SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13(a) OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012 Commission File Number 0-29880
VIRGINIA MINES INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(formerly Virginia Gold Mines Inc.)
Federally Incorporated in Canada
(Province or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
116 St. Pierre Street, Suite 200
City of Québec, Québec, Canada G1K 4A7
(Address and Telephone Number of Registrants Principal Executive Offices)
Andrew J. Merken, Esq.
Burns & Levinson LLP
125 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110
(Name, Address and Telephone Number 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
Name of Each Exchange
on Which Registered
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
Common Shares without Par Value
(Title of Class)
Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act: N/A
For annual reports, indicate by check mark the information filed with this Form:
þ Annual information form þ Audited annual financial statements
Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuers classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report:
31,884,740 Common Shares without Par Value
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.
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Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit and post such files).
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Virginia Mines Inc. (the Company) is a Canadian issuer that is permitted, under the multijurisdictional disclosure system adopted in the United States, to prepare its Annual Report pursuant to Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) in accordance with disclosure requirements in effect in Canada that differ from those of the United States. The Company is a foreign private issuer as defined in Rule 3b-4 under the Exchange Act and in Rule 405 under the Securities Act of 1933. Equity securities of the Company are accordingly exempt from Sections 14(a), 14(b), 14(c), 14(f) and 16 of the Exchange Act pursuant to Rule 3a12-3 thereunder.
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain of the statements made and information contained in this Annual Report on Form 40-F may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Exchange Act and forward-looking information under Canadian securities laws, including statements concerning the Companys financial and operating results and cash flows; plans for the Companys mineral properties including exploration and development activities, schedules and budgets; results of exploration activities at the Companys properties; status of joint venture agreements and activities and expenditures by the Companys joint venture partners; estimates of mineralized material and mineral resources; availability and timing of financing for purposes including exploration and development of the Companys properties; potential for future production at the Companys properties or proceeds from disposal of the Companys properties; future commodity prices; future share price and valuation for the Company and for marketable securities held by the Company; conditions in the financial markets in general including share prices and interest rates; and the status of the Companys investments in financial instruments, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as expects, is expected, anticipates, plans, projects, estimates, assumes, intends, strategy, goals, objectives, potential or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results may, could, would, might or will be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to:
the Companys properties being in the exploration stage;
risks that mineral deposits may not be commercially viable due to factors including physical attributes of the deposit such as size, grade and proximity to infrastructure, as well as regulatory and other risks including those set forth herein;
the hazardous nature of mining activities including risks of accidents, unforeseen mineralization issues, environmental damage and unexpected or severe weather conditions;
risks relating to compliance with regulatory requirements and obtaining required licenses and permits to conduct operations;
risks that the Companys title to one or more properties may be subject to unrecognized prior agreements, or not compliant with regulatory requirements, or otherwise deficient;
the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of feasibility studies;
commodity price fluctuations;
external risks relating to the economy and financial markets in general including risks related to fluctuations in interest rates and equity valuations;
risks related to financial instruments held by the Company including credit risk associated with short-term investments and accounts receivable; and
other risks and uncertainties, including those described under Item VIII. Risk Factors in the Annual Information Form and also those described under the headings Risk Factors and Uncertainties -- Risk Factors and Uncertainties Related to Financial Instruments and -- Other Risk Factors and Uncertainties in the Managements Discussion and Analysis, included herewith as Exhibits 1 and 3, respectively.
Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management, anticipated future capital and operating costs, and the potential of the Companys properties and expectations of growth. Except as required under applicable legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
PASSIVE FOREIGN INVESTMENT COMPANY; OTHER TAX MATTERS
The Company believes that, for its fiscal year ended February 29, 2012, it was not a passive foreign investment company (PFIC), as defined in Section 1297 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, but it may have been a PFIC in one or more prior years. U.S. shareholders and potential investors in the Companys common shares should consult their tax advisors as to consequences which could materially affect the after-tax returns on investment of U.S. shareholders of the Company.
Purchasing, holding or disposing of securities of the Company may have tax consequences under the laws of the U.S. and Canada that are not described in this Annual Report on Form 40-F.
This Annual Report on Form 40-F includes mineral resource estimates that have been prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM) CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended. These standards differ significantly from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Accordingly, information concerning descriptions of mineralization and resources contained in this Annual Report on Form 40-F may not be comparable to information from U.S. companies subject to the SECs reporting and disclosure requirements. In particular, the term resource does not equate to the term reserves. The definitions of proven and probable reserves used in NI 43-101 differ from the definitions in SEC Industry Guide 7. Under U.S. standards, mineralization may not be classified as a reserve unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. The SECs disclosure standards normally do not permit the inclusion of information concerning measured, indicated, or inferred mineral resources in documents filed with the SEC, unless such information is required to be disclosed by the laws of the Companys principal jurisdiction or of a jurisdiction in which its securities are traded. U.S. investors should also understand that inferred mineral resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimated inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies except in rare cases. Readers are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists or is economically or legally mineable. Disclosure of contained ounces is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report resources as in-place tonnage and grade.
Unless otherwise indicated, all dollar amounts in the Annual Report on Form 40-F are Canadian dollars. On February 29, 2012, the noon buying rate in the City of New York for cable transfers in Canadian dollars as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York was Canadian $1.00 = U.S. $1.0136, and on February 28, 2011, the rate was Canadian $1.00 = U.S. $1.0268.
ANNUAL INFORMATION FORM
The Annual Information Form of the Company for the year ended February 29, 2012 is included herein as Exhibit 1.
AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND
MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
Audited Financial Statements
The audited financial statements of Virginia Mines Inc. as at February 29, 2012, February 28, 2011, and March 1, 2010, for the two-year period ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, including the Independent Auditors report thereon dated May 14, 2012, are included herein as Exhibit 2. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB).
Managements Discussion and Analysis
The Managements Discussion and Analysis of the Company for the year ended February 29, 2012 is included herein as Exhibit 3.
CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
As of February 29, 2012, the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision of its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the Companys disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Exchange Act). Based upon that evaluation, the Companys Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that the Companys disclosure controls and procedures are effective as of February 29, 2012, to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is (i) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified SEC rules and forms, and (ii) accumulated and communicated to the Companys management, including its principal executive officer and principal financial officer, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
Managements Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
The Companys management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Internal control over financial reporting is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) and Rule 15d-15(f) promulgated under the Exchange Act as a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the Companys principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the Companys Board of Directors, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
The Companys internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the Companys assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
Management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Companys internal control over financial reporting as at February 29, 2012 based on the criteria established in Internal ControlIntegrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Based on this assessment, management concluded that the Companys internal control over financial reporting as at February 29, 2012 is effective based on those criteria.
The effectiveness of the Companys internal control over financial reporting as at February 29, 2012 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, independent auditors, as stated in their report which appears herein.
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
During the year ended February 29, 2012, there were no changes in the internal control over financial reporting of the Company that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, its internal control over financial reporting.
Limitations on Controls
The Companys disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting are designed to provide reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives as specified above. Management does not expect, however, that the Companys disclosure controls and procedures or the Companys internal control over financial reporting will prevent or detect all error and fraud. Any control system, no matter how well designed and operated, is based upon certain assumptions and can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that its objectives will be met. Further, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that misstatements due to error or fraud will not occur or that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within the Company have been detected.
NOTICES PURSUANT TO RULE 104 OF REGULATION BTR
AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT
The Company has an Audit Committee established by the Board of Directors. The members of the Audit Committee are André Lemire, Mario Jacob and Pierre Labbé. The Board has designated Pierre Labbé as the Audit Committee Financial Expert as that term is defined under Section 407 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Mr. Labbé is independent as that term is defined under the rules of the NYSE Amex LLC.
CODE OF ETHICS
The Company has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the Code) that applies to all directors, officers and employees, including its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and principal accounting officer. The Company will provide to any person, without charge, upon request, a copy of the Code. A person may request a copy by telephoning the Company at (418) 694-9832, or by writing to the Company at 116 St. Pierre Street, Suite 200, Québec City, Québec, Canada G1K 4A7, Attn: Investor Relations.
There have been no amendments, waivers or implicit waivers to the Code during the Companys fiscal year ended February 29, 2012.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES
The aggregate amounts billed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) to the Company for the fiscal years ended February 29, 2012 (Fiscal 2012) and February 28, 2011 (Fiscal 2011) for audit fees, audit-related fees, tax fees and all other fees are set forth below:
February 29, 2012
February 28, 2011
Audit Fees (1)
Audit-Related Fees (2)
Tax Fees (3)
Audit Fees represent aggregate fees for the audit of the annual financial statements of the Company and consulting in connection with its statutory and regulatory filings.
Audit-Related Fees represents aggregate fees billed for assurance and related services, and IFRS consultation.
Tax Fees represent fees for tax compliance, tax advice and mining tax credits.
The Audit Committee has adopted procedures requiring Audit Committee review and approval in advance of all particular engagements for services provided by the Companys independent auditors. Consistent with applicable laws, the procedures permit limited amounts of services, other than audit, review or attest services, to be approved by one or more members of the Audit Committee pursuant to authority delegated by the Audit Committee, provided the Audit Committee is informed of each particular service. All of the engagements and fees for Fiscal 2012 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee reviews with PwC whether the non-audit services to be provided are compatible with maintaining the auditors independence.
OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS
The Company has no off-balance sheet arrangements.
TABULAR DISCLOSURE OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS
The required disclosure is included under the heading Contractual Obligations in the Companys Managements Discussion and Analysis for the year ended February 29, 2012, included herein as Exhibit 3.
IDENTIFICATION OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
See Audit Committee Financial Expert section of this Annual Report on Form 40-F.
MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE
Pursuant to Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act), issuers that are operators, or that have a subsidiary that is an operator, of a coal or other mine in the United States are required to disclose in their periodic reports filed with the Commission information regarding specified health and safety violations, orders and citations, related assessments and legal actions, and mining-related fatalities under the regulation of the Federal Mine safety and Health Administration under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. During the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012, the Company had no mines in the United States.
UNDERTAKING AND CONSENT TO SERVICE OF PROCESS
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.
Consent to Service of Process
The Registrant has previously filed with the Commission a written irrevocable consent and power of attorney on Form F-X in connection with the filing of its Annual Report on Form 40-F for the year ended February 28, 2006. An amended Form F-X was filed on Form 40-F for the year ended February 28, 2011.
The following exhibits are filed as part of this report:
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.
VIRGINIA MINES INC.
/s/ André Gaumond
President and Chief Executive Officer
Date: May 14, 2012