March 27, 2009 Taseko Mines Limited (“Taseko” or the “Company”) has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters under which the underwriters have agreed to buy from Taseko 13,793,104 common shares at an issue price of CDN$1.45 per common share (the “Offering”) for gross proceeds of approximately CDN$20 million.
The underwriters will have an over-allotment option, exercisable at any time prior to 30 days after the closing date, to acquire up to an additional number of common shares equal to 15% of the number of common shares sold pursuant to the Offering, at the issue price. The Company expects to file a short form prospectus with securities regulatory authorities in Canada to qualify the common shares for distribution in Canada.
The Company also intends to issue, via a non-brokered private placement at the same price as the Offering, approximately CDN$5 million of common shares (the “Non-Brokered Offering”). Finder’s fees will be payable on the Non-Brokered Offering.
The net proceeds from the Offering and the Non-Brokered Offering are intended to be used for general working capital and corporate purposes. Closing of the Offering and the Non-Brokered Offering is expected to occur on or about April 15, 2009 and is subject to certain customary terms and conditions, including normal regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE Amex Equities Exchange.
The Offering is being made in all provinces of Canada. The securities offered in each of the Offering and the Non-Brokered Offering will not be and have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Securities purchased by U.S. investors pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements may not be resold within the United States other than pursuant to further exemptions from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
President and CEO
For further details on Taseko and its properties, please visit the Company’s website at www.tasekomines.com or Investor Services:
Contact Name: Brian Bergot, Investor Relations
Contact Number: 778-373-4545
No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release.
CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This document contains “forward-looking statements” that were based on Taseko’s expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which those statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “should” and similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These included but are not limited to:
- uncertainties and costs related to the Company’s exploration and development activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
- uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future production and future cash and total costs of production and milling;
- uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project;
- uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time estimated and at the scheduled cost;
- uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition;
- uncertainties related to unexpected or ongoing judicial or regulatory proceedings;
- changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies;
- changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing;
- the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty defaults, and mark to market risk;
- the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover mining risks;
- the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
- environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore; and
- labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.
For further information on Taseko, investors should review the Company’s annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov and home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
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