Gold Reserve Inc. (TSX:GRZ) (NYSE-Amex:GRZ) (the “Company”) has received today a notice from the Toronto Stock Exchange that the Company does not meet the Original Listing Requirements (“OLRs”) of the exchange due to the illegal expropriation of the Brisas property by the Venezuelan government.
Trading in the Company’s common shares will continue for 30 days during which time the Company has a right to appeal this decision. Should the appeal be unsuccessful, Gold Reserve will seek a listing on an alternative Canadian exchange such as the TSX Venture Exchange or the NEX so that there is, to the extent possible, uninterrupted trading for the Company’s securities. Regardless, the Company remains listed on the NYSE-Amex under the terms of a continued listing agreement that was entered in October.
The Company’s international arbitration against the Republic of Venezuela regarding the illegal expropriation of its Venezuelan properties is proceeding well with the hearing scheduled for February 2012. The Company also continues to pursue possible settlement of the arbitration but no assurances can be given at this time that it will be successful in reaching a settlement.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSThis release contains forward-looking statements that state Gold Reserve's or its management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future. In this release, forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. We caution that such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other risks that may cause the actual outcomes, financial results, performance, or achievements of Gold Reserve to be materially different from our estimated outcomes, future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. Numerous factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including without limitation: our ability to satisfy the requirements of the plan of compliance accepted by the staff of the NYSE Amex or to satisfy the continued listing requirements of the TSX or other ongoing listing standards; the outcome of our arbitration under the Additional Facility Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank, in Washington D.C. to determine compensation claimed by us resulting from our claims against the Venezuelan government and its agents and agencies; corruption and uncertain legal enforcement; political and social instability; requests for improper payments; competition with companies that are not subject to or do not follow Canadian and U.S. laws and regulations; regulatory, political and economic risks associated with Venezuela including changes in laws and legal regimes; the result or outcome of the litigation regarding the enjoined hostile takeover bid for us; impact of currency, metal prices and metal production volatility; our dependence upon the abilities and continued participation of certain key employees; the value of our 5.50% senior subordinated convertible notes due on June 15, 2022 and potential volatility of our Class A common shares (also referred to herein as "Common Shares"), including potential dilution as a result of the conversion of the convertible notes into our common shares by either us or the holder; the prospects for exploration and development of alternative projects by us; the potential delisting of our Common Shares and uncertainty regarding any appeal thereof; and risks normally incident to the exploration, development and operation of mining properties. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of Gold Reserve's forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Gold Reserve or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Gold Reserve disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements or the foregoing list of assumptions or factors, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, subject to its disclosure obligations under applicable rules promulgated by the SEC. In addition to being subject to a number of assumptions, forward-looking statements in this release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including those factors outlined in the "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risks Factors" contained in Gold Reserve's filings with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Gold Reserve's Annual Information Form and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, filed with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, respectively.