VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jul 21, 2014) - Pretium Resources Inc. (PVG.TO)(PVG) ("Pretivm" or the "Company") announced today that it intends to file a preliminary prospectus supplement dated July 21, 2014 (the "Supplement") to its short form base shelf prospectus dated July 16, 2014, in connection with a marketed offering of its common shares (the "Offering"). The Supplement will be filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada except Quebec. The Supplement will also be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") as part of a registration statement on Form F-10 in accordance with the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System established between Canada and the United States.
The Offering will be conducted through a syndicate of underwriters led by Scotia Capital Inc., and is expected to raise total gross proceeds of approximately US$60 million (US$49.5 million for the Company and US$10.5 million for Silver Standard, as defined below). Approximately 82.5% of the common shares in the Offering will be offered by the Company. The remaining 17.5% of the common shares in the Offering will be offered by Silver Standard Resources Inc. ("Silver Standard"), as selling shareholder, pursuant to its existing registration rights that permit Silver Standard to participate in offerings of securities by the Company in an amount equal to the total number of common shares being offered multiplied by Silver Standard's current ownership percentage. The Company and Silver Standard will also proportionately grant the underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to that number of additional common shares equal to 15% of the common shares sold pursuant to the Offering. The option will be exercisable for a period of 30 days following closing.
The net proceeds to the Company of the Offering will be used to fund environmental and engineering activities at the Brucejack Project, to fund permitting of the Brucejack Project, to fund continued exploration activities at the Brucejack Project and for general corporate purposes. The Company will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of common shares by Silver Standard.
The Offering will be priced in the context of the market with the final terms of the Offering to be determined at the time of pricing. Closing of the Offering will be subject to a number of conditions, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
A copy of the Supplement and the short form base shelf prospectus may be obtained in Canada from Scotia Capital Inc. attention: Equity Capital Markets (tel:416-862-5837), Scotia Plaza, 66th Floor, 40 King Street West, M5W 2X6, Toronto, Ontario; or in the United States, attention: Equity Capital Markets (tel:212-225-6853), 250 Vesey Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY, 10281.
Pretivm is advancing its 100%-owned Brucejack Project in northern British Columbia to production as a high-grade gold underground mine. Based on the results of the June 2014 Feasibility Study, Brucejack is expected to produce an average of 504,000 ounces of gold a year over the first 8 years and 404,000 ounces of gold a year over the 18-year mine life. Brucejack's Valley of the Kings is estimated to host Proven and Probable reserves totalling 6.9 million ounces of gold (13.6 million tonnes grading 15.7 grams of gold per tonne). Commercial production at Brucejack is targeted for 2017.
(SEDAR filings: Pretium Resources Inc.)
This News Release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Statements contained herein that are not based on historical or current fact, including without limitation statements containing the words "anticipates," "believes," "may," "continues," "estimates," "expects," and "will" and words of similar import, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking information may include, but is not limited to, information with respect to our planned exploration and development activities, the adequacy of Pretivm's financial resources, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources including the 2013 Valley of the Kings Mineral Resource estimate and the Brucejack Mineral Reserve estimate, realization of mineral reserve and resource estimates and timing of development of Pretivm's Brucejack Project, costs and timing of future exploration, results of future exploration and drilling, production and processing estimates, capital and operating cost estimates, timelines and similar statements relating to the economic viability of the Brucejack Project, timing and receipt of approvals, consents and permits under applicable legislation, Pretivm's executive compensation approach and practice, and adequacy of financial resources. Wherever possible, words such as "plans", "expects", "projects", "assumes", "budget", "strategy", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "targets" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative forms of any of these terms and similar expressions, have been used to identify forward-looking statements and information.
Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information, including, without limitation, the ability of the Company to successfully close a financing pursuant to the base shelf prospectus or shelf registration statement and those risks identified in Pretivm's Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2014 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and in the United States on Form 40-F through EDGAR at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking information is based on the expectations and opinions of Pretivm's management on the date the statements are made. The assumptions used in the preparation of such statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise. We do not assume any obligation to update forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by applicable law. For the reasons set forth above, prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Neither the TSX nor the NYSE has approved or disapproved of the information contained herein.