Monument Mining shareholder GoldMet opposes highly dilutive proposed transaction

Feb 03, 2014, 08:30 ET from GoldMet B.V.

VANCOUVER, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - George Molyviatis and GoldMet B.V. (collectively "GoldMet"), holders in aggregate of 54,112,500 common shares (the "Shares") of Monument Mining Limited ("Monument") representing 19.67% of the 275,158,030 outstanding shares of Monument, announce their opposition to Monument's proposed acquisition of certain overburden topsoils on Monument's Mengapur project ("Mengapur") in consideration of issuing 25,000,000 to Malaco Mining Sdn. Bhd, its group of companies and shareholders ("Malaco").

Mr. Molyviatis states "In February, 2012, Monument announced that it had completed the acquisition of a 70% interest in Mengapur from Malaco in consideration of a cash payment of US $60,000,000.  In a news release dated January 17, 2013, Monument announced that it had acquired the remaining 30% of Mengapur from Malaco in consideration of a cash payment of US $16,000,000.  Subsequently, in its audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013, Monument disclosed that inclusive of a further transaction cost of $7.46 million (CAD $7.65 million), in total $23,504,000 was paid to acquire the remaining 30% interest in Mengapur from Malaco.

Now Monument is proposing to issue 25,000,000 common shares to Malaco for certain overburden topsoils and the production of magnetite which were apparently retained by Malaco under the original acquisition of Mengapur.

GoldMet is concerned that this highly dilutive transaction, occurring at a time when Mr. Avner Kreimer has announced his intention to remove the current board, is a bid to disenfranchise current shareholders.  Mr. Kreimer and his proposed slate of directors have stressed the need for a new independent board of directors who will control management's culture of entitlement, tighten oversight of acquisitions and refocus Monument's operations on its core assets.  GoldMet is forced to question if this transaction is being undertaken with a view to increasing shareholder value or to place a large block of shares in the hands of parties that will support the incumbent board and management.

GoldMet urges Monument's shareholders to carefully consider whether Monument's current board is acting in the interests of shareholders, or if a change is needed to protect shareholder value.  GoldMet strongly urges shareholders to vote in favour of Mr. Kreimer and his proposed slate of directors at Monument's AGM scheduled for February 7, 2014."

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