November 29th, 2020

U.S. move, board replacements, urged for Vancouver junior miner Midas Gold Corp.


By The Canadian Press on November 20, 2020.

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2018 file photo shows the last standing building above the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho. A New York-based fund manager holding 44.1 per cent of the shares of Vancouver-based Midas Gold Corp. says the junior miner should be redomiciled from Canada to the United States and all five of its independent directors replaced.
Paulson & Co. Inc. says it has requested a special meeting of shareholders to make the changes which will demonstrate the company’s "long-term commitment to Idaho," where it has proposed building the US$1-billion Stibnite Gold Project. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Riley Bunch/Idaho Press-Tribune via AP, File

VANCOUVER – A New York-based fund manager holding 44.1 per cent of the shares of Vancouver-based Midas Gold Corp. says the junior miner should be redomiciled from Canada to the United States and all five of the independent directors on its eight-person board be replaced.

Paulson & Co. Inc. says in a news release and letter to employees it has requested a special meeting of shareholders to make the changes which it says will demonstrate the company’s “long-term commitment to Idaho,” where it has proposed building the US$1-billion Stibnite Gold Project.

It says the move to an Idaho head office would streamline the corporate structure and “elevate and empower” the Idaho-based team, adding the board should be refreshed with more U.S. and Idaho-based directors with skills that better align with the future direction of the company.

In late October, Midas announced it was entering the final phases of review of the project under the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act after the end of the comment period on the draft environmental impact statement.

It said the final environmental impact statement is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of next year and a final U.S. Forest Service decision on the project late in the third quarter.

The project would create about 500 jobs if it proceeds, Midas said. It is expected to produce gold and silver and would be the only mined source in the U.S. of antimony, designated by the United States as a critical mineral for its uses in national defence, aerospace and technology industries.

“If elected, the new board will have more U.S.-based directors, specifically Idaho-based directors, and greater diversity of thought and experience, better equipping the board to help the company achieve its long-term goals,” said Paulson partner Marcelo Kim, currently the chairman of Midas, in a news release.

“And, in stark contrast to current directors, the new board expects to hold substantial amounts of stock in the company, creating economic alignment with Midas Gold’s shareholders.”

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2020.

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