Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSX-V:BSR) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement dated January 4, 2017 with Goldcorp Inc. to acquire 100% of Goldcorp’s Cerro Blanco Gold project and Mita Geothermal project in Guatemala.
“Cerro Blanco represents a unique and transformational acquisition for Bluestone,” stated John Robins, CEO and Chairman of Bluestone. “The Cerro Blanco Gold Project is fully permitted for production, designed and developed to world class standards and hosts very high gold grades with strong potential to expand existing resources. We are excited to have Goldcorp as a partner and shareholder in the development of Guatemala’s next low cost, underground gold mine.”
* Note: The indicated and inferred resources, including those used in the Goldcorp internal feasibility level study, are historical estimates and use the categories set out in NI 43-101. These resources are effective as at June 30, 2016 and are disclosed in Goldcorp’s press release dated October 26, 2016. Resources were estimated using US$1,400 per ounce gold and US$20 per ounce silver. Given the source of the estimates, Bluestone considers them reliable and relevant for the further development of the project; however, a qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves, and the Company is not treating the historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. Bluestone has initiated an independent review of the data and the resources by Garth Kirkham P.Geo. A current NI 43-101 resource estimate is being calculated, which is anticipated to be released prior to the closing of the Proposed Transaction.
Summary of the Proposed Transaction
Under the Agreement with Goldcorp, the Company will acquire:
The purchase price for the assets consists of:
In connection with the issuance of the Consideration Securities by the Company to Goldcorp, Goldcorp will: (i) agree to vote the Consideration Shares in accordance with management recommendations for a period of three years from the Closing Date, except in certain circumstances, (ii) enter into a lock-up agreement pursuant to which it will agree to not sell any of the Consideration Securities for a period of three years from the Closing Date, except in certain circumstances, and (iii) participate as to 9.9% in all future equity financings undertaken by the Company in connection with exploration and development at Cerro Blanco for a period of three years from the Closing Date. So long as Goldcorp maintains at least 5.0% equity interest in the Company, it will have the right to appoint one nominee to the Company’s board of directors.
The Company and Goldcorp intend to execute a formal definitive agreement within 45 days of the signing of the Agreement. Further details of the transaction will be provided upon the signing of the definitive agreement.
It is anticipated that the Company will undertake an equity financing of not less than US$30 million to raise the Total Upfront Cash Consideration and working capital. The terms of the Financing will be determined in the context of the market and will be announced at a later date.
The Company intends to strengthen its board and management prior to the Closing. Additional details will be provided in a later release.
Completion of the Proposed Transaction is subject to a number of standard conditions precedent, including, without limitation, the completion of the Financing and receipt of all regulatory approvals, including the acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”).
The Proposed Transaction is an arm’s length transaction and will be treated as a “Fundamental Acquisition” pursuant to the policies of the Exchange. The Company does not intend to seek shareholder approval for the Proposed Transaction.
Trading in Bluestone’s common shares will remain halted until satisfactory documentation is filed with the Exchange.
The Company has engaged Cormark Securities Inc. as its financial advisor in connection with the Proposed Transaction and Financing.
The Company has engaged JDS Energy & Mining Inc. as its lead technical consultant and Axium Law Corporation as its legal advisor.
About Bluestone Resources Inc.:
Bluestone Resources Inc. is a Canadian exploration company focused on the discovery and development of economic mineral deposits. Founded in 2004, the Company has assembled a team with the business acumen and technical expertise to identify and advance undervalued mineral exploration projects world-wide.
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