Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (“Sandstorm” or the “Company”) (NYSE MKT: SAND, TSX: SSL) has amended the Bachelor Lake gold stream with Metanor Resources Inc. (“Metanor”). Beginning October 1, 2017, Sandstorm will purchase 20% of the gold produced from the Bachelor Lake mine at an ongoing cost of $500 per ounce, until 12,000 ounces of gold have been purchased by the Company at which time the gold stream will convert into a 3.9% net smelter returns (“NSR”) royalty. Metanor has agreed to sell a minimum of 1,500 ounces of gold to Sandstorm on a quarterly basis until the 12,000 ounce threshold has been reached.
For consideration of the gold stream amendment, Sandstorm will also receive:
•a 3.9% NSR royalty on Metanor’s Barry project; and
•US$2.0 million in Metanor common shares. Based on the 20-day volume weighted average share price of Metanor on the TSX Venture Exchange the number of common shares to be issued will be 3.16 million.
Metanor may elect to reduce the 3.9% NSR royalty on the Bachelor Lake or Barry projects by making a US$2.0 million payment to Sandstorm in each case (the “Purchase Option”). Upon exercising either of the Purchase Options, the Sandstorm NSR royalty will decrease to 1.8%.
Sandstorm’s President & CEO Nolan Watson remarked, “During 2017, Metanor has undergone a major restructuring with goals to achieve sustainable production at Bachelor and to effectively develop their Barry project. As part of the restructuring process, new shareholders have come in, the company has been recapitalized and there have been changes at the management and board level. The gold stream amendment is another step in Metanor’s progression and I think the structure that we’ve agreed to makes sense for both companies.”
Watson continued, “From a Sandstorm perspective we maintain meaningful exposure to production from Bachelor while adding a royalty on the Barry project, an advanced exploration-stage asset located in the emerging Urban-Barry camp.”
About Bachelor Lake
Bachelor Lake is located outside of Val d'Or in Québec and is a greenstone hosted, structurally controlled alkali-magmatic gold deposit that was host to a producing mine during the 1980’s. Metanor acquired the property in 2004 and undertook major upgrades to the existing mine and mill infrastructure including the installation of a carbon-in-pulp process plant as well as 160 metres in shaft development work. The current shaft has reached depths of more than 725 metres, allowing exploration and development on three additional levels (13, 14, and 15).
The mine restarted production in 2013 as a long-hole underground operation with mill capacity of 700 tonnes per day. The mill has averaged recoveries of between 96% and 98% since its commissioning. The Bachelor Lake deposit remains open in several directions and exploration diamond drilling is ongoing in order to replace mined ounces of gold.
The Barry project is located 180 kilometres southwest of Chibougamau in Québec and is part of the Urban-Barry belt in the Northern Volcanic Zone of the Abitibi greenstone belt. The Barry deposit is structurally controlled with gold mineralization contained in a system of quartz-carbonate-albite-pyrite veins associated with sheared zones included in a wide deformation corridor. The mineralized zones coincide with strong IP anomalies occurring in volcanic units throughout the property.
A Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) of the project was completed in 2016 and evaluated a 1,200 tonne per day operation with mineralized material being shipped by 150 tonne trucks to Metanor’s Bachelor mill, located 110 kilometres from the Barry mine site. The economics of the PEA warranted further development at Barry and Metanor is conducting exploration drilling, has plans to complete a Pre-Feasibility study and is working towards permitting the project.
The focus of the ongoing surface drilling program at Barry has been to verify the extension of several gold bearing shear zones identified below and outside the Barry pit area. Five parallel shear zones have been identified and are now showing continuity over 600 metres along strike and 400 metres vertically while remaining open along strike and at depth. Highlights of the drill intercepts in the quartz-pyrite veins associated with the shear zones include:
•MB-17-83: 9.0 metres of 4.8 g/t gold from 313.0 metres;
•MB-17-88: 7.2 metres of 6.2 g/t gold from 473.4 metres;
•MB-17-99: 8.2 metres of 7.1 g/t gold from 389.3 metres; and ?5.5 metres of 9.4 g/t gold from 487.0 metres.
The upcoming phase of the drill campaign at the Barry project will continue to focus on identifying and extending more high-grade shear zones and two drill rigs are currently on site.
Metanor estimates the mineralized intercepts true thicknesses are 65% to 75% of the drill core intercepts reported. For more information and for complete drill results visit the Metanor website at www.metanor.ca and see the press release dated August 28, 2017.
Keith Laskowski (MSc), Sandstorm’s Vice President, Technical Services is a Qualified Professional (#01221QP) of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101. He has reviewed and approved the technical information in this press release.
ABOUT SANDSTORM GOLD
Sandstorm Gold Ltd. is a gold royalty company. Sandstorm provides upfront financing to gold mining companies that are looking for capital and in return, receives the right to a percentage of the gold produced from a mine, for the life of the mine. Sandstorm has acquired a portfolio of 160 streams and royalties, of which 20 of the underlying mines are producing. Sandstorm plans to grow and diversify its low cost production profile through the acquisition of additional gold royalties.
For more information visit: www.sandstormgold.com
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