Desert completes buyout of Ashanti Gold

With the acquisition, Desert gets the Kossanto East project, located along the Mali-Senegal border within the West Mali Gold Belt. Photo by Ashanti Gold.

Desert Gold Ventures (TSXV: DAU) closed this week the acquisition of Ashanti Gold Corp (TSX-V: AGZ), a move that caused the Canadian company’s stock to jump 7.5% in the past five days.

In a media statement, Desert said that each shareholder of Ashanti will receive 0.2857 Desert Gold shares for each Ashanti share held. In parallel, 21,097,657 Desert Gold shares were issued to Ashanti shareholders.

Ashanti will continue operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Desert

The buyout increases Desert’s land position along and near the Senegal-Mali Shear Zone and Main Transcurrent Fault Zone by 28% to 296.9 square kilometres. This is due to the addition of the Kossanto East project, located in western Mali, near the border with Senegal.

“Both of these regional structures are related to multi-million-ounce gold mines and deposits owned by B2Gold, Barrick, AngloGold Ashanti/IAMGOLD and Teranga,” the British Columbia-based miner said in the press release.

According to Dessert, the Ashanti concession hosts five gold zones with drill intercepts to 2.04 g/t Au over 75 metres. Gold mineralization in these zones is related to hydrothermal-type breccia zones and typical, structurally-controlled shear and fault zones hosted by both volcanics, sediments and felsic intrusions.

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