Montag, 6. Juli 2015

Bedeutender Deal in der kanadischen Uran-Industrie: Denison Mines schnappt sich Fission Uranium

Top-Deal für CA:DML - vor allem long-term. Nicht so der "Hammer Deal" für CA:FCU. Sehr gut für CA:NXE. Und natürlich exzellent für Mr. Lukas Lundin:

Denison and Fission Announce Transaction to Create Leading Diversified Uranium Company

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 6, 2015) - Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:DML)(NYSE MKT:DNN) ("Denison") and Fission Uranium Corp. (TSX:FCU)(OTCQX:FCUUF)(FRANKFURT:2FU) ("Fission") are pleased to announce the execution of a Binding Letter Agreement (the "Binding Agreement") to combine their respective businesses (the "Transaction"). The Transaction creates a leading Canadian focused diversified uranium company - combining high quality assets and the management teams of two highly respected companies. Headlining the asset portfolio of the combined company will be two world class uranium exploration and development projects: Fission's 100% owned Patterson Lake South Project, and Denison's 60% owned Wheeler River Project, both located in the prolific Athabasca Basin, in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada.
Subject to the terms set out in the Binding Agreement, Fission common shareholders will receive 1.26 common shares of Denison for each common share of Fission held plus $0.0001 per share in cash. Upon completion of the Transaction, the combined company, to be named "Denison Energy Corp.", will be approximately 50% owned by each of Denison's and Fission's existing shareholders on a fully-diluted in-the-money basis. The market capitalization of Denison and Fission on a combined basis is anticipated to be approximately CAD$900 million. Based on the 30 day volume weighted average price of Denison's shares on the TSX of CAD$0.99 as at July 3, 2015, the offer implies a price per Fission common share of CAD$1.25 and represents a premium of approximately 18% to the 30 day volume weighted average price of Fission's shares on the TSX of CAD$1.06 as at July 3, 2015.
Ron Hochstein, Executive Chairman of Denison, commented: "The continued exploration success at our Phoenix deposit and Gryphon discovery, in combination with the discovery and exploration success of the world class Triple R deposit puts the combined company in an incredibly strong strategic position, with the most significant development portfolio in the world. We are confident that our shareholders will benefit from the value creation opportunities that will be realized through an expanded and more diversified uranium company."
Dev Randhawa, Chairman & CEO of Fission, stated: "This merger will create the uranium industry's leading exploration and development company at a time when the sector is poised for growth. Denison has a strong, diversified portfolio and, with the Triple R deposit, Fission is bringing the Athabasca Basin's largest undeveloped high-grade resource as well as a successful and award-winning technical and management team."
Transaction Highlights
  • Consolidation of Strategic Uranium Assets: An unrivaled portfolio of strategic uranium asset interests in the Athabasca Basin, headlined by Fission's 100% owned PLS Project and Denison's 60% owned Wheeler River Project and including Denison's interests in the Midwest, McClean Lake, Waterbury Lake, Mann Lake, and Wolly projects, as well as Denison's strategic 22.5% ownership interest in the McClean Lake Mill;
  • Continued Exploration Potential: Exploration foothold in both the historically prolific Eastern Athabasca Basin and the emergent Western Athabasca Basin, with a dominant combined land package of over 430,000 hectares and a sizeable base of mineral resources defined under NI 43-101, providing the foundation for future resource growth.
  • Free Cash Flows: The toll-milling of ore from the Cigar Lake mine under a toll milling agreement between the McClean Lake Joint Venture and the Cigar Lake Joint Venture and management fees from Uranium Participation Corporation are expected to provide the combined company with a source of cash in the future to fund its activities;
  • Complimentary Combined Management Team: Management from Fission and Denison will be combined, offering expertise and skill in the uranium industry and mergers and acquisitions, as well as the proven ability to finance ambitious exploration programs and successfully explore and develop uranium mining projects;
  • Increased Liquidity: Increased scale is expected to enhance trading liquidity and access to global capital markets; and
  • Valuation Upside: Various monetization options in respect of Denison's African exploration and development portfolio, including the Falea project in Mali and the Mutanga project in Zambia, are being considered by the combined company and may be pursued when market conditions permit.
Management Team and Board of Directors
The senior executive team and the Board of Directors of the combined company will draw from the extensive experience and expertise of both companies. Mr. Lukas Lundin will become non-executive Chairman and Mr. Dev Randhawa will become the Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. Mr. Ross McElroy will be appointed President & Chief Operating Officer, and Mr. David Cates will become Chief Financial Officer. The Board of Directors will be comprised of ten directors: five of whom currently serve as directors of Denison and five of which will be appointed from the Board of Directors of Fission..


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