Barrick announces final results and settlement of $750 million debt tender offer
TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (“Barrick” or the “company”) announced today the final results and settlement of its $750 million cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) for specified series of outstanding notes (the “Notes”). The terms and conditions of the Tender Offer were described in an offer to purchase (the “Offer to Purchase”) and the related letter of transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal”), each dated February 22, 2016. On February 17, 2016, Barrick announced its intention to reduce its total debt by at least $2 billion by the end of 2016. The Tender Offer is in furtherance of this debt reduction target.
The Tender Offer
The Tender Offer commenced on February 22, 2016. Barrick, Barrick North America Finance LLC and Barrick (PD) Australia Finance Pty Ltd (together, the “Offerors”) offered to purchase for cash the series of Notes set out in the tables below for an aggregate purchase price (including principal and premium) of up to $750,000,000 (the “Maximum Tender Amount”), plus accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes from the last applicable interest payment date up to, but not including, the Settlement Date (as defined below). The amount of a series of Notes accepted for purchase in the Tender Offer was based on the order of priority (the “Acceptance Priority Level”) for such series of Notes as set forth in the tables below, with 1 being the highest Acceptance Priority Level and 7 being the lowest Acceptance Priority Level. Since the purchase of all of the Notes with Acceptance Priority Level 5 validly tendered and not validly withdrawn would result in an aggregate purchase price that would exceed the Maximum Tender Amount, the amount of Notes purchased in such series was prorated using the procedure more fully described in the Offer to Purchase. The following table presents the aggregate principal amount of Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn that the applicable Offeror has accepted for purchase, including (i) the aggregate principal amount of such Notes validly tendered after 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 4, 2016 (the “Early Tender Date”) as of midnight, New York City time, on March 18, 2016 (the “Expiration Date”), and not validly withdrawn, for each such series of Notes and (ii) the aggregate principal amount of such Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of the Expiration Date for each such series of Notes, in each case as provided by the Depositary.
The amount of each series of Notes accepted for purchase was determined under the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer as set forth in the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal. The consideration for the Notes accepted for purchase will be paid today, March 21, 2016 (the “Settlement Date”). Holders of Notes accepted for purchase that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Tender Date will receive the applicable “Total Consideration”, which includes an early tender premium of $30.00 per $1,000 of principal amount of Notes accepted for purchase (the “Early Tender Premium”). Holders of Notes accepted for purchase that were validly tendered after the Early Tender Date, but at or prior to the Expiration Date, and not validly withdrawn, will receive only the applicable “Tender Offer Consideration”, which is an amount equal to the applicable Total Consideration minus the Early Tender Premium. The Tender Offer Consideration and Total Consideration for each series per $1,000 principal amount of Notes was announced by Barrick on March 7, 2016.
In addition to the Tender Offer Consideration or the Total Consideration, as applicable, holders of Notes accepted for purchase will receive accrued and unpaid interest on such Notes from the last applicable interest payment date up to, but not including, the Settlement Date.
The following table presents the aggregate principal amount of Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn that the applicable Offeror has not accepted for purchase. Accepting for purchase such tendered Notes of any such series would exceed the Maximum Tender Amount. The following table presents (i) the aggregate principal amount of such Notes validly tendered after the Early Tender Date as of the Expiration Date, and not validly withdrawn, for each such series of Notes and (ii) the aggregate principal amount of such Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of the Expiration Date for each such series of Notes, in each case as provided by the Depositary. Notes not accepted for purchase have been or will be promptly returned to the tendering holder (or, if tendered through The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), have been or will be promptly credited to the relevant account at DTC, in accordance with DTC’s procedures).
The Dealer Managers for the Tender Offer were Citigroup Global Markets Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC. Questions regarding the Tender Offer may be directed to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. at +1 800 558-3745 (toll-free) or +1 212 723-6106 (collect), HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. at +1 888 472-2456 (toll-free) or +1 212 525-5552 (collect), or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at +1 866 834-4666 (toll-free) or +1 212 834-3424 (collect).
This press release is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell the Notes or any other securities. The Offerors made the Tender Offer only by, and pursuant to, the terms of the Offer to Purchase and the related Letter of Transmittal. The Tender Offer was not made in any jurisdiction in which the making of or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities laws, blue sky laws or other laws of such jurisdiction.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
Certain information contained in this press release, including any information as to the company’s strategy, projects, plans or future financial or operating performance, constitutes “forward-looking statements”. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words “intend”, “target”, “expect”, “will”, “may” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, with respect to Barrick’s targeted debt reductions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the company or the other Offerors in light of management’s experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements or information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold, copper or certain other commodities (such as silver, diesel fuel, natural gas and electricity); the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development; changes in mineral production performance, exploitation and exploration successes; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; increased costs, delays, suspensions and technical challenges associated with the construction of capital projects; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities, including disruptions in the maintenance or provision of required infrastructure and information technology systems; failure to comply with environmental and health and safety laws and regulations; timing of receipt of, or failure to comply with, necessary permits and approvals; the impact of global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future cash flows; adverse changes in our credit ratings; fluctuations in the currency markets; changes in U.S. dollar interest rates; risks arising from holding derivative instruments; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and/or changes in the administration of laws, policies and practices, expropriation or nationalization of property, and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions in which the company does or may carry on business in the future; damage to the company’s reputation due to the actual or perceived occurrence of any number of events, including negative publicity with respect to the company’s handling of environmental matters or dealings with community groups, whether true or not; risk of loss due to acts of war, terrorism, sabotage and civil disturbances; litigation; risks associated with working with partners in jointly controlled assets; increased costs and risks related to the potential impact of climate change; availability and increased costs associated with mining inputs and labor; and the company’s ability to successfully complete transactions. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion, copper cathode or gold or copper concentrate losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks). Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect the company’s actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the company. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. Specific reference is made to the most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the SEC and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of some of the factors underlying forward-looking statements.
The Offerors disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.