Yamana Gold Raises Total Consideration of Approximately $178 Million Through Completion of the Sale of its Merecedes Mine and Monetization of Sandstorm Warrant Holdings

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 3, 2016 ─ YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI; NYSE:AUY) (“Yamana” or the “Company”) announces that it has completed the sale to Premier Gold Inc. (“Premier”) of its Mexican subsidiaries through which the Mercedes mine is held. Pursuant to the transaction, the Company received total consideration of $122.5 million in cash plus shares, equity securities and net smelter return royalties having an additional value of approximately $22 million. The marketable securities received include 6 million common shares of Premier and 3 million common share purchase warrants of Premier that are exercisable at C$4.75 per common share for 24 months. The Company also received a 1.0% net smelter return royalty on the Mercedes mine, that becomes payable upon the earlier of six years from the completion of the sale and the date upon which cumulative production of 450,000 ounces of gold equivalent from Mercedes has been achieved, as well as a 2.0% net smelter return royalty on the La Silla property in Sinaloa, Mexico and the La Espera property in Sonora, Mexico.

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