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Vancouver, BC – August 15, 2014 – Veris Gold Corp. (“Veris” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: YNGFF) announced its unaudited interim financial and operational results for the second quarter ended on June 30, 2014 on August 15, 2014. This earnings news release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s MD&A, Financial Statements and Notes to the Financial Statements which were filed on SEDAR on August 15, 2014 and are available on the Company’s website at www.verisgold.com.
All dollar amounts are expressed in United States Dollars unless otherwise specified.
Creditor Protection Proceedings
On June 3, 2014, the Company received Notices of Early Termination Date from Deutsche Bank AG London Branch (“DB”) requiring the Company to make payments totaling $89.4 million under the terms of the Senior Secured Gold Forward Facility the Company and DB entered into in 2011 and 2012. Failing to make payments by June 9, 2014 would have allowed DB to take such steps as necessary to enforce its rights against the Company. On June 9, 2014 the Company sought protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) in the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the “Court”) and the Court issued an order granting the Company’s application for creditor protection. The Company also filed a Chapter 15 case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada (the “US Court”). The US Court issued an interim order granting provisional relief under Section 1519 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and subsequently entered a formal order on July 23, 2014 with respect to such provisional relief.
The protections in both proceedings (the “Creditor Protection Proceedings”) have currently been extended to (i) September 4, 2014 for the CCAA proceeding and (ii) August 29, 2014 for the Chapter 15 case, when a hearing on the application for recognition of the CCAA proceeding is currently scheduled. The Company and DB have negotiated an interim agreement, which was approved by the US Court on August 6, 2014, and are in the process of negotiating a final agreement to be approved by the US Court, which will be documented in a final Cash Collateral Order. During the Creditor Protection Proceedings, the Company continues its daily operations while pursuing a restructuring through a plan of compromise and arrangement (the “Plan”). The Plan will involve a restructuring of the Company’s current liabilities and will be subject to creditors’ vote and the approval of both the Court and US Court.
Trading in the Company’s common stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) was halted on June 9, 2014, and the Company’s common stock was subsequently delisted on July 18, 2014. The delisting was a direct result of the CCAA proceeding and the Company is currently not exploring alternative listings at this time as the listed securities would likely continue to be suspended under the new listing. Upon completion of the Creditor Protection Proceedings, the Company will evaluate options to relist on the TSX or other possible exchanges.
Operational Highlights for Q2-2014 include:
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