Vancouver-based mining company Lundin Gold Inc (TSX: LUG) has closed its previously announced $400 million private placement financing for its Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador. As a result of the deal, Newcrest Mining Ltd now owns 27.1 percent of Lundin shares, while U.S. mining private equity firm Orion Mine Finance Group owns 11.4 percent, and Zebra Holdings and Lundin Family Trusts collectively own 22.3 percent. Also, Lundin has nominated Orion’s Istvan Zollei to its board of directors. Zollei is a portfolio manager at Orion and formerly worked at Barclay’s Capital natural resource private equity investment group.
Lundin Gold Closes US$400 Million Private Placement
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lundin Gold Inc. (“Lundin Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX:LUG) (Nasdaq Stockholm:LUG) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced US$400 million equity private placement financing (the “Private Placement”). Upon closing, the Company issued 93,497,140 common shares and now has 213,163,980 common shares outstanding.
With the closing of the Private Placement, Newcrest Mining Limited (“Newcrest”) now owns 27.1% of the Company’s outstanding shares; Zebra Holdings and Investments S.à.r.l. and Lorito Holdings S.à.r.l. (the Lundin Family Trusts) collectively own 22.3%; and Orion Mine Finance Group (“Orion”) owns 11.4%.
Both Newcrest and Orion have Board representation rights tied to their ownership position. The Board of Directors has appointed Orion’s nominee, Istvan Zollei, as a director effective today. Mr. Zollei is a portfolio manager with Orion and previously was an investment manager with another mine finance group. Prior to this, he worked at Barclay Capital’s natural resource private equity investment group, with responsibility for investments in the mining, oil/gas and power sectors. He started his career at Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division. Mr. Zollei earned his B.A. from Harvard College in Economics and his MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) in Finance and Management. The Company expects to appoint Newcrest’s two additional directors shortly after closing.
“The completion of this Private Placement is a turning point for Lundin Gold. This investment significantly reduces risks around the funding of the Project and represents a strong endorsement for Fruta del Norte and our management team. Our focus is currently on underground mine development and construction at site, which are both progressing as planned,” said Ron Hochstein, President and CEO of Lundin Gold. “I would also like to welcome Istvan to the Board. His experience in the mining sector and international finance will be an asset to the Board as we continue to develop the Project and grow the Company into a mid-tier gold producer.”
About Lundin Gold
Lundin Gold, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is developing its wholly-owned Fruta del Norte gold project in southeast Ecuador. Fruta del Norte is one of the highest-grade and largest gold projects currently under construction. The Company’s board and management team have extensive expertise in mine construction and operations, and are dedicated to advancing this project through to first gold production in 2019.
The Company operates with transparency and in accordance with international best practices. Lundin Gold is committed to delivering value to its shareholders, while simultaneously providing economic and social benefits to impacted communities, fostering a healthy and safe workplace and minimizing the environmental impact. The Company believes that the value created through the development of Fruta del Norte will benefit its shareholders, the Government and the people of Ecuador.
The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of Lundin Gold under the EU Market Abuse Regulation. This information was submitted for publication on March 26, 2018 at 8:15 am PT through the contact persons set out below.
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Lundin Gold Inc.
Ron F. Hochstein
President and CEO
Lundin Gold Inc.
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