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Hecla completes acquisition of Klondex Mines

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Global Mining Review,

Yesterday, Idaho-based precious metals company Hecla Mining Company (Hecla) completed its acquisition of North American gold mining company Klondex Mines Ltd.

President and CEO of Hecla, Phillips S. Baker, Jr., said: “With this acquisition, Hecla now has three high-grade mines in Nevada, one of the best mining districts in the world.”

“These assets immediately add production and cash flow, and because they are a good fit with Hecla’s expertise, we believe there is significant opportunity for improvement in the mines’ productivity and consistency.”

“We welcome the former Klondex shareholders and employees to Hecla, as we continue to grow into the largest and strongest company in its long history,” Baker added.

Hecla acquired the outstanding common shares of Klondex for approximately US$153 million and 75 million shares of Hecla common stock extinguishing all rights to acquire Klondex common shares. Klondex shareholders who elected to receive share consideration will receive 0.6272 of a Hecla share in exchange for their Klondex shares. Klondex shareholders who elected to receive combined cash and share consideration or who failed to file an election on a timely basis will receive the combination consideration of US$0.8411 in cash and 0.4136 of a Hecla share in exchange for their Klondex shares. Klondex shareholders who elected to receive cash consideration were subject to proration and will receive US$0.8867 in cash and 0.4020 of a Hecla share in exchange for their Klondex shares. Klondex shareholders will also receive 0.125 of a common share of Havilah Mining Corp. (Havilah), a newly-formed entity that is to retain Klondex’s Canadian operations, as part of the consideration received in exchange for each of their Klondex shares.


Havilah has been approved to list its common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange, with trading expected to commence at market open on 25 July 2018. Klondex has also received approval to delist its common shares from the Toronto Stock Exchange. This is expected to occur at the opening of trading on or about 25 July 2018. Klondex shares are expected to be delisted from the NYSE American Stock Exchange prior to the opening of trading on 23 July 2018.

As part of the transaction, Hecla subscribed for 3 539 332 common shares of Havilah, on a private placement basis at a price of CAN$2.61 per share for a gross purchase price of CAN$9 242 800. The shares of Havilah acquired by Hecla reportedly represent 13.46% of the outstanding common shares of Havilah, after giving effect to the subscription. The common shares were acquired for investment purposes by Hecla. Hecla does not have any present intention to acquire ownership of, or control over, additional securities of Havilah. It is the intention of Hecla to evaluate its investment in Havilah on a continuing basis and such holdings may be increased or decreased in the future.

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