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MELBOURNE, Sept 1, 2015 /CNW/ - OceanaGold Corporation (TSX/ASX/NZX: OGC) ("OceanaGold") is pleased to announce that it has completed the SEDAR filing and mailing of the shareholder meeting materials for the previously announced Plan of Arrangement (the "Arrangement") with Romarco Minerals Inc. ("Romarco"). As indicated by the respective OceanaGold and Romarco press releases dated 30 July 2015, the boards of directors for both companies unanimously recommend the friendly transaction.
OceanaGold shareholders on record as of 18 August 2015 will receive proxy voting materials in advance and are asked to vote by proxy or in person at a Special Meeting of OceanaGold shareholders (the "Meeting") to be held on 28 September 2015 at 10:00 am (Vancouver Time) at the offices of Stikeman Elliott LLP (666 Burrard Street – 17th floor, Vancouver, British Columbia).
The Meeting materials include a joint information circular that contains, among other things, details concerning the Arrangement, the reasons for and benefits of the Arrangement, the risks associated with the Arrangement, the requirements for the Arrangement to become effective, the procedure for exchanging common shares, voting at the Meeting and other related matters. Shareholders are urged to carefully review the joint information circular and accompanying materials as they contain important information regarding the Arrangement and its consequences to shareholders.
The Board of Directors of OceanaGold UNANIMOUSLY recommend that shareholders vote IN FAVOUR of the Arrangement.
Shareholders who have questions regarding the Arrangement or who require assistance with voting may contact Laurel Hill Advisory Group, the proxy solicitation agent, by telephone at: 1 877 452 7184 (North American Toll Free) or 416 304 0211 (Collect Outside North America); or by email at: [email protected].
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT – PLEASE VOTE TODAY
OceanaGold Corporation is a significant multinational gold producer with mines located in New Zealand and the Philippines. The Company's assets encompass New Zealand's largest gold mining operation at the Macraes Goldfield in Otago which is made up of the Frasers and Coronation open pits and the Frasers underground mine. On the west coast of the South Island, the Company operates the Reefton Open Pit mine. At the end of April 2015, the Company announced the acquisition of the high quality Waihi Gold Mine located on the North Island of New Zealand where the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. In the Philippines, OceanaGold owns and operates its flagship operation, the Didipio Gold-Copper Mine located on the island of Luzon. OceanaGold has a pipeline of organic growth and exploration opportunities in the Australasia and Americas regions. On July 29, 2015, the Company announced the proposed acquisition of Romarco Minerals Inc. whose principal asset is the world-class Haile Gold Mine which is currently in construction and located in South Carolina, United States
OceanaGold has operated sustainably over the past 25 years with a proven track record for environmental management and community and social engagement. The Company has a strong social license to operate and works collaboratively with its valued stakeholders to identify and invest in social programs that are designed to build capacity and not dependency.
In 2015, the Company expects to produce and attribute 380,000 to 410,000 ounces of gold from the combined New Zealand and Didipio operations and produce 22,000 to 23,500 tonnes of copper from the Didipio operation.
OceanaGold is listed on the Toronto, Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges under the symbol OGC.
Cautionary Statement for Public Release
Certain information contained in this public release may be deemed "forward-looking" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information relate to future performance and reflect the Company's expectations regarding the generation of free cash flow, execution of business strategy, future growth, future production, estimated costs, results of operations, business prospects and opportunities of OceanaGold Corporation and its related subsidiaries. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", "plans", "estimates" or "intends", or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements and information. They include, among others, the accuracy of mineral reserve and resource estimates and related assumptions, inherent operating risks and those risk factors identified in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form prepared and filed with securities regulators which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under the Company's name. There are no assurances the Company can fulfil forward-looking statements and information. Such forward-looking statements and information are only predictions based on current information available to management as of the date that such predictions are made; actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks facing the Company, some of which are beyond the Company's control. Although the Company believes that any forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release is based on reasonable assumptions, readers cannot be assured that actual outcomes or results will be consistent with such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements and information, whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. The information contained in this release is not investment or financial product advice.
SOURCE OceanaGold Corporation
For further information: Investor Relations - Toronto: Sam Pazuki, Tel: +1 416 915 3123; Media Relations - Melbourne: Andrea Atell, Tel: +61 3 9656 5300; [email protected], www.oceanagold.com, Twitter: @OceanaGold