TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Guyana Goldfields Inc. (TSX:GUY) ("GGI" or the Company") announces that it has entered into an agreement with Guyana Precious
Metals Inc. ("GPM") for the sale of its Peters Mine and Aremu Properties in Guyana, South
America, for a purchase price of US$2,400,000, payable in cash at
closing. In a separate transaction, GPM has agreed to purchase GGI's
70.1% participating interest in the Arakaka property, also located in
Guyana, for a purchase price of US$3,734,000, payable in cash at
closing and a 1% net smelter royalty in favour of GGI on the
participating interest. Closing of the Arakaka sale to GPM is subject
to 30 day rights to acquire in favour of the current and former venture
partners in the Arakaka property. Closing of the transactions is also
subject to the receipt of all the applicable regulatory requirements,
including receipt by GPM of the approval on the TSX Venture Exchange
and the approval of GPM's disinterested shareholders.
The Peters Mine totals 8,358 acres and the Aremu Property totals 9,134
acres. The Arakaka property totals 79,074 acres.
These transactions are in line with Guyana Goldfields' policy (see press
release dated September 15, 2010) to divest non-core assets in order to
focus resources on the exploration and development of its key mining
and mineral exploration properties, the Aurora Gold Project and the
Aranka Properties. Beginning in June, 12 drill rigs will be dedicated
to the exploration of 8 gold targets identified at Aurora and Aranka.
These defined drill targets have been derived from 2-3 years of
baseline exploration work consisting of radiometric, geophysical, soil
and sediment sampling, trenching, and augering work.
Claude Lemasson, President & COO, commented, "Priority is being given to
exploration targets that are viewed as possible satellite operations to
Aurora. We have confidence in our baseline models and in the work that
identified these exploration targets and we are excited to be able to
drill test these prospects. We hope to discover additional and entirely
new gold mineralization outside of the Aurora and Sulphur Rose
About Guyana Precious Metals Inc.
Guyana Precious Metals Inc. ("GPM") is a Canadian based exploration and
development company. GPM presently controls and holds the Coppermine
River Project, Nunavut Territory and the Rory Claims, Yukon Territory.
Both of these projects are described as
Copper-Nickel-Platinum-Palladium prospects. GPM has approximately $9
million in cash and 174,295,690 million shares issued and outstanding.
Guyana Goldfields Inc. currently holds for investment purposes
approximately 8% of the issued shares of GPM.
About Guyana Goldfields Inc.
Guyana Goldfields Inc. is a Canadian based mineral exploration company,
primarily focused on the exploration and development of gold deposits
in Guyana, South America where the Company has operated since 1996.
The Company is currently undertaking drilling and studies to advance
and develop the Aurora Gold Project in Guyana with a current measured
and indicated resource of 5.34 million ounces gold (42,171 tonnes (000
t) at a grade of 3.94 g/t) An updated resource estimate will be
released in August 2011, followed by a Feasibility Study in the fourth
quarter of 2011.
At the Aranka Properties, currently in advanced staged exploration,
drilling of highly prospective targets is ongoing. The Company
discovered a gold deposit at Sulphur Rose containing an initial
inferred resource of 460,400 oz and plans to release an updated
resource estimate in August 2011. As at the date hereof, the Company
has approximately $59 million in cash and short-term bank guaranteed
investment certificates and no debt; there are approximately 83 million
shares issued and outstanding.
Forward Looking Statements - Certain information set forth in this news
release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial
known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking
statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of
which are beyond the control of Guyana, including, but not limited to
the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions,
volatility of commodity prices, risks associated with the uncertainty
of resource and reserve estimates, currency fluctuations, dependence
upon regulatory approvals, the availability of future financing and
exploration risk. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in
the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at
the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue
reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.
SOURCE Guyana Goldfields Inc.
For further information:
Guyana Goldfields Inc.,
President & COO,
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Tel: (416) 628-5936 Ext. 2295,
Fax: (416) 628-5935,