TORONTO, April 19, 2023 - Superior Gold Inc. ("Superior Gold" or the "Company") (TSXV: SGI) (OTCMKTS: SUPGF) announces that the Company has received a favourable judgment in its appeal regarding the litigation between its wholly-owned subsidiary, Billabong Gold Pty Ltd ("Billabong") and Catalyst Metals Ltd's ("Catalyst") subsidiary Dampier (Plutonic) Pty Ltd ( "Dampier"). Since the initial filing of the application, Dampier (previously a subsidiary of Vango Mining Limited) has been acquired by Catalyst. The appeal overturns a prior ruling and confirms that Dampier is to offer Billabong the right to purchase a 40% interest in the now Catalyst held Marymia Tenements, neighbouring the Company's 100% owned Plutonic Gold mine.
The industrial logic of the consolidation is what creates value for shareholders. Ongoing legal challenges prevent both companies from realising value from their assets. Without consolidation, both companies' shareholders continue to suffer.
The outcome of the appeal only further intertwines the future of both companies, confirming to both Superior Gold and Catalyst Metals that it is in the best interests of both companies that the proposed transaction, announced on February 23, 2023, proceeds.
Chris Jordaan, President and CEO of the Superior Gold said: "While Superior Gold welcomes the outcome of the appeal hearing, it only further confirms to us the strategy of the consolidation of the Plutonic Gold Belt by combining with Catalyst Metals. This is expected to be in the best interests of both companies and that the proposed transaction, announced on February 23, 2023, proceed. With Catalyst, we are now working with a party that understands the growth potential of this attractive gold belt and who is committed to the long term gains it can bring to all parties. We continue to expect the transaction with Catalyst to be completed in the second quarter of 2023."
James Champion de Crespigny, Managing Director and CEO of Catalyst Metals said: "We congratulate Chris and his team on the result of the appeal. Superior Gold have long held the view and strategy that the Plutonic Gold Belt should be consolidated. Unfortunately, historical parties prevented this, leaving Superior with little alternative but to proceed with this appeal.
For a long time now, Catalyst and Superior have shared the common view our collective shareholders will only benefit from a consolidation of the entire Plutonic Gold Belt. The proposed merger announced on February 23, 2023 achieves that. We continue to work with our partners at Superior Gold to achieve that aim."
The Company has deferred the shareholder meeting date in regard to the transaction with Catalyst and will confirm a new meeting date in due course.
As first disclosed in the Company's November 8, 2018, news release, Billabong claimed breaches by Vango Mining Limited (now a subsidiary of Catalyst) of the terms of an ore treatment agreement ("OTA"), under which Billabong held rights of first refusal ("ROFR") in respect of tenements within Vango's Plutonic Dome project in Western Australia (the "Tenements"). Billabong claimed that these rights were breached with respect to certain of Vango's intended and actual transactions in 2016 and 2017, which purported to deal with one or more of the Tenements subject to the ROFRs.
Final orders were provided by the Supreme Court of Western Australia in Civil (the "Court") on February 11, 2022, whereby Superior Gold was largely successful in the litigation, with the Court agreeing that Vango breached its obligations under the OTA in respect of the 2017 transaction. While Superior Gold was not originally successful as regards the 2016 transaction, it filed an appeal and the Court of Appeal ruling on April 18, 2023 found in favour of the Company.
On April 18, 2023 the Supreme Court of Western Australia (the "Court of Appeal") published its decision on this matter and ruled that Billabong was entitled to relief in respect of a 2016 breach of a right of first refusal. This ruling is in addition to a 2017 breach of the right of first refusal where the Company was awarded the right to enter into a heads of agreement to earn-in to 50% of the Vango held K2 tenements (as announced by the Company on March 14, 2022). Final orders are scheduled to be made in the Court of Appeal on April 26, 2023.
About Superior Gold
Superior Gold is a Canadian-based gold producer that owns 100% of the Plutonic Gold Operations located in Western Australia. The Plutonic Gold Operations include the Plutonic underground gold mine and central mill, numerous open-pit projects including the Plutonic Main Pit push-back project, the Hermes open pit projects, and an interest in the Bryah Basin joint venture. Superior Gold is focused on expanding production at the Plutonic Gold Operations and building an intermediate gold producer with superior returns for shareholders.
For more information on Superior please visit www.superior-gold.com or contact:
Superior Gold Inc., Chris Jordaan, President and Chief Executive Officer, email@example.com, Tel: 647-925-1293; Paul Olmsted, Chief Financial Officer
About Catalyst Metals
Catalyst Metals Limited is an ASX listed gold producer and explorer. Catalyst has a multi-asset strategy and controls three highly prospective gold belts.
It owns and operates the high-grade Henty Gold Mine in Tasmania which lies within the 25km Henty gold belt. Catalyst controls +75km of strike length immediately north of the Bendigo goldfield and home to the new, greenfield discovery at Four Eagles. It also owns the Marymia Gold Project located in Western Australia following its recent acquisition of Vango Mining Limited.
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