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Gold Reserve Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GRZ) (NYSE MKT:GRZ) (the “Company”) announced today that it is notifying holders (“Holders” or “Noteholders”) of its 5.50% Senior Subordinated Convertible Notes due 2022 (the “Notes”) that the Company is modifying the Notice of Right of Repurchase and its terms which were announced on May 17, 2012. On May 17, 2012 the Company announced that it had agreed with Holders of 87.8% of the notes (“Majority Noteholders”) to restructure their Notes, subject to shareholder approval and such consents as may be required under the Indenture, that will allow the Company to restructure the Notes with a combination of cash, common shares, modified terms for the remaining balance of the Notes and a Contingent Value Right as described further below. The Company is now offering the terms of that restructuring arrangement to all remaining Noteholders such that the Holders of the remaining 12.2% of the Notes now can elect to have their Notes repurchased for 100% cash or accept the same arrangement as was agreed with the Majority Noteholders.
Proposed Alternative Election of Noteholders
The Company has amended its Tender Offer Statement with respect to the Right of Repurchase (“Amended Notice”) to include an alternative election (the “Alternative Election”) that will be available to all remaining Holders of Notes to reflect the terms of a proposed restructuring of the Notes that has been agreed to with its three largest Noteholders (the “Restructuring”). The Company anticipates that, subject to shareholder approval, each Holder will have the option to require the Company to purchase all or a portion of their Notes for the following consideration for each $1,000 in principal amount of Notes: (i) $200 in cash, (ii) 147.06 common shares, (iii) $300 of amended notes which will remain outstanding under the indenture governing the Notes, as amended, (iv) a Contingent Value Right (“CVR”) entitling the holder to a percentage of an award or settlement of the Company’s ICSID arbitration claim against the Government of Venezuela with respect to the expropriation of the Company’s Brisas Project and any proceeds from the sale of its mining data, and (v) additional cash consideration payable based on each Holder’s pro rata percentage of Notes restructured pursuant to the Alternative Election in an aggregate amount of up to $1 million (collectively, the “Alternative Consideration”). The maximum CVR net of taxes and other deductions that will be paid if all Holders elect this proposed alternative transaction will not exceed 5.81% of an award or settlement and sale of the mining data. The Restructuring will be subject to the approval of the Company’s shareholders at its annual and special meeting scheduled to be held on June 27, 2012.