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Talisker expands British Columbia land package with New Carolin acquisition

Infrastructure at the past-producing Carolin gold mine in BC. Credit: New Carolin Gold

Talisker Resources (TSX: TSK) will acquire New Carolin Gold (TSXV: LAD) and its 143.8-square kilometre Ladner gold project in southern British Columbia in an all-share deal valuing the shares at C$0.095 apiece.

The highway-accessible Ladner project covers the northern part of the Coquihalla gold belt and contains the former Carolin gold mine. Located about 150 km east of Vancouver, the project has an existing mine permit of 1,300 t/d and a tailings storage facility, with mining last taking place in the 1980s.

“The acquisition of New Carolin is directly in line with Talisker’s strategy to consolidate quality mineral assets in south central British Columbia,” Terry Harbort, Talisker’s president and CEO, said in a press release.

Each issued and outstanding share of New Carolin will be swapped for 0.3196 of a Talisker share

“The Ladner gold project forms a strong complement to our flagship asset at Bralorne with a compliant mineral resource estimate and a district size land package, and we expect this purchase to represent another transformational transaction for Talisker.”

Under a definitive agreement between the two companies, each issued and outstanding share of New Carolin will be swapped for 0.3196 of a Talisker share. Based on Talisker’s five-day volume-weighted average trading price, the deal implies a value of C$0.095 per New Carolin share. The company has 56.1 million shares outstanding.

In addition, Talisker has agreed to settle C$500,000 of New Carolin’s outstanding payables after the transaction closes, and has advanced C$400,000 to the company to repurchase a 5% net profit interest on Ladner, and for general corporate purposes.

The deal requires approval by New Carolin shareholders with two thirds of the votes cast in favour.

A 2015 estimate put inferred resources at the Carolin mine at 12.1 million tonnes grading 1.53 grams gold per tonne for 607,000 oz. gold.

Highlights from 2018 drilling at the project included 93 metres of 1.39 grams gold per tonne, including 7 metres of 5.75 grams gold per tonne. Historic drill results are highlighted by 10 metres of 17.05 grams gold and 21.4 metres of 10.85 grams gold. The Carolin mine produced around 45,000 oz. of gold between 1982 and 1984.

Talisker holds several projects in south-central BC, including its advanced Bralorne gold project, 248 km northeast of Vancouver, where it is conducting a 100,000-metre resource definition program. The Bralorne project holds three historic mines. Talisker also holds about 85% of the Spences Bridge Gold belt.

New Gold (TSX: NGD) acquired a 14.9% interest in Talisker earlier this year.

(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)