Vancouver, BC - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX: TMM, NYSE MKT: TGD) (“Timmins Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with a Mexican subsidiary of Goldcorp Inc. (“Goldcorp”) to acquire the complete process plant and select auxiliary equipment (“Plant”) used in the operation of Goldcorp’s El Sauzal Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico (“the Plant Acquisition”). The El Sauzal Mine was operational until December 2014 when it began its closure.
Timmins Gold’s CEO Bruce Bragagnolo states “The purchase of the El Sauzal Plant is projected to save in the range of US$40-60 million in initial capital expenditure when Timmins Gold constructs Ana Paula, not only in terms of equipment and infrastructure direct costs, but also indirect costs and EPCM costs. In addition, it will derisk the project by reducing the risk of both equipment capex overruns and delays in scheduling equipment deliveries. The El Sauzal flowsheet is very similar to the base case flowsheet outlined in the Ana Paula PEA and will require essentially all of the items we have acquired. Some additional items such as a gravity circuit may be required based on the results of ongoing metallurgical studies.”
The Plant will be acquired by Timmins Gold for future use at its recently acquired Ana Paula project in Guerrero, Mexico. A preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”) completed in 2014 indicates that Ana Paula represents a robust, high-margin, rapid pay-back, 8-year life open pit mining opportunity which once in operation is projected to generate a pre-tax NPV5% of US$332 million and a pre-tax IRR of 41% at a gold price of US$1,200 per ounce. It is anticipated that the capital savings realized by the Plant Acquisition will significantly improve the economics of the project and reduce the remaining pre-production capital required for Ana Paula to approximately US$100 million.
The total purchase price to be paid by Timmins Gold to Goldcorp for the Plant is C$8.0 million to be paid as follows:
The closing of the Plant Acquisition is subject to, among other things, the completion of a C$6.0 million investment by Goldcorp in Timmins Gold by way of a non-brokered private placement of 20 million units of Timmins Gold (the "Private Placement") at a price of C$0.30 per unit. Each unit will consist of one share and one half of a Warrant, each whole Warrant being exercisable for a term of 24 months into a common share of Timmins Gold at a price of C$0.35 per share. The Warrants are subject to an accelerated exercise period of 10 days if the Company's closing share price meets or exceeds $0.60 per share for 20 consecutive trading days.
As a result of the Plant Acquisition and Private Placement, Goldcorp will hold approximately 9.9% of Timmins Gold’s issued and outstanding common shares on an undiluted basis. The closing of the Private Placement is expected to occur on or about September 30, 2015 and is subject to all necessary regulatory approvals, including approval of the TSX. All securities issuable pursuant to the Plant Acquisition and Private Placement will be subject to a statutory four-month hold period. The use of proceeds of the Private Placement will be to pay for the cost of the removal of the plant from the site.
Process Plant & Infrastructure Acquisition
The El Sauzal process plant is a nominal 6,000 tonne per day milling and processing facility with a cyanide circuit and a carbon-in-pulp circuit (CIP). The key items acquired by Timmins are:
A more comprehensive list outlining the equipment and infrastructure items acquired by Timmins Gold is shown in Schedule A.
Based on extensive due diligence, including reviews by engineering firms and contractors, the capital savings realized by this acquisition compared to purchasing new equipment and facilities is in the range of US$40-60 million. Timmins Gold estimates the remaining pre-production capital required for Ana Paula to be approximately US$100 million. This estimate will continue to be refined as the Company works towards completing its feasibility study over the next year. Timmins Gold plans to immediately begin the dismantling of the plant and its transport to a storage/staging facility. Based on detailed inspection reviews by Timmins Gold and external consultants, the equipment appears in good condition.
Schedule A - Major items acquired by Timmins Gold
Technical information contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Taj Singh, M.Eng., P.Eng., Vice President of Engineering and Project Development of the Company who is recognized as a QP under NI 43-101.
About Timmins Gold
Timmins Gold has a proven track record of delivering growth and value creation for its investors and is poised to become an emerging intermediate, Mexican-focused gold producer with a portfolio of high-quality production and growth assets all based in Mexico. The Company owns and operates the San Francisco open pit, heap leach gold mine in Sonora which provides a solid base of operations, allowing the Company to develop two economically robust growth projects with manageable capital requirements, the Ana Paula and Caballo Blanco gold projects.
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