Kirkland Lake Gold Acquires Shares of Osisko Mining Inc.
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (“Kirkland Lake Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX:KL) (NYSE:KL) today announced that it has acquired 14,705,882 common shares (“Shares”) of Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK) (“Osisko” or the “Issuer”) by way of private placement financing at a price of CAD$1.70 per Share for a total cash payment of approximately CAD$25 million (the “Investment”).
Prior to the Investment, Kirkland Lake Gold held 17,921,750 Shares, representing approximately 8.58% of the outstanding Shares on a non-diluted basis. As of the date hereof, after giving effect to Investment, the Company beneficially owns 32,627,632 Shares, representing approximately 13.61% of the currently issued and outstanding Shares on a non-diluted basis. All of the securities issued in the private placement financing are subject to a statutory hold period expiring on January 19, 2019.
Tony Makuch, President and CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold, commented: “Our strategic investment in Osisko increases our ownership interest in the Urban Barry area of northwestern Quebec, which we believe has become a new, highly-prospective mining camp in the prolific Abitibi-Greenstone belt. The investment is complementary to our existing interests in Metanor Resources Inc. and Bonterra Resources Inc., both of which have high-potential exploration holdings in the same area. In addition, through the investment in Osisko, we gain exposure to attractive, early-stage exploration properties in close proximity to our Holt and Taylor mines, providing additional value potential around our existing asset base in Ontario.”
The Shares were acquired for investment purposes. Kirkland Lake Gold has a long-term view of the investment and may acquire additional securities either on the open market or through private investments or sell the securities either on the open market or through private dispositions in the future depending on market conditions, reformulation of plans and/or other relevant factors.
About Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd.
Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. is a mid-tier gold producer that in 2018 is targeting over 635,000 ounces of gold production from mines in Canada and Australia. The production profile of the company is anchored from two high-grade, low-cost operations, including the Macassa Mine located in Northeastern Ontario and the Fosterville Mine located in the state of Victoria, Australia. Kirkland Lake Gold's solid base of quality assets is complemented by district scale exploration potential, supported by a strong financial position with extensive management and operational expertise.
For more information, please contact:
Anthony Makuch, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Phone: +1 416-840-7884
Mark Utting, Vice President, Investor Relations
Phone: +1 416-840-7884
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