All of the conditions to the Offer have been satisfied (including that Augusta's shareholder rights plan be terminated) and the initial offering period, which was extended until
Hudbay has extended the Offer until
The extension of the Offer constitutes a "subsequent offering period" under U.S. securities laws. The same form and amount of consideration is being offered to shareholders depositing Augusta Shares during this period as was offered to shareholders during the initial offering period. Augusta Shares deposited under the Offer after
A notice of extension (the "Notice of Extension") has been filed with the Canadian and U.S. securities regulatory authorities and will be available for review at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov. The Notice of Extension is also being mailed to Augusta shareholders in accordance with applicable securities laws.
It is anticipated that members of Hudbay's current management team will assume management positions with Augusta and replace Augusta's current senior management team and certain members of the Augusta Board of Directors will be replaced by nominees of Hudbay. In particular,
As set out in the take-over bid circular and notices of variations and change in respect of the Offer, Hudbay intends to acquire any Augusta Shares not deposited under the Offer through a subsequent acquisition transaction. The exact timing and details of any such transaction will depend upon a number of factors. Although Hudbay intends to propose a subsequent acquisition transaction generally on terms similar to the Offer, it is possible that such a transaction may not be proposed, may be delayed or abandoned or may be proposed on different terms. Accordingly, Hudbay reserves the right not to propose a subsequent acquisition transaction, or to propose a subsequent acquisition transaction on terms other than those of the Offer.
If permitted by applicable law, subsequent to the completion of the Offer and any subsequent acquisition transaction, Hudbay intends to delist the Augusta Shares from all stock exchanges and to cause Augusta to cease to be a reporting issuer under the securities laws of each of the provinces and territories of
Hudbay will file an early warning report in compliance with Canadian and
Hudbay and Augusta also announced today that they have entered into a loan agreement (the "Loan Agreement") pursuant to which Hudbay has agreed to provide an unsecured loan facility in the maximum aggregate amount of
Hudbay and Augusta are related parties and the Loan Agreement is a related party transaction. The principal amount of the loan is, however, less than 25% of the market capitalization of Augusta and the Loan Agreement is exempt from valuation requirements under Canadian securities laws.
About the Offer
The Offer is for all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Augusta not already owned by Hudbay, including any common shares of Augusta that may become issued and outstanding after the date of the Offer but before
Hudbay has filed a registration statement on Form F-10 (as amended, the "Registration Statement"), which contains a prospectus relating to the Offer (the "Prospectus"), and a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (as amended, the "Schedule TO") with the
How to Tender
Augusta shareholders are encouraged to read the full details of the Offer set forth in the Offer documents, which contain detailed instructions on how Augusta shareholders can tender their Augusta Shares to the Offer. For assistance in depositing Augusta Shares to the Offer, Augusta shareholders should contact the depositary for the Offer,
This news release does not constitute an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities of Hudbay or Augusta.
Augusta (TSX, NYSE MKT: AZC) is a base metals company focused on advancing the Rosemont Copper deposit near
For shareholder inquiries, please contact Kingsdale Shareholder Services
1-866-229-8874 (North American Toll Free Number)
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" (collectively, "forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and
Forward-looking information is based on, among other things, opinions, assumptions, estimates and analyses that, while considered reasonable by us at the date the forward-looking information is provided, inherently are subject to significant risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results and events to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. The material factors or
assumptions that we identified and were applied by us in drawing conclusions or making forecasts or projections set out in the forward looking information include, but are not limited to, the accuracy of Augusta's public disclosure; the completion of the Offer and any subsequent acquisition, the possibility of a subsequent acquisition transaction, changes to Augusta's board of directors and management, the loan agreement between Hudbay, Augusta and
The risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to, the market value of the Hudbay securities received as consideration under the Offer and the impact of such issuance on the market price of common shares of Hudbay and warrants to acquire common shares of Hudbay, Augusta becoming a majority-owned subsidiary of Hudbay after consummation of the Offer, the possibility that Augusta may not satisfy the conditions precedent to advances under the Loan Agreement as well as the risks discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Offer documents and other documents filed (or to be filed) with Canadian and U.S. securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more risk, uncertainty, contingency or other factor materialize or should any factor or assumption prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. Accordingly, the reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Hudbay does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information after the date of this news release or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and any forward-looking information, except as required by applicable law.
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