Barrick Gold to sell its Lagunas Norte mine to Boroo

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Barrick Gold Corporation recently announced it has reached an agreement to sell its 100% interest in the Lagunas Norte mine in Peru to Boroo Pte Ltd for a total consideration of up to $81 million, plus the assumption by Boroo of Barrick’s closure liability relating to Lagunas Norte of $226 million backed by an existing $173 million bonding obligation.

The total consideration consists of an up-front cash payment of $20 million, additional cash consideration of $10 million payable on the first anniversary of closing and $20 million payable on the second anniversary of closing, a 2% net smelter return royalty ("NSR") on gold and silver produced.

 

Boroo will also assume 100% of the $173 million reclamation bond obligations for Lagunas Norte in two tranches: 50% on closing and 50% within one year of closing. The deferred payments, the contingent payments, and the obligation to replace the second tranche of the reclamation bond obligations will be secured.

 

Barrick president and chief executive Mark Bristow said the sale was in line with Barrick's policy of selling non-core interests — a process which has already realized some $1.5 billion — in order to focus its portfolio on Tier One1 assets. The proposed acquisition would benefit the mine’s stakeholders in Peru by giving Boroo the opportunity to extend its life by accessing satellite resources and adapting the infrastructure.

 

The Latin American region remains an important destination for Barrick, and the company will keep a team in Peru to continue to develop its portfolio of exploration assets and to pursue opportunities to find and operate world-class gold and or copper mines in that country.

 

The transaction is subject to closing conditions.

 

Boroo, formerly known as OZD ASIA PTE Ltd, is a privately-held investment holding company principally engaged in operating, developing and acquiring gold properties globally. Boroo owns and operates various production-stage and development-stage assets in Central Asia.