Alio Gold Receives C$3.5 Million From Warrant Exercise And Buys Back 1% Ana Paula Royalty
October 19, 2017
October 19, 2017, Vancouver, BC – Alio Gold Inc (TSX, NYSE MKT: ALO) (“Alio Gold” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) has exercised its warrants that expire on October 19, 2017 for total proceeds to the Company of C$3.5 million. The Company has also exercised a buy-back right from Goldcorp of a 1% net smelter royalty (“NSR”) on its Ana Paula project located in Guerrero, Mexico for US$2.9 million.
“As we continue to advance the high grade, high margin Ana Paula project, the buy back of the 1% NSR is immediately accretive to the project and will deliver significant value to our shareholders over the long term,” said Greg McCunn, Chief Executive Officer. “We are advancing the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Project towards completion in Q2 2018 when we expect to make an investment decision to start construction. In parallel, we have initiated an exciting US$18 million exploration program at Ana Paula to investigate the extension of high-grade mineralization below the proposed open pit. Positive exploration results are expected to enhance already robust project economics, and it therefore made sense for us to exercise our buy-back right on the 1% NSR now. We would like to thank Goldcorp for their continued support of the Company through the exercise of the warrants.”
Under the terms of the original asset transfer agreement dated May 11, 2010, there was a 3% NSR on Ana Paula that Goldcorp held with the option for Alio Gold to buy back one-third (1%) for a fixed fee calculated on Measured and Indicated Resources. After analyzing the cost of paying the 1% NSR based on the current mine life, management and the Board of Directors determined that the NSR buyback has substantially greater value and cancellation of the 1% NSR is beneficial to the Company’s shareholders and the economics of the Ana Paula project. After the buy-back, the NSR held by Goldcorp on Ana Paula is now 2%.
Goldcorp has exercised 1.0 million warrants at a price of C$3.50 per common share for a total exercise price of C$3.5 million. Accordingly, Goldcorp acquired ownership of 1.0 million common shares. Following the exercise, Goldcorp owns 2.45 million common shares, representing 5.48% of the issued and outstanding shares. The Company now has 44.67 million common shares issued and outstanding.
About Alio Gold
Alio Gold is a growth oriented gold mining company, focused on exploration, development and production in Mexico. Its principal assets include its 100%-owned and operating San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico and its 100%-owned development stage Ana Paula Project in Guerrero, Mexico. Located within the highly prospective Guerrero Gold Belt on 56,000 hectares of underexplored land the Ana Paula Project is a high-grade, high margin project currently in the definitive feasibility stage. An exploration program is underway that includes targeting known mineralization below the proposed pit which has the potential to significantly enhance the robust economics of the project. The Company also has a portfolio of other exploration properties, all of which are located in Mexico.
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