Nordgold announces increase in Offer for Cardinal Resources
- Offer increased to A$1.00 per share
- Nordgold holds voting power of approximately 28% in Cardinal and is Cardinal’s largest shareholder
- Cardinal shareholders are urged to contact their broker and accept the unconditional all-cash Offer promptly
- Offer to close at 4:00 pm (Sydney time) on 3 November 2020
London, United Kingdom, 21 October 2020 – As set out in the filing of its broker, Taylor Collison, and in its Third Supplementary Bidder’s Statement, on 21 October, Nord Gold SE (“Nordgold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has increased the price of its on-market takeover offer for Cardinal Resources Limited (“Cardinal”) to A$1.00 per share.
Nordgold currently holds 149,344,714 Cardinal shares, which represents voting power of approximately 28% in Cardinal. Nordgold is Cardinal’s largest shareholder and continues to view this shareholding as a long-term strategic investment.
Nordgold notes the Supplementary Bidder’s Statement issued by Shandong on 19 October 2020, and in particular that it has announced that, as there is no higher competing offer, its offer is final and will not be increased, and that this was subsequently confirmed by the announcement made by Cardinal on 20 October 2020. Nordgold’s revised Offer is unconditional, is open for eleven days beyond the current scheduled closing date for the Shandong Offer, and shareholders can accept simply by instructing their broker.
Nordgold’s Offer is scheduled to close at the end of ASX trading (4:00 pm Sydney time) on 3 November 2020, unless it is further extended or withdrawn in accordance with the Corporations Act.
Nikolai Zelenski, Nordgold Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are pleased to extend this highly compelling offer to Cardinal shareholders.
Nordgold is fully committed to successfully closing its offer and to the future success of the Namdini project. We are Cardinal’s largest shareholder and this revision represents the third price increase that Nordgold has made, whilst conversely Shandong has announced that it will not be increasing its price further.
We continue to believe we are the best owner of this important asset. We have a strong West African business and remain committed to operating in the region. We have the project development expertise and robust balance sheet necessary, as well as the proven environmental and community-led approach to mine development to underwrite the successful construction and commissioning of the Namdini project, to the benefit of the local community and all stakeholders. In this context, Nordgold notes that it has sought and received change of control approval from the Government of Ghana, whilst, to the best of our knowledge, Shandong has not sought to do so.
In the event that Nordgold does not acquire the full outstanding share capital of Cardinal, but remains the largest shareholder, we stand ready to work with Cardinal management to quickly progress the Namdini project and to provide technical and financial support to underpin its success.
As our offer is scheduled to close on 3 November 2020 (unless further extended or withdrawn in accordance with the Corporations Act), we encourage all Cardinal shareholders to contact their broker and accept the Offer without delay. Accepting shareholders will receive proceeds on a T+2 basis.”
For further information, please contact the Offer Information Line on 1800 645 237 (within Australia) or +61 1800 645 237 (from outside Australia) between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm Monday to Friday (Sydney time) if you require assistance accepting the Offer.
Nordgold is an internationally diversified gold producer, headquartered in the United Kingdom, with 10 operating assets across two continents, including Burkina Faso and Guinea in West Africa, and a portfolio of high-quality projects in feasibility study and in advanced exploration stages.
Nordgold is committed to running safe, efficient and profitable operations, which enable strong free cash flow generation and provide for continued investment in the Company’s pipeline of growth opportunities. In 2019, Nordgold produced in excess of one million ounces of gold.
Bacchus Capital acts as exclusive financial adviser to Nordgold, and DLA Piper is acting as legal adviser. Taylor Collison is acting as broker to the Offer.
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