Queenston Enters into Agreement to Sell Its JV Interests to Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. for $60 Million
Mar 28, 2012
OTC Disclosure News Service
Toronto, ONT, Canada –
March 28, 2012 Toronto, Ontario – QUEENSTON MINING INC. (QMI-TSX, Frankfurt; QNMNF-OTCQX) (“Queenston” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement (“Agreement”) dated March 27, 2012 with Kirkland Lake Gold Inc (“KL Gold” KGI:TSX) pursuant to which Queenston has agreed to sell its 50% interest in the properties currently held under Joint Venture (“JV”) with KL Gold located in Teck Township to KL Gold for $60 Million (“M”) cash and a royalty, subject to the terms and completion of the conditions set out in the Agreement.
Charles Page, President and CEO states, “The sale of this non-core asset provides the Company a source of non-dilutive funds to progress the Upper Beaver project towards advanced exploration and feasibility. The recent positive PEA on the project based on constructing a 2,000 t/day stand alone mine-mill operation outlines robust economics with annual production of 120,000 oz of gold and 5.3 M pounds of copper. The PEA estimated the pre-production capital for the project at $240 M and on the JV land sale, Queenston’s cash and short term investments will amount to approximately $120 M.”
Queenston has a 2012 budget of approximately $35 M for exploration and development of its properties and with forecasted expenditures of $65-$75 M for next year is well funded into 2014.
Terms of the sale are a $10 M non-refundable cash payment on signing, $20 M cash on closing (expected to occur on August 30, 2012) and $30 M cash due on December 3, 2012. On closing, Queenston will receive a promissory note representing the balance of the purchase price payable in the principal amount of $30 M, accruing interest at a rate of prime plus 2.5% per annum, secured by way of a first fixed charge and mortgage on the JV properties that are the subject of the sale, that will be due and payable on December 3, 2012. The Company will receive a royalty on gold produced from the sold properties after the first 1.3 M ounces (oz) of gold have been produced equal to $15/oz of gold for the next 1 M oz produced and $20/oz thereafter.
The book value of the JV assets total approximately 3% ($4 M) of the Company’s exploration properties and represents a realized gain of $56 M. The Company maintains strategic, 100% owned holdings in Teck Township adjoining the JV lands including the Amalgamated Kirkland (“AK”) property where in September 2011 a NI 43-101 compliant indicated mineral resource of 1,145,000 tonnes (“t”) grading 4.47 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold (“Au”) (164,000 oz) and an inferred resource of 1,530,000 t grading 4.21 g/t Au (207,000 oz).
This news release has been reviewed by Queenston’s VP Exploration and QP, William McGuinty, P. Geo.
Queenston is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company with a primary focus on its holdings in the historic Kirkland Lake gold camp comprising 235 km² of prime exploration lands. The Company’s assets include 6, 100% owned gold deposits, all with NI 43-101 compliant mineral resources and ongoing exploration and development. The objective of the Company is to advance the flagship, Upper Beaver project towards feasibility and production. The project is currently being permitted for Advanced Exploration leading to new shaft development beginning in 2012. The Company is also very active in exploring and advancing the other five 100% owned deposits that will provide additional feed for a central milling facility. The Company currently has cash and short-term investments of approximately $72 M, no debt and a fiscal 2012 budget for exploration of $25 M and $10 M for advanced exploration.
For further information, please contact:
Charles E. Page, P. Geo., President and CEO (416) 364-0001 (ext. 224)
Philip Ng, P. Eng., COO (416) 364-0001 (ext. 225)
Ann Gibbs-Baines, Investor Relations (416) 627-8872
Andreas Curkovic, Investor Relations (416) 577-9927
Forward Looking Statements
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