TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Apr 26, 2013) - Argonaut Gold Inc. ("Argonaut Gold" or the "Company") (AR.TO), announced today that the Company has determined to amend its notice by-law amendment and its share incentive plan (the "Plan").
Following review by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. ("ISS"), the Company has amended the By-law No. 2013-1 to remove the board discretion at Section 3.04A(ii)(b) and include the following additional provision to ensure board discretion to deal with matters which may arise:
(vii) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the board of directors may, in its sole discretion, waive any requirement in this Section 3.04A.
Also, in response to comments from ISS, Argonaut Gold has determined to amend the Plan to reduce the maximum number of common shares issuable under the Plan to a number equal to 6% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Argonaut from time to time, with the number of shares issuable as Awards (other than options) under the Plan to not exceed 1.2%.
Argonaut Gold notes that, to date, it has outstanding incentives under the Plan equal to only 2.6% of the common shares of Argonaut Gold. Argonaut Gold ranks at the top of its peer group in terms of pay for performance. The board and management are committed to maintaining this status.
Argonaut Gold appreciates the strong support of its shareholders, and reminds shareholders that it hopes for record participation in its meeting on May 7, 2013 at 11:00 am at the offices of Bennett Jones LLP at 3400, One First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario. As detailed in the circular sent to shareholders, proxies in connection with the meeting are due no later than 11:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time) on May 3, 2013. The amendments described above will be introduced at the meeting. Pursuant to the proxy forms, management nominees will vote in favour of the business described above, as amended.
For more information and assistance in voting your proxy, Argonaut shareholders are urged to contact Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc. at 1-866-229-8166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Argonaut Gold
Argonaut Gold is a Canadian gold company engaged in exploration, mine development and production activities. Its primary assets are the production stage El Castillo Mine in Durango, Mexico and, the La Colorada Mine in Sonora, Mexico, the advanced exploration stage San Antonio project in Baja California Sur, Mexico, the recently acquired advanced exploration stage Magino project in Ontario, Canada and several exploration stage projects, all of which are located in North America.
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