Sudan as a mining jurisdiction to invest in, but also provides Orca shareholders an avenue to continue realising the value of Block 14 and the successes of Montage, as well as to benefit from exposure to the larger portfolio of gold assets owned by Perseus. I am personally very excited that Block 14 is poised to be a significant part of the impressive gold inventory owned and operated by Perseus. With Perseus's track record as a quality operator with a strong balance sheet and a growth strategy demonstrated by this Transaction, I am confident that Perseus will maximize the value of Block 14 and Orca's Montage interest for our shareholders as well as for the governments and peoples of Sudan and Cote d'Ivoire," commented Richard Clark, President & CEO of Orca Gold Inc. "On behalf of the Board, I'd like to extend a sincere thank you to the team at Orca for their commitment to our Company over the years and particularly for their work and dedication during a long due diligence process. I'd also like to thank the Minister of Minerals of Sudan, his Honorable Mohamed Bashir Abu Numo, the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company and all those at Geological Research Authority of Sudan for their continued support in moving Block 14 forward. With this successful transaction, our team will integrate with Perseus towards achieving development and production at Block 14 and realizing full value for our strategic interest in Montage."
Orca has entered into the Arrangement Agreement with Perseus under which Perseus will acquire all of the Orca Shares not already owned by Perseus by way of a statutory plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Perseus currently owns 39,092,233 Orca Shares representing approximately 15% of the outstanding Orca Shares.
Pursuant to the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, all of the issued and outstanding Orca Shares that Perseus does not already own will be acquired by Perseus in exchange for common shares in the capital of Perseus (the "Perseus Shares") on the basis of 0.56 of a Perseus Share for every 1 Orca Share (the "Exchange Ratio"). Based on the Canadian dollar equivalent of the closing price of Perseus Shares on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)3 , this implies consideration of approximately C$0.896 per Orca Share for an implied total equity value of approximately C$233 million . The implied consideration represents a premium of 62.9% to the closing Orca Share price of C$0.55 on 25 February 2022. If consummated, the Orca Acquisition would result in Orca shareholders4 owning approximately 9.1% of the pro-forma Perseus Shares then outstanding.
The Transaction will deliver material benefits to Orca shareholders, including:
Implied consideration of C$0.896 per Orca Share3 representing a 62.9% premium to the last closing price of Orca Shares;
Perseus is a proven operator and has the financial capacity and technical expertise to advance the Block 14 Project to production;
The transaction is strongly supported by the Government of Sudan and Orca's other local partner;
Orca shareholders will gain exposure to Perseus's diversified portfolio of producing mines and development assets as well as the value created by the development of the Block 14 Project and the advancement of Montage's project portfolio in Cote d'Ivoire, particularly the Kone project; and
Shareholders of both Perseus and Orca are expected to benefit from the strength of the combined entity through a share-based transaction.
3Based on Perseus closing price on the ASX of A$1.74 per share on 25 February 2022 converted to C$ at CADAUD of 0.919.
4Based on Orca's 259.7 million common shares outstanding. Excludes any consideration for the settlement of 3.1 million restricted share units, 0.7 million deferred share units and 7.9 million options.
Details of the ORCA Acquisition and Timing
The Transaction will be implemented by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act and will require the approval of: (i) 66 2/3% of the votes cast by the holders of Orca Shares; (ii) 66 2/3% of the votes cast by holders of Orca Shares, restricted share units, deferred share units and options, voting together as a single class, and; (iii) approval of a simple majority of the votes cast by holders of Orca Shares, excluding votes from certain shareholders, including Perseus, in accordance with Multilateral Instrument 61-101, at a special meeting of Orca security holders to be held to consider the Transaction (the "Special Meeting").
In addition to approval by Orca securityholders, the Transaction is also subject to the receipt of court approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions for transactions of this nature. Orca intends to call a meeting of securityholders to be held in May 2022 to seek approval for the Arrangement with the closing of the Orca Acquisition expected to occur in early June 2022. Approval of the Orca Acquisition by shareholders of Perseus is not required5.
The Arrangement Agreement provides for customary deal-protection provisions, including a non-solicitation covenant on the part of Orca and a right for Perseus to match any Superior Proposal (as defined in the Arrangement Agreement). The Arrangement Agreement includes a termination fee of C$7.5 million, payable by Orca to Perseus, under certain circumstances (including if the Arrangement Agreement is terminated in connection with Orca pursuing a Superior Proposal).
The directors and senior officers of Orca, in addition to certain securityholders of Orca, owning in aggregate approximately 37% of Orca's voting securities, have entered into voting support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to vote all the securities they own or control in favour of the Transaction.
5Perseus has obtained in principle confirmation from ASX that on receipt of a formal application for a waiver from Listing Rule 7.1, it is on the information provided likely to grant that waiver.
Board Approval and recommendation
A special committee of independent directors of Orca (the "Special Committee") has unanimously recommended the Transaction to the board of directors of Orca (the "Board"). The Board has evaluated the Arrangement Agreement with Orca's management and legal and financial advisors and, following the receipt and review of the recommendation from the Special Committee, the Board has unanimously approved the Arrangement and determined that the Arrangement is in the best interest of the Company. The Board has resolved to recommend that the Company's shareholders vote in favour of the Arrangement, all subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Arrangement Agreement.
BMO Capital Markets has provided an opinion to the Special Committee and the Board, stating that, as of the date of such opinion and based upon and subject to various assumptions, limitations and qualifications therein, the consideration to be received by the Orca shareholders (other than Perseus and its affiliates) pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement is fair, from a financial point of view to such holders.
The Arrangement Agreement has also been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Perseus.
Investor Call and Webcast Details
Orca and Perseus are hosting two investor webinars and conference calls to discuss the Transaction.
Australia: Monday 28 February 2022 Perth - 9:00am Sydney/Melbourne - 12:00pm US/Canada: Sunday 27 February 2022 Toronto/New York - 8:00pm Vancouver - 5:00pm UK: Sunday 27 February 2022 London - 1:00am
Register for CALL #1 of the investor webinar at the link below:
Australia: Monday 28 February 2022 Perth - 11:15pm Sydney/Melbourne - 2.15 am (TUESDAY) Canada: Monday 28 February 2022 Toronto - 10:15am Vancouver - 7:15am UK: Monday 28 February 2022 London - 3:15pm
Register for CALL #2 of the investor webinar at the link below:
About Perseus Mining Ltd.
Perseus Mining Limited (ASX/TSX: PRU) is an African focused gold production, development and exploration company headquartered in Australia. Perseus has three operating gold mines, one in the Republic of Ghana and two in the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. Please refer to Perseus' website at www.perseusmining.com or under Perseus' profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for information in relation to Perseus' operations and material properties.
About Orca Gold Inc.
Orca Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ORG) is a Canadian resource company focused on exploration and development opportunities in Africa. Led by a board of directors made up of industry experts and a management team with a track record of discovering and building significant mines globally, Orca is developing one of the leading gold projects in Africa. The Company is currently focused on its 70%-owned Block 14 Project in the Republic of the Sudan on which a Feasibility Study was completed in September 2020. See Orca press release on September 14, 2020.