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|zaphod99: Eurogold Proposed Sale of Gold Assets
20 December 2006
L I M I T E D
(ACN 009 070 384)
21 December 2006 ASX & AIM Symbol "EUG"
PROPOSED SALE OF GOLD ASSETS
Eurogold Limited ("Eurogold") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an
agreement for the sale of its Saulyak Gold Project in Ukraine to Dragon Mining
NL ("Dragon"). The all scrip transaction will involve approximately 80 million
Dragon shares being issued to Eurogold as consideration, representing the
equivalent of 1 Dragon share for every 4 Eurogold shares. The value of the
transaction, based on a Dragon share price of A$0.16 per share, is approximately
A$13m or A$0.04 per Eurogold share.
The transaction will be effected by the sale of Eurogold's wholly owned
Bermudian subsidiary, which holds the Saulyak Project, and is subject to the
approval by shareholders of both companies and Dragon completing financial and
legal due diligence. It is expected that the shareholders meetings will be held
during February 2007, with notices for these meetings sent to shareholders
during January 2007. Completion is due to occur at the end of February 2007.
Dragon will also immediately provide a working capital loan of approximately
US$2 million to Eurogold to cover corporate overheads and to allow the work
programme at the Saulyak Project to continue until the sale is completed. The
loan is a limited recourse loan and secured by a charge over Eurogold's
receivables, which include its loans to S.C. Transgold S.A. (in liquidation)
("Transgold") and S.C. Explorer SA (in liquidation) ("Explorer") of
approximately US$3m and US$0.7m respectively.
If the sale is completed, Eurogold is only liable to repay up to US$600,000 of
the loan to Dragon and only to the extent that it has received any repayments of
the debts owed to it by Transgold and Explorer. Upon completion of the share
sale, Eurogold will also either assign, or account, to Dragon for Eurogold's
receivables (which include the debts owed to it by Transgold and Explorer),
other than any proceeds it may receive under its litigation claim against Oxus
Gold plc (and its related entities) ("Oxus"). However, once the US$600,000 of
the loan to Dragon has been repaid, Eurogold will be entitled to retain 8.3% of
such receivables up to US$250,000.
If the sale is not completed, Eurogold will be liable to:
1. repay the entire loan amount to Dragon, but only to the
extent that it receives any proceeds in repayment of the debts owed to it by
Transgold, from its litigation against Oxus, from the sale of the Saulyak
Project to a third party, from the repayment of its loan to ZLLC or from any
capital raising or raisings it undertakes to raise in excess of A$5m; and
2. pay a break fee to Dragon of either $500,000 if Eurogold
accepts, or its directors recommend that its shareholders accept, a competing
proposal for the acquisition of the Saulyak Project, or $130,000 if Eurogold
shareholders otherwise do not approve the sale.
Eurogold has been advised that the liquidator for Transgold and Explorer
recently accepted an offer of US$7.3m for Transgold and Explorer. The successful
bidder was a joint venture between Oxus Gold plc and KazahkGold Group Ltd.
Following the sale of the Saulyak Project, which is currently Eurogold's main
asset, Eurogold will continue as a separate corporate entity and will be
Dragon's largest shareholder with approximately 15% of the enlarged capital. The
Eurogold board has agreed to hold the Dragon shares that it will receive in
consideration of the sale for a minimum of six months and it is the Company's
intention to then distribute those shares in-specie. Eurogold also intends to
review other new business opportunities and notes that under both the Australian
Stock Exchange (ASX) Listing Rules and the AIM Rules this may require certain
requirements in relation to "investing companies" to be met. Further details on
Eurogold's future strategy will also be set out in the notice for the
shareholders meeting to approve the sale.
After the sale transaction has been completed, it is intended that Eurogold's
Executive Chairman, Peter Gunzburg, will join the board of Dragon as a
About Dragon Mining
Dragon is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia and listed on the ASX with a
market capitalisation of approximately A$70m at a share price of A$0.16 per
Dragon currently produces approximately 50,000 oz of gold per annum from its 80%
owned Svartliden Mine in Sweden and aims to bring the Outokumpu built Vammala
processing facility and Orivesi mine (Dragon 100%) in Finland on stream in the
middle of 2007, with expected production of around a further 50,000 oz of gold
pa. Dragon also holds a suite of near mine and regional exploration prospects
for gold and nickel in Sweden and Finland as well as interests in mineral
projects in Eritrea and Western Australia and an investment in AIM and ASX
listed Vulcan Resources Limited.
Further details on Dragon are available on Dragon's website at
The Saulyak Project
Eurogold has previously reported (refer to announcement dated 11 July 2006) that
the Saulyak Project in southwest Ukraine has an estimated total C1 and C2
category "reserve" under the Soviet classification system of approximately
578,000 oz of Gold (2.1 million tonnes @ 8.4g/t). Eurogold and Dragon are
confident that this can be converted to a JORC Code compliant Mineral Resource
during the next year and believe that there is substantial potential for
delineating further resources.
The Saulyak Project was recently granted a new 5 year activities licence and as
reported in our last quarterly, Eurogold "... is preparing a revised work
programme in support of an application for the early conversion of the Saulyak
"sub-soil" licence into a Mining Licence".
The current sub soil licence, which confers the mining rights for the Saulyak
Project, expires in November 2007. The transaction with Dragon, which provides
for the immediate ongoing funding of the Saulyak project, will enable the
Saulyak Project work programme to be accelerated and should enhance that
application. Furthermore, Dragon has significant project development and
operational expertise in similar European environments that will be invaluable
for advancing the Saulyak Project.
The combination of the Saulyak deposit with Dragon's existing European
production and development portfolio, provide shareholders with an exciting
exposure to an attractive and growing suite of European Mining assets.
The information on resources in this report has been reviewed by Mr Simon
Pepper, a full time employee of Eurogold. Mr Pepper holds a MSc Mining Geology
from Camborne School of Mines, is a member of the Institute of Materials,
Minerals and Mining in the United Kingdom and has at least five years experience
which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under
consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking. Mr Pepper has
reviewed this report and consents to the inclusion in this report of the matters
based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
The Saulyak deposit is located in Ukraine and most of the previous work was
conducted by Soviet state organisations and some of the Soviet exploration data
has not yet been fully validated in accordance with the JORC Code. As such, this
report includes references to a resource estimate that is not yet JORC Code
compliant. As discussed in this report, Eurogold is currently working towards
the conversion of this into a JORC Code compliant Mineral Resource estimate.
This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange|
|clemo69: He probably thinks like me that the share price was knocked to far by the oxus rejection and now this company is significantly undervalued.|
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