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Sabina Gold & Silver Announces C$49 Million Bought Deal Financing

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (SBB.T/SGSVF.OTCQX), (“Sabina” or the “Company”) has announced today that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets, under which the underwriters have agreed to buy on a bought deal basis, a combination of common shares (the “Common Shares”), flow-through common shares (the “Flow-Through Common Shares”), charity flow-through common shares (the “Charity Flow-Through Common Shares”), and super charity flow-through common shares (the “Super Charity Flow-Through Common Shares,” and together with the Common Shares, Flow-Through Common Shares, and Charity Flow-Through Common Shares, the “Securities”) to provide the Company with gross proceeds of approximately C$49 million (the “Offering”). 12,500,000 Common Shares will be offered at a price of C$2.00 per Common Share, for gross proceeds of approximately C$25 million. 2,100,000 Flow-Through Common Shares will be offered at a price of C$2.40 per Flow-Through Common Share for gross proceeds of approximately C$5 million. 5,224,000 Charity Flow-Through Common Shares will be offered at a price of C$2.68 per Charity Flow-Through Common Share for gross proceeds of approximately C$14 million. 1,638,000 Super Charity Flow-Through Common Shares will be offered at a price of C$2.90 per Super Charity Flow-Through Common Share for gross proceeds of approximately C$5 million. The Company has granted the Underwriters an option, exercisable at the offering price for a period of 30 days following the closing of the Offering, to purchase up to an additional 15% of Securities issued as Common Shares to cover over-allotments, if any. The Offering is expected to close on or about June 3, 2020 and is subject to Sabina receiving all necessary regulatory approvals.


The Company has provided a financing notice to Zhaojin International Mining Co., Ltd. (“Zhaojin”) about the exercise of Zhaojin’s participation right (the “Zhaojin Participation Right”) under its Shareholder Agreement with the Company dated December 19, 2017, as amended. Pursuant to the Zhaojin Participation Right, Zhaojin has a 48 hour right to elect to purchase such number of Common Shares at the Offering Price by way of a private placement to either maintain its 9.9% holdings in Sabina’s Common Shares or to subscribe for such number of Common Shares as is equal to 33% of the Common Shares sold under the Offering and prior private placements in which Zhaojin did not participate at the 33% level.


The net proceeds from the sale of the Common Shares will be used to advance development of the Company’s Back River Gold Project, including completion of detailed engineering, extension of the airstrip at Goose, completion of geotechnical drilling and acquisition of accommodation complex for future mine construction and operations, to commence the advancement of an underground decline to advance exploration on the Umwelt zone, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.


The gross proceeds from the sale of the Flow-Through Common Shares and Super Charity Flow-Through Common Shares will be used for expenditures which qualify as “Canadian exploration expenses” (“CEE”) and “flow-through mining expenditures” both within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada). The gross proceeds from the sale of the Charity Flow-Through Common Shares will also be used for expenditures which qualify as CEE. The Company will renounce such CEE with an effective date of no later than December 31, 2020.


The Securities will be offered pursuant to the Company's base shelf prospectus dated May 15, 2020. The terms of the Offering will be described in a prospectus supplement to be filed with securities regulators in each of provinces and territories of Canada, other than Quebec and the Common Shares may also be offered by way of private placement in the United States.


The Securities offered 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. 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 jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.


About Sabina Gold & Silver

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. is well-financed and is an emerging precious metals company with district scale, advanced, high grade gold assets in one of the world’s newest, politically stable mining jurisdictions: Nunavut, Canada.


Sabina released a Feasibility Study on its 100% owned Back River Gold Project which presents a project that has been designed on a fit-for purpose basis, with the potential to produce ~200,000 ounces a year for ~11 years with a rapid payback of 2.9 years (see “Technical Report for the Initial Project Feasibility Study on the Back River Gold Property, Nunavut, Canada” dated October 28, 2015). 


The Project received its final Project Certificate on December 19, 2017. The Project received its Type A Water License on November 14, 2018 and is now in receipt of all major authorizations for construction and operations.


In addition to Back River, Sabina also owns a significant silver royalty on Glencore’s Hackett River Project. The silver royalty on Hackett River’s silver production is comprised of 22.5% of the first 190 million ounces produced and 12.5% of all silver produced thereafter.


The Company had approximately $21.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as at March 31, 2020.


For further information, please contact:


Nicole Hoeller, Vice-President, Communications: 1 888 648-4218 nhoeller@sabinagoldsilver.com


This news release has been authorized by the undersigned on behalf of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.


Bruce McLeod, President & CEO
Suite 1800 – Two Bentall Centre
555 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V7X 1M7
Tel 604 998-4175 Fax 604 998-1051
http://www.sabinagoldsilver.com


Forward-Looking Information


This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws (the “forward-looking statements”), including information pertaining to the Company's filing of the Preliminary Base Shelf Prospectus, regulatory approval of the Shelf Prospectus and any potential future offering(s) of securities pursuant to the Shelf Prospectus (and the use of proceeds therefor). These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. While we have based these forward-looking statements on our expectations about future events as at the date that such statements were prepared, the statements are not a guarantee that such future events will occur and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which could cause events or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors and assumptions include, among others, the effects of general economic conditions, commodity prices, changing foreign exchange rates and actions by government and regulatory authorities and misjudgments in the course of preparing forward-looking statements. In addition, there are known and unknown risk factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Known risk factors include risks associated with exploration and project development; the need for additional financing; the calculation of mineral resources and reserves; operational risks associated with mining and mineral processing; fluctuations in metal prices; title matters; government regulation; obtaining and renewing necessary licenses and permits; environmental liability and insurance; reliance on key personnel; the potential for conflicts of interest among certain of our officers or directors; the absence of dividends; currency fluctuations; labour disputes; competition; dilution; the volatility of the our common share price and volume; future sales of shares by existing shareholders; and other risks and uncertainties, including those relating to the Back River Project and general risks associated with the mineral exploration and development industry described in our Annual Information Form, financial statements and MD&A for the fiscal period ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at www.sedar.com. Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We are under no obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements except as required under applicable securities laws.