Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (the “Company” or “Coeur”) (NYSE: CDE) (TSX: CDM) today announced that it is entering into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Coeur will agree to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Orko Silver Corp. (“Orko”) (TSX VENTURE: OK) in a transaction with a total value of approximately CAD$350 million. The transaction will be implemented by way of a plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”) under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) and is expected to close in April 2013.
Mitchell J. Krebs, Coeur’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We look forward to realizing the substantial benefits of this transaction. Orko’s key asset, the La Preciosa silver project in Mexico, is one of the largest undeveloped silver deposits in the world and adds a large-scale development opportunity with significant exploration upside to Coeur’s portfolio. The combination with Orko will deliver enhanced asset and geographic portfolio diversification and robust growth prospects for our combined shareholder base.”
Gary Cope, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orko said, “This compelling transaction provides Orko shareholders with an attractive premium, value certainty through the substantial cash component of Coeur’s offer and the opportunity to share in the significant upside potential of the combined entity. Coeur has the financial and operational resources necessary to realize the true value of La Preciosa and we look forward to working with them to complete the transaction as expeditiously as possible.”
Based on the closing price of Coeur shares on February 19, 2013, Coeur’s offer implies a value of CAD$2.46 per Orko share, which represents a premium of approximately 56% to the unaffected Orko share price on December 14, 2012, the last trading day prior to the announcement of Orko’s agreement to be acquired by First Majestic Silver Corporation (“First Majestic”) (FR.TO) (AG) (FMV.F).