VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2012) - Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd. ("Sandstorm") (TSX VENTURE:SND.V - News) is pleased to announce an amendment to the natural gas purchase agreement with Thunderbird Energy Corp. ("Thunderbird") (TSX VENTURE:TBD.V - News).
Under the terms of the agreement announced on July 13, 2011, Sandstorm is entitled to purchase 35% of all natural gas produced from Thunderbird's Gordon Creek project for US$1.00 per mcf. As part of the agreement, Thunderbird provided a commitment to drill a minimum of 50 new wells prior to December 31, 2012. In addition, Thunderbird guaranteed that Sandstorm will receive certain minimum cash flows over the next several years.
Sandstorm and Thunderbird have agreed to amend the natural gas purchase agreement whereby all minimum cash flow guarantees and drilling commitments at Gordon Creek will be deferred by one year. As consideration for this deferral, in March 2013, Thunderbird will issue to Sandstorm $2.55 million of Thunderbird shares at a deemed price equivalent to the 50 day volume weighted average trading price prior to issuance. In addition, the US$10 million that Sandstorm was to remit to Thunderbird in May 2012 will now be remitted in May 2013.
"This amendment provides material benefit to Sandstorm shareholders in the form of Thunderbird shares while maintaining the full drilling commitments and cash flow guarantees, on a 1 year deferred basis," said Sandstorm President and CEO, Nolan Watson.
ABOUT SANDSTORM METALS & ENERGY
Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd. is a growth focused resource based company that seeks to complete commodity purchase agreements with companies that have advanced stage development or operating projects. A commodity purchase agreement involves Sandstorm making an upfront cash payment to its partners and in exchange, Sandstorm receives the right to purchase a percentage of the commodity produced for the life of the asset, at a fixed price per unit. Sandstorm helps other companies in the resource industry grow their business while acquiring attractive assets in the process.
Sandstorm Metals & Energy is focused on low cost operations with excellent exploration potential and strong management teams. Sandstorm has completed commodity purchase agreements with Novadx Ventures Corp., Royal Coal Corp., Terrex Energy Inc., Donner Metals Ltd. and Thunderbird Energy Corp.
For more information visit: http://www.sandstormmetalsandenergy.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, the information presented constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions that have been made by Sandstorm as at the date of such information and is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Sandstorm to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information, including but not limited to: the impact of general business and economic conditions; the absence of control over mining operations from which Sandstorm will purchase gold and risks related to those mining operations, including risks related to international operations, government and environmental regulation, actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; problems inherent to the marketability of minerals; industry conditions, including fluctuations in the price of metals, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates and fluctuations in interest rates; stock market volatility; competition; as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risks to Sandstorm" in Sandstorm's annual report for the financial year ended December 31, 2010. Although Sandstorm has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Sandstorm does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that is contained or incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Sandstorm does not provide any representation as to its comparability with other companies in its industry including, but not limited to, Silver Wheaton Corp., Royal Gold, Inc., and Franco-Nevada Corporation.