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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - (CNW Group - February 27, 2012) - Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX:PG) (“Premier” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed a previously announced bought deal public offering of 10,000,000 common shares (the “Common Shares”) at a price of $5.75 per Common Share for net proceeds of approximately $54.5 million (the “Offering”) through a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets and including Canaccord Genuity Corp., Scotia Capital Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs Canada Inc., Stonecap Securities Inc., Octagon Capital Corporation and Versant Partners Inc. The Offering included the issue of 1,000,000 Common Shares at the offering price upon the exercise of the over-allotment option granted by the Company to the Underwriters under the Offering. Pursuant to the over-allotment option, the Underwriters have the right to purchase up to an additional 350,000 Common Shares at the Common Share offering price, exercisable in whole or in part, at any time prior to March 28, 2012.
The net proceeds from the Common Shares sold under the Offering will be used to fund Premier’s exploration and development activities, for repayment of a portion of Premier’s long-term debt and for general corporate purposes.
“With the completion of this financing, the Corporation now has approximately $90 million in working capital” stated Ewan Downie, President and Chief Executive officer of Premier. “These funds are expected to meet all near and mid-term exploration and development plans as well as facilitating plans for continued corporate growth.”
Premier Gold Mines Limited is one of North America’s leading exploration companies with a high-quality pipeline of projects focused in proven, safe and accessible mining jurisdictions in Canada and the United States. The Company’s portfolio includes significant assets in world class gold mining districts such as Red Lake, Musselwhite and Geraldton in Ontario and the Carlin Trend in Nevada.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION:
This news release includes certain information that may constitute “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements about the use of proceeds from the Offering, strategic plans, spending commitments, future operations, future work programs and objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including the risks identified in Premier’s annual information form under the heading “Risk Factors”. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.