Royal Gold and Battle Mountain Gold Exploration Sign Definitive Merger Agreement
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Royal Gold, Inc.
1660 Wynkoop St., Suite 1000
Denver, CO, 80202
Press release date: April 18, 2007
DENVER, April 18 / -- ROYAL GOLD, INC. (NASDAQ:RGLD) ("Royal Gold") and Battle Mountain Gold Exploration Corp. (BULLETIN BOARD: BMGX) ("Battle Mountain") announced today that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Royal Gold will acquire 100% of the fully diluted shares of Battle Mountain in an all-stock merger transaction. The merger agreement was unanimously approved by both companies' boards of directors. This transaction was initially discussed in Royal Gold's March 5, 2007, press release.
The consideration payable to Battle Mountain shareholders will depend on the average trading price of Royal Gold's common stock preceding the closing, and ranges from 1,634,410 Royal Gold shares, if the Company's stock price is at $29.00 or below, to 1,570,507 Royal Gold shares, if the Company's stock price is at $30.18 or above. A proportional adjustment will be made between these two trading prices. On a per share basis, Royal Gold will pay Battle Mountain shareholders between 0.0172 and 0.0179 shares of Royal Gold's common stock. This consideration is also subject to a potential holdback of approximately 50,000 Royal Gold shares, or approximately 0.0006 Royal Gold shares on a per share basis, for contingent liabilities.
Royal Gold has obtained agreements from Mark Kucher, Chairman of Battle Mountain, and IAMGOLD Corporation providing that each will vote its respective shares in favor of the merger transaction. These agreements represent approximately 39.9% of the outstanding shares of Battle Mountain.
The closing of this transaction is subject to Battle Mountain shareholder approval, satisfactory completion of due diligence, receipt of any regulatory approvals, and satisfaction of customary conditions.
Battle Mountain is a precious metals royalty company with a portfolio consisting of royalties on 12 properties located mainly in the Americas. Their principal assets include a 3.25% net smelter return ("NSR") royalty on gold production and a 2.0% NSR royalty on silver production from the Dolores project in Mexico, which is under development by Minefinders Corporation Ltd. Battle Mountain has disclosed that their royalty properties contain approximately 4.8 million ounces of gold reserves and 136 million ounces of silver reserves.
Royal Gold is a precious metals royalty company engaging in the acquisition and management of precious metal royalty interests. Royal Gold is publicly-traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "RGLD," and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "RGL." The Company's web page is located at www.royalgold.com.
This press release is not an offer to sell securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. In connection with the proposed merger, Royal Gold intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4, including a prospectus of Royal Gold, as well as other materials with the SEC. Investors are urged to read the registration statement, including the prospectus (and all amendments and supplements to it) and other materials when they become available because they contain important information. Investors will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the prospectus, when they become available, as well as other filings containing information about Royal Gold and Battle Mountain, without charge, at the SEC's web site (www.sec.gov). Copies of Royal Gold's filings may also be obtained without charge from Royal Gold at its web site (www.royalgold.com) or by directing a request to Royal Gold Inc., Attn.: Secretary, 1660 Wynkoop Street, Suite 1000, Denver, Colorado 80202. FCMN Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Royal Gold, Inc.
CONTACT:Karen Gross, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Royal Gold, Inc., +1-303-573-1660
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