SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Report of Foreign Private Issuer Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the month of November 2017
Commission File Number: 001-31819
Gold Reserve Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
999 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 401
Spokane, Washington 99201
(Address of principal executive office)
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This Report on Form 6-K and the exhibit attached hereto are hereby incorporated by reference into Gold Reserve Inc.’s (the “Company”) current Registration Statements on Form F-3 on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
The following exhibit is furnished with this Form 6-K:
99.1 News Release
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and information
The information presented or incorporated by reference in this report contains both historical information and "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act) or "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws) (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") that may state our intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future.
Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies that may cause our actual financial results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied herein and many of which are outside our control.
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, including those set out herein, that may never materialize, prove incorrect or materialize other than as currently contemplated which could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "plan," "may," "could" and other similar expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events and future trends, which do not relate to historical matters, identify forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are not intended to provide any assurances as to future results.
Numerous factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation:
· delay or failure by Venezuela to make payments or otherwise honor its commitments under the Settlement Agreement, including with respect to the sale of the Mining Data or the Award;
· the risk that the Company may not be able to transfer the funds deposited by Venezuela to a trust account for the benefit of the Company at Banco de Desarrollo Económico y Social de Venezuela ("Bandes Bank") (the "Trust Account"), a Venezuelan state-owned development bank, to its U.S. or Canadian bank accounts;
· the risk of the imposition of further sanctions by the U.S., Canada or other jurisdictions that may negatively impact our ability to freely transfer funds held in the Trust Account or our ability to do business in Venezuela;
· the ability of the Company and Venezuela to (i) successfully overcome any legal, regulatory or technical obstacles to operate Siembra Minera and develop and later operate the Siembra Minera Project, (ii) obtain any remaining governmental approvals and (iii) obtain financing to fund the capital and initial operating costs of the Siembra Minera Project;
· risks associated with exploration, delineation of adequate resources and reserves, regulatory and permitting obstacles and other risks incident to the exploration, development and operation of mining properties in Venezuela and generally for mining projects including our ability to achieve revenue producing operations in the future;
· local risks associated with the concentration of our future operations and assets in Venezuela, including operational, security, legal, regulatory, political and economic risks;
· our ability to resume our efforts to enforce and collect the Award, including the associated costs of such enforcement and collection effort and the timing and success of that effort, if Venezuela fails to make payments to the Trust Account under the Settlement Agreement, it is terminated and further efforts to meet the commitments in the Settlement Agreement are abandoned;
· pending the receipt of payments to the Trust Account and transfer of such payments under the Settlement Agreement to our U.S. or Canadian bank accounts, our continued ability to service our obligations as they come due and access future additional funding, when required, for ongoing liquidity and capital resources, including as a result of payments of certain of those funds that must be made to our shareholders and holders of CVRs;
· potential shareholder dilution resulting from future financings;
· our prospects in general for the identification, exploration and development of additional mining projects;
· risks associated with the abilities and continued participation of key employees; and
· changes in U.S., Canadian and/or other tax laws to which we are subject.
See “Risk Factors” contained in our Annual Information Form and Annual Report on Form 40-F filed on www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov, respectively for additional risk factors that could cause results to differ materially from forward-looking statements.
Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and investors should not infer that there has been no change in our affairs since the date of this report that would warrant any modification of any forward-looking statement made in this document, other documents periodically filed with the SEC or other securities regulators or presented on the Company’s website. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. We disclaim any intent or obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements or the foregoing list of assumptions or factors, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, subject to our disclosure obligations under applicable U.S. and Canadian securities regulations. Investors are urged to read the Company’s filings with U.S. and Canadian securities regulatory agencies, which can be viewed online at www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com, respectively.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Dated: November 27, 2017
GOLD RESERVE INC. (Registrant)
By: /s/ Robert A. McGuinness
Robert A. McGuinness, its Vice President of Finance,
Chief Financial Officer and its Principal Financial and Accounting Officer
GOLD RESERVE PROVIDES NOVEMBER VENEZUELA UPDATE
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, November 22, 2017
Gold Reserve Inc. (TSX.V: GRZ) (OTCQX: GDRZF) (“Gold Reserve” or the “Company”) reported on activities in Venezuela with respect to the Siembra Minera S.A. gold/copper/silver project (owned 45% by the Company and 55% by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).
Gold Reserve, Siembra Minera S.A. and their technical consultants are working to complete the Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) in accordance with National Instrument 43-101. This study will include an up to date resource estimate, a mine plan including gold, copper and silver production, estimated capital and operating costs, and overall project schedule for both the planned early production 15,000 tonnes per day saprolite mill and the longer term 140,000 tonnes per day hard rock mill.
The Company is also pleased to report net income of US$34.3 million (US$0.36 per share) for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017, versus a US$5.6 million net loss (US$0.06 per share) for the same period in 2016. Revenues for the third quarter 2017 were US$88.5 million versus no revenues in the same period of 2016. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017 net income was US$81.8 million versus a net loss of US$15.1 million for the same period of 2016. Revenues for the nine months were US$187.5 million versus no revenues in the same period of 2016. The Company’s unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 have been filed and are available for review under the Company’s profiles at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.
The Company also announces that it has received the November installment payment of US$29.5 million pursuant to its Settlement Agreement with Venezuela. These funds were deposited into a trust account for the benefit of the Company at Banco de Desarrollo Económico y Social de Venezuela (“Bandes”), a Venezuelan state-owned economic and social development bank. As a result of the sanctions issued in August 2017, the U.S. government restricted the Venezuelan government's access to the U.S. financial markets by filing executive orders barring, among other things, dealings in new bonds and stocks issued by the Venezuelan government and the state oil company and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them. Subsequent to the U.S. actions, Canada imposed its own sanctions. The sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Canada subsequently led international intermediary banks, which previously facilitated the transfer of funds from Bandes to the Company’s United States bank accounts, to decline to facilitate such transfers or put significant limitations on their participation. The Company and Venezuela have been working with various international banks to accomplish these transfers. Including the November 2017 payment, Gold Reserve has received an aggregate of US $187.5 million pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, of which US$99 million has been transferred to its U.S. bank account and US$88.5 million remains in the Bandes trust account.
Also as a result of the U.S. sanctions, the US$350 million in face value of debt securities that were intended to be pledged as collateral for a portion of the Settlement Agreement payments were not on the exempt list, and are therefore no longer marketable. The Venezuelan government is working to replace this collateral with something that is both acceptable to Gold Reserve and permitted under the sanctions.
Doug Belanger stated, “The government of Venezuela has assured the Company that it remains committed to the Siembra Minera Project and the terms of the Settlement Agreement with Gold Reserve and we are hopeful that the Company can work within the restrictions of the U. S. and Canadian sanctions to resolve the current situation.”
Further information regarding the Company can be located at www.goldreserveinc.com, www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com
Gold Reserve Inc.
A. Douglas Belanger, President
999 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 401
Spokane, WA 9920I USA
Tel. (509) 623-1500
Fax (509) 623-1634
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable U.S. federal securities laws and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian provincial and territorial securities laws and state Gold Reserve’s and its management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future including without limitation statements with respect to the development of the Siembra Minera project, including the preparation of a PEA for the project, the transfer of funds held in the Company’s trust account with Bandes and the pledging of collateral by Venezuela pursuant to the Settlement Agreement . Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.
We caution that such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other risks that may cause the actual outcomes, financial results, performance, or achievements of Gold Reserve to be materially different from our estimated outcomes, future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements, including without limitation the risk that a PEA for the Siembra Minera project will not be completed within the time frame anticipated, the risk that the development of the Siembra Minera project may not proceed as anticipated , the risk that the Company may not be able to repatriate funds received under the Settlement Agreement and the risk that Venezuela may not be able to provide collateral security for the payments to be made under the Settlement Agreement. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of Gold Reserve’s forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Gold Reserve or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Gold Reserve disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements or the foregoing list of assumptions or factors, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, subject to its disclosure obligations under applicable rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian provincial and territorial securities laws.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.