Newcrest Mining Limited (Newcrest) (ASX, TSX, PNGX: NCM) is pleased to announce that Pretium Resources Inc. (Pretivm) (TSX, NYSE: PVG) shareholders and optionholders (Securityholders) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the special resolution to approve the plan of arrangement under which Newcrest will acquire Pretivm, including the Brucejack mine (the Transaction).
The special resolution was approved by 95.48% of the votes cast by Pretivm Securityholders at the special meeting held today.
Pretivm shareholders that did not elect cash or Newcrest shares will receive the default consideration of 50% cash and 50% Newcrest shares, being C$9.25 in cash and 0.4042 Newcrest shares per Pretivm share. For other shareholders, after proration and by operation of the aggregate cap of 50% cash and 50% Newcrest share consideration: Completion of the Transaction remains subject to final approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange, the granting of the final order by the Supreme Court of British Columbia at a hearing which is scheduled for 25 January 2022, and approval under the Investment Canada Act. Completion of the Transaction is currently expected to occur in the March quarter 2022.
Newcrest's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, said 'It's pleasing to see the overwhelmingly positive support for the Transaction from Pretivm shareholders. This acquisition positions Newcrest as the leading gold miner in British Columbia's Golden Triangle, operating both the Brucejack and Red Chris mines. This is an exciting time for Newcrest and we look forward to building on Pretivm's success to unlock further value in and around the Brucejack operation.'
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