Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX.V, ASM: NYSE - MKT; “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that by a share purchase agreement dated June 25, 2014, it has agreed to privately acquire 9,500,000 common shares (the “Shares”) of Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. (“Bralorne”) for a purchase price of CAD$0.28 per share (CAD$2.66 million in total), representing approximately 33.3% of Bralorne’s total issued and outstanding shares (the “Proposed Transaction”). The Proposed Transaction will proceed by way of an exempt take-over bid, after the vendor provides the required statutory 7 days’ notice of intent to distribute securities of Bralorne. Other than 179,149 common shares of Bralorne previously held by Avino (the “Prior Holdings”), neither Avino, nor any other persons acting jointly or in concert with Avino, previously held any other securities of Bralorne. Accordingly, Avino will own upon completion of the Proposed Transaction, a total of 9,679,149 common shares of Bralorne, representing approximately 34% of the total issued and outstanding shares of Bralorne.
Avino intends to hold the Shares and the Prior Holdings for investment purposes. Depending upon market conditions and other factors, Avino may from time to time acquire additional securities of Bralorne, dispose of some or all of the existing or additional securities it holds in Bralorne, or will hold or continue to hold its current position. The closing of the purchase and sale is subject to the acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange, and is expected to occur on or before July 10, 2014. Upon completion of the Proposed Transaction, Avino will file an Early Warning Report containing further details of the acquisition on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under Bralorne’s profile.
Appointment of Special Committee
The board of directors of Avino has appointed an independent special committee to review, negotiate and recommend the approval of the Proposed Transaction to the board of Avino. Avino and Bralorne have two directors in common, David Wolfin and Gary Robertson, and Jasman Yee, a director of Avino, has performed consulting services for Bralorne in the past. David Wolfin is also a director and officer of Oniva International Services Corp., a private resource management company which provides administrative and other services and facilities to Avino and Bralorne, among other companies. The special committee of Avino is comprised of Andrew Kaplan and Michael Baybak. The special committee has recommended the Proposed Transaction for approval by the board of directors of Avino, based upon among other factors their review of the financial position, operations, and exploration potential of Bralorne, and upon the recommendations of its financial advisor Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corporation.
Bralorne is a Canadian junior mining and exploration company, whose current project is a 100% interest in the Bralorne Gold Mine, located 241 kilometres north east of Vancouver, British Columbia. The Bralorne mining camp has a golden history with past production of 4 million ounces of gold from three mines (Bralorne, Pioneer and King) that fed two mills with a combined capacity of 875 tons per day with gold grades that averaged half an ounce per ton until 1971. Historically, the focus was on mining high grade material delineated by driving drifts on the veins at successively lower levels in the mines. Minimal exploration work was conducted beyond the known veins, and the areas between the historical mines were left undeveloped. Under Bralorne’s management, new mill facilities have been developed, permitted, and are fully operational, and new discoveries have been made within the gap areas between the old mines, using geochemical surveys followed by diamond drilling. On November 21, 2012, Bralorne filed on SEDAR a preliminary economic assessment report on the Bralorne Mine property prepared by Beacon Hill Consultants (1988) Ltd., which reported as at August 31, 2012 measured and indicated mineral resources of 170,583 ton grading 0.266 oz gold/ton, and inferred mineral resources of 272,089 tons grading 0.256 oz gold/ton (mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability).
In 2011, Bralorne began limited production at 100 tons per day and has sustained the operation since that time. Despite the limited production, the mine property is still considered in the exploration and evaluation stage. During fiscal year 2013, Bralorne produced an estimated 3,842 ounces of gold.
For more information, please feel free to visit Bralorne’s website at: www.bralorne.com.
Founded in 1968, Avino’s mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the historic Avino property near Durango, Mexico, and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Malcolm Davidson, CA
Chief Financial Officer
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