Toronto Stock Exchange: G New York Stock Exchange: GG (All dollar amounts in United States dollars (US$))
VANCOUVER, March 8 /PRNewswire/ - GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) announced today that the Company and Xstrata Queensland Limited ("Xstrata") have signed a letter of intent with Yamana Gold Inc. (Yamana) whereby Minera Alumbrera Limited Sucursal (MAA) would have the exclusive option with respect to acquiring Yamana's 100% interest in the Agua Rica project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Alumbrera mine in the Catamarca province in northwest Argentina.
MAA is a joint venture operation between Goldcorp (37.5% owner), Xstrata (manager and 50% owner), and Yamana (12.5% owner) that currently operates the Alumbrera mine. Under the letter of intent, MAA will be granted an exclusive four-year option to acquire Yamana's interest in the Agua Rica project for option payments made by Goldcorp and Xstrata of up to $110 million. During the option period MAA will manage the Agua Rica project and fund a feasibility study and all development costs. The respective ownership interests in MAA would remain unchanged and apply to the Agua Rica project.
"This option agreement represents a low-risk opportunity for Goldcorp to participate in the potential of the Agua Rica project and is consistent with our focus on cultivating the early-stage portion of our growth pipeline," said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have valued our participation in the successful and productive Alumbrera partnership over the last eight years, and we look forward to exploring the opportunity at Agua Rica with this strong team."
Goldcorp and Xstrata can collectively exercise the option at any time during the four-year period through to an approval-to-proceed decision for construction of the Agua Rica project. On approval to proceed, Yamana would receive $150 million and on commissioning an additional US$50 million, plus the right to a deferred payment related to 65% of the payable gold production from Agua Rica to a maximum of 2.3 million ounces.
Goldcorp and Xstrata will finance all payments related to the option on a 42.86% and 57.14% basis respectively. The transaction remains subject to the execution of binding transaction documents.
Goldcorp is one of the world's fastest growing senior gold producers. Its low-cost gold production is located in safe jurisdictions in the Americas and remains 100% unhedged.
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