TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Alacer Gold Corp. ("Alacer") [TSX: ASR and ASX: AQG] is pleased to announce that the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board has approved the sale of Alacer's 49% minority interest in the Frog's Leg Mine joint venture, its 24.5% interest in the Lake Greta joint venture, and its 40% interest in the Avoca joint venture to La Mancha Resources Australia Pty Limited.
The transaction is expected to close on April 5, 2013. After closing, Alacer's Board of Directors will approve the related special dividend of approximately $70 million and a record date for determining Alacer's shareholders will be set. Additional details regarding the special dividend will be released to the market once final.
Mr. David Quinlivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alacer stated, "The impending closing of the Frog's Leg sale and finalizing the special dividend demonstrates Alacer's commitment to maximizing portfolio value and returning value to shareholders."
Alacer Gold Corp. is a leading intermediate gold mining company with interests in multiple mines which provide ore to three processing facilities in Australia and Turkey:
- 80% interest in the Çöpler Gold Mine;
- 100% interest in the Higginsville Gold Operations; and
- 100% interest in the South Kalgoorlie Gold Operations.
Alacer's primary focus is to maximize portfolio value, maximize free cash flow, minimize project risk, and return value to shareholders. Alacer has a strong balance sheet and is committed to responsibly developing its current operations and focused exploration programs creating value.
Alacer's operations produced a total of 381,738 attributable1 ounces of gold during 2012. At December 31, 2011 Alacer's attributable Mineral Resources totalled 13.8 million ounces of gold and Ore Reserves totaled 5.3 million ounces of gold.
Except for statements of historical fact relating to Alacer, certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information, future oriented financial information, or financial outlooks (collectively "forward-looking information") within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information may be contained in this document and other public filings of Alacer. Forward-looking information often relates to statements concerning Alacer's future outlook and anticipated events or results and, in some cases, can be identified by terminology such as "may", "will", "could", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "projects", "predict", "potential", "continue" or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.
Forward-looking information includes statements concerning, among other things, that Alacer and its subsidiaries will complete the proposed transactions in accordance with the terms and conditions of the asset sale and purchase agreement (including the satisfaction of the requisite conditions contained in the asset sale and purchase agreement and to pay any distributions related thereto); that adjustments required to the purchase price pursuant to the asset sale and purchase agreement, interim toll treatment agreement and 18‐month toll treatment agreement will not materially alter the aggregate consideration payable to Alacer and its subsidiaries; the generation of free cash flow and payment of dividends; matters relating to proposed exploration, communications with local stakeholders and community relations; negotiations of joint ventures, negotiation and completion of transactions; commodity prices; mineral resources, mineral reserves, realization of mineral reserves, existence or realization of mineral resource estimates; the development approach, the timing and amount of future production, timing of studies and analyses, the timing of construction and development of proposed mines and process facilities; capital and operating expenditures; economic conditions; availability of sufficient financing; exploration plans and any and all other timing, exploration, development, operational, financial, budgetary, economic, legal, social, regulatory and political matters that may influence or be influenced by future events or conditions.
Such forward-looking information and statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions, including, but not limited in any manner to, those disclosed in any other of Alacer's filings, and include the inherent speculative nature of exploration results; the ability to explore; communications with local stakeholders and community and governmental relations; status of negotiations of joint ventures; weather conditions at Alacer's operations, commodity prices; the ultimate determination of and realization of mineral reserves; existence or realization of mineral resources; the development approach; availability and final receipt of required approvals, titles, licenses and permits; sufficient working capital to develop and operate the mines and implement development plans; access to adequate services and supplies; foreign currency exchange rates; interest rates; access to capital markets and associated cost of funds; availability of a qualified work force; ability to negotiate, finalize and execute relevant agreements; lack of social opposition to the mines or facilities; lack of legal challenges with respect to the property of Alacer; the timing and amount of future production and ability to meet production targets; timing and ability to produce studies and analyses; capital and operating expenditures; economic conditions; availability of sufficient financing; the ultimate ability to mine, process and sell mineral products on economically favorable terms and any and all other timing, exploration, development, operational, financial, budgetary, economic, legal, social, regulatory and political factors that may influence future events or conditions. While we consider these factors and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to us, they may prove to be incorrect.
You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information and statements. Forward-looking information and statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events. Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to risks and uncertainties disclosed in Alacer's filings at www.sedar.com and other unforeseen events or circumstances. Other than as required by law, Alacer does not intend, and undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information to reflect, among other things, new information or future events.
1 Attributable gold production includes Alacer's 49% share of Frog's Leg and 80% of Çöpler.
SOURCE: ALACER GOLD CORP.
For further information:
Lisa Maestas - North America at +1-303-292-1299
Roger Howe - Australia at +61-2-9953-2470