Barrick announces agreement to divest Plutonic mine in Australia
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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Dec. 22, 2013) –
All amounts expressed in US dollars unless otherwise indicated.
Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (Barrick or the “company”) today announced it has agreed to divest its Plutonic mine (“Plutonic”) in Western Australia to Northern Star Resources Ltd (“Northern Star”) for total cash consideration of A$25 million, subject to certain closing adjustments. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in February, 2014.
Plutonic contained proven and probable reserves of 0.2 million ounces(1), measured and indicated resources of 0.8 million ounces(1) and inferred resources of 1.0 million ounces(1) as at December 31, 2012. The mine produced 86,000 ounces in the first nine months of 2013 at all-in sustaining costs of $1,110 per ounce(2).
UBS Securities Canada Inc. and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as financial advisors to Barrick with respect to the transaction. Clayton Utz is acting as legal counsel to Barrick.
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Certain information contained or incorporated by reference in this press release, including any information as to our strategy, projects, plans or future financial or operating performance constitutes “forward-looking statements”. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The word “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold and certain other commodities; legislative, political or economic developments in jurisdictions in which the company does or may carry on business; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits; contests over title to properties; risk of loss due to acts of war, terrorism, sabotage and civil disturbances; litigation; our ability to successfully complete divestitures; and employee relations. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks). Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect our actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, us. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. Specific reference is made to the most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the SEC and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of some of the factors underlying forward-looking statements.
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|(1)||For a breakdown of reserves and resources by category and additional information relating to reserves and resources, see pages 25-35 of Barrick’s Form 40-F.|
|(2)||All-in sustaining cost per ounce is a non-GAAP financial performance measure with no standardized definition under IFRS. See pages 44-49 of Barrick’s Third Quarter 2013 Report.|