Canadian mining company Sage Gold Inc (TSX-V: SGX) has completed an $11.5 million financing package with affiliates of Cartesian Capital Group, a U.S. private equity firm. The financing package, which includes an equity investment and a secured gold prepayment investment, will help fund the company’s development of its flagship Clavos gold project in the Timmins mining camp. Toronto-based Sage also announced its buy of a 40 percent minority interest in Clavos from Kirkland Lake Gold Inc for $1 million.
Sage Completes Equity Placement; Buys Kirkland’s 40% Clavos Interest
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 21, 2016) – Sage Gold Inc. (the “Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:SGX) is pleased to announce that it has completed a C$1.85 million equity investment (the “Equity Investment”) by way of a private placement with CRH Mezzanine Pte. Ltd (“CRH Mezzanine”), and has executed a C$9.65 million secured gold prepayment investment (the “Gold Prepayment”) with CRH Funding II Pte. Ltd. (“CRH Funding”). Both CRH Mezzanine and CRH Funding are wholly-owned by Cartesian Royalty Holdings Pte. Ltd. The Equity Investment and Gold Prepayment comprise of the previously announced financing package of C$11.5 million (the “Financing”) provided by Cartesian Royalty Holdings Pte. Ltd. to fund the development and restart of the Corporation’s Clavos project situated in the Timmins mining camp in Ontario, Canada.
Sage’s President and CEO Nigel Lees commented, “We announced the financial package of C$11.5 million with CRH on September 29th. Since then we have completed the following;
-Purchased the 40% minority interest in Clavos from Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. for C$1.0 million
-Received a Change in Project Status for Clavos and is now permitted for production
-Completed a C$1.85 million equity placement with CRH
-Signed a binding toll milling agreement with Primero Mining’s Stock Mill
-Executed a C$9.65 million Gold Prepayment Agreement to retire the current secured debt and finance the Clavos restart
We are looking forward to dewatering and rehabilitating the underground workings at Clavos which will allow the Corporation to begin to define the stope blocks and provide underground drill stations to test the down plunge extensions of the existing zones. The change of project status allows Sage to produce up to 700 tonnes a day.”
About the CRH Equity Investment
Under the terms of the Equity Investment, CRH Mezzanine has invested C$1.85 million for (i) 10,700,000 units (the “Units”) of the Corporation at a subscription price of C$0.10 per Unit, and (ii) 7,800,000 special warrants (the “Special Warrants”) of the Corporation at a subscription price of C$0.10 per Special Warrant. Each Unit consists of one common share and one common share purchase warrant, with each warrant exercisable for one common share at a price of C$0.1575 cents for a period of three years. Each Special Warrant entitles CRH Mezzanine to acquire one (1) Unit for no additional consideration. The Equity Investment has been structured such that CRH Mezzanine will not at any time own more than 19.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Corporation. In addition, CRH Mezzanine has the right to acquire its pro rata share of future equity investments completed by Sage as long as it exercises control or direction over 5% or more of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sage.
About the Gold Prepayment Agreement
Under the terms of the Gold Prepayment, CRH Funding will provide the Corporation with C$9.65 million payable in three tranches, subject to fulfillment of customary conditions. In consideration, the Corporation will deliver to CRH Funding 15.0% of gold produced at Clavos commencing on the latter of; (i) the beginning of Commercial Production and (ii) 12 months from the date of payment of the first tranche of the Gold Prepayment, but in all cases no later than December 27, 2017, for a period of 72 months of Commercial Production, subject to a minimum total delivery of 16,100 ounces of gold (“Minimum”) and a maximum of 26,000 ounces of gold (“Maximum”). In the event that the Minimum has not been delivered within 72 months of Commercial Production at Clavos, the delivery obligation will continue until the Minimum has been delivered to CRH Funding. The obligations of the Corporation under the Gold Prepayment are secured against all of the assets of the Corporation, including its interest in the Clavos project.
About the Purchase of the 40% Clavos Interest
As part of the closing of the Financing, Sage completed the previously announced acquisition of the remaining 40% interest in the Clavos project from St Andrew Goldfields Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. The acquisition was completed for C$1.0 million and a 2% Net Smelter Return Royalty. The C$1.0 million was satisfied from the proceeds raised from the Equity Investment. Sage now owns a 100% interest in the property.
Sage currently plans to complete a reserve estimate and a prefeasibility study regarding the Clavos project. In the event that a production decision is made that is not based on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101, readers are cautioned that there is increased uncertainty and higher risk of economic and technical failure associated with such production decisions.
Before giving effect to the Equity Investment, Nigel Lees, President and CEO of the Corporation owned and controlled, directly or indirectly 4,282,881 common shares of the Corporation, representing approximately 10% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Corporation. After giving effect to the Equity Investment, the number of common shares Mr. Lees beneficially owned, directly or indirectly over which control or discretion is exercised was diluted causing his common share ownership to fall below 10% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Corporation. This notification of the decrease in Mr. Lees share ownership below the early warning reporting threshold is being issued in accordance with National Instrument 62-103, The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues. For the purposes of this disclosure, the address of Mr. Lees is 200 University Avenue, Suite 1301, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3C6. . The early warning report respecting the transaction will be filed on System for Electronic Document Analysis and Review (SEDAR) under Sage’s issuer profile. To obtain a copy of the early warning report filed by Mr. Lees, please contact the Corporation at 416-204-3170 or refer to SEDAR under Sage’s issuer profile.
Shares for Debt
Sage further announces that it intends to complete a debt settlement transaction (the “Debt Settlement”) with certain creditors (“Creditors”), providing for the settlement of approximately $112,263 through the issuance of an aggregate of 935,528 common shares of the Corporation (“Common Shares”) at a deemed issue price of $0.12 per Common Share. The Debt Settlement is subject to regulatory approval. The Corporation expects to complete the Debt Settlement shortly after such approval is obtained.
CRH Mezzanine and CRH Funding are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Cartesian Royalty Holdings Pte. Ltd. (“CRH”). CRH offers innovative financing structures with the goal of creating long-term growth and value in world-class gold projects around the globe. CRH is an affiliate of Cartesian Capital Group, LLC, a global private equity firm with proven expertise in assisting closely-held companies develop into global market leaders. Cartesian Capital Group manages more than US$2.4 billion in capital and has offices in New York, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Warsaw, and Bermuda.
About Sage Gold Inc.
The Corporation is a mineral exploration and development company which has primary interests in near-term production and exploration properties in Ontario. Its main properties are the 100 % owned Clavos Gold property in Timmins and the 100% owned Onaman copper, gold, silver property and other exploration properties in the Beardmore-Geraldton Gold Camp. Technical reports and information relating to the properties can be obtained from the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) website at www.sedar.com and www.sagegoldinc.com.
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Sage Gold Inc.
President and CEO
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