UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 40-F

(Check One)

[   ] Registration statement pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

or

[X] Annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019

Commission File Number 001-35455

SSR MINING INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

    British Columbia   1311   Not applicable    

        

 

(Province or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(Primary Standard Industrial Classification

Code Number (if applicable))

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification

Number (if applicable))

 

        

Suite 800 – 1055 Dunsmuir Street

PO Box 49088, Bentall Postal Station

Vancouver, British Columbia

Canada V7X 1G4

(604) 689-3846

(Address and telephone number of Registrant’s principal executive offices)

CT Corporation System, 111 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

(212) 894-8940

(Name, address (including zip code) and telephone number

(including area code) of agent for service in the United States)

Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act.

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol   Name of each exchange on which
registered

Common Shares without par value

  SSRM   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act.             None

Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act.     None

For annual reports, indicate by check mark the information filed with this Form:

☒ Annual Information Form                         ☒ Audited Annual Financial Statements

Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuer’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report: 123,084,234

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports); and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes ☒                                         No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit such files).

Yes ☒                                        No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Emerging growth company ☐            

If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

☐                                 

The Annual Report on Form 40-F shall be incorporated by reference into each of the following Registration Statements under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Form S-8 (File No. 333-219848, 333-185498, 333-196116 and 333-198092).


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FORM 40-F

Principal Documents

The following documents, filed as Exhibits 99.1, 99.2 and 99.3 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F, are incorporated herein by reference:

 

  (a)

Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019;

 

  (b)

Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019; and

 

  (c)

Consolidated Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

Cautionary Note Regarding Differences in United States and Canadian Reporting Practices

SSR Mining Inc. (“SSR Mining” or the “Company”) is permitted, under a multijurisdictional disclosure system adopted by the United States and Canada, to prepare this Annual Report on Form 40-F in accordance with Canadian disclosure requirements, which are different from those of the United States. The Company prepares its financial statements, which are filed with this Annual Report on Form 40-F, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. They may not be comparable to financial statements of United States companies.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this Annual Report on Form 40-F constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. See “Introductory Notes – Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in SSR Mining’s Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F, and “Cautionary Notes Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources Estimates” in Section 13 of SSR Mining’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed as Exhibit 99.2 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.


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ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURE

Certifications and Disclosure Regarding Controls and Procedures.

 

(a)

Certifications. See Exhibits 99.5, 99.6, 99.7 and 99.8 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.

 

(b)

Disclosure Controls and Procedures. As of the end of SSR Mining’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, an evaluation of the effectiveness of SSR Mining’s “disclosure controls and procedures” (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) was carried out by SSR Mining’s management, with the participation of its principal executive officer and principal financial officer. Based upon the results of that evaluation, SSR Mining’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer have concluded that as of the end of that fiscal year, SSR Mining’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by SSR Mining in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is (i) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) rules and forms and (ii) accumulated and communicated to SSR Mining’s management, including its principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

It should be noted that while SSR Mining’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer believe that SSR Mining’s disclosure controls and procedures provide a reasonable level of assurance that they are effective, they do not expect that SSR Mining’s disclosure controls and procedures or internal control over financial reporting will prevent all errors and fraud. A control system, no matter how well conceived or operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met.

 

(c)

Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. The required disclosure is included under the heading “Internal Control over Financial Reporting and Disclosure Controls and Procedures” in Section 12 of SSR Mining’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed as Exhibit 99.2 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.

 

(d)

Attestation Report of the Registered Public Accounting Firm. The required disclosure is included in the “Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm” that accompanies SSR Mining’s Consolidated Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed as Exhibit 99.3 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.


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(e)

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, there were no changes in SSR Mining’s internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, SSR Mining’s internal control over financial reporting.

Notices Pursuant to Regulation BTR.

None.

Audit Committee Financial Expert.

SSR Mining’s board of directors has determined that each of Beverlee F. Park and Richard D. Paterson, members of SSR Mining’s audit committee, qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” (as such term is defined under Item 8(a) of General Instruction B to Form 40-F) and is “independent” as that term is defined under listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”).

Code of Ethics.

In November 2019, SSR Mining adopted a new “code of ethics” (as that term is defined under Item 9(a) of General Instruction B to Form 40-F), entitled the “Code of Business Conduct and Ethics” (the “Code of Conduct”), that applies to its principal executive officer, principal financial officer and other senior financial officers performing similar functions. The Code of Conduct, which replaced SSR Mining’s prior Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, is available for viewing on SSR Mining’s website at www.ssrmining.com. The Code of Conduct has also been filed as Exhibit 99.26 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.

Since the adoption of the Code of Conduct, no amendments were made to and no waivers, including implicit waivers, were granted from any provision of the Code of Conduct.

SSR Mining intends to disclose and summarize any amendment to, or waiver from, any provision of the Code of Conduct that is required to be disclosed and summarized, on its website at www.ssrmining.com.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

The required disclosure is included under the heading “Audit Committee – External Auditor Service Fees” in SSR Mining’s Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.


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Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures.

The required disclosure is included under the heading “Audit Committee – Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures” in SSR Mining’s Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements.

SSR Mining does not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on its financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that is material to investors.

Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations.

The following table summarizes our financial liabilities, operating and capital commitments, shown in contractual undiscounted cash flows, at December 31, 2019:

 

    

Payments due by period (as at December 31, 2019)
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

 

 

 

Contractual obligations

  

Less than

one year

       1-3 years        3-5 years      After 5 years      Total  
      $      $      $      $      $  

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     92,018                             92,018  

Moratorium liability

     3,537        4,348        1,235               9,120  

Convertible notes (principal portion) (i)

     115,000                      230,000        345,000  

Interest payments on convertible notes(i)

     7,403        5,750        17,250        8,625        39,028  

Reclamation and closure costs

     9,556        2,964        2,730        115,438        130,688  

Operating expenditure commitments

     6,539        655        1,462        2,440        11,096  

Capital expenditure commitments

     13,311                             13,311  

Total contractual obligations

     247,364        13,717        22,677        356,503        640,261  

 

  (i)

On March 19, 2019, we issued $230 million of unsecured convertible senior notes due 2039 (the “2019 Notes”) and used the net proceeds to repurchase $150 million of our 2.875% convertible senior notes due 2033 (the “2013 Notes”). The 2019 Notes mature in 2039 but are redeemable in part or in full at the option of the holder on April 1 at each of 2026, 2029, and 2034, or upon fundamental corporate changes. They are also redeemable by us in part or in full on and after April 1, 2026. The 2019 Notes bear interest of 2.50% per annum and are convertible into common shares upon specified events at a fixed conversion price of $18.48 per common share. At December 30, 2019, holders of our 2013 Notes had the right to surrender their 2013 Notes for purchase by us at their option (the “Put Option”) pursuant to the terms of the Indenture governing the 2013 Notes (the “2013 Indenture”) any time before January 31, 2020. On January 31, 2020, as of the expiration of the Put Option, $49,000 aggregate principal amount of the 2013 Notes were validly surrendered for purchase. On February 13, 2020, we provided notice of redemption to call the remaining outstanding 2013 Notes. We will redeem all of our outstanding 2013 Notes on March 30, 2020 totaling an aggregate principal amount of $114,947,000 at a redemption price equal to 100% of the aggregate principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest, unless any of the outstanding 2013 Notes are converted into common

 


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shares in accordance with the terms of the 2013 Indenture. Following the redemption of the 2013 Notes, no 2013 Notes will remain outstanding.

 

Identification of the Audit Committee.

SSR Mining has a separately-designated standing audit committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act. The members of the audit committee are Beverlee F. Park (Chair), Gustavo A. Herrero, Richard D. Paterson and Steven P. Reid.

Mine Safety Disclosure.

Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd–Frank Act”) requires that the Company disclose in this Annual Report on Form 40-F certain information about the Company’s U.S. mining operations, including the number of certain types of violations and orders issued under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 by the U.S. Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. Information concerning such safety information related to the Company’s U.S. mining operations or other regulatory matters required by Section 1503(a) of the Financial Reform Act for the year ended December 31, 2019 is included as Exhibit 99.4 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F, which is incorporated herein by reference.

Nasdaq Global Market Disclosure.

SSR Mining is subject to a variety of corporate governance guidelines and requirements enacted by Canadian securities regulators, the Toronto Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and the Commission, and those mandated by the U.S. Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd–Frank Act.

SSR Mining’s common shares are listed on Nasdaq. Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5615(a)(3) permits a foreign private issuer, such as SSR Mining, to follow its home country practice in lieu of most of the requirements of the 5600 Series of the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules. In order to claim such an exemption, SSR Mining must disclose the significant differences between its corporate governance practices and those required to be followed by U.S. domestic issuers under Nasdaq’s corporate governance requirements. Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5635 requires shareholder approval of most equity compensation plans and material revisions to such plans. SSR Mining does not follow this Nasdaq Marketplace Rule. Instead, SSR Mining complies with the applicable Toronto Stock Exchange rules which only require that the creation of, or certain material amendments to, equity compensation plans require shareholder approval.


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UNDERTAKING AND CONSENT TO SERVICE OF PROCESS

A.           Undertaking.

The Registrant undertakes to make available, in person or by telephone, representatives to respond to inquiries made by the Commission staff, and to furnish promptly, when requested to do so by the Commission staff, information relating to: the securities registered pursuant to Form 40-F; the securities in relation to which the obligation to file an Annual Report on Form 40-F arises; or transactions in said securities.

B.           Consent to Service of Process.

The Registrant has filed a Form F-X in connection with the class of securities in relation to which the obligation to file this report arises.

Any change to the name or address of the agent for service of process of the Registrant shall be communicated promptly to the Commission by an amendment to the Form F-X referencing the file number of the Registrant.


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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form 40-F and has duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, on March 18, 2020.

 

SSR Mining Inc.
By:   /s/ Paul Benson                                           
Name:   Paul Benson
Title:   President & Chief Executive Officer
By:   /s/ Gregory J. Martin                                 
Name:   Gregory J. Martin
Title:   Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer


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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit    Description

99.1

   Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019

99.2

   Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019

99.3

   Consolidated Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019

99.4

   Mine Safety Information Pursuant to Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

99.5

   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14 or 15d-14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

99.6

   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14 or 15d-14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

99.7

   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350

99.8

   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350

99.9

   Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants

99.10

   Consent of F. Carl Edmunds

99.11

   Consent of Samuel Mah

99.12

   Consent of Trevor J. Yeomans

99.13

   Consent of James N. Carver

99.14

  

Consent of Greg Gibson

99.15

  

Consent of Jeremy W. Johnson

99.16

  

Consent of Karthik Rathnam


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99.17

  

 

Consent of Thomas Rice

99.18

  

Consent of Cameron Chapman

99.19

  

Consent of Kevin Fitzpatrick

99.20

  

Consent of Jeff Kulas

99.21

  

Consent of Robert Gill

99.22

  

Consent of Michael Selby

99.23

  

Consent of Dominic Chartier

99.24

  

Consent of Mark Liskowich

99.25

  

Consent of Glen Cole

99.26

  

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

99.27

  

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