VANCOUVER, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Radius Gold Inc. (TSX-V: RDU) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Company has unanimously approved a spin out transaction (the "Spin Out") whereby Radius will transfer all of its Yukon and Alaskan property assets and $1.0 million in cash to a new company ("Newco") in return for Newco shares and warrants, the majority of which will then be distributed to Radius shareholders by way of a plan of arrangement. The implementation of the Spin Out is subject to, among other things, Radius shareholder approval, court approval and TSX Venture Exchange ("Exchange") approval, including Exchange approval of the listing of the common shares of Newco on the Exchange.
The objective of the Spin Out is to maximize shareholder value by allowing the market to independently value geographically separate property portfolios. The Spin Out will result in two strategically positioned companies, one focused on Latin America and the other focused on the Yukon.
Radius will retain ownership of all Latin American property and royalty interests, including the HB Project and geothermal licences in Guatemala, and its Nicaraguan portfolio currently under option to B2Gold Corp., plus shares owned in other companies acquired in relation to the Latin American properties. Newco will hold all of the staked and optioned properties of Radius located in the Yukon and Alaska, including the Sixty Mile district and Rackla Belt properties, and shares owned in other companies acquired pursuant to existing Yukon option agreements.
Spin Out Terms
The Spin Out will result in Radius shareholders receiving Newco common shares and warrants based on the number of Radius shares held. Radius will retain an approximately 19.9% ownership interest in Newco. An application will be made to have the Newco warrants listed on the Exchange and listing will be subject to meeting the Exchange listing requirements.
Radius shareholder approval will be sought at a shareholders' meeting expected to be held in the fall of 2011. An Information Circular containing full details of the Spin Out will be sent to Radius shareholders prior to the meeting.
Simon Ridgway, the Chief Executive Officer of Radius, stated: "The management and Board of Directors of Radius believe that the proposed separation of assets should facilitate independent financing and exploration strategies, resulting in an excellent opportunity for shareholders to maximize the value of their Radius holdings."
Radius has been exploring for gold in Latin America for nearly a decade, and has assembled interests in a portfolio of promising gold projects throughout the region, including carried stakes in two small-scale developing gold projects in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Radius also has a number of 100% owned exploration plays, including the HB property in Guatemala and several properties in the Rackla Belt and Sixty Mile placer gold district in the Yukon.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Simon Ridgway, President & CEO
Investor relations: Ralph Rushton / Erin Ostrom
Symbol: TSXV-RDU; OTCBB-RDUFF
Shares Issued: 79.9-million
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SOURCE Radius Gold Inc.