Pan American sells La Arena gold project in Peru to Zijin for $295 million

La Arena gold mine in Peru. Image from Tahoe Resources.

Pan American Silver (NYSE: PAAS) (TSX: PAAS) said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell its 100% interest in the La Arena gold property in Peru to Jinteng Mining in Singapore, a subsidiary of China’s Zijin Mining Group.

Total consideration consists of $245 million cash upfront and a $50 million contingent payment. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024.

The La Arena property is located in the La Libertad province of Peru. It comprises the La Arena gold mine and the La Arena II project, which is in advanced exploration. The open-pit mine has been in operation since 2011.

Since acquiring the mine from Tahoe Resources in 2019, Pan American said it has added 535,521 oz. of gold through exploration and extended the mine life from 2021 to 2026, with the potential for further extension.

Under the terms of the deal, Zijin will grant Pan American a life-of-mine gold net smelter return royalty of 1.5% on the La Arena II project.

“With the sale of La Arena, we continue to deliver on our strategy to optimize our portfolio, following the Yamana transaction, while maintaining future upside through the retention of royalties,” Pan American CEO Michael Steinmann said in a news release.

“Proceeds from the transaction will further strengthen our financial position and allow us to deliver on our capital allocation priorities of investing in high-quality assets, debt reduction and returning capital to our shareholders.”

By market close Wednesday, Pan American Silver shares had gained 0.7% on the NYSE. The company has a $6.8 billion market capitalization.