VANCOUVER and FUJIAN, China, Jan. 7, 2019 /CNW/ - Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX: NSU) (NYSE AMERICAN: NSU) ("Nevsun") and Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. (SH:601899, SEHK:2899) ("Zijin") today announced that in connection with Zijin's offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Nevsun ("Nevsun Shares") for C$6.00 per Nevsun Share (the "Offer"), an additional 9,526,987 Nevsun Shares ("Additional Shares"), representing approximately 3.07% of all issued and outstanding Nevsun Shares, have been deposited under the Offer and not withdrawn during the extension period. Zijin thanks all the shareholders who have tendered their Nevsun Shares for their continued support of the Offer.
Zijin, through its subsidiary, has taken up all of the Additional Shares and will pay the depositary the aggregate consideration of $57,161,922 for the Additional Shares on January 8, 2019. As a result of the take up and upon payment of all of the Additional Shares, and the 276,820,575 Nevsun Shares taken-up on December 28, 2018, Zijin will own approximately 92.44% of the total issued and outstanding shares of Nevsun.
As the Offer has now expired, Zijin intends to acquire the balance of the Nevsun Shares by way of compulsory acquisition, as more fully described in the Offer circular. A notice of compulsory acquisition is expected to be mailed in the coming days to Nevsun shareholders who did not tender their shares to the Offer. Shareholders are encouraged to carefully review the notice of compulsory acquisition and complete and return the letter of transmittal, together with the certificates representing their Nevsun Shares, in accordance with the instructions included in the notice of compulsory acquisition in order to receive payment for their shares as soon as possible.
Zijin intends to apply to de-list the Nevsun Shares from the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange effective on the completion of the compulsory acquisition. In addition, on completion of the compulsory acquisition, Zijin intends to cause Nevsun to cease to be a reporting issuer under the securities laws of each province of Canada in which it is a reporting issuer and to cease to have public reporting obligations in any other jurisdiction in which it currently has such obligations.
Forward Looking Statements
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About Nevsun Resources Ltd.
Nevsun Resources Ltd. is the 100% owner of the high-grade copper-gold Timok Upper Zone and 60.4% owner of the Timok Lower Zone in Serbia. The Timok Lower Zone is a joint venture with Freeport-McMoRan Exploration Corporation ("Freeport") which currently owns 39.6% and upon completion of any feasibility study (on the Upper or Lower Zone), Nevsun Resources Ltd. will own 46% and Freeport will own 54%. Nevsun generates cash flow from its 60% owned copper-zinc Bisha Mine in Eritrea.
About Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd.
Formed in 1993, Zijin is based in Fujian, China and is a leading global mining company specializing in gold, copper, zinc and other mineral resource exploration and development. It manages an extensive portfolio, primarily consisting of gold, copper, zinc, and other metals through investments in China and overseas across nine countries. Listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Zijin has a market capitalization of approximately US$10 billion.
NEVSUN RESOURCES LTD.
"Xian Jian Guo"
Xian Jian Guo
Chief Executive Officer
ZIJIN MINING GROUP CO. LTD.
President & Vice Chairman
SOURCE Nevsun Resources Ltd.
For further information: David Jan, Nevsun Investor Relations, Tel: +1 604 623 4700, Toll free: 1 888 600 2200, Email: [email protected]; SHAREHOLDER QUESTIONS: D.F. King, an AST Company, North America Toll Free: 1-866-822-1238, Collect Calls Outside North America: 1-212-771-1133, Email: [email protected]; FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Liu Qiang, Board Secretary, Zijin Investor Relations