Dundee Corporation closes Big River Gold privatization transaction with Aura Minerals to develop and participate in future cash flow from the Borborema mine
TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dundee Society (TSX: DC.A) (“Dundee” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced transaction in which Dundee Resources Limited (“Dundee Resources”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, will retain a 20 percent interest in Big River Gold Limited (“Big River”) through a joint venture agreement with Aura Minerals Inc (“Aura”). The Supreme Court of Western Australia approved the acquisition of Big River on September 8, 2022.
Aura, a returns-focused mid-tier gold and copper producer, in partnership with Dundee Resources, plans to review the project and complete a feasibility study (“Borborema FS”) in accordance with National Instrument 43- 101 – Disclosure Standards for Mineral Resources Projects (“NI-43-101”) on the Borborema Project by early 2023. On a preliminary basis, and subject to FS completion and confirmation Borborema, construction of the Borborema project is expected to begin in 2023 and production is expected to begin in 2025.
As previously indicated, Aura and Dundee Resources’ joint venture in the project will be held through an intermediary holding company (“Borborema Inc.”), and Dundee Resources will hold an indirect 20% interest in Borborema, Inc. as a result of the contribution of shares of Big River previously held by Dundee Resources and a “complementary” cash subscription for shares of Borborema, Inc. of approximately US$2.5 million.
Jonathan Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Corporation, said, “I am pleased to announce the closing of this transaction and allow Dundee to participate directly in all future cash flows from this high quality mining project. under development in Brazil. We are delighted to be working closely with our respected partner Aura, an exceptional, responsible and ESG-conscious operator with extensive experience and success operating in Brazil to develop the fully licensed Borborema Gold Project and we look forward to updating the market on progress and timelines as Borborema, Inc. moves into development and production. This is clearly a transformational transaction for Dundee, and we look forward to our evolution into becoming an emerging gold producer. »
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Dundee Corporation is an independent Canadian holding company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DC.A”. Through its operating subsidiaries, Dundee Corporation is an active investor focused on creating long-term sustainable value as a trusted partner in the mining industry with over 30 years of experience in accretive mining investments.
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Cassels, Brock, & Blackwell LLP is acting as Canadian legal advisor and Blackwall Legal LLP is acting as Australian legal advisor to Dundee Resources Limited.
Canaccord Genuity Corp. is acting as exclusive financial advisor, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP is acting as Canadian legal advisor and King & Wood Mallesons is acting as Australian legal advisor to Aura Minerals.
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