DENVER, CO, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - International Royalty Corporation (NYSE-A:ROY, TSX: IRC) ("IRC") notes the announcement made today by Franco-Nevada Corporation that it has commenced an unsolicited offer (the "Offer") to acquire, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, any and all of the issued and outstanding common shares of IRC for C$6.75 in cash per share.
IRC's board of directors, together with its financial advisor, Scotia Capital Inc., and legal advisors, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and Perkins Coie LLP, will review the full terms of the Offer, and, following that review, IRC's board of directors will make a recommendation to shareholders.
A directors' circular containing the recommendation of IRC's board of directors in respect of the Offer and its reasons supporting such recommendation will be mailed to shareholders and filed with applicable securities regulators on or before December 29, 2009. In the meantime, shareholders are urged to take no action relating to the Offer until the board of directors has had the opportunity to review and consider the Offer and has made its recommendation to shareholders.
Prior to the announcement of Franco-Nevada's intention to make the Offer, the board of directors of IRC established a special committee of directors to review and consider any proposals relating to any extraordinary transaction involving IRC. Accordingly, the special committee is reviewing the Offer and is considering alternatives to the Offer. Following completion of that review, the special committee will make a recommendation to the board of directors with respect to the Offer and any alternatives considered by the special committee.
International Royalty Corporation
IRC is a global mineral royalty company. IRC holds 84 royalties including an effective 2.7% NSR on the Voisey's Bay mine, a sliding scale NSR on the Chilean portion of the Pascua-Lama project, a 1.5% NSR on the Las Cruces project and a 1.5% NSR on approximately 3.0 million acres of gold lands in Western Australia. IRC is senior listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:IRC) as well as the NYSE Amex (NYSE-A:ROY).
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
INTERNATIONAL ROYALTY CORPORATION
Douglas B. Silver
Chairman and CEO
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SOURCE INTERNATIONAL ROYALTY CORPORATION
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