Canadian gold producer IAMGOLD Corp has received regulatory approvals to sell its Niobic niobium mine to an investor group led by Canadian private equity firm Magris Resources. The transaction, which is valued at US$530 million in total, is expected to be completed before the end of January. As reported by Reuters last October, Magris is buying the asset in partnership with CEF Holdings Ltd and Temasek. The Niobic mine is located in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Québec. Headquartered in Toronto, Magris is led by former Barrick Gold Corp president and CEO Aaron Regent.
IAMGOLD cleared to complete sale of Niobec for a total consideration of US$530 million
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TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2015 /CNW/ – IAMGOLD Corporation (“IAMGOLD” or “the Company”) today announced that it has received regulatory approvals to complete the sale of its Niobec mine to a group of companies led by Magris Resources Inc. for cash proceeds of $500 million after tax upon closing. With these approvals in place, the sale of Niobec is expected to close before the end of January, 2015.
The sale of Niobec, one of the world’s three major niobium producers, is located in Saint-Honoré-de-Chicoutimi in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, Quebec, is to include the adjacent rare earth element (“REE”) deposit. The total consideration of $530 million for the transaction is comprised of a cash payment of $500 million payable on closing, as well as an additional $30 million when the adjacent REE deposit goes into commercial production. A 2% gross proceeds royalty will be payable on any REE production.
“We are taking the steps to change the game at IAMGOLD,” said IAMGOLD President and CEO, Steve Letwin . “The Company’s financial position is stronger than many of its competitors as a result of this sale. By unlocking the value of Niobec, we have significantly strengthened the company’s liquidity, which increases our capacity to invest further in our existing business and consider acquisitions.”
“We will invest strategically, seeking out only opportunities that improve our cost structure and that have near-term capability to produce gold and generate positive cash flow,” said Carol Banducci , IAMGOLD’s Executive Vice President and CFO.
The transaction proceeds on closing of $500 million, when added to current cash and cash equivalents as well as the market value of the Company’s gold holdings, strengthen IAMGOLD’s liquid assets to over $800 million. The Company also has $500 million in unused credit facilities.
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IAMGOLD (www.iamgold.com) is a mid-tier mining company with four operating gold mines (including current joint ventures) on three continents. A solid base of strategic assets in Canada, South America and Africa is complemented by development and exploration projects and continued assessment of accretive acquisition opportunities. IAMGOLD is in a strong financial position with extensive management and operational expertise.
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