Mr. Trevor Zeck reports
AURIZON MAILS SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN MATERIALS
Aurizon Mines Ltd. has mailed materials to all shareholders recommending that shareholders ratify the shareholder rights plan that the board of directors adopted on Jan. 22, 2013. The rights plan is intended to provide the board of directors with adequate time to identify and develop value-enhancing alternatives, if appropriate, to any unsolicited takeover bid, including the unsolicited offer made by Alamos Gold Inc. on Jan. 14, 2013.
Approval of the rights plan will be sought at a special meeting of shareholders to be held on March 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. (Vancouver time) in the main boardroom at Computershare Investor Services Inc., third floor, 510 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C.
Whether or not shareholders plan to attend the special meeting, the board of directors of Aurizon recommends that shareholders complete, sign, date and return the proxy enclosed in the mailing, approving the adoption of the rights plan.
George Brack, chair of the special committee of the Aurizon board of directors, said: "A number of parties have entered into confidentiality agreements with the company and are in the process of conducting diligence and making site visits. The shareholder rights plan is important to ensure the board has adequate time to consider these and all other potential alternatives to the Alamos offer. The rights plan also ensures that all shareholders receive equal treatment in the event of an unsolicited offer. The board of directors did not adopt the rights plan to prevent a takeover of the company, to secure the continuance of management or the directors or to deter fair offers for Aurizon shares. We therefore recommend that shareholders return the proxy that has been mailed to them, and approve the rights plan."
A copy of the rights plan is available on Aurizon's website under the special meeting tab, at the SEDAR website, and as part of the registration statement on Form 8-A filed by Aurizon and available at the SEC website.
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