/NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OR FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S.
TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI; NYSE:AUY; LSE:YAU) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Canaccord Capital Corporation and Scotia Capital Inc. (the "Lead Underwriters") pursuant to which the Lead Underwriters have agreed to purchase for resale to the public by the Lead Underwriters and a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, the "Underwriters"), 16,700,000 common shares of Yamana on a "bought deal" basis, at a price of Cdn$6.00 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds to Yamana of Cdn$100,200,000. In addition, the Company has agreed to grant to the Underwriters an option (the "Over-Allotment Option") to purchase up to an additional 2,505,000 common shares of Yamana at a price of Cdn$6.00 per common share, on the same terms and conditions as the Offering (as defined below), exercisable any time, in whole or in part, until the date that is 30 days from the closing date of the Offering. If the Over-Allotment Option is exercised in full, the total gross proceeds to Yamana will be Cdn$115,230,000 (the "Offering").
The common shares to be issued under the Offering will be offered by way of a short form prospectus to be filed in all of the provinces of Canada, except Quebec.
The net proceeds from the Offering are expected to be used for ongoing operating and working capital requirements, and may be used to reduce the level of debt currently outstanding under Yamana's revolving debt facility or for discretionary capital programs as required.
The Offering is expected to close in late December 2008 and is subject to normal regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
This press release does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities being offered have not been, nor will be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from U.S. registration requirements.
Yamana is a Canadian-based gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Central America and the United States. Yamana is producing gold and other precious metals at intermediate company production levels in addition to significant copper production. The company continues to build on this base through existing operating mine expansions and throughput increases, the advancement of its exploration properties and by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and elsewhere in the Americas.
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