Vista enters into a Lock-up Agreement for its remaining Midas Gold Shares
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Midas Gold Corp. (TSX:MAX / OTCQX:MDRPF) reports that it has been notified by Vista Gold Corp. (“Vista”) that Vista has entered into an agreement to sell 16.0 million shares of Midas Gold Corp. (“Midas Gold”) held by Vista and/or its subsidiaries to certain arm’s-length parties at a fixed price of C$0.80 per share. Once completed, this transaction will reduce Vista’s shareholdings in Midas Gold from 31,802,615 shares (representing 24.94% of Midas Gold’s currently issued shares) to 15,802,615 shares (representing 12.39% of Midas Gold’s issued shares). Midas Gold understands that the entire 16.0 million shares have subsequently been placed. As a condition of the sale of 16.0 million shares, Vista Gold has agreed not to sell any of its remaining shares in Midas Gold for a period of 12 months from the closing of the share sale transaction.
“We are pleased to see 16 million shares previously owned by Vista Gold placed more broadly,” said Stephen Quin, President & CEO of Midas Gold. “The share sale by Vista Gold, combined with a 12-month lock-up of their remaining shares, provides improved certainty in respect of this significant block of shares.”
As Vista is a greater than 20% shareholder of Midas Gold, closing of the transaction is subject to an advance notice requirement and, as a result, closing is expected to occur on or about February 14, 2014. While the advance notice period extends the closing, the terms of sale for the shares have been predetermined with the purchasers of the shares. Midas Gold currently has 127,534,136 shares issued and outstanding; the completion of this transaction will not affect the number of shares issued and outstanding.
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About Midas Gold and the Golden Meadows Project
Midas Gold Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiaries Midas Gold, Inc. and Idaho Gold Resources, LLC, is focused on the exploration and, if warranted, development of gold-antimony-silver deposits in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine district of central Idaho that are encompassed by its Golden Meadows Project.
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