Nordgold Provides Update to Takeover Offers for Cardinal Resources
London, United Kingdom, 18 November 2020 – Nord Gold S.E. (“Nordgold” or the “Company”) wishes to provide the following updates to its takeover offers for Cardinal Resources:
- Nordgold’s on-market offer has been extended by seven days and will now close on Monday 7 December 2020, ahead of results being determined for the 2020 Ghanaian General Election, which is scheduled to take place on the same day;
- As set out in the announcements of 17 November 2020, the Takeovers Panel has determined not to consider the applications made by Cardinal and Shandong, announced on 30 October and 2 November 2020, respectively. Therefore, the offers made by Shandong and Nordgold are determined best and final in accordance with the statements made on 19 October 2020 and 26 October 2020, respectively;
- Nordgold’s on-market offer therefore provides shareholders with the quickest and most expedient route to securing the full cash payment for tendered shares. Shareholders can accept Nordgold’s on-market offer simply by instructing their broker to do so and receive payment on a T+2 basis;
- As announced on 28 October 2020, Nordgold also intends to provide an off-market alternative for shareholders who prefer this option. The terms of this alternative will be commercially the same as those offered by Shandong and will have expedited payment terms. Nordgold received approval from ASIC to conduct the simultaneous off-market bid on 18 November 2020 and so Nordgold’s off- market bid will open as soon as practicable;
- Nordgold is Cardinal’s largest shareholder, with a holding of approximately 28 percent. Nordgold considers this a strategic interest; and
- Nordgold has a strong West African business and remains committed to operating in the region. Nordgold also has the project development expertise and robust balance sheet necessary, as well as the proven environmental and community-led approach to mine development to underwrite the successful construction and commissioning of the Namdini project, to the benefit of the local community and all stakeholders.
Nikolai Zelenski, Nordgold Chief Executive Officer, said:
“With both Nordgold and Shandong’s offers best and final, we hope that the takeover can now be concluded successfully and that Nordgold can provide all appropriate support to the development of the Namdini project to the benefit of shareholders, employees, the local community and all constituencies.”
Extension of Offer Period
Nordgold gives notice under section 649C of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), that Nordgold varies the Offer by extending the offer period, so that the offer period will now expire immediately at the close of trading on ASX on 7 December 2020 (unless further extended or withdrawn in accordance with the Corporations Act).
Lodgment with ASIC
A copy of this notice will be lodged with ASIC and provided to Cardinal today.
ASIC takes no responsibility for the contents of this notice.
Signed for an on behalf of Nordgold by:
Director and CEO
Nord Gold S.E.
Nordgold is an internationally diversified gold producer, headquartered in the United Kingdom, with 10 operating assets across two continents, including Burkina Faso and Guinea in West Africa, and a portfolio of high quality projects in feasibility study and in advanced exploration stages.
Nordgold is committed to running safe, efficient and profitable operations, which enable strong free cash flow generation and provide for continued investment in the Company’s pipeline of growth opportunities. In 2019, Nordgold produced in excess of one million ounces of gold.
Bacchus Capital acts as exclusive financial adviser to Nordgold, and DLA Piper is acting as legal adviser. Taylor Collison is acting as broker to the Offer.
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This news release and each of the documents referred to herein contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking information, including, for greater certainty, statements regarding the Offer, including the anticipated benefits and likelihood of completion thereof.
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