KIRKLAND LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct 29, 2013) - Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. ("Kirkland Lake" or "the Company") (TSX:KGI)(AIM:KGI), an operating and exploration gold mining company, is pleased to announce that it has raised US$50 million by the sale to Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV.TO) ("Franco-Nevada") of a 2.5% net smelter return royalty ("NSR") on Kirkland Lake's properties including the Macassa Gold Mine.
Brian Hinchcliffe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kirkland Lake, commented: "Franco-Nevada Corporation is a widely recognized premier gold and precious metal royalty company lead by a an experienced management team. We look forward to having them as a long term partner as we continue to develop Kirkland Lake into a significant intermediate gold producer with a targeted near term production rate of 2,200 tons per day."
David Harquail, President and Chief Executive Officer of Franco-Nevada, commented: "Franco-Nevada is very pleased to add to its Kirkland Lake royalty land position by helping to finance the further expansion of the Macassa Gold Mine. We regard Kirkland Lake as one of the premier gold camps in Ontario. Great camps tend to keep on giving. We believe Kirkland Lake will continue to produce gold for a very long time making this a long term asset for Franco-Nevada."
Under the terms of the royalty agreement, Kirkland Lake will receive US$50 million for a 2.5% NSR royalty on production from the Company's properties including the Macassa Gold Mine. The NSR agreement provides, amongst other things, that: (i) Kirkland Lake has a 3 year option to buy back 1% of the NSR, for total consideration of US$36 million, less the royalty proceeds attributable to the buy back portion of the NSR that has been paid to Franco-Nevada prior to the date of the buy back; (ii) Franco-Nevada has a right of first refusal on any future royalty or stream interests from the Company's properties; and (iii) Franco-Nevada has the option to receive NSR payments in either gold bullion or cash.
National Bank Financial Inc. acted as financial advisor and Stikeman Elliott LLP acted as legal counsel to Kirkland Lake in respect of this transaction.
About the Company
Kirkland Lake Gold's corporate goal is to create a self sustaining and long lived intermediate gold mining company based in the historic Kirkland Lake Gold Camp. The Company plans to do this by increasing production capacity to 2,200 tons of ore per day in several stages, and by decreasing production costs by realizing the economies of scale associated with that higher production capacity. At the same time, the Company is committed to maintaining a significant exploration program aimed at developing and maintaining a property wide reserve and resource base sufficient to sustain a mine life of more than ten years for as long as practicable.
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These factors include the Company's expectations in connection with the projects and exploration programs being met, the impact of general business and economic conditions, global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future conditions, fluctuating gold prices, currency exchange rates (such as the Canadian dollar versus the United States Dollar), possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, changes in accounting policies, changes in the Company's corporate mineral resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, changes in project development, construction, production and commissioning time frames, risks related to joint venture operations, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, higher prices for fuel, power, labour and other consumables contributing to higher costs and general risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, unexpected changes in mine life,, seasonality and unanticipated weather changes, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, and limitations on insurance, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company's annual Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form for the year ended April 30, 2013 and the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the interim period ended July 31, 2013 filed with the securities regulatory authorities in certain provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although the Company has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements except as otherwise required by applicable law.