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VANCOUVER, April 7, 2017 /CNW/ - GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) ("the Company") today announced it has completed the sale of its Los Filos Mine in Mexico to Leagold Mining Corporation (TSXV: LMC-H) ("Leagold"). Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, Goldcorp received an aggregate of 34,635,091 common shares of Leagold, representing 25.3% of Leagold's issued and outstanding common shares, $250 million in cash and a $29 million short-term promissory note that is due on the earlier of (i) 120 days from closing and (ii) the receipt by Leagold of approval from the Mexican competition commission ("COFECE") on a subsequent tranche of its equity financing. Following the completion of the second tranche of its equity financing, the Company's ownership on an as-issued basis will be 22.9% of Leagold's issued and outstanding common shares. Goldcorp also retained certain tax receivables worth approximately $100 million.
"The divestiture of Los Filos unlocks further value and allows us to focus on our core camps," said David Garofalo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to participating in the future success of Leagold through our significant ownership interest."
McCarthy Tétrault LLP acted as legal advisor to the Company and Scotia Capital acted as financial advisor.
The Company acquired the common shares for investment purposes pursuant to the terms of the share purchase agreement with Leagold. Goldcorp will evaluate its investment in Leagold from time to time and may, based on such evaluation, market conditions and other circumstances, increase or decrease shareholdings as circumstances require through market transactions, private agreements, or otherwise. A copy of the early warning report filed by the Company in connection with the acquisition of common shares will be available on Leagold's SEDAR profile. In order to obtain a copy of the early warning report, please contact the Corporate Secretary of the Company at telephone number: 604-696-3000. The Company's head office is located at Suite 3400 – 666 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC, V6C 2X8.
Goldcorp is a senior gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the United States Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, or in releases made by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, all as may be amended from time to time, and "forward-looking information" under the provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Goldcorp. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the completion by Leagold of a second tranche equity financing and payment of the related promissory note, future price of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc, the estimation of Mineral Reserves (as defined below) and Mineral Resources (as defined below), the realization of Mineral Reserve estimates and the timing and amount of estimated future production. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" , "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" , "believes", or variations or comparable language of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "should", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative connotation thereof.
Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which Goldcorp will operate in the future, including the price of gold, anticipated costs and ability to achieve goals. Certain important factors that could cause actual results, performances or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, Leagold's inability to obtain COFECE approval for the second tranche of the equity financing, Leagold's inability to finance the repayment of the promissory note, gold price volatility, discrepancies between actual and estimated production, Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources and metallurgical recoveries, mining operational and development risks, regulatory restrictions (including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability), changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and/or change in the administration of laws, policies and practices, political or economic developments in Mexico, and higher prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and other consumables. Although Goldcorp believes its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions and has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to the completion of the second tranche of the Leagold's equity financing and payment of the related promissory note, risks related to Goldcorp's equity interest in Leagold, risks related to international operations, including economic and political instability in foreign jurisdictions in which Goldcorp operates; risks related to current global financial conditions; future prices of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc; possible variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; mine development and operating risks; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing; risks related to indebtedness and the service of such indebtedness, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Description of the Business – Risk Factors" in Goldcorp's most recent annual information form available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Although Goldcorp has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as otherwise indicated by Goldcorp, these statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other special items or of any disposition, monetization, merger, acquisition, other business combination or other transaction that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of Goldcorp's operating environment. Goldcorp does not intend or undertake to publicly update any forward-looking statements that are included in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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