Equinox Gold Announces Friendly Acquisition of Premier Gold Mines

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Equinox Gold Corp. (TSX: EQX, NYSE American: EQX) (“Equinox Gold”) and Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX: PG, OTCPK: PIRGF) (“Premier”) are pleased to announce that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) whereby Equinox Gold will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Premier. Concurrently, Premier will spin-out to its shareholders shares of a newly created US-focused gold production and development company to be called i-80 Gold Corp. (“i-80 Gold”, and together with the Agreement, the “Transaction”) that will own the South-Arturo and McCoy-Cove properties and will complete Premier’s previously announced acquisition of the Getchell Project, all in Nevada. Equinox Gold will retain Premier’s interest in the world-class Hardrock Project in Ontario, the Mercedes Mine in Mexico, and the Hasaga and Rahill-Bonanza properties in Red Lake, Ontario. On closing of the Transaction, existing Equinox Gold and Premier shareholders will own approximately 84% and 16% of Equinox Gold, and Equinox Gold and existing shareholders of Premier will own 30% and 70% of i-80 Gold, respectively, on an issued share basis.

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