VANCOUVER, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY and FSE: D7Q1) ("Monument" or the "Company") today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a non-brokered private placement to Tulum Corporation ("Tulum") of up to 52,000,000 shares at a price of $0.45 per share for net proceeds of up to $23,400,000 to the Company. There are no warrants issued or finder's fees paid in connection with the private placement. The transaction remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
Tulum is a private United Kingdom corporation which is controlled by Francois Marland. As a result of the completion of the private placement, Tulum will hold approximately 19.90% of the issued shares of the Company and the Company understands that Tulum will become the second largest shareholder of the Company.
Proceeds of the placement will be used to fund the continuing development of the Mengapur Project. Specifically, the Company plans to implement drilling, engineering design and plant construction works towards a targeted commencement of production in 2014.
Monument proposed an earlier private placement in late 2011 to fund the Company's planned acquisition of Mengapur. That transaction was approved by shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting in December 2011, but was never completed. The Company chose instead to fund the acquisition of Mengapur using cash on hand in order to close the transaction more quickly and with greater certainty.
Mengapur Project Status
As disclosed on October 9, 2012, Monument has signed a harmonization agreement with Phoenix Lake Sdn Bhd ("PLSB") over their removal of other metals from the property (see news release No. 21; also filed on SEDAR). This eliminates a significant source of uncertainty from the Mengapur Project. The operating mining scheme ("OMS") for Mengapur is now in the final approval stage.
Monument's Selinsing Gold Mine continues to generate strong cash flow that will be used primarily to fund further exploration programs at the Selinsing Gold Project, as well as the Phase IV gold plant upgrade, and further land acquisition to expand the open pit.
The Company will continue to pursue financing from alternative sources to obtain additional funding for the further development of the Mengapur Project.
Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V:MMY, FSE:D7Q1) is an established Canadian gold producer that owns and operates the Selinsing Gold Mine in Malaysia, with production cash costs among the lowest in the world. Its experienced management team is committed to growth and is advancing several exploration and development projects in Malaysia, including its polymetalic Mengapur project. The Company employs 260 people in Malaysia and is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighboring communities.
Robert F. Baldock, President and CEO
Monument Mining Limited
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