Wildcat Silver to acquire Riva Gold
VANCOUVER, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Wildcat Silver Corporation (TSX: WS) ("Wildcat") announces today that it has entered into a letter of intent with Riva Gold Corporation ("Riva") providing for the acquisition by Wildcat of all of the outstanding common shares of Riva in consideration for 4.7 common shares of Riva for one common share of Wildcat. This represents a price of C$0.17 per Riva common share, which is based on the volume weighted average price of the Wildcat common shares for the 20 trading days ending March 1, 2013.
Riva is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company that had been assessing strategic alternatives and evaluating potential opportunities for the last year. Riva trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "RIV". Riva currently has a cash balance of approximately C$8.1 million and does not hold any mineral properties.
In connection with the acquisition, Riva also agreed to provide a C$1 million secured term loan to Wildcat, subject to any applicable regulatory approvals. Interest payable on the loan is equal to the prime rate plus 4% and the loan matures on December 31, 2013.
"This transaction is expected to provide Wildcat with sufficient funds to advance the Hermosa project through prefeasibility and into the feasibility stage with the least dilution to our shareholders," said Don Taylor, President and Chief Operating Officer "With this additional cash, we look forward to unlocking additional value and moving our project forward this year."
The proposed acquisition remains subject to, among other things, the negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement and applicable shareholder and regulatory approvals.
Wildcat is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on the development of its 80% owned Hermosa silver project located in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. The project currently has a preliminary economic assessment completed which estimates average annual production of over 15 million ounces of silver for the first five years and a 16 year mine life, making it one of the largest undeveloped silver projects in the USA. Hermosa's measured and indicated mineral resource consists of 194 million tonnes averaging 37.7 grams per tonne silver for a total of 236 million ounces of silver and an inferred mineral resource of 80 million tonnes averaging 30.9 grams per tonne silver for a total of 79 million ounces of silver as announced in the August 9, 2012 press release.
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SOURCE Wildcat Silver Corporation