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Opta Minerals Commences Formal Take-over Bid to Acquire WGI Heavy Minerals

Opta Minerals Inc. (OPM.TO), which last traded at $2.50 compared to a year high $2.72, and WGI Heavy Minerals Incorporated (WG.TO), which last traded at a year high 59 cents, jointly announced today that Opta Minerals has formally commenced its offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of WGI for C$0.60 in cash per share.

The Offer is open for acceptance until 5 p.m. (Toronto time) on August 29, 2012, unless the Offer is extended or withdrawn.

The Offer price of C$0.60 per WGI common share represents a premif 140% to the closing price of WGI common shares on the TSX on July 12, 2012 (the last trading day prior to the announcement of the Offer) and 114% to the volume weighted average price of WGI common shares on the TSX for the 20-day period ended July 12, 2012. The 52 week high for the WGI common shares on the TSX, as at July 13, 2012, was C$0.51 (on July 15, 2011).

The Board of Directors of WGI, upon the recommendation of its special committee after consultation with its legal advisors, has unanimously determined that the Offer is in the best interests of WGI and its shareholders and unanimously recommends that WGI shareholders tender their shares to the Offer.

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