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Minera Andes Announces Receipt of Interim Court Order in Respect of Proposed Business Combination With US Gold
Friday, December 09, 2011
Minera Andes Announces Receipt of Interim Court Order in Respect of Proposed Business Combination With US Gold08:30 EST Friday, December 09, 2011TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2011) -US Gold Corporation ("US Gold") (NYSE:UXG)(TSX:UXG) and Minera Andes Inc. ("Minera Andes") (TSX:MAI)(OTCBB:MNEAF) are pleased to announce that Minera Andes has been granted an interim order by the Court of Queen's Bench (Alberta), authorizing, among other things, the holding of a special meeting of Minera Andes shareholders. At this meeting, the Minera Andes shareholders will be asked to consider a special resolution approving the proposed arrangement, pursuant to which US Gold will acquire Minera Andes to form McEwen Mining Inc. The US Gold and Minera Andes shareholder meetings will each be held in the Austin Gallery at 1 King West Hotel in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Meeting of US Gold shareholders to consider matters related to the arrangement is scheduled to be held at 4:00 pm EST, and the Meeting of Minera Andes shareholders, immediately following at 4:45 pm EST, on January 19, 2012. The record date for determining shareholders eligible to vote at each of these meetings is December 12, 2011. Shareholders of record of each of US Gold and Minera Andes will receive proxy materials and voting information, which is expected to be mailed to beneficial shareholders on or about December 19, 2011, at which time it will also be available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and EDGAR (www.sec.gov).The US Gold and Minera Andes boards of directors, based on recommendations from their respective special committees, have unanimously recommended that shareholders vote in favour of the transaction.ABOUT US GOLD (www.usgold.com) AND MINERA ANDES (www.minandes.com) US Gold and Minera Andes entered into a definitive arrangement agreement on September 22, 2011, wherein each Minera Andes shareholder would receive 0.45 of a share exchangeable into a US Gold share for every one (1) Minera Andes share held. US Gold's objective is to qualify for inclusion in the S&P 500 by 2015. US Gold explores for gold and silver in the Americas and is advancing its El Gallo Project in Mexico and its Gold Bar Project in Nevada towards production. US Gold's shares are listed on the NYSE and the TSX under the symbol UXG, trading 2.5 million shares daily during the past twelve months. US Gold's shares are included in S&P/TSX and Russell indices and Van Eck's Junior Gold Miners ETF. Rob McEwen, Chairman and CEO, owns 20% of the shares of US Gold. Minera Andes is an exploration company exploring for gold, silver and copper in Argentina with three significant assets: One, a 49% interest in Minera Santa Cruz SA, owner of the San Jose Mine that is located near Goldcorp's Cerro Negro project; Two, 100% ownership of the Los Azules copper deposit; Three, 100% ownership of a large portfolio of exploration properties in Santa Cruz province, Argentina, including properties bordering the Cerro Negro project. The Company had $45 million USD in cash as at September 30, 2011 with no bank debt. Rob McEwen, Chairman and CEO, owns 30% of the shares of Minera Andes. Forward Looking and Cautionary Statements This press release contains certain forward-looking statements and information by each of US Gold and Minera Andes, including "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements and information express, as at the date of this press release, US Gold and Minera Andes' estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations or beliefs as to future events and results. Forward-looking statements and information are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties, risks and contingencies, and there can be no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be accurate. Therefore, actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements and information. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results or future events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements and information include, but are not limited to, the completion of the proposed business combination between Minera Andes and US Gold (including the numerous approvals required in connection with such a business combination), risks related to business integration as a result of a successful business combination, factors associated with fluctuations in the market price of precious metals, mining industry risks, risks associated with foreign operations, risks related to litigation including specifically but not limited to Minera Andes' Los Azules property which if resolved adversely to Minera Andes (or the combined company, as the case may be) would materially affect Minera Andes' ability to develop the Los Azules project, property title, the state of the capital markets, environmental risks and hazards, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral resources and reserves and other risks. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information included herein, which speak only as of the date hereof. Neither US Gold nor Minera Andes undertakes any obligation to reissue or update forward-looking statements or information as a result of new information or events after the date hereof except as may be required by law. See (i) US Gold's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the caption "Risk Factors"; and, (ii) Minera Andes' Annual Information Form as filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and form 40F/A filed with the SEC, for the period ended December 31, 2010, for additional information on risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to the forward-looking statements and information. All forward-looking statements and information made in this news release are qualified by this cautionary statement.Additional Information About the Arrangement In connection with the proposed arrangement, US Gold has filed a preliminary proxy statement and will file a definitive proxy statement with the SEC. SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE ARRANGEMENT BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARRANGEMENT AND THE PARTIES THERETO. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the Company's shareholders seeking, among other things, their approval of the issuance of US Gold shares as consideration in the arrangement. US Gold's shareholders may also obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement free of charge once it is available by directing a request to: US Gold Corporation at (647) 258-0395 (Toll Free: (866) 441-0690) or Investor Relations, at Suite 4750, Bay Wellington Tower, 181 Bay Street, P.O. Box 792, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5J 2T3. In addition, the preliminary proxy statement, the definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials that have been or will be filed with the SEC will be available free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or shareholders may access copies of such documentation filed with the SEC by visiting the "Investor Relations" section of US Gold's website at http://www.usgold.com. US Gold and its respective officers and other members of management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the arrangement. Information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of US Gold's executive officers and directors in the solicitation are available in the preliminary proxy statement and will be available in the definitive proxy statement relating to the arrangement to be filed with the SEC. Information about US Gold's executive officers and directors is also available in US Gold's definitive proxy statement relating to its 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on April 29, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Jenya MeshcheryakovaInvestor RelationsTel: (647) 258-0395 or Toll Free: (866) 441-0690(647) 258-0408 (FAX)email@example.comOR181 Bay Street Suite 4750Mailing AddressP.O. Box 792Toronto ON M5J 2T3The TSX and NYSE have not reviewed and do not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release, which has been prepared by management of US Gold and Minera Andes.