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(B)(N) ARZ Aurizon Mines Limited

January 16, 2013

Deal Book. The management and Board of  Directors of Aurizon Mines have said “Now, just a minute, there” to the unsolicited bid – the fourth since 2008  – by Alamos Gold Incorporated to take over their company (Marketwire, January 15, 2013, Aurizon Responds to Unsolicited Offer). Indeed. Although we don’t own the stock of either of these two companies because both of them are trading below the “price of risk” or Risk Price (SF) and have been for some time, it’s still interesting to think about what it means for one company to take over another. What difference does it make to we who own them in our portfolios? Please see Exhibit 1 and 2 below.

The stock price of Aurizon has, predictably, popped to the takeover price of $4.65 a share which is a 36 percent premium over the stock’s closing price of $3.40 on Friday. And now it lingers with no place to go but down or up and down but mostly down (apparently). On the other hand, the Risk Price (SF) is a dollar more, $5.60 to $5.75, and represents “fair value” if the new owners are actually able to produce the demonstrated values that shareholders believe are there. Please see our Post, The Price of Risk, August 2012 or The Nash Equilibrium & Its Stock Price, October 2012, for more details and additional explanations of the “price of risk” and what it means. Aurizon has never paid a dividend so we as shareholders can only make money by buying and selling the stock to each other and one wonders where all that production – 803,000 ounces of gold from November 2006 until December 2011 according to the Company – is actually going or would we be just as happy with owning gold in the ground, so to speak?

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) ARZ Aurizon Mines Limited – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) ARZ Aurizon Mines Limited

Aurizon Mines Limited, head quartered in Vancouver BC, is a gold-producer engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of gold projects.

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From the Company: “Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on developing its existing projects in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, one of the world’s most favourable mining jurisdictions and prolific gold and base metal regions, and by increasing its asset base through accretive transactions. Aurizon has eight properties in Quebec, which include an advanced-stage gold development property of the Heva and Hosco West Extension areas.”

Alamos Gold has made an all cash offer of $780 million (Reuters, January 14, 2013, Alamos Gold to buy Aurizon Mines for about C$780 million) and in support of its bid has been acquiring Aurizon shares over the past few days and now owns (it is said) at least 26 million Aurizon shares or more than 16 percent of the issued and outstanding Aurizon shares.

Alamos Gold Incorporated has a current market value of about $1.8 billion and last year paid a cash dividend of $0.20 per share or $24 million in total to its shareholders for a yield of about 1.3%.

Exhibit 2: (B)(N) AGI Alamos Gold Incorporated – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) AGI Alamos Gold Incorporated

Alamos Gold Incorporated is an intermediate gold producer and owner of Salamadra group of concessions in the State of Sonora, Mexico. Exploration and development operations include the Mulatos Mine and a number of other development projects in the region.

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If we sharpen our pencils based on what we know – and we don’t know the future – Aurizon has 165 million shares outstanding and a current Risk Price (SF) of $6 for a “risk adjusted price” of $990 million and Alamos Gold has 121 million shares and a current Risk Price (SF) of $19 and, therefore, a “risk adjusted price” of $2,300 million. Since these are “apples and apples” and it’s a cash deal, we can add them ($3,290 million) and divide by the 121 million shares of the combined company to impute a Risk Price of $27 to the combined company which it will need to earn and is substantially above the current stock price of $15 to $19.

The RiskWerk Company does not own any of the common stock of either of these two companies and has no financial or fiduciary interest in these transactions.


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