VANCOUVER, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Golden Predator Corp. (TSX: GPD) ("Golden Predator" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed definitive agreements with Silver Predator Corp. ("Silver Predator") to dispose of its Taylor, Treasure Hill, Silver Bow and Magistral properties located in Nevada and Mexico (collectively the "Transactions"). The Transactions are anticipated to close early in 2011.
"These transactions will create additional shareholder value by monetizing our underappreciated yet significant silver assets in Nevada," said William M. Sheriff, Chairman and CEO. "By combining our Taylor Project in Nevada with Rockhaven's Plata project in the Yukon along with proven management and a great technical team we have laid the foundations necessary for a very successful Nevada and Yukon focused silver exploration and development company. The success of this company will provide Golden Predator exposure to a rising silver market while at the same time creating a major impact on our balance sheet as the shares in Silver Predator will be reflected as current assets."
On closing of the Transactions, and prior to any further dilution Golden Predator will be Silver Predator's largest shareholder, owning approximately 20% of its issued and outstanding shares. William M. Sheriff, Chairman and CEO of Golden Predator, and John W. Legg, President and Director of Golden Predator, will sit on Silver Predator's Board of Directors.
Silver Predator concurrently signed agreements to acquire 16 additional predominantly silver exploration and development properties located in Yukon and British Columbia from Rockhaven Resources Ltd. ("Rockhaven Resources Ltd.") and Strategic Metals Ltd. ("Strategic Metals").
Transactions - Golden Predator has agreed to grant Silver Predator an option to acquire a 100% interest in 261 unpatented mining claims and 4 patented mining claims located in White Pine County, Nevada, known as the Taylor Property, subject to certain royalty interests further described below. The Taylor Property includes a NI 43-101 compliant resource of 14.9 MM oz Ag from measured and indicated mineral resources of 6,433,000 tons grading 2.31 oz/t Ag and 1.9 MM oz Ag from an inferred mineral resource of 757,000 tons grading 2.54 oz/t Ag (using a 1.2 oz/t Ag cutoff grade: Hester, 2009). The option is structured as sales of the shares of Fury Explorations Ltd. ("Fury Canada"), which in turn owns all of the shares of Anglo Nevada Metals Corporation ("Anglo Nevada"). Anglo Nevada owns the Taylor Property. As consideration for this option, Silver Predator will issue to Golden Predator 1,000,000 of its common shares ("Common Shares"). To exercise this option, Silver Predator must issue, in stages, a minimum of 11,000,000 additional Common Shares having a minimum aggregate value of $7,254,000 but subject to a maximum of 17,463,333 shares. On exercise of this option Silver Predator will grant to Golden Predator a 2% net smelter royalty ("NSR") on all precious metals and 1% NSR on all other metals, except for metals extracted from claims subject to pre-existing royalties on which Golden Predator will receive a 1% NSR on precious metals and 0.5% NSR on all other metals. - Golden Predator has agreed to grant to Anglo Nevada a 10 year right earn a 50% interest in the Taylor Mill Facility from Taylor Mining Corp. ("Taylor Mining"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Golden Predator. The Taylor Mill Facility comprises five mill site claims and the 1,320 ton per day mill complex located thereon. The mill complex includes primary, secondary and tertiary crushers, eight ball mills, a leaching and counter-current decant thickening circuit, Merrill Crowe equipment, a flotation circuit, a maintenance shop, an assay office, an electrical substation and a mine office. To earn its 50% interest Anglo Nevada must incur rehabilitation expenditures, invest operating capital or pay to Taylor Mining (or some combination of the foregoing) in an amount equal to the fair market value of the Taylor Mill Facility (or, to the extent that cash payments are made to Taylor Mining, in an amount equal to 50% of the fair market value). On Anglo Nevada acquiring a 50% interest in the Taylor Mill Facility, Anglo Nevada and Taylor Mining will enter into a joint venture agreement to operate the Taylor Mill facility. - Golden Predator has agreed to sell to Silver Predator's wholly-owned subsidiary Silver Predator US Holding Corp. ("SPUS") its interest in the Treasure Hill and Silver Bow Properties located in White Pine & Nye Counties, Nevada owned by Golden Predator US Mines Inc. (a wholly- owned subsidiary of Golden Predator) ("GPUS") and, through the acquisition of Fury Exploration (Mexico) S. de R.L. de C.V. ("Fury Mexico"), its interest in the Magistral property located in Jalisco State, Mexico, for an aggregate of 4,000,000 Common Shares. The Treasure Hill Property consists of 232 patented and unpatented mining claims which are 100% owned by Golden Predator, and which are subject to existing NSR royalties of between 2% and 3%. GPUS will retain a 1% net profits interest ("NPI") on SPUS' interest in the Treasure Hill Property. The Silver Bow Property consists of lease rights in 73 unpatented lode mining claims. The underlying owners of the Silver Bow Property retain a 3% NSR. GPUS will retain a 1% NPI on SPUS' interest in the Silver Bow Property, unless SPUS exercise its right to purchase the existing NSR, in which case GPUS will be granted a 1% NSR on all precious metals and 0.5% NSR on all other metals. Fury Mexico owns 100% of the Magistral Property, with Southern Silver Exploration Corp. ("Southern") holding an option to acquire a 65% interest in the Magistral Property. Provided that Southern exercises its option, Golden Predator will retain a 1% NPI on Fury Mexico's interest in the Magistral Property. In the event that Southern drops its option, Fury Mexico will grant Golden Predator a 2% NSR on all precious metals and 1% NSR on all other metals on the Magistral Property. Closing
The Transactions are required to close on or before February 28, 2011 unless otherwise extended and are subject to several conditions precedent, including receiving conditional approval for the listing of Silver Predator's Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Corwin (Cor) Coe, A.Sc.T., B.Sc., P.Geo., the Company's Vice-President, Exploration (Canada) and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
About Golden Predator Corp.
Golden Predator Corp.'s corporate mandate is to be the leading gold property explorer and developer in Yukon, Canada. The Company has an extensive Yukon property position with three advanced gold projects and a pipeline of 6 prospects as well as an extensive exploration landholding comprising approximately 1,800 km2. Winter drilling will commence during February 2011 on Grew Creek and Brewery Creek. In 2011, the Company will continue aggressive drill programs and work towards completing initial 43-101 resources for Grew Creek and Clear Creek and updating the existing 43-101 resource for Brewery Creek.
No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein. This press release contains projections and forward-looking information that involve various risks and uncertainties regarding future events. Such forward-looking information can include without limitation statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and Golden Predator's plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking information are based on estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Except as required by law, Golden Predator assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change.
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