DENVER, April 24, 2019 /CNW/ -- Vista Gold Corp. (TSX & NYSE American: VGZ) ("Vista" or the "Company") today announced that it has received the second $1.5 million option payment from Minera Alamos for the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold / silver project in Sinaloa, Mexico (the "GdlR Project").
In October 2017, Vista granted Minera Alamos an exclusive option to earn a 100% interest in the GdlR Project by, among other things, making payments totaling $6.0 million comprised of a payment of $1.5 million made at the execution of the option agreement, two successive payments of $1.5 million each to be made at the one-year and two-year anniversaries of the option agreement, and a final $1.5 million payment to be made on or before the four-year anniversary of the option agreement.
In October 2018, the Company and Minera Alamos agreed to defer the payment date for the second option payment by six months to April 23, 2019. As consideration for the deferral, Minera Alamos paid Vista an additional $150,000 in cash, plus $65,700 of interest.
To date, the Company has received $3.2 million from Minera Alamos for the GdlR Project, all of which is non-refundable.
Frederick H. Earnest, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to have received the second payment under the option agreement, which will strengthen Vista's cash position. We believe this payment is indicative of Minera Alamos' commitment to continue to advance the GdlR Project."
All dollar amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars.
About Vista Gold Corp.
The Company is a well-funded gold project developer. Our principal asset is our flagship Mt Todd gold project in Northern Territory, Australia. Mt Todd is the largest undeveloped gold project in Australia.
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