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Vista Gold Corp. Announces Proposed U.S.$30 Million Private Placement and That Proceeds of Private Placement Will Be Used to Repurchase U.S.$23 Million Principal Amount of Outstanding Notes

DENVER, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vista Gold Corp. (TSX & NYSE Amex Equities: VGZ) ("Vista" or the "Corporation") announces that it intends to undertake a private placement financing, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, in which it plans to raise gross proceeds of up to U.S.$30 million from the sale of up to 13,043,479 special warrants of the Corporation (the "Special Warrants"), each priced at U.S.$2.30.  The Special Warrants will automatically be exercised, for no additional consideration, for one common share of the Corporation (a "Common Share") and one common share purchase warrant (a "Warrant") upon receipt of Vista's shareholders' approval of the private placement (the "Shareholders' Approval"). Each Warrant will be exercisable over a five-year period from the closing of the private placement, to purchase one Common Share (a "Warrant Share") at a purchase price of U.S.$3.50 during the first year, U.S.$4.00 during the second year, U.S.$4.50 during the third year and U.S.$5.00 until the expiry of the Warrant. If the closing price of the Common Shares on the NYSE Amex Equities Stock Exchange is at least 35% above the current Exercise Price of the Warrants for a period of 15 consecutive trading days, then the Corporation will have the option to request that the Warrants be exercised. If the Warrants are not exercised within 15 business days following this request, they will be cancelled.

The Corporation anticipates requesting the Shareholders' Approval at a Special Shareholders' Meeting before the end of 2010.  The exercise of the Special Warrants and the issuance of the Common Shares and Warrants are subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the NYSE Amex Equities Exchange and other regulatory approvals.

The Corporation has agreed to use its commercially best efforts to have a registration statement, with respect to the resale of the Common Shares, Warrants and Warrant Shares issuable under the private placement, declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission within four months of the receipt of the Shareholders' Approval.

If the transaction is completed, the net proceeds will be used for the following purposes: (i) to repurchase the U.S.$23 million principal amount of outstanding 10% senior secured convertible notes due March 4, 2011, (ii) the advancement of the Mt. Todd project, and (iii) for general corporate purposes.

The Corporation has agreed to pay fees in respect of subscriptions from investors introduced to the Company by a finder in the United States and an agent in Canada.  The fees will be payable in that number of Special Warrants equal to 5% of the number of Special Warrants purchased by investors introduced by that finder or agent.  In addition, the finder and the agent will be issued the number of compensation warrants equal to 5% of the Special Warrants sold to purchasers introduced by that finder or agent pursuant to the private placement with each compensation warrant being exercisable for two years from the closing of the private placement, to acquire one Common Share at a price of U.S.$2.30 per Common Share.

The above-described securities have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the "U.S. Securities Act") or any state securities laws of any state of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) or a person in the United States absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements and in accordance with all applicable state securities laws of any state of the United States.  This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the above described securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Vista Gold Corp.

Vista is focused on the development of the Concordia gold project in Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the Mt. Todd gold project in Northern Territory, Australia, to achieve its goal of becoming a gold producer. Vista's other holdings include the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold project in Mexico, the Yellow Pine gold project in Idaho, the Awak Mas gold project in Indonesia, and the Long Valley gold project in California.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Vista expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things as Vista's plans to conduct the private placement offering as described in this press release; Vista's plans to obtain shareholder approval for the private placement offering; Vista's anticipated use of the proceeds from the private placement offering; Vista's future business strategy, competitive strengths, goals, operations, plans, potential project development, future share price and valuation; future gold prices; and other such matters are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information.  When used in this press release, the words "intends", "plans", "anticipates", "will", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and forward-looking information.  These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Vista to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements.  Such factors include, among others, uncertainty concerning Vista's ability to raise capital on favorable terms or at all; uncertainty concerning Vista's ability to obtain shareholder approval for the private placement offering; risks associated with financings; risks relating to fluctuations in the price of gold; risks related to repayment of debt; risks related to increased leverage; risks of shortages of equipment or supplies; risks that Vista's acquisition, exploration and property advancement efforts will not be successful; the inherently hazardous nature of mining-related activities; uncertainty concerning reserve and resource estimates; uncertainty concerning estimates of results based on such reserve and resource estimates; risks relating to completing metallurgical testing; uncertainty of future feasibility study results; risks relating to cost increases for capital and operating costs including the cost of power; potential effects on Vista's operations of environmental regulations in the countries in which it operates; risks due to legal proceedings; and risks relating to political and economic instability in certain countries in which it operates; as well as those factors discussed under the headings "Uncertainty of Forward Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in Vista's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed on March 16, 2010, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as filed on August 6, 2010, and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities commissions.  Although Vista has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Except as required by law, Vista assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact Connie Martinez at (720) 981-1185.

SOURCE Vista Gold Corp.

For further information: Connie Martinez of Vista Gold Corp., +1-720-981-1185

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