Canada’s Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD)(NYSE:EGO) has bought an 11.5% stake in Quebec-focused explorer Probe Metals in deal worth about C$23.7 million ($18.9m).
The acquisition of 15.04 million common shares of Probe at C$1.575 each follows the friendly takeover of QMX Gold Corp, another junior with assets in Quebec’s resource-rich Abitibi Greenstone Belt, earlier this year.
The buyout increased Eldorado’s footprint and landholdings in the area by approximately 550%.
Probe Metals owns several gold properties relatively close to Eldorado’s Lamaque gold mine, including the Val-d’Or East project.
Depending on market conditions, the company may rise or decrease its stake in Probe, it said.
The project, which will allow the company to grow production and reduce energy use, is expected to be finished in the first half of 2022.