Sage Receives First Tranche of the Gold Prepayment Facility
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 28, 2016) - Sage Gold Inc. (the "Corporation" or "Sage") (TSX VENTURE:SGX) is pleased to announce that it has received the first tranche of C$4.39 million under its C$9.65 million gold prepayment facility with Cartesian Royalty Holdings Pte. Ltd. ("CRH") entered into on November 17, 2016. The first tranche will fund capital expenditures at Clavos and retire the Corporation's secured debt.
The equity investment and gold prepayment facility provided by CRH secures a full funding package to bring Clavos back into production. Since September 29th 2016, Sage has completed the following transactions and begun the process of restarting the Clavos project:
- Purchased the 40% minority interest in Clavos from Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. for C$1.0 million. Sage now owns 100% of Clavos
- Received a Change in Project Status for Clavos and is now permitted for production
- Completed a C$1.85 million equity placement with CRH
- Signed a binding toll milling agreement with Primero Mining Corp.'s Stock Mill
- Executed a C$9.65 million Gold Prepayment Agreement with CRH and received the first tranche of C$4.39 million
- Retired the secured debt
Nigel Lees, President and CEO stated, "We are looking forward to dewatering and rehabilitating the underground workings at Clavos which will allow the Corporation to begin to define the stope blocks and provide underground drill stations to test the down plunge extensions of the existing zones. The change of project status allows Sage to produce up to 700 tonnes a day."
The prepayment facility of C$9.65 million is part of an overall financing package of C$11.5 million as announced on September 30, 2016 between Sage and Cartesian Royalty Holdings Pte. Ltd. ("CRH").
Sage currently plans to complete a reserve estimate and a prefeasibility study regarding the Clavos project. In the event that a production decision is made that is not based on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101, readers are cautioned that there is increased uncertainty and higher risk of economic and technical failure associated with such production decisions.
CRH Mezzanine and CRH Funding are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Cartesian Royalty Holdings Pte. Ltd. ("CRH"). CRH offers innovative financing structures with the goal of creating long-term growth and value in world-class gold projects around the globe. CRH is an affiliate of Cartesian Capital Group, LLC, a global private equity firm with proven expertise in assisting closely-held companies develop into global market leaders. Cartesian Capital Group manages more than US$2.4 billion in capital and has offices in New York, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Warsaw, and Bermuda.
About Sage Gold Inc.
The Corporation is a mineral exploration and development company which has primary interests in near-term production and exploration properties in Ontario. Its main properties are the 100 % owned Clavos Gold property in Timmins and the 100% owned Onaman copper, gold, silver property and other exploration properties in the Beardmore-Geraldton Gold Camp. Technical reports and information relating to the properties can be obtained from the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) website at www.sedar.com and www.sagegoldinc.com.
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