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Mergers and Acquisitions Report – B2Gold Corp. to Acquire Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. for Approximately $1.1 Billion CAD



Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – February 15, 2023) – A Copy of the Full Report is Available at the Link Below:

This report provides a summary of Gold & Precious Metal Funds that hold:

  1. The Acquired Company only: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (TSX: SBB)
  2. The Acquirer only: B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE: BTG) (NSX: B2G)
  3. Both the Acquirer and the Acquired Company

B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE: BTG) (NSX: B2G) announced (on Monday February 13th) that the company will acquire Sabina Gold & Silver Corp (TSX: SBB) in a deal valued at ~ $1.1 billion CAD (~$823.66 million USD). As part of the deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023, B2Gold will acquire Sabina’s untapped mineral-heavy Back River Gold District located in Nunavut, Canada.

B2Gold will issue 0.3867 of a common share of B2Gold for each Sabina common share held representing C$1.87 per Sabina share. The consideration implies a premium of 45% to the 20-day volume weighted average prices (“VWAP”) of each of B2Gold and Sabina on the TSX as of February 10th, 2023.

This transaction provides Sabina shareholders with access to a strong, debt free balance sheet and robust cash flow generation which will serve to fund and optimize the development of the Back River Gold District. It also enhances institutional participation, improves trading liquidity, and provides investors with exposure to a peer-leading dividend yield.

Acquired Acquirer Both
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. only B2Gold Corp. only Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. & B2Gold Corp.
Earth Gold Fund UI Allspring Precious Metals Fund CPR Invest – Global Gold Mines
Jupiter Gold & Silver Fund American Century Global Gold Fund Fidelity Select Gold Portfolio
NESTOR Gold Funds AMG Gold, Minen und Metalle iW Commodities & Gold Equities
STABILITAS Silber+Weissmetalle Amundi Gold Stock Konwave Sustainable Gold Equities
ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited Lombard Odier Funds – World Gold Expertise
BAKERSTEEL Precious Metals Fund Placeuro Gold Mines
BlackRock Global Funds World Gold Fund Stratégie Indice Or
Blackrock Gold & General Fund SVS Sanlam Global Gold & Resources Fund
BMO Precious Metals Fund TD Precious Metals Fund
CI Gold Corporate Class VanEck International Investors Gold Fund
CIBC Precious Metals Fund VanEck VIP Global Gold Fund
Claresco Or et Metaux Precieux
C-QUADRAT Gold & Resources Fund
Craton Capital Precious Metals Fund
Credit Mutuel CIC Global Gold
DJE Gold & Ressourcen
DMS Charteris Gold and Precious Metals Fund
Edmond de Rothschild Goldsphere
First Eagle Gold Fund
Franklin Gold and Precious Metals (Lux)
Franklin Gold and Precious Metals (USA)
Gabelli Gold Fund
GAMCO Global Gold, Natural Resources & Income Trust
GAMCO Natural Resources, Gold & Income Trust
Incrementum Crypto Gold Fund
Invesco Gold & Special Minerals Fund (USA)
Invesco Gold and Special Metals Fund (Lux)
iW Precious Metal Mining Equities
Konwave Gold Equity Fund
Landolt Investment (Lux) SICAV – Gold
LF Ruffer Gold Fund
Midas Fund Inc.
NBI Precious Metals Fund
NinetyOne Funds Series iii – Global Gold Fund (UK)
NinetyOne Global Gold Fund
OCM Gold Fund
Precious Capital Global Mining & Metals Fund
Precious Metals UltraSector ProFund
Premium Gold and Metal Open Fund
Quilter Investors Precious Metals Equity
RBC Global Precious Metals Fund
Rothschild & Co. Thematic Gold Mines
Rydex Precious Metals Fund
SafePort Gold & Silver Mining Fund
Schroder International Selection Fund Global Gold
Silver Plus Fund
Sprott-Alpina Gold Equity Fund
Sprott-Alpina Gold Equity UCITS Fund
STABILITAS Pacific Gold+Metals
Sun Valley Gold LLC 
United Gold & General Fund
Value Intelligence Gold Company Fonds
Zenito Silver and Gold Fund
4 Funds 53 Funds 11 Funds



Portfolio Holdings Summary

At the time of the most recently recorded asset allocation 4 funds retained holdings in only the acquired company: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (TSX: SBB). Earth Gold Fund UI, Jupiter Gold & Silver Fund, NESTOR Gold Fund, and STABILITAS Silber + Weissmetalle should receive the highest material performance benefit from this acquisition news announcement.

53 gold funds held only B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE: BTG) (NSX: B2G), and 11 funds held both B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE: BTG) (NSX: B2G) and Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (TSX: SBB).


“In advancing gold cycles, mergers and acquisitions amongst gold producers can accelerate. As gold company mergers reduce the total number of portfolio company holdings for gold funds, managers often invest more capital in mid-tier and smaller companies. This results in dynamic price activity for smaller gold producers and exploration companies as the gold cycle advances. At the beginning of 2023, we are in the early stages of this type of gold market cycle.”

Christopher J. Berlet BSc, CFA

_______________________________________ provides prices, performance and trade information for all the world’s metal ETFs including Precious Metals, Battery Metals, Platinum Group Metals and Base Metals and comprehensive fund information, including asset allocations, for Gold & Precious Metals Managed Funds from all investment jurisdictions.

Report prepared by: Kay Samnani, Analyst supported by Christopher J. Berlet BSc, CFA.


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How to identify authenticity in crypto influencer channels




Modern brands stake on influencer marketing, with 76% of users making a purchase after seeing a product on social media.The cryptocurrency industry is no exception to this trend. However, promoting crypto products through influencer marketing can be particularly challenging. Crypto influencers pose a significant risk to a brand’s reputation and ROI due to rampant scams. Approximately 80% of channels provide fake statistics, including followers counts and engagement metrics. Additionally, this niche is characterized by high CPMs, which can increase the risk of financial loss for brands.

In this article Nadia Bubennnikova, Head of agency Famesters, will explore the most important things to look for in crypto channels to find the perfect match for influencer marketing collaborations.



There are several levels related to this point.




Analyze approximately 10 of the channel’s latest videos, looking through the comments to ensure they are not purchased from dubious sources. For example, such comments as “Yes sir, great video!”; “Thanks!”; “Love you man!”; “Quality content”, and others most certainly are bot-generated and should be avoided.

Just to compare: 


Don’t rush to conclude that you’ve discovered the perfect crypto channel just because you’ve come across some logical comments that align with the video’s topic. This may seem controversial, but it’s important to dive deeper. When you encounter a channel with logical comments, ensure that they are unique and not duplicated under the description box. Some creators are smarter than just buying comments from the first link that Google shows you when you search “buy YouTube comments”. They generate topics, provide multiple examples, or upload lists of examples, all produced by AI. You can either manually review the comments or use a script to parse all the YouTube comments into an Excel file. Then, add a formula to highlight any duplicates.


It is also a must to check the names of the profiles that leave the comments: most of the bot-generated comments are easy to track: they will all have the usernames made of random symbols and numbers, random first and last name combinations, “Habibi”, etc. No profile pictures on all comments is also a red flag.




Another important factor to consider when assessing comment authenticity is the posting date. If all the comments were posted on the same day, it’s likely that the traffic was purchased.


2. Average views number per video

This is indeed one of the key metrics to consider when selecting an influencer for collaboration, regardless of the product type. What specific factors should we focus on?

First & foremost: the views dynamics on the channel. The most desirable type of YouTube channel in terms of views is one that maintains stable viewership across all of its videos. This stability serves as proof of an active and loyal audience genuinely interested in the creator’s content, unlike channels where views vary significantly from one video to another.

Many unauthentic crypto channels not only buy YouTube comments but also invest in increasing video views to create the impression of stability. So, what exactly should we look at in terms of views? Firstly, calculate the average number of views based on the ten latest videos. Then, compare this figure to the views of the most recent videos posted within the past week. If you notice that these new videos have nearly the same number of views as those posted a month or two ago, it’s a clear red flag. Typically, a YouTube channel experiences lower views on new videos, with the number increasing organically each day as the audience engages with the content. If you see a video posted just three days ago already garnering 30k views, matching the total views of older videos, it’s a sign of fraudulent traffic purchased to create the illusion of view stability.



3. Influencer’s channel statistics

The primary statistics of interest are region and demographic split, and sometimes the device types of the viewers.


When reviewing the shared statistics, the first step is to request a video screencast instead of a simple screenshot. This is because it takes more time to organically edit a video than a screenshot, making it harder to manipulate the statistics. If the creator refuses, step two (if only screenshots are provided) is to download them and check the file’s properties on your computer. Look for details such as whether it was created with Adobe Photoshop or the color profile, typically Adobe RGB, to determine if the screenshot has been edited.


After confirming the authenticity of the stats screenshot, it’s crucial to analyze the data. For instance, if you’re examining a channel conducted in Spanish with all videos filmed in the same language, it would raise concerns to find a significant audience from countries like India or Turkey. This discrepancy, where the audience doesn’t align with regions known for speaking the language, is a red flag.

If we’re considering an English-language crypto channel, it typically suggests an international audience, as English’s global use for quality educational content on niche topics like crypto. However, certain considerations apply. For instance, if an English-speaking channel shows a significant percentage of Polish viewers (15% to 30%) without any mention of the Polish language, it could indicate fake followers and views. However, if the channel’s creator is Polish, occasionally posts videos in Polish alongside English, and receives Polish comments, it’s important not to rush to conclusions.


Example of statistics


Wrapping up

These are the main factors to consider when selecting an influencer to promote your crypto product. Once you’ve launched the campaign, there are also some markers to show which creators did bring the authentic traffic and which used some tools to create the illusion of an active and engaged audience. While this may seem obvious, it’s still worth mentioning. After the video is posted, allow 5-7 days for it to accumulate a basic number of views, then check performance metrics such as views, clicks, click-through rate (CTR), signups, and conversion rate (CR) from clicks to signups.

If you overlooked some red flags when selecting crypto channels for your launch, you might find the following outcomes: channels with high views numbers and high CTRs, demonstrating the real interest of the audience, yet with remarkably low conversion rates. In the worst-case scenario, you might witness thousands of clicks resulting in zero to just a few signups. While this might suggest technical issues in other industries, in crypto campaigns it indicates that the creator engaged in the campaign not only bought fake views and comments but also link clicks. And this happens more often than you may realize.

Summing up, choosing the right crypto creator to promote your product is indeed a tricky job that requires a lot of resources to be put into the search process. 

Author Nadia Bubennikova, Head of agency  at Famesters



Nadia Bubennikova, Head of agency at Famesters

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Central banks and the FinTech sector unite to change global payments space





The BIS, along with seven leading central banks and a cohort of private financial firms, has embarked on an ambitious venture known as Project Agorá.

Named after the Greek word for “marketplace,” this initiative stands at the forefront of exploring the potential of tokenisation to significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the monetary system worldwide.

Central to this pioneering project are the Bank of France (on behalf of the Eurosystem), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Korea, the Bank of Mexico, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These institutions have joined forces under the banner of Project Agorá, in partnership with an extensive assembly of private financial entities convened by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).


At the heart of Project Agorá is the pursuit of integrating tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a unified, public-private programmable financial platform. By harnessing the advanced capabilities of smart contracts and programmability, the project aspires to unlock new transactional possibilities that were previously infeasible or impractical, thereby fostering novel opportunities that could benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The collaborative effort seeks to address and surmount a variety of structural inefficiencies that currently plague cross-border payments. These challenges include disparate legal, regulatory, and technical standards; varying operating hours and time zones; and the heightened complexity associated with conducting financial integrity checks (such as anti-money laundering and customer verification procedures), which are often redundantly executed across multiple stages of a single transaction due to the involvement of several intermediaries.

As a beacon of experimental and exploratory projects, the BIS Innovation Hub is committed to delivering public goods to the global central banking community through initiatives like Project Agorá. In line with this mission, the BIS will soon issue a call for expressions of interest from private financial institutions eager to contribute to this ground-breaking project. The IIF will facilitate the involvement of private sector participants, extending an invitation to regulated financial institutions representing each of the seven aforementioned currencies to partake in this transformative endeavour.

Source: fintech.globa

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TD Bank inks multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud





TD Bank has inked a multi-year deal with Google Cloud as it looks to streamline the development and deployment of new products and services.

The deal will see the Canadian banking group integrate the vendor’s cloud services into a wider portion of its technology solutions portfolio, a move which TD expects will enable it “to respond quickly to changing customer expectations by rolling out new features, updates, or entirely new financial products at an accelerated pace”.

This marks an expansion of the already established relationship between TD Bank and Google Cloud after the group previously adopted the vendor’s Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for TD Securities Automated Trading (TDSAT), the Chicago-based subsidiary of its investment banking unit, TD Securities.


TDSAT uses GKE for process automation and quantitative modelling across fixed income markets, resulting in the development of a “data-driven research platform” capable of processing large research workloads in trading.

Dan Bosman, SVP and CIO of TD Securities, claims the infrastructure has so far supported TDSAT with “compute-intensive quantitative analysis” while expanding the subsidiary’s “trading volumes and portfolio size”.

TD’s new partnership with Google Cloud will see the group attempt to replicate the same level of success across its entire portfolio.


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