Jul. 19, 2011 (Marketwire Canada) --
TORONTO, ONTARIO --
All amounts expressed in US$ unless otherwise indicated
Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) ("Barrick" or "the Company") and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Barrick Canada Inc. (the "Offeror"), announced today that it has acquired the remaining 32,016,675 common shares (the "Equinox Shares") of Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX:EQN)(ASX:EQN) ("Equinox") not already owned by Barrick or its affiliates, representing approximately 4% of the outstanding Equinox Shares on a fully-diluted basis, pursuant to a previously announced compulsory acquisition under the Canada Business Corporations Act. As a result of such acquisition, Barrick and its affiliates now collectively own 879,495,876 Equinox Shares, representing 100% of the outstanding Equinox Shares on a fully diluted basis.
It is anticipated that the Equinox Shares will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") at the close of business (Toronto time) on July 20, 2011 and that the CHESS Depositary Interests representing the Equinox Shares will be delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX") at the close of business (Sydney time) on July 21, 2011. The Offeror intends to cause Equinox to apply to the relevant securities commissions for it to cease to be a reporting issuer in all applicable jurisdictions in Canada following the delisting from the TSX and ASX.
The Offeror is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barrick. Its registered office is Brookfield Place, TD Canada Trust Tower, 161 Bay Street, Suite 3700, P.O. Box 212, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2S1. To obtain a copy of the report filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities relating to the compulsory acquisition by the Offeror of the remaining Equinox Shares, contact the individuals listed below.
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INVESTOR CONTACT: Deni Nicoski
MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Lloyd