Osisko Gold Royalties to Acquire Barkerville Gold Mines

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MONTRÉAL, Sept. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (“Osisko”) (OR: TSX & NYSE) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the "Arrangement Agreement") with Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. ("Barkerville") (TSXV: BGM), pursuant to which Osisko has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Barkerville that it does not currently own, by way of a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") under the (British Columbia).  Concurrent to the Arrangement, Osisko also announces the formation of the North Spirit Discovery Group, the next step in the evolution of Osisko’s accelerator business that Osisko pioneered over the last five years, with the goal of privatizing and surfacing value in resource development projects. 

Under the terms of the Arrangement, each shareholder of Barkerville (excluding Osisko) will receive 0.0357 (the "Exchange Ratio") of a common share of Osisko for each share of Barkerville held. The Exchange Ratio implies consideration of C$0.58 per Barkerville share, based on the closing price of Osisko shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on September 20, 2019, representing a 44% premium based on both companies’ trailing 20-day volume weighted average price (VWAP) as at September 20, 2019. The Exchange Ratio implies a total equity value of approximately C$338 million on a fully-diluted in the money basis, inclusive of Barkerville shares held by Osisko.

Upon completion of the transaction, current Osisko and Barkerville shareholders will hold approximately 91% and 9% of Osisko shares outstanding, respectively.

Sean Roosen, chair of the board and CEO of Osisko, stated: “The addition of the Cariboo Gold project to our portfolio adds a potentially world-class asset in Canada in an impacted brownfield site with significant infrastructure in place. Osisko and Barkerville will take advantage of their combined mine building, exploration, permitting, development and construction expertise to advance the Cariboo gold project. Osisko expects to fund planned work through available liquidity, future revenue from royalties and streams, project debt as well as outside private equity and joint venture capital through the creation of the North Spirit Discovery Group.”

In 2018, Osisko generated $82.2 million in operating cash flow at 89.5% cash margin and $46.1 million at 89.5% cash margin in the first six months of 2019. Osisko currently has over $800 million in financial capacity, including a $500 million available revolving credit facility.

Concurrent to the Arrangement, Osisko announces the creation of the North Spirit Discovery Group (“North Spirit Discovery”), its new project development platform. North Spirit Discovery is the next step in the evolution of Osisko’s accelerator business that Osisko pioneered over the last five years, with the goal of privatizing and surfacing value in resource development projects. Through this platform, Osisko will leverage its industry-leading technical team with a proven track record of creating value through resource discovery, project development and mine operation.  North Spirit Discovery aims to become a leading resource development and finance company with the assistance of joint venture partners and/or private equity capital.

Under the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, holders ("Barkerville Shareholders") of the common shares of Barkerville (the "Barkerville Shares") will be entitled to receive 0.0357 of a common share of Osisko (each whole share, an "Osisko Share") in exchange for each Barkerville Share held immediately prior to the effective time of the Arrangement, representing an implied offer price of C$0.58 per Barkerville Share based on Osisko's closing price as of September 20, 2019 on the TSX and a premium of 44% based on both companies’ trailing 20-day VWAP as at September 20, 2019 (being the last trading day prior to the announcement of the Arrangement).

The Arrangement will require the approval of Barkerville Shareholders at a special meeting expected to take place in November 2019 (the "Barkerville Meeting"). In order to become effective, the Arrangement must be approved at the Barkerville Meeting by (i) at least 66⅔ percent of the votes cast by Barkerville Shareholders, and (ii) a simple majority of the minority held in accordance with Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – . Directors and officers of Barkerville and certain Barkerville Shareholders holding approximately 17.9% of the issued and outstanding Barkerville Shares have entered into voting and support agreements with Osisko in support of the Arrangement. The board of directors of Barkerville, on the recommendation of its independent special committee, has unanimously approved the Arrangement and will recommend that Barkerville Shareholders vote FOR the Arrangement.

The Arrangement Agreement includes representations, warranties and covenants typical of a transaction of this nature, including with respect to non-solicitation, a right to match, and a fiduciary-out. In addition, Barkerville has agreed to pay a termination fee of C$9.8 million to Osisko upon the occurrence of certain events. The Arrangement Agreement, which describes the full particulars of the Arrangement, will be made available on SEDAR under the issuer profile of Barkerville at .

Osisko holds approximately 32.6% of the outstanding Barkerville Shares, accordingly, the Arrangement will be a non-arm’s length transaction for the purposes of the policies of the TSXV and a "business combination" under Multilateral Instrument 61-101.

Osisko has also agreed to provide Barkerville with a C$7 million unsecured bridge loan (the "Bridge Loan") to allow Barkerville to continue to advance the exploration and development of the Cariboo gold project. The Bridge Loan will have an interest rate of 10% per annum and a term to maturity of six months. The Bridge Loan may be increased to C$13 million, subject to approval of both Osisko and Barkerville.

It is anticipated that the Arrangement will be completed in November 2019. Further information regarding the Arrangement will be contained in a management information circular that Barkerville will prepare, file and mail to the Barkerville securityholders in connection with the Barkerville Meeting. All securityholders are urged to read the information circular once available as it will contain additional important information concerning the Arrangement.

The Arrangement has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both Barkerville and Osisko. Mr. Sean Roosen noted his conflict as a Director of both Osisko and Barkerville and recused himself from the negotiations leading up to this announcement.  The Arrangement was negotiated on behalf of Osisko by a special committee of independent Directors of Osisko (the “Osisko Special Committee”).

The Arrangement was negotiated on behalf of Barkerville by a special committee of independent Directors of Barkerville (the “Barkerville Special Committee”). In reaching its conclusions, the Board of Directors received the unanimous recommendation of the Barkerville Special Committee and two fairness opinions with respect to the consideration to be received by Barkerville Shareholders.

National Bank Financial is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Osisko. Bennett Jones LLP is acting as legal counsel to Osisko and the Osisko Special Committee.

Maxit Capital LP is acting as financial advisor to Barkerville. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is acting as special legal counsel to Barkerville and the Barkerville Special Committee. The Barkerville Special Committee also retained PI Financial Corp. to prepare a fairness opinion.  Maxit Capital LP and PI Financial Corp. each provided a fairness opinion to Barkerville’s Special Committee and Board of Directors, to the effect that, as of the date of such opinions, the consideration to be received by holders of Barkerville common shares (excluding Osisko), is fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, in each case, subject to the respective limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth in such opinions. The written fairness opinions from Maxit Capital LP and PI Financial Corp. will be set out in the Barkerville management information circular.

Osisko will host a conference call on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 8:30 am EDT to discuss the transaction announced in this press release.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial in at 1 (877) 223-4471 (North American toll free), or 1 (647) 788-4922 (international). An operator will direct participants to the call.

The conference call replay will be available from 11:30 am EDT on September 23, 2019 until 11:59 pm EDT on September 30, 2019 with the following dial in numbers: 1-(800) 585-8367 (North American toll free) or 1 (416) 621-4642, access code 9988832.

Barkerville Gold mines Ltd. is focused on developing its extensive mineral rights package located in the historical Cariboo Mining District of central British Columbia. Barkerville's Cariboo Gold Project mineral tenures cover 1,950 square kilometres; along a strike length of 67 kilometres which includes several past producing placer and hard rock mines, making it one of the most well-endowed land packages in British Columbia. Since the management change in mid-2015, the Corporation has unlocked the fundamental structural controls of gold mineralization. Barkerville’s brownfields exploration team is focused on developing and delineating a mineable resource within the 8 kilometers of principle project area located near the town of Wells, British Columbia. Barkerville’s greenfields team is developing quality exploration assets throughout the remaining land package through systematic, scientific, exploration. The operation's team is focused on completing required studies in order to permit underground mining on Cow and Island Mountains.

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd is an intermediate precious metal royalty company that holds a North American focused portfolio of over 135 royalties, streams and precious metal offtakes. Osisko's portfolio is anchored by its 5% NSR royalty on the Canadian Malartic Mine, which is the largest gold mine in Canada. Osisko also owns a portfolio of publicly held resource companies, including a 32.6% interest in Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. and a 4% NSR royalty on the Cariboo Gold project, a 19.9% interest in Falco Resources Ltd and a 16.4% interest in Osisko Mining Inc.

Osisko is a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Québec, with its head office is located at 1100 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Suite 300, Montréal, Québec, H3B 2S2.

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Globe Newswire: 11:30 GMT Monday 23rd September 2019

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