The royalty properties are located near strategic infrastructure in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada
Gold Royalty Corp. (“Gold Royalty” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: GROY) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) with Monarch Mining Corporation (“Monarch”) (TSX: GBAR) (OTCQX: GBARF) to acquire the following gold royalty interests (the “Transaction”):
a C$2.50 per tonne royalty on material processed through Monarch’s Beacon mill originating from the Beaufor mine operations;
a 2.5% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty on each of Monarch’s Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties, each located in Quebec, Canada; and
a 1% NSR on Monarch’s Beaufor property, located in Quebec Canada (the “Beaufor NSR”) held by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec,
for total consideration of C$15 million (~US$12 million), of which C$11.25 million is payable on closing and C$3.75 million will be paid upon the 6-month anniversary of closing. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in August 2021.
David Garofalo, CEO, President, and Chairman of Gold Royalty stated: “We are excited to be partnering with Jean-Marc Lacoste and the strong technical team at Monarch to assist in the reopening of the Beaufor mine and to add additional high quality royalties to our portfolio. These assets will not only add potential near term cash flow to our Company, but also a strong pipeline of development and exploration projects located in Quebec, a very favourable mining jurisdiction. The Monarch royalties nicely complement the pro-forma portfolio of over 100 royalties in the Americas resulting from our previously announced acquisition of Ely Gold Royalties Inc. (“ELY”) (TSX-V: ELY).
It has been a very eventful start to our journey of growing into a leading royalty and streaming company. This announcement follows a string of exciting events for us and we are focused on driving continued success capitalizing on the experience and depth of our board and management team, strong balance sheet and capital markets presence.”
John Griffith, Chief Development Officer of Gold Royalty, stated: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Monarch as they advance the proposed reopening of the Beaufor mine, which has a consolidated historical production in excess of 1 million ounces of gold and has strong exploration potential. This is a compelling investment opportunity for Gold Royalty. The addition of the royalty on the Beacon mill will provide additional potential near-term cash flow as the mill restarts and through ramp-up of operations at the Beaufor mine. The added royalties on Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties provide longer term exposure to the prolific Abitibi greenstone belt and complete a very attractive portfolio of assets.”
The royalty properties are located near strategic infrastructure in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada and include:
Beaufor Property / Beacon Mill – The Beaufor mine and Beacon mill are located approximately 20 kilometers east of Val-d’Or, Quebec and has historically produced 1.1 million ounces of gold at an average grade of 7.50 g/t gold. In June 2021, Monarch announced that it plans to restart the Beaufor Mine and the Beacon Mill by June 2022. The Beacon mill is a 750 tonne per day facility that is fully permitted to process up to 1.8 million tonnes of tailings. Monarch has also announced an ongoing 42,500 drill program at the Beaufor property.
Croinor Property – The Croinor Property is a fully permitted past producing property located 55 kilometers east of Val-d’Or, Quebec. The project consists of a district-size land package of over 150 km2. The property is the subject of a January 2018 prefeasibility study.
McKenzie Break – The McKenzie Break property is an advanced exploration property located approximately 35 kilometers northeast of Val-d’Or, Quebec. The property consists of a 70 km2 land package.
Swanson Property – The Swanson Property is an earlier stage exploration property located approximately 12 kilometers northeast of Barraute, Quebec, covering 52.26 km2.
Source: Company Press Release