TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2012) -
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Lake Shore Gold Corp. ("Lake Shore" or the "Company") (TSX:LSG.TO - News)(NYSE MKT:LSG - News)(NYSE Amex:LSG.TO - News) announced that it has increased the size of its previously announced public offering, on a "bought deal" basis, to C$90 million principal amount of convertible senior unsecured debentures, at a price of C$1,000 per debenture, with an interest rate of 6.25% per annum, payable semi-annually on the last day of March and September commencing on March 31, 2013 (the "Debentures"). The Debentures will mature on September 30, 2017. The transaction was upsized from the original amount of C$75 million.
The offering is being made through a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Capital Markets.
The Company has also granted the underwriters the option to purchase up to C$13.5 million principal amount of additional Debentures at a price of C$1,000 per Debenture to cover over-allotments, exercisable in whole or in part anytime up to 30 days following closing of the offering.
The Debentures will be convertible at the holder's option into common shares of the Company at a conversion price of C$1.40 per common share. The debentures will not be redeemable prior to September 30, 2015. On and after September 30, 2015 and prior to maturity, the Debentures may be redeemed in whole or in part from time to time at the Company's option, at a price equal to their principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, provided that the volume weighted average trading price of the common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the 20 consecutive trading days preceding the date on which the notice of redemption is given is not less than 130% of the conversion price.
The net proceeds from the offering will be used to repay and extinguish the Company's US$50 million three-year corporate revolving facility and for general corporate purposes.
The offering is subject to normal regulatory approvals, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the NYSE MKT and is expected to close on or about September 7, 2012.
The Debentures will be offered in Canada by way of short form prospectus in all provinces of Canada and in the United States to qualified institutional buyers as defined in Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About Lake Shore Gold
Lake Shore Gold is a gold mining company that is in production and pursuing rapid growth through the successful exploration, development and operation of three wholly owned, multi-million ounce gold complexes in the Timmins Gold Camp. The Company is in commercial production at both the Timmins West and Bell Creek mines, with material being delivered for processing to the Bell Creek Mill. The Company continues to have an active drilling program aimed at supporting current operations and evaluating high-priority exploration targets around the Timmins Camp. The Company's common shares trade on the TSX and NYSE MKT under the symbol LSG.