Moss Lake drill core Credit: Wesdome
Privately held Goldshore Resources has signed an asset purchase agreement with gold producer Wesdome Gold Mines to acquire the 143-sq.-km Moss Lake gold project, 100 km west of Thunder Bay, for total consideration estimated at $57 million. The B.C.-incorporated company also plans a public listing via a reverse takeover of TSX Venture-listed Sierra Madre Developments.
After Goldshore completes the reverse takeover of Sierra Madre, the combined company plans to change its name to Goldshore Resources and list on the TSX Venture under the ticker ‘GSHR’ as a new Canadian gold developer.
The Moss Lake consideration includes a $12.5-million payment and the issue of Goldshore shares on closing. The share issue would be the greater of the number of Goldshore shares with an aggregate value of $19.5 million or 30% of the Goldshore shares outstanding. Goldshore has also agreed to issue up to $20 million in milestone shares to Wesdome, with $5 million in shares due within 12 months of closing the acquisition, and an additional two $7.5-million share payments due upon property milestones which, irrespective of the milestones, are payable within 30 and 48 months of closing.
Goldshore will also grant Wesdome a 1% NSR royalty, that may be repurchased, on all metal production from Moss Lake.
“Wesdome remains focused on advancing our vision of building Canada’s next mid-tier gold producer,” said Duncan Middlemiss, president and CEO of Wesdome, in a release. “The opportunity to advance Moss Lake and bolster our already strong balance sheet, all while retaining meaningful exposure to the project through a strategic equity position as the largest shareholder of Goldshore, allows the company to remain fully focused on our underground high-grade gold mining expertise. This year is pivotal as Wesdome expects to deliver the Kiena Complex into commercial production, expand operations at Eagle as well as move forward on aggressive surface and underground exploration programs at both sites.”
The Moss Lake project includes two deposits and the historical North Coldstream mine, which lie along a 20-km trend with additional mineral occurrences.
“We fully believe that Goldshore has assembled the best positioned team to advance Moss Lake which has significant resource growth potential along its 20-km+ trend. We have already identified several areas of prospective follow up work and intend to work diligently with the entire Goldshore team to unlock value from the asset,” Brett A. Richards, incoming president and CEO of Goldshore, said in a release from Goldshore and Sierra Madre.
Once the business combination is complete, in addition to Richards (past CEO of Banro Corporation and Midnight Sun Mining), management will include Gavin Copper as CFO and corporate secretary and Peter Flindell as VP of exploration.
The board of the company is expected to be made up of Brett Richards, Doug Ramshaw (president and a director of Minera Alamos), Victor Cantore, Galen McNamara (CEO and director of Summa Silver and chair of Angold Resources), Shawn Khunkhun (president, CEO and a director of Dolly Varden Silver), Brandon Macdonald (CEO and director of Fireweed Zinc), Michael Michaud (VP of exploration at Wesdome) and Heather Laxton (chief governance officer with Wesdome).
Moss Lake, with historic measured and indicated resources of 39.8 million tonnes at 1.1 g/t gold and a further 50.4 million historic inferred tonnes grading 1.1 g/t gold, has been drilled over 2.5 km of strike and down to a depth of 300 metres.
East Coldstream, with a historic measured and indicated inventory of 3.5 million tonnes at 0.85 g/t gold and an additional 30.5 million historic inferred tonnes grading 0.78 g/t gold, has been drilled over 1.3 km of strike and to depths of 200 metres.
The North Coldstream mine previously generated 2.7 million tonnes at 1.89% copper, 0.56 g/t gold and 5.59 g/t silver.
Goldshore and Sierra Madre have also entered into an engagement letter with Eventus Capital, for a private placement of up to 33.6 million subscription receipts, sold at 65¢ each, and flow-through subscription receipts, sold at 75¢ each, for gross proceeds of up to $25 million. Each receipt will be automatically exercised into one common or flow-through common share of Goldshore. Each Goldshore share would then be exchanged for one share of the new issuer.
As part of the combination between Sierra Madre and Goldshore, the former will complete a 6:1 share consolidation. Once the combination, consolidation and offering are complete, former Goldshore shareholders will have a 30.1% stake in the new company, with Sierra Madre holders at a 3.68% interest. Wesdome will have a 30% interest with the financing participants at a 36% shareholding.
While completion of the business combination is subject to customary conditions, under TSXV policies, Sierra Madre does not expect to require shareholder approval for the combination.
Closing is expected early in the second quarter.